The ABCs of Room 111
Birthdays- Birthdays are an exciting time for students. We always celebrate birthdays whether they fall on a weekend, weekday, during a vacation, or during the summertime.
This year in lieu of sending in a birthday food treat, I invite you to have your child select a new or slightly used book to bring in and donate to the classroom library. On the day of their celebration, we will read the book to the class and then take a picture of the birthday student to be added to the front cover of the book. If your child's birthday falls on a weekend, please contact me to let me know whether you would like to have us celebrate on the Friday before or the Monday after.
We celebrate all summer birthdays in June. If your child's birthday falls during a time when we are out on summer break, I will be in touch to set up a date for them to celebrate in June.
Aside from a birthday book reading,we celebrate birthdays in a few more ways. On the day of celebration, your child will be greeted at the door by a birthday banner, be crowned with a birthday crown, and given a birthday bracelet. Also, they will receive the birthday bag which contains a birthday bottle, birthday pencil,certificate, a book to read and/or complete and return. Please be advised that when returning the birthday bag, all the contents are your child's to keep except the book and the bag.
Please do not send in birthday party invitations for distribution unless all classmates are being invited. This request is made so as not to hurt any students' feelings. A class directory will be provided in October/November which can be used for mailing student invitations if necessary. You can send in invites if you are inviting all the girls, all the boys, or the entire class.
Bucket Fillers- In an effort to build positive relationships among all the students and teachers in our class, we read the story, Have You Filled A Bucket Today? It focuses on being kind to others. The children then decorated their own “bucket”. I’ve displayed the buckets and have invited the students to fill others’ buckets (including the teachers') by completing a bucket filler sheet. This sheet simply says something nice about the other person. The children bring bucket filler sheets with them to specials, should the specials teacher notice that someone has been a positive role model and want to fill out a sheet. At the end of the week, the students get to read the messages in their bucket. The students are encouraged to check the buckets of others to make sure that everyone has at least one slip in their bucket each week.
Email -This is probably the quickest and easiest way to get a hold of me. I check my email often throughout the day and can therefore provide you with a quick response. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to reach Mrs. Merritt, you can contact her at email@example.com.
Note- If you would prefer a handwritten note, please feel free to place any notes in the front of your child's binder. We will respond and place the response back in their binder.
Telephone- If you need to contact either myself or Mrs. Merritt, you can contact us at 646-3280, between the hours of 7:50 and 3:20.
Daily Five- While Mrs. Merritt and I are working with small groups, the remainder of the class will be working on Daily Five activities. Those five activities are:
Homework- Your child will have the following homework each week:
Jobs- Each Friday I change our special jobs chart. Throughout the year, your child will be given the opportunity to hold the following jobs:
Coatroom Inspector- this person is responsible for checking the coatroom to make sure it is tidy once everyone arrives.
Caboose Master- this person is the last person in line. They have the special job of turning off the lights and shutting the door upon exiting the classroom.
Line Leader- this person gets to lead the line for the week.
Attendance Helpers- this job requires two helpers. These two students get to take any notes to the office each morning.
I move the students through the jobs alphabetically, therefore, each student will have an opportunity to hold each job.
Nightly Reader- Starting in October, your child will be bringing home a book each night to read aloud in an effort to promote literacy development. Each book will be located in Section 3 of your child's take home binder. I request that they read the story aloud to an adult while the adult poses questions before, during, and after the story in an effort to promote comprehension. For tips, please see the documents provided in Section 3 of your child's binder. When your child has completed the story, please indicate any strengths or weaknesses you may have noted on their nightly reading log. Once your child reaches level N, they will be allowed to take home a chapter book. The expectation is that they read one chapter a night. If the chapters are long, please feel free to help them by alternating pages read. I ask that you still note their progress in their reading log.
Requesting Homework- If your child will be missing school due to a vacation, please be aware that they will be responsible to make up any missed work upon return from their trip. I do not send work to be completed in advance in an effort to avoid the chance that the class may not have had an opportunity to complete all of the work that was sent home, therefore, causing your child to be ahead of the rest of the class. Instead, I ask that all students continue to read each day while out of school. If your child is missing school for an extended period of time, I also recommend (but do not require) them completing a short journal, detailing their trip.
- If your child becomes ill and is out of school for an extended period of time, I will gather any work that they have missed and have it available for you. I ask that you please contact the office to let them know whether you will be picking it up or whether you would prefer the work to be sent home with a sibling or friend. Please be aware that your child will have as many days as they were absent to complete the work and return it to me.
Star Student- Each Friday, I randomly select a student to be Star Student for the following week. Every student will have an opportunity to hold this title! When picked as Star Student, your child will bring home the Star Student bag, which contains a sheet outlining the upcoming week. In short,on Monday, the Star Student is asked to bring in the completed questionnaire(on the Star Student sheet), 5 items to share with the class, and any pictures they would like displayed on their Star Student chart (all pictures and items will be returned by the end of the week). On Tuesday, the Star Student is asked to bring in their favorite book to share with the class. Many times, they choose to read it to the class; otherwise, I will read it for them. Wednesdays are, "Confidential Letter Days." As explained on the Star Student sheet, parents are asked to write a letter, story, poem, or even create a short movie, about their son or daughter. On Wednesdays we share the Star Student's parents' special creation. On Thursdays, the Star Student is able to invite a special guest to join them for lunch in the cafeteria. Lastly, on Fridays, the class generates a list of compliments about the Star Student. The compliments are then placed on a star (one that contains a picture of the Star Student in the silly Star Student glasses), laminated, and placed in the hallway. All students get to bring their stars home at the end of the year.
Vacations-Please be aware that if your child will be missing school for a family vacation, the school requires a form to be completed and signed prior to your departure. This form can be collected in the school office. If provided notice,I can send one home with your child.
Homeroom Parent- If you are interested in spearheading the planning of our holiday celebrations, being a homeroom parent is the job for you. As one of three homeroom parents, you will have an opportunity to plan approximately two holiday celebrations, including calling parents (in an effort to collect party treats) and planning party activities.
Chaperone- The need for chaperones usually depends on the trip(s) that we go on. If chaperones are needed, it will be indicated on the permission slip. If you are interested in chaperoning, please indicate so on the form. Depending on the number of volunteers, I then randomly select volunteer names.
Should more opportunities arise, requiring parental volunteers, I will be sure to notify you in our weekly newsletter!
Warm and Fuzzies – A “Warm and Fuzzy” is simply a craft pom pom that I use for positive reinforcement. Students can earn these by performing well on a test, in addition to various other ways. After earning 25 Warm and Fuzzies, your child earns a trip to our prize binder. There are two types of Warm and Fuzzies: small ones equal 1, while the larger ones equal 5!
Writing Journals-One of your child's three required binders was used as their writing binder. Each week your child completes various writing pieces, which are collected and placed in this binder. At the end of the year, your child will bring home this writing portfolio to share with you their growth throughout the year.