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Class Handbook

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Mrs. Ha's Class Handbook

Absences:  If your child must miss school, please send a note with your child the following day stating his/her full name, dates absent, and the specific reason for the absence.  If your child does not have to be absent for the entire day, please send him/her for the time you can so that an entire day of instruction is not lost.  It is your child’s responsibility to make sure that he/she picks up all missing work and completes it within a reasonable time.

 

Accelerated Reader (AR):  Accelerated Reader is a program that tests student comprehension after reading.  Students have been shown how to choose a book that is at their tested reading level.  When they finish reading an AR book, they must take the matching test on the computer and keep a log in their AR Logs. Students are required to reach a set amount of points given by the teacher as a “goal” for each month. Once the students make points, they will move their cars on the “Racing for AR Points” board to see their progress throughout the year. Students may read any book according to his/her reading level which will be updated at the beginning of each month. The three students with the most AR points at the end of the year will be invited to join me for a special lunch.  It will be a surprise! (For more info, see “Information on AR” sheet)

 

Also, we will continue the school-wide incentive program based on Accelerated Reader (AR). The school’s goal for each student is to earn at least 3 AR points monthly. Please check and sign the AR log after each completed test. The AR logs will be turned in at the end of each month.

 

Los Molinos AR 3rd Grade Award Recognition Levels

Bronze – 30 points        Silver – 55 points       Gold – 80 points       Platinum – 175 points

 

Accountability Sheet:  At the closing of the day, every student will color their “Accountability sheet” according to where their pin is. Then, students will answer the question, “What can I do better tomorrow?” if he/she has moved their pin within that day. This system will allow the students to reflect on their behavior for the day. This will also allow you, as a parent, to see how your child is doing on a daily basis.  

 

Assignment Books:  This booklet is where they will copy down their homework everyday.  Students will be trained to check off all completed assignments at home, however, parents are encouraged to keep them accountable as well. Students are responsible for writing down the homework assignments correctly every day.

 

Auction:  Class auctions will begin after a few months of school. If students reach their AR goals, they will be allowed to bring one to three items to auction. The auction concept is a “get rich quick” method, just like real world auctions.  Of course, they will be using their class tickets. Auction items can be unwanted toys, books, magazines, games, etc. Students may be creative and make something to sell (i.e. beaded bracelets, drawings, or whatever their imagination can come up with.) If they make an item, and you help provide the materials for it, make sure you have your child do something for the provided materials.  For example, if you buy the beads, have them do extra chores to earn them, or they can purchase them with their allowance.  We want your child to put a value to the items they make and sell. If they had to work for it, they value it more.  Students do not need to bring something new (a new toy, a new game, etc.).  In other words, you do not need to buy things for the auction.  Remember, “Someone’s junk is another’s treasure!”

 

Acceptable Items: unwanted toys, books, trading cards, self-made goods, stuff animals

Unacceptable Items: used pencils, used pens, used erasers, electronics, food

 

Parents will be asked to fill out the auction permission slip they bring home so that I will know it’s alright for them to auction those items.  The form must be filled in completely with INKIf the permission slip is not returned on the day of the auction, the student will not be allowed to auction any items.

 

Backpacks:  Your child should bring their backpacks to school every day.  I recommend purchasing a backpack that has wheels and can be rolled.  Our textbooks are very big and heavy, and students will have to take them home for homework often. 

 

Bathroom Passes:  Each child is given 3 bathroom passes to use only for emergencies during the course of a week.  Once a student has used all their passes, he/she will move their pin if a bathroom break is needed.  Unused passes may be kept and used whenever needed. Students who do not use all the passes will receive extra green tickets the following week.

 

Behavior:  I expect students to demonstrate exemplary behavior at all times of the day including when out on the playground.  They are to follow all school and classroom rules that are set by the district. (See Class Expectations/Behavior System letter)

 

Birthdays:  If you wish to bring something to celebrate your child’s birthday, please notify me in advance.  If you want to bring a treat for their birthday it needs to be something simple that can be passed out easily (cupcakes, juice boxes, etc.) and given towards the end of the school day.

