I want to welcome all of the students to Pickaway Elementary. It is going to be a busy and exciting year for everyone. I look forward to working with the students and their families. If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to contact me by phone (474-3877) or e-mail me and I will get back to you as soon as possible firstname.lastname@example.org
In our classroom each student has three basic rights.
These rights are...
The right to learn
The right to be safe
The right to feel good about yourself
We have one rule in the classroom: Respect yourself, your school, and others. Respect includes keeping your hands and feet to yourself, not running in the hallways, being prepared for class, and other areas which can affect our school community and our learning experience. When a student breaks our class rule, he or she receives a check on the clipboard. The consequences for breaking our classroom rule are...
One check = warning
Two checks = walk 5 laps or lose 5 minutes of recess
Three checks = walk 15 laps or lose 15 minutes of recess
You will have homework on Monday - Thursday. You will have a nightly math sheet that reviews and practices the concept that we learned in class. At times you may also be completing a project or studying for a test. Please make time in the evenings to complete your work so that you are prepared for class. Please do not spend more than an hour on homework in the evening. If you find that your homework is taking more than an hour, please send me a note and we will come up with a solution together.
Students who do not complete or return work will be responsible for finishing the work during their recess time. Each student has an assignment book to keep track of homework assignments and other projects, tests, reading work, etc. Parents should check their child's assignment book each evening. If a student does not complete homework on a regular basis, I will contact the parents so that we can address the issue together. In case of an emergency, just send me a letter or an e-mail and I will make arrangements for the student to complete work without losing recess.
How you can help your child...
Parents have asked me how they can help their child at home. Here are five suggestions:
1) Look at their assignment book every evening. This is where the homework for the night is listed. It is also the place where I can send a quick note or question concerning your child.
2) Ask your child about their day. Don't let them off with answers like "fine" or "nothing." We are very busy every day and they should all have something interesting to tell you.
3) When your child finishes homework, have them show it to you. We are working on being more independent and responsible. They don't have to always sit next to you and do their work, but it is nice that they show it to you when it is finished. The final "quality" check can help them develop the habit of making sure to answer all questions and to turn in work they can be proud of.
4) Help your child prepare for a test or an assessment. I will usually send a "study guide" home at least a week before a test in science. This helps you and your child to prepare. A signed study guide will earn your child bonus points on the test. Just reviewing the information can be very useful and helps the child feel more prepared and confident.
5) Encourage your child to read. Studies show that the more a child reads, the better he or she becomes at reading. Pick a book and read it with your child. Arrange for quiet time so that your child can read without distraction. Ask your child to read aloud to you once in a while to practice fluency with oral reading. Even more fun...let your child grab a flashlight and read in bed before going to sleep.