After two 4 day weeks and two full weeks, I think all students are feeling comfortable in their new space with their new classmates. Our color coded copybooks and homework list, now on Google Classroom, hopefully help many students with organization. We have a full schedule each day that begins shortly after our 7:40 announcements, so it is important that each student be seated and ready to go with assignments turned in and new homework assignments copied down. As a reminder, the expectation is that homework is completed and turned in the next day to reinforce current instruction/concepts unless it is a weekly assignment such as Word of the Week, Spelling Book, Reading Log or Writing Journal (alternate weeks) which are all due on Fridays. The thinking behind the flexibility on these three tasks is to help kids manage their time around extracurricular activities.
Many students are also taking pride in fulfilling their classroom job helper duties without being reminded. Thank you for the display of kindness, teamwork, and responsibility. Furthermore, the practice of proper cursive handwriting and clearly heading papers in the requested manner is being upheld. I look forward to working with your children each day and I hope they enjoy being with us as well. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions or concerns.
Specials and recess: (pre lunch or post lunch)
Monday – recess following lunch
Tuesday – physical education (pre)
Wednesday – library every week (pre) and Spanish (post)
Thursday – art class (pre); recess following lunch
Friday – music (post) and recess following lunch
I. AFTER SCHOOL HELP – I will be available on Wednesdays beginning 9/13* to provide extra help should your child be interested. Please be sure to coordinate transportation home for 3:15 and send a note stating your intentions. *On Wedneday choir practice weeks, I can be available on Thursdays instead of Wednesdays.
II. MATH FACTS: Remember to practice those math facts, especially multiplication facts, AKA skip counting! Sure, maybe you can skip count by 2, 3, 5, 10, 11, but challenge yourself to master another set. Mrs. B has some great links on her teacher page, or you can simply google your own sites for catchy songs to help you. Knowing these like you know your name will make your math life SO much easier, enjoyable, and FUN. You can doit! I believe in you. Also, I have a special manipulative to help you learn them… come and see…
III. HSA – Please sign up for the RaiseRight App. to purchase ONLINE gift cards only; Raise Right gift card code: YP8373HHBSKQ ALL physical gift cards should be purchased through the school or church as done in the past. We are only using the app for digital purchase. Join the RaiseRight Facebook page and website (www.raiseright.com) – special discounts are announced often! For questions or concerns, please contact Stacie Behme ([email protected]m or 908.627.4411). Please DO NOT contact the main office, Mrs. Okula, or church.
IV. Teachers are asked to create an Amazon wish list as a replacement for the Caring for Classrooms donation avenue. Thank you to all who have already generously sent in supplies and special items to start the year off and to those who will consider gifting items from our new wishlist! I truly appreciate your generosity. (Please check back periodically as our classroom needs are continually evolving.) You can search Amazon wishlists by class5A@St. Jane, my name, or click the link below. Thank you.
V. The Remind group code for 5A is @kg9gb4h Handy for quick communication.
Please utilize email for more serious communications. Download Remind from the App Store or Google Play to your phones or mobile devices. There is no limit to the number of devices that may join. Once you download the app, click “Join a Class“.