2015-16 Bell Schedule
Office 7:00 am. – 3:00 pm.
First Bell 7:30 am.
Breakfast 7:30-7:45 am.
Instruction 7:45 am. – 2:10 pm. - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
7:45 am. – 11:30 pm. – Wednesday
Monday morning assembly 7:35-7:45 am whole school
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
What are my Goals for my Students?
As well as math, reading, and writing I want my students to develop skills for a lifetime of learning and success. These skills include valuing learning and caring about each other, their school, community and themselves.
With this in mind the first several weeks of school will focus on respect, kindness, responsibility, independence, resiliency, and cooperation. These traits will be developed and practiced throughout the year.
I want my students to practice the golden rule, treat others as you want to be treated. Students will know that their words and actions reflect who they are. Our words and actions should show others we care and value them .We will practice using kind words and actions, helping others, and using our manners.
Another thing I want my students to come away with is responsibility. Students will know that some jobs are their personal responsibility. Making sure homework is done and stored in their book bag, handing in notes and envelopes from their home folders, and copying down assignments are all examples of jobs that must be done by each student. Students will also be assigned weekly classroom jobs to keep our room organized and tidy. When children have responsibilities, they learn the value of good decision making, planning ahead and sticking to a schedule, and that their actions affect not only themselves, but others around them. These skills are important in life, and I want the students to begin practicing them now.
I want students to be independent and realize their potential as individuals. They have good ideas and ways of solving problems. Most times, they can rely on their own intuitions when making classroom decisions. For instance, working during literacy time is often doing independent activities. Of course, I am always there to help your child. Students will be given clear directions and expectations about a task at hand. My goal as their teacher is to get them to become independent learners.
Next, I would like students to accept academic challenges with confidence. Children are sometimes fearful of making mistakes or doing things the wrong way. It is important that children realize that when you try a new way of writing story, or try to read a longer book, they expand their horizons and add to their academic success. By challenging your child appropriately throughout the school year, I know your child will learn and grow to reach his or her fullest potential.
Finally, we will learn cooperation. I want students to put independence and responsibility together in the way of cooperation. By working together, so much more can be accomplished! These are important skills for a lifetime of learning!
Having guidelines for behavior helps a classroom run smoothly, and more time can be devoted to quality teaching and learning. We have six very simple rules for our classroom. These guidelines will be discussed, modeled, practiced, and discussed during the first several weeks of school and then continued throughout the entire year.
1. Make good choices.
2. Listen carefully and follow directions.
3. Use kind words.
4. Take care of school property.
6. Have fun learning new things!
Caught you being Good Chart-Each student is given a sticker chart. When they are caught being good, (making good choices, doing kind acts, working hard, helping others, etc.), they will receive a sticker for their chart. Once the chart is full, students select a prize to from the treasure chest on their chart. Then they will receive a new chart to start over again.
Homework is an important part of school.It allows
students to practice skills that are learned during the
school day. Homework should be meaningful
not so difficult that the child is confused or frustrated.
How much homework will your child receive? Your child will receive a language arts assignment, a spelling assignment, and a math assignment Monday – Thursday. Students are expected to read 20 – 30 minutes daily. If your child is assigned spelling and vocabulary words in the beginning of the week, he or she will need to study their list for tests on Friday. Each assignment will be meaningful in that it is linked to the lessons of the school day.
Whose responsibility is homework? Homework is the responsibility of the student. I will do my part in school to make sure assignments are copied in the daily planners and students are told where to put papers they are given each day. You can help me by checking and signing the assignment book each night to see if your child’s homework is neat, accurate, and complete to the best of their abilities. You can also help by making sure your child has their homework in their book bag and ready to be returned the next day. This process, day by day, will help your child develop independence and responsibility about belongings and jobs. Trust me, the beginning of the year may be a little shaky, but by October, most students are doing quite well handling this all by themselves.
What happens if my child misses a homework assignment? If your child is unable to do his/her homework the night before, please send in a note with him/her or email me explaining the reason for the missed assignment. Sometimes emergencies happen in life and homework needs to take a backseat for the night. That’s okay. Just have your child complete it the next night and return it to me the following day. If your child is really struggling with his/her homework, just let me know by email or in writing. I will help them with it the next day, and it will not be a missed assignment. Also, if your child has been absent do to an illness, I will compile the missed work for your child to make up. Please know that I understand if it takes your child a few days to return the make up work to me. Their health is more important at this time.
During morning recess, except on Fridays, your child will have time for a snack. At Carver, we encourage healthysnacks for your child. If you would like to send a water bottle with your child, please do so as well. Only water will be permitted to drink during the day in our classroom. This can be a bottle that is disposable or reusable. Please keep in mind that if the water bottle becomes a distraction for your child that you will be notified, and he or she will have to use the water fountain that is in the classroom for a drink.
Notes-If you would like to let me know about something, please feel free to write me a note, and I will get back to you as soon as possible. If you do send in a note with your child, please let him/her know that there is a note in their folder for me, and that I need to see it.
Email-Email is usually the best way to get a hold of me throughout the day and evening. Often, I can email you back quickly since I usually get the chance to check my email periodically throughout the day.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Phone-If there is something you would like to discuss with me personally, please feel call the school between the hours of 7:30 am and 2:30pm. If I am teaching I am unable take your phone call, so please leave a message for me, and I will get back to you as soon as I can. The school’s number is 583-7021.
Please do not drop by during teaching hours without contacting me first. My first and most important priority is your child’s education. Unexpected interruptions easily disrupt our learning.
Thanks for your understanding.
Daily Agendas-Homework and upcoming events are written in your child's agenda.
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