Welcome to Open
Hello! I am your child’s teacher, Mrs. Anne Miller. I want to welcome you to
our class and invite you to actively participate in the education of your
child. I am looking forward to working with your child this year, and with your
encouragement and support, your child should make much progress.
some things I need to inform you of at this time. I hope the outline below will
help you understand the routine and procedures of our classroom.
child will need one 3 prong, PLASTIC folder for homework. I will put a sheet
protector, a zipper pouch and a little paper in this folder. You will need to
continue to fill the folder as this paper is used. (The sheet protector and
zipper pouch must stay in the folder.) This folder will be our (parent
and teacher) means of communication on a daily basis. I will use the folders
to send messages to you and for your child’s homework. Your messages to me
will stand a better chance of getting to me if they are placed in the
folders. Money and other important messages need to go in the zipper pouch.
The students must return the homework folders each day with the homework in
the front side pocket of the folder. I KEEP THE FOLDERS ON
FRIDAYS. Please make sure you check your child’s folders every day for
messages and clean out the graded class work and other unnecessary papers.
You will need to check behind your child to see that he/she does the homework
assignments and puts his/her work in the folder. After many years of trying
various methods, I have found that the folders are a very effective way of
helping to organize the students (as you know this is not an easy task at this
age) and keeping a line of communication open between busy parents and
HOMEWORK: You will receive a newsletter and
homework sheet on Mondays. Please take time to read this. On the back will be
a daily list of reading words and the spelling words for the week. The
students will write their READING words five times each. I have the
students will write their homework words in the folder AT SCHOOL
everyday as a second copy of their homework. At home they will write the words
5 times each (on another sheet of paper) and say them to you. The homework
sheet should stay in the sheet protector. Students are still responsible for
their homework if the homework sheet is misplaced, because they have written
their assignments in their folders. If students are absent, they are still
responsible for the homework that they missed.
will have reading, language, math, some unit, and spelling assignments during
the week. NO HOMEWORK ON THE WEEKENDS! PLEASE
ALL OF YOUR CHILD’S
WORK SO THAT I WILL KNOW YOU HAVE SEEN IT.
PAPERS: I want
graded papers to go home as soon as they are given out, which means your child
should have a set of papers to go over and correct each day. If you are not
getting class work papers, please contact me, and we’ll try to locate the
“missing” work. I do NOT want these papers returned unless you see “PLEASE
SIGN AND RETURN” on them.
A Weekly Work report will be sent
home the first day of every week. This report will inform you of your child’s
progress (class work and behavior) for the past week. Please sign and
return the Weekly Report the next day.
OBSERVATION AND CONFERENCES:
I would like for you to take the time during the year to come and
observe your child in action. It will give you a better understanding of what
your child does during the day. I will not be able to talk with you at that
time, but I am available for conference between 2:45 and 4:00 most days.
Contact the office or me for a conference, and ALWAYS check in the office
for a visitor’s pass before coming to the classroom.
MOTHERS AND VOLUNTEERS:
I will need volunteers to be grade mothers. The duties will be to
help organize parties and other activities for our class. Please let me know
if you would like to be in charge of organizing parties and other events. The
school can also use parent volunteers. If you would like to devote some time
to helping in the school, please see Mr. Shultz, our assistant principal.
HEALTH: It is
very important to let me know if your child has a medical problem. Please
note it on the “Boarding Pass” and talk to me about it at a later date.
Students will have P.E. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Please make sure
that your child dresses appropriately and wears shoes that can be used for
running and playing. Mrs. Fritts will be their P.E. teacher and will be
teaching them health on Fridays.
PAPER: A parent made a
comment about supplies. I liked the idea and so did the other parents. It
saved them money and the problems of trying to keep up with their children’s
supplies. The suggestion was for all students to bring in a pack of WIDE RULE
notebook paper and give it to me. Then I distributed the paper as they needed
it. Students like to draw on notebook paper, give it away, throw it away, and
use it for a variety of non-instructional activities. As you can see this will
really cut down on waste and save money on supplies.
PENCILS AND ERASERS:
You just need to make sure your child has pencils and erasers everyday.
I would also like to have a 3 prong plastic folder
from each child. This folder will be used to replace the old, worn out homework
folder. The new plastic folders may even last the entire year. (The life of a
homework folder depends on the child.) There is a supply list on the county
site. But this is all I require for my classroom.
GRADE SUPPLY LIST
FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2008-2009
Wide-ruled notebook paper
Pink bar eraser or pencil cap erasers
folder with pockets (1)
You may want to send scissors, crayons, glue, markers
and/or colored pencils for your child to have at his/her desk. Please do not
send rolling book bags or trapper keepers. We do not have the
room to store these items. Book bags must be the kind that the contents can be
PLEASE PUT YOUR CHILD’S NAME ON ALL HIS/HER THINGS: SUPPLIES, COATS, BOOKBAGS,
cream may be purchased for $.75. Ice cream for our class is on Mondays,
Wednesdays, and Fridays.
class will eat lunch at 12:20. We will have a snack and story time around
10:00. Your child may bring a snack. It may be a sandwich, fruit, toast, pop
tarts, etc. IT CANNOT BE CHIPS OR CANDY. All children will be given a snack
as long as you, the parents, keep the class supplied. I need you to furnish
the cookies or crackers for snack time. (I would prefer it to be individual
wrapped.) If every parent sends a couple packs of cookies or crackers the
first of every month, it would help to insure that all children have a
snack. You may want to send $2.00 and I will get them for you when I go to
Wal-Mart. If I do not have the participation, I will have to discontinue
snack. The students really look forward to this each day. I will try to send
you a reminder note.
NOTE: Students must go to the lunchroom to
eat before they come to class. Please encourage your child
to eat breakfast either at home or school. Research shows that students are
more alert and do better in school if they eat breakfast.
know that this is a lengthy letter, but I hope it will help you to understand
the routine of our classroom and better help you to help your child. I know you
feel that not only is your child in school, but so are you. Take it from one
who knows, this feeling will not go away until your child graduates. If you
have any problems or questions concerning your child’s progress, please feel
free to contact me either at home or at school. I want to work closely with you
and your child so he/she can achieve his/her full potential.
Home phone: 858-2362
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