Friday, September 17, 2021
Dear Third Grade Families,
It was great seeing everyone who came to Back to School Night yesterday. We hope it wasn't too hectic and you got an idea of what life in third grade is like. If you have any questions as a result of our presentations, please reach out to the appropriate teacher.
We attended an assembly this morning and the kids learned about our kindness-based fund raiser at American Academy. We have sent home flyers and a QR code sticker with each child today so you can learn more about this worthwhile endeavor. Thanks for being supportive and kind!
The first PD day of the year is next Friday
There will be NO classes next Friday, September 24, in order for all teachers to engage in our in-service day for professional development. Enjoy an extra day with your child and a nice 3-day weekend for them.
Late Assignments and their Impact to Grades
We have been getting quite a few emails from parents who are concerned with Failing Grades showing up on Infinite Campus, which results in parents receiving an email from the system telling you your child is failing a class.
Please do not panic. Since we are in the beginning of the school year, and have very few grades in the system, all it takes is one low grade to plunge your child's grade to the 'critical level'. If your child does not turn in an assignment, or doesn't put a name on it, the teacher will record the score as M (missing) and a '0' grade results for the assignment. Once the situation has been corrected, the teacher will update the grade and this will usually alleviate the failing grade.
So, if you get this type of message, before you send an email to your child's teacher, please talk with your child about possible assignments that didn't get turned in, or names that were left off papers. If after this discussion you still have questions, please reach out to us so we can let you know the details of the situation and how to fix it.
There is Fun to be had in third grade!
If you recall, in third grade we use Kickboard to document student behavior, and go one step further by actually turning the Rebel Bucks your child earns each week into 'real money' for them. Ok, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but as far as the classroom is concerned, they get money they can spend here at school.
Your child has been receiving paychecks with the previous week's earnings that can be used to purchase fun coupons for special benefits such as bringing a stuffed animal to class, being a teacher's helper, choosing a special seat, and many more. Ask your child what they are saving up for and to share their experience with you once they get to redeem their certificates. It sure is fun being a third grader.
Also, the weekly earnings in Kickboard allow your child to be eligible for our Friday afternoon celebration, which we call Fun Friday, instead of holding study hall. Your child can tell you how their Friday afternoon was spent.
Is there too much HOMEWORK coming home?
We try to provide ample time for each student to complete class assignments during each class session, as well as 25 minutes each afternoon in study hall to finish what didn't get finished. It is very rare for students to have worksheets assigned as homework, though they may have reading or spelling words to study, and possibly previous math homework to correct.
We work really hard during our school day, and we want our students to enjoy their time at home with family and friends, not huddled around the kitchen table doing homework. So, if your child is spending more than an hour on work at home, please talk about why this work didn't get finished while at school. Maybe you can help your child with ideas of how to use the time we provide them more efficiently so schoolwork doesn’t become homework. If we can help with this matter in any way, please reach out to us.
MB Specials Updates:
Please visit the respective links below to see what your child is experiencing in specials programming!
Here are the assignments for the various classes. Please realize that these assignments are due during the next class session.
Your Third Grade Team,
Teacher Work Day – No School
October 13 and 14