• Mrs. Ford's Class:  The ABC's

    Welcome to a new year of fun and learning!  I am excited to have your child in my classroom.  I know that it will be a successful and fun year for all of us.  I hope to help your child grow in confidence, independence and maturity, as well as academically.  I believe that the best way to have a successful year is to make sure that the students, parents and teacher communicate, work well together and support one another.  I look forward to getting to know you and your child as we work toward equipping him/her with the tools needed for success.



    Arts Attack:  Students will be participating in a volunteer-run art curriculum approximately twice a month.  I will need a parent volunteer to run our arts attack program.  The lessons and materials are provided.  Let me know if you are interested.



    Attendance/Absences: Regular attendance is very important! Your child's progress, both academically and socially, is greatly influenced by daily participation. However, if your child is sick and needs to stay home, please call the school absence line at 619-258-2205.


    Backpacks:  Your child will be placing his/her backpack on a rack (kept outside) for the day.  Please make sure that the backpack is not too big, and is not filled with unnecessary items.  Please check your child's backpack daily for important notes and papers. Do not allow your child to bring valuable personal items to school.  I am not responsible for personal items that are lost, broken or stolen at school.


    Birthdays: A birthday is a special day!  Your child will receive a pencil and a small gift from the teacher and get to be the line leader for the day.  We will have a celebration for students with summer birthdays in June.


    Behavior:  Students thrive on positive recognition and praise. I work hard to create an atmosphere of friendship, support and respect.  All students have the right to learn in a safe and productive environment. I teach students that life is about choices and that they are capable of making good choices.  I strive for consistency and have clear expectations.  During the first few weeks, we will spend a lot of time practicing the procedures and expectations in my classroom so that they become habits.  Sometimes problems will occur.  An outline of my behavior plan was sent home in the beginning of the year folder.


    Communication:  Communication between home and school is vital to your child's success.  I value your involvement and can better teach your child when we form a positive partnership.  Consistent communication with you is one of my top priorities.  To keep you informed I will be sending home a "Monday Folder" each week. The folder will contain your child's papers from the previous week, school notes, and a behavior report from the previous week.  Please sign the form on the outside of the folder and return the folder on Tuesday.  I check my phone messages and email before and after school. If there is an urgent need, please call the school directly.


    Conferences:  Conference week will be November 13-17.  I will schedule a 20 minute conference with each family.  You can always schedule an extra conference with me if you need one.  Just give me a call!


    Curriculum:  All curriculum is approved by the Santee School District and the state of California.  I will sometimes add teacher-made curriculum to support the concepts taught in the approved curriculum.  The state standards will be addressed, with lots of opportunity for enrichment.


    Differentiation:  Because all students enter my classroom with different abilities, learning styles, prior knowledge and experiences they will need different teaching and discipline techniques to be successful.  You can be assured that your child's individual needs will be met in my class.


    Dress for Success:  Please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately for energetic and sometimes messy learning and play.  Clothing should be washable and comfortable.  Shoes should be sturdy with closed toes and backs.  Tennis shoes/sneakers are best.  Students are not allowed to wear flip flops, clogs, dresses or shirts with spaghetti straps or shirts that advertise drugs/alcohol.  Hats may be worn during recess only for sun protection.  I would encourage you to label jackets and sweatshirts.


    Drinks and restroom:  Your child has regular breaks during the day to get drinks and use the bathroom.  I discourage the children from asking during lessons to get drinks or go to the restroom.  Of course, if there is a real emergency and it's not an ongoing issue, your child may use the rest room.  If a day is particularly hot or dry, I will allow extra time for drinks before starting my lesson.  I do not allow water bottles at student desks.


    E-mail: I check my email every day before and after school.  My school email is sheryl.ford@santeesd.net.  I often send out classroom newsletters and reminders via email, so, please make sure I have your current email address.  If you do not have email, let me know and I will make you a print out of any email sent home.


    Field trips:  We may have a few walking field trips throughout the year.  Permission slips will be sent home in advance informing you of the details of the trip and the cost.  Parents are invited and encouraged to chaperone our field trips.  Please return the permission slips for the trips as soon as possible. 


    Giving Tree Wish list:  With shrinking classroom budgets, I appreciate donations of classroom items and gift cards.  I will sometimes put out a notice, or put some paper apples in my room with the desired items.  Simply pick and apple and return the donated item to me.  Thank you for your support.


    Homework: On a weekly basis, I will require that your child read for 20 minutes per night and correctly fill out a reading log.  Any work not finished in class will be assigned as homework.  Occasional projects will also be assigned.  Please assist your child with any specific questions or problems that they have and feel free to check over their work.  Remember that this is your child's work, and it is to be completed by your child (including filling out the reading logs).


    Illness:  The question of when to keep your child home from school is often a difficult one, especially when the decision will affect your work schedule.  It is important to keep your child home when he/she is ill.  Children function more effectively in the classroom if they are healthy. It is also important to encourage healthy habits (hand washing, keeping your fingers out of your nose and mouth, coughing into your sleeve) in order to prevent the spread of disease.