 

Book Orders:  September Book Orders are the Most awarded month for points. Our class can earn up to 5000 points for books for our class library if we make our biggest purchase in September. However, once or twice a month, your child will have the opportunity to purchase books through Scholastic book orders throughout the year. I accept cash or checks made payable to “Scholastic Book Clubs.” You may also order books online:

Online Ordering Information
Web address: www.scholastic.com/bookclubs

Class Activation Code: GKWG4

Class Bulletin: This is the weekly or bi-weekly newsletter to the parents about the activities, news, and lessons for the week.

 

 

Class Expectations/Rules:

Los Molinos Elementary Expectations: Respect, Safety and Responsibility

Great Day

Warning

Time-Out

Notice Home

Mrs. Ha’s Room #16 Classroom Rules and Expectations:

Every student is expected to:

1. Respect others

2. Take Responsibility

3. Follow Directions

4. Do your very best!

 

Every student will start the day with their name pins on the Green “Great Day” Card. When a student does not follow a rule or meet an expectation, their pin will be moved down to the Yellow “Warning” Card. If the student does not follow a rule for the second time, their pin will be moved down to the Blue “Time-Out” Card and will receive the consequence of either missing recess or lose the privilege to participate in a certain activity. And lastly, if the student misbehaves and breaks a rule again, their pin will be moved down to the Red “Notice Home” Card and I will be contacting you with a red note regarding your child’s behavior.

 

If the student is on “Great Day” all day, he/she will receive a green Great Day Ticket to take home to you. I am confident that your child will never have to move their pins down. Please discuss this system with your child and encourage him/her about the importance of following directions and understanding class rules and expectations. Thank you for your help.         

 

Classroom Library:  I try very hard to keep a wide variety of books available to meet all my students’ needs and interests in my classroom.  Students are always allowed to borrow books from my library, but may only have one checked out at a time.  If you notice your child has several of my books, please have your child return them to me.  If your child loses a book they will have to replace it or pay for the book.  Thank You.

 

Conferences:  For the first trimester, parent will need to schedule a conference with me to discuss your child’s progress. More details will be sent as we get closer to the dates. The 2nd trimester conferences will be optional.

 

Discipline:  Whenever possible I use positive reinforcement in the classroom which is an emphasis on catching students doing the right thing.  I use a variety of rewards including tickets, prize box, food/candy, extra recesses, praise, and green tickets every day.  Students who are not on task or break class rules will move a pin to a color card and face appropriate consequences.

 

Donations:  We accept donations all the time. Here are a few things our class needs all throughout the year:

 

  • Kleenex tissue boxes for our sensitive noses
  • Microwavable Popcorn for Table Points
  • Glade Hawaiian Breeze refills
  • AA Batteries for our NEOs
  • Hand sanitizers to wash our hands
  • Wipes to clean disinfect our desks
  • Old Books for our Classroom Library
  • Liquid soap
  • Prizes for our treasure chest

 

 

Email:  The best way to contact me is by email.  I check my email daily on school days.  Please allow me time (at least 24 hours) to respond to any questions and/or concerns that you may have.  My email is:  mgpark@hlpusd.k12.ca.us

 

FamilyYour child’s education can be enhanced greatly with the active participation of his/her parents, grandparents, sisters and brothers, and other family members.  The influence of family on children is immense, and your support, encouragement, and guidance with schoolwork play an important role in you child’s education.

 

Fluency:  According to the district’s norms, 3rd graders reading at benchmark should be reading at 114 words per minute (WPM) by the end of the year. Students who reach 142 WPM by the end of the year are considered above benchmark.

 

Green Tickets:   Students are given these opportunities to earn Green Tickets.

  • 1 Green Ticket every day for staying on Green
  • 5 Green Tickets every week for being a Summa Cum Laude (green all week)
  • 5 Green Tickets every week for having all 3 Bathroom passes from the previous week
  • 10 Green Tickets for reaching your AR goal for the month
  • Bonus Green Tickets for showing exemplary work, etc.

