3Our Mission StatementThe mission of Mrs. Gurian’s class of “Succeeding Gators” is to learn Math, Writing, Reading, Social Studies, and cursive handwriting. We want to learn about animals, plants, and do lots of Science Investigations. In addition, we want to learn to “lead and succeed”. We will learn everything by listening, paying attention, doing our best class work and schoolwork and… by being respectful, responsible, and safe citizens. We will do these things so that we can be smarter, be ready for third grade, and make the world a better place for everyone.
4Class Expectations… Be Respectful! Be Res1ponsible! Be Safe They also decided that being kind, helpful, and cooperative would make our year more successful!The children helped create the rules and agreed to abide by them.
5Meet Mrs. Barbara Gurian GTE (Now Verizon) – 15 years… ending with a positionin middle management as a Purchasing AgentProfessional Educator – 15 yearsCalvin Hunsinger SED Center – 3 yearsCurtis Fundamental School – 5 years (4th-5th grade combo class)Plumb Elementary School – 7 years4th Grade – 2 years1st Grade – 4 years2nd Grade – start of my 2nd year
62006 – Cable Network's Leader in Learning Finalist – Pinellas County's Outstanding Educator Finalist National Board Certification 2006 – Early Childhood Education Over $70,000 in grant awards Including a $10,000 Bank of America Incubator Award to enhance our Science Shack – Outdoor Classroom CTIP – Curriculum Technology Integration Program (3 computers & a printer) School Involvement: Student Council Sponsor Plumb Players Sponsor SAC – School Advisory Committee Team Leader Literature Lane County Science Instructor
7Meet Mrs. Gurian’s Family Heather, Bryan, and TylerLive in Columbia, South CarolinaBoth were former Army Sergeants and served inGermany and IraqBryan – Paramedic Heather – Civilian Army EmployeeTyler Michael was born on September 16, 2005Patrick (holding Kylie)Lives on a 10 acre farm in BrooksvilleStudent at Pasco-Hernando JCWorks at Winn-DixieKimberly and KylieLive in Indianapolis, INPet Groomer at PetsmartKylie Ann was born on May 4, 2005
8Life…It’s all about family… and…this class is all about your family…
9It takes ALL of us working together to help your child be the best that he or she can be!SchoolPTAHomeCommunity
10Parent Teacher Association Please join to help our students$4/personParentsGrandparentsBusinessesPurchase many items for the classroomsExtra-curricular activities
11Volunteers MUST be registered – Paperwork available tonight! Lend a helping handWork with students in the classroomField TripsWork at homeRegister your vehicle for field trips
12Adopt-a-Class Very easy and beneficial way to help your child’s class Donations of $150(+-) or morePaper, computer software, books for class library, projects, field trips, etc.Share the donation with several familiesAsk your place of business (Tax deductable)
13Parent – Teacher Communication Agenda or planner ($5.00 donation)Sign or initial the agenda every day.Website: Plumb’s websiteorNewsletters and curriculum previews, telephone calls, notes, and conferencesMy isFamily Involvement Opportunities:Reader’s Theater, 2nd grade program, Library night
14Conferences Conferences will be scheduled in the near future Student-led conferencePlease sign up for a time that is convenient for youA confirmation note/phone call will be made prior to the conference date
15Portfolios On-going documentation of accomplishments: student work data from assessments & expectationsgoal settingwriting piecesshared at Student-led conferences
16Textbook Policy All textbooks provided by Pinellas County Schools Math, Handwriting, Social Studies and Science workbooks are consumableHardcover books are to be used outside of the classroom when necessary and returned in good conditionPay for any unreturned/damaged books
17Technology Computer lab weekly Portable lab for projects. Computers used daily in the classroomComputer lab weeklyPortable lab for projects.Cassette players and LeapPadsDocument camera & projector
18Class Schedule 8:20-8:50 Unpack, prepare for the day, WPNN 8:50-9:30 PE9:30-11:00 Reading11:00-12:00 Math12:00-12:30 Lunch12:35-1: Monday – ComputersThursday-MusicFriday-Art*Content Area: Wed. & Friday1:15-2: Writing2:15-2: *Content Area* Social Studies, Science, or Health
19Homework Although homework may be different at times, our normal nightly schedule will be: Monday – SpellingTuesday – MathWednesday – Reading (Test Thursday on story)Thursday – Study Spelling (Test Friday)Students will be expected to read every day for 30 minutes. When they are capable of reading at a level 20,they will be expected to earn at least10 Reading Counts points each month.
20Grading Policy 100-90 E (Excellent) 89-80 V (Very Good) S (Satisfactory)N (Needs Improvement)59-0 U (Unsatisfactory)Please work with your child to help them correct errors on papers. This will help them review and master concepts rather than just skipping by them.
22Attendance Attendance is very important! Students need to be present and on time daily.Send a note (separate from the agenda book)to “excuse” each absence.
23Thank you!Thank you for all the snacks, bandaids, tissues, hand soap, and extra supplies! You’ve helped us get our year off to a wonderful start and your kindness is deeply appreciated!
24Please do the following before you go… 1. Look through your child’s textbooks.2. Write a note to your child and stick it to their desk.3. Sign up for a conference time4. Please be sure you signed inThanks so much for coming!