The Wild Geese Times

Introductions

Welcome to the third grade! My name is Mrs. Carriere, and I look forward to a year of learning and exploration. I wanted to provide you with a little information about our class and what we will be focusing on this term, as well as some of the routines we have established together in the classroom.

Virtual Classroom

Not only will I communicate through a class newsletter, but I also have our class blog running. This site will help you and your child keep up to date with announcements, find due dates for projects or assignments, and utilize fantastic links to useful websites that connect to the curriculum we are studying in class. Your child will become an expert at using these websites, and will be able to guide you through some of the online interactive learning we do, to enhance our classroom learning. I will do my best to keep this site up to date as far as announcements and due dates go. The links we use will be ongoing, and I will continue to add to them throughout the year. Students can access these links at home, and practice some of the skills we are learning in the classroom! Our website can be found at: www.kidblog.org/MrsCarrieresClass/


We will also be taking part in a Primary Blogging Community where we will share our learning experiences, through blogging, with students from around the world.

Homework

I am a firm believer in experiential learning, and I believe that your child can learn a lot from family events and excursions. Something as simple as making grocery lists together and accompanying you to the grocery store, helps your child become aware of the foods required for healthy living, as well as beginning to recognize food costs, money quantities, and the value of a dollar.


Completing homework is a learning skill on the report card that needs to be developed and practiced. The actual homework itself will not be graded, however, this is the best way for you to see how your child understands the material being taught in the classroom. I do expect that students are reading either to a family member or independently every night and I will be sending a reading log home with you to be signed each night.


Language Homework: Students will be bringing home a reading folder, and leveled books several times a week. They should be reading independently or with a family member each night. Twice a week they must complete an activity of their choice from the list provided in their folder.

Math homework: Math games and activities will be updated on the blog. Students are encouraged to play these games at home with their families to reinforce the skills they are learning in the classroom.


How Can I Help?

SCHOLASTIC: Thank you to everyone who has brought in money to support the Scholastic book program. When you buy materials for your child or family and friends through Scholastic, we earn Scholastic money to purchase material for the classroom. Scholastic book orders will be sent home monthly. Thank you for your continued support!


GYM: We have gym on days 2,4,6 and 10. Monday September 30th is a day 10, so that you can mark your calendar accordingly. Students need to have running shoes and a change of clothes to participate.


DONATIONS: Some parents have expressed an interest in wanting to purchase items for our class. I am so thankful to have such a generous group of parents! Here is a list of small items that would be consumed and greatly appreciated throughout the year:Kleenex, hand soap, paper towels, construction paper, masking tape, grade level books (in any language), markers, pencil crayons. I will update this section as the year progresses should you want to contribute. We are grateful for your generosity.

Use The Agenda

If you need to communicate with me you can always call and leave me a voice message. However, feel free to write notes to me in your child’s agenda. We write in them everyday, and I stamp them before they leave for the day, so I will read notes left by parents, and sign them to show you I have received them.

A Few Reminders

Water Bottles!

Students are encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle to school every day to keep with them at their desks. It is important to stay hydrated especially if it stays warm outside during the first couple months of school. Please do not send any juice, pop, or Gatorade type drinks to avoid any messy spills.

Food Restrictions

On another note we want to remind families that we have several students and staff in the school with life-threatening allergies to peanuts, nuts and other foods. We ask that you help care for these individuals by choosing lunches and snacks for your child that are nut-free. Also in keeping with the spirit of the Healthy Eating in Schools policy, we ask that when celebrating birthdays families consider donating a book to the classroom library or giving small gifts such as a pencil or a sticker. Please no loot bags and sweets.

Follow us on Twitter

We have a class twitter account, and will be updating you with all of the goings on in our classroom. Follow us @carrieresclass

Open House

Thursday, Oct. 3rd, 6pm

61 Edenbrook Hill Dr

Brampton, ON

Come in and visit us in room 204! Everyone is invited. Come see our classroom, and all of the wonderful things your child is creating. Remember, this is a time to introduce yourself, explore the classroom and meet the teacher. We will not be discussing student progress at this time.