To keep our classroom functioning at peak performance, there are a few things I want to share with you about the mechanics of our room. I am positive we will have a very successful year together and I look forward to working with your child!
In order to facilitate communication with you, I will be sending home folders with your child each Friday. It is a green folder labeled Friday Folder, so it should be easy to spot. The folder will include notes from the office, book orders, important announcements, graded papers from the week, and a variety of other letters, forms, etc. (Occasionally things from the office that are dated may be coming home during the week.) Please ask your child for the folder, sign the parent signature slip, and return it empty on Monday. Thanks!
Please put your child’s name on all of your school supply items. Throughout the year things get “misplaced” and it makes it easy to find the owner. Also, please ask your child periodically if they need any more pencils, glue, scissors, etc. It is difficult to try to complete projects without the proper supplies. Please be sure your child has headphones labeled with their name for our computer lab time as well.
Classroom Supplies/Special Activities Money
We are asking for $10 from each child to help cover the cost of special projects and activities we do throughout the year. If you could please send CASH in an envelope with your child’s name, that would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Each day students will bring home a yellow sheet titled SHOPTALK. This will be a sentence they have copied from the board that morning and that we have discussed in class. It may be a reminder for them, or it may be about something we have learned that day. Students are to read the sentence to you and discuss it. You then will sign or initial the sheet and they will return it to school the next day. This is used as a communication tool for your child to share about what is happening in our classroom. It will come home each night in their folder labeled Take Home Folder. Please help your child get into the routine of showing it to you, getting it signed and having it back in their folder for the next day. Thank you!
Your child may bring in a nutritious snack to have during the day. Some ideas are fruit, granola bars, pretzels, etc. They may also bring in a water bottle and use it throughout the day, as long as it isn’t a distraction to them. Please avoid peanut products due to allergies within our classroom.
Homework for the week will consist of finishing up any classroom work that is not completed, reading daily and practicing math skills and word study words. On occasion your child will also have assigned homework during the week. When this is the case I will go over the assignment with them prior to sending it home and have them write a due date on top of it. I will communicate with you by sending a note home for any major project/ homework activities so you are informed in advance about them. Please ask your child each night if they have any unfinished classroom work that needs to be completed. At the end of the day I will remind them and try to help them put unfinished work in their Take Home Folders each night, but it will be their responsibility to finish and return it. Thank you for your help and support with homework.
Class and Specialist Schedules
Please see the schedulefor which days we have specialists on. Please be sure your child has gym shoes on the PE days of the cycle.
Day 1 Art
Day 2 PE
Day 3 Music
Book order forms will be coming home about once a month. Should you choose to order, please send a check made out to the book order company.
Northview has a School-wide Behavior Plan that follows the All-Star Code of being safe and kind, respectful and responsible. We want all children to contribute to a culture of caring and learning at our school. We look forward to a positive school climate where all children can learn and thrive, so we appreciate your help in instilling the code and supporting it.
We will be using a colorful clip chart for our classroom management system that correlates with out All- Star Code. Students will begin each day on the area of “ ready to learn” and have the opportunity to move up and down the clip chart depending on the choices they make. They may earn caught being goods and shining stars by moving up on the chart. If they make poor choices and have had several reminders, they may clip down and end up on a code reminder coming home. If students get two or more code reminders in a day, they will receive discipline from the office.
Caught Being Good Coupons
As an individual incentive for positive behaviors in our classroom, I pass out caught being good coupons to students modeling outstanding behavior. This is an individual reward system and each child can “cash in “ their coupons on Fridays at the Caught Being Good Store (baskets of goodies in our room for students to choose from) or save them to buy bigger items worth more points at a later date.
I have purchased several items for our "store" but am asking for donations as well to keep our store stocked. If you are out and about and see items that second graders might enjoy, we’d love to add them to our store. Items could be stickers, pencils, small toys, books, etc. The students always enjoy their “shopping time” and look forward to it every Friday. Thank you for your help with our store.
I hope this has helped to explain some of our classroom procedures. Please feel free to call or email me if you have any questions. I look forward to a wonderful year with all of you.