Mrs. Torgler's 3rd Grade Class

March 15, 2018

This week's news...

Hello Parents and Guardians,

School is quickly winding down if you can believe it. There are only a few big events coming up before the school year is over! I wanted to communicate some concerns of things happening in our classroom though. Students have been arriving with gum almost daily, which wouldn't be a problem if it didn't end up on the floor and I have to pick it up. Please do not let your child bring gum to school even if they are being a nice friend and sharing! I have also had to designate a basket specifically for toys, cell phones and tablets, because they are a distraction to our learning and making noises in our closet. If you allow your child to bring a phone it needs to be turned off. There is a protocol if you need to contact your child or vice versa. That communication needs to be done through the office staff. Before school double check with them that they know how they are getting home, and all other information or changes can be notified to me and your child through the office during the day.

The last concern I wanted to make you aware of is that our behaviors have declined through the past three weeks or so. Myself and other adults that help in our classroom have been on the receiving end of a lot of disrespect. Lip smacking, rolling eyes, and refusal to follow directions are the big thing we see. Not every student is exhibiting this kind of behavior, but it does make it hard to do our best thinking and learning. Mr. Douglas is aware of our class environment and has talked with many of the students, and I have made many phone class home to address this. I constantly remind the students that it is their choice for how they behave. They know the expectations and what is right, but no one else can force them to make the right choice. Reading 20 minutes and practicing spelling words every night has not changed either. You can reiterate the importance of being a good person to your child. Help your child make responsible choices that will help them grow into a positive citizen. It will not only help them, but it will help others around them too.

A look ahead...

Over the next 3 weeks we will be finishing up our math content for third grade, week 4 is spring break, week 5 is going to be a review week, and week 6 is the AIR test for both reading and math. The students have gained so much knowledge in their reading and writing that I am confident they will do well. We will continue to apply ourselves to do our best each day up to when we take the test and in the weeks that follow so that we can finish off the year strong. It continues to be extremely important that you make sure your child gets enough sleep and eats well at home so that they have the energy and confidence to do what they need to do here at school. Thank you for all you do!! It is much appreciated!

Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself. -John Dewey

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