Students should arrive between 7:50 a.m. to 8:10 a.m. in Room 106. You are able to walk your child to the classroom and help them with hanging up their backpacks, putting their lunches in the correct bin, and turning in their folders. Please be mindful that the children are starting their free choice activities, so once your child has settled in to an activity it is time to say your goodbyes.
These will go to and from school everyday. The monthly calendar will be put in the plastic inset. The left-side pocket will have papers that are to be returned to school, while the right-side pocket will have papers that are to be left at home.
We will eat snack in the classroom at about 9:30 a.m. Students should not pack their own snack. A room parent will be given the task of providing healthy, peanut-free snacks for our students. Your child will be given one serving of the snack chosen, along with water. I always ask that the children at least try the snack provided. Snack may include items such as fresh fruit, cheeses, yogurt, applesauce, graham crackers, cereal, pretzels, animal crackers, goldfish, crackers, etc.
We will eat lunch in the classroom from approximately 11:45 - 12:30 p.m. You do have the opportunity to order hot lunch through the school, milk, as well as the pizza lunch on the last Friday of every month (this does not include a drink). If packing a cold lunch, please make sure that your child's lunch box is insulated (provide ice packs as needed), for it will be stored in the classroom at room temperature until our lunch. There should be no soft drinks, candy, or gum. Please make sure that the lunch is peanut-free.
Scholastic Book Orders
I will be sending home Scholastic Book Catalogs once a month. You are not obligated in any way to purchase books. I send the catalogs home for two reasons: a) you can get great prices on new books and old favorites that you and your child can enjoy at home, and b) every book that you purchase helps earn points that go to building our own Pre-K 4 classroom library! You can sign-up online to order your books, but I can also call your order in when you return your order slip by the due date that is listed.
You will know when it is your child’s turn to be the Shared Reader! It will be listed on the monthly classroom calendar that is sent home in your child’s Daily Folder. Also, I will send home a reminder slip with your child that lists their date for sharing. All that is required is that your child chooses a book he/she would like to share with his/her classmates. On their sharing day, they will get to talk about their book and why they chose it for their classmates. I will then read the story aloud to the class. Please keep in mind that we will have about 10 minutes to read the story. After the story, your child will get to make an illustration of their book to be hung in the classroom. Happy reading!
The Pre-K 4 students will have many opportunities to practice their literacy and math skills throughout the day in large group, small group, and individual settings. In class, the children will be participating in hands-on, manipulative work that is developmentally appropriate. With that said, our Jolly Phonics curriculum does provide some supplemental work-book pages. Each child will receive the practice pages on Monday, and they are to stay at home (I will not be collecting these). This means that the homework is an OPTIONAL assignment. If your child does choose to try the work-pages, work alongside him/her and talk about the letter sound as they are writing. If your child chooses not to complete the work-pages, I strongly suggest you spend the time reviewing the letter sounds presented.
Once a month I will send home a “Home-Talk” assignment. The date will be marked on my classroom calendar. There will also be a note on the calendar for when the Home-Talk should be returned to school. So what exactly is Home-Talk? Home-Talk will inform you of our current thematic unit of study and what types of activities we are doing in the classroom. I will then provide a prompt that you will share with your child so that the two of you can engage in a conversation about what we are doing in school! I will then provide a space for you to record what you and your child discussed and you can attach any pictures or artifacts that you find important. Finally, once the Home-Talk is returned to school, your child will have an opportunity to share his/her Home-Talk with classmates. It will also be displayed in the room! This is also an OPTIONAL assignment, but highly encouraged!
You child will be recognized on his/her 5th birthday! We will celebrate the occasion at the end of our school day. **We are no longer having any edible treats!** Please consider donating a book to the classroom or providing pencils, stickers or bookmarks for the students. This change in policy has come about due to the incidence of “hidden” allergens appearing in treats brought into school. Primarily, this has been in treats that were processed in plants that also process nuts. This could put our students in life threatening situations and we want to avoid that. To make this day special, you are able to visit the classroom on their birthday and read a story to the class (preferably from 2:00 to 2:30 p.m.). If you would like to go the route of a book donation, I will put a special book label in the book that celebrates your child.
Information regarding specific holidays celebrations will be sent home and posted in my Weekly Letter. Specific volunteer opportunities will be communicated through our wonderful Room Parents.
We will take two field trips during the year. One in the fall, and one in the spring. You will have opportunities to join us as a parent volunteer (who are Virtus trained) when the time gets closer to each trip.
Show & Tell
A Show & Tell schedule will be posted in November. In order to get the most out of Show & Tell, I ask that your child brings just one item to share. **In addition, I ask that the item is related to that weeks theme (reading or math) or that it incorporates our letter sounds of that week!** Also, please make sure your child is able to transfer it easily to and from school! Finally, it doesn't have to be a toy... it could be a photo, book, or art piece!
Let me know if you would ever like to come into the classroom to read a story to the class and we can find a time! Preferably between 2:00 and 2:30 p.m. Please keep in mind that you must be in compliance.
The children will rest for one-hour. The children do NOT have to sleep/nap, but they are asked to stay quietly on their individual mat for the hour time-frame. Of course, if they need to use the restroom or get a drink, they are allowed to do so. If they would like to bring something soft from home to cuddle with at this time that is fine, but I limit the home items to TWO. Your preschooler could choose from a blanket, stuffed animal, or book.
**Please no plastic, noise-making, or light-up toys.** My classroom library will also be open if they want to choose a book to look at from school. Please be mindful on the size of the items you send with your child. Items that are too large can be difficult for the children to carry to the dismissal door and pack into their backpacks.
PK-4 dismisses at 2:40 p.m. at the Belden St. door. If you are picking up your child in a car, you will pull into the chute on Southport Ave. and be directed around the corner by volunteers to Belden St. Please make sure your name card is placed in the passenger side window or so that it flips down from your visor and visible through your front window. As you have come to a stop in the chute, please stay in your car and I will bring your child to your car. I will also place your child in their car seat and buckle them in. This helps keeps the chute moving. If you know that someone else is picking your child up, please let me know as soon as possible. I will ask that person to sign your child out when at the door with a valid I.D. If your child is in the Extended Day Program or signed up for an Enrichment Class, they will be dropped-off at the designated areas by our classroom aide.