Class Handbook


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Welcome to third grade! This is going to be an exciting year! We are so excited to be able to work with you and your children this year.  We are sure that along with you and your child, we will make your child's year in third grade a memorable one! We look forward to meeting you at our Back to School Night, Wednesday, August 17, 2016 where iPads will be checked out. (Please note that no iPads will go home until the parent has signed the user agreement.)
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In this class we set high expectations for student engagement and behavior. We know students can (and will) meet these expectations.  Below we have listed our classroom rules and student responsibilities that will guide our year. 

Our classroom goals:

• That all students feel a part of our classroom community
• That all students do their best work at all times
• That all students experience success and growth at their own level    and pace throughout the year

In order to ensure that everyone meets these goals it is important that each student follows the rules and responsibilities outlined in our classroom. This will ensure that all of us are a part of a classroom community which will help us all to succeed.

In order to ensure a sense of community in our classroom we will be participating in regular class meetings. This time will allow every student a chance to settle disagreements, talk about their feelings, and compliment others. We believe that these meetings will help us to develop a sense of community and caring in our classroom. In turn this will enrich the learning experiences throughout the year. We would appreciate your help during the coming weeks in fostering a sense of credibility for this procedure if your child has not previously participated in class meetings.


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1. Cooperate with your teachers and classmates.
2. Respect the rights and property of others.
3. Carry out your basic student responsibilities.
4. Always do your best for every task.

Students are responsible for:

 coming to school on time
• being prepared (including having devices fully charged each day)    for class 
• taking their class work seriously
• doing their very best at every task
 respecting all adults in charge (including substitute teachers)
 following all classroom and school rules at all times
 completing all work by its due date


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We would appreciate your help throughout the year as we work together to create a safe and supportive environment where your child can learn.

Our classroom goals:

• That all students feel a part of our classroom community
• That all students do their best work at all times
• That all students experience success and growth at their own level and pace throughout the year

In order to ensure that everyone meets these goals it is important that each student follows the rules and responsibilities outlined above. This will ensure that all of us are a part of a classroom community that will help us all to succeed.

In order to ensure a sense of community in our classroom we will be participating in regular class meetings. This time will allow every student a chance to settle disagreements, talk about their feelings, and compliment others. I believe that these meetings will help us to develop a sense of community and caring in our classroom. I believe this will in turn; enrich our learning experiences throughout the year. I would appreciate your help during the coming weeks in fostering a sense of credibility for this procedure if your child has not participated in class meetings before.

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Please note that you are always welcome in our class and encouraged to volunteer. We hope that each parent volunteers at least once during the year. We welcome your time and help! Together we are partners in your child's education! Please be sure to let either of us know what you would like to do, or would be willing, to help with throughout the year. If you are unable to volunteer in class but would like to help from home please let us know this as well. 


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Each full week of school (any five day week that does not have a minimum day) we will have a Brilliant Badger (star student). The student will be the line leader and teacher’s helper throughout the week.

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District policy is that no sweets, candy, or homemade food is allowed in school on a regular basis. Therefore, if you wish to bring something to celebrate your child’s birthday please consider stickers, pencils, fruit, or some other inexpensive trinket. If you contact either of us, we can arrange to mark this event in a fun (and yet compliant) way.

While we will not be having “parties” throughout the year we will be celebrating student success as appropriate. We will have popcorn “parties” (we eat popcorn with our shoes off while we read wherever we want in the classroom) when we have accumulated 25 (and then 30, etc.) compliment points. We earn these points by getting compliments for our good behavior from other teachers and substitutes. We will also have a popcorn “party” before winter break and for minor holidays. We will have an ice cream party at the end of the year to celebrate our accomplishments in mastering our multiplication facts and success in third grade.

Working together, we are going to make this a year to remember! 

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Parent-school communication is a key factor in student success and it is important for parents to know what is happening in class so that you can talk to your child about his/her schoolwork throughout the week. In order to keep you informed about what is going on in class we will regularly update this website with what is happening in class. Please be sure to check the Badger Class Information page as well as the Badger Happenings page for class information, highlighted student work, and student comments.  An email with the link will be sent to all students (and to parents for whom we have an email address) each time the website is updated. 

