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Beg of Year Letter

Beg of Year Letter

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Septemeber 1, 2010Dear Parents,Welcome to First Grade! I am very excited to have your child in myclassroom. I am looking forward to an exciting year of learning, both for your child as well as for myself.I thought you might want to know a little about who your child will bespending the majority of their day with here at Farrell! This is my 10
th
year working at Yale Public Schools (8
th
at Farrell). I received my BS in ElementaryEducation from Central Michigan University. From there I earned a Master’sDegree from Marygrove College and have just recently completed an extra 15credits through a program from Colorado State University. I am a native of Capac but now reside in Emmett. My husband and I have four children, Anna(2
nd
grade), Jack (1
st
grade), Will (preschool), and Lauren (2).
Special InformationClassroom Volunteers
: I will need a volunteer every morning. On M-Th, I willneed help running centers and also with giving Accelerated Reader tests. OnFridays I need someone to just help with the Accelerated Reader tests. If youwould like to come in and help out, in any way, please let me know and we canschedule a time for you to come into the room and help. Times can bescheduled on weekly or as needed basis.
Discipline:
I will be following a plan that is consistent with most classrooms inthe building. The plan consists of changing the child’s color if he/she does notfollow classroom expectations. Each color change has a consequence. The firstcolor change is a warning, the second is a phone call or letter home to you duringrecess time, the third is a lost recess, and the forth is a trip to visit Mr. Watson for a detention.
Book Orders
: I will be sending home book orders on a monthly basis but pleasedo not feel that you
HAVE
to order from them. The books in the book orders arepriced reasonably and more importantly are on your child’s level. If you decide toorder books, please fill out the form on the back of the order form and mark thebooks you have selected (you can go on-line towww.scholastic.com, use thecode GPK3H). If you choose to order, please send in a check made payable to:
Scholastic Book Club
. For each dollar that is spent for the entire order, I earnclassroom points to spend on books and other materials to supplement myteaching strategies. The first book order of the school year offers extra bonuspoints up to 10x the dollar amount ordered, plus 4000 extra points.
 
Friday Folders
: On Fridays your child will be bringing home a folder that willcontain the weekly newsletter, their classroom work, and a spot for you toinitial/sign saying you saw the folder. Folders need to be returned on Monday.
Planners:
Your child will be bringing home a daily planner. The planner is oneof the most important facets of open communication between school and home.I will initial it every day and will jot notes about things that have happened in theclassroom periodically. Please initial it every night so I know that you have seenit! Thanks!
Snack Calendar:
I will be using a snack calendar this year. I will send eachcalendar home at the end of each month. Please send in a snack for the wholeclassroom on the day you are assigned. If you are unable to provide snack onthe day that is assigned to you, for any reason, please let me know! used thissystem last year for the first time and things ran very smoothly. Please try andsend in a healthy snack for the classroom to enjoy. Thank you!
Special Classes:
The following is the special schedule that we will follow eachweek. Students will have a morning recess and an afternoon special class daily.Monday-ArtThursday and Friday-MusicTuesday-TechnologyWednesday-Physical Education (gym shoes are required)If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me via a phonecall or note. I can be reached during normal school hours by leaving a messagewith the office staff, (810) 384-1300, or through e-mail:ekavanagh@yale.k12.mi.us. I check mye-mail often through out the day and will respond immediately. You can alsoreach me at home at (810) 395-1918 if you have an immediate concern or question after school hours.Thank you,Erin Kavanagh

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