I really feel like our class had a good first two days together! I HOPE your child feels the same! The first two days is a LOT of me talking and teaching expectiations with some fun getting to know everyone activities thrown in there as much as possible.
Monday we will start inching our way towards our regular routine! Here is some need to know information for the week and the rest of the school year!
Besides recess and P.E., this is the next most asked about activity. I understand that during summer, kids have a little more access to snacks and are able to graze a little more if they're not in a classroom! AND we all just think a little better if we aren't starving! Your child will be able to eat a small snack during our reading block. Students are allowed to bring a small, healthy(ish) snack that they can easily keep and eat at their desk. I realize it's not super easy to send fresh food for your child to munch on but healthy- no cookies, chips, candy. If they were to grab something like that, I generally just ask them to save it and they can eat it at lunch. :)
**We do have a tree nut allergy in our class. Please do not send any snacks containing tree nuts. **
**We eat snack during a work time, so if your child doesn't have a snack, that is just fine!!!
By the third grade, you have probably become aquatined with a few of the forms of classroom managment teachers use. This year, I am planning to use Class Dojo. Most of you are probably familiar with this system. If you are not, it is a program (an app) I have downloaded on my phone and iPad. I can give students positive points for doing beyond what is expectded throughout the day. If they were doing something unexpected, they could also lose a point. My rule is I usually give them a verbal warning before a point is taken. (Extreme circumstances a point may be taken at the time of the incident- hitting or doing something a little more serious than needing some redirection for talking in line or class.)
I am not always the best at giving a TON of points because that would require me to just always be on a device and I often lay it down and forget to pick it up and give points in the middle of something. ;) If your child has 0 points, that is great! That means, they are doing exactly what they are expected to do. If they earn a point in an area, that means they are going beyod the expected behavior.
The beauty is that you can log on or download the app and see your child's points throughout the day. You can also message me if needed (although, email or phone is easier) and at the end of the day your student will record their points on a monthly calendar. I just ask that you initial each night.
We will start using Class Dojo on Monday! You can go ahead and start checking it out here: www.classdojo.com
I will send home a sheet Monday to tell you how to sign up!
Coach F is super great and does an extra P.E. once a week for each class. Our extra P.E. will be on Mondays this year and our regular, full P.E. class on Thursdays.Students need to have tennis shoes for both P.E. classes.
Just a reminder that if your child is going home a different way than they normally do, you must send a note with your child. You may also email me no later than 3:00, or call the office. It can get a little crazy at the end of the day. All of this is to ensure the safety of your child.
Friday Shirt Reminder:
Don't forget that T-Shirt orders and money are due Friday, August 19th.
I'm looking forward to a great week!!!!
Mrs. Letterman is a third grade teacher at Willard East. This is her 8th year in Willard, but her 10th year to teach third grade!