Ms. Washington’s Class
I am looking forward to a wonderful year filled with many educational and meaningful experiences. I look forward to working with you to ensure that your child has a very successful year and that he or she will grow both academically and socially. Teaching is my passion and I strive to make the classroom a safe and fun place to learn.
With open communication between school and home, children at Countryside are able to do their very best. Please feel free to contact me regarding any concerns. I am best available by email. I check it early in the morning, and at least one other time during the day. If you send an e-mail or leave a telephone message in the office, I will get back to you within 24 hours. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have a question or concern.
Curriculum: We follow the Standards of Learning (SOL) guidelines required by the state of Virginia for the third grade. Third grade students will undergo SOL testing in May in all academic areas.
-Homework will be assigned Monday through Thursday evenings and should take about 30 minutes to complete, not including independent reading.
-Homework is not graded but students are expected to show their best efforts.
-Homework is not handed in the student will receive a warning. Students who miss two or more homework assignments in a week will not participate in Fun Friday activities and it will be noted on their progress report.
Grading Scale (1-4)
4 The student has MASTERED the concepts and can demonstrate it INDEPENDENTLY
3 Student demonstrates OVERALL UNDERSTANDING of the concept although needs guidance sometimes.
2 Student shows limited understanding of the concept and lacks consistency.
1 Student shows lack of understanding.
Agenda and Homework Folder
Your student will receive an agenda book and homework folder on the first day of school. They need to go home everyday. Students are responsible for writing down their assignments in their agenda. I will sign their agenda in the morning after they have written their homework down. They are to take home their homework/notes/mailings in this folder. Please try to check both their agenda and their homework folder every day for student assignments and important notices.
On Mondays students will be coming home with their progress reports and with samples of work completed during the previous week. Please praise your child for work well done, because positive reinforcement is key to learning.
To make this year successful I believe that you, as the child’s family should know what is going on in the classroom. Every week your student will have a progress report sent home. They will have a score of 1 (met expectations), 2 (met expectations some of the time), or 3 (did not meet expectations). These scores will reflect their classroom participation, behavior, class work completed, and homework completed. I will also make a note about weekly attendance. There is also a small space for you to write any comments or concerns. These forms are returned to me weekly, and I will keep them in their classroom portfolio over the year. Below is an example of what you will see every week.
Criteria for Success
All expectations were met.
K Tried hard, but some expectations were not met.
L Did not meet the expectations for academic success.
Reading and the Reading Log:
This is a transitional year in reading. Third grade students are reading to learn, rather than learning to read. As a result students are expected to read at least 15 minutes a night at least 4 nights a week.
We will begin the reading log the second week of school. Students will complete a log every week. Each sheet is two-sided and will last for 2 weeks. Each reading log activity is a practice activity that will help reinforce comprehension, vocabulary, and other language arts skills. The sheets are to be signed weekly.
The class will be working together during the first week of school to develop our classroom rules. Our rules and expectations will focus on showing respect for ourselves, others, and belongings; taking responsibility for our work and our actions; and doing our best both socially and academically. A copy of these rules will be sent home on the first Friday of the school year.
Students who follow the rules are allowed to participate in Fun Friday activities. Those who don’t follow the rules will receive two warnings and will then land on the purple lily pad and not be able to participate in Fun Friday. The class as a whole can earn compliments. Each time they earn a compliment from a staff member they can receive 5 marbles in the star jar. When the class has filled the star jar they will earn a small treat party.
Birthdays are an exciting day for elementary school students. All students are welcome to bring in a treat to share with their classmates during lunch. If your student does chose to bring in a treat for the class, please make sure he/she brings in one for everyone in the class (21 students).
Countryside is serving breakfast this year. To eat breakfast students must arrive before 7:50 and let the teachers on duty in the gym know they are eating breakfast. The teacher will then send them to the cafeteria.
If you would like to volunteer in the classroom please fill out the volunteer sheet and return it to school. I will contact you to set up a day and time.