In order for a classroom to run smoothly, both academically and socially, students must be respectful. My discipline procedures are in place to provide a positive learning environment based on the school and classroom rules.
I use a clip chart system. The clip chart consists of a chart that has been divided up into levels. All students start the day on Ready To Learn. Then, during the day the students can move their clothespins up or down the chart based on their behavior. When students reach the top of the chart, Outstanding, he or she gets to choose a reward. If a student makes poor choices, he or she moves down the chart. The chart allows a student to make a mistake, think about it, and then be able to move up the chart again.
My students clip up when they:
-go the extra mile to help a student in need.
-are the first or second to do what I ask.
-are extra polite and respectful.
-do amazingly good work.
My students clip down when they:
-interrupt me when I'm teaching.
-are disrespectful to another student or adult.
-cannot sit still or purposely keep another student from learning.
-do not behave during lunch time or specials.
At the end of the day the students document what color they are on their own behavior chart, which allows them to earn daily and weekly rewards.
The students will get a blank reading log at the beginning of each month. Each student should read a minimum of 15 minutes a day for 5 days per week. The log needs to be signed and dated by the parent(s). I will be checking the logs every Friday.
It is very important that the students complete their nightly reading. The only way to become a better reader is to read frequently in a variety of genres and at varying levels of difficulty. Reading is a lifelong skill (and hopefully passion) that I hope each student will embrace and enjoy.
The students will get a blank math log at the beginning of each month. Each student should practice math facts for a minimum of 5 minutes a day for 5 days per week. The log needs to be signed and dated by the parent(s). I will be checking the logs every Friday.
It is very important that the students complete their nightly math. The only way to become a better in math is to practice.
I will send home a book order form at least once a month. Participation is completely voluntary. If you would like to order books for your child, please return the order form by the indicated date and enclose a check (made out to Scholastic) for the exact amount of the purchase.
In accordance with District 118’s student wellness initiative both edible and inedible treats are no longer permitted to help celebrate students’ birthdays. Each student will be recognized in class for his or her special day.
* If your child is planning a party outside of school, please do not bring invitations to pass out at school unless every boy or every girl (respectively) in the class is invited. Invitations to select students can be sent to the child’s home. This is to prevent hurt feelings of students not invited to the party.
Lunch cost $2.70 and milk costs $0.40. Multiple lunches may be purchased with checks payable to Palos School District 118.
If you wish, you may send a snack to school with your child daily. Keep in mind that this will be a “working snack”. The children will be doing their work and handling papers, books, and materials while they munch. This will not allow for spoons, straws, utensils, or juice boxes. Below is a list of approved snacks for your child to bring to school for the mid-morning snack. Please adhere to the guidelines so we can continue working quietly.
Approved snacks for third grade:
-Fruits or veggies (that don’t have to be peeled or sliced at school)
‘100’ calorie packs
Our goal is for students to spend no more than 30 minutes a day on homework. Students should spend about 20 minutes a day on reading and 10 minutes a day studying spelling words/multiplication facts.