About Our Class


   You are O’fish’ally in Third Grade

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Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, and Birthdays

Your child has the opportunity to eat breakfast each morning at school beginning at 7:30.  Please ensure that they arrive at school early enough to have time to eat.  Each day, students are asked to bring a healthy snack.  Your child may keep a water bottle at their desk.  Please, NO SODAS, juice, Little Debbie cakes, cookies, or candy.  Our class will be eating lunch at 12:00. Please feel free to come and enjoy lunch with your child whenever you are available! You may send in money or pay online.  The daily cost for lunch is $2.45. We love to celebrate birthdays! You may send in a special treat for your child’s special day.  We have 21 students in our class right now, please make sure you send enough for each child.


Homework Folder (the Blue Folder)

Please check your child’s folder every night. Each month, your child will have a behavior/homework calendar in their folder.  I ask that you initial in the space provided for the date on the calendar. By initialing, this tells me you have checked the papers in the folder, checked the daily behavior/notes from me, and listened to your child read.  Please take out the papers on the stay at home side of the folder and send back any papers that need to be returned.  Please be sure to take a look at the newsletter to see what is going on in our classroom.  In each folder there is a zipper pocket.  Please place notes and money in the pocket to ensure that I see it and it does not get lost.



Your child’s homework is to read orally to an adult for at least 20 minutes nightly.  There will also be a weekly fluency piece to practice at home each night.  It is very important for you to listen as your child reads and ask questions as he/she is reading to ensure understanding.   Please make sure to initial the calendar (fluency will have a place to sigh as well) to let me know they have read.  Your child is to write the name of the book on the reading log.  This shows me what your child has been reading and it allows your child to keep track of how many books they have read throughout the year!


If your child does not finish his/her math assignment, it must be completed for homework.  We may occasionally give math homework, but most often your child will only be responsible for reading.


This year your child will be receiving letter grades instead of the 1, 2, 3, or 4 they have received in the past.  There will be many grades that are averaged into the report card grade.  The grading scale is a 10-point scale.  It is as follows: A=90-100, B=80-89, C=70-79, D=60=69, F=below 60.  Most of the time students will be given the chance to correct problems they miss to earn half credit back.  Please go over graded work with your child. 



*School begins at 7:50.  If your child arrives after the 7:50 bell, he/she will have to get a tardy slip from the office and will be counted tardy.


*Children arriving before 7:30am MUST go to the theater and wait to be dismissed to their classroom.  Teachers are not in classrooms before 7:30am.


*Car riders will be dismissed beginning at 2:35 in the car rider line only to those parents with a name strip in their window.  The name strip was given to you at Meet the Teacher.  All car riders need to be picked up by 2:45.


Classroom Management

At West Buncombe we are SOARing Eagles.  We are constantly practice being Safe, Optimistic, Accountable, and Resourceful.  In order for our classroom to run smoothly, we have 4 specific rules our Soaring Eagles are expected to follow:

  1. Follow directions quickly
  2. Raise your hand for permission to speak
  3. Raise your hand for permission to get out of your seat
  4. Make smart choices


Your child’s daily behavior will be recorded on the monthly calendar.     


We are going to be working on a positive reinforcement basis.  A 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, or service to the classroom or school.  The main part of our positive reinforcement is Super Improvers.  There are 11 behavior levels (all are ocean animal themed).  Each child starts at the first level.   Students who have a great day will be given a sticker to put on their current level.  They will need to get 15 stickers to move up to the next level.  When a student reaches a new level, they will get to pick a coupon to use. Coupons include: homework passes, free choice time, pajama day, use the teachers desk, etc.  The goal is for your child to complete level 11 by the end of the year.  We will decide as a class what the prize will be for completing all 11 levels.


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 important for us to remain in contact concerning your child’s behavior.  Your child (more than likely) will misbehave occasionally.  Please remember he/she is a child and we want them to act like one.  Therefore, do NOT expect or set expectations of a “perfect record” with your child.  However, if your child is consistently misbehaving, we may need to talk and create a plan that best fits your child!


Absences/Transportation Changes

The school is required to know why a child is absent from school. Parents must send a note to the child’s teacher and give the reason for the absence with the following info:
The date excuse is written, the date/day of absence, reason for absence, and signature of parent/guardian.
Please remember to send a note the day after the absence.

Please remember that if your child will be leaving school in a different way on a certain day, you will need to send a note with him/her that day.  Please make sure the note is in the zipper pock in the folder to ensure that it does not get lost.  We must have a note.  If you do not have a note, we cannot send your child a different way home.  


I want your child to continue to love learning.  We will strive to have a community of fairness, respect, and personal relationships.  I am looking forward to letting the children have ownership in this classroom.  They will achieve this by helping me make decisions on a daily basis.  I am not only here for the children, but you as well.  Feel free to contact me with any question or concerns. My e-mail address is ashley.sales@bcsemail.org.   Please allow 24 hours (or by Monday if it is sent on a Friday) for me to reply to an email.  If something important arises during the school day that will affect your child, please call the front office.  They will give me the message in a timely matter. 

To receive more frequent class updates and reminders, please sign up are Remind alerts (the code is in the homework folder).


I am looking forward to a fantastic year!
-Ashley Sales