It is my expectation that students are reading at home every single day for 20-30 minutes. At school they read independently or listen to a story a minimum of 30 minutes a day. Students should read 45-60 minutes a day total, therefore I expect the remainder of this reading time to be completed at home. This can be done with books from home, the library, or even on RAZ Kids!
Students may receive math homework during the year as well. This is to support what they are learning in school to give them extra guided practice. I do not assign much additional homework or projects as I believe students work so hard at school and need time to be kids at home :)
Daily Notes & Rewards
Students will bring home a daily note each day. This acts as a personal schedule for them to utilize throughout the day as well as our classroom behavior management system. Please discuss your child’s day with them and sign their note and return to school daily.
This year I have added a short reward break (10-15 minutes) at the end of each day in replacement of Fun Friday at the end of the week. This ensures that I can better manage who receives a reward break based on behavior throughout the day and is a more immediate reward than waiting until the end of the week. Students also earn money to shop in the store based on their behavior.
Students will utilize the team room for several reasons including reward breaks, curriculum based centers and behaviors. Mrs. Coggins & Mrs. Cucci (team room teacher & para) are extremely supportive of our classroom and we work closely with them to ensure success for each child.
Student of the Week
More information to come... I will let you know at least 2 weeks in advance when your child is the student of the week. They will have the opportunity to share a different aspect of their life each day of the week. This is such a great opportunity for students to practice social skills & get to know each other.
Your child may enjoy two (healthy) snacks a day if you feel appropriate. They may have a snack mid-morning (around 10:00) and again after second recess (3:00). You may also send a labeled water bottle for your child to drink from throughout the day.
We love to celebrate birthdays in our classroom! Cass has implemented a NO FOOD birthday treat policy this year. Instead of a treat, your child may bring in a small inedible token for the class (pencil, stickers, bubbles…). We will sing to them and they will get a birthday crown & pencil. They may also choose to eat lunch on their birthday with a friend of their choice and myself in the classroom! If your child has a summer birthday we will celebrate their birthday when they are student of the week.
Julie Bengtsson and Lisa Durand will be acting as our paraprofessionals throughout this school year. They are a very important asset to our classroom and are wonderful with the kids.
The best way to get in touch with me is through email. I do my best to check my email several times throughout the day and will respond as soon as I am able. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
- Julie Bengtsson (Para)
- Lisa Durand (Para)
- Kathy Coggins (Team Leader)
- Kim Cucci (Team Room Para)
- Bridget Regan (Principal)
- Pat Pepple (School Secretary)
- Donna Rosario (Speech Therapist)
- Carol Debreaudry (Occupational Therapist)
- Dr. Barb Trzcinski (Psychologist)
- Keely Bartel (Social Worker)