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Mrs. Sherry Belknap
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**In the effort to save you time and money, students will NOT NEED a 3 ring binder (I will provide those this year). They will also not need batteries or hand sanitizer (but sanitizing wipes, bandaid, and ziplock bags of all sizes go like wildfire around here...). Permanent markers should only be BLACK, and INSTEAD of "composition" notebooks, ONE Spiral notebook is preferred (since they are CHEAPER and lay flat for students to write in). ANY individual pencil sharpeners will be sent back home. Please limit the "marker sets" to standard sized/amount sets for storage purposes. Please send in regular (NOT bendable or "toy" like) standard and easily readable rulers. General classroom pencils are shared as a community, so plain, yellow are preferred. (If you do not want to contribute pencils for the community, I will provide them at my own expense for the convenience of classroom management and my sanity). -Thanks All!
Dear Third Grade families,
The beginning of school is just around the corner and I can hardly wait to meet you! My name is Sherry Belknap and I welcome you to our 3rd grade class this year. Let me share a little bit about myself. I live in Middleton with my husband Matt (of nearly 29 years). We have two sons, Daniel (28) who lives and works in Seattle and Ryan (25). We have two PRECIOUS grandsons named Camden (5) and Lyle (1) and our first grandaughter Miliana will be one in OCTOBER!!! We love our three cats and yellow Labrador Jake like children. I love music and singing and play the guitar so we can sing together in class. I enjoy crocheting, crafts of all kinds, reading, fly fishing, and most of all spending time with my family.
My educational philosophy is that each child entrusted to my care deserves to feel valued and celebrated for their individual personalities, learning styles and the uniqueness that they bring to our classroom. Each child is worthy of my time, attention, and best efforts to provide what they need to the best of my ability, for every opportunity to reach the potential they possess. I will foster an environment of integrity and mutual respect through modeling those traits and communicating clear expectations. Students will be responsible for their decisions and behavior and will build problem solving and critical thinking skills as we explore an exciting year for learning, growing and transitioning from primary to intermediate grade levels. I will use a variety of teaching techniques as we move through curricular subjects to meet the various needs of differing learning styles, including technology, music, art, performance and movement. We will build an environment where students share ideas and learn from each other as well.
Communication between school and home is a key aspect to student success. Parent support and encouragement are a vital resource for me and each student. I highly value your involvement in your child’s education. Feel free to contact me when you have questions or concerns or even to share a positive experience or cute story. Contact by REMIND app, email or note during school hours is my preferred method of communication as phone calls can become very disruptive to our learning environment. Please use these forms of communication whenever possible and reserve phone calls for emergency purposes. I will check email daily and will respond as quickly as is practical.