Important Back to School Information
- Contact Info and Communication:
- Email: [email protected]
- Phone: 489-7825 ext. 216
- I will keep my website updated with important information and our newsletters. I will post newsletters and the spelling lists each Monday. I will also post pictures of the class.
- I am very good at checking my email. Please either email me or call me if you have a question or need to make an appointment. I will get back to you within 24 hours unless it is a weekend or a vacation time.
- If you did not get a test email from me, then I probably have the wrong email. It also may have gone to your junk email (that has been a problem in the past). Please let me know if you did not get an email from me.
- If you haven’t received any emails from the office, they might not have your correct email address. Please let them know.
- You may send a treat for your child’s birthday to share with the class. We have 33 students this year. Please be aware of nut and dairy allergies. Please keep it simple! Our school guidelines state that we must “keep the treats simple” and “be mindful of being equitable.” We don’t want any hurt feelings if one student gives out larger scale treats than another student. Some ideas of simple treats include: muffins, cookies, cupcakes, Rice Krispy treats, cracker dippers, and fruit. Please do not send in any ice cream, popsicles, or anything that needs to be sliced and prepared. You may send it in the morning of your child’s birthday (or a date near the birthday if it falls on a weekend). Please give me a heads up if you are sending in treats. Thank you in advance for respecting this request.
- Please do not send birthday party invitations through school unless you are inviting the entire class (or all of the girls if your child is a girl, etc.). We don’t want any hurt feelings.
- If your child has a summer birthday, we will celebrate them all on one day at the end of the school year with a simple treat.
- Snack: Please send a healthy snack for your child to eat every day. We have a long day and the children get hungry. J
- Water Bottle: Your child may bring a water bottle to school. Please make sure the lid is secure and won’t spill.
- Absences: Please call Kelli Kelly or Aleisha Webb (489-7825) in the front office and let them know if your child will be absent. They prefer a call before school begins if you are able. If you are picking up your child early from school, please email me so I know.
- Red Folders: Kids will bring them home and to school each day. Please feel free to send information via the folder. I do not have the children turn in their red folders. Instead, they are responsible to turn in what is inside them.
- Newsletter: A newsletter will be sent home every Monday. It will be attached to the homework packet. Please read it so you are current on what is going on in our classroom. The office also sends out a weekly Monday newsletter via email.
- Homework: Homework will begin on Monday, September 16th. A weekly packet will go home on Monday and is due the following Monday. If your child’s homework is done before the weekend, (s)he can turn it in early. The packet will include:
*Spelling Words (Study for the test the Friday of the same week.)
*Reading Log (Read at least 20 minutes a night and is due the following Monday)
*Math Sheet (Due the following Monday)
*Math Log (Work on quickly knowing math facts for at least 10 minutes a night. Please start with addition and subtraction facts and then move onto multiplication as the year progresses. This log is due the following Monday.)
*As the year progresses, I will add a cursive page and at times possibly a grammar page, also due on Mondays.
*Periodically I may send home math games that we play together in class. These are meant for you to play together at home and you can keep them.
- Person of the Week: Each Thursday, a letter goes home with the child chosen for the week. The letter explains the items that the child will bring
during the following week. This program focuses on celebrating the children of our class each week.
- Curriculum: I will follow the Mission of St. Al’s (To guide and develop the students spiritually, emotionally, intellectually, and physically as well as to be
leaders in action, modeled on Christ.) I will do my best to tailor instruction to meet individual needs.
- Math (We will start with addition and subtraction review, do story problems, multi-digit addition and subtraction, multiplication, division, measurement, geometry, and fractions.)
- Writing (We will begin paragraph and essay writing with a focus on personal and fictional narrative, opinion, and informational writing. We will also use interactive notebooks to focus on grammar, spelling, and conventions. In January, we will begin learning cursive.)
- Reading (I will individualize instruction for my more emergent readers. We will focus on comprehension strategies, non-fiction features, literature, vocabulary development, and word work.)
- Religion (Our main goals are to explore more of the Bible, learn about the Sacraments, learn about the parts of Mass, learn about some of the Saints, explore the Jesse Tree, and understand the Trinity. We will learn and memorize prayers throughout the year. Our big prayer to know by the end of the year is The Apostles’ Creed. We will also explore the parts of our Catholic faith, especially as we go through our Liturgical calendar. In addition, we will attend chapel masses, all school masses, and put on the All Saints/All Souls Mass.)
- Social Studies (We will start the year with building our own classroom community, and then focus on map skills, Spokane History, and the Spokane Native Americans.)
- Science (We will study water, climate, insect life cycles, magnetism, and electricity.)
- MAP (Measure of Academic Progress) Testing: The students will be tested using the Chromebooks 3 times this year (October, January, and April). I will let you know in the newsletter when our slot is for testing each time. This test will assess language, math, and reading. Children in grades 3-8 do MAP testing.
- Report Cards (We are on trimester and report cards will be given out at November conferences, in March, and in June.)
- Helping our Class Run Smoothly (I will try and focus on the positive with praise and other techniques. If a child is not helping our class to run smoothly, then he or she might need to have a self-reflection time away from other students. If your child has several self-reflection times during the week or has an office visit, I may choose to either call or email you. Thank you in advance for your support with your child’s behavior.)
- If your child has severe allergies or asthma, please let me know in writing or by email if you need me to take medications to Mass.
- Virtus Training: If you would like to volunteer on our field trip this year, you must complete Virtus Training. Look for information in our school newsletter or contact Aleisha Webb for more information on these trainings.
- Our school day ends at 3:00. Please come to our classroom and pick up your child. I will begin walking the children to aftercare at 3:05.
I am looking forward to a great year with your children!! Please let me know if you have any questions at all.