    Library:  We will be going to the library each week on Tuesday.  Make sure your child brings his/her library book to school on that day.  Your child will not be allowed to check out a library book unless the old one is returned.  It's a great idea to go to the Santee Library and get a library card!


    Lunch:  Your child may bring or buy lunch. Label your child's lunch box with his/her name and room number. Please encourage healthy eating habits.  A brain works best when fed with nutritious food!  A child who doesn't take the time to eat properly at lunch may have a long, hungry and unproductive afternoon.  A healthy diet also helps with behavioral issues.


    Math facts:  Addition and subtraction facts need to be learned so well that they are automatic.  Please practice them at home.


    Monday Folder:  Each Monday a folder will go home with important notes, papers and a behavior report.  Please review the contents with your child, sign the folder, and send it back to school on Tuesday.  Please only send back important papers (ones requiring signatures or work that was fixed).  Do not send daily work back to school.


    No toys policy:  I have a "no toy" policy in my classroom.  Please check your child's backpack and pockets to make sure they are not sneaking toys to school.  Any toy found at school will be confiscated and put into my "June" box, where it may be claimed at the end of the year.  A parent may come and claim a child's toy from the June box at any time.  On occasion, your child may be allowed to bring something to share that enhances one of our skills that we are learning about.  You will be notified of these occasions, or, you can contact me if you have a special item that your child would like to share.


    Open Door policy:  You are invited to observe or help in the classroom at any time.  If you do come in my room, I ask that you don't bring toddlers and that your turn your ringer down or off on your cell phone to prevent distractions.


    Office Contact:  Our school secretary is Aemily Scott.  The phone number for the office is 956-5540.


    Progress Reports/Report Cards:  Progress reports will be sent home 3 times per year every 6-8 weeks between report cards.  Report cards are sent home in November, March and June.  Progress reports and report cards are based on the state standards and include recent test results and behavior grades.


    Project Safe:  Before and after school day care is available on campus through Project Safe.  Please contact the office if you are interested in enrolling your child.


    Questions:  please contact me anytime if you have questions or concerns.  If your concern requires a more lengthy discussion, please call me to schedule an appointment.  I want to make sure that I have enough time to address your concerns and give you the time that you need.


    Reading,Reading,Reading!!!!: As part of your child's homework, they must read for a minimum of 20 minutes per night.  Studies show that students who read and are read to have better vocabularies, longer attention spans, and are more successful in school.  Reading together brings families together.


    Room Parent:  Every class needs a room parent!  The job of the room parent is to collaborate with me to coordinate parties and activities, to seek volunteers when needed, and to help out in the classroom when needed.  Being a room parent is a great way to get involved in your child's school life.  If you are interested in being a room parent, please let me know.


    Schedule:  Please see the attached daily schedule for classroom activities.  School starts promptly at 8:30 and ends at 2:20.


    Scholastic Book Orders: I will be sending a Scholastic Book order home with your child each month.  Ordering books will foster your child's love for learning and reading and will help your home library grow.  Our classroom benefits from the book orders as well.  Teachers are awarded points for orders.  I can redeem these points for classroom supplies, books and learning materials.  The books are less expensive than local bookstores and there is no sales tax or shipping fees.

        Book order guidelines:  Do not send cash.  Only checks are accepted.  Please make checks out directly to "Scholastic Books".  Make sure your order form is clearly marked and double checked.  Send in the book order in an envelope labeled with your child's name and "Book Order".  You can also create an on line account with Scholastic to order your books.  I will include detailed information with the first order.


    Snacks:  It's important to have your child eat a healthy breakfast before school, however, sometimes they get hungry by midmorning. Your child may bring a healthy snack to eat at recess.  Your child may bring water but,I do not allow water bottles at the desks.



    Tardies:  If you bring your child more than 15 minutes late to school, you must stop at the office and get a tardy slip.  If your child is less than 15 minutes late, they need to come directly to the classroom.  It is very important that your child arrive to school on time each day. Your child is considered tardy if they are not standing in line by the time our second bell rings.


    Testing:  All students will take many tests during the school year.  Some are teacher made, some are district made. It's important for your child to eat well and get plenty of sleep during our testing weeks.  I will use the test data to individualize instructional needs and monitor progress toward the state educational standards.


    Volunteers:  Volunteers are a vital asset to the overall success of a classroom and a school.  If you are interested in doing any type of volunteer work, I would love to have you.  In order to work with students in the classroom or on field trips, you must fill out a volunteer packet and have it on file in the office (you may get this packet at the office or from me).  Some parents may be able to help weekly, others only on special occasions, others may be able to help with projects at home or send in items.  I appreciate whatever time you are able to give. You are invited to come in and volunteer any time, even if only for an hour.  I ask that you let me know ahead of time so I can prepare some things for you to do.


    You!:  Please remember that you are your child's first and most important teacher.  No one can influence your child's life the way that you can.


    Zzzzzzzz: Please make sure that your child gets plenty of rest each night.  Setting and keeping a regular bedtime helps them to be ready and alert each day.  Your child needs at least 9-10 hours of sleep each night.






Last Modified on August 17, 2017