Our daily schedule is posted below. It is possible that minor changes could occur throughout the school year. If there is any major change, like lunch time, we will make sure to send notification home.
Bean Bag/Novelty Chairs
New/Used novels and picture books
Treasure Box Treats/Rewards
Arrival: Students may arrive at school as early as 7:45. There will be a bell that rings notifying that students may enter the building. Students will need to go to their homeroom or to the cafeteria for universal breakfast. (Remember, everyone gets FREE breakfast again this year – what a great way to start the day!) We begin instruction each day at 8:15. If your child is just entering the classroom at 8:15, he or she is already behind because they will still need to unpack, turn in homework, copy assignments in the planner, and take care of any other errands.
Planners and Communication: Third graders are expected to write down assignments daily in their planners. Your child’s planner needs to be at school every day; it should travel home each evening and return again to school in the morning. Students will be responsible for recording their daily behavior color in their agenda. This is an easy way to check in and discuss their day.
If you have questions or concerns about anything that involves your child at school, please let me know. I can be reached at school in the afternoons from 3:40 to 4:15 p.m. at (980) 343-6915, or you can e-mail me at email@example.com.. I generally check email when I arrive in the morning and after the children leave in the afternoon. If you have something important to tell me that will need attention during the school day, send me a note. I do check and sign planners every day, and I ask that you do the same. I am available for conferences if you request one, but please understand that I will need to schedule these before or after school.
Graded work will come home in a communication folder on Tuesdays. Please make sure that you look through your child’s folder. Please review and discuss the enclosed work with your child. Anything that is stamped “sign and return,” please review, sign, and return in the folder on Wednesday. Any grades that are visible on Power School will come home in communication folders, so please look for assignments you have questions about in the folder before contacting me. I will post monthly 3rd grade newsletters on this Weebly site. Our team will include curriculum information and important dates (project due dates, test dates, school activities, etc.) in our newsletter. Please watch for this monthly. I will also provide updates via e-mail and the Weebly as needed.
All transportation changes must be in writing; they can be emailed, but I will need them before 8 a.m. If you have a change after 8 a.m., you will need to contact the front office with a phone call. All absences must be excused in writing via email or a note. Please do not write excuses in the planner. We keep them in your student’s attendance file in the main office.
Reading at Home: Third graders are required to read 150 minutes every week outside of class and are expected to always have a book to read in class. Please use the log in the student binder to record your child’s weekly total of 150 minutes. You and your child can decide how to schedule those 150 minutes. You may also sign each day if that is your routine. Your child's book selections and progress in completing books will be closely monitored. If we are reading a novel as a class, reading to be completed at home will be assigned each evening and will count towards the weekly total. If your child has a reading assignment in science or social studies this also counts as “reading time.”
Homework: Your student will have homework every night. Homework is important as it gives the children an opportunity to practice and review skills taught at school. It also builds a connection between home and school. We go over homework together in class, and make it a point to review any problem areas. Although we do not generally grade homework assignments, we do keep a record of whether it has been completed. This overall homework grade averages in for all subject areas each quarter. Occasionally, homework will be graded, but students will be made aware if this is the case. You can expect up to one hour of homework Monday through Thursday, not including studying or assignments that are overdue or incomplete after additional classroom time has already been provided. If your child is spending more than a daily average of one hour on homework each night, please contact me. Homework assignments will be posted on this Weebly and updated daily.
Tests/Projects/Grades: Tests and projects are always announced at least a week ahead of time. I have the students write this information in their planners and I will also post it on the Weebly. Projects or book reports loose 5 points for every day they are late. Not all quizzes are announced. I keep test papers and some quizzes in your child’s work portfolio, so I will need you to sign and return them to school in the weekly communication folder after reviewing.
Absences: I must have a note or an email from you when your child is absent. Please do not write the excuse in the planner. Missed assignments are recorded on a form and sent home with your student on their return to school. Students have up to 5 school days to complete missed work. Your 3rd grader needs to return the work stapled to the assignment form. This helps me make certain that your child gets credit for the work. Attendance at school is vital to your child’s success. Making up a day’s instruction (even with completing assignments) is difficult for your student, so please make sure your child comes to school. We begin instruction each day at 8:15, so if your child is just entering the classroom at 8:15, still needing to unpack, turn in homework, copy assignments in the planner, and run errands, he/she is already behind.
Class Rules: Students are expected to listen and follow directions, and to be respectful of other class members. Bain has a school-wide discipline plan that is described in detail in your child’s planner. You will be notified of issues or concerns, or repeated offenses. Not turning in homework is considered “not following directions,” and each missing assignment is considered an infraction.
Physical Activity: Physical activity is an important part of our school day. All of us need some time to relax, unwind, move about and clear our heads, and get some fresh air. Weather permitting, we’ll go outside every day. Students need to wear appropriate shoes and clothing for outside play every day. No flip flops are allowed on the playground.
Technology: Each student will have access to their own Chromebook for classroom use. Bain is a BYOT (Bring Your Own Technology) campus and students are allowed to bring their own electronic devices, however this is not required. We reserve the right to ask all students to keep personal devices in their book bags during the school day. All students participating in BYOT must have a parent signature on the permission slip before devices can be brought to school.
Classroom Economy: I use a classroom economy to promote a community atmosphere of collaboration and responsibility, and to provide a real world economic experience. Students apply for jobs quarterly and are expected to carry out those jobs to earn Bobcat Bucks each week. Bonuses are earned throughout the school year as incentives and rewards. Students also earn Bobcat Bucks for completing and turning in homework and meeting individual goals. Students are fined for demerits earned in and outside the classroom. A trade day occurs at the end of each semester where students can bring in items to "sell" for Bobcat Bucks.
Other Important Things to Know . . .
- Students are allowed to keep a WATER (no flavored water, please) bottle at their desk.
- Students may bring a HEALTHY snack each day.
- Our school is COOL – literally and figuratively! Please send a sweater, sweatshirt, or a light jacket with your 3rd grader. They may keep one at school in the classroom if they wish not to carry it back and forth. I do require students to wear sleeves and layers in cold weather.
- Students need tennis shoes for outside play (and on PE day!). If your child wears sandals to school, please send some tennis shoes in their book bag.
- Please support and join our PTA for $5!
- If your child is one who has to come back to school every day to pick up forgotten assignments, we will be working on removing that stress from your day this year. Fear of getting a discipline warning is not a good reason to come back. It is a consequence for an action. If your child comes back after school to pick up assignments, you must accompany them and sign in at the office. Any child returning to the classroom after school without a parent will be sent back to the office.
Mrs. Bevis’ Daily Schedule 2018-19
8:15 Morning Meeting/Literacy Lesson/Guided Reading
9:00 Specials (see schedule)
9:50 Word Study/Guided Reading
10:40 Math Instruction
11:20 Math Workshop
12:35 Physical Activity
1:05 Interactive Read Aloud
1:50 Writer's Workshop
2:30 Science or Social Studies