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    Dear Parents/Guardians,

    Welcome to another exciting school year! My name is Ms. Grant, and I will be your child’s 3rd grade teacher. I look forward to working with you and your child in the coming year. Third grade is both challenging and exciting year because of the many skills and concepts introduced as well as the MAP testing that takes place during the last semester. My goal as your child’s teacher is to set high expectations for your child in a loving and nurturing environment so that all children will be able to learn, succeed and grow.

       If at any time during the school year you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me during school hours at 314-241-8255, or you can email me at Leah.Grant@slps.org. If you would like to speak in person or come up to visit, please call ahead of time so that we can SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT.


    8 spiral notebooks- This year, students will be placing almost all of their assignments in a spiral journal. They will need 8 single subject spiral bound notebooks (wide ruled). This will cover them for the entire year. 12 pencils- We do an extensive amount of writing in our class, and your child will need at least one dozen #2 pencils to be used for the entire school year.  (No mechanical pencils please.) Also, donations of Kleenex and hand sanitizer will be appreciated as well.

    School Uniforms

    Gateway Elementary is a uniform school, and we encourage students to wear them daily. The uniforms consist of navy or khaki bottoms (shorts, pants, jumper, dress or skorts) and a red or white polo shirt (a shirt with a collar). Students who consistently wear their uniform will receive the ability to participate in special incentive(s) activities. 

    Class Rules

    1)      Follow directions quickly and quietly.

    2)      Raise your hand for permission to speak.

    3)      Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat.

    4)      Make smart choices.

    5)       Keep your dear teacher happy.

    Students will be rewarded Class Dojo points for positive behavior(s) and will have points taken away for negative behavior(s). Rewards will be given weekly based on their positive points earned. If a student has 5 or more negative behaviors during a day, the student will receive a consequence and parent notification.

    Birthday Parties

    All birthday celebrations must be held in the cafeteria during the student’s lunch period. Store bought cupcakes and juice drink boxes are the only items permitted during these celebrations. Please do not bring balloons or party favors as they are not permitted.


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    Dear Families,


    This year I will be using a web-based program called Class Dojo to help track   students’ behavior.   It is an excellent communication tool to help keep parents updated about their child’s behavior.


    In Class Dojo, students can earn points for positive behaviors such as being on task, following directions, helping others, etc.  Students can also lose points for negative behaviors such as being off task, not following directions, etc. Students love being able to track their points.


    Once you have joined our class you will be able to check your child’s progress anytime.  You will also be emailed a report every Friday.  Students can create their own account so they can check on their own progress as well. (There’s even a cell phone app!)  Parents love having instant access to how their child is doing. Another great feature of Class Dojo is the ability for me to send messages to parents via email. 


    Students and parents from previous classes have loved it and I hope you will find it helpful too!




                                                                                                                                                                    Ms. Grant

                                                                                                                                                            3rd Grade Teacher