Frequently Asked Questions
What are the start and end times for school?
We start school at 7:45 a.m. and end school at 2:30 p.m. On Wednesday, we most often will have Teacher Collaboration Time (TCT) and we get out 90 minutes early at 1:00 p.m. If we have a professional development day which is a half day (please look at school calendar for dates) then release time is at 11:00 a.m.
When does my child have breakfast?
Students who want breakfast must come and eat before school starts. School opens at 7:20 a.m. Students may qualify for a free or reduced breakfast or lunch, please make sure to fill out cafeteria paperwork again at the beginning of each year.
Do you have a snack time?
There is no scheduled snack time for third graders however everyone is more attentive and happier with a snack so after specials on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. This is a working snack break and it needs to be healthy (Please no candy or snacks that have sugar as the first ingredients. Great snacks include goldfish, pretzels, protein bars, fruit, etc.
Does third grade have a recess?
We have a recess break from 1:15 to 1:30 on all full days.
What do I do if my child's transportation from school is changing?
In order to send your child home a different way from school I need to have written permission from the parent/guardian in advance. I will check students' folders each day for any changes or other notes. You can also call the office and let them know. The office will then contact me in the classroom. Please do not call the classroom during the day as it may interrupt class instruction and I do not answers during classroom hours.
What do I do with permission slips, lunch money, and other notes?
Please make sure that all communication goes into your student's blue folder and not into their backpacks. I will check blue folders each morning for these kinds of notes and other communication.
How do I contact the teacher or ask her a question?
The best ways to contact me is to write a note and put it in your child's folder, leave me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call and leave a message at (602) 664-7331. I can usually get back to you by the end of the day or the following day. I can call you back or set up a time for an appointment before or after school. My preferred communication is through email but please give me up to 24 hours to respond.
How can I help at home?
You can help by talking to your child. Ask him or her questions about their day. (ie. What did you learn in math today? What are you reading about at school? What special did you have today? What did you do during your special? What did you eat for lunch? Who did you play with at recess?)
Look through your child's folder every day. Talk with them about work they bring home. Look for papers to return to school. Make sure your child reads books nightly or uses I-Ready if students are below grade level in reading. Also, help with questions on math homework if needed. Always encourage students to do one lesson of ALEKS.com nightly especially if students are struggling in math. This will greatly increase your child's confidence, understanding, and fluency in math.
Students can also play educational games at home on the computer, please look at the links tab for different sites to use.
What if my child has medication?
If your child is taking medication for a illness then our school health aide can help to administer them during the day. If your child has allergies and takes regular medication before going to the playground or PE please let our health aide know and she will call the class and make sure your child takes them when needed.