Frequently Asked Questions: This page contains answers to common questions
of students and parents.
- How do you pronounce 'Sabados'?
- How can I contact Mrs. Sabados?
- Can I bring in a treat to celebrate my child's birthday?
- Is it ok to distribute birthday party invitations at school?
- Will my child be able to order books from a book club?
- How can I help my child with his/her homework?
- I sent Mrs. Sabados an email. Why hasn't she responded?
- Where can I find the school breakfast and lunch menus?
- Where can I find forms to order school breakfast or lunch?
- I keep hearing about Common Core State Standards. What does this mean?
- How can I determine which books are appropriate for my child?
How do you pronounce 'Sabados'?
Sabados is pronounced 'suh-bay-diss.'
How can I contact Mrs. Sabados?
You can email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call the classroom: 630-
894-4226. If you need to get a
message to your child (especially about transportation home),
please contact the office (630-893-
8180) if you are unable to reach me in my classroom.
Can I bring in a treat to celebrate my child's birthday?
Of course! Your child may bring in a treat for the class. There
are 21 students in the class. Please
make sure the treat is INDIVIDUALLY PACKAGED! If the treat is
not individually packaged, it will be
sent home. This is a school-wide policy. In addition, due to
peanut allergies, please bring foods
that do not contain nuts. Thanks! :) You may also choose to
send a non-food treat (i.e. pencils,
erasers, etc.). Summer birthdays will be celebrated on a child's
half birthday (6 months from
birthday) or at the end of the school year (your choice!).
Please send in a note the day before you
plan to bring the birthday treat. Your child may not visit other
classroom teachers to
distribute treats. This causes a disruption to the teacher and
Thank you for your cooperation.
Is it ok to distribute birthday party invitations at school?
PLEASE DO NOT SEND BIRTHDAY INVITATIONS TO SCHOOL unless each
child in the class is invited to
the party. Children's feelings get hurt if this is not strongly
enforced. I appreciate your
Will my child be able to order books from a book club?
YES! Scholastic Book Club has great books that are reasonably
priced. For each book purchased,
the class receives points that I can use to buy books or books on
tape for our classroom library. I
will send the book order form with a note attached that will give
the due date as well as some
books that I recommend. These books may be popular books that
the kids love or they
may coincide with something that they are studying. If you would
like to purchase books, you
have two options. 1) You may bring the order form and a check
made payable to Scholastic Books
to school. 2) Order online!
Web address: scholastic.com/bookclubs
Class Activation Code: L7BYZ
You can order online 24/7 until the due date. You can
pay online and the books will be delivered to school and sent
home with your child.
How can I help my child with his/her homework?
READ! READ! READ!
Practice math facts (addition and subtraction).
More helpful information...
Guidelines for Helping With Homework So You Don't Work Harder
Than Your Child!
by Dr. Charles Fay
- Set aside a time each day for family learning.
Set aside at least 30 minutes, devoted to family brain cell
development. During this time, there
should be no TV, video games, computer games, etc. Model your
own excitement for learning by
reading a book, writing letters, etc. Your child may learn by
doing their homework, reading about
something they love, writing stories, etc.
- Help only when your child truly wants it.
Some parents make the mistake of forcing help upon their kids.
This only creates frustration,
anger, and kids who believe they can't learn without their
- Help only when there's an absence of anger or frustration.
When either you or your child gets frustrated or angry, learning
becomes associated with
frustration and anger.
- Help only when your child can describe what the teacher said.
This ensures that your child continues to believe that it's
important to pay attention to teachers.
Unfortunately, some kids learn that it's best to "tune-out" at
school and let their parents do all of
the teaching at home.
- Move away from your child before he/she "gets it."
Some children believe they can only learn something, or "get it,"
when an adult is in the same
room or is guiding them every inch of the way. To prevent this
dependency, avoid falling into the
habit of sitting at the table as your child does their homework,
especially when they are on the
brink of learning something new.
THE CARDINAL RULE FOR HELPING:
Never Work Harder Than Your Child.
2002 Charles Fay, Ph.D.
Permission granted for photocopy reproduction. For more
information, call the Love and Logic
Institute, Inc. at (800) 338-4065.
I sent Mrs. Sabados an email. Why hasn't she responded?
I check my email regularly (at least three times per day). Your
email may have gone into my spam
filter. We have a filter that collects all "unrecognizable"
emails and puts them together in a folder.
Each day at noon, we receive an email that contains this folder
of spam emails. Although I look
through them daily, because there are so many, I could have
missed yours. If you sent an email
and didn't get a response by the next day, please write a note in
your child's planner to let me
know that you sent me an email. Also, it is often helpful if you
type your child's name or my name
in the subject line. Once I respond to you, your emails will no
longer go into the spam filter. I'm
sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
Where can I find the school breakfast and lunch menus?
Go to: http://www.esd20.org/site/epage/54849_510.htm
Where can I find forms to order school breakfast or lunch?
Go to: http://www.esd20.org/site/epage/67464_510.htm
I keep hearing about Common Core State Standards. What does this mean?
According to the Common Core website (http://www.corestandards.org/):
The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students
are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The
standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and
skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully
prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global
How can I determine which books are appropriate for my child?
A very informal way to determine if a book is "just right" is to do the "Five Finger Rule."
Simply choose a book.
Then begin reading a page in the middle of the book.
Hold up a finger for each word you are not sure of.
If you have five fingers held up, the book is to difficult and you need to say, "good bye" to the book.
Another way to find books that are appropriate is to use your child's MAP READING LEXILE SCORE.
Go to: http://lexile.com/fab/
Go to Step 1 and enter your child's Lexile Range (from the MAP test report).
Then select your child's INTEREST CATEGORIES (such as mysteries, movies, animals, art, etc.)
Finally, click SUBMIT. A lengthy book list will show up on the screen. You can preview the book,
add it to a Reading List, or look for the titles on the Roselle library website.
IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS, PLEASE ASK MRS. SABADOS!