Back to School/New Student

Third Grade Curriculum Night: If you weren't able to make it, here is the most important points:

  • Please read the papers in your child’s home folder.  They probably will answer many of your questions.
    • Renewal of online resources is later this year than typical (this is done at the district and school level) – I will get you math passwords and a green page about AR as soon as I am able to log in.
    • Help your child complete homework, keep the folder clean, and bring their folder with homework sheet to and from school each day.
  • Third grade has a significant increase in level of challenge for students.
    • In math, students are expected to solve multi-step word problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, area, and other concepts.  It is very, very, very important that your students memorize their math facts to be successful.  Reflex Math online is one way to practice.
    • Next year in reading, students will be “reading to learn” instead of “learning to read.”  Your child needs to be fluent with decent comprehension by the end of this year.  Reading AR books is one way to help.
    • State standardized testing starts in third grade.  It is done on the computer, and your child will be expected to do a significant amount of typing.  Good computer and word processing skills are important.
  • We work as a team for your child to be successful.  For me to be most effective, I need you to:
    • Have your child at school from bell to bell with a good night’s sleep and healthy meals every day.
    • Practice reading and math facts at home.  Other work may be added if your child needs it, but we try to keep homework light.
    • Contact me if there is anything I should know.  I’ll do the same. 

I send most papers home immediately, so you should have a good idea of what your child is doing for written work.  Much of our reading work is discussion, and there is no paper to send home.

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Make back to school night quick and easy by following these tips to bring your supplies ready to go.  I’ve also included some optional items that your child may bring to school.


Shopping Tips

How to Get it Ready At Home

School supplies box


This will stay on the top of your desk this year. Get one that is standard size – about 6” x 9” x 3”. If it is too big, it takes up too much space. If it is too small, things don’t fit.

Prepack it with the things that it needs to hold. Label it with your name.

24+ pencils

Some brands just break and break and break when they are sharpened meaning we need to buy a lot more pencils. We recommend Ticonderoga brand as they work reliably, so you don’t have to buy as many. More expensive pencils, but better value.

These are shared as a class. If you want to be a superstar family, either buy pre-sharpened pencils or sharpen them at home.

Put two SHARP pencils in your supplies box. Put the rest in the labeled bin at school. You will trade sharp pencils for dull ones as needed during work times, and your team will sharpen pencils at the end of each day.

4+ dry erase markers

Some brands don’t erase well or dry out easily. Expo is a good brand. Black or another dark color is easy to read. If your child is not good at taking care of their supplies they may need more than four; remind them to make sure the cap clicks and they always get put away. (I remind them too, but I can’t be responsible for each student’s supplies and do a good job teaching.) If they are excellent they may only need two. Many students prefer the thinner markers to the thicker ones.

You may want to mark these with your child’s name to avoid having to replace them if misplaced. I recommend using tape either to label them or help a label stick on.

Put two dry erase markers in your supplies box. The other two will go in a hanging extra supplies pocket for you to restock your supplies if needed throughout the year. (The pocket will have your number on it and will be just for you. If you don’t have any more markers in your pocket you will need to get more from home. Extras will be sent home at the end of the year.) You’ll be able to get into these extra supplies about once a week during desk cleaning.

2+ red correcting pens or pencils

Correcting pencils with erasers are nicer than pens because kids can make changes, but they are harder to find. Generally they do not carry them at Walmart or the Dollar Store. They do usually carry them at office supply stores in Silverdale sometimes in packets of two and sometimes in packets of four.

If your child loses a lot of things or is destructive with personal property, it may be a good idea to buy four now so you don’t have to go shopping in the middle of the year.

You may want to mark these with your name.

Put the two pens/pencils in your supplies box. If you have more, the extras will go in the pocket with your dry erase markers for later.

1 pair scissors

Get a size that is appropriate for your child’s hand and is of decent quality. At this age, they should know how to be safe with scissors so a pair designed for a slightly older child (still small, but may have a pointed end instead of rounded) may be more appropriate and allow them to cut more precisely.

Definitely put your child’s name on these. If they keep them safe they will probably work for the next year or two.

These go in the supplies box.

1 pencil sharpener

I recommend a small simple one, so it fits in your child’s supplies box and isn’t a distraction. It should have a place to hold shavings. We use these for sharpening colored pencils during art projects and red correcting pencils at the end of the day.

Label with your name, and put in your supplies box.

4+ glue sticks

Any kind is fine. The bigger ones seem to work better for students than the smaller ones. Again, if your child isn’t good at putting things away or clicking caps, they need more.

I would recommend labeling these. Put two in the supplies box. Keep two out to go in your extra supplies pocket.

1 box colored pencils

Your basic small or medium size box is best. We use these for many of our art projects in third grade and for some academics.

It’s a pain, but these end up on the floor a lot and don’t get back to the owner. If it is important that you keep your own, I highly recommend labeling every pencil with a Sharpie so I know who to return it to. (Students rarely claim them from the classroom lost and found.) You may wait until Back to School night, as you can use your class number which is faster to write than names. If you don’t mind losing a certain color (I do have some students can borrow) or worst case replacing them, save the time.

These will go in your child’s art bag. (I’ll have one ready for you at Back To School night, but it’s just a gallon size Ziploc bag with their name on it.) You can leave them in the box or take them out.

2 composition journals

These are the black and white kind. We use these for writing and reading. Be sure to get wide ruled. If your child is a prolific writer and they fill up a notebook, I will provide them a new one.

I will give your child a sticker with their name to label this, and help them divide it into sections. They just got straight in your child’s desk! That being said, if your child wants to decorate the outside, go for it! J Just let them know that they will need to cover part of it with a sticker.

