Hello Grade 3 Families!
We had a wonderful 2 days of school last week. It was such a joy to once again see the classroom filled with happy children thrilled to start the new school year! This year we have a new student in Grade 3: her name is Susanna Chen. The other students were extremely pleased and excited to have a new friend in the classroom^^*
The students did really well as they started to learn the new routines. The end of the day routine was already much better on Friday! As mentioned in Mrs. Moorehead’s email on Friday, two masks were sent home. Please wash both masks, label them with your child’s name, keep one at home, and send one back to school. This way your child will always have a spare mask at St. Paul’s.
On Friday all of the Grade 3 students were given a responsibility in the classroom. This is to help them become progressively more responsible, since next year they will be the older Buddies for the Grade 1 students. This will be their last year being part of “the younger ones” in primary.
Starting this week please make sure that you sign your child’s student agenda book daily. If you need to communicate with me you can write a note in the agenda that I will read in the morning, or you can also send me an email. If your email is sent before 8 am, it will also be read in the morning, but any emails sent during the day might only be read by me at the end of the school day. I am very much involved with the Grade 3 students learning and spend most of my time walking around the classroom assisting them in various ways.
The students will be using the Read Theory website for their home reading this year. They will be learning how to do this on Monday & Tuesday in the classroom, then will be doing it at home starting Wednesday. Please have them login and then read the passages on the Read Theory website out loud to you. They could also read out loud to a babysitter, grandparent, or an older sibling. After reading the passage they will have multiple-choice comprehension questions. Have them read the questions to you, but please do not give them the answers. Choosing the answer that they deem appropriate is extremely important to keep the reading passages at their level and to develop their comprehension skills. If they choose a wrong answer, they will be given the correct answer, along with an explanation as to why this is the right answer. Please go over this information with them.
Your child will be required to read using the Read Theory website for a minimum of 20 minutes during weekdays (30 minutes starting in November). Once they have finished reading and answering the comprehension questions, they will write the information in their reading log at home following the same procedure they did on Monday & Tuesday in the classroom.
Their reading log and agenda, along with any other classroom items that will be brought home, will be in their zippered pouch placed in their backpack.
Reading ‘Read Theory’ every day will make a big difference in developing their reading skills, and it will also strengthen their writing skills by helping them acquire new vocabulary!
I will start doing the Read Well assessments this week to be able to start the Read Well program as soon as possible.
We will also start using ClassDojo this week. I am hoping (praying) that I will have the time to take pictures to post in our Class Story section.
Please send in any outstanding forms for Mrs. Ong, along with your child’s birthday picture, headphones/earplugs, art T-shirt, and a box of tissue, if it has not already been done.
Here are the reminders for the week:
- Return brown envelope from the Office
- Please wear complete PE strip underneath their uniform
- PE today at 9:00 am
- Students come to school wearing their PE strip
- Please make sure their complete uniform is in their backpack
- They will change into their gym shoes at school
- Dismissal at 2:00 pm today (1:45 – 2:00 or 2:00-2:15)
- First Library visit ~ Students can borrow 2 books that they will be reading in the classroom
- Congratulations! You made it through your Grade 3 first full week of school!
- Meet the Teacher information will be coming soon
Feel free to e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
Have a wonderful week!