September 1, 2016

    Dear Families,

    Smart, curious, kind, friendly, studious, and precious. Those are just a few words that describe your magical children! We are off to an amazing start in room 43!  I want you to thank you for returning all the school forms so promptly! Gold stars for everyoneJ

    Your children are delightful and we are already coming together as a community. The students have been working hard to learn the new routines of room 43. They have been eager and positive during our opening activities. Getting to know each other is exciting and enjoyable with such interesting and friendly children. I know that we are going to have a wonderful year together.

             When I asked the kids to generate questions they had about third grade, most were interested in their new schedule. Here are the details of our day. Students begin coming into the building at 8:30, as a class, from the basketball court or the cafeteria if it is raining or too cold outside. We start our day with attendance and lunch count at 8:45. Then we have a Morning Meeting! We really need kids to arrive at 8:30 AM to stay on schedule. Dismissal is at 3:15 on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. On Thursday, children are dismissed at 12:15. Thank you for picking up your child at the designated spot. If someone different from usual will pick up your child or they are going home a different way than their regular routine, please send me a note on that day or call the office so I can better keep track of comings and goings.

    This year we have recess at 12:10 right before lunch at 12:30. We also have an afternoon recess at 1:55 to keep us on track.


    Our specialist schedule is:

    Monday: Music

    Tuesday: PE & Library (Bring in your books & sneakers!)

    Wednesday: Art

    Thursday: Music

    Friday: PE (sneakers)




    All School Meeting will happen some Thursdays at 8:55 AM (You are always welcome to attend.)


    Homework is given just about every night except Friday. Homework is always due the next day unless specified. If children do not turn in their homework, I ask the student to write me a formal note with an explanation. Third graders should spend about 30 minutes on homework and then also should read 30 minutes per night or 120 minutes per week.


    Birthdays are an exciting time in elementary school and in room 43 we celebrate by making a very thoughtful Birthday Poster honoring the child on his/her special day. We do not have cake or special snacks. Thank you for supporting this district policy.


    *************Water bottles are needed. If your child gets thirsty during the day they will miss valuable class time because we are quite far from a water fountain. Also, please do send your student to school with a healthy snack to keep them sharp. *************************


    How to Contact Me


    By Note - sent in with your child in the morning.

    By e-mail - send an e-mail for small things or scheduling. dpelkey@sch.ci.lexington.ma.us

    By phone - call the office (781) 860-5800 and leave a message about where and when to reach you.

    In Person – some days after school I can chat with you for a minute when all the children have been dismissed. (I am on the basketballcourtJ)



    Sincerely,         Debbie Pelkey