Soaring into a
Great Year in
Mrs. Tolene’s Class!!
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
This is me in 3rd
grade at Lincoln
“Teach your students to use what talents they have; the woods
would be silent if no bird sang except those that sing best.”
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
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.
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.
I would love if
Participated actively in
your child’s education.
Helped with your child’s
Responded promptly to
phone calls, emails, and
Talked with me about
concerns and successes!
Volunteered in our
I expect my
Arrive at school on time.
Follow rules and
themselves, classmates, t
eacher, and property.
Always do their best
Take ownership of their
actions. No excuses!
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.
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
7:25-8:30--------------Morning Work/Journal Writing/A.R.
9:15-10:15--------------------------Whole Group Reading
10:15-11:15-------------Guided Reading/Literacy Stations
2:15-2:40-------------Read Aloud/Review of Day/Pack Up
Specials--------Friday: Art: 12:30-1:30 Music: 12:30-1:15
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
5. Always try your best!
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)
Each day, the students begin on
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
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
Third offense- Student receives a RED
card. This results in the principal being
notified of persistent disruptive
behavior. A conference may be
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
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:
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.
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
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!
“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
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.
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.
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
firstname.lastname@example.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!
Snacks can be
brought from home
or bought at school.
Snacks are $.50
each. The choices
are rice crispy
treat, chips or
(Write snack choice
You may bring
a special snack
to share with
money to school
in an envelope
labeled with your
name, what it is
for, and amount.
must be filled out in
the office for
student to receive
medication at school.
The student should
not have the
them during the day.