Third Grade News You Can Use

August 9, 2018

Mrs. Clifton, Mrs. Hatcher, Mrs. Martin, Mrs. Biggs, Mrs. Bonner


We want to welcome each and everyone of you to 3rd Grade. We are excited for this upcoming school year and cannot wait for next Wednesday! Every week, a newsletter will be sent out with all the information you may need. We will include curriculum, important info and dates, along with tips and guidelines to help your student. This week, we are including all the information provided in our 3rd Grade Meet the Teacher Handout. Excited to meet everyone soon!

Daily Schedule

9:05-9:40 Block 1

9:40-9:55 Recess

9:55-10:40 Block 1 (cont'd.)

10:40-11:25 Specials

11:25-11:40 Recess 1

1:40-12:05 Block 2

12:05-12:35 Lunch

12:35-12:50 Recess

12:50 - 1:55 Block 2 (cont'd.)

1:55-2:10 Recess

2:10-3:35 Block 3

3:35 Dismissal

Class Dojo

We use ClassDojo to track student behavior. Each day, your child has the opportunity to earn positive & negative points based on his/her behavior. ClassDojo Messaging allows me to send quick messages straight to your cell phone. I use this for reminders and important updates. You do not need a smart phone to receive messages. The ClassDojo app (free for iPhone & Android) also allows you to send messages to me. This is by far the best way to contact me, as I frequently see these messages before emails! We are asking that all parents sign up at Meet the Teacher Night.

Technology In The Classroom

Our classroom will use lots of technology! Students will use all of the technology available to us throughout the year to expand their knowledge of technology and how it can be used constructively in our daily lives. Students will create PowerPoint presentations, learn basic coding skills, complete online research, and more throughout this year! From time to time, homework may be assigned that requires the use of a computer, tablet, or smart phone. As we all know, the use of technology is not without its setbacks. In the event of technological difficulties or issues, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will do everything I can to help!

Flexible Seating

Our class uses Flexible Seating. Instead of traditional desks, you will see a wide variety of seating options, including standing tables, floor height tables, stools, stability balls, and more. Research has shown that flexible seating: - helps student attention spans, leading to increased achievement. - promotes active learning. - helps students with ADHD, Autism, and other special needs. - develops a sense of community and builds student social skills. - encourages students to take responsibility for their learning. - motivates students to want to come to school. - is loved by students and teachers! Students will be able to choose their own seat daily, and work in a location that suits them. Some student supplies traditionally stored in desks will be kept in book boxes on our shelves for easy access. Students can grab their book box and take it to the spot they have chosen. Many supplies, such as markers, glue, etc., will be collected for community use. These will be stored in the classroom for all students to use as needed. I am very excited about using flexible seating in our classroom this year. I know it might seem a little different from what you’re used to in a traditional classroom, but I believe it will help each student in our class be the best learner they can be. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email or Dojo message me.

LE3 Time

What is LE3?

It's the Lobo Learning Lab created to Engage, Equip and Empower our students. This is a daily scheduled built in intervention and enrichment time where teachers will work in small groups on targeted skills. This will provide students opportunities for enrichment and skill improvement.


Third graders are expected to read 20 minutes each night in a book of their choosing. Research has shown daily independent reading to be one of the most important factors in predicting student success in school. Please encourage your child to read daily, and ask questions about what he/she is reading! Be on the look out for additional math practice throughout the year. Any incomplete work in the classroom may be sent home to be completed.

School Suppies

1- 2-inch binder (not zippered)

1- set of colored plastic dividers

1- packs of notebook paper

6- spiral notebooks (plain color with no


1- pencil pouch for binder

2- pack of 24 crayons

2- pack of 12 Crayola Colored Pencils

2- packages of fat tip markers

1- package fine tip markers for art

4- packages of 24 pencils

1- pencil sharpener with cover

8- glue sticks

8- Expo dry erase markers

4- highlighters


2- boxes of tissues

1- set of earbuds/headphones

1- pack 12 X 18 manila paper

Clorox Wipes

1- Box Zip-Loc Gallon