Welcome to third grade

with Ms. Jacinto in room 31

September 3rd, 2013

Third grade at Cheltenham Elementary is an incredible adventure filled with wonderful experiences! We will learn and have fun by conducting science experiments, completing math investigations, writing stories, reading fantastic books, making new friends, and learning how to be a much more independent learner! I am very excited to work with you and your child during this school year!

Important Dates, Class schedule, & Supplies

Important Dates

September 3rd - First day of school

September 5th & 6th - School closed - Rosh Hashanah

September 11th - Back to School Night @ 7pm

Room 31's weekly schedule

Monday - Music & Physical Education

Tuesday - Art

Wednesday - Music & Library

Thursday - Art

Friday - Physical Education

Please help your children be prepared for these classes by sending them in with their music, books, and sneakers on the appropriate days. Below are a few items which are a suggested school supply list for this coming school year. Please label supplies with your child’s first and last name.

· 1 large backpack (no wheels)

· 1 marble composition notebook

· 1 spiral notebook

· 1 box of coloring tools (student’s preference)

· 2 boxes of pencils

· Erasers

· 1 pack of dry erase markers

· Supply box or bag (to hold supplies neatly in the desk)

· Glue stick or bottle of glue

· Scissors

· 2 large boxes of tissues (to share with the class)

· 1 Clorox or equivalent wipes (to share with the class)

Team Effort

In our school, learning is a team effort, and you and I have a common goal to help your child become an independent and joyful learner. I find that by having a classroom management program that is both warm and demanding, my students and I are able to put the majority of our energy into academics. I would like to take this opportunity to let you know about a classroom management program that I use to maximize instructional time. Dr. Thomas Phelan, a clinical psychologist, developed this program, called 1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12. It is a research-based program that incorporates specific and gentle techniques to stop undesirable behavior as well as to encourage positive behavior.

There are 3 steps to 1-2-3 Magic:

Step 1 involves managing and identifying each undesirable behavior by counting to 1, 2, or 3. If the student reaches a third count, the student must spend ten minutes of his or her recess quietly sitting at his or her desk. This simple technique is remarkably helpful, but only if the adult using it follows what are known as the No-Talking and No-Emotion rules when counting the undesirable behaviors.

Step 2 involves encouraging good behavior. There are simple methods for encouraging constructive actions in kids through positive reinforcement such as praise and earning classroom fun passes.

Step 3 involves using some valuable tools for maintaining healthy relationships with children, including active listening, shared fun, and class meetings.

All of these steps work together and contribute to a positive classroom climate where your child will feel welcome and comfortable, and where he or she will work and learn productively.

Home and school communication is another important component to the success of the students, so I will also be sending home a behavior calendar each evening with comments about your student’s behavior. The comments will provide opportunities to praise your child and to communicate any behaviors that need improvement. Please have an adult initial under the comments section each night. Other forms of school communication will come through homework assignments, which support classroom instruction, classroom emails/newsletters to keep you informed of our activities, and a classroom webpage with classroom, building, and district information, news, and links. Ways to support your child at home are to help your child with daily homework, read to your child as often as possible, practice math facts together, accompany them to our school activities, and call, email, or stop by the classroom if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to visit! I look forward to meeting you soon!