Letter to Incoming Third Grade Parents

June 15, 2012

Dear Families,

For those of you who don’t know me, I would like to introduce myself. My name is Beth Smith and I’ll be your child’s third grade teacher. I’m looking forward to spending the next school year learning, playing, exploring, and growing with your child. Much of my summer will be spent preparing for my new students. Similarly, there are a few things your child should do over the summer to be ready for third grade:

  1. Read at least 20 minutes a day for pleasure. S/he can read to himself or you can do the reading. Either way is fine. To this end, I’m asking each third grader to read at least three new chapter books over the summer.
  2. Continue to practice math facts.
  3. Collect items to create a personal shadow box when we return in August. Each box is highly personalized to represent the unique qualities and experiences each child brings to our class. These shadow boxes will be a way to get to know each other a little better, or maybe in a new way. Please ask your child to set aside small, meaningful objects from his summer and other parts of her life. S/he might round up:
  • Old artwork or school work
  • Birthday invitations
  • Photocopied pages from favorite books
  • Maps of special places
  • Photos
  • Wrapping paper
  • Stamps
  • Fabric scraps and lace
  • Souvenirs from family vacations
  • Pieces from favorite games or puzzles
  • Cherished old jewelry (nothing valuable)
  • Small toys, charms, trinkets
  • Beads, buttons, dice, bells
  • Stones, shells, feathers, sea glass, dried flowers

It’s important to remember that these items will be glued onto the shadow box. Please don’t bring in anything that can’t be cut or glued. Have your child collect these treasures in a labeled Ziploc bag and bring them to school the first day.

4.   Search for and collect 4-5 interesting rocks. Students should note where they found each one (for instance, their                                backyard, Pittsfield State Park, Cape Cod, etc.).

Please have a safe and fun-filled summer. I look forward to meeting you in August.

Best regards,

Beth Smith



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The Richmond Consolidated School currently has openings in several classes. We encourage families in surrounding towns to consider our school, and invite interested students and parents to visit us to see what we have to offer. For more information, please contact Dr. Barbara Ripa, superintendent, at (413) 698-2207. or bripa@richmondconsolidated.org.

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