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Title: Back to School Night

Back to School Night
  • Mrs. Ferrells third grade class
  • August 17, 2011
  • (951)696-1401 x2325
  • When emailing,
    please put your childs name on the subject line

Character Counts
  • Character Counts is a philosophy that our
    district embraces.
  • It is made up of six pillars that we strive to
    instill in ourselves and our students.
  • The pillars are to be trustworthy, respectful,
    responsible, fair, caring, and a good citizen.

Classroom Expectations
  • In our class, we have established the following
    expectations (Main character pillars shown can
    be towards oneself or others)
  • 1. Follow directions the first time they are
    given. (Demonstrates Responsibility, Respect,
  • 2. Be ready to learn. (Demonstrates
    Responsibility, Respect, Trustworthiness, Good
  • 3. Do your best. (Demonstrates
    Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility,
    Fairness, Caring, and Good Citizenship.)

Classroom Expectations (continued)
  • 4. Respect yourself and others. (Demonstrates
    Respect, Caring, and Good Citizenship.)
  • 5. Use appropriate voice levels and behavior.
    (Demonstrates Good Citizenship, Respect, and
  • 6. Be an active learner. (Demonstrates
    Respect, Responsibility, and Good Citizenship.)
  • 7. Be nice to people and things. (Demonstrates
    Caring, Respect, Fairness, and Good Citizenship.)

Classroom Environment
  • Since childrens abilities to tolerate heat or
    cold vary, you may choose to encourage your child
    to dress in layers that may be easily added or
    removed as desired. Please label any clothing,
    such a sweaters and jackets, with the childs
    first and last name. Many items end up in the
    lost and found and are never reclaimed.
  • Sending a water bottle labeled with the students
    name is strongly encouraged.

Dress Code and Calls Home
  • The parent/student handbook, which is now online,
    outlines proper dress code, including shoes. If
    a student is not following the dress code, he or
    she may be sent to the office to call home to get
    a change of clothes.
  • Calls made to home will be made from the office,
    not the classroom. This includes calls for
    forgotten items, illness, etc.

Planned Third Grade Activities
  • Square dancing
  • Santa Rosa Plateau field trip
  • Temecula town tour field trip
  • Animal Shelter presentation
  • History in a Trunk Old Fashioned Kid assembly
  • Pennies for Paws a charitable collection for
    a local animal shelter

Language Arts
  • We are using the Houghton-Mifflin reading series
    in grades 2 - 5. (
  • It is an integrated series containing reading,
    spelling, grammar, phonics, and writing. We will
    be doing writing separate from the series.
  • Many of the assignments are tied to the weekly

Language Arts (continued)
  • We will also be doing many reading activities
    separately from the series. This includes time
    for the students to read to themselves, read to
    others, and meet one-on-one or in small groups
    with the teacher to target each students
    individual needs.

  • Most students are moving from invented spelling
    to conventional spelling.
  • Regular spelling list follows a spelling pattern
    or rule.
  • Students will need to be able to write the words
    and sentences, including capitalization and
    punctuation, correctly.

Spelling (continued)
  • Students are expected to spell words that are in
    front of them (on the board or on the page), as
    well as commonly used words, correctly regardless
    of subject.
  • In rough drafts of writing assignments, students
    are allowed to use invented spelling.
  • In final copies, we try to use only conventional
  • For report cards, spelling in writing will be
    weighed more heavily, but test scores will be
    taken into account as well.

Universal Access
  • We will be grouping for Universal Access, which
    is designed to meet each childs individual
    needs. Your child may be meeting with another
    teacher for this. We are planning to start this
    after the first month of school and will continue
    until state testing time. It will be for 30
    minutes three times a week.
  • This is being done in third grade throughout the
    district to help students meet their needs.

Universal Access (continued)
  • The purpose of Universal Access is to target each
    child at their level and target the skills and
    strategies needed to help them to become more
    successful in language arts, whether your child
    would benefit more from being challenged with
    advanced work, getting more time to work on grade
    level activities, or remediation. In any case, it
    is meant to be a second dose of teaching, not a
    replacement for grade level work.

