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    My name is Donna Prunotto. 
    I have been teaching at Nelson School since 1995.
    I am excited to be your child's third 
     grade teacher and look forward to an amazing year. 
    The ABC’s of Third Grade in Room 206



    A is for ATTENDANCE

    Learning and fun take place everyday!  Please make sure your child comes to school on time except in cases of illness or emergency.


    B is for BIRTHDAYS

    If you wish to send a treat for your child's birthday, please remember it must be a our wellness policy. Absolutely  no food will be allowed. Please see the policy here. https://www.emsd63.org/cms/lib/IL01906326/Centricity/Domain/65/6.50.pdf



    Just about once a month a book order form will be sent home from Scholastic.  This is a great way to purchase books inexpensively. You will also be able to order online.  More information will be provided with the order form.


    Please help us by sending in your boxtop labels for our Boxtops For Education program.    



    Communication between school and home is very important to your student, Please feel free to contact me through email, phone, or in writing,

    Ms. Prunotto's Email




    The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) establish clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in Math and English Language Arts (ELA).  The Common Core focuses on developing the critical -thinking, problem solving, and analytical skills students will need to be successful.


    D is for DISMISSAL

    School ends at 2:25 p.m. If your child is to go home a different way than normal, please send a written note or call the school office directly.  847-965-0050


    E is for EMERGENCIES

    The school may need to contact you in case of an emergency. If your phone number or address changes, please notify the office and myself as soon as possible.



    F is for FAMILY

    The students and I spend a lot of time together and consider ourselves  part of a "school family."  Please encourage your child to talk about his/her day at school.


    Field Trips

    Third grade will go on at least one field trip this year.  The date and location have not yet been chosen. As the time approaches , an invitation for parent volunteers will be extended to all families.  Volunteers will be chosen on a first come-first serve basis.


    G is for Google Classroom.

    Third graders will be using Google Classroom throughout the day.  Parents are encouraged to look through Google Classroom as assingments and work are posted on there daily.  Google Classroom is easy to use, Google Classroom helps  to communicate more efficiently and effectively, with  Google Classroom, collaboration is easier outside of school.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need help with Google Classroom. 


    Graded papers will be sent home on a regular basis. Papers that require a signature need to be returned. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


    H is for HOMEWORK.

    Third Graders will usually have some type of math homework each night.  Homework will only be given after a new concept is introduced or an objective requires additional practice for mastery.  Students are also expected to read for 20 minutes every night and record their reading on a reading log. Reading logs will be collected the first Monday of every month.


    I is for IAR Testing

    IAR Testing

    Students in grades 3-8 will be take the IAR, (Illinois Assessment Readiness) will be administered twice within the academic year. The performance based assessment (PBA) will be given in March/April.   During the PBA window, students will complete two testing units for English/Language Arts and three for Math. Children will get anywhere between 60-90 minutes.



    Important community, school, and class notes will be sent home.  Please check your child's Take Home Folder in his/her Take Home Folder each night.  It is also helpful to check our school website and class webpage for important parent and student information.



    Please do not jump to conclusions when your child tells you about something that happened at school.  Just call, email, or send a note so we can talk about your concerns and so you can get more information.


    K is for KINDNESS

    We will learn about being kind to others and ourselves every day.  Nelson School and Room 105 have a zero tolerance policy against bullying.


    L is for LUNCH

    Third graders eat lunch at 11:05 a.m. Third graders will go to recess at 11:35 a.m.


    M is for MONEY

    When sending money to school, please put it in an envelope labeled with your child's name, room number, and its purpose to ensure your money makes it to the right place.  Please put the envelope in your child’s Take Home Folder.



    These computerized tests are adaptive and offered in Reading and Mathematics.  When taking a MAP test, the difficulty of each question is based on how well a student answers the previous questions.  As the student answers correctly, questions become more difficult. If the student answers incorrectly, the questions become easier.  In an optimal test, a student answers approximately half the times correctly and half incorrectly. The final score ais an estimate of the student’s achievement level.  Third graders will take the MAP test in the fall, winter, and spring.



    It's not too early to think about November Parent-Teacher Conferences.  


    O is for OPEN HOUSE

    If you were unable to attend our Open House I look forward to seeing you at conferences. If you have any questions about this information, don't hesitate to contact me.


    P is for PBIS

    PBIS is a program that clearly teaches and reinforces behavioral expectations in a variety of school settings.  At Nelson, we expect all our students to be Respectful, Responsible, and Safe.



    Please join this worthwhile organization. P.T.O is a formal organization composed of parents, teachers, and staff that is intended to facilitate parental participation in a school.  Our P.T.O works hard every day to ensure that our school, its teachers and students are provided with everything they need.


    PARCC Testing

    Students in grades 3-8 will be take the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers).  PARCC will be administered twice within the academic year. The performance based assessment (PBA) will be given in March.   During the PBA window, students will complete three testing units for English/Language Arts and two for Math. Children will get anywhere between 60-90 minutes.

    Q is for QUESTIONS

    It certainly is worth repeating-- Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have.

    Remember, there are no silly questions!



    Students are expected to read at home at least 20 minutes a night as part of their nightly homework.  Occasionally they will be asked to respond in writing to what they have read through a variety of activities.

    RAZ-Kids is a web-based reading site that your child will use in school and at home.


    S is for Specials

    Monday- Art







    Please sign up and join our class SeeSaw page.  It will be filled with information and news that you will need throughout the year.


    T is for TARDIES

    Students should be at school by7:50 a.m.. This allows for time to put materials away and get ready for the day. Arriving after this time causes students to lose valuable instructional time.


    U is for UNIQUE

    Each child is unique and has his/her own special gifts, talents, and learning styles.  Therefore, I will be providing instruction to your child that may be different than his or her peers.  If there is anything you feel I need to know in order to better assist your child, please contact me.


    V is for VISITORS

    According to district policy, all visitors need to check in at the office and obtain a visitor pass whenever they are in our building.


    W is for WEBSITE

    Our website is updated regularly so please check it out!  (Your child knows how to access the webpage.)


    Water Bottles

    Students are encouraged to bring a water bottle to school daily.  Water only.



    I am so eXcited to work with you and your child this year.  Please remember that you are your child's most important teacher.  Make sure he/she gets plenty of ZZZZZZ's each night as we have exciting days planned for this year.You will be amazed at how fast this year will ZOOM by!