Hello Third Grade Students and Parents!
My name is Christina Kurtz, and I am a third grade teacher at York Preparatory Academy. This is my second year teaching third grade at YPA and I am very excited for this upcoming year.
I am originally from New Jersey, and moved to South Carolina last July. I graduated from Widener University in Chester, Pennsylvania in May of 2015. I graduated with a dual certification in Early Childhood Education and Special Education. I moved to Charlotte, North Carolina after graduating, where my boyfriend is currently a member of the Charlotte Fire Department. We relocated to the Rock Hill area last October, where we now reside with our dog Scout.
I feel so fortunate to be able to teach your children during this 2016-2017 school year, and look very forward to watching them learn and grow.
Our schedule for the 2016-2017 school year is as follows:
7:30-8:05- Arrival and Morning Work
8:05-9:05: Writing Workshop
9:05-9:40: Reading Workshop
9:40-10:15: Guided Reading
10:15-11:00: Science and Social Studies
11:30-12:20: Related Arts
Related Arts Schedule:
Tuesday: Library (Library books will need to be returned back to school each Tuesday in order for your child to return their book and get a new one.)
Friday: Physical Education (MUST WEAR TENNIS SHOES! We do not have time to change into tennis shoes for PE. Your child needs to wear tennis shoes to school each Friday.)
Classroom Rules: The transition from second to third grade can be a big one. Making sure that every student follows the rules is very important. Following these rules will allow for a positive learning environment. Please take the time to review our 5 classroom rules with your child.
- Follow classroom hand signals to leave seat, speak, or ask for help.
- Respect others and all property.
- Listen to directions, classmates, and your teacher.
- Stay on task at all times.
- Always do your best!
In addition to these classroom rules, children are expected to behave appropriately while traveling in the hallways as well as during recess, lunch, and related arts times.
Behavior Policy: Behavior is a crucial part of the learning environment. Without good behavior it is impossible to learn each day! I will hold your child to a high standard of behavior. I will also expect all children to treat their classmates in a kind and friendly manner. With that being said, they will be fully aware of my expectations and rules from day one! In our classroom, we will have individual and whole class behavior management.
Homework: Homework is assigned every night of the week except Fridays. The homework packet will be given out on Friday and due the following Friday. Students have one week to complete all homework assigned. If your child forgets to turn in their homework on Friday, they should still bring it to turn in on the following Monday. Each night’s homework will consist of spelling, math, and reading. There may occasionally be cursive, science, social studies, language, or writing homework.
The homework assignments are a way to practice what we have learned at school each day. Your child should be able to complete it independently, or with a minimum amount of help. I would like for you to look over the homework assignments and make suggestions of error if the child needs to correct and also stress neatness. Please let me know if your child is struggling with any of the assigned homework.
Attached to the front of the homework will be a weekly study guide. The guide will include the information we are covering, as well as list homework assignments, and upcoming tests, quizzes, projects, and activities.
Achieve: Third grade is using Achieve 3000 in conjunction with our reading homework. The students will be required to complete two reading assignments on Achieve 3000 a week. Please make sure your child is completing their Achieve 3000 assigned articles. It is very important that they complete their assigned work, as it is checked, and their reading lexile is calculated through Achieve 3000 from their performance. Students should be able to attain a 75% on their first attempt of the activity. The nights that students are not completing Achieve 3000, they should be reading for a minimum of 20 minutes.
Test Policy: Test and quiz corrections will be up to teacher discretion. If your child is going to be absent for a test or quiz, please email to notify the teacher.
Snacks: Please send a healthy snack to school with your child each day. Snack is a great way to recharge with a healthy, brain-boosting food item. When packing a snack, please keep in mind that healthy foods will benefit the learning experience and unhealthy foods may hinder it.
- Brain-Boosting Snack Ideas: fruit cups, applesauce, vegetables with dip, yogurt, low-fat cheese, trail mix, granola bars, low-fat popcorn (must be pre-popped), whole-grain crackers (e.g. Triscuits), whole-wheat cereal (e.g. Cheerios, Frosted Mini Wheat's, Raisin Bran).
