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Welcome to Grade 3!

 

 
Mrs. Kelsey Ferguson 
Riverstone Public School 
2018 - 2019 
Dear 3F Families,   
I hope that you had a fantastic summer and 
that you are as excited as I am about a new 
school year! I am so happy to have your child 
in my class and I hope that they will find 
grade 3 fun and exciting! I am here to help both students and parents in all 
areas of child growth and development. Together we can make this an amazing 
year! You can start each day off right by sending a well-rested child with a 
full tummy who has a hug and kiss fresh on their mind. This sets the stage for 
a wonderful day! I look forward to making your child feel safe and successful 
in our classroom while they explore new concepts and skills! 
Please feel free to contact me at any time if you have any questions. I look 
forward to providing the best education possible and building a lasting 
relationship with your family. All of my contact information is included later 
on in this booklet. 
Also in this booklet, you will find some important information about what to 
expect this year. Please review and discuss this booklet with your child. 
Please fill out and return the various forms attached to the end of this 
booklet by tomorrow if possible. They are extremely important for both the 
office and I in order to ensure we have a smooth start to this school year.  
Thank you in advance for taking the time to fill them out! 
I look forward to a wonderful year with you!    

Sincerely, 

Mrs. Kelsey Ferguson   
 
Our Learning at a Glance 
Language Arts  Mathematics 
❖ Reading  ❖ Data & Graphing 
➢ Read to Self  ❖ Number Patterns 
➢ Reading Buddies  ❖ Skip Counting 
➢ Reading Groups  ❖ Representing Numbers and 
➢ Read Alouds  Place Value to 1000 
➢ Monthly Home Reading  ❖ 2 Digit and 3 Digit Addition and 
Challenges  Subtraction Strategies 
❖ Writing  ❖ Introduction to Basic 
➢ Creative Writing  Multiplication and Division 
➢ Seasonal Writing  ❖ Introduction to Basic Fractions 
➢ Narrative Story Writing  ❖ Time Equivalency 
❖ Word Work  ❖ Mass (Grams & Kilograms) 
➢ Spelling Skills  ❖ Linear Measurement 
➢ Grammar Development  (Centimeters & Meters) 
➢ Cursive Handwriting  ❖ 2D Shapes & 3D Objects 
 

Social Studies  Science 
❖ Mapping Skills & Knowledge  ❖ Rocks & Minerals 
❖ Communities Around the World  ❖ Hearing & Sound 
➢ Peru  ❖ Building with a Variety of 
➢ India  Materials 
➢ Ukraine  ❖ Testing Materials and Designs 
➢ Tunisia  ❖ Animal Life Cycles 
❖ Global Citizenship 
 
   
The 7 Habits of Happy Kids - 3F Student Expectations 
We will be learning about these 7 Habits early into the school year.  
We will then be putting them into practice in many ways all year long.  
These are foundational skills for children to feel confident and successful at school! 

Habit 1 — Be Proactive 
You're in Charge 
I am a responsible person. I take initiative.  
I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods.  
I do not blame others for my choices.  
I do the right thing without being asked, 
even when no one is looking. 

 

Habit 2 — Begin with the End in Mind 
Have a Plan 
I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that 
have meaning and make a difference.  
I am an important part of my classroom and 
contribute to my school’s mission and vision. 
I look for ways to be a good citizen. 

 

Habit 3 — Put First Things First 
Work First, Then Play 
I spend my time on things that are most 
important. This means I say no to things I 
know I should not do. I set priorities, make a 
schedule, and follow my plan.  
I am focused and organized. 

 
Habit 4 — Think Win-Win 
Everyone Can Win 
I balance courage for getting what I want 
with consideration for what others want.  
I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank 
Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for 
third alternatives. 

 

Habit 5 — Seek First to Understand,  
Then to Be Understood 
Listen Before You Talk 
I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings.  
I try to see things from their viewpoints.  
I listen to others without interrupting.  
I am confident in voicing my ideas.  
I look people in the eyes when talking. 
 

Habit 6 — Synergize 
Together Is Better 
I value other people’s strengths and learn 
from them. I get along well with others, even 
people who are different than me.  
I work well in groups. I seek out other 
people’s ideas to solve problems because I 
know that by teaming with others we can 
  create better solutions than anyone of us 
can alone. I am humble. 
 
Habit 7 — Sharpen The Saw 
Balance Feels Best 
I take care of my body by eating right, 
exercising and getting sleep.  
I spend time with family and friends.  
I learn in lots of ways and lots of places. 
I find meaningful ways to help others. 

