Please refer to this handout during the school year if you have any questions about our classroom policies and procedures.
Allergies: We are a latex free school. Pencils and erasers will be provided to students. When purchasing supplies please keep our school wide policy in mind. In addition, our classroom is a peanut free zone. Please be extremely careful to be certain that your student’s food items are completely peanut free. Thank you very much for your cooperation in helping to keep students in our class and at our school healthy and safe!
Attendance/Absences: 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 Absence Line at 619-258-2205.
Arrival/Dismissal Procedure: The gates open at 8:20 and students will then proceed to the front patio where the flagpole is located. Students must wait calmly in our classroom line. They must be in line by 8:30 for morning announcements and the flag salute. Students that arrive after the second bell will be marked as tardy.
Primary dismissal time is 2:20. Project Safe students will walk over together. I will walk the remaining students to the front of the school. Please be prompt in picking your child up.
Behavior Policy: I believe students thrive on positive recognition and praise. I work hard to create an atmosphere of friendship and respect in my classroom. I teach students that life is about choices and learning to make good choices will be emphasized throughout the year. I strive for consistency and I will begin the school year with clear expectations. Before you know it, the procedures become a habit for the students.
Ø Cooperate with your teacher and classmates.
Ø Respect the rights and property of others.
Ø Carry out your basic student responsibilities.
Basic Student Responsibilities:
v Keep track of your own materials, books, and assignments.
v Start your work on time and allow time to finish.
v Ask for help when you need it.
v Do your own work.
v Turn your work in on time.
v Accept responsibility for grades and other consequences.
1. Verbal Praise
2. Students will learn to work as a community to earn table points. A star table is chosen each week based upon table points.
3. 15 Blue tickets will earn a trip to the prize box. These are earned by receiving and maintaining a Blue Card throughout the day.
4. Whole class positive behavior results in marbles in the jar. A classroom reward is given when the jar is full.
Classroom Behavior System:
Blue Card: A student has made exceptional choices and has remained on task throughout the day. They have exhibited PeaceBuilder characteristics.
Green Card: Students without STEPS begin their day on green.
Yellow Card: A warning (STEP 1) A verbal warning, with redirection, is provided before the first STEP is given.
Orange Card: A loss of recess privilege, parent/guardian contact (STEP 2)
Red Card: Loss of recess privileges, a message home (STEP 3)
Black Card: Continued behavior problems result in a black card and the student being sent to Mrs. Billick (STEP 4)
STEPS will be cleared after 3 school days of good behavioral choices (no further card changes) STEP cards also result in a loss of Fun Friday for the week (see Fun Friday below)
Proper behavior choices are expected to be made not only in the classroom, but outside class time as well. STEPS can be given standing in line before school, during recess and lunch, during Art Attacks, library time, or during any other school engagements. Certain behaviors are an automatic trip to the office-foul language, bullying, possession of a weapon (real or toys), physical harm to others, destruction of school property, defiance.
Birthdays: Many students enjoy sharing their special day with their classmates. Keeping with school policy, please only send nonfood related goody bags. If you choose to send goody bags, they will be passed out at the very end of the day. Cupcakes, candy, and any other food items are not permitted. In addition, in accordance with school policy, birthday invitations may not be passed out at school. Thank you in advance for your cooperation!
Catch Up Work: Please check your student’s STAR folder on a daily basis. Any work not completed in class will be sent home. All assignmnets are to be completed and returned the following day in their STAR folder.
Communication: Communication between home and school is vital to your child’s success. To keep you informed, their blue STAR folder is sent home daily. Email or Dojo is my preferred form of communication. Please check your email for messages regarding the classroom and school events. In addition, I post class and school information on our class website. Please be certain to refer to the website for classroom information.
I see parents as partners, and my biggest allies, in education. You know your child better than anyone, and I value all that I can learn from you! I welcome your questions, comments and any concerns you may have.
Please contact me anytime:
*Classroom Number: 619-956-5424
*School E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dress for Success: Please make sure that your child is dressed appropriately for energetic (and sometimes messy!) learning and play at school. Clothing should be washable, comfortable, and cover well when running, jumping, and turning upside down. In accordance with District policy, shoes should be sturdy, with closed toes and backs. Tennis shoes/sneakers are best. No flip flops or clogs.
Education: Our integrated curriculum fosters a life-long love for learning while preparing your child for the next exciting grade level. Your child will be provided with opportunities that encourage cooperation, responsibility, creativity, sharing, listening, imagination, rethinking, and teamwork. Most importantly, our classroom will fuel an excitement for learning and show your child that school is a safe and consistent place to learn and explore.
Fun Friday: Fun Friday is held each week with the other 2nd and 3rd grade classes during the last 20 minutes of the day. Students that have not received a STEP, have completed and turned in their class work, library book, and homework at the start of the day will attend Fun Friday. During that time, they will have the opportunity for extra playground time, art, dance, or movies with other 2nd and 3rd graders that have also earned the opportunity to participate. Those students that have incomplete work, missing library books, or STEPS will spend the time in the designated work room.
Homework: Your child will be required to:
· Read 25 minutes (Daily)
· Complete 2 achieve3000 lessons (weekly). There will be ample time for this to be completed in class. If your student is not using his/her class time wisely, then it becomes homework.
