Gregg at Claxton; 350-6557

News From Room 211, December 7, 2015

Hello, everyone! I hope everyone is well and enjoying the holiday season.

I hope you noticed a note in your child's planner on Friday. I've started a new behavior management system (the idea borrowed from another Claxton teacher and tweaked). Students earn positive marks for following our school and classroom rules. Great behavior for a math lesson? I might say "Please give yourself a smiley face". Or, if a rule is broken, I may say "If you were talking in the hall, please give yourself a tally mark". For every smiley face, students earn a point. For each tally, there is no negative consequence at this time. My hope is that students will begin to become aware of how much they're talking, or wandering in the room, or unfocused during a lesson. I want everyone to become more self aware. I am trusting students to be honest with themselves and with me. We all want everyone to have the environment they need to be successful. Each day we will be working toward having fewer tallies while increasing the positive behavior signs.

Points may be spent as follows:

  • 10 points - small snack
  • 20 points - bring a stuffed animal to school (tiny, please)
  • 30 points - sock feet in the classroom
  • 40 points - read a favorite picture book to the class
  • 50 points - trip to treasure box
  • 60 points - lunch with a friend
  • 70 points - sit with a friend
  • 80 points - Show and Tell

If you have any ideas for great reward for your students (these are some of their ideas), please let me know.

Please continue to check your child's planner each day and sign that you've seen the assignments for the day.

As always, I appreciate the support you show your child and our class. It is truly appreciated.

Have a great week,


Upcoming Events!

December 9 - Hour of Code - please ask your child about his/her experience coding

December 11 - Family Holiday Meal at Claxton - we hope you can join us

December 15 - 17 - Holiday Shoppe - note sent home last week; if you didn't see it, please let me know and I'll send another

December 16 - Muffins, Multiplying and Math, Oh My! (see your child's homework folder for the invitation) - 8:30am

December 16 - Winter Dance (3rd-5th grades) - 3:30 - 4:45

December 17 - Winter Concert - 6:00pm

If You Missed Curriculum Night

If you missed Third Grade's Curriculum Night, you may view the power point by clicking on the following link:

Week of 12/7/15 In Room 211

Math: Students continue multiplication and division; begin memorizing facts

Reading: Students will be reading fables, folktales and myths and determining the central message or lesson

Fundations: Unit 5 schwa

Social Studies: Branches of Government in North Carolina - duties, checks & balances

Writing: Students will write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.