August 17, 2016
Welcome to third grade in B-8! It is exciting to see new faces after a relaxing summer vacation. This is my eighth year teaching third grade, and I am so excited that I will be working with your child to ensure a fun and successful third grade learning experience.
This is my thirteenth year at Graystone, and I previously taught first and second grades. As a third-generation educator in my family, I have been raised with high educational values and standards. My experience as a second language learner in high school taught me the importance of practice and hard work to accomplish academic success, and I hope to share this belief with my students.
As students journey into third grade, it is my goal to create an accepting, positive, and encouraging environment that celebrates individuality and fosters children’s critical thinking and learning. This week students and I will be getting to know each other and will be establishing some classroom rules and routines. Don’t be surprised to see how much learning your child will cultivate this year. As the third grade curriculum is filled with various new concepts, we will jump into studying the units in math and language arts.
Homework will be sent home with your child this week to help them quickly adjust to the new school year. Successfully completing neat and organized homework on time is expected in third grade, and your child may need additional support from you. Most of the homework is due the next day, and students need to bring in their homework planner to school each day. Please review your child’s daily homework written on the homework planner and make sure that you initial the portion that describes the homework.
I believe in the importance of teacher and parent communication. Please fill in and return the Parent Contact form to school by the end of next week. Starting in September, a monthly third grade newsletter will be sent home at the beginning of the month to let you know about current activities, units of study, and other important information.
Information about third grade curriculum and activities will be shared at Back to School Night on Tuesday, August 30th. Please mark your calendar for this important event. If you need to contact me for any reason, stop by after school, send a note with your child or e-mail me.
I am looking forward to meeting you and getting to know you and your child. There will be tremendous amount of learning happening in class, and I believe it will be a rewarding year for all of us.