- What are the Common Core Learning Standards?
- Should I read to my child?
- Do I have to sign my child's tests?
- Should I help my child with their homework?
- What if I don't understand my child's homework?
- What happents if my child doesn't complete a homework assignment?
- What do I do if my child is struggling with a subject?
- Should I look at my child's backpack every night?
- Througout the year, how will I know if my child needs new school supplies?
- How do I keep up with what is going on in class?
- What is the report card like in third grade?
- When will my child receive their report card?
- Will my child be exposed to technology in third grade?
- What happens if my child is absent?
- Can my child join chorus?
- Are instrumental music lessons available in third grade?
- If my child takes an instrument, will he/she miss class instruction?
- When are PTA meetings?
- What will I learn at a PTA meeting?
- What is an appropriate snack to send in when celebrating my child’s birthday?
- How are chaperones chosen for field trips?
What are the Common Core Learning Standards?
The Common Core State Standards Initiative is a state-led effort coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). The standards were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts, to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce.
The standards are informed by the highest, most effective models from states across the country and countries around the world, and provide teachers and parents with a common understanding of what students are expected to learn. Consistent standards will provide appropriate benchmarks for all students, regardless of where they live.
These standards define the knowledge and skills students should have within their K-12 education careers so that they will graduate high school able to succeed in entry-level, credit-bearing academic college courses and in workforce training programs. The standards:
Are aligned with college and work expectations;
Are clear, understandable and consistent;
Include rigorous content and application of knowledge through high-order skills;
Build upon strengths and lessons of current state standards;
Are informed by other top performing countries, so that all students are prepared to succeed in our global economy and society; and are evidence-based.
(taken from http://www.corestandards.org/about-the-standards)
Should I read to my child?
Yes! You may see your child becoming more independent this year, but it is
still important that you continue to read to your child on a daily basis. l
They are not too old for this, and their reading will greatly benefit from
your modeling fluency and inflection while reading aloud to them.This year there
will be a big emphasis on non-fiction reading.
Do I have to sign my child’s tests?
Yes! When a test comes home, review it with your child. Your child should
make all of the corrections on a separate sheet of paper if there isn’t
enough room on the test. You should check to be sure the revisions are
correct. All tests must be signed by a parent and returned the next day. If
you would like to keep a test a little longer, just write me a note and I
will return it to you.
Absolutely! While third graders are capable of working on their own, it is
very important that you review their homework each night to ensure they are
on the right track. Any mistakes should be corrected while it is still
meaningful to your child.
Often, what is taught and how it is taught, is very different from when you
were in school. Your child can bring home their textbooks and notebooks to
refer to the examples completed in class. If this doesn’t help, contact me
and I will be glad to offer additional assistance.
Homework is very important because it reinforces the skills, strategies, and
concepts taught in class. If your child doesn’t complete an assignment, they
will receive a “missing homework mark” and this will be reflected on their
Contact me immediately! You can call the school at 783-5190 or send in a note
with your child. We will work together to help your child.
Yes! Each day many important notices come home. Please be sure to read all
notices and respond to them, as indicated, in a timely manner. Your
child’s “Home Folder” will contain school notices, as well as any notes from
me, or any homework assignments.
It is your child’s responsibility to let us know when they are running out of
pages in a given notebook or are in need of more pencils, markers, erasers
etc. There are forms in the classroom that they will fill out to let you know
what they need. I will sign the sheet so that I too am aware of what they
need to replenish.
The best way to keep informed as to what’s going on in class is to ask your
child! Ask them to tell you two things they learned in school, what projects
they’re working on, or what they wrote about in their journal. Read the
newsletters that I send home and visit my website. You can also visit
www.levittownschools.com for informative articles, teacher websites, and a
monthly report on what is taking place in all grades throughout the school.
This year the District will be implementing a new third grade report card. We will review it in detail at Back to School Night.
You will receive your child’s first report in December. We will have Parent/Teacher
conferences in October. Please sign up for a conference at Back to School Night.
Yes! Technology will be an integral part of our curriculum this year.
Students will work in the computer lab to research a variety of topics and
will utilize many different software programs. They will also actively use
the Smart Board. The Smart Board is an interactive tool that acts as a large
computer screen and is touch sensitive. Students will be incorporating
technology into all areas of the curriculum.
If your child is absent and you want the work for the day sent home, call the
office and inform them who it should be sent with or if you will come to
school to pick it up. When your child is sick, getting better is what’s most
important. We will work together to help your child catch up with the missed
work. Please remember to send in an absent note when your child returns to
Yes! Third grade is filled with many new exciting events, and chorus is one
of them. Your child can choose to join chorus. It meets before school, once
per week. Ms. Haas, our music teacher, teaches chorus. There are 2
concerts throughout the year.
Yes. Your child can sign up to play a string musical instrument and take lessons
with our instructional music teachers once per week for 40-minute sessions.
Yes. While your child is out of the room, class instruction will be taking
place. Your child will meet with me upon their return to see what they have
to complete that night for homework. Please check with your child to see what
additional homework they have on the days they go to music lessons.
PTA meetings are held in our school All Purpose Room once per month. You will
get a notice each month telling you when the meeting will be.
PTA meetings are a great way to keep up on what is going on in our school as
a whole. There is a principal’s report and a teachers’ report given to update
you on school events. You will learn about the committees that you can
volunteer for, school assemblies, and many issues that affect education at
the local, district, and state levels.
An appropriate snack to send in for your child’s birthday is something that
is quick and easy to distribute to all members of the class (munchkins,
cupcakes, etc.). A full size cake is not appropriate, as it would require too
much class time to distribute. Please do not send in drinks unless they are
in the form of a juice box. Healthy snacks are always appreciated.
I will send home a letter asking for volunteers for the trip. I will then
choose the names at random. You will be notified if your name was selected.