 
 
Growth Mindset 
We will be spending time learning about our mindset and how to ensure we are 
supporting positivity and growth with our thoughts and words. 
 

 
Important Classroom & School Information 
 

Bell Schedule  

 
Doors Open 8:10 am 
Block One   8:20 - 8:50 
Block Two   8:50 - 9:20 
Block Three 9:22 - 9:52 
Block Four   9:52 - 10:22 
Snack & Movement Break 
Block Five 10:24 - 10:54 
Block Six   10:54 - 11:24 
Recess 11:24 - 11:54 
Lunch 11:54 - 12:24 
Block Seven 12:26 - 12:55 
Block Eight 12:55 - 1:24 
Block Nine 1:26 - 1:55 
Recess 1:55 - 2:10 
Block Ten 2:12 - 2:41 
Block Eleven 2:41 - 3:10 (Gym) 
Dismissal 3:10 pm 
 
   
School Act 
In order to provide a safe learning 
environment for all, we require the support 
of our school community and 
parents/guardians. At Riverstone Public 
School, the Province of Alberta School Act 
guides us in dealing with student behaviour, 
discipline and consequences. We 
endeavour to provide “a safe and caring 
environment that fosters and maintains 
respectful and responsible behaviours” 
(Section 45(8) of the School Act).  
Everyone is treated with dignity, respect, and consideration for their individual 
circumstances. 
 
Students must comply with the School Act (Section 12) which states, “a student 
shall conduct himself/herself so as to reasonably comply with the following 
code of conduct:” 
 
-Be diligent in pursuing the student’s studies; 
-Attend school regularly and on time; 
-Co-operate fully with everyone authorized by the board to provide education 
and other services; 
-Comply with the rules of the school; 
-Account to their teacher for their conduct; 
-Respect the rights of others; 
 
And Section 24(1)(b): 
 
-A student’s behaviour must not be injurious to the physical or mental 
well-being of others in the school. 
Consequences for not following the School Act will be dealt with according to 
individual circumstances, and may include: 
 
-Student behaviour will be monitored and tracked at the classroom and school 
level. 
-Contact will be made with parents/guardians. 
-Every effort will be made to work with the student to positively shape student 
behaviour. This includes the development and regular review of a behaviour 
plan when warranted. 
-Parents, teachers, administration, and students (when appropriate) will meet 
to discuss concerns and to sign the behaviour plan.   
-Suspension and expulsion may be an eventual consequence for not 
complying with the School Act. 
 
Student Rights and Responsibilities 
You have the right to a safe place to learn.   
You have the responsibility to follow the school rules. 
  
You have the right to have your own ideas and opinions.   
You have the responsibility to respect the ideas and opinions of others. 
  
You have the right to use school books, equipment, and materials. 
You have the responsibility to take care of all school books, equipment, and 
materials. 
  
You have the right to be treated fairly.   
You have the responsibility to treat others fairly. 
  
You have the right to a good education.   
You have the responsibility to do your best. 
 
Agenda Book 
Your child will bring an agenda book to and from school every day. This will be 
used for communication and organization between school and home. In the 
front pages of the agenda, you will find a school calendar and important 
procedures and policies. Please read these pages carefully and let me know if 
you have any further questions. Please also read and initial your child’s agenda 
every day and check for items that are being sent home, or may need to be 
read/signed and returned. Thank you!  
 
Home Support 
Home support will include basic enrichment activities such as home reading, 
concept reinforcement and practice, as well as a few fun take-home projects 
throughout the year. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of daily 
reading. The more children read, the better readers they will become! I expect 
students to spend at least 20 minutes, 4 times per week at home reading, and 
more than this is even better! This can be independent reading or reading to 
you. Each night your child is able to read, please record the number of minutes 
and initial it in your child’s agenda book. I would ask that you record their 
reading minutes on the full month calendar pages at the beginning of each 
monthly section. We will use these pages to count total minutes for our monthly 
home reading challenges. Your support is appreciated! 
 
Library 
We will have weekly access to our big, beautiful school 
library! Once the library schedule is finalized, I will confirm 
what day we will be exchanging books, as well as what 
day our books will be due. Please ensure library books are 
treated with care when they are taken home so they can 
be enjoyed by all students for years to come. 
 
Late Slips & Absences 
If your child arrives later than 8:20 am, they are asked to please use the front 
doors at the main entrance, and sign in at the office to receive a late slip. 
Please be mindful that regular and timely attendance is a major contributor to 
student success. If your child will be absent, please email the office – 
riverstone@gppsd.ab.ca or call the office – 780-532-1321. Thank you! 
 
