Third Grade Nuts & Bolts
Communication with the teacher
Phone: 406.542.4050 ext. 4722
During the school day, the best way to reach me is by email. I will return phone calls and voicemails after student dismissal. To keep everyone in the loop, I frequently update our class webpage with announcements, special events, curriculum tidbits and our monthly learning goals. Please check the webpage often for updates.
Missed School & Make-Up Work
Third grade is a crucial year in your student’s learning! Multiple studies have shown that success in 3rd grade is directly tied to future college and career success. Every math, reading and writing standard is brand new in 3rd grade and is your child's first exposure to the skills that will influence the rest of their learning. We rarely have a wasted moment, and each day of 3rd grade builds upon the last. Missing school can deeply affect your student’s understanding and sense of belonging.
Sick days are inevitable and unavoidable, so please carefully plan vacations and medical appointments to minimize the number of missed days. If your child is absent for just one day, I’ll work with them to make-up most missed assignments at school the next day. If your child will be gone for an extended vacation, complete the Educational Trip form on the Rattlesnake website. Because of the volume of work required to run an engaging, rigorous classroom for 25-30 students, I cannot prepare make-up work for extended vacations. You and your child will be responsible for fulfilling learning needs during your travels.
Students should read at least 30 minutes every day, including the weekend. Students are invited to take home class and school library books to read at home. Students complete a daily reading log.
Math and other homework will be sent home on an “as needed” basis.
We’ll use a green boomerang folder for homework, notices, and permission slips. Please return the folder to school.
Technology in the classroom
Websites such as Google Classroom, Clever and I-Ready are a crucial part of our learning this year. Students will use their MCPS account to access learning technology.
All technology and internet activity will be closely monitored. Before using any technology, we’ll review rules, etiquette and safety. Some tech can be accessed at home, if desired.
We celebrate birthdays with a class game. Students with summer birthdays will celebrate their ½ birthday.
Please no treats.
If your student takes daily medication, please make sure it is on file with the office. Please notify me if your student keeps an inhaler or epi-pen in their backpack.
Phones & Smart Watches
In accordance with the MCPS student handbook, phones and smart watches must be turned off and/or left in the backpack during the school day. If you have an urgent message for your student, please call the office or send me an email and the message will be delivered.
2021-2022 Class Schedule
8:30-9:00 Morning Meeting & Spelling
12:05-12:50 Lunch & Recess
12:50-2:30 ELA, Science & Social Studies
3:15 Dismissal (2:30 on Thursdays)
Specials will be on a weekly rotation this year. Our rotation will be in this order:
Week 1: Art
Week 2: Health & PE
Week 3: Music
Week 4: Library and Counselor