Welcome to Ms. Long’s class! I’m happy to see familiar Sage faces and eager to know our new classmates! It’s going to be an interesting, successful year!
Here is information families need to know:
What happens at school each day?
Every day, students write homework and information in individual student agendas provided by Sage. Please check agendas each day with your child. There will also be a “Back and Forth” Folder for homework/announcements. Your child will be responsible for bringing these to school each morning and home each afternoon. The agenda and folder keep everything together and avoid lost information. There are no replacement agendas so if it is lost, plan to send a notebook for your child to use for daily info.
Is there homework?
Yes! Homework should take no more than 40 minutes per night. Check the agenda for assignments. Homework is a re-enforcement of concepts learned in school–NOT new material. It’s also a way for you to see what we’re learning. Homework is critical for your child’s academic success, so allow time every night. As with agendas, there are no replacement workbooks so if they are lost, plan to have your child handwrite homework on a sheet of paper. There is no homework on Fridays.
Is there snack?
Yes! There are direct links between brain function, energy level and healthy eating. Please send your child with healthy snack and refillable water bottle each day. Healthy snacks are high protein/ whole grain foods: almonds, slices of lean turkey, fruit, or whole grain bread. Student concentration and mood are best without sugary snacks. A refillable water bottle ensures your child won’t miss class to repeatedly go to the water fountain.
What supplies are needed?
In addition to the supply list, we can always use more paper towels and tissues. Arizona suffers from severe flu/cold seasons. We’ll discuss hand-washing and avoidance of coughing or sneezing on others, but it’s helpful to re-enforce this at home. If your child is sick, please keep him/her at home for quickest recovery!
Contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you don’t receive a response within 24 hours; I didn’t receive your email. I am deeply committed to your child’s positive school experience and together, we’ll create an ideal learning climate! Ms. L
Ms. Long’s Class Behaves….ABOVE THE LINE!
Sage’s behavior plan is called “The Line”. We expect students to behave “Above the Line”. Each student must have the opportunity to safely, effectively learn. A student may not interfere with the safety or learning of another. “Below the Line” behavior includes not following directions; not remaining seated during working time; disrespect to a teacher or student; throwing or misusing items; or not following lunchtime/classroom/outside procedures.
During school we’ll discuss behavior expectations and always emphasize and reward positive, Above the Line behavior! However, if necessary to address issues involving Below the Line behavior, the following actions will be taken:
First Incident: Ms. Long will remind student of Above the Line behavior and ask student if the action he/she is choosing is Above or Below the Line. She’ll remind student if Below the Line behavior is repeated, student will stand aside from the activity.
Second Incident: Student will be asked to stand aside from the activity to examine his/her choice, and rejoin class shortly. During a test or assignment, student will complete work from a separate seat. Student will be reminded that the next step is loss of recess, note home, and removal from classroom.
Third Incident: Student will be asked to see another Sage teacher to complete a Behavior Action Form, miss recess, and student’s family will be contacted.
Fourth Incident: Student will meet with Sage Director in the office. Student’s family will be contacted. Suspension may be assigned at that time.
Behaviors that are “Off the Line” include severe offenses: violent behavior, running away, or touching another student inappropriately. Any instances of Off the Line behavior will be dealt at first incident by the Sage Director.
Ms. Long’s class behaves Above the Line, so I’m sure we’ll spend our day learning together to have a positive, successful year!
Ms. Long’s Class Supply List
4 spiral notebooks
lots of pencils
3 plain folders with pockets
roll of paper towels
box of tissues
several packages any size index cards
white board markers with an eraser
hand-held pencil sharpener (not battery operated)
Ms. Long’s Class Rules
1. Listen and follow directions.
2. Raise your hand to speak.
3. Keep hands, feet and objects to yourself.
4. Respect others: no name calling, teasing or touching.