BEGINNING OF YEAR LETTER 2021-2022

 

 

Beginning of Year Letter to Parents 2021-2022

Dear Parents ,

I am delighted that your child is in Room 212. We all look forward to many exciting and rewarding experiences as the year progresses and I cannot wait to meet your little scholar!!!

I know this has been a challenging year filled with ups and downs and so many uncertainties. I know the children have experienced emotional and physical challenges. I hope that with the consistency of starting a new year of full time in-person learning, it will provide more stability in their lives. Parents, your support is vital to our success. I cannot do this without you. Please, never hesitate to reach out at any time with questions and concerns or if you’re having anxiety about the year. All questions are welcomed! I know your families have overcome many obstacles but I am confident that working together, we will be able to move forward and have an amazing school year! 

Your child deserves the best educational climate possible and together we will make this year successful. The plan below outlines my classroom rules and possible rewards and consequences for appropriate and inappropriate behavior. Please discuss them with your child and then sign and return the last page when your child brings the packet home.

RULES

1.    Follow directions the first time they are given. No exceptions.

2.    Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself.

3.    Maintain a Level 0 unless otherwise instructed by a teacher.

4.    Always use appropriate language. Always be respectful. Do not swear or tease.

5.    Always remain in your classroom and in your seat unless you have permission to leave. Always raise your hand when asking for permission.

6. Complete all in-class and homework assignments. Hand in assignments on time.

 

To encourage students to follow these rules, appropriate behavior will be recognized regularly with praise, rewards, special privileges and positive notes/emails/calls home. There will be, however, consequences for students who choose to break our rules:

STOPLIGHT SYSTEM

(And Classroom DOJO)

1st consequence: warning

2nd consequence: move to YELLOW on the traffic light and given a time-out

3rd consequence: move to RED-loss of privileges, note or call/email home

4th consequence: student meets with floor director; possible parent/teacher conference

SEVERE and/or REPEATED OFFENSE: immediately MOVE to RED and sent to Floor Director

Google Classroom 📚 Code to join: 3bpjfnd

https://classroom.google.com/u/0/c/Mzg0MTk0MzQ1MTI0

Some assignments will be submitted through Google Classroom and some will be collected in class. Parents/Students will be made aware through reminders in the Google Classroom Stream as well as during class.

Students must be familiar with using their CPS emails because they will need to be logged into their accounts to access Google Classroom just as they did in 2nd grade. Students will log into their CPS emails at this site only: http://google.cps.edu/ and they enter everything before the @ symbol for their username. I will send home your child’s CPS email. You should already have his/her password. Please notify me if you do not remember your child’s password and I will change it as I do not have access to CPS passwords. 

When work is assigned that must be handed into Google Classroom, parents or students will need to upload it to Google Classroom and attach it to the appropriate assignment. Please remind your child to always write his/her first & last name as well as date on ALL work. Work will be graded in Google Classroom by me and returned in Google Classroom. You will be able to see your child’s grades and comments on the assignments. I will then enter the grades into Aspen where you can log in through Parent Portal to also see your child’s grades.

There will be resources in Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies posted in Google Classroom and some resource handouts sent home as well. 

ASPEN: http://parent.cps.k12.il.us/pc/default.aspx 

Parents please log into Aspen regularly to stay on top of your child’s grades and consistently check Google Classroom. Occasionally, I may return an assignment in Google Classroom for students to correct or redo. If that happens, students may resubmit that assignment; always read my comments on the work. Returned work and comments on work go straight to the student’s emails. Parents please stay abreast of your child’s emails.  Parents please do not email work directly to me…If an assignment must be handed into Google Classroom, please be sure you or your child submits it to Google Classroom.  I will host a short lesson on Google Meets at a convenient time in the evening on how to set up your child’s CPS email, connect to Google Classroom, and I will answer any other questions that you might have. I will inform you in advance when this is to occur and send out the Google Meet invite. I know everyone used Google Classroom last year in 2nd grade and you already have your child’s CPS email info. so we will just have a refresher meeting very soon.


 

Grading Categories and Weights:

Projects, Tests, Quizzes- 35%

Class Assignments-35%

Homework-15%

Class Participation-15%

 

HOMEWORK ✏️ 💻

Homework will be assigned every night. It is a very important part of your child’s education as it reinforces activities/concepts learned in class and provides extra practice in specific areas. Please take time to supervise your child when he/she is completing homework, however, refrain from giving him/her the “answers” as this might interfere with the learning process. If your child is experiencing difficulty with an assignment, have him/her explain the directions to you. Ask your child to tell you what we discussed in class. Complete two or three problems/questions together and then encourage him/her to work independently. Use the extra practice worksheets on the classroom website parksroom.net to provide your child with additional help. Please inform me if your child is consistently experiencing problems with homework. 

