General Classroom Procedures

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    Birthday Celebrations

    Birthdays are very special occasions and we would love to recognize your child's birthday in our classroom. If your child wishes to bring in treats in honor of his or her birthday, please note that only NON-EDIBLE treats will be permitted in the classroom in accordance with the District 34 policy. This regulation was in response to concern for the health and safety of students in the district. Additional information may be found in the District 34 Parent Handbook.

    Ideas for non-edible treats include bookmarks, pencils, erasers, stampers, tattoos, bubbles, or donating a book to our class library


    Class Routines

    We begin each day with the Pledge of Allegiance and a patriotic song. Our days are spent working on math, reading, writing, science, and social studies. Students have music twice a week, art once a week, and they will visit the library once per week. Students will also receive one hour of STEM instruction a week with our PLTW teacher. Students have P.E. daily, and they must have clean shoes for gym class. If your daughter chooses to wear a dress or skirt to school, please have her wear shorts underneath for gym class.


    Classroom Jobs

    I have three jobs in my classroom that are changed weekly: classroom manager, paper manager, and homework manager. All students will have several opportunities to perform each job throughout the year.

    The classroom manager will help me in general ways by collecting materials, acting as a messenger, tidying up the classroom, watering plants, erasing the chalk board, and transporting the lunch basket to and from the cafeteria.

    The paper manager will help me by collecting and passing out papers, distributing mail into student mailboxes, and organizing work that has been collected.

    The homework manager will help organize homework and track completion.

    If my students decide our class would benefit from additional jobs, we will discuss their suggestions during a class meeting and implement the ideas they decide upon.


    Communication

    The home/school connection is very important, and I will use several different methods to keep the lines of communication open between home and school. Conferences are scheduled for late November. However, if you feel a need to conference at any additional time, do not hesitate to contact me to set up an appointment.

    Communication from School to Home:

    • Each Friday, you will receive a newsletter from me, The Ingrum Informer. All issues are housed on this webpage, but I will send you an email containing a link to the Informer for easy access. I frequently involve students in writing the newsletter.
    • On Mondays, I will post an electronic Weekly Assignment Sheet that communicates all assignments due for the week. Most of the work will be able to be completed at school during independent work time. Anything not done at school should be completed at home. I will have all students record their weekly assignments in their planners (assignment notebooks) too. 
    • Every day, your child will bring home his or her assignment notebook. During the day, students should write in their assignment notebooks, recording homework assigned by their math teacher and any additional homework or special reminders that are not on the Weekly Assignment Sheet. You may wish to review your child's planner each night. Please have your child bring it back to school the next day. If an assignment notebook is lost, I will expect the student to record information in a notebook until the assignment notebook is found. I do NOT require a parent signature on planners, but you may find that doing so helps keep your child accountable.
    • Our classroom web page is an excellent place to find answers to your questions and see what is going on in our classroom. All of our weekly newsletters will be posted on the web page for easy reference.
    • Email is a useful tool for prompt communication. If I have your email address, I may send a quick note to your inbox when necessary.
    • Though used less frequently, I do believe in telephoning the home when parents should be informed of outstanding accomplishments or when discipline issues require a more serious chat.

    Communication from Home to School:

    • All transportation notes must be sent in writing. I will check correspondence from home first thing in the morning.
    • If you have other questions or concerns, you may send a written note or an email. I have found that telephone communication during the school day is not an efficient means by which to communicate urgent information. Any messages left on my voice mail will not be heard until the end of the school day. In the event that I am not at school that day or have an after-school meeting to attend, it is possible that I will not receive your voicemail until the following day.

    Assignment Notebooks/Planners

    Every day, your child will bring home his or her assignment notebook. During the day, students should write in their assignment notebooks, recording homework assigned by their math teacher and any additional homework or special reminders that are not on the Weekly Assignment Sheet. You may wish to review your child's planner each night. Please have your child bring it back to school the next day. If an assignment notebook is lost, I will expect the student to record information in a notebook until the assignment notebook is found. I do NOT require a parent signature on planners, but you may find that doing so helps keep your child accountable.


    Home Folders

    Students have a home folder that they will bring to and from school each day. The pockets inside are labeled so students can separate papers that stay at home from papers that must be returned to school. I expect all students to use their home folders daily.


    Rewards & Incentives

    I use the Raise Responsibility System in my classroom. This system does not rely heavily on rewards and incentives. However, I do believe in natural consequences for positive behavior and responsible actions. First and foremost, I will use praise regularly.

    In my class, we will track compliments received from other teachers and staff members. When we reach a predetermined number of compliments, we will enjoy a classroom compliment party.

    I will also provide occasional opportunities for students to enjoy preferred educational activities (educational games, projects, etc.) when all their work is turned in on time and they have had no disciplinary actions during the week.

    Finally, in addition to our school-wide PAWs program, I will employ a ticket reward system in which students earn tickets for appropriate behavior, following instructions promptly, showing good listening skills, conscientious work habits, etc. Students can redeem their tickets for various rewards including reading time on the landing, use of a comfy chair, time for educational games, etc.


    Discipline

    Click here to read my discipline plan, which will open in another window.


    Snacks & Water Bottles

    SNACKS: Students are allowed to bring fresh fruits or vegetables for a snack at school. These healthy snack options will help prevent potential allergic reactions.

    WATER BOTTLES: I strongly encourage you to send a water bottle with your child every day throughout the entire school year. Proper hydration is crucial to good health. With easy access to water, students are more attentive in class. Thank you!