Mrs. Sandford’s Third Grade Class
Dear Third Grade Families,
My name is Mrs. Ashley Sandford, and I am so excited to be your child’s Third Grade teacher and look forward to working with each of you to create a fabulous 2019-2020 School Year! I am originally from Jacksonville, Florida and attended University of Florida for my undergraduate degree. I then went to law school and practiced family law for three years before realizing working with and teaching children was my true calling. I became certified while I lived in Corpus Christi, Texas at Texas A&M University. I have previously taught 6th and 7th grade. I cannot wait to begin the school year with our third grade class and dive into a fun and challenging curriculum.
I aim to bring an open mind, a positive attitude, and high expectations to the classroom each day. I also strive to bring consistency, diligence, and warmth to my job in the hope that I can ultimately inspire and encourage present and future leaders.
We will spend time the first few weeks organizing materials and establishing classroom routines. One such routine requires the students to write all assignments, tests and project due dates in the Student Planner in an effort to work on our organizational skills and becoming responsible learners. The students have been asked to obtain your signature in the Planner every night. Your time to review and sign the Student Planner is helpful in keeping everyone on track. I check Student Planners each morning for your signature, as well as any notes or comments you may have written. The Student Planner will be placed in the blue folder every day, along with graded papers and any letters/flyers from our School Office. Please empty these papers out and sign any necessary forms and return those in the blue folder.
Students will have homework Monday through Friday. Your student will bring it home in his or her take home folder. Inside you will find a pocket for papers to be kept at home and a pocket for papers to be brought back to school. Take home folders should be brought back to school daily. Students will be given at least 30 minutes of homework daily. This includes, but is not limited to, math skills practice and studying for their weekly spelling/vocabulary test. In addition, they are also expected to read between 20-30 minutes a night. Homework gives students the opportunity to practice the skills they learned that day while also providing guidance to me on how I may need to modify my instruction for future lessons based on their performance. I appreciate your help in encouraging your students to complete their assignments. Missed assignments due to an absence from class are expected to be made up in accordance with the school handbook.
I feel that it is important to provide my students with a safe, quiet, and respectful environment so each child can be successful in school. This can only be achieved if each student is respectful of themselves, property and others. It is important that each child follow the rules and expectations of the classroom so precious classroom time will not be wasted on behavior issues.
I have put in place a money economy system to help the students monitor their own behavior in the classroom. Students will earn money (coins) each day that can be used to purchase rewards on Friday. Please note, that your child may not have enough money to get the reward that they are working towards that week and will be able to purchase the following week. Rewards start at $.20 and go up to $2.00. Each student will be able to save and buy a reward. (Some of the rewards include bringing something). Students earn a salary for coming to school every day. If your child is absent then they will not earn “money” that day.
If students are off task or have chosen to not follow the class rules and expectations the consequences will be as follows:
- One Verbal Warning
- Pay a “fine” from the salary they earn – the amount dependent upon the behavior or rule not followed
- Asked to sit in the Reflection Zone for 5 minutes (A spot has been designated in the classroom where the child can get some distance, regroup, and write a note regarding the rule they did not follow and how the plan to improve on this)
- NO playground time
- Parent contact/office visit
Please note, there are some behaviors that are zero tolerance and for which an automatic discipline referral will be written. This includes fighting, threatening, and stealing.
Each student will be allowed to utilize an iPad as a learning tool in the classroom throughout the year. Students will be expected to comply with the school wide rules and expectations for technology use.
PE will be on Monday afternoon and Thursday morning. On Mondays, students must wear their regular school uniform and change into PE clothes. On Thursdays, students wear PE clothes to school and then change into their regular school uniforms. Please place uniforms and sneakers/shoes in a separate bag (no hangers please!) Students may bring a water bottle for PE. Please remember: NO JEWELRY (except small post-style earrings) on PE Days! Lastly, please be sure all of your child’s belongings are clearly labeled!
Opportunity (Help) Sessions for Grade 3 are held on Wednesdays from 2:50-3:30 for students struggling with Math and/or Reading. Please write a note in the Planner if you would like your student to attend. Opportunity Sessions will begin Wednesday, Sept. 11.
I am excited to have your child in class and look forward to working as a team. I value your input and insight as parents and hope you will feel comfortable sharing any questions or concerns you might have throughout the year. I do welcome and encourage parent involvement in my classroom. If you wish to volunteer, please e-mail me for more information.
As always, feel free to contact me for any reason, through the Student Planner or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” John 13:34