Weekly Newsletter for 8/28/15

Dear Room 4 Families,

Your child had a great start to the school year this week in Room 4. I was happy to have the opportunity to get to know them and say hello to the parents who took a minute to introduce themselves. If I haven’t met you and you see me around school, please don’t be shy and come say hi!

I need your e-mail address! In order to best support your child at school, I need to have your e-mail for our classroom mailing list and to give you a ClassDojo invite so you can see your child’s behavior at school. Please discus your child’s behavior with them and reinforce it at home – it is essential for showing your child consistency with our expectations that we want them to be good learners.

This week we have been focused on getting into the swing of things in second grade. Our focus was on getting to know each other as a classroom community, learning some of our classroom routines and behaviors, and some early assessments to see what they already know.

Next week is our first full week at school. Some students have been complaining that they are hungry after the first recess at 10:10 am. Please make sure your child eats breakfast and has a healthy snack that is not chips, cookies, candy, etc. Providing a healthy snack like fruit, vegetables, beef/turkey jerky, crackers, etc. will fuel your child’s body so that they are optimized for learning! Next week we will be focusing on community building, rules, and learning the behaviors to be independent learners. Our first homework project will be assigned on Monday and due on Friday. Please keep a lookout for the red half page handout in your child’s backpack.

We will also start our switching with Mr. Chen’s Room 7 classroom next week. We will be establishing behavioral expectations and learning the routines expected from each teacher. Mr. Chen will be focused on teaching your child the reading, vocabulary, grammar, and writing for our Mandarin Language Arts block. I will be reinforcing conversational Chinese, calendar routines, math, and other academic vocabulary in the other subject areas during the day. Conversely, I will be taking the English Language Arts block for both classes and I will be teaching spelling patterns, reading comprehension, and literacy during the English time. The other components of English such as writing, grammar, etc. will be taught by their homeroom teacher.

A few general reminders:

  • Distracting school supplies that are not needed in the classroom may be sent home or put in my June Box.
  • Please label your child’s belongings with their name, last initial, and room number.
  • Lunch boxes that are left in the lunch cart are usually brought to the lost and found. They often get dragged off by animals and get ruined or disappear.
  • Some parents were asking about the type of glue sticks that we frequently use in class. For our interactive journals and other crafts, the Scotch 3M Permament Glue Sticks work the best. You are not obligated to purchase these in any way, but I have linked it for those parents who were asking what they looked like. They are significantly cheaper at Costco.
  • Other optional donations that are needed throughout the year are tissue boxes, especially during the Winter cold and flu season – the class goes through a box a day!

I hope your child enjoyed their first week of second grade. I look forward to getting to know you and your child this year. Please feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, or if you’d like to arrange a time to meet in person to discuss your child.

Have a great weekend!

-Ms. You

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