Mrs. Ross' Class Newsletter
September 25, 2018
WELCOME TO A NEW SCHOOL YEAR...
Welcome to a new school year! We are off to a great start; the students are doing a wonderful job at settling into new routines and a new school. They have accomplished so much already and I am so impressed with all of them. Great job friends!
The past 3 weeks we have spent our time getting to know each other, working on counting, and learning a little Spanish and preparing for our Get Acquainted Night. Below you will find information about our classroom and how the families can be participants in our room. Please contact me should you have any questions or need further information.
~ Hilary Ross
Welcome Mrs. Whitehair
I am so excited that Mrs. Whitehair will be working as a TA in our classroom this year! Mrs. Whitehair has worked in the district for 18 years and had 3 children graduate from Victor Schools. She is a caring, creative, and kind addition to our classroom community, who loves working with kids.
Please remember to send in a HEALTHY snack like fruit, cut up veggies, yogurt, apple sauce, cheese stick and/or whole grain bread or crackers. Items that are NOT considered healthy and are not allowed for snack are potato chips, Doritos, Cheetos, sugary foods, doughnuts, cookies, candy and dessert items. Also please be mindful of drink boxes as they can contain high levels of sugar. Our health curriculum teaches healthy eating habits therefore the application of this learning is healthy food items for snack. Thank you in advance for your support.
Students should be reading 5 nights a week for a minimum of 20 minutes, their goal is 100 minutes of reading per week, which includes them doing the "reading" work. When helping your child pick a book, stick to the "5 finger" rule; if a child struggles or misses five words on the first page, the book is too tricky and they will need to try a different book.
MATH, WORD WORK OR UNFINISHED WORK:
Students will occasionally be assigned homework or will be asked to complete unfinished work at home. Please be sure to return any homework back to school within 3 DAYS unless otherwise noted. Families will receive letters from our math program for each unit, please take a moment to read these letters as they include valuable information and excellent suggestions on how to practice math at home.
Students are invited to celebrate their birthdays in the classroom. They may bring in a special treat to share with the class. We have 21 students in the class. I have a routine that we all participate in to celebrate our friend’s special day. We will celebrate birthdays during our regular snack time (2:25 pm). Parents, guardians and other family members are invited to join in the fun! If your child has a summer birthday, I will schedule an “un-birthday” for them in the spring!
Throughout the year, I will have many opportunities for family members to come in and volunteer. If you are interested in volunteering, please email me your availability at firstname.lastname@example.org, or sign-up during "Get Acquainted Night" on Thursday, 9/27th. Thank you for your consideration.
FRIDAY LUNCH IN THE CLASSROOM...
On October 19th the students and I would like to invite family members to join us for Friday Lunch in the Classroom beginning at 11:15 am and ending by 11:45 am. This will be the beginning of our Friday lunches in the room. Families are invited to bring in their own lunch and eat with us.
Due to the extremely tight cafeteria schedule I ask that you bring in your own lunches to avoid causing any backups in the cafeteria.
While visiting VPS, visitors are expected to be respectful of all learners, conducting themselves & younger children in a thoughtful manner, this includes NO use of electronics, especially to take pictures, recordings, etc. Thank you in advance for your cooperation. Students who go to the cafeteria to buy lunch will continue to follow their regular routine and bring their trays back to the classroom. In the past this routine has provided an opportunity to eat in a smaller environment, build community and practice good manners. I look forward to seeing you on Friday, October 19th.
TAKE HOME FOLDERS...
Students have a Daily Take-Home-Folder in their backpack. These folders are to stay in their backpacks and will be used for any daily work sent home, notes to parents/teacher and/or bus passes. The purpose of the folder is to have a consistent spot for students & parents to put communication. Please be sure to return these daily :)
UPCOMING EVENTS & SAVE THE DATES...
- VPS Get Acquainted Night & Book Fair...Thursday, September 27 (6:15 pm-7:45 pm)
- NO SCHOOL...Columbus Day, Monday October 8
- NO SCHOOL...Superintendent's Conference Day, Friday, October 26
- Friday Lunch in the Classroom...Friday, October, 19 (11:15 am-11:45 am)
* How far can you jump? Mark a starting line (tape or chalk), then jump as far as you can and mark it! Measure you long jump with a tape measure. Try again!
* Have fun making your own snack mix. Set out bowls of crackers, cereal, dried fruit, pretzels, etc. and create a custom snack mix with your kids! What a fun way to measure!