  • Our district has adopted the Houghton-Mifflin
    California Math program. (
  • It is arranged by chapters focused on certain
    standards and aspects of math. Spiral review
    sections allow the students to practice what they
    have already learned.
  • The class will do the lesson from the book, then
    the students will do some practice. This
    involves problems from the book and/or the
    consumable pages from the Daily Routines book.

Math (continued)
  • For homework, assigned problems will be indicated
    on the weekly homework packet. If it is given,
    students will most often do the whole homework
    page. The back side of the page (leveled problem
    solving) may have some required problems (usually
    numbers 1 and 2), but any other part of the page
    (or all) will be considered optional for
    additional practice. If you have any questions
    on the problems, write me a note in the margin.

Math (continued)
  • One change our class will be doing this year is
    that we will be doing homework one week behind
    what we are doing in class. This should allow
    your child more practice with the skills before
    working on them at home. Chapter tests will be
    given after the homework for the chapter is

Math (continued)
  • One of the ways you will be able to access the
    information taught will be the on-line version of
    the book. To access the math ebook, go to
    http// Our user name
    is mrsferrell and the password is ferrell.
  • Another way is the CD version of the book. This
    may be checked out, but you will need to commit
    to reimbursing the district for lost/damaged CDs.
  • I will keep you informed if any changes to how we
    will be doing math come up.

Social Studies
  • For our Social Studies text, we have adopted a
    series called Reflections, by Harcourt School
    Publishers. Our book is titled Our Communities.
  • This series contains a website (www.harcourtschool
    .com/hss) with educational games, efield trips
    and other information that complement the
    lessons. We also have a CD-ROM version of the
    book. If you would like to, you may check one
    out. The book is also available online.
    Information will be given so you may access it.
    You will be given a user name and password.

  • In Science, we are using Macmillan/McGraw-Hills
    California Science. Information is on line at
    It contains animated activities and quizzes as
    well as other information.

Social Studies and Science
  • We focus on one subject (social studies or
    science) at a time. Chapters or units may be
    given in any order where the information is not
    based on what was previously taught. All test
    answers will be based on information in the
  • Social studies and science tests usually cover
    two weeks work and are given during the second
    week of the chapter. Study guides are given and
    cover the information on the test. Studying is
    considered part of the homework.

Physical Education
  • We may do physical activities on any day, so
    correct footwear and clothing are vital to your
    childs ability to participate. These are also
    required to play at recess. We may plan to run
    on the track or do other physical activities on
    any given day.
  • Our main physical education program is the SPARK
    program. We also square dance, which helps keep
    them on their toes.
  • P.E. is a required part of school. Students are
    expected to participate unless they have a parent
    note limiting or excusing them with the day or
    days listed. For problems that last longer than
    a week, we will need a doctors note.

Standards/Report Cards
  • Our report card categories are based on the
    standards. This year, all report cards will be
    created online, then printed for you.
  • The actual standard being reported will be shown
    on the report card. These are our key standards
    and the ones our district feels are most
    important to share with others. All standards
    are taught and addressed.

Standards Grades v. Classroom Grades
  • Report cards are currently standard based.
  • Standards are the list of things the state says
    third graders should know by the end of the year.
  • Report card grades are expressed by numbers.

Standards Grades v. Classroom Grades (continued)
  • 1 means that a student is currently performing
    far below basic level towards meeting the grade
    level standard at this point in time.
  • 2 means that the student is performing below
    basic level towards meeting the grade level
    standard at this point in the year.

Standards Grades v. Classroom Grades (continued)
  • 3 means that the student is performing at a
    basic level towards meeting the grade level
    standard (a little below).
  • 4 means that the student is performing at a
    proficient level toward meeting the grade level
    standard. This is the level where we would like
    for our students to be performing, since it is at
    grade level.

Standards Grades v. Classroom Grades (continued)
  • 5 means that a student is performing at an
    advanced level. It indicates that a child has
    not only met the standard, but consistently
    extends the skill and exceeds the grade level
    standard in that area.
  • Letter grades and percentage grades are given on
    classroom tests. They contribute to the standard
    grade, but are not interchangeable. They show the
    score for that particular test.

