Mrs. Nancy Clark
U.I.O.G.D. et B.V.M
U.I.O.G.D. et B.V.M
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Dear 3rd graders and parents,
My name is Mrs. Nancy Clark and I will be your teacher for this 2020-2021 school term. Many people talk about the new normal and what it might look like. I want to assure you that we will learn as much as possible this year while learning to grow into wonderful Christian, Catholic young ladies and gentlemen. This will happen with hard work, patience and God’s grace, all working together: students, teacher and parents.
Father Hien has asked us to prepare for First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion by the end of this calendar year. I will prepare a study guide for all after school is a little less hectic. As we get more information, I will pass it along.
Third grade will have letter grades (A B C D F) for the first time. I will not take points off for late or missing work, for the first few weeks, although I will note this on homework. After Christmas, I will take off points or 10% for these mistakes. Please help your student to understand punctuality and responsibility. My standard practice in the classroom is to present the lesson, maybe work the front side of the worksheet or practice the lesson, and then give the homework. Homework is work that is not finished in class and it is to be turned in the next day. During any study time in the school day, voices are off unless called on. Because of COVID, many of the school procedures will require practice and review. When I can see that everyone understands what is expected of them, I will give a verbal reminder, and then make a check-mark in the grade book that will reflect in the Conduct and Study habit grades. I am NOT tolerant about a student taking learning time away from their classmates.
Our handwriting workbook will help us make the transition to cursive in 4th grade. We try to do 3-4 pages a week. By the fourth quarter, we will do our spelling test in cursive. Any student who wants to write in cursive after we have learned the letter formation, may do so.
The homework folder is green (a few are yellow) and inside the left side should be labeled” take home, leave home” for checked papers or notes from the office. The right side is “take home, bring back” which is for homework or unfinished work. There are bins or baskets in the classroom for the classwork or homework, they are labeled by subject. Students will practice social distancing while turning in their written work or moving around the room.
Please check backpacks for the homework folder every evening and sign the agenda at the same time. My initials will be on the agendas (nbc) and I want the children to come to you for your initials or signature
Also, no toys or school supplies that look like a toy or prove to be a distraction to the class. These will be sent home in the backpack. Mrs. Fredrickson is glad to keep these items in her office as well.
September 11, 2020
One full week down and we have made progress in following our schedule and knowing what is going to happen next. We have had a little too much tattling and jumping/touching our friends. Our handwriting is looking pretty good and we will start some of our cursive letters next week. Mrs. Rolfes will help a few with some spelling strategies. Grandma Caroline returned this week and the children were so happy (me too) to have her keep us on task and redirect behaviors. I have started to keep a checklist of mistakes in Conduct and Study Habits and hopefully I will get those in Power School soon. I had 8 NO Name Papers today and several late as well. Onward and upward 3rd graders!! Spelling list words for the ELA Unit "Charlie McBroom"
Masks are to be worn at all times and we will allow for mask breaks when the children can social distance. We are practicing good hand washing practices and use of hand sanitizer. I saw some students running their hands along a hand railing and touching their classmates. Please visit with the children about this--even though we will become like family over the year, we cannot touch each other--it is a NO CONTACT classroom. I will be struggling with this as well.
Water bottles are to be taken home on the last day of the week, washed and returned on Monday. I can refill their small hand sanitizer bottles in my classroom, although most of them used the large one in the room. Bathroom passes are attached to the walls next to the door and 2 boys and 2 girls may leave the classroom at a time. I will continue to teach or read while they are out of the room, so you might want to visit about what they miss while in the bathroom.
A little about me: I have 5 children, 2 boys and 3 girls, 28-36 in age, 3 married, 4 grandsons, and another grandchild due in February. I am a convert, raised in western Kansas and farm a little there. I still consider the Oakley area home, but haved lived in Wichita longer (39 years). I have taught 31 years, but not all in the Catholic diocese.
This is getting rather lengthy and I can communicate with you through the Weebly. I will put the spelling words and any other information on the Weebly site and you may e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org whenever you need. I am not on my laptop much during the day.
Thank you for all you will continue to do for All Saints Catholic School. When you hear the expression “it takes a whole village to raise a child” I believe that I see that kind of stewardship here. Pat yourselves on the back. I truly believe we will come thru this pandemic, perhaps bruised, but with God help, we will!!!
Mrs. Nancy Clark
U.I.O.G.D. et B.V.M.
September 18, 2020
Spelling words for Week Sept, 21-25
I sent extra school supplies home today in backpacks. Keep these at home in case we have to stay at home again. I kept a 2nd homework folder for after Christmas, those get beat up in the backpacks. We continue to work on schedule and being more responsible. I have been asked to tie shoes, put things in their backpacks and zip up jackets. Third graders can do more than they let on, so I wait a long time for the group to follow directions. Please check grades in Power School. Conduct grades are not looking so good--all students can get an A or B in Conduct. But not all students are A & B students. l