I value your family time. The most important thing I can ask you do at home is read with your child each day. I will send home resources in your child's Just Right Bag that you are welcome to use, but all I ask is that you read to and with them as often as you can. Significant amounts of research show us how critical that time is in your child's development.
Homework Calendar: Please have your child color in a square for each day they read for 20 minutes at home. This reading time can include silent reading, reading with a grown-up, listening to someone read, and practicing words. Students return the calendars at the end of the month in exchange for Classroom Cash and Pizza Hut Coupons.
Poetry Folders: These purple folders will come home at the end of each week and should be returned at the beginning of the week. Many students enjoy sharing the songs and poems we do in class.
Math at Home Packets: I am required by West Branch Local Schools to send these papers home and ask that they be returned. They will be sent home at the beginning of the week and I ask that they are returned by the end of the week. Returned packets will be exchanged for Classroom Cash.
There will be some projects with flexible due dates assigned throughout the year. I understand busy families and schedules. Please let me know if your child needs help or resources to complete these projects and I will do my best to provide what is needed. We have a few bigger projects and several special days where students wear clothes or items that go with our theme. I will do my best to get you the information about these events in a timely manner. Here are some of the exciting things we will do this year:
Me in a Bag: 1st Week of School
Classroom Zoo: Students write a report, create a habitat, and dress up as the animal they have chosen.
Elf Job Interviews: Students dress up and interview for specific jobs at the North Pole.
Polar Express Day: Wear pajamas.
Personal Timeline: Students create timelines of their lives using pictures or drawings.
50th Day: Dress as kids from the 50's for fun learning centers.
100th Day: Wear shirts with 100 things on them.
101st Day: Wear black and white or black and white polka dots.
Dr. Seuss's Birthday: Wear red shirts.