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The following is a complete copy of my Third Grade classroom handbook. It contains procedures, schedules and other important information needed to help you understand how my classroom operates.

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Tri County Elementary
3rd Grade Handbook
Mrs. Dee Riesen
 

OUR 3rd GRADE HANDBOOK
Hello! My name is Mrs. Dee Riesen and I am excited to be your child’s teacher. Your child will be working on many things this year. Please take a moment to read through our schedule and other information contained on this page. I would like to encourage you to visit school, eat lunch with your child or contact me before or after school with any concerns or questions you may have. If you do plan to visit, please call ahead or send a note with your child, so that your visit does not conflict with any testing that we may be doing. Thank you for helping make your child’s education a success!


HANDWRITING
At Tri County, we use the D’Nealian style of handwriting. This unique form of handwriting allows the students to connect all the letters they have learned in manuscript to form a beautifully smooth cursive letter style. In Third Grade, cursive is taught from the first day of class. After all upper and lower case letters have been taught, students are expected to then use their new found knowledge in their daily work. Daily use of cursive usually occurs sometime around January.

THIRD GRADE
CLASS SCHEDULE

 

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

8:05 -8:15

Duties

Duties

Duties

Duties

Duties

8:15 -8:30

Math Meeting

Math Meeting

Math Meeting

Math Meeting

Math Meeting

8:35-10:00

Reading

Reading

Reading

Reading

Reading

10:05-10:20

Recess

Recess

Recess

Recess

Recess

10:25-10:50

Science

Science

Science

Science

Counselor

10:50-11:20

Social Studies

Social Studies

Social Studies

Social Studies

Library

11:25-12:10

Lunch/Recess

Lunch/Recess

Lunch/Recess

Lunch/Recess

Lunch/Recess

12:10-12:18

Study Hall

Study Hall

Study Hall

Study Hall

Study Hall

12:18-1:18

Language

Language

Language

Language

Language

1:23-2:03

Math

Math

Math

Math

Math

2:04-2:45

P.E./Music

P.E./Music

P.E./Music

P.E./Music

P.E./Music

2:50- 3:10

Handwriting

Handwriting

Handwriting

Handwriting

Computer Lab

3:15-3:30

Skill Group Time

Skill Group Time

NSEA PREP

Skill Group Time

Skill Group Time


 

8:05-8:15  Duties: During this time of the day, we take care of our morning duties.  The students go to the restroom, get drinks and sharpen pencils. Attendance is taken during this time.

8:15- 8:35 Math Meeting: During this time of the day, we review as a class, basic math concepts with a special emphasis on the calendar, time, money and counting.

10:25-10:50 Science: We will be having science everyday in order to cover the necessary skills needed to get us thinking like a scientist! We will also have a distance learning lesson twice a month presented by ESU 5.

          10:50-11:25 Social Studies/Library: On Monday through Thursday we will have social studies. On Friday, we will have Library with Mrs. Hicks.

           11:30-11:45  LUNCH:  Since the students are third graders now, they may choose from the regular menu, salad bar or choose a sandwich to replace their main item. Regardless of their choices, the price of their lunch is the same.  I expect the third graders to make good choices when selecting the food they wish to eat and not be wasteful.  They should try to leave only one item on their trays and they should to try to drink their milk each day.

           11:45-12:10  NOON RECESS! 

            12:10-12:20  Study Hall: This short time slot gives students a chance to get a few things finished before we begin our afternoon.

           12:20-1:20 Language:  Language lessons focus on parts of speech, usage and developing quality writing.  As with Reading, students move to their Language classroom at this time.

           1:25-2:00 Math:  We have Math everyday at this time!  Multiplication and division will be an exciting new experience for third graders.

 2:04 –2:45 P.E./Music: We are always excited for P.E. & Music!

 2:50- 3:10 Handwriting/Computer Lab: We have Handwriting Monday through Thursday. On Friday, we will go to the Computer Lab.

 3:15 – 3:30 Reading Skill Groups/NESA Prep/Computer Lab: Students will be working with their reading or language teacher in small groups to help improve skills. On Wednesdays, we will be reviewing skills for the NESA tests.

 3:36 Dismissal to buses: Time to go home!

 

**Please call the elementary office if you are planning to visit our classroom to make sure your visit does not conflict with any testing we may be doing.
 


GRADING PROCEDURES
The letter grades of A, B, C, D, F are given in the areas of Phonics/Grammar, Spelling, Math, Reading, Handwriting, Science and Social Studies. The grade scale is as follows:
 

100-93 A

A
92-86 B

85-78

 

C

77-70

 

D
70 and below F



The letter grades of O, S and U are given in the areas of P.E., Music, Art and on the behavioral side of the report card.
 

O Outstanding
S Satisfactory
U Unsatisfactory


ASSIGNMENT NOTEBOOKS

This year your student has an assignment notebook. We have started using these helpful organizational tools in third grade. Your child records his/her daily homework in these notebooks. When they get home from school your child is to refer to their notebook to help them complete assigned tasks. After your child completes their homework, they are to check it off in their notebook. I am requesting that the assignment notebook come back and forth to school with them everyday. I am also asking that you look over the notebook and sign it everyday. This is an excellent way for you to keep track of what your child is doing. If your child forgets their assignment notebook at home or does not get a signature from an adult, it will result in the loss of one behavior point. I am encouraging the students to become more responsible with each passing day. The students are very excited about using the assignment notebooks and they find them to be fun and helpful. I appreciate your continued encouragement as your child works to become an organized and responsible person.

