Learn More about Room 28
Please ensure that your child is on campus before the first bell rings at 8:10AM.
Your child will be responsible for any missed class/homework. If your child must miss school for whatever reason, please send a note with your child when s/he returns to school. Remember that when your child is absent, you may call the main office to report the absence and request homework.
In order for this year to be a safe and productive one for your child, he/she must understand what is expected of him/her. Your child has been introduced to the rules of our classroom, as well as the rewards for following the rules and the consequences of breaking them.
Our classroom expectations are as follows:
1. Listen when your teacher and others are speaking.
2. Follow given directions.
3. Raise your hand to stand or speak.
4. Respect our classroom and our school.
5. Make safe and smart choices.
Your child will be responsible for making good decisions in order to follow these rules.
If your child chooses not to follow these expectations, consequences may include:
1st time: Verbal warning
2nd time: Note to parent/ClassDojo record
3rd time: Detention
4th time: Detention + parent conference
5th time: Detention + parent conference + sent out of the classroom to another room or to the principal
* A student with stellar behavior will earn a ClassDojo bonus!
I will be contacting you throughout the year about your child’s progress. ClassDojo is a good resource to check daily/weekly. Brief progress reports may be included as a teacher’s note in your child’s homework planner. However, if you would like to schedule a conference to discuss any matter concerning your child, please write me a note with the best time for me to call. We will set up either an in-person conference at school or a telephone conference. Also, my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. (Please keep in mind that due to the structure of our school day, I am usually unable to access and respond to email during school hours.)
The default district grading scale is as follows:
4 90 - 100%
3 70 - 89%
2 45 - 69%
1 0 - 44%
However, our classroom will utilize standards-based grading using the following scale:
4 (Advanced) Demonstrates proficiency and can apply the knowledge
3 (Proficient) Understands the concept
2 (Emerging) Demonstrates some understanding
1 (Beginning) Has difficulty demonstrating understanding
Homework will be given every day and is due the following day unless otherwise noted. The assignments will be written in your child’s Vintage planner, which should be reviewed and signed nightly by you. Homework reinforces concepts learned in class and helps children understand that learning takes place at home in addition to school.
· I expect your child to do his/her best job on homework assignments, keeping them neat.
· Your child’s education is a collaborative effort in which the student, teacher, and parents
work together. As the parent, you must assist your child when needed, checking the
homework for completion and understanding.
· Your child’s grade will be affected if homework is not turned in or is incomplete. Any
student with incomplete homework will be directed to Study Hall so that s/he may
· Remember, homework develops positive study habits and teaches your child responsibility.
It is a good idea to set aside a specific time each day for homework to be completed.
I will update the classroom website to keep you informed about our events. The website will also include links for downloadable copies of certain assignments.
Additionally, school bulletins and flyers are sent home as needed, usually for Wednesday Words. Please make sure that your child has a method of sharing them with you.
Adequate supplies at school and at home will help your child complete his/her work. Your child may find the following suggested resources helpful while studying and/or completing homework.
Please label all of your child's belongings before sending them to school.
Supplies for SCHOOL
We will begin using these suggested supplies this week. Please LABEL all of your child's belongings before sending them to school.
- backpack with child’s name
- 2-pocket paper folders -- Work in Progress (yellow), Lab Folder (green), Homework Folder (red)
- 2 spiral bound journals (70- 100 pages) for Math and Language Arts
- 1 composition book for Science
- a few plastic protective sleeves
- 2 ball-point pens (black & green ink)
- #2 pencils with erasers
- 12-count colored pencils
- 1 or 2 white board markers
- yellow highlighter
Supplies for HOME
advanced level dictionary AND thesaurus
8 ½ ” x 11” wide rule paper
graph paper (4 quadrille) / protractor
blank, white copy paper
#2 pencils with erasers
ruler (inches and centimeters)
4” x 6” index cards & ring for notecards
Your child will be issued hardcover English Language Arts (RLA), science, and health textbooks that usually remain in the classroom. They must be turned in at the end of the year. Any student who does not turn in his/her assigned book at the end of the year will be required to purchase a new one.
Additionally, your child will receive ELA, math, and Social Studies workbooks. Your child may write in these workbooks. Please leave the workbook intact; do not tear any pages out.
Your child will have a copy of the literature books that we read in class. You may choose to purchase your own copy so that your child can annotate it. Detailed information will be sent home.
Birthdays – School policy does not allow campus celebrations of birthdays with food.
Cell phones – If your child brings a cell phone to school, please remind him/her to turn it off or silence the ringer. Cell phones may not be used during school hours.
Special Items – Please keep all special items such as iPods and other electronics at home to avoid loss or damage.
I recognize the importance of my role as your child’s teacher and will work with you and your child toward a successful and enjoyable academic year. I look forward to partnering with you!