3rd Grade Expectations


You can expect students to bring home a Thursday folder and a homework folder.  The Thursday folder will contain work they have completed at school, as well as, any official school notices.  The homework folder will be expected to come home each day and be returned to school the next morning.  It is expected that students will read at least 20 minutes each evening or a total of 80 minutes per week as part of their homework.  Students should spend an average of 30 minutes each evening on homework.  Students will not have homework over the weekend. 


Students will be using the Wonders spelling and word work program this year. Students will be given benchmark assessments throughout the year to determine which spelling level is most appropriate for them.  Each week students will study a specific word pattern and have a differentiated spelling list to study. 


Students will be issued a Pine Grove planner.  This will come home every evening and needs to be returned to school each day.  Students will be writing important things going on at school, homework assignments, and any reminders.  Children are expected to share their planners with their parents and get a parent signature each day.  This is a great means of communication between school and home.

Lunch and Snack

Third grade will have lunch at 11:50AM and recess at 12:10PM.  If you would like to eat with your child, please arrive at the cafeteria at 11:50AM.  You can visit the parent portal to make payments or view your child’s lunch account.  We encourage you to provide your child with a nutritious breakfast each morning, as it helps students to be alert and better able to concentrate.  Water bottles with lids that stay on are fine to bring to school and keep in the classroom throughout the week.  All water bottles will be taken home on Fridays.  Students may also bring one healthy snack (carrots, crackers, apples, etc.) to school.  


Your child may bring in a birthday treat to share with their classmates.  Please feel free to bring a healthy treat (i.e. fruit, cereal bars, cheese and crackers, etc.), a small party favor for each student (i.e. pencils, stickers, tattoos, etc.), or donate a book to our classroom library. We are a nut free classroom.  Please read all labels closely prior to sending in treats.


Pine Grove has a school wide discipline plan that we will be following that is located in the Pine Grove Student Handbook.  We work hard on making good choices in our classroom.  If at any time you have questions or concerns, I have an open door policy and encourage you to call, email, or set up an appointment to meet with me.  I feel I am able to better service your child’s needs with strong communication.


Parent volunteers help our class run smoothly.  We appreciate any way you would like to help.  I need volunteers for Thursday folders, grading papers, working with small groups of students in math and reading, and mystery guests.  Please let me know how you would like to help our class this year.


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