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Welcome to Back-to-School Night. Third Grade – Room 204 Ms. Kristine McMath. Important Information. School begins: 8:30 a.m. Recess: 12:30-1:00p.m. Lunch 1:00-1:30p.m. Dismissal: 3:10 p.m. Please send in a snack with your child every day. Important School Personnel. 914-422-2320

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welcome to back to school night

Welcome to Back-to-School Night

Third Grade – Room 204

Ms. Kristine McMath

important information
Important Information
  • School begins: 8:30 a.m.
  • Recess: 12:30-1:00p.m.
  • Lunch 1:00-1:30p.m.
  • Dismissal: 3:10 p.m.
  • Please send in a snack with your child every day.
important school personnel
Important School Personnel


  • Principal - Mrs. Niss / Mrs. Ossorio
  • School Secretary – Mrs. Rivera
  • School Nurse - Mrs. Maggie
  • Social Worker – Mrs. Laura Zottola
  • Learning Facilitator -Mrs. Katin-Borland (Mrs. KB)
  • If your child is going to be absent please contact the office of it counts as an illegal absence.
  • A&B days- Gym
  • C&D - Music
  • E&F – Art
  • F-Day – Library
  • *Students must wear sneakers on gym days.
3 rd grade is wired
3rd Grade is Wired!
  • Go to: www.whiteplainspublicschools.org
  • Once you visit the site, save it to your favorites!
  • Please make sure your phone numbers and addresses are up to date.
  • If you haven’t already please add your cell phone or email address for instant breaking news. You will be notified of school updates, snow days etc.
  • Please make sure you send in your internet agreements, emergency dismissal forms, etc.
student expectations
Student Expectations
  • Come to class and be on time.
  • Complete class work on time.
  • Do all your homework and bring it to school with you each day.
  • Bring all necessary materials to class.
  • Be an active learner/ participate!
  • Respect others
  • Read for at least 20 minutes every night. (see handout)
why read for 20 minutes a night
Why read for 20 minutes a night?
  • Research Shows That…

Children who read on grade level by the end of 3rd grade are statistically more successful in school.

reading levels in 3 rd grade
Reading Levels in 3rd Grade
  • Beginning in September Level 28
  • Mid Year- January Level 34
  • End of Year- June Level 38
balanced literacy
Balanced Literacy
  • Spelling
  • Vocabulary Development
  • Fluency
  • Comprehension
  • Writing
  • Reading Response
  • Stamina

Reading- I block

Every child is tested and grouped according to their reading level. These groups are flexible and change though out the school year.

Enrichment- Visual Reasoning and Math Enrichment.

Enrichment happens twice a year for 2 cycles. If your child qualifies you will be notified by mail.

curriculum continued
Curriculum- continued
  • Math- Envisions Math Program

District wide program

  • Social Studies – Communities around the World
  • Science- Soils, Human Body, Metric System, Animal Adaptations
the year of responsibility
The Year of Responsibility
  • Third grade marks the time when children are simultaneously becoming individuals and striving to remain part of the group.

2. Being responsible means that we do the right thing

even when no one is looking. We do the right thing

just because it is right and not because we will get

credit or praise for doing it.

3. Exercise Self-Control, Be Accountable, Be Proactive, solve problems on your own.

responsive classroom
Responsive Classroom
  • Social and academic learning go hand in hand
  • All children want to learn and can learn
  • Knowing the child individually, culturally, developmentally
  • Greeting, Activity, Share, Morning Message
  • Homework is posted each and every morning. Students are responsible for copying assignments into their planners.
  • Assignments and notices are put into students’ mailboxes. Students have been instructed to make sure they have everything before they leave.
  • Spelling homework is due on Friday math should come back daily unless otherwise directed.
  • Read for a least 20 minutes a day.
  • Trips are chosen based on the Curriculum some of the place that the third grade have visited in the past are…
  • Bronx Zoo
  • Hall of Science
  • Botanical Garden
  • All trips and their dates are TBD

Ways to Help Your Child

  • Talk to your children about their experiences and listen and respond to what they are saying
  • Read aloud to them (on a regular basis if possible)
    • Model good reading
  • Discuss the subject matter of the reading material
    • Stressing that comprehension is key
  • Discuss stories that may relate to you (they love to hear them)
  • When your child asks questions help them find the answers (i.e. definitions of words)
    • Utilizing books, the internet, etc.
  • Take family field trips
  • Carefully monitor television habits and video games
conferences report cards
Conferences & Report Cards

Report Card Dates: Given out 3 times a year

December 6th

March 14th

June 26th

Parent Teacher Conferences

Afternoon conferences 28 and 29th of October

Evening conference November 7th

Afternoon conference February 27th and March 4th

Evening March 6th

Please keep your appointment and call if you need to cancel.

standardized testing
Standardized Testing

New York State Exam

April 1st -3rd ELA

April 30th – May 8th Math

This test is given to all students in grades 3-8 throughout NYS.

our classroom
Our Classroom
  • Please check your child’s book bag daily.
  • When sending money into school, place in an envelope with your child’s name, class, and what the money is for.
  • If you would like to send in something for your child to celebrate their birthday please feel free to do so. You can drop it off in the main office.

My contact information kmcmath@wpcsd.k12.ny.us