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TEAM Handbook A to Z

T.E.A.M.

Handbook

(Together Everyone Achieves More)

  

 Falcon Ridge Elementary

1200 Columbus Avenue N

New Prague, MN 56071

 

Kim Clark

(952) 758-1633

kclark@isd721.org

http://www.npaschools.org/users/kclark

Absences

Please notify the office, via the Falcon Ridge Attendance Line, prior to 9:00 a.m. on or before the day your child will be absent for any reason. The voice mail attendance hotline is open 24 hours per day.  Failure to call may result in an unexcused absence.

Homework due to illness will be sent home when your child returns.  If you know your child will be out due to vacation, please send a note prior to your vacation. A minimum of one weeks' notice is appreciated if you would like homework sent home prior to a vacation.

Assignment Notebook

Each student will have an assignment notebook to serve as a communication tool between school and home.  Each day we write down homework and other important messages that need to be passed along to you.  Parents should check and sign assignment notebooks daily.

If your child will be picked up from school please send a note on a separate piece of paper. These notes will be sent to the office.

Birthday Celebrations

Special efforts are made to let your child shine on his/her birthday! Birthday celebrations will be marked on the monthly calendar. We will celebrate half-birthdays for students with summer birthdays. This year as part of our new wellness program the district is moving away from food treats to celebrate student birthdays. Students who choose to bring a treat for their birthday should bring an item from the smart snack list/Trojan Treat Menu available on the NPAS school website (npasschools.org, click on District and then the Wellness tab). We have 21 students and 1 teacher. As always, homemade treats are prohibited and cannot be distributed at school.  Alternative ways to honor your child on their birthday are to donate a book to our classroom library or bring other non-food items (stickers, pencils, etc.).

Birthday Invitations

Whenever possible, try to distribute birthday invitations outside of school.  Teachers are not allowed to give out student phone numbers or addresses.  When necessary, students should bring birthday invitations directly to Mrs. Clark and they will be placed in student folders.

Book Orders

You can support our class by purchasing books from Scholastic Reading Clubs (scholastic.com/readingclub) using our class activation code HWT97.  Scholastic Reading Clubs offer great books at affordable prices.  Each time you order we earn bonus points to purchase books for our classroom library. Parent support with this fundraiser is how we are able to add new and favorite titles to our classroom library.

Conferences

We will have an opportunity to sit down together in November and March to discuss your child’s progress in school.  I look forward to working with you to look at your child’s strengths and achievement in 2nd grade.

Discipline

Falcon Ridge embraces the Responsive Classroom approach to discipline.

Responsive School Discipline is an approach to creating a school climate that enables optimal academic and social growth in students. Teachers use the discipline practices of the Responsive Classroom approach to support children’s positive behavior and productive learning in their classrooms.  We teach and model classroom expectations and procedures, and cooperatively create a set of rules for a safe and respectful classroom community.  Logical consequences including take a breakloss of privilege, and you break it you fix it are used when appropriate. Behaviors including extreme violence, defiance, bringing weapons to school, or vandalism of school property are referred directly to the school Principal.

Our school has a school-wide motto of R.E.A.P. (Respect, Effort, Attitude, and Pride). We use these terms frequently and encourage students and staff to demonstrate respect, effort, a positive attitude, and pride in all settings of the school.  

E-mail

Our classroom telephones rollover to voicemail during school hours.  For urgent messages contact the office and they will relay the message to me.  I can also be reached by e-mail.  I check my e-mail daily so it is a great way to keep the lines of communication open.

Field Trips

Information will come home in advance of any field trips.  I will let you know if we are looking for volunteers to accompany us.

Flip Flops

Flip flops are discouraged at Falcon Ridge.  Students must have tennis shoes to participate in phy ed and play on the playground equipment during recess.

Folders

Your child has a TEAM (Take-Home) Folder that should be returned to school each day. This is an important avenue for information.  Please check your child’s take home folder daily.  

Homework

Keeping in mind the developmental needs of 2nd graders, along with respecting your family time, I try to keep homework simple and short. Homework generally occurs in 3 areas: reading, math, and spelling. 

Reading

My hope is that your child develops a love for reading.  I want students to recognize the importance of reading, for learning and enjoyment, at school and home.  I encourage students to read at least 15 min. a night. We will not keep a home reading log, but we will talk frequently about how reading at home enhances our lives.  One way you can foster your child's love of reading is by establishing a family reading time each night.  Let your child see you read, and take some time to read together!

 

Math

Math homework is called Home Links.  Home links review information covered in class. Home links will come home 1-3 nights a week.  The link assigned for the day will be recorded in your child’s assignment notebook.

Spelling

Students will have a weekly spelling list.  Words are introduced and a list is sent home each Monday.  Words should be practiced at home throughout the week. The final test will be on Friday.  All students must take the regular spelling list.  Optional challenge words are provided for enrichment.  Spelling lists for each story are posted on our classroom website if your child misplaces his/her list.

Lunch

Student lunch prices for 2017-2018 are $2.55 (including milk).  Milk can be purchased separately for $0.50. Payment can be made online or sent in an envelope with your child’s name on it.  Lunch menus are sent home monthly and are available on the district website. You are invited to join your child for lunch during the school year. Lunch tickets for adults can be purchased in the office prior to eating.  The phone number for Nutrition Services is (952) 758-1774. http://www.npaschools.org/food-service

Medical/Academic Concerns

Please let me know if your child has any medical or academic needs that I should be aware of.

Monthly Calendar

I will send home a classroom calendar at the beginning of each month.  The calendar will include important events and reminders. 

Newsletter

The Falcon Ridge Blog can be accessed at http://falconridgeelementary.blogspot.com/.

Pledge of Allegiance

Each day during our morning meeting students will recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  If you have any concerns about your child participating please contact me ASAP.  

Parties

We will have three holiday celebrations this year (Fall Harvest, Winter Holiday, and Valentine’s Day).  Information will come home prior to each celebration.  I will let you know when we are looking for supply donations and volunteers to help us.

Questions

With all of the happenings in 2nd grade questions frequently pop up.  Feel free to write me a note, email, or call.  The best times to reach me are between 8:00-9:00 A.M. and 3:45-4:00 P.M.

Snack

We will have a daily snack and milk break time.  Our goal is to enjoy a snack that satisfies hunger, nourishes the brain for optimal learning, and reinforces good eating habits.  Healthy snack choices may include; cheese & crackers, fresh fruit or vegetables, yogurt, applesauce, healthy snack crackers, dry (not sugared) cereal, raisins, bagel & cream cheese, or meat slices.  We ask that you try to avoid sending snacks such as pop tarts, candy, cookies, chips, etc.  Also, please be aware that some classes have students with severe peanut allergies. Whenever possible, try to avoid sending snacks with these ingredients.  

Toys

Please don’t send toys to school.  They become a distraction to learning and can get lost.  We have many wonderful things to play with and explore in our classroom.  There may be weeks that students may bring objects (including toys) for special sharing, I will let you know when this is the case.  

Visitors and Volunteers

Throughout the year there will be opportunities for you to visit or volunteer in the classroom.  However, unexpected observers can become a distraction to students and the teacher.  Please be respectful of this and try to give me advance notice if you are planning to visit.  Also, don’t be surprised if you are given a job when you come to visit.  Being a participant gives you a much richer experience of the 2nd grade classroom than simply being an observer.  I prefer to schedule volunteers so that I can be prepared for you!  Make sure you check in at the office prior to coming to our classroom.  You will receive a visitor sticker which helps staff and students identify you as a safe person in our building.  

Web Page

Check out the Falcon Ridge website at http://www.npaschools.org/falcon-ridge.