Communication Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 541-2530 Communication emails or newsletters from me Assignment Book/Planner Conferences: Usually end of October and beginning of March, or by appointment at other times Web Site: http://www.kyrene.org/ldowninhttp://www.kyrene.org/ldownin
Keeping Informed About Our Classroom, Cielo, and Kyrene Complete your parent homework by sending me an email at email@example.com with the subject… hi from ________’s parents. This allows me to quickly and accurately add you to my class distribution list, so that you receive important email updates. firstname.lastname@example.org Go to the Kyrene homepage and sign up to receive newsletters in your inbox. On the left column of Quick Links choose Subscribe to School Newsletters. You may then check all that you would like to receive. At the bottom of the list you fill in the email address where you would like to receive the newsletters. The Cielo one is very important. It is how you will receive news of school wide events and the school newsletter.Kyrene homepage Kyrene del Cielo Elementary Kyrene Community News
7:40 Students picked up from courtyard 7:45 Specials (library, P.E., art, music) 8:40 Language Arts 10:05 Morning Break 10:20 Reading IFG 10:50 Socials Studies/Science/Health/Writing 11:10 Lunch/Recess 11:50 Math 1:00 Math IFG 1:30 Social Studies/Science/Health/Writing 2:20 Discuss Homework/Agenda/Clean-Up 2:35 Dismissal (12:35 on Wednesdays) A Typical Schedule
Arrivals If dropping off at West Gate: children need to be inside the playground area by 7:40 AM so they are lined up/in the building by 7:45 AM. We are seeing a lot of traffic back-up in parent drop off and tardy arrivals can occur as a result. Traffic begins backing up at 7:30ish. Students are allowed on campus beginning at 7:15 AM. Drop off and pick up procedures
Dismissal Students leave at second bell at 2:35 (except when Mrs. Downin has after school duty.) Students are to head outside and not wait outside other classrooms. All car pick-up students are dismissed out of the back and should be waiting with duty teachers under the shade structure in the west parking lot. Kids Club students are dismissed through the hallway to the multi-purpose room. Bus riders, bicyclists, and students being picked up by a parent on foot (even if you drove and parked) are dismissed out front through door C.
Procedures Bathroom: We take group breaks twice a day. Students may use the bathroom at lunch/recess or at times when we are walking by the bathrooms. We try to limit individual visits during instruction. But if they can’t wait, of course they may go. Snack: Healthy and quick/easy to eat snacks-can be eaten in a.m. or p.m. depending on when the student feels that a snack is needed the most. They may eat part in the morning and save the rest for later, also. End of day: We go over what their homework will look like. Papers are put in their take home binder to be completed at home. (All assignments and due dates are filled in on Monday, and appear on the website right afterward.)
Whole Brain Teaching Combines direct instruction, sharing and immediate feedback. Seeks to actively engage every student by incorporating a variety of teaching methods in one lesson. Incorporates seven key methods into my classroom.
Seven Methods 1. Class- yes! 2. Classroom rules 3. Teach-ok (informative part of lesson). 4. Scoreboard game- smiley’s or frownies for procedures performed well or performed poorly. 5. Hands & Eyes 6. Mirror 7. Switch- used with teach-ok. These are added in as we go along. We have focused heavily on 1-4 thus far. All are designed to activate the whole brain and to move things from short term into long term memory.
Behavior:Brag Tags Used in conjunction with our district-wide PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) program Emphasizes the importance of making good choices Promotes positive behavior and encourages students to self-monitor their choices Allows students to be acknowledged for positive behavior, and provides a sense of accomplishment for students who are able to earn a Brag Tag. Groups also have opportunities to earn team points to promote working together to follow the classroom rules.
Behavior -Continued Starting next week, students will receive Downin dollars to start each week. They will receive $5.00 and 2 individual bathroom passes (in case they need to go at a time different from our break times) for the week. For students who are not responding to reminders regarding behavior, they will pay $1. In order to have the extra recess privilege on Fridays, they will need to have $2 of the $5 dollars left.
Understanding Your Fourth Grader Most children can organize their own homework. Homework should be easier for the parent because of the child’s increasing independence. Children are capable of writing down assignments, bringing the proper materials home, and bringing back the completed assignment. Refusing help from a parent when offered is very common. “Flexing the Independence Muscle” Children can experience disappointment without withdrawing or becoming aggressive.
Understanding Your Fourth Grader Friends become more important. Children can experience more than one feeling at a time (love/hate). Children can understand and empathize with others, but it is still common to blame others for their problems. Fourth graders are capable of accepting rules and discipline that is fair and logical. Fourth graders should have the ability to delay instant gratification or other impulses, like eating or bathroom. Children at this age have a more realistic view of themselves, but they can also be very hard on themselves at times.
Language Arts This year we will be using the Harcourt Trophies program, nonfiction selections, and novels from the adopted trade book list. These programs provide learning opportunities for students at all levels of reading. Our writing will focus on the 6-trait writing model from Oregon. We will be doing journal writing, as well as, writing projects that take students through the stages of writing. We will be having weekly spelling tests. If students show mastery on the pretest, they will be given challenge words to study. Their spelling homework will be completed with the word list they will be testing on for Friday. In addition to improve the overall spelling in the students’ every day writing we will focus this year on the most frequently used words in writing along with the weekly words we are learning. Finally, students will be expected to use spelling references consistently throughout the year. If a word is spelled correctly for them on the paper, then it should be copied correctly into the answers.
