Frequently Asked Questions: This page contains answers to common questions
of students and parents.
- What is an Alden number?
- How do I reach Mrs. Alden?
- When is homework due?
- Why does my child have a blue binder and homework assignment sheet?
- When are spelling tests?
- Are their any peanut/tree nut allergies in our classroom?
- Does my child need to know his/her multiplication facts?
- Will my child have homework on the weekend?
What is an Alden number?
An Alden number is a number that is assigned to your child at the
beginning of the school year. This number is used to label your
child's mailbox, folders, books, etc. Students are asked to put
their Alden number on all papers that are turned in to be
corrected. It is a system that is used to keep things organized.
How do I reach Mrs. Alden?
I can be reached in many ways. You can call me in the classroom
at 508-543-1680 x209. You can e-mail me at
firstname.lastname@example.org. You can send me in a note.
When is homework due?
Homework assignments are due the following day unless noted
otherwise. Most of the homework assigned is an extension of the
day, so all work should be completed that afternoon/evening at
home, and returned the next morning. If you have any questions
about the expectations of an assignment, please do not hesitate
to contact me.
Why does my child have a blue binder and homework assignment sheet?
At the beginning of the school year, your child was given a blue
binder and blue folder. These are to be used to transport
homework and papers back and forth from school each day. It is
expected that students bring their blue binder/folder to school
each day. I encourage students to put their finished homework
immediately in their binder and place the binder in their
backpack. Likewise, each student is given a new assignment sheet
at the beginning of each week. This is used to write down
nightly assignments and long-term assignments. The homework
assignment sheet should be signed by a parent each night. In
this way, the assignment sheet keeps you informed of the nightly
homework expectations for your child. I am trying to get the
students used to this organizational tool, as they will be
required to utilize an agenda in fourth grade next year. I am
just trying to give them a "jump start" on organizational skills!
When are spelling tests?
Spelling tests are given on Fridays. New spelling words
are assigned on Mondays. Students will bring home their new list
on Monday. This list should be kept at home until the day of the
spelling test. If your child loses his/her spelling list, they
can copy their words from their spelling notebook that is kept in
Are their any peanut/tree nut allergies in our classroom?
This year, our classroom is a peanut/tree nut and raw egg free
classroom. For the safety of the students with these life
threatening allergies, it is imperative that no foods containing
these items be brought into our classroom. Please read all
labels carefully, looking for peanuts and all types of nuts.
In addition, please check the labels to make sure that none of
the foods you are sending in have not been processed on equipment
that peanut/tree nut foods have been. I will be checking daily,
to make sure that our classroom is safe during snack time.
If you inadvertantly send in a snack containing these items,
it will be returned to you and your child will be given an
alternate snack that day. Your cooperation in this matter is
Does my child need to know his/her multiplication facts?
YES! The children in third grade are expected to learn their
multiplication facts up to 10 x 10. I will send home flashcards for each
fact, and students are given a quiz, periodically, to assess
their mastery of the facts. If your child would like some extra
practice, there are websites listed under the "Math" links page
for them to access. We do not spend a lot of time in-
class memorizing multiplication facts, so work must be done at
home to solidify memorization of the facts.
Will my child have homework on the weekend?
There are times when your child will have homework on the
weekend. If a book project is assigned, your child should work
on it over the weekend. Likewise, if work is not completed
during the week or if weekly homework assignments have not been
turned in, then your child should use the weekend to "catch up".