Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! My name is Mrs. Shiflette and I am delighted to have your child in my class. With your encouragement, your child will be a part of many exciting and rewarding experiences.
I have compiled this classroom handbook to provide information on the policies, procedures and expectations for the new school year.
Classroom Health & Sick Days
Please remember, if your child is sick, they need to stay home. The overall health of the class will be remarkably better if students & parents abide by the school rules for heath. Your child should be fever free for a 'full" 24 hours before returning to school. They should not be "getting sick" the night before and be in the classroom the next morning. Please remember to call the attendance line if your child is out sick. Missed assignments will be available upon request. We want these sweet kids happy & healthy in class.
CLASSROOM DISCIPLINE PLAN
As I firmly believe that life-long success depends on self-discipline, I have developed a Classroom Discipline Plan that gives every student the opportunity to manage his or her own behavior. I will discuss this plan with the students, but I would appreciate if you would also review the plan with your child. Working together, we can ensure that your child will receive the most positive educational experience possible.
Be respectful to others.
Take care of your supplies.
Be a good listener and follow directions.
Be kind to others.
Finish class work and homework assignments daily.
Students will be given homework Monday through Thursday. The homework will be a review of the lessons that we have completed that day, so nothing will be “new.” Students will write on their homework agenda daily. Please look for your child's "yellow" agenda every day.
Parents please ensure your child completes their homework assignment.
If a homework assignment is not completed, the child will receive an incomplete grade. If a student repeatedly does not turn in their homework, the agenda will have to be signed by the parent’s. Homework is a very important part of reinforcing the day’s lessons.
Some tips on how to help your child with homework:
1. Help your child establish a homework time everyday.
2. Provide a quiet, well-lit place where there will be little interruption.
Each Friday your child will bring home a test/progress report. The weekly report will inform you of your child’s behavior and work kudos or concerns for the week. Please review the information and sign the weekly progress report. Weekly reports must be returned on Monday.
In our class, I try to incorporate many reading strategies to help strengthen your students reading skills. However, to ensure your child’s success, it is important to read with him/her at home. Students will be required to read for at least 20 min. at home daily. Please make sure your child has a variety of reading materials to choose from – libraries are an excellent source of great reading material. Together we can help you child excel!
I expect all work to be done in the child's best handwriting. (This includes homework activities.) Cursive handwriting is accepted this year as well.
Spelling will taught all year. Students will receive their spelling list on the Monday. This gives students all week to study the words. We will work on the words in class, however they will be expected to study their words each night. Make sure they study the words carefully, using capital and lowercase letters properly. Spelling tests will be given each Friday.
If your child would like to celebrate her/his birthday with a HEALTHY treat in class, please schedule the day with me in advance. It is best to send individual treats along with the appropriate supplies so that we may celebrate at morning recess.
Our class has PE on ______ and _______. In order to participate fully, it is important that children come to school wearing appropriate clothing and comfortable running shoes (no flip flops) on these days.
Children should bring a healthy snack for mid-morning. Fruit, yogurt, juice, etc. are fine, but no candy or sweets please.
Our lunchtime begins at _______. If you are planning to join your child for lunch, please meet him/her in the hallway by the office. We will travel this way to lunch, and you can meet up with your child at this time.