Math This year math will focus on the fourth grade objectives first. As students show mastery, instruction will be accelerated to include objectives from higher grades. Mentally manipulating numbers and problem solving using a variety of strategies will be very important, as these are an important part of our math standards. Math homework will be given 2-3 days per week, and the work is due the day following its assignment unless otherwise noted. I typically give 2 days on the Keeping Skills Sharp page, because the problem at the bottom of the page often takes more time. On the off days when time permits, it is a good idea to review basic facts, play math games, or study notes.review basic facts Social Studies, Science, and Health In social studies our primary focus is Arizona history. Your child will have the opportunity to do a few reports and projects during the course of the year. If you travel in Arizona this school year, we would love to have you send our class a postcard. Science will be a combination of hands-on and scientific knowledge incorporating the district science kits. Our instruction will be based on the Kyrene curriculum and state standards. Our class will start with an overview of the scientific process, and then we will begin our Water unit. Health will use the textbook and other activities. We focus on how the body works as a whole, healthy unit. Topics like positive self-concept, safety practices, and the importance of good health habits are stressed.
Curriculum – Math Incorporating Common Core Standards Place Value and Estimation Understanding Addition and Subtraction Algorithm Word Problems Multi-digit Multiplication and Division Graphing and Data Analysis Probability Measurement Geometry Fractions Fractions Decimals Algebra
Curriculum - Science Water and Weather Electricity and Magnetism Animals (Adaptation and Classification) Renewable and Non-renewable Resources
Homework Homework is assigned nightly, but often students have 2 nights to complete it. There is a homework calendar on line where you can double check assignments and due dates. There may also be periodic reports in reading, social studies, science, or health that require some work at home. This will be communicated when the need arises. This way of assigning work is to help your student start preparing for higher grades where the amount of homework can nearly double. These next couple of years are crucial in helping prepare students to be skilled in time management, organization, and productivity. Students are given an “I forgot” pass and a homework pass per quarter. They may be used 2 times during the quarter. I punch the card to indicate it has been used. When the “I forgot” pass is used, the assignment is then due the following day. The homework pass allows a student to skip one assignment. However, they may not be used on long term projects or assignments designated by me. Homework
Report Cards Report cards are given out quarterly. The grading scale is A, B, C, D, F. The returned work will help you stay informed about their progress. Also, you may view your child’s progress on Synergy periodically to check their average. Variety of assessment types: class work, homework, tests, writing, projects, and presentations Tests directly reflect what we have been learning in class. Homework, Class work and/or notes can be kept to help review. Sometimes review sheets are sent home. Class work and homework may also be graded, but are not weighted as heavily as tests and projects. There is not a separate grade for spelling or grammar. They are incorporated into the overall writing grade, so they don’t weigh as heavily as writing assignments.
Online Grades Parent Vue Email the system administrator at email@example.com if you weren’t sent an activation code or you have forgotten your username and firstname.lastname@example.org I typically enter grades in batches as time permits, so there is no need to check daily. Periodically checking throughout the quarter is a good way to see you child’s overall average and missing work. If I am seeing anything that concerns me, I will communicate that with you. Please include your child in the process of checking grades and ask them first about questions you have. Feel free to email me if you see something about which you have a question.
Volunteer Opportunities - Copying (The workroom can use volunteers to help with laminating and copying for all teachers. On the “job” training is provided.) - At home projects (lots of cutting is involved with brag tags) - Classroom Support (I organize this through Sign- up Genius after the first few weeks of school) - Art Masterpiece- sign up sheet in back - Discovery Room-sign up sheet in back
Student Directory The Cielo PTO is once again putting together a student directory through an online sign-up system. Click the student directory link above to go directly there OR you may go through the Cielo PTO website. We would like 100% participation in completing the process. There is a spot for you to opt out on the online form if you do not want your information published.
BUDDY BENCH The Buddy Bench IS: A very special place that reminds you to be your kindest selves. A place to include people in your play and make new friends. A place to say "YES!" to friends who ask you to play. The Buddy Bench is NOT: A place to hang out and play with friends you already have. A place where you say "NO!" to a friend who invites you to play. A place where being mean or hurtful is OK.
The DISCOVERoom is open tonight!!! Come Check us out!!! A place where kids can PLAY &EXPLORE during lunch recess. ∗ Earth & Space ∗ Engineering/Invention ∗ Physical Science ∗ Life Science & Chemistry ∗ Electricity/magnetics P arent/Grandparent/Community Member Volunteers to help supervise students in the room during lunch recess (approx 11:15-12:45) Volunteers to help with administrative tasks before/after school or at home Supplies: Any old/unused science kits, legos, snap circuits, marble runs, other science or building toys that you no longer want. New is GREAT! Gently used is GREAT! Sign up to volunteer with your teacher tonight! Stop by and see us! What We Need:
Art Masterpiece Volunteers are needed to Prep things every month, as well as, volunteers to Present the print of the month. If a volunteer would rather ONLY do prep work, they would love your help! Send me an email if you would like to help with Art Masterpiece this year.
PTO A video from PTOvideo Visit CieloPTO.org for more information If you can volunteer to be the PTO volunteer coordinator for our classroom, please email me.