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Back To School Night
Transcript of Back To School Night
"Welcome to the 2017-18 School Year!"
Thank you for taking the time to attend Back to School Night. You may contact me at (323) 418-2513 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Have a Great Day!
Watts Learning Center Core Values:
Achievement * Commitment * Respect * Community * Acceptance * Integrity
"I expect excellence, you expect excellence, we expect excellence."
My husband and I will be celebrating our 6th year wedding anniversary this September. We love to travel and watch live plays. When I was much younger I lived in Poland, Germany, Trinidad & Tobago, Sweden, and Nigeria. I attained my teaching credential at CSU Dominguez Hills and I recently completed my Masters in Education with a concentration in Curriculum and Instruction.
I Believe . . .
I believe each child is a unique individual
I believe each child needs to feel safe and cared for
I believe each child needs a stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature
As an educator I strive to help each child reach their fullest potential academically, socially, and emotionally.
Our Daily Schedule
8:00 - 8:30AM Morning Business
8:30 - 9:00AM Phonics
9:00 - 9:20AM Shared Reading
9:30 - 9:45AM Recess
9:45 - 10:45AM Math
10:45 - 11:15AM Writer’s Workshop
11:20 - 12:00PM Lunch
12:10 - 12:20PM Quiet Time/Desk Organization
12:20 - 12:30PM Read Aloud
12:30 - 1:00PM Reading Comprehension
1:00 – 1:45PM Technology
1:45 – 2:30PM Science/Social Studies
2:30 – 2:45 PM Dismissal
*Schedule modified on Wednesdays due to Physical Education (P.E) in the morning.
*Brain breaks are scheduled into the day as needed to re-energize students.
Common Core State Standards
The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy (Video & Handout)
Your child will have their homework assignments placed in their red folders every Monday and due that Friday (except if those days fall on a holiday). Important upcoming dates and weekly spelling words can be found on the front cover. Spelling assessments will be given every Friday. Please have your child study the words daily using the Spelling Tic-Tac-Toe sheet found in the homework packet. Complete 3 spelling
activities – horizontally, vertically, or diagonally in a row and initial each activity. You will also find your child’s reading log and behavior in the folder, so please sign BOTH nightly. In first grade, reading is the most important part of your child’s learning and is a critical skill for success. You will notice that the reading log is assigned for Sunday – Saturday. Please make sure your child is reading to you; listening to you read; and/or reading with you for at least 20 minutes daily. The behavior chart highlights work habits and behavior. Talk with your child about any behavior concerns and reinforce positive behavior. Sometimes you may find important notes in the folder from me.
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Our class follows the School-Wide Discipline Policy. A whole-class reward system is used to encourage students to follow rules and procedures. Children earn tickets, which are turned in each Friday. Students who earn a pre-determined number of tickets during the week (typically 10) participate in whole-class fun interactive educational games. Students who do not earn the required number of tickets spend Special Fridays completing paper and pencil tasks that reinforce skills learned in class. Individual
behavior management plans are developed for students who need additional support.
Our Classroom Rules
Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
• Raise a quiet hand to have a turn to speak in whole group activities.
• Use a soft voice in small group activities in the classroom.
• Stay seated during instruction time on the carpet or at the tables.
Follow directions the first time they are given.
Homework assignments will follow the same general format all year long. Any changes will be noted on the homework cover page. The first grade team at WLC have determined that our students should expect to spend a 20 minutes a night on independent reading and 30 minutes completing written work. If your child consistently needs more than 50 minutes on a typical night to complete daily homework (including independent reading), please let me know.
Please note: Late homework/projects for reasons other than an excused absence cannot be accepted. It will be marked as late in my records but will fall short of getting full credit on the homework grade. Most parents choose to have their children complete late
assignments simply so the child gains the academic benefits from the work: when they do so, I mark the assignment ‘Late’ so that parents are aware that no credit was awarded but that I did note that the child gained the skills practice. For projects the student's grade will be downgraded by 20% per day it is not turned in.
You can expect the following from me this school year:
1. Regular communication about your child’s behavior and work habits as needed.
2. Frequent communication throughout the year about your child’s academic progress through conferences, phone calls, progress reports, and notes home.
3. A comfortable, structured, and fun learning environment in which your child is respected as an individual with unique challenges and talents, and receives instruction that is tailored for those needs.
I expect the following from the families of the children
in my class:
1. Nightly review of the Red Folder, initializing the reading log and behavior chart daily.
2. Assistance with weekly homework assignments as needed.
3. Timely return of forms sent home for signature.
4. Students sent to school on time EVERY day prepared to learn, with all needed school supplies.
5. Respectful communication about any questions or concerns about what is happening in the classroom. (Please call to schedule a convenient time to see me about any problems).
That’s it!! If we are both committed to these things, your child will have at home and at school the support needed to be successful this school year! This is going to be a fantastic year for your family!