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Jessica Maus. VES. 2012-2013, 4th Grade Parent Orientation Information

Jessica Maus. VES. 2012-2013, 4th Grade Parent Orientation Information

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  • 2. • Earned my Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education from theUniversity of South Florida. Go Bulls!• I am certified K-6 grade, I am also an endorsed ESOL & GiftedEducation Teacher•I have worked in Pasco county since 2006.•I have worked at Sand Pine Elementary in grades 3, 4, & 5.•I have worked at and opened Double Branch Elementary ingrades 3 & 4.•This is my third year at Veterans teaching where Itaught 3rd the first 2 years.
  • 3. • I grew up in Pinellas County• I am married. My husband, Travis, is a police officer in the City of Tampa. He is also a member of the US Army Reserves, where he is a Blackhawk helicopter pilot.• I am the mother of 2! I have 2 daughters. Olivia who is 4 and Lillian who is 3.
  • 4. Our schedule was sent home the firstweek and it is also kept in your child’scommunication binder.Specials (9:45-10:30):PE- Mon & Thur MUISIC- Tues & WedART- FriLunch: 12:52-1:22
  • 5. It is important that your child comes to school each and every daywell rested and ready to learn. Regular attendance at school iscritical for your child to achieve his/her highest academic potential.Academic learning occurs all day and students who arrive late orleave early miss valuable instructional time aimed at theiracademic success. If your child arrives after 9:40 a.m. tardy bell,you will need to park your car and come to the front office to signyour child in for the day. If you child will be absent, you need tonotify the school of the reason why your child is absent. You cancall (813) 346-1488 to leave a recorded message why your childis absent from school.
  • 6. Veterans Homework Policy:Homework Policy states that a 4th Grade teacher should only give a totalof 40 minutes of homework a night in all subject areas combined.We ask that students read 15-20 minutes each night as a part of theirhomework. I will also be sending home math practice worksheets.However, we will only be sending those home when the skills have beencompletely covered in class. Mrs. Maus’ additional HW info: •Reading logs will in the communication binder and checked bi weekly. •Math homework will be assigned each night a new lesson is taught. No homework the night a test was taken. •No weekend homework. : )
  • 7. A- Well Above Expectations Your child has demonstrated performance that is wellabove expectation on concepts and skills emphasized oraddressed during this reporting period. This grade recognizesexcellent achievement based upon your child’s ability toindependently and on a consistent basis apply critical thinking,problem solving or innovative thinking that goes above and beyondteacher’s expectations for successful performance.B Above Expectations Your child has successfully demonstrated performance on concepts and skills addressed during this reporting period. Your child has successfully learned concepts and skills and independently and on a consistent basis is able to apply them in a variety of settings.
  • 8. C– Adequate Progress Your child has adequately learned concepts and skillsemphasized or addressed during this reporting period and isindependently and on a consistent basis continuing to perform at theexpected level.D– Below Expectation Your child is in the process of learning concepts and skillsemphasized or addressed during this reporting period. Your child ismaking minimal progress and needs assistance to completethe tasks at the expected level.U- Well Below Expectations Your child has made little or no progress in learningconcept and skills emphasized or addressed during this reportingperiod. Extra assistance is needed to perform assigned tasks. Yourchild is working well below expectations
  • 9. Weekly (Fridays): Weekly Reading Skills •Word analysis (Spelling) & Grammar Every 4-6 weeks: •Writing 3 times a year: •Core K12 (Math & Science) •FAIR (Reading, Lexile) •Paper Pencil Benchmark (M, Sci, R) Once a year: •Writing FCAT (February) •Reading & Math FCAT (March) Other:•Pre & Post Tests (Every Math Chapter, 13 chapters) •Science Unit Tests •Social Studies Unit Tests
  • 10. We will be recognizing your child’s birthday throughour weekly pod meetings, school-wide morningannouncements, and by the school giving a smallbirthday token on their special day. At the end of eachmonth he/she will also enjoy birthday cake at aspecial birthday table at lunch. It is VES policy torecognize students’ birthdays in this way so that weare not interrupting instruction. Gifts, cupcakes,cakes, and other “party” items will not be allowed.
