State Road
Elementary School
3900 Pammel Creek Road | La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601 | 608-789-7690 | Fax: 608-789-7084

Mrs. Lora Busch

Lora Busch

State Road Elementary




Hello! My name is Lora Busch, and I teach third grade. I have been teaching third grade for over 25 years, most of those in La Crosse. I attended Luther College in Iowa where I met my husband, David. We have a daughter, Shira, and a son, Trinity.



This is me:
  • Eager to learn
  • Inquisitive
  • Friendly, helpful, eager to please adults
  • Talkative, like to tattle
  • Enjoy playground and learning games, holidays, birthdays, fantasy, individual attention, experiments, and other hands-on activities, awards, and cartoons
When I enter Grade 3, I should be able to:
  • Write a complete sentence
  • Read at a second grade level
  • Stay on task for at least 30 minutes
  • Use the D’Nealian alphabet in all my writing
  • Complete and return work assignments and materials
  • Remember and follow class rules
  • Do basic addition and subtraction facts
When I leave Grade 3 I will be able to:
  • Listen attentively
  • Follow directions
  • Use the dictionary
  • Read and comprehend a story independently
  • Use reading and math skills in the areas of social studies, science, and health
I’ll know:
  • All addition and subtraction facts
  • Many multiplication and division facts
  • Geography concepts like continents and cardinal directions (North, South, East, West)
Typical problems at this age:
  • Poor listening habits
  • Tears come easily
  • Poor grooming or sloppy dress habits
  • Behavior modeled after rock stars or other idols
  • One-sided reporting of school incidents

How Parents Can Help

Show your interest:
  • Go beyond, “What did you learn in school today?” Ask, “What story are you on in reading?” or, “Tell me what you’ve been doing in science.”
  • Continue to save special papers and projects, perhaps in a file or scrapbook. Let your child help choose what to save.
  • Occasionally stop in your child’s classroom, maybe before or after school (even a few minutes).
  • Ask your child to tell you about the bulletin boards, learning and activity centers, etc.
  • Be responsible for reading classroom newsletters and other school communications.
  • Monitor/limit the use of video games and television.
  • Participate in Parent-Student-Teacher conferences.
Help your child learn:
  • Establish a time and place for your child to do homework.
  • Help your child organize and care for school materials so they don’t get lost or damaged. Protect schoolwork from younger children and pets.
  • Ask the teacher about spelling instruction & if there are weekly lists, review them with your child.
  • Ask the teacher about math fact memorization & if your child needs to work on this, set a regular time period daily for flash card drill.
  • Visit the library regularly with your child.
  • Encourage your child to become responsible for some family chores.
  • Expect your child to use manners.
  • Allow your child to find the correct change to pay for items at a store.
  • Use time wisely: 1) Practice math facts while riding in the car; 2) Use road signs for fun spelling games.
Provide a positive environment:
  • Talk over discipline strategies, bedtimes, etc. with your spouse so that mother and father have consistent expectations and methods.
  • Follow through on expectations and demands.
  • Notice and reward positive things about your child.
  • When punishment or reprimand is necessary, explain what your child did wrong.
  • Establish a consistent bedtime. Check with your child’s teacher to see if he/she is attentive in class.
Stop in or call the teacher if:
  • You suspect peer problems such as cliques, ostracizing of old friends, etc.
  • “New” items show up among your child’s belongings.
  • Your child brings home a disturbing tale of something said or done at school (please check with the school before going to a friend or neighbor).
  • You have questions about homework, grading, curriculum, grouping, etc.
  • There are problems at home which may affect your child’s learning or behavior at school.