Guidelines

Guidelines for a Successful School Year

Attendance:

Regular attendance is necessary for school success. This includes arriving on time and leaving at scheduled dismissals. If you child is going to be absent please notify the office.

Snacks:

If your child eats a mid-morning snack, it is important for them to bring something healthy to eat. Students are allowed to eat their snack at morning recess.

Communication:

It is important that we communicate any issues or concerns regarding your child as often as needed to ensure that they have a successful experience this year. I am available before and after school, you can leave a message with the office, send me an e-mail, or write a note. I will contact you as soon as possible.

Behavior:

Students are expected to use appropriate behavior at all times while at school. The students created an oath that is posted in our classroom. The oath contains three guidelines for the students to follow. If these guidelines are not met, then consequences follow. There are many rewards for good behavior. These include: positive reinforcement, individual rewards and group incentives. When students are not acting “courageous,” then they are making “poor choices.” I try to redirect these poor choices by offering students tools and techniques to encourage behavior modification. If a student cannot make better choices then consequences may include: loss of recess, loss of privileges, phone call home, note to parents and/or a visit to the Principal.

Homework:

photo of child doing homework with a teddy bearEvery Monday your child will receive a homework packet. It gives you information about upcoming events, your child’s homework for the week and other important information. Homework may also include work that was not finished in class, or late work. Students are expected to complete homework each day. Modifications can be made if necessary. Please feel free to discuss your child’s needs with me. I appreciate honest feedback. All homework is due on Friday.

Differentiated Instruction:

Many assignments will be modified to fit the needs of my students.

Some students need acceleration and some need remediation of various concepts. I adjust assignments accordingly so that each student is challenged at his/her appropriate level.

Grading:

See report card handout

Test Folder:

Test folders will come home every other week. Review and keep the tests. This is a good indication of your child’s progress.

Schedule

  • Power walk, attendance, class meeting
  • Reading
  • 1st recess
  • Reading/Language Arts
  • Math
  • Lunch
  • Read Aloud
  • History, Science
  • Students go to:
    • P.E. on Wednesdays & Fridays
    • Computers on Tuesdays
    • Library on Thursdays
    • Reading Buddies on Mondays

Supplies:

photograph of school supplies: lead for pencils, glue sticks, notebooks, highligher & penStudents will benefit from having a backpack, pencils, erasers, crayons, scissors, and a glue stick. I will provide materials that students need to complete their work. If you would like to send boxes of tissues, hand sanitizer, school supplies or any other materials it would be greatly appreciated!

I am truly looking forward to this year, as I am already enjoying seeing the smiling faces of my students and their parents each morning and afternoon. Thank you for letting me be a part of your child’s education.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Dahlberg

Homework

Homework is a part of school and will continue on until they graduate. It is important to start homework routines when your children are young. This will help them to establish healthy study habits and a positive feel for schoolwork. Homework in time will become harder and more time consuming. This is why it is so important now to encourage learning beyond the classroom.

  • Establish a homework routine. Try to do homework the same time and place every day. Of course, this routine will have to have some flexibility.
  • Homework is an important activity and needs to be treated as such.
  • Have your child do homework at an appropriate place. The less distractions, the better.
  • Setting a good example is important for your child. Try reading the paper or paying bills while your child is doing their homework. This shows them that you have important homework as well.
  • Please don’t do you child’s important homework for them. Your child will need your help but determine when your child is frustrated and when your child can really do it.

Please check your child’s backpack daily. There may be letters, notices and other important information coming home. A homework packet will be sent home each Monday and will be due on Friday. Nightly homework should take no longer than 45-60 minutes. If your child is experiencing difficulty with the work assigned, please inform me. Please take the time to read with your child as well. It is crucial to your child that your are constantly exposing them to text!