FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What can I do to help my child be successful?
- First and foremost, make sure the basics are in place: make sure your child gets healthy meals, plenty of sleep, and feels loved and secure.
- The next most important thing you can do is to read with your child on a nightly basis. Reading truly is fundamental, and good reading comprehension is necessary to success in math, science and social studies.
- Help your child to practice their math facts. Fluency with addition and multiplication facts will help your child conserve mental energy for problem solving.
- Support your child with homework.
- Help me reinforce classroom rules and build a positive attitude toword school. It is normal for children to test boundaries, but the rules are there for the children’s safety and to maximize their educational opportunities.
- Contact me immediately if you have any questions or concerns.
What should my child bring to school?
- Supplies you child should bring to schoo DAILYl:
- 2 sharpened pencils
- an eraser
- a take-home folder
- a math journal
- a science journal
- a box of crayons (optional)
- Supplies: If you did not order supplies through EPI, you will need to purchase them separately. Except for those listed above, supplies will remain at school for classroom use.
- Take-home folder: A take-home folder will go back and forth with your child on a daily basis. It contains completed papers, various forms such as field trip permission slips, and correspondence from the school, the PTO, or me. Please help your child to remember to bring back this folder every day.
- Snack/drink: Children can’t learn if they are hungry. Please send a healthy, non-messy snack and water in a bottle with a sports lid and marked with your child's name.
- Lunch: Send a healthy, well-balanced lunch. If your child buys their lunch at school, please check periodically to make sure there is always sufficient money in their account.
- Clothing/Shoes: See the handbook for a detailed dress code. Because we do hand’s-on science and art projects, send children in clothes they can get dirty. Also, the cafeteria is sometimes cold. They may want to keep a lightweight jacket at school. Sneakers are required for PE days, and are also best for recess.
- No Accessories: Please do not send your children with accessories that will distract them, or others, from their lessons.
- No Toys: Unless they have earned the privilege of bringing a toy for a day, I do not allow toys in class. If students get out toys (including Pokemon or Yugioh cards) in class, it is my policy to confiscate them. I will not return them to the student. If they want them back, you will need to make arrangements to come and get them or I will return them at the end of the school year.
How do I know that my child is being challenged?
In addition to the regular curriculum and access to my classroom library, I provide students with several enrichment menus that allow them to extend their learning and provide them with educational activities, should they finish their classwork ahead of others. We will also have a passion project and maker space activities.
What is your restroom policy?
In addition to a couple of class restroom breaks, I allow free access to the restroom unless I begin to suspect that the restroom is being used as an excuse for work-avoidance. If your child has a medical condition requiring more frequent restroom trips, please let me know, so I may accommodate them.
How is make-up work handled?
If your child is out sick for a day or two, the main goal is for them to rest up and get well. Much of what we do is hands-on or based on in-class lessons and cannot be done at home. If your child missed something important, I will send it home or allow extra time to finish it at school. They should then return it within a week.
If you will be taking your child on a vacation trip, that in itself can be educational and enriching. Activities for such an absence could include marking the route on a map, keeping a travel journal, reading and reporting on the science, history or culture of the place you visit, license plate math, etc.
How is discipline handled in your classroom?
Discipline will be handled on a case-by-case basis, depending on the needs of the child and the nature and frequency of the behavior. Privacy laws prevent me from discussing the particulars regarding any child other than your own.
There is nothing written in my child's take-home folder or planner about conduct. What does that mean?
No news is good news. If there is a conduct problem, I will make a notation in the take-home folder or planner or notify you via Class Dojo.