Agenda 1. Welcome and Introductions 2. School Hours 3. Drop-Offs, Pick-Ups, and Dismissals 4. Classroom Teachers and Coursework 5. Homework 6. Support, Interventions, and Guidance 7. Special Events 8. Band and Chorus 9. Questions and Answers
How can parents get involved? Parents can join the Windermere School PTO and are encouraged to help plan and run some of the school fundraisers and activities. Officers Martha Allegue (President) Rhonda Villanova (Vice President 5/6) Tracy Elsass (Vice President K-4) Amber Borst (Secretary) Karl Stocker (Treasurer)
What are the school hours? Full dayHalf day 8:00 am – 2:40 pm8:00 am – 12:30 pm Busses drop off starting at 7:50 am. Students must be signed in when arriving after 8:00 am.
Drop-off The Yellow arrow dictates the parent drop-off. Please drive into this area and drop-off at the Red X. Staff are stationed along the bus lane and by the crosswalk to ensure it is safe for students to walk across.
Pick-up The Yellow letter “X” shows where parents can park. Please do not enter the Bus Lane area during dismissal. The Red arrow indicates where the crosswalk is located and staff will be stationed while busses are picking up students.
Pick-up Procedures Park in the parking lot on Abbott Road and please use the crosswalk in the middle of the parking lot. Students must bring in a note, show it to the teacher, and bring it to the office. Parents must sign out the student in the office. Same process for dismissals during the day.
Lunch Grade 5 students eat lunch from 11:45 – 12:15 Recess is immediately after from 12:15 – 12:45. Lunch menus are posted on the website and will be sent home monthly. Teachers do provide working snack times which may vary depending on the schedule of the day.
What if my child is ill? Please call the school nurses office at: 860-896-2337 School Nurses Donna Smith Teri Looke
What is the school’s website? www.ellingtonschools.org Click on “Our Schools” link and then choose Windermere School Information: School curriculum, calendars, lunches, PTO, and current events Library page has reliable research information and educational games
Classroom Teachers Team 1 –Mrs. Lewis and Mrs. McKeegan Team 2 –Ms. Dhandapani and Mr. Rogers Team 3 –Ms. Palasek/Mrs. Rancourt and Ms. Horvath/Mr. Schumacher Team 4 –Ms. Bostiga, Ms. Harding, and Mrs. Satagaj
What is the team approach? Each homeroom teacher is responsible for teaching language arts and one other subject area. Students switch classrooms for 1 subject (either science or social studies). Team #4 switches classrooms for 2 subjects (math, science, and/or social studies)
What supplies do the children need to be prepared? PTO has offered to pre-purchase all supplies that would normally sent home on the grade level supplies list. If purchased, a package will be awaiting the child on the first day of school. If PTO program is not purchased, supply lists will be posted on the school website as of July 1st. Welcome back letters will be mailed from the office on August 1 st and contain additional information. Each student receives his/her own combination locker outside of their classroom
Core Curriculum – Grading Language Arts Reading Workshop Writing Workshop Spelling/Vocabulary Grammar Mathematics Fractions Mixed Numbers and Decimals 2- and 3-digit multiplication/division Geometry 1-step Algebraic equations Integrated math tasks Science Sound Light Earth in the solar system Inquiry-based learning Social Studies Exploration Colonization American Revolution Structure of the U.S. Government
Support – Intervention Block Each team of teachers has a designated time during the day when “intervention” is provided. No “Whole-class Instruction” is given during this time. Teachers work in small groups with students to provide assistance, support, and enrichment. Intervention staff may work with students in/out of the classroom.
Intervention Block Staff Liz Conlin – Language Arts Consultant Courtney Harris –Language Arts Consultant Wanda Parent – ½ time Math Intervention Marcia Zweissler – ½ time Math Intervention Ellen Snyder – ½ time Writing Intervention Lisa Stephan – ½ time Writing Intervention
Contacts if your child needs guidance from an adult School Counselor:Jessica Marshall (Last Name A-J) School Counselor:Marilyn Toback-Reveley (Last Name K-Z) School Psychologist: Carin Faraci School Psychologist: TBD Special Education Case Managers: Gabrielle Betancourt, Adam Schumacher, or Allison Smith
What specials will the students have during the week? Students will participate in one art class, one music class, and one PE class every week. Media (Library) meets every other week. Students must bring a change of clothes for PE in order to participate.
Intermediate School Activities and Special Events Grade 5 Revolutionary War Day Field Trip Health Program Conflict Resolution Rachel’s Challenge and Chain Links Clubs Grade 6 DARE Program Immigration Day Field Trip Career Exploration and Career Day Presidential Awards Rachel’s Challenge and Chain Links Clubs Student Success Plans
Electives that students can choose to participate in? Band (meets 2 days a week during recess and group lessons during the day) – students are responsible for all make-up work due to lessons Chorus (meets 1 day a week during 5 th grade recess) Cross-Age Teaching (designated recess times through Guidance) Student Advisors (monthly during recess through the Lead Teacher) Rachel’s Chain-Links Club
Homework / Structured Review Averages 50 minutes per night Independent Reading increases to another 20-30 minutes per night. If not completed, students are required to complete their homework in a designated room during recess. Repeated missed homework assignments will result in additional structured reviews and possibly after school detention.
How to keep track of homework assignments? Agenda books are provided to each student. Teachers designate time at the end of the day for students to write down assignments. Individual teachers will utilize the Final Site Website student portal to record assignments.
How do detentions work? Students may receive detentions for an accumulation of missed assignments and inappropriate behavior. A staff member will call you and paperwork will be sent home. Detentions take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students go directly to detention at 2:40 and must be picked up and signed out of the main office at 3:40.
Dress Code and Cell Phones Shirts/blouses/dresses which reveal the abdomen, chest or undergarments. Shorts, miniskirts, or pants that reveal an excessive amount of upper thigh. No head covering of any kind. Apparel encouraging the use of drugs, tobacco products, or alcohol. Cell phones must be off and in lockers during the day.
PBIS cont’d Stands for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports It is a behavioral framework that includes proactive strategies for defining, teaching, and supporting appropriate student behaviors to create a positive school environment. Reward based system where students work toward individual, homeroom, and school-wide goals.
Questions and Answers Please take a walk around the building. Thank you for coming! Welcome to Windermere Intermediate School! See you at Open House on September 4 th.