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Mrs. Marion's 0ne Rule
I have one rule of my own in our classroom, and that is to RESPECT me, RESPECT other students, and most of all----RESPECT yourself. Where this rule may seem too simple, respect entails everything from keeping your hands to yourself to honesty and integrity. I plan to not only teach and model my classroom rule, but to follow through with a structured set of consequences if being respectful doesn't happen. Because every situation and student is different, each will be handled individually. Please refer to the Elementary Handbook button above for any other discipline concerns.
Our class will be involved in the Scholastic Book Club this year. A book order will be sent home about once every two months. Please make sure that your child’s name is on the order form. Also, please pay by check and make it out to the Scholastic Book Club-not the school. Our online classroom code, for those graciously ordering this way is MDKKZ. :)
Every Monday, I will be emailing all parents in regards to what graded work will be found in the VIP Folders (graded papers and school news)as well as important date reminders.
Class DoJo is also a HUGE communication tool for us, but much like quick texts. The "class stories" section will provide PICTURE messages about class activities, future class activities, student of the week information, any important school news, classroom needs, field trips or special events, etc. Signing up for Class DoJo also helps you keep track of your child's behavior and responsibilities. All of my short messages or reminders will be communicated through "messages" in Class DoJo.
Our daily planner is a tool for us to know what was done through the day, what's to come, and also for you to communicate any information in writing.
Lastly, third grade continues to utilize eschool to communicate grades. We update those about every 2-3 weeks, so help yourself! If you haven't already utilized this tool, a "hot-to" can be sent to you and your request.
Snack & drinks
Snacks and drinks will be welcomed this year as long as it's healthy. Chips, cookies, candies, pop, and flavored drinks are not acceptable, but if I'm concerned with what a student is bringing, I will deal with it on an individual basis. Use your best judgment, but from my experience, plain water is MUCH easier to clean up compared to dyed or sugared drinks! Snack times will be integrated into WORK TIME, so we may be reading or writing while we snack. No rest for my little learners! :)
Breakfast - $1.30 (reduced = $0.30)
Lunch - $2.70 (reduced = $0.40)
Please place any important forms or money in a clearly marked envelope to where, and to whom, it should go before sending it with your kiddo! Thanks so much!
I feel that it is very important for your children to be involved in a daily planner routine. This truly helps out with the responsibility and accountability factor that is so important as our students are preparing for middle school and LIFE.
Throughout, and at the end of every day, we will record any school news, special events, things to remember (*), or homework (HW) given. I, or another student, will attempt to visit each child to make sure that they have completed their assignment book correctly. Please know that our website will have a detailed account of our days, found in the "Planner" tab. When your child brings his or her planner home, I would like you to look it over, communicate with me if needed, and for you to initial it. The book is to be brought in the next day for me to make sure that you are aware of our classroom happenings. Playing an ACTIVE role in your child's classroom doings will only increase their success and progress! With your help, we can get our students on the right track when it comes to responsibility.
It is my choice to have your children use one DURABLE PLASTIC folder to carry any work, mail, or special notes to and from school. This too will be taken home every night, along with the planner, and checked for the following morning. This is yet another way to keep the students organized and responsible.
Because each grade comes with more responsibility, there will be times that your child has OPTIONAL homework......especially in math, reading, and writing. School work at home is a natural part of life, and a HUGE extension from the classroom into your home. Please know that these assignments will be clearly explained and will involve what has been done in class previously, so there should never be any confusion. Most homework is practice or application of classroom skills, and should take no longer than 15-20 minutes per assignment. Rule of thumb: Math homework is given on Monday and due Friday where a reading log (with written responses) is given on Monday and due the following Monday. I do consider school work application is important and completely supportive.
Each student will have his or her very own V.I.P (Very Important Papers!) folder. This is a manila folder that will contain all of your child’s previous week’s work, corrected and graded, along with any special news. This folder will come home nearly every Monday for you and your child to go through. There will be a sheet on the inside of the folder where you will need to sign, make optional comments, and date, which tells me that you've seen the information. This allows you to see exactly how your child is performing on most class work and homework assignments along with viewing important news ONCE a week. This policy will create no “surprises” when report cards are distributed.
Hopefully this won’t be an issue this year, but if your child is absent or tardy, the office must have a note or call from you. School begins promptly at 7:50! Also, if there are any changes in the regular transportation arrangements, please call the office (ext. 2400) or send a note. If there ever is an extended illness or vacation, please know that asking for work does not replace the classroom experience, therefore, I’ll do my best as long as you too are understanding and flexible. Schoolwork on vacation will most likely involve duties such as collecting/reading/ presenting travel brochures, calculating food costs using receipts, taking pictures of different habitats, or writing a daily journal.
Student of the Week
In an effort to integrate note taking, presentation skills, letter writing, and a little group bonding, we participate in a student of the week routine. You will be notified by letter when your child is the "Student of the Week." The letter gives suggestions of how your child can present themselves, and will get special perks throughout the week. The more you make out of it, the more memorable it is for your child.
Birthday treats are welcomed and honored, but not required. Where I often have napkins, plates, and utensils, it would be great if you included any necessary "extras" that your birthday treat may require. Every 3rd Friday, of each month, will be devoted to honoring that month's student birthdays. Please keep in mind that there will be MANY birthdays to celebrate, and I welcome creative treat choices. Your child will get something special from me on their special day as well!