At snack students can have a water bottle at their desk (preferably the “no sweat” kind). All other drinks, i.e. juice, soda, tea, etc. should be kept in your child’s lunchbox until our lunchtime.
Volunteering: Please feel free to participate in your child's third grade year as much as you are able. Helping hands are always needed. You could help by organizing and copying papers, cutting items out, completing classroom decor, i.e. decorating the classroom door or our room for class parties, helping with field trips or class parties, coming in during lunch or recess, or any other participation that will enrich our classroom experiences. If you are interested in volunteering please let me know, so we can discuss a task, and schedule a date and time. You may also contact the school for information on becoming a parent volunteer at YPA.
Emails: Weekly communication will occur. An email will be sent home every Friday with information on the following week. When items are sent home on Wednesday, an email with the specific item information will be sent out so that you are aware of what is coming home. Daily emails will be sent out as need-be. Please be sure to check Wednesday folders and keep or return items accordingly.
Wednesday Folder: All graded items as well as items to be kept at home will be sent home on Wednesday.
2016-2017 Supply List:
Helpful Websites for Student Practice:
This website is great for helping students practice their math skills for 3rd grade. Once you sign up, your child will be able to complete work that spans our 3rd grade math curriculum.
This website is also great. Currently, I have an account, where your child can join my class, or they can sign up on their own. To join my class,
- Sign up at khanacademy.org (or log in with their existing accounts)
- Visit khanacademy.org/coaches
- There, in the "Add a coach" field, enter the class code QMN5EB
Interactive site that teaches children how to read and comprehend. There are two parts: the first focuses on teaching children to read and the second teaches comprehension. **Subscription is required.
3rd Grade Academic Standards:
- 2015 ELA Standards.pdf
- 2015 Math Standards.pdf
- Social Studies Standards-August 2011.pdf
- South Carolina Academic Standards and Performance Indicators for Science-2014.pdf
Handbook, Behavior Policy, and Dress Code:
I will be sending home Scholastic Reading Club order forms throughout the year. Their prices are reasonable and the quality is excellent. You never pay sales tax, and you don’t even pay shipping and handling. All orders are shipped directly to our classroom. Also, when you order from Scholastic you are supporting our classroom because we get bonus points from every order that we can use to buy books for the class! Class Activation Code: PFXBY
A wish list will be sent out periodically, with items our class is in need of, or could benefit from having. Items such as napkins, paper plates, paper towels, tissues, water bottles, are always low.
Post-It/Sticky notes, ink (HP Original 61-Printer is HP 2620), individually wrapped snacks for the classroom snack bin, and copy paper are requested.
August 11: Open House from 5:00 - 7:00 P.M. Please bring your school supplies with you.
August 15: First Day of school.
August 23: Picture Day! These pictures will be in the yearbook.
August 25: Donuts with the Patriots: (8:15 am parents will have an opportunity to meet with the senior leadership team in the SU Library)
School Board Meeting at 7:00 in SU Library
September 5: Labor Day-No school.
September 15: Dot Day-Wear Dots!
September 16: Two hour early dismissal. Students begin being dismissed at 12:30.
October 1: Fall Festival at YPA
October 14-21: Book Fair
October 14: Parent Teacher Conferences-No School for Students
October 19: Report Cards Issued
October 20: Literacy Night
October 24: 28th: Red Ribbon Week
October 31: Halloween (Halloween Party-1:30)
November 11: Two hour early dismissal. Students begin being dismissed at 12:30.
November 21-25: Thanksgiving Break
November 30: Progress Reports
December 21: Half Day
December 22-January 4: Winter Break
January 16: No School (MLK Day)
January 27: Two hour early dismissal. Students begin being dismissed at 12:30.
February 17: Two hour early dismissal. Students begin being dismissed at 12:30.
February 20: No School (President's Day)
February 21: Teacher Work Day. No School for Students.