3rd Grade – Ymker

September Newsletter

Class Behavior
This year our school is excited to be using Class Dojo.  Class Dojo will allow you to see how your child is doing daily behavior wise. Only positive behaviors will be tracked with Class Dojo. Students will be working to earn points which they can use at our class store. At the end of every month students will be given a chance to spend their points or save them for a larger reward.  The student with the most points will be given an award at the Character Counts assembly. If you haven’t already signed up for Class Dojo at the open house please use the form sent home with login information to do so. We look forward to sharing your child’s achievements with you!

Gym Shoe Reminder
Each child needs to bring a pair of gym shoes that will stay in their lockers throughout the entire year. These shoes are to only be worn when we use the gym. It would be helpful if all students could have their gym shoes here by Thursday. In case it rains, snows or is just too cold to go outside the gym will be used for indoor recess.

Drop off/ Pick Up
School starts every day at 8:20am. Students are not allowed in the building until 8:00am. The driveway can become very busy during this time. If you need to come into the building for any reason we ask that you please park in a designated spot and come inside.  Students will head to the cafeteria to wait until 8:15 am when their classroom teacher takes them to their room.  School dismisses each day at 3:30pm. To help with the flow of traffic we ask that you please wait in your car and we will bring your child to you. 3rd Grade will be picked up in the front this year unless they have an older sibling.

Uniform Guidelines
While in attendance at the Academy, students will dress neatly according to the following guidelines. Navy blue pants, skirts, skorts, jumpers (with white collared shirt underneath), or walking shorts (no sweatpants or jeans). Sweaters or fleeces that are navy, gray, or white may be worn (no sweatshirts).  Students may wear sweater vests or fleece vests in navy or gray. Navy, gray, or white socks or tights are to be worn. (solid colors only) Undershirts must be white and be free of design.

Boys: White shirts with collar such as, turtleneck, polo style shirt, button down oxford. No T-shirts, no insignias except Academy approved.

Girls: White shirts with collar such as, turtleneck, polo style shirt, button down blouse, peter-pan collared shirts. No tee– shirts, no insignias except Academy approved.

No open-toed shoes, crocs, shoes with wheels, fashion boots or cowboy boots. Students may wear tennis shoes or dress shoes. Boots will be worn for outside wear only.

Students will be given a school provided folder that they will need to bring to school each day.  It is the responsibility of your child to remember their folder. Important papers such as weekly progress reports, notes and newsletters will come home in this folder. Please check this folder daily for any papers that need to be returned to school.

Scholastic Book Clubs
This year your student will have the opportunity to take advantage of some really great resources through the Scholastic Book Clubs. Please look for a flyer to be coming home about what is on special this month. There are also many more books online that are available beyond what is advertised in the flyer. It is important that all orders are submitted online or turned into us by the due date. You may pay online, with cash or a check made out to scholastic.

In our class this year we will not be requiring students to complete daily or weekly homework. Instead a spelling packet will come home each Friday that your students may work on independently or with you. We do encourage you to read with your child, work on spelling lists and multiplications facts. We will provide other ideas for things to work on at home throughout the year as well. There will be packets to come home over long breaks.

How to Help At Home:

  • Have your child read 15-20 minutes
  • Practice multiplication facts 1s and 2s
  • Ask your child about their objectives and see what they are learning in class
  • Practice spelling words
    • In macaroni letters
    • Write them in sand
    • Draw them in paint

Hannah Ymker