Welcome to Room 17! We are looking forward to an exciting and productive year! This year your child has the opportunity to have not only 1, but 2 teachers. Each of us will be able to focus on specific areas of curriculum, therefore providing your student with a rich, stimulating year. Lunchtime will be when we transition the class. Mrs. Himaka will be teaching Language Arts (reading, writing, language, etc.) in the morning. Mrs. Scantlin will be teaching Math, Science, Social Studies, etc., after lunch.
We have a very full schedule planned for your student this year. Working as a team (parents, teachers, and student) we can accomplish this. Studies show that students that have a strong "home and school connection" achieve at a higher level. To insure a pleasant learning environment for every student in room 17, the following school-wide rules have been put in place:
1. Be kind: Show kindness in everything you do and say.
2. Be safe: Be aware of your own personal space and your actions.
3. Be productive: Do what needs to be done without being told, take risks and challenge yourself.
We use many rewards and incentives for good behavior as we feel positive reinforcement is the most successful and effective form of classroom discipline. Please let your child know that you support these rules and standards.
Students measure their behavior using our Clip Chart System. Each day your child will start on the green "Ready to Learn" square. As the day progresses, they are able to move up and down the clip chart as dictated by their positive or negative choices. If your child makes it above the top square (Flying of the Chart) your chid will bring home a certificate to celebrate their day. If your child moves their clip to the bottom square of the chart you will receive a teacher note, email, or call that day as well.
Each child should have a folder with two pockets inside labeled “Leave at Home” and “Return to School”. It is very important that this folder accompany your child to school every day. Sometimes there will be paper and pencil homework, class announcements, PTA notices, or office forms. Sometimes the folder will be empty. Please check the folder EVERY night. Thank you.
Homework will consist of a weekly Reading Log, the weekly Friday Folder, and nightly Math Homework. Parent initials and signature is required to receive full credit on both the Reading Log and the Friday Folder. We expect a minimum of 100 minutes of reading per week. There will be at least 2 projects that will be sent home as homework this year. One project will be science related the other will be social studies related. We will give families plenty of notice and resources when projects are sent home. Lastly, we also include having a Homework Folder at school each day and having the Chromebook at school and charged as homework. The homework folder and the Chromebook are important tools of learning.
This year we will be notifying parents if we need support on a given day/week rather than having a set calendar. This is due to the fact that some days/weeks we will need volunteers and other weeks we will not. You are welcome to email us with your availability so that we can contact you as the need arises. Thank you for your understanding and flexibility. We love our volunteers and promise to email in advance when we can use you, we realize your time is valuable and your schedules are tight as well.
School begins promptly at 8:00 am. It is extremely important to be at school on time. Fuerte’s morning Walking/Jogging club and student supervision begins at 7:45 am. School is dismissed at 2:00 pm. It is important for you and your child to have a plan for the end of the day. Students not picked up by 2:10 pm will be taken to the lunch tables to ensure their safety.
Students are welcome to bring in something to share with the class. We only require that it is a small healthy treat, a snack, or novelty item or gift that everyone can enjoy (please no cupcakes or sweets). Please send a note or an email ahead of time so we can be prepared. Birthdays will be celebrated as time allows.
If you have any questions or any specific information about your child that we need to know, please feel free to email us. Please always CC both teachers on all correspondence.
Dawn Himaka and Becky Scantlin