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Ms. Carter's Grade 3 Class

Welcome to the 2017 to 2018 School year

Dear Parents,

Hello and welcome to a new school year! It is with great pleasure that I Ms. Carter welcome your child to my classroom. I wanted to write and introduce myself. My name is Melissa Carter and I am the Grade 3 teacher this year. It is hard to believe summer is almost over and another school year has begun. This is another new school year full of new beginnings. New friendships will be made, numbers will be explored, and new opportunities and topics will be introduced. The beginning of a school year is always very important. Routines and expectations are being established. We want to begin the year with success, as it is essential for achievement. Each child should feel important and comfortable in the classroom. I want them to feel free to ask questions, make mistakes, set goals, feel excited to learn and it will be an enjoyable school year. Also, remember that we become a family during this time.

I would like you to know a little bit about myself, I am a mother of two children, one that is 4 years old and the other that is in school and is 6 years old. My husband and I are also business owners. I have been teaching since 2008 and have taught children from Kindergarten to Grade 11. I have been teaching Grade ¾ for the past 7 years and this year I will be teaching a straight 3 and I am also the Kindergarten gym teacher. I am very organized and stern on rules, however I try my best to make every lesson educational and fun for the class with lots of projects. I am also a very understanding teacher and realize that sometimes things do not always go as planned. No one is perfect! I do give chances! So, in any case of an emergency or your child was not able to finish their homework or assignment. Etc., please send an e-mail or note with your child before the due date. (The day of is not accepted for late assignments) I do ask you to please check your child’s agenda daily and sign your child’s agenda each night after your child has completed their spelling/math/reading homework or etc. Also, you will receive each term a sheet with a list of tests/assignment dates, please keep this insight at home, so your children are well prepared for tests and assignments.

I also have a classdojo site that I only use for communication. It is great, because I can post upcoming events and even let you know when school is closed. Last year my parents loved classdojo, because it was a better opportunity to ask questions and to get a faster reply. I will also post the hot lunch and my class schedule.

Positive parent teacher relationships are necessary for maximum school success. Throughout the year I will communicate with parents through notes, emails/classdojo, report cards and parent-teacher conferences. I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at any time. Tests and assignments are always sent home to be signed and to be viewed by the parents and returned as soon as possible. My preferred method of contact is by e-mail/classdojo, as I can respond to email much more quickly.

My e-mail address is:
carterm@edu.etsb.qc.ca.

The following expectations will be in effect at all times:

· Be prepared

· Be respectful

· Be productive

· Be safe and kind

· Follow all procedures and guidelines highlights in the student code and conduct booklet you received. This includes being safe and friendly on: playground, hallways, cafeteria, bus and classroom.

Homework:

There is homework on Monday’s to Thursday’s. See homework letter. Reading is always recommended at home as it has been proven to increase reading scores. We read in class for 30 minutes or more during each day. All homework assignments will be written in your child’s agenda each day. Please check and sign nightly, and review the completed assignments with your child.


Birthdays are special occasions for young children. If your child wishes, he/she may bring treats for the class on the day nearest his/her birthday.

Please come and visit the school, your child’s classroom, and me during our Meet the Teacher Night. More information will be provided and you can get to know me. Also, learn more about the class and the expectations for the year.


I am excited to get to know your child and working together with you. If you have any questions, concerns, or info, that would be helpful for me to know, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Please fill out the student information sheet to help me get to know your child faster.

Thank you

Sincerely,

Melissa Carter


Here's the homework routine for Grade 3/ 4...

Spelling homework:

Students will receive the weekly word list and exercises on Monday. They may complete one page per night or may choose to do all four pages in one night. Time (60 minutes) is given in class on Monday’s and Wednesday’s to complete their spelling exercises. Spelling is due on Friday, at 8:15 am. Being a good speller can develop your child’s writing skills. *Don't forget to go to spellingcity.com to practice your words! Search for Melissa Carter-Heroes’ Memorial-Cowansville.

Math:
Every Monday, I will be sending home a reinforcement math homework sheet to be completed at home. These sheets are excellent, as they follow our math book 100% and you are able to know what your child is learning and what will be on the test to practice for. This is an excellent study guide for the math test. I will check the math to see if it is done, but I will not correct it, as I will provide all parents with an answer sheet. Please take out the answer sheet on Monday. Homework is due on Friday, at 8:15 am.

