The  A, B, C ’S of Third Grade



          There will be something new and exciting every day. Good attendance is very important. If your child happens to be absent, write a note with the date and reason for absence to send in the child’s daily folder the next day. If a note is not turned in within 72 hours of your child’s return, the absence will be “unexcused”. On the day of the absence, notify the school office at 940-369-1300.


    B-Backpacks & Birthdays

         Each child will need a backpack to carry home his/her papers and the “Daily Take-home Folder”.  Please make sure the backpack is (1) the size of a paper towel roll, (2) is clearly labeled with your child’s last name.

         We will acknowledge all birthdays in a special way.  Your child my choose extra recess for the class or bring a class treat.  If you would like to send a special snack for that day, make sure it is in the room by 2:00pm.  If the special treat requires napkins, plates, forks, etc., be sure to include these items.

    Please Note: It is against school policy to pass out private party invitations at school unless
    • a) your child brings invitations for the whole class.
    • b) Your child brings invitations for all of the girls or boys that pertain to your child.  Ex. Sara would only bring invites for all the girls. 
    I will be happy to provide a list of names if you request it. Thank you for respecting these guidelines and I can’t wait to eat the sweet treats!


    C-Car Riders

         Car riders will be dismissed at 2:50 each day from the school cafeteria. You should have received a car tag number at registration to place on your windshield. Contact the office if you need one. The line will move very quickly once everyone has had some practice.  PLEASE BE PATIENT.  Note that if you arrive after 3:15, your child may be waiting in the office. You will have to park, come in and sign them out.


    D-Drop-Off & Dress Code & Discipline

         If you drop your child off in the morning, please be mindful that they are dropped off in the back of the building at the cafeteria no earlier than 7:20. Your child must be in the classroom by 7:40. If they arrive after this time they will be counted tardy, even if they are still walking throughout in the building. This can be very upsetting to a young child, so please help your child to arrive on time each day.

         Be sure to check the DISD Student Handbook concerning proper school dress. I love “closed-toe” shoes and prefer tennis shoes on a daily basis. NO FLIP-FLOPS or BACKLESS SHOES AT ANY TIME.

         My goal with discipline is to be firm, consistent, understanding, fair and nurturing all at the same time.  I have a confident reason and explanation for every action I make in our classroom with our children, so if you have any questions about my decisions, please let me know in a professional and timely manner.



         A great way to keep in touch with me is through e-mail. My e-mail address at school is marel@dentonisd.org.  Please make sure I have your correct e-mail address.


    F-Folders – “Daily Take-home Folders”

         Everyday your child will receive a folder with daily conduct, notes, or homework. Please return the folder back to school each day. Make sure to look for any important newsletters or notes and be sure to complete the homework with your child each night.  Initial the box for that day, so I know you have seen your child’s behavior and the literature for that day. Bringing in the folder each day helps your child learn independence and responsibility.

     -Facebook and SeeSaw- 

                 We encourage all parents to look up our "Third Grade Adkins" Facebook page and Like it!  I don't use it very much, as I post most things on your child's Seesaw portfolio, so please make sure you are connected with your child's code. 



         Every six weeks your child will receive a report card. This report card is standards based and will be an on-going assessment throughout the school year. More information about the report card will be shared during our Parent/ Teacher conferences following the first six weeks.



         Homework , if any, will always be found in your child’s Daily Folder on Monday.  Your child is required to read 20 minutes every night and complete 1 lesson from Imagine Math through our district website.  Homework may also be work that was unfinished in the classroom, work that needs to be corrected or work that I would like you to complete with your child.  Please have your child complete or correct the work and return it Friday in their Daily Folder.  I do not believe in hours and hours of homework.  I believe in family time.  I will further explain my expectations for homework during conference week.



         The question of when to keep your child home from school is often a difficult one, especially when decisions must be made first thing in the morning. It is important, however, to keep your child home if he/she is ill and running a fever. This helps to make them more comfortable and prevents others from becoming ill. Your child may not return to class unless they are fever-free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine.  Children function more effectively in the classroom when they are healthy. If your child needs medication on a regular basis, you need to consult the DISD Student Handbook and our school nurse, Nurse. Kay, at 369-1304.


    J-Join PTA

         Adkins has a very active Parent Teacher Association.  Meetings will be held throughout the school year. Our goal is 100% participation.  Please join and be involved!



         Students in our classroom are encouraged and expected to treat all members of our class as well as others with kindness and respect; hitting, fighting, name-calling, and making fun of others will not be permitted. There is a Zero Tolerance for this at Adkins Elementary.



         The school will provide lunch and breakfast for the children who wish to purchase one.  Milk is available for students with lunchboxes for $.50. Breakfast is $1.20 and lunch is $2.75. For convenience, you may pay online by going to the following website: https://www.parentonline.net.  I encourage you to create a lunch account for your child even though they may not always purchase; you never know when a sack lunch will be left at home on the kitchen counter.  You will need your child’s ID number to create an account for your child.  Checks are also accepted and can be made payable to Adkins Cafeteria.  You are always welcome to come and eat lunch with your student and outside food is permitted.  Remember, however, that lunch is a great social opportunity for your child with their friends.  Our lunch time is from 11:50-12:20 daily.