· Complete at least 5 DreamBox lessons (weekly). There will be ample time for this to be completed in class. If your student is not using his/her class time wisely, then it becomes homework.
· Complete any UNFINISHED WORK that was started in class (including weekly goals for DreamBox & Achieve 3000). Unfinished work is due the following day.
o The majority of work is started in class. Whatever is not finished at the end of the day becomes homework.
Missing homework will affect your child’s grade and may result in quiet work time during recess to allow them to catch up. If your student has a large amount of homework, please check with your child and/or contact me as s/he may be having a challenging time with the work, or may using his/her class time unwisely. When your child has homework, please make sure s/he has a quiet, uninterrupted place to work.
Illness: The question of when to keep your child home from school is often a difficult one, especially when the decision may affect your work schedule and alternate arrangements may need to be made. It is important, however, to keep your child home if he/she is ill. This helps them to feel better quicker and prevents others from becoming ill. Children function more effectively in the classroom if they are healthy.
Library: We will have a scheduled time for the school library each week. Children who have returned their book may check out a new book. In order to teach responsibility, please be certain that books are returned in a timely fashion. Library books must be returned by Friday to be able to attend Fun Friday.
My Classroom Goals: My goal in the classroom is to instill a life long love for learning that will carry on with my students throughout their educational journey. I want to give my students a solid foundation (academically, socially, and emotionally) that they will use as a springboard toward reaching their fullest potential. It is my goal that every child will come to believe in their own abilities—they are capable of accomplishing anything because they have the tools to do it themselves. Every child will know that they are cared for and that I value them for the unique individuals they are. Be assured that I will guide and encourage your child, celebrating each step of the way as he or she gains a love of learning, self-confidence, and the academic skills that form a foundation for continued success.
NO Toys Policy: The school has a “no toy” policy. Please check your child’s backpack to make sure that no toys have hidden themselves inside there. Toys that are found at school will remain in my June box until the last day of school.
Office Contact Information:
School Office: Our school secretary, Aemily Scott, can be reached at 619-956-5400.
Report Cards: Report cards are designed to reflect the progress and growth your child has made during the year and are based off of Common Core State Standards. Report cards are sent home at the end of each trimester in December, March, and June.
Schedule: School begins promptly at 8:30 am and ends at 2:20 pm. On modified days students will be released at 1:05.
Scholastic Book Orders: Each month, students will be able to order from Scholastic Book Club. The Scholastic Book Club is a great way to foster your child’s love for reading and to help his/her home library grow too! Scholastic Books are a great value as well. Most books are priced below retail. Books can be ordered online at www.scholastic.com/readingclub.com. Our class code is JB36T. Online orders only please.
Snack: Your children generally get hungry by midmorning. Snacks should be a healthy, protein rich snack that can be eaten quickly. Foods and drinks high in sugar impact a child’s learning, attention, and behavior. Candy and soda are not permitted at school.
STAR Folders: STAR Folders: Students Taking Academic Responsibility (STAR) Folders: In order to manage materials successfully, students should use their STAR Folder starting on the first day of school. THE STAR FOLDER MUST BE BROUGHT TO SCHOOL EVERY DAY.
· Work that your child does not complete (unfinished work) will come home each day in the “bring back to school" side of the STAR folder; it must be finished and turned in the next day.
· Each student will also have a notebook at the beginning of the year for Reading.
· Students are allowed to bring ALL books and & notebooks home to complete unfinished work. They are responsible for bringing them back the following school day.
· The notebook and folder must be neat, complete, and organized. Thank you for helping your student with organization. It is key for success!
· The STAR folders will be filled with graded papers and notices every Friday
· Before you sign the calendar:
o Please look over your child’s work and STAR Folder
o Have them fix any papers that need to be corrected & complete any unfinished work
o Return both the signed calendar and STAR Folder on the following school day.
Super Star Helpers: Students will be chosen as our helpers and will have a job throughout the week (i.e., paper passer, lights, etc). The children love being Super Star Helpers! It gives them a chance to really shine and promotes a sense of responsibility.
Tardy: It is very important that your child arrives on time so they can get settled in and ready for the day. Anyone that arrives after the second bell, 8:30, will be marked as tardy. If you arrive after morning announcements, please pick up a late pass from the office.
Volunteers: Volunteers are a vital asset to the overall success to our school. If you are interested in joining the Breakfast Club, taking projects home, or helping in other capacities I will have a sign-up sheet available. Breakfast Club meets once a week and provides an opportunity to work with other family members in the community. Younger siblings should not be brought to the classroom when you are planning on volunteering in the classroom and cell phone ringers should be turned off to keep from distracting students. A volunteer form must be completed prior to volunteering and chaperoning. Forms are available in the office and through the District website.
Wish List: Extra supplies for the classroom are always appreciated. We are often in need of hand sanitizer, Kleenex, and dry erase markers (broad tip). Thank you again for your support!
ZzZzZz: Sleep is imperative to brain development. Please make sure that your child gets plenty of rest each night. Setting and keeping a bedtime helps them to be alert and ready to learn each day!