September 5, 2018

Third Grade Newsletter
Room 108
September 5, 2018
Dear Families,
Hello from Third Grade! This first newsletter tends to be a bit long. Hopefully you will find that it answers some beginning of the year questions for you.
During our first week we spent time getting acquainted and learning about classroom expectations. The children took several math and reading assessments. We began learning about our reader’s workshop process. During social studies we discussed culture and completed several activities that enabled us to share our culture. We also took a Haiku Hike and wrote Haikus. I enjoyed getting to know everyone and I’m looking forward to spending the school year working together J I’ve attached a photo from the Haiku Hike.
Other Essential Information:
****I do email the classroom newsletter and post it on my webpage. Please send me your email address with your child’s name in the subject area. If you email the address/es you’d like to receive the class newsletter, I will email all future class newsletters to you. Send to: For those who supplied email addresses at Open House here’s your first e-newsletter!*** 
VERY IMPORTANT! If your child’s daily bus/after school/MPLS Kids/parent pick up schedule changes please send a note letting me know. I cannot rely on a verbal message passed on by your child. The end of the day is busy so notes are preferred over phone calls. Also, please be aware that your child’s safety is my number one concern and I will not release your child to any one who is not on the emergency card without a note.
Math homework will be sent home in the Wednesday mail folder. The pages are a review of material already covered. The homework is for your family to use as it fits with your daily life. You do not need to return homework unless your child has difficulty with an assignment and you would like me to review the page. STMath is available at school and home for the class. 
Scholastic book orders are sent home once a month. If your child would like to order anything please return the order by the date indicated with a check made out to Scholastic or to order online go to Our access code is H24L9. If you order online your order must be in by 8 AM.
If your child would like to bring a water bottle to school to keep in the classroom please feel free to send one. Water helps keep the brain hydrated and kids happy!
I check my email every morning before school and after school. I do not always have time to check during the school day so if you have an urgent message, call the office at 668-4410 and leave a message for me. I try to check my voicemail once per day but email is preferred as I can reply more quickly to a request.
Toys can be brought only on your child’s share day. They will be placed in backpacks after being shared. If they are brought on any other day or taken out after share time they will be taken away and held by me until I receive a note from you. No Trading Cards! Thank you for your understanding in this matter. 
Due to known and possible unknown allergies that children in the class have, we will not be able to serve any kind of treats for birthdays. If your child really wants to bring something to share on his/her special day he/she might want to bring pencils or some other small item to hand out. 
It is always nice to see so many parents at Dowling. It really helps make Dowling a special place! If you have specific concerns about anything happening with your child I’d be happy to meet or call during non-student contact time. Just email, send me a note, or give me a call.
I try to include as much preliminary information as possible in this first newsletter, but please call or email if you have any questions or concerns. All newsletters can also be reviewed on the Dowling website at my staff page. 
Important Dates:
September 7 - Scholastic Book Orders due - (To order online use access code H24L9)
October 16 - Three Rivers on-site Environmental Experience 12:30 – 2:30 PM
October 16 - Evening Conferences 3:30 – 7:30
October 17 - All Day Conferences – No school
October 18 and 19 - No School 
Thank You,
Tammy Thelen
Voice mail: 612-692-0647