Welcome to Third Grade



Welcome to Third Grade!

Dear Parents,

I want to welcome you and your child to room 301!  I look forward to working with your family.  

My name is Michelle Ramsey.  I am excited to begin another wonderful year at West Buncombe Elementary School! This will be my 24th year of teaching.  I taught second grade for twelve years and this is my twelfth year in third grade.  I received my Bachelor of Arts and K-6 Licensure from Mars Hill College and earned my Master’s of Education degree through Montreat College.  I married my best friend, Brian, and we have 2 daughters and a son (Whitney; age 25, Tanner; age 21 and Averie; age 15).  I enjoy watching and playing sports.  Go Tennessee!  Go NC State Wolfpack!  I also love traveling, church activities, and spending time with family and friends.  


Daily Activities

Your child will be attending enrichment classes throughout the week.  The classes will be on a 7-day rotation. I will send a remind message the day before PE so your child can remember to wear tennis shoes.
Day 1 - Art
Day 2 – STEM
Day 3 – **Class**
Day 4 – PE
Day 5 – Media
Day 6 - Music
Day 7 - Tech


*Our class will be eating lunch at 11:45.  Lunch will be free for students again this year.  
We will have a snack daily. Please make sure your child packs one each day. (I always welcome extra snacks just in case someone forgets!) We love to celebrate birthdays, so feel free to send in a special snack for your child on his/her special day. As of today, we have 19 children in our classroom. Your child is also encouraged to bring a water bottle to keep at his/her table each day.     

Discipline

We are Soaring Eagles at West Buncombe. Students are reminded on a daily basis to SOAR (be Safe, Optimistic, Accountable, and Respectful).  As you know, life is full of choices. Students will have daily choices to make…choices concerning assignments, behaviors and friendships.  Hopefully, students will make many positive choices, but be assured that your child will probably make a few negative choices also.  I feel it is very important for us to remain in contact concerning your child’s behavior. If your child is getting in trouble often, we may need to talk. You will be notified if rules are severely and/or frequently broken.

We are very busy in third grade; therefore I rarely have to deal with misbehavior in the classroom. Behavior which may be “out of hand” will be dealt with accordingly.  Misbehavior may result in thinking time away from the group, apologies, verbal or written explanations, service to the classroom or school and minor or major referrals. Wise choices may lead to happy hearts, choice time, homework passes, treats, Fun Friday activities and lots more!

If your child receives three minor referrals or one major referral during the week, he/she will not be allowed to attend the Fun Friday celebration. If your child does not complete classwork during the week, it will be completed during Fun Friday. A conduct
grade will be given on your child’s Friday Folder each week. Your child’s Friday Folder will also include work from the week. Please look over your the graded work and keep it at home, sign the folder and return it on Monday.        


Homework Folders


      Folders will be sent home each afternoon and should be returned to school each morning. Inside the folder will be a homework sheet with assignments and upcoming events. Your child should read at least 20 minutes each evening. Reading stamina is very important in third grade as we prepare your child for the Reading EOG at the end of the year. You can help your child increase his/her stamina by increasing the amount of time that he/she reads at home throughout the year. Most third graders love to read silently, especially as they begin to read chapter books and more challenging text. I encourage you to allow your child to read silently, but it is also important to listen to your child read aloud as well.

Unfinished classroom assignments may also be sent home to complete for homework and should be returned the next day. If not returned, it will have to be completed during Fun Friday. Your child will also be asked to study math facts at certain times throughout the year. We will begin with addition and subtraction facts. Then we will move on to multiplication. Multiplication facts must be memorized this year, so it is never too early to begin working on them.  

There is a pouch inside your child's homework folder. Please place any money, transportation changes or notes for the teacher in the pouch. It will be checked daily.

Below is the 10-point scale your child will be graded on this year.


Grading Scale  

90 - 100 = A

80 - 89 = B

70 - 79 = C

60 - 69 =D

< 59 = F


Communication

       

I want your child to continue to love learning.  We will strive to have a community of fairness and respect while developing personal relationships. I am looking forward to teaching in-person this year!. I am here not only for the children, but you as well. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns. My email address is michelle.ramsey@bcsemail.org. You may also call the school and leave a message at 232-4282. I will return your call as soon as possible. The main way I communicate with parents is through the REMIND app. I will send important updates and information throughout the school year. Directions are in the welcome packet. Let me know if you have questions about how to sign up. I am looking forward to a fantastic year!

Sincerely,

Michelle Ramsey