Dear Parents,


I am very excited and honored to welcome you and your child to my class and I am looking forward to a very successful school year. I realize how precious your child is to you and I give you my word to take care of your treasure as best as I can. Third grade will be a year of great growth. It is my goal, with your help, to make the most of this year by encouraging and supporting your child to reach their full potential.

To make your child’s year rewarding and enjoyable, I have included some information that will help you and your child prepare for the year ahead.

1. School begins promptly at 7:45 a.m. Students may enter the building as early as 7:15 a.m. to begin preparing for the day. I highly recommend your child get to school early enough to unpack their book bag and work on their morning work. I will begin class without delay.

2. If your child is going to be absent from school, please call the office at 919-387-2130 by 7:45. A note or email describing the reason for the absence must be turned in to us within two days of the absence. Your child will be responsible for making up any missed assignments. Please keep in mind assignments will not be prepared in advance for anticipated absences.

3. Your child will have a homework folder that will go home with them daily. In this folder they will keep their homework assignment sheet, along with their homework and any announcements/communication that I need you to be aware of. Each student will be expected to assume the following responsibilities with regard to the this folder: (1) Pick up all daily homework assignments, (2) Ask a parent to look at the Homework Assignment sheet, review it, and make sure that the daily assignment has been completed (3) pass out any notes/communication updates in the binder, and (4) Carry the  folder to and from school every day (Except Friday).

Please check your student’s folder every night. It allows you to see what your child is doing in class each day and it will give you the opportunity to talk with your child about what they are learning.

4. Your child will be bringing home a Friday Folder with graded classwork and assessments. Please review this information with your child.

5. Our class will have a snack break each day. I ask that you provide a healthy snack for your child to enjoy, and please have them bring in a refillable water bottle daily as well. This will help them stay hydrated. It is best to purchase one that is spill proof and preferably one that is insulated to prevent condensation. Water bottles are very important in the trailers.

6. I maintain a class website that is updated regularly. Please refer to the news section for updated information and the homework section for updated homework assignments.

7. There are many opportunities to volunteer in the classroom this year. Though I don’t have literacy centers, I often need help working with small groups during different times of the day. I also need plenty of volunteers for our fun field trips and learning experiences so please register in the media center ASAP-it can sometimes take weeks to receive clearance. I always send out an email for volunteers so please look for them.

8. Even during inclement weather, we will be walking outside to re-enter the building at various times during the day. Please consider sending in a small travel umbrella for your child to keep for rainy days. Please label the handle.

Again, I welcome your family to my class and I look forward to a pleasant, positive, productive and fun year!! By creating a positive and productive environment, I wish to establish a lifelong love of learning for every student. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at school between 7:00 AM and 3:00 PM or send me an email. With parents and teachers working together in the best interest of the child, there is no limit to what they can accomplish.


Mrs. Schmedding