Other tests during the year:

Social studies:

See study guide for each section of Social Studies and what is on the test. All students are able to see what is on the test(s) for all tests throughout the year. There are no excuses why a child could not study or that they did not know what to study. Parents will always know ahead when tests are approaching, see agenda. All content is taught and reviewed in class. Study sessions are given as well during class time and extra study sessions are offered at recess. J

Science: Assignments and tests will be written in your child’s Agenda 2 weeks or more prior. You should also receive a sheet each term that indicates the estimated tests dates.

Websites:

Science:

Science Help: http://www.ducksters.com/science/


Reading and Language Arts:

Spelling Help: http://www.spellingcity.com/

http://www.raz-kids.com/

http://www.storylineonline.net/

http://www.starfall.com/

http://www.gigglepoetry.com

NEW! Create your own books: http://storybird.com/create/

Comic book creator: http://chogger.com/creator


Math Websites:

http://www.kidsnumbers.com/multiplication.php

http://www.fun4thebrain.com/Division/ffodiv.html

Practice math skills: http://www.ixl.com

http://www.mathcats.com

http://www.harcourtschool.com/menus/math_advantage.html

http://www.aplusmath.com

http://www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/games/mathmagician/mathsadd.html

http://www.linkslearning.org/Kids1_Math - a great math site with learning videos


Science Webquest: http://www.mrcollinson.ca/3%20science/forces/3_science_forces_nature/3_science_forces_nature.htm


How to get your child organized?

Break tasks into chunks.

Help your child break school projects or household chores into smaller, more manageable steps. This will show your child that each project has a beginning, middle and end, which can make projects feel less overwhelming. For example, if your child’s nightly chore is to clear the table, explain: First she should scrape leftovers into the garbage, then load the dishes into the dishwasher, then wipe the counters.

Make checklists and to-do lists.

Once your child knows all the steps involved with a particular task, help her add it to an overall to-do list. Include regular homework and chores on the list. Encourage her to keep the list in a place where she’ll see it often and to check off accomplishments as she goes. She might create it using a smartphone app, write it on a dry-erase board in her bedroom or print out a list to carry around with her throughout the day.

Teach calendar and time management skills.

Encourage your child write down important tasks in a digital calendar or on a paper one. Then help her estimate how much time each task will take. After she completes the tasks, ask whether the time estimate was accurate or not. If needed, suggest adjustments for next time. It may also help to have your child write the due date directly on school assignments.

Establish daily routines.

Creating a regular schedule can help your child learn what to expect throughout the day. Use picture schedules, clocks and other time management strategies. Explore Parenting Coach for a variety of expert-approved tips on establishing daily routines.

Introduce idea organizers.

Show your child how to use outlines, graphic organizers or concept webs to organize ideas for school projects. Encourage her to take class notes in two columns, using a narrow column on the left for main ideas or questions and a wide column on the right for all the details. Later, when your child is studying for a test, she can look at what’s in the narrow column to review the big ideas and see if she can remember the details.

Use color-coding.

Assign colors to each school subject. For example, green folders and notebooks may be for English and blue for math. Use brightly colored pocket folders for items that need to be signed and returned. Suggest that your child use colored pens to help shift from the role of writer to the role of self-checker and editor.

Create fun memory aids.

Show your child how to create her own silly sentences, songs, acronyms or cartoons to remember information. (One popular mnemonic, “Never Eat Soggy Waffles,” helps kids remember north, east, south and west.) She can use these memory aids for anything from preparing for an exam to recalling her locker combination.

Create an organized workspace.

Set aside a space at home where your child can work without interruption. It might work best if this is somewhere near you for times when she needs your assistance. Keep school supplies and technology such as calculators, tablets or laptops nearby.

Do regular backpack audits.

Your child’s backpack is a crucial link between home and school—so it’s important to keep it neat. Schedule a time each week for your child to clean out and organize her backpack.

Help your child think ahead.

Before bedtime, review plans for the next day with your child. This can make her feel more secure. Together you can plan how to handle things if a change comes up in the schedule.

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