Mrs. Hansen





I am Ruth Hansen and I will be your child’s teacher this year. I am so glad to have your child in my classroom; I have been anticipating meeting each one of you all summer!  I look forward to the relationships that will be built and the growing that will take place in your child’s life this year. 

Let me tell you a little bit about myself. I have been a teacher for 14 years.  I have taught in Chicago, the suburbs of Illinois, Northeast Minneapolis and now Bloomington.  I am married and have two children.  I also have two wonderful dogs, named Josie and Annabelle, they are both lab mixes. This is my third year at Seven Hills and so far I have found it to be a fabulous school in which to work. I am truly excited for this year.

Third grade is an important year for your child’s learning and character development; I hope to be in continual communication with you about your child’s progress throughout the year. I have very high expectations for each one of my students and I know that with your support at home your child will make great strides this year in their education.

 Parents, with your support, we will make this classroom the best possible environment for your child to achieve, learn, and explore! Students, with your active participation this will be a year for fun and significant amounts of learning about yourself and the world around you!

Mrs. Hansen’s Classroom Expectations

To School: Each day, students should bring their water bottles, planners and communication folders, their C.A.R.E.S., their willingness to learn, and a positive attitude! Students are asked to adhere to the SHPA uniform policy! Please consult the SHPA Parent Handbook for an updated version!

Communication Folders/Planners/Signatures: Students should keep track of their planner and take home folder (we will be using them daily). Our planners are a wonderful source of communication.  Parents, please look for the AMA (ask me about) section in your student’s planner.  In this section students will write down something they have learned and this will give you an opportunity to talk with your student about the topic listed.  I will be checking and initialing them each day. The students will write their assignments in their planner daily, and show you nightly to earn your signature. Signatures will not be mandatory this year, but are highly recommended. Signatures may also be required for a student due to incomplete homework as the year progresses. Signatures may become mandatory if necessary.

Communication Folders will hold homework or important information to be taken home to either be kept at home or completed and returned. Notes to me may either be written in your student’s planner or put in their folders.

Homework: Please complete homework in pencil. Math homework will usually consist of a selected section of a workbook that our math curriculum provides, and possibly some supplemental work that comes home when necessary.  Students will also be bringing home a letter explaining IXL.  This is a math website that we will use for practice and homework.  The letter will have website information and password information.

For reading homework students are expected to spend 30 minutes reading each evening.  This could include independent reading, time you spend reading to your child, or reading that occurs naturally throughout the day (ie. reading recipes, street signs, reading signs at grocery stores, playing games, etc.) We will be sending home a homework contract for the parents and students to sign and bring back to school.

Water bottles/Healthy Snack: Each day your student should bring their water bottle to school. We believe it is important for students to stay hydrated in order for the most learning to take place. Students may bring a small, health snack for the afternoon.  Please refer to the school wide snack list for nut free items.  Any snack not on the approved list will not be allowed in class and will be sent home unopened.

Birthdays: Third Grade loves to read AND celebrate birthdays! To honor your student’s special day, we welcome them to bring in their favorite age appropriate book to read to the class.  They may then take home or donate, the book, to our classroom library! If your child has a summer birthday, please let me know if/when you would like to celebrate during the school year. Please do not send a birthday snack to school.

Classroom Expectations:

 1.            Be respectful of others and their property.

2.         Listen carefully and follow directions the first time they are given.

3.         Be kind.

4.         Do your best!

As a class we discussed what it looked like, sounded like, felt like, etc when we were following all of the expectations we have in our classroom. Each of the students and I signed the list of expectations to show our commitment to them throughout the year.

Color Chart: Each student is accountable for their own behavior and learning. If a student is having trouble following the classroom expectations or the school rules we have a “Color Chart” to help keep track of student behavior. We are adding an additional layer of clarity to the color chart system this year.  Every day all students start with the color GREEN.  Students who do not follow one of the established rules will receive a positive correction.  If a student needs a second positive correction, the student will receive a check.  For each consecutive need for a positive correction, students will receive a check.  3 accumulated checks will equal a color change to YELLOW, ORANGE and RED.  If a student changes his or her color to RED they will be sent to the office to discuss their actions with Dr. Woog or Mrs. Farrell.  Some serious behaviors might result in an automatic color change.