LIBRARY

We have Library class every week. We go to the Library on Friday. Mrs. Hicks reads to the students occasionally or she may work on library skills with them. Students may check out two books each time they visit the library. Please make sure your child returns their books on time each week so that they may check out new ones.

COUNSELOR
On the Wednesday, we have Mrs. Chapman, our counselor come to our classroom. Mrs. Chapman is working on teaching good study habits. She also works with the students on social skills and how to interact with each other. The students interact with Mrs. Chapman and enjoy her visits with them.

BOOK ORDERS
I will be sending book orders home occasionally. The books listed in the book order forms are usually reasonably priced and offer some very nice children’s books for our students. Ordering books is optional. I usually send the forms home on Monday and like to have them back by Friday. It usually takes two weeks for the books to arrive. If you wish to order books, please make all checks payable to Tri County Schools.

TIME FOR KIDS
We will be using the “Time For Kids” periodical in our classroom this year. This periodical is used in Third Grade to teach current events and is a wonderful way to help our students better understand the world around them.

ACCELERATED READER

Accelerated Reader is a computer curriculum that incorporates quality children’s literature into a format that works towards improving reading comprehension. This program is used at various grade levels throughout the district. Students select a literature book from my large book collection and read the book during their free time.
When they have read the book, they may take a computer generated quiz over the book they have read.  If the student passes the quiz, they may select a new literature book. If they do not pass the quiz they must re-read the book. The students really seem to enjoy this program.  I require that students successfully pass 10 quizzes per quarter. This goal is attainable since all students are reading at the correct level of difficulty. 

COMPUTER LAB
Third graders have about 30 minutes every week to work on the computers in the computer lab. This lab time is used to improve their keyboarding awareness and work on projects that incorporate our technology into our districts curriculum.

LUNCH ROOM PROCEDURES

In order to promote good nutrition, I strongly encourage my students to consume most all of what they have taken from the lunch line. In third grade, students may choose from the regular lunch line, salad bar or they may choose a sandwich. Regardless of their choice, the price is the same. The students are given many choices. Third graders should try to leave only one thing on their tray and they are asked to drink all of their milk. Our afternoons are long and we need to eat a good lunch to keep us going all afternoon.
Due to the lack of time and safety issues, grades K-3 do not allow our students to use the microwave in the cafeteria if they bring their lunch from home. With this in mind, please plan accordingly.

 

homework - gold star
“COUNTING ON GOOD BEHAVIOR”
“Counting on Good Behavior” is a point system that I have created that encourages appropriate behavior and rewards students for their efforts.

5 points - Blue card - Great Job!!
4 points - Green card - Good!
3 points - Yellow card - Lose 10 minutes of noon recess.
2 points - Orange card - Lose 1 noon recess.
1 point - Red card - Lose 1 whole day of recess.
0 points - White card - Phone call home and visit with the Principal.

Each student will start the day with 5 points/blue card. At the end of each day, the number of points each student has will be recorded. Students having 20-25 points on Friday, may cash them in for a trip to the treasure chest, partner lunch, extra recess, candy or other reward given out by the teacher the following week.


Ways students can lose points:
*Coming to class unprepared
*Breaking classroom or school rules
*Dishonest behavior
*Showing disrespect
*Not being responsible for work or actions
 


3RD GRADE CLASSROOM RULES
1.  Listen when others are talking.
2.  Follow directions.
3.  Keep your hands, feet and objects to yourself.
4.  Work quietly and do not disturb others.
5.  Show respect for school and personal property.
6.  Work and play in a safe manner.

HOMEWORK POLICY
There will be times when your child has homework in third grade. Sometimes they will need to read a story to an adult, work on a math assignment, complete a social studies test or simply get a signature on a test they have taken. I would appreciate anything you could do to check with your child daily regarding the existence of any homework. Occasionally, students will not share with their parents that they have homework in their book bags. It is the responsibility of your child to make sure that they get their homework done and returned to school when it is due. Any homework that is not completed and returned when it is due will result in you child losing a point on the “Counting On Good Behavior” chart. In addition to losing a point, they will be bringing home a "homework notice" notifying you that your child did not complete their given assignment. Please sign and return this notice to me the next day. According to the Tri County Elementary student handbook,
Students are allowed one day to turn in late or missing assignments, which will be graded to a maximum grade of 70%.” In addition, they may be required to stay after school or come to school on a Saturday to complete unfinished work.



If at any point you need to contact me with a question or concern, I can be reached at Tri County by phone at 402-683-4035 or by email at dee.riesen@tricountyschools.org. If I cannot take a call, you may leave a voice mail message. I am at school by 8:00 a.m. and I can be reached until 4:00 p.m. Thanks for sharing your child with me and for being a vital part of the educational process.