* Be sure to sign your student's agenda/planner each evening. This is the perfect opportunity to review their day and what is for homework! A star on my assignment/agenda board is for homework. Homework is an assignment/activity/practice we have started in class, but has not been completed. There should be a star or some clear way chooses and uses to know what is homework that night. The binder should go home each evening also. Yes, it's heavy ( use a size that fits what your child actually carries), but what a good habit to get into for 5th grade and years on and beyond through high school. See below about the binder, but it holds your students homework. What a great way to check work before it is turned in!
* We do eat a snack everyday. Please help your student make good healthy food choices!
* (Almost) All work that is assigned is started in class. While it might have been completed in class or during school hours, it should live in the homework section of the binder. I do this so that all students and parents have the opportunity to review this work at night before it is due the next day. NightWrites is an exception - this is completed outside of class time.
* The binder should be organized with 1. the homework section the first set of papers or anything. This is the in and out part of everyday work not completed and collected in one day. Every once in a while, something may sit there for a day or two more, but not often. 2. Math section pocket folder or section tab. I use red for math. Resources and references from class may be there. 3. Writing - folder or tab. This will hold current writing projects and references and resources. I use yellow. 4. Reading - folder or tab. This will hold charts for independent reading, or reading projects, references or resources. I use green. Then 5. Social Studies folder, I use blue, and then 6. the Science folder. I use orange. There is no spelling folder, but anything to be kept could be in writing.
Just a quick reminder that FMNV (Foods of Minimal Nutritional Value) laws are very strict now. We can't let parents bring goodies to serve during the day, because part of the FMNV has to do with a "non-compete clause" with our food service. Parents are legally allowed to bring neat bags of treats to send home at the very end of the day.
Homework is considered to be "what is not completed during the school day". Vary rarely, but there are times when an assignment is given for outside the school time. I also expect reading to be completed outside school and three times each 9-weeks will be a book, quiz, and short project to be completed outside school time. By fourth grade we expect the assignments completed in a timely manner so that we can learn from these. If the assignment is not completed the student is expected to stay in at recess for study hall.
USDA requires all special dietary request such as milk allergies must be support by a physician's statement that explains the food substitution being requested. The statement must be signed by a recognized medical authority - physicians, physician assistants, or advanced practice nurses. The medical statement must include:
1) An identification of the medical or other special dietary condition that restricts the child's diet.
2) The food or foods to be omitted from the child's diet and the food or choices of food to be substituted.
The physician's statement must be filed with the campus nurse and a copy provided to the cafeteria manager.
To further assist with special dietary needs or other food service questions, Kelly Grones, Assistant Food Service Director has compiled a Food School Reference Manual. You will be receiving a copy shortly. If you have questions before then please do not hesitate to contact Supervisors Jodi Sheppard - #8396 or Caryn Radney - #8378
If you do file a dietary request, don't forget to share with your teacher, too.