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Parent FAQs


Third grade is a pivotal year in elementary school. Third graders tend to love school, are so enthusiastic and they are willing to try anything! Most importantly, third grade is the year of building the bridge from primary grades to intermediate grades. While we recognize the unique nature of each child in our third grade classes, we also recognize that this is the year of fostering independence and self-reliance in our students. We ask that after the first week of school all third graders find their way to their classrooms on their own.


Communication is very important to me. The best way to reach me is through email, at Melissa.monteiro@dcsdk12.org. I check my in the morning before class begins, during my planning time, and at the end of the day. However, every day is different, and some days I will not be on as frequently as others. If you have an urgent message, you are always welcome to call the office and they will see that I receive your message.

Our website will carry homework updates, and pertinent information about our school year, such as schedules, projects, and links to our Edmodo, Google Classroom and/or student blog. Please get in the habit of checking this website often. I will do my best to send out an email to notify you about any updates.


I believe that if a student is working hard at school from 9-4, he or she needs time to go home and fulfill the requirements of family, sports, household chores, and other extracurricular activities. If your child needs extra support in an area, we are happy to provide resources to accommodate that need. Our homework will consist of nightly reading and occasionally unfinished classwork to complete at home.

I will post our weekly spelling lists and you are welcome to practice these words at home. There will however, be no spelling work to turn in. The students will have time in class each day for word work, where they will learn spelling patterns to prepare them for their weekly test.

The link between homework and student achievement is far from clear. There is no conclusive evidence that homework increases student achievement across the board. Some studies show positive effects of homework under certain conditions and for certain students, some show no effects, and some suggest negative effects (Kohn 2006; Trautwein and Koller 2003).