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  1. 1. Soaring into a Great Year in Mrs. Tolene’s Class!!
  2. 2. When I am not teaching, I enjoy reading, spending time with my family, and spending time outdoors. I enjoy going to Mt. Cheaha , kayaking, or swimming. This is me in 3rd grade at Lincoln Elementary School!
  3. 3. “Teach your students to use what talents they have; the woods would be silent if no bird sang except those that sing best.” --Anonymous I believe that my job as a teacher is to not only teach my students how to read, write, spell, add, subtract, and meet the standards that are required of them academically. . My job is also to guide them in building on their strengths so they can achieve their dreams, goals, and ambitions. This means encouraging them to try new things, do something that they never thought that they could, and watch them excel at the task or decide that maybe they should try something else instead. I understand that no two children are the same and that no two children learn the same. In my classroom, I differentiate instruction, which means that I change my teaching style to meet the needs of your children. I will teach in a way that meets the needs of students who learn through seeing, through listening, and through doing. Parents are an essential part of student achievement. I want to hear your comments, questions, and concerns. We are a family in this classroom, and you are a part of it.
  4. 4. You can expect me to…           Treat your child fairly. Respect and love your child like my own. Teach the material in a way that meets your child’s needs. Work with you for the good of your child. Communicate with you often. Keep your child safe from harm. Be professional at all times. Respect your rights and efforts as parents. Make school a pleasant experience. Always keep your child’s best interest in mind.
  5. 5. I would love if you…  Participated actively in your child’s education.  Helped with your child’s homework, nightly.  Responded promptly to phone calls, emails, and notes.  Talked with me about concerns and successes!  Volunteered in our classroom! I expect my students to…  Arrive at school on time.  Follow rules and procedures.  Respect themselves, classmates, t eacher, and property.  Always do their best work.  Take ownership of their actions. No excuses!
  6. 6. Classroom Procedures Children love knowing what is expected of them! In my classroom, I have several procedures that students follow throughout the day. We have a procedure for:  Entering the classroom  What to do once in the classroom  Going to the restroom  When a pencil breaks  When work is finished early  Asking a question  When the teacher signals for students’ attention These procedures allows the day to flow smoothly with little confusion or interruptions.
  7. 7. Leadership Jobs Children also love responsibility! In my classroom, each student has a job, and it is their responsibility to make sure that job is finished each day. Students can also request to change jobs or resign from their job with an understandable reason. A Few of Our Jobs Messenger Caboose Trash Monitor Table Washer Line Leader Pet Helper Calendar Helper
  8. 8. Daily Schedule 7:25-8:30--------------Morning Work/Journal Writing/A.R. 8:45-9:15--------------Phonics/Spelling/Grammar/Writing 9:15-10:15--------------------------Whole Group Reading 10:15-11:15-------------Guided Reading/Literacy Stations 11:20-11:45------------------------------------------Lunch 12:00-1:00-------------------------------------------Math 1:00-1:30-------------------------Science/Social Studies 1:30-1:40-------------------------------------------Snack 1:45-2:15 ----------------------------------------------P.E. 2:15-2:40-------------Read Aloud/Review of Day/Pack Up Specials--------Friday: Art: 12:30-1:30 Music: 12:30-1:15
  9. 9. Classroom Rules: 1. Follow directions the first time they are given. 2. Treat others the way you want to be treated. 3. Respect school and personal property. 4. Contribute positively to our classroom community. 5. Always try your best! Rewards: Positive Behavior is Rewarded! •Positive verbal praise or note to student •Thumbs up and high fives •Positive phone call or letter to parents •Lunch with the teacher •Special game time ( iPad or board game) Consequences Each day, the students begin on GREEN. First offense- Student receives a YELLOW card in their pocket; this is a warning. The student and I have a meeting to discuss why the rule was broken and what the student will do to correct it. Second offense- Student receives an ORANGE card in their pocket. I choose whether the student has timeout, isolated snack, or isolated lunch. The student must fill out a STOP and THINK FORM that is sent home to be signed. Third offense- Student receives a RED card. This results in the principal being notified of persistent disruptive behavior. A conference may be requested.
  10. 10. STOP and THINK form to be filled out by student. (Stays in your child’s file at school.) Broken Rule Notice from the teacher to be signed by parent.
  11. 11. Communication is Key Communication between the family and teacher is so important. I want you to know what is going on in our classroom, and I want to know how your child is doing at home as well. There are several ways for you to stay informed: 1. Daily Folder- This folder is to be carried home each day. Inside, you will find a daily conduct report, homework for the night, and any extra papers that need to be sent home. Please sign and return each day to let me know that you received the information. There is also a place for you to leave comments. 2. Newsletter- A newsletter will be sent home at the beginning of each month. This will include important events, birthdays, and what we will be learning each month. 3. Website- www.soaringinsecond.com is where you can also find information about what is going on in our class as well as view pictures and read my blog!
  12. 12. Homework “Practice makes perfect!” Homework is required because the more students practice a skill, the closer they come to mastering that skill. This is true in all subject areas, but I emphasize the importance of homework in Reading and Math. I assign homework Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. Homework assignments will be provided in the daily folder; the assignment should be completed and returned to school the next day. A sample homework agenda is provided below. Monday: Read weekly story in Storytown textbook. Complete math four square. Complete spelling word activity. Tuesday: Complete math four square. Complete spelling word activity Thursday: Math four square, review weekly story from Storytown textbook, and study for weekly tests.
  13. 13. Attendance Policy The Truancy Law for the State of Alabama is enforced. (A copy of this policy appears in the Talladega County Board of Education Student Responsibilities and Privileges: Code of Conduct and Attendance.) Students should bring with them, when they return to school after an absence, a note from their parent or guardian stating the reason for the absence. This note must be received at school within three school days. Out of town trips must be approved through the principal in advance in order to receive excused absence. All students who arrive after 7:50 must check in at the office for a tardy pass before going to class. Contact will be made with parents of students who are habitually tardy. Excessive or unexcused absences, tardies, and checkouts will be reported to the attendance supervisor. Appointments with doctors, dentist, etc. should not ordinarily be made during school hours. Excuses should be sent to school in daily folder.
  14. 14. Conferences I am always eager to speak with you. If you feel that there is problem that needs to be addressed, you may contact me through email at atolene@les.org or you can reach me by phone at 256-763-1234. If you would like to arrange a conference to meet with me in person, you may let me know by email, phone, or note in the daily folder. Once I receive your request for conference, I will send home a Conference Notice and Questionnaire. This form lets me know of what your concerns are, and what you would like to discuss at the meeting. It also allows you to confirm the scheduled conference time. I will also send out this form if I feel that there is a need for a conference. The same procedure should be followed in that instance. I want to hear from you!
  15. 15. SAMPLE FORMS
  16. 16. Snacks can be brought from home or bought at school. Snacks are $.50 each. The choices are rice crispy treat, chips or granola bar. (Write snack choice on envelope.) Birthday’s may be celebrated at school. You may bring a special snack to share with the class! Additional Information Lunch is $2.25. This includes an entrée, fruit, vegetable and milk. Please send money to school in an envelope labeled with your child’s name, what it is for, and amount. Medication forms must be filled out in the office for student to receive medication at school. The student should not have the medication with them during the day.