Parent Information


Please see the Homework Page for weekly updates!

iPads – to access the internet


  • Please check and make sure your child doesn’t procrastinate on their independent reading.
  • We are blogging on 100WC! This is a blogging challenge in which we write creatively using 100 words. We receive comments from all over the world! Please have your child show you their blog.
  • Our photos and videos are on our Canvas Media page, under Announcements.

Parent Handbook:

Welcome to our website!  It is my hope that this website will aid in our communication.  If you need to ask a question, concern, or comment, I am available in quite a few ways.  I am available in the classroom from 7:00 a. m. to 4:30 p.m. or later on most days.  I also can be reached at at anytime.


Common Sense Media – Check out this wonderful site helping parents and educators with advice, ratings, and reviews on all kinds of media! It’s a great site to find out whether books, games, or movies, are the right choice for your child.


Students will have about an hour of homework Monday through Thursday evenings, and occasionally on weekends. Students will be keeping track of their own homework.  Also, as a backup, homework will be posted on the homework page on our website.

Tips for a Study Schedule That Works

Homework Strategies for Parents




It is expected that the student will be reading books at home and at school.  All students are required each quarter to read at least two independent reading books.  These books, typically novels, must be at their current reading level.  That means the book level needs to be checked before reading.  I will assist them with this. Student and parents can view all the books in our class library ( over a thousand!) by going to For books not in our classroom library, there are also two book level finder websites posted in the Our Links! section of this website.  It’s not an exact science and the levels do not always match, so if there is a question, please ask me. After reading their book, the student will bring home an Independent Reading slip for you to sign and then they post a book review in the Book Review page of our public website.  The students will be trained on how this is accomplished. Please be sure to check on your child’s progress during the term.

Rules for book choice:

  • Book must be at student’s reading level (Mr. D will inform student)
  • Book must be at least 150 pages of text (not books with lots of graphics like Wimpy Kid books)
  • Book must not be one that the student has read or listened to before

Independent Reading Slip

book review examples


Book Orders

Throughout the year, we will be ordering books from Scholastic Book Clubs.  This is a great opportunity for your child to acquire some great reading material!  Their prices are very reasonable and you never pay tax or shipping.  You may order through the paper order form (please be sure to write a check to Scholastic) or on the internet.  Each book that  is ordered earns points for our class library.  We have acquired many books due to book orders!


Snacks & Parties

Students are welcome to bring a healthy snack daily.  In line with our district Health & Wellness Policy, the following items will be allowed for snack or parties: fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese, crackers, etc.  The less sugar, trans fat, and processing, the better! Please do not send items such as: cookies, chips, cake, candy, etc. Unfortunately, we are not sharing snacks unless they are store bought and individually packaged.

Healthy Snacks Ideas



We are always in need of parent volunteers especially during Math. We love having volunteers in our classroom and on our field trips! Please consult the school parent handbook as volunteers outside the classroom interior will need fingerprinting and a background check. Please let me know if you are interested!


Items Not Allowed in Class

The following items will not be allowed in class:  toys, spinners, hats, cell phones, skateboards, electronic games, or players.  If a student is in possession of any of these items,  it must stay in their backpack.



(Please note we have a traditional grading scale during the quarters.)

 Report Card template and rubric:




Typical Schedule

Schedule (flexible)

8:00 – 8:10 – Announcements & attendance

8:10 – 9:25 – Math

9:30 – 10:30 – Specials

10:30 – 10:45 – Snack & read aloud

10:45 – 11:45 – Math/Flex time

11:50 – 12:10 – Recess

12:15 – 12:35 – Lunch

12:35 – 1:40 – Reading, writing

1:40 -2:40 – S.S. & Science (Outdoor science on Monday, Strings & Library on Fridays)

2:50 – Dismissal


Wednesday late start:

10:05 11:00 – Math

11:05- 11:50 – Specials

11:50 – 12:10 – Recess

12:15 – 12:35 – Lunch

12:40 – 1:00 – ELA

1:00 – 2:40 – Flex time

2:50 – Dismissal


Student Behavior

2013 UPE Discipline Guide

In order for each and every one of us to enjoy the best possible learning environment, we need to begin our year with some behavior expectations.  Each and every student in our classroom has the right of the three R’s:

Respect, Responsibility, and the Right to Learn!

Each and every student has the right to be respected and the responsibility to respect others.  Every student has the right to learn.

To accomplish these three R’s we will:

–  Keep a positive attitude

–  Keep a quiet and efficient classroom

–  Be good listeners

–  Try our best

–  Respect others and ourselves

Consequences for not meeting these expectations are situation specific, but might be:

1st occurrence – lose part of the next recess or receive extra homework

2nd occurrence – lose part of the next recess, receive extra homework, and write a problem behavior report to be signed by a parent

3rd occurrence – parent or principal will become involved depending on the situation

If behaviors occur that require immediate attention, the principal or parent may be contacted immediately.