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All student work will be completed via email and through Google files. Therefore, there will not be student work sent home in the traditional sense. We will be sharing our work in a portfolio app called Seesaw. This app allows us to collect work over time, students to comment on their own work as well as that of others, and for parents to access their child’s work after logging on via an unique QR code. Codes for our class will be sent home as soon as we get the class set up for the year. 
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Special reminders and/or notices from the school, and book orders, may be sent home throughout the week as circumstances warrant so please check with your child daily for new notices as well. Please be sure to check your child’s backpack regularly for these notices.

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You may email Ms. Ryan at stacier@fsusd.org, and Mrs. Solis at mariaso@fsusd.org, we will respond within 24 hours. You may also reach us via the school office at (707) 421-4105, or our classroom at (707) 238-5420. We will be unable to have extended phone conversations during the school day but you may call for emergencies, important reminders, and to schedule an appointment to meet with one, or both, of us. 
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Please note that cell phones are not allowed to be on or accessed at school during school hours. If your child has a cell phone, it must be off and in his/her backpack during the school day. The school is NOT responsible for the safety of any cell phones should they become lost or stolen while at school. Other personal electronics (PSP, DS, iPods, etc.) are not allowed on school grounds and will be confiscated as outlined in the district's parent handbook.

Our districts issued iPads are for student use only. They are to be used for class and homework assignments. There will be recreational apps on their iPads as well, which they may use at home, or at recess when allowed, after their schoolwork is completed. Your child's assigned iPad will not be allowed to go home until a parent/guardian comes in and signs the district's acceptable use agreement. We will go over this in detail when we meet on the first day of school. 

Students will be expected to fully charge their iPads each night and to bring their iPads, keyboards, and chargers to and from school each day. It is expected that students will practice their typing skills each night and learn to type correctly and proficiently this year.


Please be sure to read the district and school handbooks for all school rules and policies. If you have any questions about these policies please contact either Ms. Ryan or Mrs. Solis.


We will be working towards mastery of our ELA and math standards throughout the year. This year we will be working with the  Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for California (CaCCSS). We are excited about this because it means that we will have more hands-on cooperative learning activities than in the past but it also means that students will be required to demonstrate their learning in many different ways and that their work may have more than one correct answer. We are excited about this and hope you are too!
Our new math program is very hands on and involves a lot of student explanation. You can find out more about this at the Everyday Math website for parents



Spelling

This year we will be doing something a little different with spelling and grammar. These skills will be taught as part of our reading and writing assignments and grades will be based on how well students apply the spelling and grammar rules in their writing.

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Homework assignments are to be completed based on what they have learned in class that day and/or spiral review of previously taught skills. At no time will they ever be given homework for a concept or standard that we have not addressed either that day or previously in class.

In addition to their nightly homework, each student must read 30 minutes each night with an adult or older student. This nightly reading will help your child build fluency and comprehension skills; it is important that your child is reading a book at his/her reading level. Reading a book that is too easy will not challenge your child to grow as a reader, and reading a book that is too difficult will frustrate your child. After each night’s reading the student needs to type a summary of what he/she has read in their accounts on his/her blog. 

We will also be completing Genius Hour projects throughout the year. For each of their Genius Hour projects students will be completing a number of tasks to create/complete a project based on something they are curious, or passionate, about. Students will submit an idea, once it is approved by either Ms. Ryan or Mrs. Solis, they will have 4 weeks to research, practice, and create or write their presentations. Students will be expected to present all projects to the class. While this may be difficult for some at the beginning of the year, they will become accustomed to presenting before long.  



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After years of no music and P.E. being taught by the classroom teacher, this year we have P.E. twice a week taught by P.E. and either music or art (they will rotate) by music and art teachers! Please make sure that your child is wearing clothes and shoes that will allow him or her to participate fully in physical activity based on the schedule that will be sent home once we have that information.


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At our school each class has adopted a college to identify with. We are the University of Wisconsin - Madison. (Our colors are red and white.) Go Badgers! Our motto is: "Fear the badger!" and our goal is for every student to be proficient or advanced in all subjects. Is this goal possible? Absolutely! But we have to work together: us, your child, and you, in order to ensure that he/she is reading and working at or above grade level. If your child is not currently at grade level this goal will be harder but NOT IMPOSSIBLE. Here is to a year of wonder, fun, excitement, and most of all...GROWTH!








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