3rd Grade – Becklar

September Newsletter

Hello and welcome back!  I am so excited to be back and am looking forward to an amazing year ahead of us!  I hope this letter will help explain my classroom and school procedures.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time.

Homework procedures
Beginning Monday, September 12th, students will have weekly homework.  Each Monday students will bring home a red folder labeled with their name/homework folder.  All homework is due on the following Friday morning.  Students are encouraged to fit it into your family schedules (this includes Star Spelling which will come on Fridays for the following week to give the weekend for practice). This is not meant to frustrate the student or parents. If the homework is hard to accomplish or difficult, please come and we can discuss options.  In our classroom, I will have a homework chart where I will keep track of homework that is turned in on time.

Assignment books/planners
This year the students will be using a planner to keep track of their assignments every day.  Every morning I will go over what is being covered for that day and write down the assignments for each subject.  This will help students begin to keep organized and aware of their assignments.  This is a great resource for you, as a parent, to see what your child is learning each day in class.  Each night I am asking you to sign the current page of the planner so I know you have seen it.  The assignment book signature is ALWAYS due the following morning.  I will check them each morning, and the student will receive a sticker to put next to the parent’s signature.

*If the planner is not signed, your child will miss 5 min. of recess.  I expect the students to help remember this responsibility.  (I give a grace period the first week of school to develop a routine.)

Previews and Progress Reports
At Oakland Academy, we keep our parents informed of what their child is learning at school.  One way we do this is by sending home weekly previews and progress reports.  The previews will let you know what objectives I plan to cover that week in class.  This will give you a chance to discuss these topics at home with your child.  Progress reports will be sent home on Friday.  I will grade your child on each objective and make comments to let you know how the week went for your child.  Please be sure to look over these reports each week.  If you are unsure of anything you see or have questions about the report, please contact me.

Classroom Management
At Oakland Academy all classrooms use a card system to manage behaviors.  When a student enters a class, he/she will always begin on green (which means they are appropriate and doing well).  If a student is not behaving, working or staying on task during the day, his/her card will be flipped to yellow.  If this occurs, your child will owe 10 minutes of their recess/free time.  If the improper behavior does not stop, or behaviors worsen, the student’s card will be flipped to red.  This will result in an additional 10 minutes of recess/free time, and will result in having a behavior form filled out and a call/note home to parents.

Drop-off & Pick up
Please remember that school starts each day at 8:20.  Students may enter the building at 8:00 a.m., but not a minute earlier.  This is a school policy.  Please remember this, especially on those cold days that will be coming.

Friendly reminders for better traffic flow:

  • Utilize the lanes of traffic beginning at the entrance and under the overhang as well as the lanes around the island.
  •  If you need to speak with your child’s teacher, park in the lot and walk in.
  • Please continue to pull ahead as traffic is moving.
  • Pull all the way to the farthest space forward.
  • Stay in your vehicle, we will bring your child to you.

Parent/Teacher Organization (PTO)
At Oakland Academy, we have a wonderful PTO!  The PTO is always looking for new members to participate, so we encourage you to get involved. Continue to watch your child’s mail that comes home for more information with dates and times.

Box Tops/Campbell Soup Labels for Education
We will be collecting Box Tops and Campbell Soup Labels all year to help raise money for our school!  Please send any that you have in to school, and ask relatives to help save them, too!  If you would like a list of products that have labels or box tops, you can go to  www.labelsforeducation.com or www.boxtopsforeducation.com.

Scholastic Book Orders
Once a month I will be sending Scholastic book orders home with your child.  They will be due about 2 weeks later.  Book orders are a great way to build your child’s book collection and they make great gifts!

Breakfast and Lunch
Each morning we will be having a breakfast at 9:00am.  Students may purchase a breakfast from the school or they may bring one from home.  You can contact Mrs. Mitchell regarding school breakfast and lunch.  Please keep in mind that breakfast and lunches should be healthy as well as easy for your child to open.  We want to foster independence during this time, so please try to send containers that your child can manipulate.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.  I like to keep the communication line open.  You can send a note in your child’s planner, or leave a message in the office (324-8951) with Mrs. Mitchell.  I am available at 7:30 in the morning and after school until 4:00 every day if you would like to meet with me.  I am looking forward to a great year!!!

Sincerely,
Mrs. Becklar
3rd Grade Teacher