Volunteers: One of the things I love about Seven Hills is the enthusiasm and desire of parents to volunteer in our classroom and I am so appreciative of the time and energy that you share with all of us.  Volunteer opportunities will be available throughout the school year and those opportunities will be communicated by me or a volunteer coordinator.  If there are special things that you can do (talents, hobbies, jobs, abilities) that you wish to share with the class, please do not hesitate to let me know.  Please be sure to read the updated policy for volunteering in the Parent Handbook.

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

7:40-8:40

Prep

Prep

PLC/Staff Meeting

Prep

Prep

8:40-8:50

Morning Meeting

Morning Meeting

Morning Meeting

Morning Meeting

Morning Meeting

8:50-9:35

PE or Writing/Grammar

PE or Writing/Grammar

PE or Writing/Grammar

PE or Writing/Grammar

PE or Writing/Grammar

9:40-10:35

Math

Math

Math

Math

Math

10:40-11:25

Specialists

Specialists

Specialists

Specialists

Specialists

11:30-11:40

Read Aloud

Read Aloud

Read Aloud

Read Aloud

Read Aloud

11:45-12:10

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

12:15-12:45

Science

Science

Science

Science

Science

12:50-1: 15

Whole Group Reading Mini Lesson (Powers)

Whole Group Reading Mini Lesson (Powers)

Whole Group Reading Mini Lesson (Powers)

Whole Group Reading Mini Lesson (Powers)

Whole Group Reading Mini Lesson (Powers)

1:15–1:35

Recess

Recess

Recess

Recess

Recess

1:35–2:05

 

2:10-3:00

 

 

3:00-3:30

WTW / Reading Skill

Daily 5 / Guided Reading

Core Knowledge

WTW / Reading Skill

Daily 5 / Guided Reading

Core Knowledge

WTW / Reading Skill

Daily 5 / Guided Reading

Core Knowledge

WTW / Reading Skill

Daily 5 / Guided Reading

Core Knowledge

WTW / Reading Skill

Daily 5 / Guided Reading

Core Knowledge

3:30-3:40

Planners/Dismissal

Planners/Dismissal

Planners/Dismissal

Planners/Dismissal

Planners/Dismissal

 

Daily 5 / Guided Reading will include Words Their Way, Handwriting, Guided Reading groups and independent work time, Writing work time, finish work time, etc….



     


WTW Nightly Homework Expectations Monday: Cut out the words and sort. This is an exploratory sort. Students should notice sound patterns as well as letter patterns. Encourage your student to explain why they chose to sort the words this way. Tuesday: Blind sort. Lay down a word from each category as a header and then read the rest of the words aloud. Your student must indicate what category the word goes in without seeing it. Wednesday: Your child has a list of activities in their take home folder that they can work on each Wednesday. This can be done independently. Thursday: Do a blind writing sort to prepare for the Friday test. As you call out the words in random order, your child should write them in categories.

Think Central Think Central is an online program that allows you access to your child's Math in Focus textbook and workbook. Simply log in with your child's user name and password and workbook pages can be printed or viewed to complete homework. Username: Child's First Full and Last Name (No spaces, all lowercase) Ex: samuelsmith Password: 7hills Use this link to get to the website for Think Central: http://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/ePC/start.do When you log in for the first time, make sure that all fields are as you see below, except username and password. Let your child's teacher know if you have problems accessing this program or have any other questions.

MyNGConnect: Another Exciting Resource For Our Students The Science curriculum we use is National Geographic. National Geographic offers our text book and other resources online for our students. Please take a few moments to visit www.myngconnect.com. This website offers resources for students to use that reinforce what we have learned in class. Please use this resource to reread the chapter and help with understanding of the concepts. Your student will be given an individual login and password. (Stay tuned)