Parent Information

Please see the Homework Page for weekly updates!

 

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 gdifiore@mssd14.org at anytime.

 

Common Sense Media – Check out this wonderful site helping parents and educators with advice, ratings, and reviews on everything digital!

 

Homework

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 of this website.

Tips for a Study Schedule That Works

Homework Strategies for Parents

 

Reading

20minutes

It is expected that the student will be reading their own book 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.  There are 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 website.  The students will be trained on how this is accomplished.

Please be sure to check on your child’s progress during the term.

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. Feel free to bring in healthy treats to celebrate your child’s birthday, we always do that at the end of the day.

Healthy Snacks Ideas

 

Volunteers

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 such as ipods.  If a student is in possession of any of these items,  it must stay in their backpack.  I would prefer that students do not bring water bottles into class as they spill and get in the way.  We do have a water fountain in our room and there is one just down the hall.

 

Grading

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

 NEW: Report Card template and rubric

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Typical Schedule

7:55-8:05 Attendance/ Start

8:05-9:20 Language Arts

9:20-10:20 Specials

10:25-10:40 Read Aloud & Snack

10:40-11:20 Language Arts

11:20-11:40 Math

11:45-12:40 Lunch & Recess

12:50-1:40 Math

1:40-2:40 S. S. & Science

2:40-2:50 Homework Assignments & Organization

2:50 Dismiss

 

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:

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.


 

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