Class Information

Mrs. Charles

Grade 3

Room 21


Mrs. Charles’s 3rd Grade Class Information

Contact Information

Email:  * Best form of contact

Phone: (503)825-5331

Special’s Schedule           

This year we are on a 3 day schedule.  Our schedule is:

Day 1 Music     Day 2 PE             Day 3A Computers/    3B Library

Library books are due the day before library day. Please make sure your child wears comfortable shoes on P.E. days and returns their library when they are due.

A special’s calendar will come home each month.

Snack and Water Bottles We will have time for a snack everyday.  Please send your child with a snack that is healthy and one they can open independently. Water bottles are allowed. Please send in one with a push close top to prevent potential spills.

Behavior Our Middleton students are taught school wide and classroom behavior expectations that follow the “Be Respectful, Responsible, and Safe” guidelines. They are encouraged to be responsible “Self -Managers.” I use positive reinforcements consistently throughout the day, using verbal acknowledgement, Golden Horseshoes, and table points, and students are very responsive. On occasion, students may need to be retaught the appropriate behavior in a positive way. If the behavior continues, the student will fill out a Think Sheet, which they will bring home to discuss with you. It will need to be signed and returned to me. This is an opportunity for your child to reflect on their choice and plan for improvement.

Friday Folders Each Friday your child will bring home their Friday Folder. This folder will have that week’s corrected work and any notes that need to go home.  Please review your child’s work with them and read any paperwork included.  Folders should be returned on the following Monday with Homework folders.

Newsletters   An end of month newsletter will be sent by email detailing our work for that month.

Homework   Starting the week of September 30th , 3rd grade will begin sending homework. In their Friday Folder, Students will bring home a homework sheet.  The sheet will include reading log and math facts log. All students will have a 150 minute/week reading goal.  An additional 25 minutes a week should be spent practicing math facts (addition, subtraction, or multiplication, depending on the need).

Birthday Policy This year we continue our schoolwide practice of recognizing birthdays with a birthday ribbon from Mr. Wollmuth, a birthday treat  from me, and a special class-made birthday book.

Literacy We are implementing a reader’s workshop model of teaching reading. This model is a very individualized approach. We will focus on reading accuracy and comprehension strategies, as well as decoding, as needed. We will also work with vocabulary and responding to various texts. Our language work will consist of learning spelling patterns and grammar.

Writing Our writing curriculum is focused on personal narratives and non-fiction writing including research projects and opinion writing. We continue to work on developing ideas with focus and appropriate support, good organization, and grade level conventions.

Math Our 3rd grade curriculum is the Bridges Math Program.  This program features an in-depth exploration and mastery of the Common Core State Standards, which will include learning multiplication, fractions, measurement (length, weight, and capacity), area and perimeter, rounding numbers, place value, division, regrouping multi-digit numbers in subtraction and addition, and problem solving.

Social Studies Our three main areas of focus are communities, geography, and famous Americans. Some of these studies will involve projects that will require some preparation to be done at home.

Science 3rd grade units are Animals over Time, Power of Flowers, Stormy Skies and Invisible Forces- these topics are aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards.

Culture of Care This year our school is implementing  morning meetings as part of our daily routine. We will do community building activities, have a character trait study to support social and emotional learning, and incorporate other skills to practice during this time.

Field Trips. We will attending two children’s theater performance in October and November. All chaperones need to have a background check completed to attend. I will send an email notifying you of our upcoming field trip and ask for chaperones several weeks prior. Other field trips for the year are TBD.

Report Cards Our first trimester, in lieu of report cards, we will be sending out progress reports that will give you a clearer picture of where your child’s learning is at that point in time.

Parties We will be having several parties throughout the year. My room coordinator and I will create a Sign-Up Genius page for parents interested in helping or donating with and for the party. 

Parent Volunteers are greatly appreciated at Middleton and in my class. There are opportunities to work in the class with students, in the work room on clerical jobs, chaperoning on field trips, and some take home projects. All volunteers must have a completed background check before volunteering.

Please feel free to contact me at any time with concerns, successes, problems or solutions.

I look forward to a great year working with you and your child!

Joelle Charles