  • 11. If you would like to volunteer in the classroom, at school or on a fieldtrip, at all this year, you must be approved by the county. I suggestthat everyone fill out the application and be approved so that youdont have to worry about it later. It takes about 3 weeks to getapproved, so it is almost impossible to apply at the last minute beforea field trip if you want to chaperone. Please note that you must re-apply each year. It can be done on-line contact me for the link. If you are already an approved volunteer, please let me knowor if you apply let me know when your approval comes through. I liketo keep track of my parents who are already approved. Volunteer in our Classroom!
  • 12. Planners: minor behaviors and some notes will bewritten in planners.Email: weekly emails (Monday Nights) will be sentto all parents. I will also email for more detailedissues or behaviors if my schedule does not allowme to call.Newsletters: Occasionally, when many activitiesare happening, such as the holidays and end of theyear.Web Site: Our team website can be found underthe “teams” link on the school web page.
  • 13. The planners are used school wide. They are used for parent/teachercommunication as well as keeping the students organized.In my classroom, the planner can be a good tool for family planning.Every Monday, when the students come in, I have them copy myplanner at the front of the room into their planners. This lets themknow what topics we are learning about in each subject that week,when we have a test and when we have a schedule change. It alsohelps to know about tests ahead of time or if your child is absent, itlets you know what they missed or will be missing that day.I suggest reviewing the planner on Monday evenings with your childand initialing for me that you saw it and are aware of the week’sactivities. Each day, please glance at the planer to check and makesure there are no new notes or behavior notes. The planner is alsoused to check and see what that night’s homework is.
  • 14. TESTS will be written or boxed in RED HOMEWORK will be at the bottom of each day in theKEEP TRACK section and will be added daily.BEHAVIOR notes and YOUR INITIALS should be in the BLUE box at the bottom of each day.
  • 15. All your child’s folders are color coded to match aspecific subject to help them and me stayorganized. Here is the color system so you areaware as you look through their backpacks. RED- CommunicationGREEN- ReadingYELLOW- Science & Social StudiesBLUE- Math
  • 16. This year your child will haveindependent reading time daily. Rightnow we only have the stamina for about10 minutes. Our goal is to be reading forabout 30 minutes by October.During this time I will be doing 1 on 1, or1 on 2 conferences with your children tohave more thorough personal instruction.
  • 17. Auditory Learners: HearAuditory learners would rather listen to things being explained than readabout them. Reciting information out loud and having music in thebackground may be a common study method. Other noises maybecome a distraction resulting in a need for a relatively quiet place. Visual Learners: SeeVisual learners learn best by looking at graphics, watching ademonstration, or reading. For them, it’s easy to look at charts andgraphs, but they may have difficulty focusing while listening to anexplanation. Kinesthetic Learners: TouchKinesthetic learners process information best through a “hands-on”experience. Actually doing an activity can be the easiest way for them tolearn. Sitting still while studying may be difficult, but writing things downmakes it easier to understand.
  • 18. If your child is changing their dismissal Ineed a note or email, or the office needs aphone call. I cannot change your child’sdismissal based on what they verballytell me.
  • 19. Inside your child’s communicationbinder you will find:•Daily Schedule•Child’s Data on graphs•Planner•Red Folder
  • 20. Thank you to the PTA for supporting the staff and students! Wonderful things the PTAdoes:•Large purchases such as AR & Brain Pop•Monthly Birthday Club table•Organizes all fundraisers for materialJoining the PTA does not require a lot of responsibility and they have a table set up inthe court yard where you can join tonight and purchase any spirit merchandise youmay need.Fall FestivalSave the date...Friday, October 12 is Fall Festival.  Staff, parent and middle and highschool volunteers will be needed to make this major event a success.  Read-a-ThonThe purpose of the Read-a-Thon is to raise money for reading materials, promoteindependent reading, and be part of our AR Kickoff.  PTA has sent information home. It will be held in the classrooms on September 7
  • 21. for taking the time to attend Open House! I look forward to working with you and your child this year. It is going to be a wonderful year filled with exciting learning activities!