  • Daily work is given in multiple subjects.
  • Assignments need to be correctly completed and
    returned promptly, usually the same day.
  • Unless otherwise noted, all incomplete and/or
    incorrect work is to be taken home, fixed and/or
    finished, and returned the next day.

Classwork (continued)
  • Two days after an assignment is due, a student
    may receive recess detention. This may be for
    class work or for work taken home, including for
  • If an assignment has not been correctly completed
    and returned by Friday, it will be noted on the
    students weekly report.

Classwork (continued)
  • If it is not done by the following Friday, it
    will receive a ?, and it is too late to receive
    credit. (It was assigned over one week earlier.)
  • If this is a reoccurring problem, it may affect
    the students report card in several areas.
  • A daily check out is available upon request to
    help keep you and your child informed of missing
    assignments each day rather than waiting until
    the end of the week.

  • It is assigned in packet form on Mondays (or the
    first day of the week).
  • Every night from Monday to Thursday your child is
    given assignments. It will usually include
    reading, math, and studying for tests.
  • It should take up to 30 minutes a night, not
    including reading time.
  • The packet is due on the morning of the last day
    of the week (usually Friday), and should be
    completed with a parent signature and a new
    reading log entry for each school day.

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Studying for Tests
  • In third grade study skills become very
    important. This is a good time to focus on the
    proper way to study and then do so at home. It
    will give him or her a good foundation upon which
    he or she can build as he gets older and the
    amount of information increases in both quantity
    and difficulty. Please help your child by
    reminding him or her to study and even helping
    him or her study to improve these skills.

Corrected Work
  • Work will be returned to you on the first day of
    the school week unless notice is given.
  • The weekly report needs to be signed and
    returned. All other papers (work and tests) in
    the packet are yours to keep.
  • Weekly reports are as accurate as possible as of
    the morning they are given.
  • Weekly reports show absences/tardies/leaving
    early, behavior, status of the previous weeks
    homework packet and class work, and comments.
  • Papers in this packet should have either a grade
    or a stamp to show completion.

Parental Involvement
  • Parents are a vital link in a childs successful
    school career.
  • For information about activities in our class,
    read the newsletter on page 2 of your childs
    homework packet.
  • Let me know about any problem you see as soon as
    possible so we can work together to resolve them.
  • The best ways to get in touch with me are to
    e-mail, leave a voice-mail message, send a note,
    or set up an appointment.

Parent Volunteers
  • Volunteers are welcome at anytime, but setting up
    a time is recommended so your time is well spent.
    You will need to fill out a form in the office
    each year.
  • Volunteers are required to check into the office
    and follow the procedures there before coming to
    class. Please check out afterwards.
  • Parent volunteer trainings are offered.
  • School policy does not allow younger siblings in
    the classroom.

Special Occasions
  • Due to federal/state regulations and district
    policy (effective July 1, 2007), we have more
    restrictions on our special occasions including
    food. Please take care to follow these
    guidelines to avoid putting anyone in an awkward
  • All food/beverage items served to students must
    be commercially cooked or prepared and in the
    original, sealed packages. No items cooked or
    prepared in a private home may be served.
  • All food/beverage items must be stable at room
    temperature unless proper cold/hot temperatures
    can be maintained. Cold foods must be maintained
    at 40 degrees or lower. Hot food must be
    maintained at 135 degrees or higher.
  • For additional information, please refer to the
    student handbook.

Special Occasions (continued)
  • As a school, we are limiting the number of
    parties to a maximum of one a month. If you wish
    to celebrate your childs birthday, it will need
    to be on a prearranged date. (We may need to have
    one party for all birthdays for the month and/or
    combine them with holiday celebrations.) They
    will all be held after lunch. Prearrangement
    also allows us to avoid problems involving issues
    such as food allergies or to make arrangements
    for students who do not participate.

Thank you
  • If you have further questions, send a note with
    your child, call 696-1401 x2325 and leave a voice
    message, or email at
    please include your childs name in the subject
  • For class information, including access to some
    important papers, go to my class website
  • If you need to meet with me, please set up an
    appointment outside of class time.