Welcome to 3rd and 4th  Grade

 Welcome to 3rd and 4th  Grade


August 19th, 2019


Dear Parents,


I would like to welcome new families and returning families to Prairie Crossing for the 2019-2020 school year.  It was nice to meet many of you at the back to school picnic. I am excited to begin a new school year with your child.  I look forward to teaching your children. The 3rd and 4th grade teachers have many great activities planned for the school year.  


This letter is to let you know about some of the classroom procedures.  You will get a paper copy and an email copy of this letter. Please let me know if there is another email address you would like me to add to my contacts.  


My email is slarson@pccharterschool.org.  You can contact me by email, a paper note, or by a note in the assignment notebook.   My assistant is Mrs. Trage and her email is htrage@pccharterschool.org. Also, joining us this fall, is student teacher Mrs. Sliozis. 


All students will have an assignment notebook that homework will be written in daily.  An adult in the classroom will initial or stamp the page (at the bottom) daily. Assignment notebooks can be used to let me know information.  My assistant and I will also use assignment notebooks for notes to the parents on occasion. I would like students to show the assignment notebook to their parents each day.  


The students have daily homework to read for at least 15-20 minutes every night.  This can be a book of their choice. I do not keep a reading log, but would like all students to write down the title of what they are reading in the assignment notebook.  Students can bring the book they are reading at home to read in the classroom. Homework will be posted on the school website https://prairiecrossingcharterschool.org/portal-login/  An email was sent home previously with log in instructions.


There may be supplies that need to be replenished throughout the school year.  Your child should have rain gear and extra clothes stored at school. I do ask that students wear slippers or indoor shoes inside the classroom.   The shoes or boots the students wear outside are kept in the hallway during the day. This helps keep mud, dirt, and rocks out of the classroom after being outside. 


I do have an open door policy for my classroom.  Parents are welcome to help in the classroom after signing in at the office.  I would prefer a 24 hour notice of when you are planning to visit. My schedule can change because of testing, outdoor lessons, weather, assemblies, or other reasons.  If we are outside or at an assembly, you are welcome to join us.


Our class will have snack time in the morning.  Your child can bring a healthy, trash free, and nut free snacks daily.  All students should also bring a reusable water bottle. They can refill their water bottle as needed.  On early release days students will be given time for a snack, but not lunch. You may send a larger snack on those days.  Please send a snack that is peanut free and does not need to be microwaved.


At PCCS we have students with nut allergies.  We have certain procedures that we follow to assure the safety of those with allergies.  In third and fourth grades, students are asked to not eat peanuts or nuts during snack. If your child brings something that has nuts or was processed with nuts, he/she should know so we can make sure we follow the peanut/nut procedure.   


There is a microwave in the classroom to be used during lunch.  I ask that students bring food that only needs to be warmed for 30 seconds or less during lunch.  I have found this gives each child enough time to eat lunch easily.  


We have a special class everyday.  Special classes include PE, art, music, and Spanish.  Music and Spanish are held in the classroom. The students have PE outside and in the gym.  Art is located in the Kennicott building near the office. We have a special many days at 8:10 a.m., so it is very important to be on time to school.  Parents are welcome to volunteer during art to help with supplies. You will find a specials schedule at the bottom of this letter. On a typical day, recess is at 11:10 and lunch is at 11:40. 


I am looking forward to a wonderful school year!




Mrs. Larson


Specials Schedule


Monday-  Spanish 9:00- 9:40, P.E. 2:40-3:20

Tuesday-   ART 8:10-8:50, *We will often do solo spots and phenology on Tuesdays

Wednesday- MUSIC 8:10-8:50, P.E. 12:10-12:50

Thursday- ART  9:00- 9:40, P.E. 12:10-12:50

Friday- Spanish 8:10-8:50, MUSIC 12:10-12:50


Peanut/Nut Procedure



  • Prop the classroom door open from the beginning of the eating period.  The door will remain open from lunch until the children return from recess.
  • Determine who has food containing peanuts or nuts.  All children with peanuts or nuts will sit at one table.  An object denoting that the table is the peanut or nuts table will be placed on the table.  This object is used to denote special cleaning procedures for that table.
  • Children at the peanut or nut table must have a napkin or paper towel on the table.  Children cannot get out of their seats until they have finished eating unless it is an emergency.
  • As each child finishes eating, they should pack up their lunch so that it will be read to put away.  The child then raises his/her hand and the teacher, assistant, or helper takes the child to the sink to wash their hands.  The teacher, assistant, or helper will turn on the faucet, squirt the soap and hand the child a paper towel.
  • The child then goes and puts his/her lunch away.  The child will not sit back at the desk where they just ate until it has been properly cleaned.
  • The peanut or nut table will be cleaned with a cleaning solution.  The peanut or nut table will be washed with paper towels that then will be disposed of.  They are not to be used on any other table.
  • Information about allergies and emergency procedures will be posted in the classroom.