• 1) Why do you ask my child to attend their Parent/Teacher conference?

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    Yes, I prefer your child to attend with you! ---After all, it is a conference about him/her! Third graders are getting old enough to participate in their conference. My thoughts, which I share with my students throughout the year is that ALL people have things they are good at - strengths, and things they're not so good at - weaknesses. I also want them to learn and understand that it is good for everyone to be honest with themselves about what their strengths and weaknesses are. Strengths are to celebrated and weaknesses are to be looked at as something to strive to improve at - rather than be ashamed of, hide, or feel he/she is a 'bad person' because of them. To honor these, I believe it is also important for the child to hear what adults, who care about them, have to share. Goals will be set at fall conferences and it is important that each student help set these goals and honor them, so each will be able to strive to improve in these areas, possibly even achieving the goal by winter conferences.

    Fall conferences will be with me, Ms. Unke. Winter conferences will be split in time between meeting with me AND Mrs. Benner.

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  • 2) Snacks in our room. Please read!! Allergies 2018-19

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    Yes, in fact I encourage this! I would like snacks to be of a healthy variety (no chips, cookies, or candy). I have a ticket reward system for those who choose to bring in fruits and vegies (even with dip), which helps them to get their 5-A-Day servings. Ask your child to explain this reward system to you. You might be surprised at the interest your child begins to show at taking a healthy snack to school, which is the long run helps their brain with learning, as well as their body.

    2018-19 -  We have SEVERE allgergies in our classroom! Students can enter anaphalatic shock by just TOUCHING left over food residue! Please read food labels so snacks containing any of allergen can be avoided EVERY DAY.  My wish is to prevent any child from ever going into Anaphylactic Shock as well as have every child be able to eat a snack offered. 

    BREAKFAST: It's been scientifically proven that if a person has not eaten breakfast, or is not getting the proper nutrients, they will not be able to concentrate and their brain does not function up to its full potential. Please don't allow your child to skip this meal! If time doesn't allow for breakfast at home - please have them grab something to eat on the run, or have breakfast at school.

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  • 3) How should my child use their planner in school and at home?

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    At the end of school day, your child is responsible for completing their planner. I have a form identical to the planner that is projected on our Promethean board. Your child is to copy what I write, word for word, completing each subject listed. We also complete a "Share-" and "Bring-" list each day to help them remember what they must "Share" with you and "Bring" to school either the next day, or in the near future.

    PLEASE encourage YOUR CHILD to INITIATE the DAILY sharing of their planner. Review the items TOGETHER WITH THEM whenever possible - either in the evening or next morning. This will help you understand a bit more about your child's daily activities, as well as show your child that you're interested to hear about their day. Also, please help your child use the "DONE" column, checking off each item as it is shared or completed. This helps your child learn how to review their "To Do List" and begin to understand how general routines, lists, and review can help a person be more organized - which in turn helps to boost self-esteem, as students are more apt to accomplish what is expected of them.

    Students will USE THEIR PLANNER TO RECORD DAILY READING MINUTES. I do not send a monthly hard copy calendar home. I hope this removes "one more thing" from 3UN family's to do list - making it easier to document minutes right in the planner rather than a separate piece of paper.
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  • 4) What is my child's take-home folder used for?

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    Any and all papers from our classroom and the office are to go home IN your child's take-home folder. When looking at the planner each day, help your child make it a habit of going through the folder as well. This is where your child should have/keep homework sheets until each is completed and turned in to me. The office sends fliers/newsletters usually every Wednesday. I often utilize Friday for class information, as does our office when sending home "Youngest & Only" papers (papers sent with the child who is the youngest child in your family that attends Oxbow, or if your child is the only one who attends Oxbow).
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  • 5) Approximately how much homework does a child have in 3UN each night?

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    Homework for each child varies somewhat each day, but an approximate amount of time would be around 30 minutes each night. A general guideline is 10 minutes per grade level the child is in. Reading could very well boost this time even more!

    Math Home Links are sent home in a packet on Friday and due the following Friday. The Challenge Sheet is optional, but encouraged.