 

Green Ticket Fines and Taxes: Students be fined with Green Tickets for these reasons:

 

  • No name on paper
  • Forgetting to put chairs up
  • Forgetting to empty mailboxes
  • Losing important papers

 

 

Homework: The purpose of homework is to reinforce and provide practice for concepts covered in class. New or unfamiliar material will not be assigned. Homework is also designed to develop a sense of responsibility in your child. Therefore, it is the students’ responsibility to complete and return all homework assignments on time. Homework reinforces the materials taught in class, prepares students for upcoming lessons, and helps students develop self-discipline, responsibility, and organizational skills.  I hope that parents will make homework a top priority at home.  Please glance over your child’s work and make sure that they are on the right track.  I do not expect parents to do or all the homework with the students; however some students may struggle in certain areas and may need their parent’s guidance.  I have given the students permission to call me on my phone number (before 9pm) if he/she forgot something, does not understand the assignment, or needs clarification. If I am unable to pick up, the student must leave a message. If I receive a message, he/she will not receive any consequences from having a missing homework assignment. It is the students’ responsibility to record their classroom assignments daily. Parents are encouraged to check the assignment book.

 

Kleenex & Air Fresheners:  Cold season is fast approaching and our class would appreciate any donation of tissue boxes. As your child may have also noticed already, our classroom is known for its sweet scent that encourages the students to be in an environment that is fresh and clean. Our classroom uses Glade PlugIns-Hawaiian Breeze  Scent (OUR FAVORITE) refills to keep this room smelling fresh! We also would appreciate baby-wipes or wet-naps to keep out room sanitary. Thank you for your donations!

 

Language Arts:  Our district uses the Houghton Mifflin Language Arts Program.  Your child will read a story from our anthology nearly every two weeks.  They will be tested on these stories and the skills that were learned in these stories.

 

Library:  Once a week our class will visit the school library.  Students are allowed to check out 2 books, and they are responsible for taking care of them.  They must be returned or rechecked out the following week.  If books are lost or damaged then the cost of the book must be paid to the school.

 

Loss of Privilege:  Toward the end of the school year, some students may be off track from meeting their class expectations. I will be discussing with the students that if they have 3 or more pin pulls or 3 missing assignments within a week, not meet AR goal or receive a Red Ticket for behavior, they will lose one class privilege. As the end of the year approaches there will be many fun activities that the students may not participate in because of a “loss of privilege.” You will receive a notice if your child receives one loss of privilege.

 

Math Facts:  Students are required to memorize their math facts this year. By the end of the year, students must memorize all their addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts.

 

PE:  On the days designated for PE, students must wear their tennis shoes and exercise gear to school. Students will not be excused from PE without a proper note from the doctor.

 

Progress Report Folders:  Students will be sent home with their Progress Report Folders filled with previous tests and work monthly or bimonthly. Parents will be asked to sign the folders and return them back.

 

Report Cards/Grading:  Report card grades are based on these criteria:

6:  Exceeds expectations for grade-level standard (only on fluency)

5:  Meets grade-level standard (2nd and 3rd Trimester only: 85%-100%)

4:  Secure with portions of grade-level standard

                (1st Trimester only: 85%-100%, 2nd/3rd Trimester: 75%-84%)

3:  Some understanding of grade-level standard (Still needs prompting) (65%-74%)

2:  Beginning to work on grade-level standard (Additional work needed) (50%-64%)

1:  Building skills from prior level(s).  (Not working on grade-level standard) (<50%)

Blank:  Standard not yet taught or assessed

 

Report cards will reflect student assessments, homework, projects, and class participation.

 

Rules:  Classroom Expectations are: 1. Respect others, 2. Take Responsibility, 3. Follow Directions, and 4. Learn and Do your Best!

 

Spelling:  Each of the class stories has a set spelling list.  The students are expected to study their spelling words every night for a week, and then they will be tested at the end of each story selection. Spelling tests will be given at the end of the Story Selection, not on every Friday.

 

Studying:  This year your child will need to learn to study class materials in order to help them become a better student.  We will constantly be teaching them study skills that they can use at home.

 

Supplies:  It is important your child comes to school prepared each day. Expo markers, pencils, glue sticks, lined paper, and erasers are used frequently. Please check periodically and refill supplies as necessary.

