Mrs. Thomson's 3rd Grade Class
Welcome to the 3rd grade classroom of Mrs. Thomson & Ms. Kelly!
Dear Parents and Students,
Hello, and welcome to 3rd Grade! We are looking forward to the months ahead in class as we experience great learning together! I would like to take this opportunity to answer some basic questions about the coming school year. Please read through this packet with your child, and let me know if you have any questions.
Make sure your child is on time and attends school every healthy day! Excellent attendance is a key factor for success in third grade. Arriving on time and staying for the full day should always be the goal. When the need for a medical appointment comes up that cannot be scheduled outside of the school day, do everything you can to avoid taking your child out of math class. It is the most challenging class to miss. Since each day of learning in math is built on the new skills learned the day before, missing a day can quickly create learning gaps and confusion. Three unexcused tardies is now counted an unexcused absence. School starts at 7:45. Upon returning to school from being absent, your child must have a note within three days for the absence to be marked excused.
What can I expect for my child’s daily classroom experience?
I will implement an assertive education plan in the classroom, so that consistency is always maintained. My classrooms will be structured to establish a safe, respectful, and engaged learning environment, which requires that students show:
- Respect: We will respect all people and all things.
- Responsibility: We will be responsible for our assignments and our choices.
- Honesty: We will be truthful in all that we do.
- Character: We will strive for great personal character.
- Be Ready: We will be ready to learn upon arrival to school.
To achieve these standards, students are expected to:
- Come to class prepared.
- Follow directions.
- Avoid making unnecessary noise or distractions.
- Show respect to others and use good manners.
- Abide by all rules in the Maplewood/MCPS handbooks.
- Master the 3rd Grade Florida standards
When a student meets these expectations, the consequences include gaining personal pride in his/her performance, having the best opportunities for successful learning, earning good grades, and enjoying fun rewards. When a student does not meet these expectations, the following consequences will apply in order on a per day basis:
- Step 1 – Warning
- Step 2 – The incident will be recorded in the classroom Discipline Log
- Step 3 – A note will be placed in the student’s agenda, which will need to be signed by a parent/guardian
- Step 4 – Parent will be contacted by e-mail or phone
- Step 5 – Student will be sent to the dean
(In the case of a severe disruption, the student will be sent directly to the dean.)
How can I find out what is going on in class?
We are “going green,” therefore the majority of parent communication will be sent via e-mail. If you do not have access to an e-mail account, please notify us and we will be certain that paper copies are sent home. If your e-mail address changes, please let us know as soon as possible.
Your child will have a binder that will need to be brought to and from school every day. Any paper copy notices from the school will be placed in the Notes Home section of the binder and returned class work assignments will be in the corresponding subject areas of the binder.
What is my child’s responsibility for completing homework?
Homework is critical for your child’s success, just as football practice is for the football player, cheerleading practice is for the cheerleader, or piano practice for the pianist. Your child should expect to have a daily reading homework assignment.
How can I support my child’s academic efforts?
We recommend that you check your child’s binder each night, especially early in the year, as students develop important routines and establish personal work habits for success. Please do not remove any papers (with the exception of letters/notices sent home from the school to parents) from the binder. Assignments, class work, and notes are all used for reference throughout the year. It is also important for you to provide encouragement, and the time, tools, and quiet setting for doing homework.
How will my child’s assignments be scored, and his/her grades determined?
Scores on individual assignments may be based on completion, teacher observation, points, a rubric, or a percentage. To calculate grades on report cards, scores are weighted according to the guidelines set by Marion County Public Schools.
How can I follow my child’s progress?
We strongly encourage that you log in to the MCPS Parent Portal on a weekly basis. There, you will also be able to track your child’s grades and progress, so that there are no surprises when report cards come home. (You must request access to the Portal through the school office; this is not something I can do for you.) Please allow five school days for assignments to be graded and scores to be posted, projects may take longer. If you have a question about a particular grade or assignment, please e-mail us, and we will return your e-mail within two school days.
What is my child’s daily schedule?
Writing: T, Th, F- 12:20-1:10
How can I help my child be comfortable and successful in third grade?
Make sure your child gets ten hours of sleep each night!
Make sure your child is on time and attends school every healthy day! Excellent attendance is a key factor for success in third grade. Arriving on time and staying for the full day should always be the goal. When the need for a medical appointment comes up that cannot be scheduled outside of the school day, do everything you can to avoid taking your child out of math class. It is the most challenging class to miss. Since each day of learning in math is built on the new skills learned the day before, missing a day can quickly create learning gaps and confusion.
Save the perfumes and body scents for the weekends! Perfumes and body scents might be popular, but they can present real health challenges for students and staff who might have asthma or migraines.
Happy Birthday! I don’t want to have any hurt feelings, so if you choose to send party invitations in for your child to pass out at school, you must invite all students in his/her homeroom class or at least all boys or all girls. Otherwise, you will need to make arrangements to mail your invitations, rather than sending them to school. Thank you for your cooperation with this matter!
Thanks for all you do to send your child to school ready to learn!
Mrs. Thomson & Ms. Kelly
When you get home from work, ask questions, give hugs, share stories of your day. Make the ordinary extraordinary. Be There.
Mrs. Thomson’s Class
2- Reams of white copy paper 1- Large box of tissues
1-Inch 3-ring binder with sleeves
2- Boxes of Pencils
3- 70 page spiral notebooks
Large pink eraser