1 spiral notebook

Get a wide-ruled one. The one subject kind is fine; they won’t need a bigger one. We use these for word study (spelling) and math.

Same as the composition journals – just bring them and we will label. They can be decorated.

1 folder

Just the basic kind with two pockets. If your child is rougher on supplies, you may want to get a plastic one instead of a paper one.

Again, these go in your child’s desk and I will provide a label. If you get one that has lots of glitter or is plastic, the label won’t stick as well, so I would recommend also writing your child’s name in Sharpie.

Lined paper

Please bring one package of wide-ruled paper. More is welcome!

This is shared, and will go on a shelf in the classroom.

Computer paper - any color

Please bring two or more packages of printer paper.

This is shared, and will go by the printer in the classroom.

Wet wipes

We use the kind for surfaces not hands. Students will get them out themselves and use them to clean desks and such. Please bring one or more containers.

They are shared, and will go on a shelf in the classroom.

Ziploc bags or sticky notes

I know the school list says gallon sized, but this is an update. Please bring at least one package of one of the following items: gallon size Ziploc bags, quart size Ziploc bags, or sticky notes.

Kids do well with the kind of bags that has the sliding zipper, but I assume they are more expensive. We use a mix of quart, gallon, and an occasional sandwich size bag for various things.

We use sticky notes (any color) for weekly reflections on students work. (They pick their favorite assignment to display in the hall for homework.) We also use blue, green, yellow, pink, and purple sticky notes for a class activity, so these colors (especially green and blue) are used more.

These are shared, so no name needed.You will put them in a labeled box at back to school night.


Please bring one or more boxes.

They are shared, and will go on a shelf in the classroom.


Look for one that seems to have a good zipper, and ideally will last a couple of years. Two straps (better for the back,) bigger backpacks (holds more on special days and easier to pack,) and no wheels (they usually carry it so it just makes it heavy) seem to be best for most kids.

Label it just in case. It may be a good idea to put your contact information on the inside along with your child’s name, in case it was lost away from school.


Please make sure your child has weather appropriate clothes as they will be playing outside most days including in mild bad weather.

Label it. Again including your phone number might be smart.


Unless they buy lunch or you send a disposable bag daily. I would recommend something that closes securely and fits easily in their backpack. You want the lunch bag or box to be able to hold a regular lunch, a healthy snack, and a small water bottle or drink.



1 box crayons

If your child wants they may have a small box of crayons. I supply crayons for teams to share when needed, but some kids like their own.

Put this in art bag. See colored pencil instructions for instructions.


1 box markers

Same as crayons. Many kids this age prefer the thinner markers. I’d prefer that they get a smaller box, not a giant one due to desk space.

Same as crayons and colored pencils.


1+ Eraser

Big pink erasers (regular size not giant ones) seem to work best. Kids really like the pencil top ones, but often play with them or lose them.

Label if wanted…your child will need to relabel if they use that part. Put one big eraser or three pencil top erasers in your child’s supply box. Extras for your child can go in their extra supplies pocket or can be donated in the box for another child who needs one.



I will supply rulers that are easier for learners to measure with, but your child may want a ruler to draw straight lines with. Look for one with inches and centimeters that is easy to read so they can use it later.

Label and it will go directly in your child’s desk.


Sock eraser

We use socks for whiteboard erasers. Kids can store their whiteboard makers in them and can put their hands in them for quick erasing. I will supply one that is clean but doesn’t look very nice. If your child wants to bring a new or used sock from home that is fine.

This can go in your child’s supply box. They may want to put their whiteboard markers in their sock to keep everything neat.


Reusable shopping bag

I supply a reusable shopping bag with your child’s number (they are used multiple years) to hold books. They are welcome to bring a special one from home instead. It should be standard size: big enough to hold 3-5 books including larger picture books, but small enough that they can tie it to their desk or put it inside their desk. It should have handles to put over their shoulder or tie to the outside of their desk.

Make sure this is marked with your child’s name. At back to school night return the bag at their desk to me, and replace it with this one.


Water bottle

This may help keep your child hydrated at school. Although usually they have access to the drinking fountain, they may have to wait awhile for example after P.E. when many kids want to go at once or when I’m talking (makes it hard for other kids to hear). They can drink from a water bottle at their desk just about any time. The sports-type lids that snap open are nicer for this because when (not if) they spill, less water spills out. They should refill these each morning if needed before 9:25 and take them home weekly to wash.

Label. It will go on top of your child’s desk.


Snack to leave at school

If your child has allergies or food preferences, you may want to leave a snack at school for them to have for special events like birthday cupcakes.If we have food your child isn’t allowed to have, I will get down their snack for them to have instead so they aren’t left out. Send one small box or bag, and I’ll let you know if we need to restock midyear.

Label with your child’s first and last name, and give to me to put up in a cupboard. Include information about this in your back to school paperwork (I may not remember – too many new faces in one night!) and make sure your child knows how much they get each time.


Cheap headphones

Our classroom headphones have seen better days. If they bother your child, they are welcome to bring their own pair from home to use instead. The school and I will not be responsible for these if they are lost or stolen, so it is at your own risk. They need to know how to plug them in and put them away properly.

Label clearly. They should either stay in your child’s backpack or go in their supply box depending on size.

Please do not send other items. If you can’t provide one of these things, I will make sure your child gets what he or she needs.



Save money! Students having the same supplies lets me teach them valuable lessons about how to organize. Sending a binder instead of a folder for example, means I will give your child a folder and your child will have a binder that they don’t use and that doesn’t fit well in their desk. Thank you!

We don’t have a spot for these and don’t use them, so it is very helpful if you leave them at home.