 

Summa Cum Laude of the week:  Students who have stayed on green all throughout the previous week will be noted as the Summa Cum Laude of the week. This indicates that he/she exceeded all expectations, followed all class assignments, with no absences and tardies, and completed all homework assignments for the week (with an exception of 1 pin pull all week). They will receive 5 extra green tickets on the following Monday and recognized on the “Class Bulletin” (Parent letters sent home).

 

Table Points:  Students may earn table points every day all day. The table with the most table points from the week will win popcorn for their table on Friday.

 

Tardy:  Please make sure your child arrives to school on time.  Your child needs to arrive on campus before the 8:00 bell so that they may use the restroom and drink some water before class starts.  Your child should not be running on campus as the morning bell is ringing.  If they are not in line at the 8:15 bell then they will be marked tardy. I will accept excused tardies with a note from the parents.

 

Toys:  Students may NOT bring any toys, games, small balls, video games, etc., from home. Handballs and soccer Balls may be donated to the class.

 

Treasure Box:  At the end of each month, students will be able to buy prizes from the treasure box using their green tickets.  

 

Vocabulary:  Every class story has vocabulary words that go with the story.  Students are expected to study these vocabulary words and know how to use the words.  Students have more than a week to learn these words and will be tested on them at the end of the story selection.

 

Volunteers:  If you are able to help our class in any way, please fill out the “Parent Survey” sheet and contact me. In Class Volunteers will be asked to get their finger printed cleared by the District. Any assistance you can provide is greatly appreciated by the students and by me. 

 

Water:  I allow students to have water bottles on their desks as long as they have a “pop top” or “sports top”.  The students may only have water in their bottles and nothing else.  If a bathroom issue arises because they are drinking too much water, then I will ask them to leave their water bottle in their backpack.

 

XtraMath:  XtraMath is a our school-wide computer internet-based program to promote practice and mastery of basic math facts. Students may log in at home for 10 minutes daily. The classroom computers are available after school for students who do not have internet access.

 

 

 

Mrs. Ha’s Class Expectations

& Behavior System

 

Los Molinos Elementary Expectations:

  1. Respect
  2. Safety
  3. Responsibility

 

Mrs. Ha’s Room #1 Classroom Rules and Expectations:

Every student is expected to:

1. Respect others

2. Take Responsibility

3. Follow Directions

4. Do your very best!

 

Daily Recognition:

Every student will start the day with their name pins on the Green “Great Day” Card. When a student does not follow a rule or meet an expectation, their pin will be moved down to the Yellow “Warning” Card. If the student does not follow a rule for the second time, their pin will be moved down to the Blue “Time-Out” Card and will receive the consequence of either missing recess or lose the privilege to participate in a certain activity. And lastly, if the student misbehaves and breaks a rule again, their pin will be moved down to the Red “Notice Home” Card and I will be contacting you with a red note regarding your child’s behavior.

 

Daily Accountability:

At the closing of the day, every student will color the “Accountability Sheet” (see next page) according to where their pin is. If they are not on green for that day, they will answer the question, “What can I do better tomorrow?”. This system will allow the students to reflect on their behavior for the day. This will also allow you, as a parent, to see how your child is doing on a daily basis.  

 

If the student is on “Great Day” all day, he/she will receive a green Great Day Ticket to take home to you. I am confident that your child will never have to move their pins down. Please discuss this system with your child and encourage him/her about the importance of following directions and understanding class rules and expectations. Thank you for your help.

 

Great Day

Warning

Time-Out

Notice Home

 

Weekly Recognition:

Summa Cum Laudes - Students who have stayed on green all throughout the previous week will be noted as the Summma Cum Laude of the week. This indicates that he/she exceeded all expectations, followed all class assignments, with no absences and tardies, and completed all homework assignments for the week (with an exception of 1 pin pull all week). Students who are GREEN all week will receive 5 extra green tickets on the following Monday and recognized on the “Class Bulletin” (Parent letters sent home).

 

Monthly Recognition:

At the end of the month, students will be given the opportunity to buy prizes from the Treasure Box with their Green Tickets. Gift prizes such as games, pencils, stickers, snacks, and more will be in the Treasure Box to exchange for Green Tickets.

 

 

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