Hello Students and Families,
My name is Amy Wittmann and I teach third grade at this amazing school. I absolutely LOVE what I do. I have worked with children since the young age of ten years old. My mother is an early childhood educator and leader and her passion and excitement for this career path was my inspiration!
This is my nineteenth year teaching in the Saint Paul School District. I began my teaching career as a substitute teacher for three years in SPPS. In 2004, I landed my first official position as a first grade teacher at Paul and Sheila Wellstone Elementary. I was at Wellstone for eight years when I got the opportunity to teach Science at Global Arts Plus (Formerly Linwood Monroe Arts Plus) in 2012. From the science room, I transitioned back into the classroom in 2016. This will be my fourth year teaching third grade and I absolutely LOVE IT! Third Grade Rocks!
I attended Central Lakes College in Brainerd, Minnesota where I received my undergraduate degree. I then attended Bemidji State University where I received my degree in Elementary Education. I continued my education shortly after at Saint Mary's University where I received my Masters in Education degree.
My husband Tony and I have been married for 14 years and we share a beautiful daughter that is a fourth grader here at Global Arts Plus. We also have a "zoo" at our house. We have 2 tabby/bengal cats named Milo and Elsa. We have a 2 year old silver lab named Lucy. We also have several fish, a turtle named Shelly, a crested gecko named Coco, and a gerbil named Clover.
When I am not teaching, I enjoy taking long walks with my family, snuggling with my two cats, doing yoga and pilates, running on my elliptical machine, reading books and magazines, scrapbooking, sewing, gardening, and riding my bicycle. Believe it or not I actually enjoy doing laundry as well!
I am looking forward to getting to know you and your children this year. We will learn so much, make many memories, and grow faster than you can blink. Enjoy every moment of your school year.
Please reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.
Your child should read for 20 minutes every night. They can read and log books from home, the library, or from the classroom. You can also read to your child and log the book you read together as well. If your child is reading a chapter book, you can log each chapter.
This year, your child will be participating in a "Books and Beads" program in our classroom. For every 10 books your child reads, he/she will earn a bead for their special necklace. Students will receive a fancy charm for every 100 books they read.
The "Books and Beads" reading log and book will be kept inside their Homework Folder as part of their nightly routine.
Please return the homework folder and notebook every Friday. If there is no school on a Friday , return the folder on the last day of the school week.
Homework will not be sent home over weekends, holidays, or on school weeks shorter than 3 days.
WEEKLY HOME COMMUNICATION:
The V.I.P (Very Important Papers) folder contains important papers for each family. This will come home as needed throughout the week. Some of the papers will be for you to sign and return to school in the envelope and some of the papers will be for you to keep at home. Please read each of them carefully and send needed forms back to school in the V.I.P folder on the next school day. If all of the information in the envelope is to Keep at Home, please send the folder back to school anyways. Thank you!
PEEK AT THE WEEK:
The "Peek at the Week" is my weekly newsletter. This will include information about the upcoming week for your child. It will include who our specialist will be for the week, a two week calendar so you can look ahead and plan, news and announcements, and our weekly academic focus. The Peek at the Week will come home on Mondays in the homework folder. Please read this document each week and do not hesitate to call with questions.
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Your child’s homework in 3rd grade will include math and reading. The math homework is glued inside his/her homework notebook. Complete three math problems every night Monday-Thursday and read for 20 minutes. Don’t forget to log your reading into your reading log!
Please only spend 30 minutes every night on homework. It is so important that children play, get some exercise, spend time with family, have a brain break, and get a good night's sleep! If the homework is taking longer than 30 minutes, please let me know so I can help your child at school.