All children learn at their own rate, acquiring skills as they are developmentally ready. Remember when your child was learning to walk? They started walking when they were ready. You were there to support them and to celebrate their accomplishment. Your support is just as important now as your child learns more about reading, writing, math, and the world around them. It is important for your child to know that we are working together to help them learn as much as possible. Staying involved in your child's education is the key to a successful year!
A Take-Home folder is sent home every day. There is a behavior calendar that stays in the folder so that you will know how your child is doing every day. The folder may contain important information, announcements, or completed work. It is very important that your child brings this folder back to school each day. You may send notes, lunch money, and other information back to me in the folder. This will help to create a routine and continue the communication between home and school. Please make sure that the folder is returned to school every day and that you check it each night.
Discipline: Students know the class and school rules and procedures. They are expected to follow them. Students begin the day on green. If a rule is broken, a verbal warning is given and “think time” is given in the classroom. If their behavior continues, their color is changed to yellow and “think time” is given in another room. If the problems continue, they change their color to red, and an office referral will occur. Disrespectful behavior and physical aggression will be referred immediately to the office. If there is a problem, there will be a note on the calendar (in their Take Home folder) with a brief description of the problem.
During reading groups our students will be engaged in the Daily 5, a program that centers around students being fully and independently engaged in reading, writing and word work activities while the teacher is working with small groups. The heart of this program is the students’ independence. When first introducing the program the teacher models for the students and then allows them time to practice. During this time the students are learning how to build reading stamina, choose a "good fit book" and work independently. This modeling and practice period lasts about five weeks, but the results are immeasurable! The five stations are: Read to Self, Read to Someone, Work on Writing, Word Work and Listen to Reading. The ultimate goal of the Daily 5 is to help our students become better readers and writers.
Homework: On Mondays I will send home a story writing paper. Have your child draw a picture and write a few sentences about the picture. Check to see that they have the correct spelling and that they use capital letters correctly. Your child will bring the paper back to school on Tuesday. Also on Mondays your child will bring a list of spelling words to study at home.
On Tuesdays and Wednesdays your child will practice addition and subtraction facts. Paper flash cards will be sent home in the Homework folder each week on Tuesday. Each week a few more flash cards will be sent home to add to the cards your child already has. Keep the flash cards at home to practice each week.
On Thursdays be sure to study the spelling words for Friday’s test. If there is no school on Friday, we will have our spelling test on Thursday, and Wednesday's homework will be to study the spelling words.
Read to and with your child every day, if possible. The more your child is exposed to language, the easier it will be for them to incorporate new skills in reading and writing in the classroom.
Spelling: The Spelling Words will follow a pattern, for example, short a. The Words to Know are reading words we are working on. They are bonus words to practice spelling with your child if they can spell all the Spelling Words. We will have a spelling test on Fridays. We do not have spelling words if we have less than 4 days of school that week.
Birthdays: In an effort to be sensitive to our many students with food allergies and medical conditions, consumable birthday treats such as cake, candy, cookies, etc., are not to be brought to school. Non-consumable items such as pencils, erasers, stickers, etc. may be given in honor of a birthday. Thank you for your cooperation!
Birthday Invitations: To avoid hurt feelings, please do not send invitations for private parties to school to pass out.
Please take time to read the student handbook. You will find general information about Springville Elementary, health rules and medical policies, safety rules and guidelines, discipline policies, and other helpful information. When parents understand the expectations of the school, they are able to support and encourage academic success in the education of their child.
Celebrate your child's successes, no matter how small they may seem. This will help your child be enthusiastic about learning and proud of their work!
Mrs. Annette Willett
7400 N. 60 St.
Omaha, NE 68152