Class Info

Birthdays

We will have a small class celebration on the birthday of each scholar in our class.  Those whose birthdays are during the summer will celebrate the half birthday. For example, if your child’s birthday is June 5, we will celebrate it on December 5. You may send a treat or bring a treat for the class to share if you would like to. They must be store bought, and please no nuts, or gluten due to allergies. If you need ideas on what to bring that doesn’t contain gluten, just ask! I’m very familiar with it! Your scholar will pass out his/her birthday treat just before last recess at 1:40 unless we discuss a different time.

Clothing

Children should wear school uniform everyday. Uniform includes their name tag. Lost name tags are $1 to replace. Please write your child’s name on all clothing which will be taken off (coats, jackets, mittens, hats, boots, etc.)

Rest & Breakfast

Your child will be tired each day from our busy schedule.  Please see that he/she gets to bed early each night.  It is very important he/she is rested and is at school on time.

I know that some children are not the best eaters early in the morning, but we do not have lunch until about 11:10 a.m.  The children are often very hungry.

Classroom Management

Students have the right and responsibility to learn in a safe environment.  Teachers have the right and responsibility to teach in a non-disruptive atmosphere.


My classroom management is based on teaching the children to develop positive habits of behavior in the classroom.  This is done by teaching them what is expected, modeling what is expected, and practicing what is expected.  I use positive reinforcement by  giving praise, extra privileges and rewards.  This in and of itself takes care of most unwanted or disorderly behavior.  However, if the child needs to be reminded of correct behavior, I will use the clip chart & behavior contracts to help them correct their behavior.
We do however, have a few incentive programs in place to help motivate our scholars to have good behavior. Tickets are used in math, spelling, reading, and homeroom classes. They are given to scholars who are showing good behavior, and are put into a drawing that is done on Thursday/Friday to get a prize out of my treasure chest.
Coupons are used in my homeroom class as part of our economy system. They will earn pennies for doing their jobs, going above and beyond on their jobs, helping others with their jobs, etc. Every Friday, they can choose to buy a coupon, or save for a more expensive coupon.
My favorite incentive of all is our "warm fuzzies." When a scholar does service to someone else, either at home or at school, they put a warm fuzzy into the bucket. When the bucket is full, the class earns a class service project. In previous years, scholars have chosen to make yarn dolls & monsters for homeless children, read to kindergarten, clean up the trash on the playground, help the lunch ladies clean up, write letters to military, etc. They LOVE these projects.... and so do I!!

Attendance

It is important that your child be here everyday on time so he/she will not miss important instruction.  Please let me know when your child is ill and will not be coming to school by calling the office or writing a note when your child comes back.  If you are taking any trips, I will save the work your child misses.  I will not give work ahead of time. The work your child misses when absent will need to be made up when your child returns.

Late Work

Each scholar is given one week to turn in missing work. After that, they will be required to miss the Fun Friday activities to complete their homework (for full credit).

Aspire

Grades will be updated on Aspire at least 2 times every week. Please stay up to date on your scholars assignments and their grades. Even though I have an assistant that helps me with grades, we may still miss something. Please let me know if you have questions about the grading.

Volunteer Opportunities

During Back to School Night we had sign-up for class party volunteers. We also have a lot of things in the classroom that you can do to help out. Some of those things include, but are not limited to:

-cutting, laminating, sharpening pencils, cleaning after school, making copies, reading with scholars, helping with comprehension passages, working with difficult math concepts & facts, handwriting, helping to edit their writing, cursive practice,  teaching mini lessons on any character trait, etc.


I am looking forward to working with you and your scholar this year! We are going to hit the ground running, so please be excited to learn, grow, make mistakes, and work hard! Parents, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me via email, phone, or make an appointment to come in to meet. I'm so excited for another fantastic year with our Noble Knights!!
Kathryn Perkins