Welcome to 3rd Grade


Must do and Math packets

Good morning,

I have been having a lot of discussions about must do assignments during reading and the math facts packet so I thought I would give everyone the information again. 

The math facts packet is given on the morning on the first day of the school week. It is to be done in math class only. The packet is designed to help the student become faster at their facts. The packet will be collected on Friday before Mass (around 8:45). Students are allowed to work on their packet any time that they are done with the current math task (problem of the day, book work, etc.). The packet will be there class participation grade for the week, which is 20% of their overall grade. If you want to give your child assignments at home to get them to become more fluent at their math facts please do but they are not allowed to complete this packet at home.  

The must do assignments are very similar but slightly different. The must do assignment consist of a page in the grammar and spelling workbooks, defining their vocabulary words onto a chart for Friday's test, and the Daily Language Practice (DLP) which is a worksheet that reviews basic language arts skills. The directions for the assignments are reviewed each day before they complete the assignments. If students complete all of their assignments for that day they are allowed to finish any incomplete assignments from this week. They are also given time on Friday morning. These assignments are helpfull because they review skills that students will see on the test on Friday. The must do assignments are checked while the class is in art (10:30). The assignments will be there class participation grade for the week, which is 20% of their overall grade. Again, these assignments are not allowed to be completed at home.  

Keep in mind that these assignments and the math facts packet also function as a time management tool which is a very valuable third grade skill as well as a review of skills. 

The math facts packet will be returned in the following week's Thursday folder with a star or the word incomplete written on it. If a student did not complete a must do assignment, a paper will be in their Thursday folder stating the assignment not completed.

I hope that this clears up any confusion. Have a great week!


Mid-quarter report

Good morning,


Just a reminder that mid-quarters will be going home for any student that has an I or U in any subject. Not every students will be getting a mid-quarter. If your child recieves one please sign and return it to school on Monday. If you would like to discuss the mid-quarter please contact me as soon as possible. Thank you for your cooperation in advance. 


Good Morning,

Welcome to another great school year at St. Mary's. We are having a fantastic week filled with getting to know each other as well as establishing and practicing routines. As we move forward, I wanted to let you know about a couple of pieces of information.

Every parent needs to read the parent handbook that was sent home on the first day. Please sign and return the top page of the handbook by Friday September 4th if you have not already done so. 

All textbooks should be covered with the white St. Mary's covers that were sent home on Monday and Tuesday. They have all been sent home to be covered at this point. All workbooks need to be covered with contact paper. Office supply stores are a great place to get it. However, due to the return to school, some stores may be out. 

Any assignments that your child has will be written down in their agenda at the end of everyday. They also will be recording the color they were on on our behavior chart. Please check and inital it every nightas part of their homework.

Each child has a homework folder that will be going home every night. This folder will not only hold any loose homework pages but also important notes and information from school. Please make sure to check and empty this folder nightly of every paper except for the behavior calendar.

Our classroom behavior chart is a color clothespin chart. The students have a clothespin that can move up or down the chart depending on their behavior. At the end of the day, each student will draw a smiley face in the color crayon in their agenda representing where their clip was. I will go into detail about this on Back to School Night. If your child is on yellow, orange, or red, they will be meeting privately with me to discuss why their clip is there and how they can improve. 

Please plan to attend our Back to School Night on Thursday September 10th at 7:00pm. I will be explaining a lot about how our classroom works.

If you have any questions, please contact me by using the "contact the 3rd grade teacher" link on the right hand side on the website. Thank you for your support as work together this year!

Miss Fenstermaker

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