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    Information From Parent Night

     

    Rules: We have three rules in our school: be respectful, be responsible, and be reasonable.

     

    Reading/Writing:  We will be spending a large portion of our day doing reading, writing, spelling, and phonics activities.  This time will be spent in both large and small groups.  Students will work in teacher-directed groups, with partners, and individually. 

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    Math:  Our math program, called My Math, is written to meet the Common Core State Standards.  My Math provides a colorful and intuitive lesson format that is intended to be engaging and kid-friendly.  We have added elements to differentiate the curriculum that will allow children opportunities to work with concrete materials and to play math games that will help to solidify and extend math concepts and to work at their own level. 

     

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    Snack:  We will have a snack time every morning during silent reading time.  Students should bring in a daily healthy snack (pretzels, fruit, cheese, crackers, etc. No chips or cookies) from home.  I would appreciate that the snacks sent in will not get our books sticky or smeary, so no yogurt for snack time please.  You are very welcome to send in yogurt for lunch though. 

    We have a drinking fountain in the room, but if you would prefer, your child may have a water bottle at school.  Water bottles must be easy to use and reseal as they do have a tendency to be knocked over from time to time.  All bottles will be sent home to be washed each day.

     

    Take-Home Folders:  Every day your child will bring home their “take-home” folder.  Each afternoon students will empty their mailboxes and put those papers in their folder.  These papers could include daily work, or important papers such as permission slips, etc. Please make sure that you and your child empty his/her folder every night and return the folder to school the next day.

     

    Homework:  There is a homework expectation that your child will read daily for 15 min.  Please sign or initial your child’s reading log and send it back to school on Thursdays.  There will also be a few larger projects assigned throughout the year or an occasional packet.  I will usually send an email or a letter with a due dates, etc. to let you know about it. 

     

    Recess:  Please make sure that your child is dressed for the weather.  Children go out every day, except in cases of lightning or really heavy rain.  On chilly days, I will tell students to “wear what you brought” so if you send it, they’ll wear it.  At least on their way out, I can’t guarantee it will be on them when they return.  Please label your child’s outerwear and Bulldog gear.  Items with names can be easily returned; those without labels are much harder to be reunited with.

     

    Volunteers:  I welcome volunteers into our classroom.  The first month or two are dedicated to creating a classroom community and learning all of the classroom procedures so volunteering will begin in November.  After conferences, I will finalize a volunteer schedule based on your responses and availability. 

    Generally, volunteers in the morning are asked to listen to students read or to assist during Language Arts activities.  Volunteers in the afternoon have more of a math focus.  If you are unable to work in the classroom but would like to help in other ways there will be opportunities.

    Volunteers and field trip chaperones will be asked to fill out paperwork in the office.  That paperwork will be valid at all BISD schools for the year.  Volunteers and guests must check in at the office for each visit.  You will receive a sticker or badge to wear.  This is for the safety of all students.  Beyond morning drop off times, all outside doors will be locked except the front door closest to the office. 

     

    BirthdaysIf your child would like to celebrate their birthday with the class, please send me an email and we can arrange it.  Families can send in a small, self-contained treat in the morning.  We generally celebrate after lunch or at the end of the day depending on our schedule.  Students with summer birthdays will be celebrated toward the end of the school year in June. 

    *We have several students with food allergies.  We are a kiwi-free classroom.  Some students will enjoy a treat that they themselves have provided, but it would be helpful to me to have a list of ingredients if possible. 

     To prevent hurt feelings, birthday party invitations are not dispensed at school.  Addresses can be found in the Student Directory.  I will not be able to help with address information due to privacy issues.

     

    Phone Calls:  If you would like to contact me, I can be reached at 780-2064 (please call either before or after school since this rings directly in the classroom).  Please do not call this phone number with transportation changes as I may not check it until after school. 

     

    Email:  My email address is:  esheehan@bisd303.org   I typically check my email at the start of the day and at the end of the school day. I am not always able to check my email during the day, so again it’s best to contact the office if you need to make a late change to your student’s bus or pick-up schedule.

     

     

    Going Home:  If your child is going home a different way than normal, you must send a note or call the office to let us know.  Please do not rely on your child to tell us about the change.  Without a note or a phone call, your child will be sent home his/her regularly scheduled way. 

    If you need to pick your child up early for an appointment, your child will stay in the room until you arrive at the office.  This avoids children waiting in the office for long periods of time.