    Weekly Geography is offered on Friday as well to those who wish to take one. It is also due the next Friday.


    Friday Journals! will be sent home every Friday (or Thursday if there is no school on Friday). Please write a letter back to your child and return their journal to school no later than Thursday of the following week!

    Reading minutes should be a MINIMUM of 20 minutes 5 days per week. Please record in planner "reading minutes" square.
    Encourage independent reading, reading aloud, reading with someone, and listening to someone read!
    When your child is reading, you can help boost comprehension skills. - Ask your child to retell what he/she has read as well as predict what might happen next. If your child cannot retell events fairly accurately then the book is too hard for independent reading. Modeling your own retelling and predicting helps your child learn comprehension skills too.

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  • 6) Why doesn't Ms. Unke have a "Homework Hot-line" or "Peek of the Week" as some teachers do?

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    I believe students in third grade need to take on the responsibility of communicating daily! Homework and other responsibilities and reminders are written in the planner each day that are to be utilized by both child and parent(s)/guardian(s)! This is my philosophy of how to use the planner. Having a Homework Hot-line does not fit with this philosophy, nor does a Peek of the Week, but I believe instead these often become a crutch for students who choose not to fill out planners or listen carefully for instructions during planner time. See question: How should my child use their planner in school and at home?
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  • 7) How will I know if my child has late homework and has turned it in to you?

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    If your child has late homework, he/she should receive a LATE stamp in their planner on the listed assignment that is late. Students are then expected to complete the late work at home and return it to me as soon as possible. Late work does NOT count against a students academic subject grade, but does count toward the category on the report card for "completes work in a timely manner."

    When I receive the late assignment(s) from your child, I will then initial the LATE stamp in the planner to acknowledge the work has been completed and turned in. Therefore you will know when your child has work turned in.
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  • 8) Can my child bring something to share to celebrate their birthday?

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    Yes. Every child is welcome to bring something to share for their birthday or 1/2 birthday (if their birthday is during summer vacation).

    Bringing something is NOT EXPECTED or NECESSARY however!

    2018-19 Allergen Allert! See qtn #2 about food that must be avoided. 

    Edible treats must be store purchased, easy and quick to pass out, as well as something that follows our district wellness policy by avoiding those high in sugar and fat.

    Pencils, stickers, bookmarks, pretzels, apples (or other hand-held fruit), cheese sticks, yogurt (in tubes), or student made items are great... and are just a few ideas.

    Your child may also donate a book to our classroom library instead of individual treats! Students may share their book on the day we celebrate.

     

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  • 9) What temperature will prevent Oxbow students from going out at recess?

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    Zero degrees for either air or windchill temperature. (F)

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  • 10) What clothing is expected for my child to enjoy outdoor recess during winter weather?

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    All children are required to have a winter coat, hat/headband, and gloves/mittens for outdoor recess. This clothing will allow them to play outside on the blacktop parking lot. For students to enjoy the snow on the playground or equipment children must also have BOOTS and some sort of snow pants (an additional, somewhat waterproof layer to put on over top of pants). Children dressed appropriately for the weather will be able to play more actively - even slide on the north hill. Those who do not have boots and some type of leg covering will only be able to participate in recess on the blacktop.

    With all the bodies in our classroom, we appreciate your help in keeping the kids, floor and desk chairs dry after coming in from a wonderful time at recess! Sending your child with appropriate winter gear helps with this!

    If you have winter clothing items that are no longer in use, please think about donating them to Oxbow Creek! Students may bring them in and place them in a marked bin that will be found near the front entrance. Staff members will then see that the items are given to students in need.

    Also, if your child is in need of winter clothing and you are not able to provide this for them. Please let me know and I will make sure your child receives needed items!
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  • 11) I welcome questions families have to add to the list I've already created here.

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    Please send me an e-mail with your question and I'll do my best at getting the information to you, as well as possibly posting it here on our website! Also, if you see ANY ERRORS on my website I would so enjoy getting an email from you so I'm able to correct my errors. There is much content on my website and at times I may miss something when editing for mistakes!
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