Information for 3rd Grade Families

August 2021

Dear 3rd Grade Families,

Aloha and welcome to a new school year at Sgt. Samuel SolomonElementary School! We are excited to start the year!

It is our mission to create a safe and supportive community of learners who demonstrate mutual respect for one another. We will foster an environment that encourages students to be caring, resilient, and responsible citizens.

We’ve included some accompanying information for you to read through to help your child have a successful school year. We believe you, as parents, hold the key to your child’s future. We look forward to working with you to make great things happen for your child.

Communication between home and school is vital for your child’s best educational opportunities, so please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns. During school hours, you may leave a message at the office at (808) 305-1800. If you send a note with your child, or write in their planner, please have them inform us so that we may respond in a timely manner. You may also email your child’s teacher using the link in our school website. 

We look forward to a rewarding year with you and your child! Kulia I ka nu’u! “Let’s strive for the summit!

Sincerely,
Grade 3 Teachers

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Discipline Plan:

Please read the accompanying handout detailing the 3rd Grade discipline plan and sign and return the bottom portion acknowledging you have read and understood this plan.

 

Student Planner:

School planners are a required item on the school supply list. The firstpicture of 20-21 planner cover

planner is provided by the school at no cost. Students are to bring their planner to school each day to record any homework assignments, announcements, etc.. If lost or damaged beyond use, replacement planners are available for purchase at the school office. The student planner is an essential tool in supporting our Leilehua Complex efforts to create college and career ready students using the AVID(Advancement Via Individual Determination) program. www.avid.org This provides a communication tool between home and school. Please initial your child’s planner daily. If you write a note, please make sure your child informs us of it so we can respond in a timely manner.

 

Class Dojo:

Third grade teachers use Class Dojo to facilitate parent teacher communication. Be sure to follow the directions on the invitation provided by your child’s homeroom teacher so that you can receive important timely information.

 

Grading:

Solomon uses the Statewide Standards-Based Progress Report and the General Learner Outcomes (GLOs). For more information check out the Hawaii Department of Education website at http://reportcard.k12.hi.us/parent.htm

 

School I.D. Tags:

For safety concerns, students will be issued I.D. tags, which are to be worn at all times and kept at school. The first I.D. tag will be provided free of charge. Students requiring replacement tags due to damage or loss will be assessed $5.00 per replacement.

REMINDERS

Absences and Tardies:

If your child is absent, please call the school office at (808) 305-1800 or send a note in the Student Planner with your child upon their returning to school. The exterior gates to the

school will be locked @ 8:30 am, and he or she will need to get a tardy slip from the

office.

 

Payments:

Lunch payments are to be turned in to the office by 8am for the funds to be used that day. All other payments for school functions will be turned in as designated on the form. Please place payment in an envelope and label with child’s name and event. This will be greatly appreciated. You can also make payments using the EZSchoolPay mobile app. If you don’t have an account set up, please visit www.EZSchoolPay.com with your child’s student ID number ready.

 

Contact Information:

If any of your contact information changes, please inform the school office in a

timely manner. In case of emergencies, we want to be able to notify parents as soon as possible.

 

School Books/Property:

Students are responsible for the care of textbooks, library books, and school property. Students may be referred to the office and may be billed for any damages or losses of school property (if deemed necessary).

 

Water Bottles:

Because of the heat and humidity, students are encouraged to bring in labeled water bottles. This also supports current brain research showing that a well-hydrated body functions better and improves learning and memory. If ice cubes are added to the water bottle, condensation and puddles become a problem. Please wrap the bottle in a small towel to protect your child’s class work from getting wet.

 

After-School Policy:

To ensure the safety of your child, make sure you have made and discussed afterschool dismissal plans with your child or have made arrangements for a designated adult (listed on your child’s papework) to pick up your child at the classroom. Solomon Elementary follows the USARHAW Pam 210-5 (7-2b) – Control of Children (Supervision), which states - children under 7 years of age cannot be left unattended or allowed to walk home alone from any place on post, including school. 

 

New School Buildings and ongoing construction

We are so excited to be in a brand new school building, but construction may still be underway in different areas of our campus. Please be sure to remind your child about staying away from the restricted areas and construction materials and equipment. Closed toe footwear is highly recommended for their safety. As new issues and policies come up that may be of concern to our families, we will be sure to keep you informed. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the school office. Your cooperation and flexibility are appreciated.

Third Grade Bell Schedule

 

Mon., Tues., Thurs., & Fri.

 

Wed.

 

8:15 - 8:30 Morning Business

8:15 - 8:30 Morning Business

8:30 - 9:55 Instructional Block 1

8:30 - 9:55 Instructional Block 1

9:55 - 10:10 Recess 9:55 - 10:10 Recess

10:10 - 12:00 Instructional Block 2

10:10 - 11:45 Instructional Block 2

12:05 - 12:35 Lunch & Recess

11:50- 12:20 Lunch

12:35 - 2:15 Instructional Block 3

12:20 - 1:00 Instructional Block 3

2:15 Dismissal 1:00 Dismissal
   
   

 

HOMEWORK POLICY

 

Your child will be given daily homework. It is part of your child’s responsibility to write the daily homework in their planners. The planner is a tool to help students increase responsibility, and organization. As part of daily homework we ask that students review their planner with the family, checkmark each task as they are completed, and have a parent signature each day.

 

Homework is assigned to reinforce concepts and practice skills taught in class. It is each student’s responsibility to complete and turn in assignments when due.

 

Homework assignment may vary by teacher according to the needs of the class and student. If your child does not have access to a computer, please be sure to speak to your child’s homeroom teacher.

 

Weekly homework will consist of 2 math and 2 reading lessons in the iReady program. Additional homework may be assigned according to the needs of the class and individual student.

 

** For the first quarter of the 21-22 school year, third grade students will be given 30 minutes in class to complete their homework. Any work that does not get completed during this time will be sent home.

 

 

BEHAVIOR PLAN

 

The third grade teachers at Solomon Elementary School have adopted a positive discipline plan to encourage and reward positive behaviors, responsibility, and good work habits. The plan is based on the school’s “3-Be’s” and is incorporated into the following set of rules:

  1. Be in your assigned seat or area, ready to work when class begins
  2. Have paper, pencils, books and all needed supplies every day
  3. Keep hands, feet, books, and objects to yourselves
  4. No profanity, rude gestures, bullying, teasing or put downs
  5. Follow directions of all school personnel.

All students have been introduced to these rules, which are posted in all third grade classrooms. When adhering to these rules, students will be better able to meet the state’s General Learner Outcomes (GLO’s) which are included in the quarterly reports.

 

The Solomon Elementary School Community envisions our students becoming quality learners and responsible citizens. To assist students in achieving this we help by providing the following supports:

  • Verbal praise and class recognition
  • PAWS rewards
  • Class celebrations
  • Reminder of School Rules
  • Think Time
  • Think Sheet to be completed by student, taken home for parent signature and returned to classroom teacher the following day.
  • Visit with the school counselor or administration

 

We ask for parents’ support by following up with consequences at home and reinforcing positive behavior expectations.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read through this. Please let your child’s teacher know if you have any concerns or questions regarding any of the information in this letter. We look forward to a successful year in third grade working together with you and your child.

Thank you for taking the time to read through this. Please let your child’s teacher know if you have any concerns or questions regarding any of the information. We look forward to a successful year in third grade working together with you and your child.
 
Success for Every Student!