Helpful Class Info and Policies


Classroom Behavior & Attendance Expectations:
In our classroom, we focus on positive behaviors.  Your child has the opportunity to earn tickets based on their behavior when they meeting/exceeding expectations.  The individual tickets that your child earns can be used toward special prizes in the school store to "purchase" a special something.  Your child tracks their daily behavior and attendance in their Data Binder.

Students are expected to be:
  • respectful toward adults and peers  
  • responsible by completing/returning their assignments and getting agenda signed each night after discussing his/her learning targets with a parent or responsible adult
  • prepared to learn--(has school supplies when needed--glue sticks, scissors, pencils, etc.)
  • seeking assistance if they do not understand a skill
  • self-motivated during independent learning--(Daily 5 and Math Café)
  • accepting and tolerant of others
  • keeping their hands to themselves (Granby is a hands free school!)

Homework Policy for 3rd graders District Wide:

YOUR CHILD WILL HAVE AN AGENDA AND A HOMEWORK FOLDER, PLEASE CHECK IT EACH NIGHT!!!
Your child should never spend more than 30 minutes each night working on schoolwork UNLESS your child is absolutely loving the science experiment they are working on (or any other assignment they are excited about). Please never force your child to finish an assignment if they are in tears or do not understand a concept.  Please make a note of that on their assignment and I will work with him/her the following day.  NO STRESS, NO TEARS, NO MORE THAN 30 MINUTES... (for your child or yourself)!

MY SUGGESTION...BREAK THE 30 MINS INTO TWO 15 MIN SEGMENTS. HE OR SHE SHOULD SPEND 15 MINS READING A BOOK ON HIS/HER LEVEL--SEE THEIR BOOKMARK FOR ACTUAL LEVEL. THE OTHER 15 MINS CAN BE SPENT ON MEMORIZING MATH FACTS!

Lunchtime:
Lunch money should be kept in an envelope with your child's name on it.   This makes it much easier if a student cannot remember where their lunch money is located.  Lunchtime can be hectic and I appreciate all the help I can get!  Also, our lunchtime is from 12:20-1:00, if you would like to join your child at any time during the school year. 
** Students go outside after lunch, please remember to dress your child appropriately.  They even go outside during the winter, weather permitting!

SNACK Time:
Snack time will take place every day at approximately 10:30 am.  If your child would like a healthy snack, you must provide this for them.  Our entire school encourages students to learn about healthy foods and to be aware of what is not healthy for us.  I am asking you to help reinforce this by sending in healthy snacks with your child. An entire bag of Doritos, a bottle of soda or any candy will not be allowed during snack time.  
Ideas for Healthy Snacks:
  • crackers (Saltines, graham crackers, animal crackers, etc.)
  • string cheese
  • cereal
  • granola bars
  • 100 calorie snacks
Happy Birthday!!! How We Celebrate:
Birthdays are very exciting and we love to celebrate them! You may send in a treat to share with the class to celebrate your child's birthday, but please only store bought items are allowed.  Please supply items such as napkins, spoons or forks, plates, and cups for the entire class.  Thank you for making your child's birthday a memorable one for them in 3rd grade.


Birthday Invitations: 
In our class we like to celebrate together, please send birthday invitations for all students or all boys/all girls.  This helps to ensure that no one feels excluded or feelings were hurt because they were not invited to a party.  Please place yourself in the shoes of the child that was not invited.  E-mail us for a class list:  
lmooney@fulton.cnyric.org
kmurdoch@fulton.cnyric.org 
druoff@fulton.cnyric.org

Toys:
All toys should be left at home.  We have plenty of manipulatives and games in the classroom for your child to play with.  Keeping toys at home eliminates problems such as theft, lost toys, damaged toys and trading. If it is a PBIS Celebration Day and we are allowing technology or games, students will write that in their agendas or we will send a letter home to you :)

Extra clothes:
It's a good idea to send your child to school with an extra set of clothes, just in case they have an accident, fall outside, or spill their lunch.  During the winter season, a sweatshirt can be kept in your child's cubby.  Our classroom can feel cool to some students during the colder months. 

Also, the days when we have Physical Education, please send a pair of sneakers to school with your child. 

Absences:
If your child is absent from school, we will have work available to be sent home with a friend, sibling, or for you to pick-up.  I would recommend that you pick up work if your child will be out for more than a day.  Please notify us through e-mail (see above) or by calling the school before 11:30 am, if you would like us to send work home.  Please feel free to assist your child as much as you can.  

We stress the importance of good attendance and your child attending school every day when they are not sick. WE MISS YOUR CHILD SO MUCH WHEN THEY ARE NOT WITH US... If your child does miss school due to a doctor's appointment or sickness, please send a note to school upon your child's return with the following information:
  • child's name
  • date of absence
  • reason for absence
  • guardian's signature

    If a note is not sent to school, the absence will be marked illegal.  Please remember that missing an excessive number of days and lots of tardy times does have a huge impact on your child's academics.  Please make sure your child is at school by 8:40 am.