ABC’s of Rm207

ABSENCES: Much of our learning takes place together in class. We do lots of hands-on activities and group work. Please plan to attend school every day, except in cases of illness or emergencies. If your child will be absent, please call the Elementary School Office.

AFTER-SCHOOL ACTIVITIES: Students have the opportunity to participate in many different activities after school each semester to enrich their learning. The activities usually run for 10 weeks. Keep an eye out for the announcement for enrollment in ASA at the beginning of each Semester.

ARRIVAL at school can begin at 7:00am, although the bell does not ring until 7:20am. Please try to arrive at school no later than 7:15am, as it takes most students 5-10 minutes to get organized for the day.

BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS: As you know, we have many students & teachers (myself included) with specific food allergies.  Please do not send food “treats” to school.  Please be assured that your child’s birthday is very important and we like to celebrate and highlight birthdays in non-food ways.  Our class will be fundraising for two charitable causes, rather than buying/baking a treat. The money that would be used to buy or bake a treat can be donated (optional) to either charitable cause instead.
Out of consideration to others, please do not send birthday party invitations to be distributed at school unless all children in our class receive an invitation.

CLASS BLOG: We have a class blog (which you are looking at right now!) It is like a window into our learning in Room 207.  Please add it to your bookmarks or consider subscribing to our blog by email – so that every time we update the blog you will get an email.  This will help you keep up-to-date with everything that is going on in our classroom. (Subscribe via email button is on the top right hand sidebar of our blog – simply type in your email and click on Subscribe).

CONFERENCES are held in October (Parent/Teacher) and March (Student-Led). Watch for information and reply accordingly. I am also available to conference as needed, however, we will need to schedule a time convenient for both of us. Please email me to schedule a time if you need to.

DISMISSAL: Class is dismissed at 2:05pm. Room 207 students will be dismissed from their specials every day except for B day. (Dismissed from the classroom). Bus riders should go straight to their bus.  If there are any changes in home transportation, please send a note/email to me as soon as possible.

EARLY RELEASE DAYS will take place once a month on a Tuesday. On Early Release Tuesdays, students eat lunch at school and are dismissed at 1:05pm, instead of 2:05pm. See Calendars Page to subscribe to the ES Calendar.

EMERGENCY CARDS should be on file in the office. If your address, or any of your phone numbers change, please inform the Elementary School Office (and me!).

EMAIL is my preferred method of communication because of the quick turn-around. If you have an email address that you check regularly, please provide it to me to maximize our communication. I promise to respond to your emails within 24-48 hours.  My email is

FIELD TRIPS: We will be taking at least one field trip this year. Details will be announced on our blog and in an announcement notice that will be sent home.

HOMEWORK: Weekly homework will consist of word study (spelling patterns and vocabulary) and sometimes math practice (two-three worksheets/week). Homework is generally due the next day unless otherwise stated. A minimum of 20 minutes of nightly reading is also expected for a total of 140 minutes a week.

INDEPENDENCE is a goal for students because it builds self-esteem and self-confidence. Third graders are very capable of doing many things on their own and I encourage them to do as much as they can for themselves in the classroom. Please encourage them to think through and problem-solve in everyday situations.

INTERNATIONAL DAY:  This year International Day is Friday, November 30th.  During the week, Students are able to wear t-shirts from different countries.  Don’t forget to pick up some on your travels during the year.  On Friday, students may dress in the costumes of their country as well as enjoy a day of many different activities from around the world.  This is one of my favourite days at ISB.

JOURNALS (or work/exercise books) are used in every subject area. They may be taken home as needed for the purposes of studying or sharing, however, they should be brought back to school as they are used frequently.

KEEP INFORMED by reading our class blog every week and checking your child’s bag daily for notes and information. Our class blog is updated regularly to share events, lessons, and photos from our classroom activities. Please consider subscribing to the class blog via email (see top right hand box in the sidebar)

LUNCH takes place at 11.10am in the Elementary School Cafeteria.  Recess for 3rd Graders is first at 10:45am.  Please check this link: Cafeteria Menu for lunch choices or see the display board outside the ES Cafeteria.

MYSTERY READERS: Would you like to read to the class? Shhhh…keep it a secret and sign up to be a Mystery Reader. Kids love surprises! I will send home available dates – you pick the date(s) that work best for you.

NEWS:  Please check the Class Blog and/or the Elementary School Blog for news and goings-on in the Elementary School.

OPEN HOUSE: will take place on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 6:30pm.  (LS/EAL parents an early meeting will be held for you at 5:30pm) Be on the lookout for invitations with more information.

PARENT COMMUNICATION:  Our classroom blog is the window into the goings-on in Room 207.  Everything that is happening, about to happen or has already happened, will be on our blog.  For your convenience, a fridge magnet with the URL (web address for our classroom blog) and my email address, has been made for you.  Therefore, there will be no weekly “paper” newsletter sent home.  We will be doing our very best in Room 207 to look after the environment by protecting the trees of our fragile Earth.  Some school/grade-wide newsletters may still be sent home, but they will also be on the classroom blog as well.  I strongly encourage you to sign up for an email subscription to our classroom blog.  Our Communications File helps keep us organized. This file (found at the door of Rm 207) houses any notices from the office, homework, and other important information that assists with communication between home and school. The contents of the file should be taken home DAILY.

PE:  Students must wear ES PE uniform and sneakers on PE days (our PE days are A,C & E). On non-PE days, ES uniform should be worn.

QUESTIONS: Instead of asking your child, “What did you do in school today?” ask, “What book did you read during independent reading?” or “What did you learn in math?” or “Tell me what you wrote about during Writing Workshop!” Show that you’re interested, and ask specific questions. Most likely, your child will respond positively and more openly.

REPORT CARDS: will be sent home at three different times during the school year.  Actual dates will be posted at a later date.

SNACK: Healthy snack choices are provided each day from the Cafeteria.  You may chose to pack your child a healthy snack as an alternative to the provided one.  Please ensure that it is a healthy snack and please be aware that we are a Peanut-Free campus.  

SUPPLIES: The supplies that your child will need in class will be provided. Your child should also have basic supplies (pencil, eraser, ruler, colour pencils etc) at home (as well as a quiet place to work) to complete at-home assignments.
A 4-8GB flashdrive, headphones & a bag for the headphones will need to be purchased.  These 3 items are available from the BookStore.

TARDIES: If your child arrives at school after 7.30am, they are required to check in at the Elementary School office. This is for the safety of your child. As being ready to class before school starts is very important, the school counsellor will ring home after 5 recorded tardies, to discuss the matter with you.

UNIQUE: Each student in our classroom is unique. I will do my best to differentiate instruction to ensure that all children get what they need to be successful in third grade.

VOLUNTEERS and VISITORS are welcome! There are many opportunities for you to be involved in the classroom this year. Please consider putting your name forward to be our Class Parent.  Be on the lookout for upcoming info from our Class Parent. To volunteer or visit our classroom please email me prior to your visit to arrange time and date.

WATER BOTTLES: Please feel free to have your child bring a water bottle to class. We prefer the reusable, aluminum water bottles with tight fitting lids (fewer spills & easier on the environment than plastic bottles). Please encourage your child to bring their water bottle home regularly to wash it.

It is eXTRAORDINARILY important for your child to have a successful third grade YEAR. I will do my best to make learning fun and exciting – you can expect a lot of growth in so many different areas. It will seem as if the 2012-2013 school year will ZOOM by!  Please do not hesitate to contact me via email if you have any questions, queries or concerns.

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