Welcome to My Class

 

August 29, 2016

Dear Parents and Students

I want to welcome all of you to my 4th/5th grade class this year. My name is Gingerlily Lowe.  Many years ago I earned my B.A. in psychology with a minor in drama from UCSD.  I hold a K-12 multiple subject teaching credential and a Masters in Teaching and Learning (Curriculum Design) from UCSD’s Teacher Education Program (TEP). I am so happy to be here at Nye Elementary.  I’ve had a wonderful career so far teaching on-loan from San Diego Unified at a couple of SDUSD charter schools: the Museum School, and Darnall E-Campus for the last couple of decades. I also taught in San Ysidro for many years before that.  Last year I came back to SDUSD’s traditional program.  I am looking forward to learning more from my students and having another great year.

This week students are taking home a few things for you to look over and read carefully. Please sign and return them ASAP:

The Class Dojo sign up information page
Student Registration Packet in the blue envelope
*Universal Form (which is in the blue envelope)

*I am asking parents to please help us by checking all the boxes to give permission in the Photography/Video/Media release section. Our students will be participating in a very special program called Biztown. Students will be photographed during their day and may be interviewed for the media. I will also keep a classroom blog to keep parents filled in on class activities and events. It is always special for our students to see pictures of some of our class activities. We would like all students in our class to be able to participate in all aspects of the program.

* Also, please check both circles for the Technology Use Agreement.  In our 4th/5th grade class we will be using many educational websites and tools on the computer. It is important that students have permissions and will abide by the rules so we can all do our learning together.

Later on I will be sending Scholastic Book Club catalogs home. I’ve set an order by date of Wednesday, September 21st. If you need more time before I close out the order, please let me know and I will extend the online date. Parents who would like to order books from Scholastics Book Club can follow the link https://orders.scholastic.com/GWTQW My classroom code is GWTQW  (You will only need this code the first time you sign up with my class).

Communication
The best education happens when parents and teachers work together as a team and are communicating. Each night you can check your child’s planner where they can write down their homework assignments and a short description of some of the lessons or activities we are working on. There is also a place there for short messages where we can communicate if the need arises. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions through email at glowe-brisby@sandi.net or phone the school at 619-430-1200 and you will be able to leave me a message.

I will be keeping a blog at https://gingerlilyloweblog.wordpress.com/ I will be using this site to post pictures and let parents and families know about what we are doing in school. Please click on the [+Follow] button on the top of the page. The online blog and Classdojo will be my primary source to get information out to you. When you [√Follow] the blog it will send you an email to let you know I have posted automatically where you can keep up on information about our class.

Also, don’t forget to mark your calendars for Back to School Night on September 22nd where you’ll learn more about my expectations and instructional program.

Behavior Expectations
To encourage learning, cooperation, and positive self-esteem Nye’s Essential Behaviors: Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible promotes a safe and positive learning environment for every student. We are using Class Dojo as a learning and behavior management system. You will be able to view and monitor your child’s progress on a daily basis once you sign up. Additionally, I have included the following list of expectations for each student. Please read and discuss them with your child.

Classroom Expectations
Follow directions the first time given.
Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
Always come to school prepared and ready to learn.
Treat others the way you want to be treated.
Be polite and repectful

Consequences
Warning
Time Out
Loss of recess or privileges
Parent Contact: Phone call home or conference

Positive Incentives
Praise
Free time
Extra recess or P.E.
Class reward activity

Homework Policy
Generally we will have homework on Monday through Thursday. Please make sure that your child has time and a quite place to complete his/her homework. Homework assignments will be written in their planners. Please check it to make sure that your child has written down their homework, as this will promote a good organizational habit. Students should read at home daily for 20-30 minutes, do some daily writing for about 20-30 minutes and will have a math assignment which should take about 20-30 minutes. If your child does not turn in their homework, they may have a “reflection walk” during morning recess and complete their work during lunch recess. This consequence will allow your child to maintain a work ethic and instill responsibility. Although I do not generally assign homework on the weekends, projects or make-up work may be required to be completed on those days.

Materials
I have provided basic school supplies for your child (i.e. pencils, notebooks, crayons). Yet, it is advised that your child come to school prepared and ready to learn with some essential materials. I would like your child to bring their own “tool kit” to class everyday so they can be prepared for classwork. If you have not had a chance to get everything on the supply list, it is a good time to look now while there are still special prices at the store.

 

It is HIGHLY recommended that these items be purchased this weekend or ASAP:

I also would appreciate your help in sending in some community supplies.   Your donations are greatly appreciated and will be used well.
2 inch 3-ring binder with tab dividers and pockets** Kleenex!!!
flashdrive Disinfectant wipes
Earbuds/headphones** Ziploc baggies (gallon size and sandwich size)
Mouse** hand sanitizer
Good pair of scissors
Small hand-pencil-sharpener to keep in their toolkit inexpensive colored paper folders
1 set of playing card that we can write on and turn into Math Cards to use for Math fluency games  

(**Very important!)

It is the responsibility of your child to bring a homework binder, his/her academic planner (provided), and independent reading book to school every day.

Daily Schedule

7:40-7:50          Breakfast in the Classroom
Tardies are marked at 7:45
7:40-8:00          Opening
8:00-9:00          Math 4th Grade Group/Reading/Literacy Independent Work
9:00-10:15         Math 5th Grade Group/Reading/Literacy Independent Work
10:15-10:30        Recess
10:30-11:30       Writer’s Workshop
11:30-12:10        LUNCH (play first, then eat)
12:10-12:45        Shared Reading
12:45-1:30          Guided Reading Groups
1:30-2:00           Science/Social Studies
2:00-2:15           Closing/Dismissal

I will be looking for parent volunteers to help me with material preparation, volunteer in the classroom, or help me gather items, etc. Please let me know if you would be interested in helping. There is a form in the blue envelope to fill out for volunteering.

Looking forward to a wonderful year! Thanks for your support and involvement in your child’s education!

–Gingerlily

(619) 430-1200

glowe-brisby@sandi.net
https://gingerlilyloweblog.wordpress.com/

 

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