Homework is expected to be turned in the very next day unless otherwise noted on the assignment sheets or in Google Classroom, however, no work will be marked late. You will see “late assignment” in Google Classroom if work is turned in after the due date…however, I will not take off any points. Nevertheless try not to get into the habit of being inconsistent with assignments. I do not want your scholar to fall behind and start missing work. I will notify you if your child is consistently missing many assignments. 

Lessons and homework will be posted in Google Classroom. Please check weekly so you can stay abreast of your scholar's homework and lessons for the week. You will receive regular communication and reminders from me by email and in the Stream in Google Classroom.  You will always know what the lessons are, what your scholar needs to study, dates for assignments, assessments, etc. Please be sure your email is up to date in Aspen because I will email through Aspen. 

 

READING/LANGUAGE ARTS 📚

This year, we are continuing to use My View Literacy published by Savvas Learning Company. Students will have a consumable text where they will complete their lessons for Reading/Writing/Language Arts. They may also access their online resources at http://www.savvasrealize.com where they will choose sign-in and enter their information to set up their accounts. The Reading text is also located in Google Classroom. I will be sending home all login information soon with a few more details on how to use the website. Students will be completing many activities and assessments online for My View using this site. During our first two weeks of Reading, we will be discussing traditional tales, students will be reviewing the concept of story structure-analyzing plot and setting, using text evidence to support their answers, learning similes, simple sentences, syllable patterns in Spelling, and learning to write a personal narrative.

Spelling tests will be given in class & Reading tests will be assigned online at the My View Literacy website to complete on Fridays in class. Students will have other assignments throughout the week to complete online, in Google Classroom, in the Reading text, and on paper in class.

Reading assignments, Spelling words, Vocabulary words and skills that will be covered for the week will be outlined each week in Google Classroom. You will find everything you need on the website to be prepared for the week, to practice skills at home, and to stay abreast of your scholar’s lessons. There is a Links section on our website with direct links to apps and websites.

parksroom.net

 

MATH➕➖✖️➗

We are continuing to use Go Math by Houghton Mifflin for our Math lessons. Our first Chapter is “Addition and Subtraction Within 1,000”.  Go Math is linked to Think Central http://www-k6.thinkcentral.com.Think Central as many of you know was our platform for Math last year. This year we will be using Think Central to access Math again. Think Central logins will also be sent home with a little more information about how to use the website. Remember when logging in, the district to enter for Think Central is “Private School” and the school is “Walt Disney Magnet School”. More instructions as well as a link are located in the Links section of the class website. Students have a wealth of resources at their fingertips on Think Central. Please take time when your child logs in to explore his library of materials in Math. You will find the Math text online at Think Central and many supplemental materials and Math videos to support your child in each lesson. We may not have time during regular class to use all of the resources for Math but please use them at home to reinforce the lessons and to give your scholar extra practice if needed. There is also a direct link to the Go Math book on our classroom website in the Links section as well as in Google Classroom.

Math tests will be taken online at Think Central. Students will be assigned several Math activities throughout the week on Think Central as well as daily work in their Math texts. Parents and students will see scores for online assessments and activities on Think Central in the “My Scores” section. As previously stated, many assignments will be required to be uploaded to Google Classroom. 

All assignments/lessons will be posted in Google Classroom.

 

SCIENCE & SOCIAL STUDIES🔬🌏

Our first Social Studies unit will be Mapping Our World. Students will be learning about cardinal and intermediate directions, hemispheres, latitude and longitude, how to read a map, etc. There is an individual soft covered magazine for each unit. 

Information about our new Science series from Skyline is forthcoming.

 

 APPS/WEBSITES 💻

  • Think Central

  • My View Literacy

  • IXL

  • Reading A-Z

  • ST Math

  •  XtraMath

  • Flocabulary

Usernames & Passwords along with a brief description of each will be sent home soon.

 READING LOGS 📚

Students will also receive a Reading Log at the beginning of the month, starting soon, and this must be handed in at the end of each quarter indicating the books (and their genres) read by your child. The Reading Log must be fully completed by the child on time to be accepted. There will be a separate letter and a sample Reading log sent home to explain this in more detail.

Again, I know this is quite a bit of information, so please feel free to contact me anytime with all questions or concerns.  We will review all of this information during our upcoming Open House. Please make a list of all of your questions and I will also be asking parents if they are already familiar with Google Classroom and/or have their child’s CPS email. I am so looking forward to meeting you and your scholar very soon!!!! 

Thank you so very much for your support! 😊

Ms. N. Parks 🌟

nmparks@cps.edu

Our classroom website is

http://www.parksroom.net

Google Classroom link & code:

https://classroom.google.com/u/0/c/MTMxODA0MzcyNzM0

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