Be respectful, be responsible, be safe!

—Be respectful!
All Room 12 students are expected to respect their teachers, peers, and themselves. It is always my goal to model respectful behavior and to create a risk-free learning environment for my students. 
Be responsible!
—Your child will be encouraged to solve his/her own problems and to work independently. Encourage responsibility at home by having students pack their own snack, remember to return library books, complete their own homework, and to remember to bring take home folder and planner to and from school each day. I expect that all student put forth their best effort in each and every assignment. 
Be safe!
—All room 12 students are expected to make choices that promote safety in our classroom and school. As a class we discuss what safe behavior looks like in all areas of the school which ensures that everyone will stay happy and healthy.

Third grade wishlist:


Clorox wipes

Hand sanitizer

Hand soap

Sticky notes

*Please don't feel pressured in any way to send in any of these things, it is your choice : )

ABC's of Grade 3

Absences-  Much of our learning takes place together in class.  We do lots of hands-on activities and group work.  Please plan to attend school every day, except in cases of illness or emergencies.  If your child will be absent, please call Calf Pen at (203) 783-3521

Behavior-Our school uses a schoolwide behavior plan called Calf Pen CARES.  Signs outlining our expectations are posted in classrooms, hallway, bathrooms, and our lunch room.  Be on the lookout for my letter explaining the system in further detail.  You can also refer to the Handbook for information.

Birthdays- Some parents like to send pencils, erasers or some type of inexpensive "goodie bag" for the birthday child to hand out to classmates. Please do not send birthday party invitations to be distributed at school unless all children in class receive an invitation.

Bathroom Breaks- Scheduled breaks are built into our day:  morning, afternoon, and late afternoon.  Other emergency visits will be logged.

Conferences are held in October and March and students are welcome and encouraged to join. We will share work your child is proud of and work that may need improvement.  This leads us to help your child goal set.  Sign-ups for the conferences will be available at Open House. 

Dismissal-Bus riders and walkers are dismissed at 3:35pm.  Walkers and students getting picked up should use the side door near the playground.  If there are any changes in home transportation, a note from home is required.

Early Release Days- Please check the district calendar for all early release days.

Emergency Cards should be on file in our office.  If your address or phone number changes, please inform the office and me.

Field Trips-We will be taking field trips this year.  Usually, we have one in the Fall and at least one in the Spring.  Details will be announced and letters sent home.  Please return forms as quickly as possible.

Grading- Students will be assessed using letter grades this year (A, B, C, D, F) based on their performance in Math, Reading, Writing, Science, and Social Studies.   Numerical scores will be given for Work Habits and Social skills.

Homework-Weekly homework will consist of a Spelling Packet and Writing assignment which are assigned on Monday and returned by the end of the week.  Usually, there is a daily math sheet and 20 minutes of reading each night.  The title of the book is recorded in the student's planner each night (this is their "Log" of reading).  I check planners daily to be sure they are reading and that you are signing off on their reading.  Encourage your child to study their math facts nightly!

Independence is a goal for students because it builds self-esteem and self-confidence.  Third graders are very capable of doing many things on their own and I encourage them to do as much as they can for themselves in the classroom.  Please encourage them to think through and problem-solve in everyday situations.

Journals are used in Reading to write about books read in class.  Journals become a log showcasing the growth of your child's reading and writing over the year.  Reading journals are not taken home, but usually shared at conferences.

Lunch takes place from 12:20-12:50 p.m.. Please send money in an envelope labeled with your child's first name, last name, and Room 12. 

Moove stickers will be awarded to students who made a great move in school!

No excuses helps children to build responsibility.  Please support your child with returning homework on time and signing their planner nightly.   

Open House will take place on September 17th .  Be on the lookout for invitations with more information.

Physical Education-Students must wear sneakers on PE days (Friday).  On non-PE days, we go outside for recess.  If your child likes to run or play on the playground equipment, it would be beneficial for them to wear sneakers daily.

PTA- An organization that does wonders for our school!  Please consider joining this wonderful group that supports students and teachers at Calf Pen.

Questions-Instead of asking your child, "What did you do today in school?" ask, "What book did you read during indepdendent reading?" or "What did you learn to do in Math?" or "Tell me what you wrote about during Writing."  Show that you are interested and ask specific questions. 

Report Cards will be sent home.  Please see the district calendar for specific dates.

Snack-Kids need snacks!  When healthy snack choices are made, they provide nutrients kids need for growth, good health and energy.  It helps get through the day.  Please pack your child a healthy snack to enjoy on a daily basis.  Snack Cart will also be available each morning BEFORE school begins.

Supplies-Your child WILL NOT need any supplies this year.  Our desk space is limited with many textbooks and some children will be sitting at tables, so won't have desk space.  I have purchased notebooks and folders.  Having extra sharpened pencils is always a good idea, so feel free to send those in!  Your child may also bring in a small pencil case and a correcting pen.

Tardies-If your child arrives at school after the bell rings at 8:40am, they will be marked tardy.  3 tardies are equivalent to 1 absence.

Unique-Each student in my classroom is unique.  I do my best to differentiate instruction to ensure that all children get what they need to be successful in third grade!

Volunteers are welcome!  There are many opportunities for you to be involved in the classroom.  Be on the lookout for upcoming info and be sure to provide your email on my "Classroom Helper" list at Open House.  When you arrive at school, please register in the office and pick up a badge instead of coming directly to the classroom.  This policy is for the safety of your children.

Wish List- Chlorox wipes, colored copy paper, tissues, hand sanitizer, hand soap, sticky notes


Writers Notebooks are very special notebooks where students collect story ideas and stories.  The notebooks are used to develop stamina and experiment with writing.  Notebooks may be taken home from time to time to complete assignments.  Students will be personalizing the covers of their notebook.  Be on the lookout for directions on how to help your child with notebook decorating! 

It is extraordinarily important for your child to have a successful third grade year.  I will do my best to make learning fun and exciting-you can expect a lot of growth in so many different areas.  The year will zoom by!

*Courtesy of Ms. Vassallo

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