    M-Music, Art, Library & PE

         Your child will participate in a rotation of art, music, or PE every day. I will send a note in your child’s daily folder with their special area schedule as soon as our groups are made. Failure to wear appropriate tennis shoes to PE will impact a student’s grade. I encourage tennis shoes every day since we will be on the playground for recess each fine-weather day. If your child comes in “flip-flops” or has a dress code violation, you will be required to bring them appropriate attire.



         Your child will receive a “Daily Take-home Folder” on the first day of school. This is a great place to put your notes for me and I will send home all school communication in this folder, too. Any money that is put into the Daily Folder needs to be placed in the zipper pounch and clearly labled.   Ex. “Macey’s  Lunch money” or “Steve’s popcorn money”.  Money that is just handed to me may not be accepted.


    O-Open Lines of Communication

         Please let me know if you have ANY concerns or questions regarding your child throughout the year.  I feel that it is our job to work together as partners to help your child have a successful year of school. If you have an urgent message and you want to be sure that I get it before school is out, please call the office, 940-369-1300, and speak to one of our wonderful secretaries.


     P-Parties, Pictures

         We will have three big parties throughout the school year. They are a Christmas party, a Valentine party, and the end of the year party. Our room mother(s) will be calling on volunteers to help with these events.



         If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. You can contact me at school between the hours of 7:35 and 3:35. I may not be able to come to the phone right away but I will call you back at my earliest available opportunity. My conference period is 9:40-10:30. Please call for an appointment if you would like to come during that time or after school. My phone number is 940-369-1338 or you may e-mail me at marel@dentonisd.org.  You and your child are important to me and I think of us as a team.



             I cannot stress enough how important it is for your child to be reading!  And when I say reading, I mean ANY reading: books, magazines, recipes, poetry, comic books, online sites, etc.  Our job is to find material that our children WANT to read and give them as many opportunities we can to have them read! I expect 20+ minutes each night, anywhere they can and want to read: at home, in the car, at practice, at church, anywhere! Reading to themselves and reading out loud are great practices.  Listening to reading is also very important!  There are many websites that allow children to listen to stories while the print is highlighted so they can follow along as they read.  This helps with accuracy and fluency. If you have any questions, please let me know.



    S-Snacks & School “Spirit” shirts

         I am a firm believer that food feeds the brain!  Full kids are happy kids!  Students can bring healthy snacks to eat on a daily basis.  Another option is to send an individually wrapped bulk snacks on the 1st of every month and I will put it in a snack drawer for your kiddos to eat daily. 


         PTA is selling our school spirit gear!  You may purchase T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies and more throughout the year!  We encourage every student to buy a T-shirt as soon as possible to wear every Friday!  These are also very beneficial during field trips or class activities!


    T-Toys & Transportation

          Children are asked NOT to bring toys from home. Toys are very distracting and may get lost, stolen or broken. Any toys will be taken up and put into our classroom Treasure Box.  The toy will be returned only when the child has earned a toy from the Treasure Box.


                You must notify me in writing or email if you change your child’s regular transportation arrangement. DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL WITH A VERBAL MESSAGE AND DO NOT LEAVE A MESSAGE ON MY ANSWERING MACHINE THE DAY OF THE CHANGE. I may not be able to check my messages until after dismissal time. Call the office. Children are easily upset and confused when their daily routine is changed. Please be as consistent as possible. ***The best place to let me know of a change is by writing a note in your child’s Daily Take-home Folder or email before 12:00.



          “U” are important in your child’s education. I would love to have you visit. However, if you stop in, I may put you to work. It will be fun work. Please give me the first 2 or 3 weeks to get to know your child and for your child to learn the school rules before coming to visit. Adkins has a policy that all guests are required to check in at the office and wear a guest badge. If you choose to volunteer in the classroom, please be aware that you will be required to complete a background check form.



         If you choose to volunteer in the classroom, for field trips, or tutoring, please make sure you have completed the Volunteer Form (background check).   I will then contact you to work out a schedule.


    W-Web Site

                It is my goal this year to keep my website updated with classroom pictures, important information, etc.  I like to think of my website as a tool of reference.  I would love to know that you have visited our site!  If you have time, please sign my guestbook!!!


    X-Extra Supplies
          We are always in need of extra supplies: pink erasers, dry erase markers, pencils, pens, paper and counting supplies are always welcome if donated! :)

    Y-Younger Siblings

         It is in your child’s and the program’s best interest to have our parent volunteers available without younger children in attendance as much as possible. Thank you for making childcare arrangements for younger siblings.



         Make sure your child gets plenty of rest. A classroom is a busy place and you will probably find your child exhausted at the end of the day. Setting and keeping a bedtime is a wonderful gift you can give to your child. It will help them to be alert and ready to learn each day! I recommend bedtime around  9:00 p.m. (sometimes earlier – you know your child). It sometimes helps if you blame me for the early bedtime. Just tell them, “Mrs. Arel wants you in bed…”


    If you read this far “kiss your brain”!