Dismissal Plan Changes 
Please email me, write a note in your child’s agenda, or call the school office if 
their dismissal plan changes or they need to leave early for an appointment. 
 
Lunch, Canteen, and Water bottles 
Please send your child to school with healthy snacks and lunches. We do have 
a school-based canteen service. Menus will be sent home once they become 
available. Please let me know if you require more menus to be sent home. If 
you will be ordering canteen for your child, please ensure the form and 
payment are completed and in a plastic baggie before your child arrives at 
school. Grades K-4 students do not have access to microwaves. Water bottles 
are welcome and encouraged in our classroom! They will be sent home every 
Friday to be washed over the weekend and returned on Monday. 
 
Birthday Treats 
I absolutely love birthdays and enjoy making children feel 
recognized on their special day! All I ask is if you would 
like to send celebration snacks for your child’s birthday 
please send only precut or individually packaged treats. 
Please also include an ingredient list (in case of allergies). 
Thanks in advance! 
 
Allergies 
Within our school, hallway, and classroom, many students have serious allergies. 
Once I am able to confirm all medical alerts and allergies within our classroom 
and hallway, I will be able to confirm our class policy. To be safe in the 
meantime, please ensure your child’s lunch does not contain any nut products. 
There are many nut-free food options for snacks and lunches. Thank you in 
advance for being cautious and helping us keep all of our students healthy 
and safe! 
 
Medication 
Teachers are not permitted to administer medication to students. Medication in 
its original container must be administered through the office and a medical 
form must be completed and signed by parents. Epipens or other medical 
items that need to be in proximity of the student may be kept in the classroom 
with a record of the medical form kept in the office.  
 
Captain of the Week 
Our class will be acknowledging a new captain each week! Your child will be 
receiving an ‘All About Me’ Poster to complete and return to school as soon as 
possible. I will hold onto the poster 
until it is your child’s turn. It will then 
be displayed for the week that 
they are being recognized. This is a 
special way to get to know each 
and every friend in our class and to 
let everyone have a full week to be 
recognized and celebrated! 
 
 
Scholastic Book Orders 
There will be book orders from Scholastic sent home monthly. These are a great 
way to add to your collection at home or order as gifts for your children. ​Every 
order contributes to our classroom library as well! ​Payment can be made by 
credit card online, cheque, or exact cash. ​Thank you in advance for supporting 
your child's reading development and our classroom library! 
 
Raven Bucks 
Students have the opportunity to earn Raven Bucks for demonstrating positive 
expectations and behaviours. The Raven Bucks may be cashed in every 
Monday morning for a variety of rewards such as: show and tell, bring a stuffy 
to school, wear pajamas to school, have lunch with a buddy, and more! 
 
Toys 
Please do not allow your child to bring toys to school. Toys create a number of 
ongoing challenges including distractions in the classroom and conflict 
between students arising from lost, stolen, or broken toys. If you feel your child 
requires a fidget, please let the school know and we can arrange for an 
assessment of need from our Occupational Therapist. Please note that toys 
such as stuffed animals may be permitted under special circumstances such as 
a reward or a class party. Thank you in advance for your support! 
 
Recess 
Thanks to the outstanding efforts of our playground society and school 
community, we now have an incredible playground! As we get to know our 
playground, we will be establishing playground expectations to keep our 
students safe. Please ensure your child dresses appropriately for the weather as 
the seasons change. All students will be going outside for recess twice a day, 
with the exception of heavy rain or extreme cold (-25°C or colder). 
The Parent – Teacher Connection 
 
I believe that it is very important to keep open lines of communication.  
Please feel free to contact me if you have any comments, questions, or 
concerns. 
 
Please check our classroom website regularly for important upcoming dates, 
classroom updates, blog posts, pictures, and helpful educational links and 
resources for both you and your child. As the year goes on, I will update our 
website with all of our latest and greatest adventures in Grade 3!  
 

Website: grade3ferguson.weebly.com 
 
You can contact me during the day at school:  
By E-mail: ​kelsey.ferguson@gppsd.ab.ca  
(The quickest way to get a reply) 
By Note/Agenda:​ Send notes to school in your child’s agenda book. 
(I will do my best to reply that day) 
By Phone:​ 780-532-1321 (Riverstone Public School’s Office Phone Line) 
(Please leave a message and I will return it at the end of the day) 
 
You can contact me in the evening or on weekends at home: 
By E-mail:​ kelsey.ferguson@gppsd.ab.ca  
By Personal Cell Phone:​ 780-978-5357 
(​*Emergencies only please​ –  
If I don’t answer, please leave a message and let 
me know how late I can call back) 
 

I look forward to hearing from you!