Dear 3rd Grade Families
Welcome! We are so excited to begin an amazing 3rd-grade year with your wonderful children! We want to take a moment to explain a few things about how our third-grade year will begin. Please take the time to carefully read this letter and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. It is our mission to make it a wonderful and engaging year for our students and families!
Third Grade FAQ’s
Communication - We want to stay connected with you! It is vital that we have accurate email addresses and phone numbers. Please be sure the email address we are using is one that you see and/or visit often since this will play a significant role in communicating with you. We will also be communicating through the Talking Points App.
Health & Safety - Our number one priority is the health and safety of our students and colleagues. Please make sure to keep your child home if he or she is exhibiting any illness symptoms. Please reach out to nurse Crum with concerns or questions 918-357-8740.
Arrival - Students will be allowed to enter the building at 8:00 a.m. and proceed to their classroom or to the cafeteria for breakfast. Car riders and walkers are encouraged to enter through the 3rd grade door. Bus riders will enter through the cafeteria door and use the back hallway for arrival. EDP (Extended Day Program) students will enter the building through the front door. The tardy bell will ring at 8:15 a.m. At that time, all doors will be closed, and students arriving late will check in with Mrs. Salim and go through the front door. Please do not have children arrive at school earlier than 8:00 a.m., as there is no supervision until that time.
Departure - School will be dismissed at 2:57 p.m. Bus riders will be dismissed first from the classroom over the intercom. Walkers will be dismissed second and depart from the third-grade door. EDP will be dismissed third from the classroom and go directly to the cafeteria. Car riders will dismiss last and will exit the 3rd grade door with a staff member. They will gather at the 3rd grade spot around the front loop. For even more details, please read over the Arrival and Departure found on the Darnaby website.
Breakfast and Lunch - Breakfast will be served starting at 8:00 a.m. in the cafeteria. Bus riders may pick up a breakfast bag on their way to their classroom. 3rd Grade lunch begins at 12:05 p.m. Students will eat at designated classroom cohort tables in the cafeteria. They may bring a lunch from home or choose a hot lunch from the cafeteria.
Recess – Students will play on the playground. On inclement weather days, students will remain in their homeroom classroom to read, draw, or play board games. Please check the weather to determine if a jacket or coat is needed.
Birthday Celebrations – In support of Union Public Schools guidelines and recommendations for student health and wellness, and as an official Healthy and Fit School, Darnaby will no longer be able to allow the delivery of donuts or other food items not in compliance with USDA Nutrition Standards for the purpose of classroom parties, except for two allowable exemptions which will take place during our Winter and Valentine parties. No birthday treats will be allowed at school.
Water Bottles – Students are encouraged to bring water bottles. Please only send water and label the bottles with your child’s name. No other beverages are allowed.
Class Rotations – Our team does “team teaching” meaning students will spend half of their day with their Language Arts teacher and half of their day with their Math, Science, and Social Studies teacher. Students spend the beginning of their day in their homeroom for morning work, announcements, and class morning meetings. They end each day in their homeroom class packing up and reminders.
Technology/Laptops – Every 3rd grade student will receive a laptop and Clever card. Laptops will remain at school.
Cell Phone Policy – Cell phones are allowed, but during the school day, they must remain turned off and in student backpacks. If they are out, they are turned in to the office, then a parent must pick the cell phone up. Parents will be sent an email that the phone may be picked up at the parent’s convenience. If a child is sick, or there is an emergency, we have protocols in place for that and students may use school phones, or the nurse will call the parent.
Fun Friday – This is an extra recess on Fridays and is a reward for great behavior and work completion during the week. Students who have incomplete assignments and/or behavior issues or referrals will miss this extra recess time.
Attendance/ Tardies – Students benefit from arriving to school on time. It gives them time to get settled in for the day and start their morning work or finish up any homework. The tardy bell rings at 8:15 am. At that time, the 3rd grade door will be closed and locked. Students will have to walk around and enter through the front door.
School Expectations: Please review the schoolwide rules with your child.
BE SAFE, BE RESPECTFUL, BE RESPONSIBLE.