Home/School Connection E-mails

Each week I have been and will be sending the family connection to the reading story we are working on this week. It includes the spelling words, vocabulary words (words to know) which will be tested on Friday, and the reading comprehension skill for the week. This is a great tool to use at home to review and enhance classroom instruction. If you do not have email access and would like a printed copy to use with your child please send a note in and I will do my best to send it home weekly.

Reminder about Planners

Be sure to check your child’s planner nightly. Be sure he/she is writing down all of the homework in the planner and that all homework is complete. Your signature in the planner indicates that you have reviewed your child’s homework for the evening. Students will be rewarded for completed homework and signed planners and likewise penalized for planners that are continuously unsigned. Thank you for your support.

Rules, Expectations, & Consequences

In an effort to help our classroom run more smoothly and maximize the educational opportunities of each child, our classroom behavior management plan has changed. Below are the new rules and expectations of the class. Now students are held accountable for which specific rule they do not follow.

Each rule is assigned a color. Students who do not follow a rule will put a colored card for the designated rule in their “pocket.”

  • 1 card = warning
  • 2 cards = loss of behavior point for the day
  • 3 cards = loss of behavior point for the day and a note home explaining that they must write broken rules 10 times each

You will know which rules your child did not follow based on the colors in the points calendar. Students who followed all
rules will have a “white” or colorless day on their calendar. Students who did not follow rules will color their squares will all of the colors that apply. Students are also rewarded for good behavior.

  • 20 points for the week = treasure box
  • 16 points = fun Friday activity

Please encourage your child to explain the rules to you and tell you how they can do their best. Please check your child’s points calendar tonight. It would be great if you could initial the square each night to indicate that you are aware of your child’s daily progress. Thank you for your continued support.

Classroom Rules

  1. Be blurtless! (pink)
  2. Stay in your assigned spot. (yellow)
  3. Follow procedures. (green)
  4. Show respect. (blue)

Classroom Expectations

  • Be prepared.
  • Stay on task.
  • Listen to directions.
  • Complete assignments.
  • Be a problem solver.
  • Try your best!

What is Fluency Homework?

Reading well is a key to success in school, on state and national tests, and in life in general. I would like to invite you to work with us in helping your child become a better reader. All you have to do is read with your child daily, like many of you have been doing already!

Each Monday, your child will receive a short reading homework assignment that asks you to listen to him/her read out loud. It is focusing on your child’s fluency. Fluency is the ability to read text accurately, smoothly, at an appropriate rate with expression. Have your child practice reading the story each night. The goal is to see an improvement in the number of words read correctly each time the passage is attempted. (They should read orally to you like they were talking in a conversation). On Thursdays the students should answer the comprehension check questions at the bottom of the page in a complete sentence.

Your child will have from MONDAY to FRIDAY to complete the assignment. They will get credit for doing the work (or lose HW points for not returning the assignment). The paper needs to be signed by you daily in order to be considered complete. Also, each week I will be listening to students read, checking for improvement in their fluency. Have your child keep the fluency assignment in their binder in the page protector that has been provided to them. They need to return it to school daily, as we use the assignment for a one-minute buddy time reading during the week.

Thank you for your assistance in making your child the very best he/she can be!