Welcome to Third Grade!

Mrs. Allison's Amazing Third Graders

Mrs. Allison

I am so excited to be your child's teacher this year! This is my twelfth year teaching and my sixth class at JES. Fun fact: I was also once a parent here! I graduated from The University of Texas, El Paso, and hold a masters degree from Goucher. I have lived in 5 states, and grew up in a little town called Ocean Grove , New Jersey. I am married to my high school sweetheart, and we have 3 wonderful sons and a new daughter in law ( finally, someone to shop with!) I had an amazing summer, too. I went to the beach, saw a play in NYC, and my family threw me an incredible surprise party for my 50th! ( shhh! It's the new 30, isn't it? ;-)) I have 2 dogs, love pizza and chocolate chip mint ice cream (a little too much!), and I am crazy about my job! I look forward to a wonderful year ahead!

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Back to School Welcome Letter

Welcome to Third Grade!
August 24, 2015
Dear Parents,
Welcome to third grade at Jacksonville! My name is Anne Marie Allison and I will be your child’s teacher this year. I’m looking forward to an exciting year with your child!

Here is some information to help you navigate these third grade waters!

Baltimore County recommends 30 minutes of homework for 3rd grade students. Homework will be given Monday through Thursday and will usually consist of Math, Spelling and Reading. All third graders will copy their homework into their agenda notebook that will be kept with their Jacksonville folder and will be returned to school daily. I ask that you review your child’s homework each night with them, and feel free to help if needed. A 5 minute check from you at home can help clarify something for your child and ensure that they are doing their best. If your child is struggling, please write me a note in the agenda and I will help your child the following day. Homework should take NO longer than 30 minutes ( often less!) , or be a source of stress! We want confident and happy students!

All of the third grade classes will be going to lunch at the same time. Pack a lunch, or buy! ( I think the “mystery meat” from our school days is gone, but the square pizza is still here ;-))

Our scheduled specials are as follows:
~Monday- Art 9:30-10:20 (bring a smock the first day!)
~Tuesday- PE 9:30-10:20 (Don’t forget your sneakers!)
~Wednesday- PE 9:30-10:20 (Don’t forget your sneakers!) ~Thursday- Music 9:30-10:20 (Do-Re-Mi!!)
~Friday- Library 9:30-10:20 (Return books on Fridays!!)

All students will have reading class in the morning with their homeroom teacher. In addition to their homeroom/reading teacher, all students will be switching classes for afternoon rotations. One block will be for math, and the other block will for grammar/ spelling and social studies/science/or health based on the yearly schedule. Depending on the needs of each child, there may be changes to any class as necessary. Your child’s schedule will be coming home soon.

Due to our lunch schedule, it will not be necessary for the children to have a daily snack. However, we would appreciate donations of “class sized” snacks for us to share with the class every now and then. Pretzels, crackers, goldfish, granola bars, etc. are examples of appropriate snacks. We will use these snacks, as necessary, throughout the year. Please try to keep it healthy and peanut free! Water bottles may brought in daily. If your child has food allergies, please let me know and provide an alternative I can keep in class/ and give suggested snack ideas for parties.

We are no longer allowed to put these items on the required supply list, but they are necessary and would be much appreciated if you could donate one or all. Please help if you can. Baby wipes, Zip–loc bags (all sizes) and Puffs Plus tissues are items that would help.

I know that many children enjoy celebrating their birthdays with classmates. Please note that sugary edible birthday treats are no longer allowed at Jacksonville Elementary. This is a new policy adopted by the entire school. There can be NO PEANUTS or PEANUT PRODUCTS at any time brought into our classroom. Our new principal is suggesting a wrapped gift for the class that the birthday child can open for the class: (recess balls, indoor recess board game, bubbles, chalk) but anything is completely optional.
Your child may bring in sports equipment to school if it fits in their locker. Our school is no longer allowing lacrosse or football equipment for safety reasons.

Lockers: Your child will have a locker for their backpacks and lunch storage. Please also send in a change of clothes ( the playground gets super muddy!) and some chap-stick and lotion to keep in the locker and use as needed.

Please do not hesitate to contact me any time! You may call the school office, send a note with your child, or email me at aallison@bcps.org. I will get back to you as soon as possible. Although messages can be sent through BCPS One, the best way to communicate with me is using my BCPS email.
Your cooperation and support will always be appreciated! I look forward to seeing everyone at Back to School Night, September 2. It’s going to be an informative evening that I know you will not want to miss. Hope to see you then!

Mrs. Anne Marie Allison
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So Much to Learn This Year!

This year, your child will learn multiplication and division. They will study the Chesapeake Bay, and design and build their own Safe Racer car. They will read WONDERFUL AND INTERESTING novels! We will have a fable fair, create and present an economics project, and research Greek myths! And of course, your child will write and present a biography of one of their parents at one our most special days in third grade: Biography Day! It's going to be an exciting year!