Welcome Parents and Students to Mrs. Anderson's Class!
Dear Parents and Students,
Welcome to Mrs. Anderson's class for third grade! I hope you had a wonderful summer, are healthy, and have been able to rest and relax. These are certainly unprescedented times and as I write this letter, the structure of school for September is not yet known. What I can tell you, is that you have my unwaivering commitment to your child and your family as we navigate whatever life brings our way. This year will mark my 25th year teaching at Lee Road! I am anticipating a wonderful year of academic growth and social/emotional development for each student in my class. Please take a moment to read the following information, as it will help both your child and you get off to a great start!
This year, our reliance on technology is going to be more prevalent than in the past. My desire to work with you in partnership for your child's education, is of paramount importance to me. To that end, I will be using the Remind App, Google Classroom, and District email as forms of communication with you. Of course, I always welcome a good ol' fashion phone call, so please know I am availble to speak with you as well. If I call you from my home phone, I do have a private number, so please be sure your contact number accepts private calls. As you know, our District will be moving to the Google Classroom platform and all students will be receiving a personal device. There will be many opportunities for learning this new technology and I will help you through it.
Your child's mental and emotional health and development are a top priority to me. I understand that we have all been affected by the pandemic in a variety of ways. Students have been through a lot and I will keep their overall well-being at the forefront of my lessons and interactions with them. I will be teaching Mindfulness this year to my students. I am a Certified Mindfulness Instructor. Students will learn strategies to help them improve focus, attention, and specific ways to help them manage their emotions. I will continue to educate parents regarding mindfulness and am always eager to speak to you regarding any questions you may have.
This year we will be using the Reading Series, Journeys. It is based upon the NY State Common Core Learning Standards and will encompass all areas of literacy for third grade. Lots of information will be coming home regarding this program and I will be happy to address any specific questions you may have about it. I am also a Certified Reading Teacher and teaching third graders to read and comprehend complex text is my passion.
In In Math, we will be using the EnVision 2.0 math program. We will be kicking off the year learning multiplication and divison concepts. It is imperative that your child have the basic addition and subtraction facts memorized. Please ensure this is the case by practicing a little each night. EnVision 2.0 is comprehensive and digs deep into mathematical concepts, revisits concepts, and has a challenging problem -solving component that is extremely important in third grade.
Students will be engaged in a lot of nonfiction reading in school, and should also be reading non-fiction at home. A big portion of the writing in third grade is also going to be based on factual information. Students will need to write responses to questions based upon 'text based facts' or 'evidence from the text'. Of course this will all be taught to my students with clear, precise, deliberate instruction, however, it is important for all parents to be familar with these, more rigorous expectations placed upon our children.
Students will be using the Dimensions Science program this year. Dimensions is a program that integrates science and technology with a strong hands-on component that is engaging and fun! Students will also be engaging in STEAM projects throughout the year.
If we return to in-person school, students will be using a S.T.A.R. (Students Taking Academic Responsibilty) binder. This binder will hold all important information for your child. It will include their Agenda book where homework is copied, test review sheets, tests for you and your child to review, newsletters from me, and many other important documents that pertain to our class. Students are expected to bring the STAR binder back and forth from home to school each day. Please be sure to look through this binder daily. The STAR binder is a great way to teach student responsibility and accountabilty and students tend to embrace this new task.
The relationship between home and school is of paramount importance to me. As a mother of a 9th and 10th grader, I know how important close communication is between parent and teacher. Please do not hesitate to contact me at school (434-7475), email, or Remind App to discuss any concern or question you have. It will always be my pleasure to speak with you regarding your child. Please sign up for text/email reminders by clicking on "Remind App" on the left-hand side of this screen, click on the link, and follow the instructions to sign up! You will be receiving questionaiires/surveys from me that will help me get to know your child better. I thank you in advance for completing them. I truly look forward to a wonderful year of growth and development for each of my third graders!!!
Please have your child bring all of their school supplies on the first day of school. It is important that their supplies are labeled as well. Please send your child to school with a healthy snack as well every day.