Classroom Procedures

  • Quick Guide to Mrs. Wheaton’s Classroom Procedures:

    Attendance Hotline
    To report an absence, please call the 24-Hour Attendance Hotline (847-838-8181).

    Transportation Changes
    If your child is taking a different mode of transportation home (pick-up instead of bus, grandma instead of mom) please send a note with your child in the morning. The note needs to include your child’s first and last name, the teacher’s name, and include who will be picking your child up.

    Snack/Birthday Treats
    We will be eating snack every day. The school has adopted a FRUITS AND VEGGIE ONLY policy.
    Hillcrest has an “edible-treat free” birthday policy. Goodie bags filled with items such as pencils, erasers, stickers, balls etc. have always been popular! You can also send a wrapped book or game that we can add to our classroom for your child to open in front of the class!

    Lunch/Milk Money
    When your child’s account balance is low a reminder note with a blue lunch money envelope will come home.  Please label envelop with first and last name as well as my last name

    Take Home Folders
    Your child’s Take Home Folder serves as an important link between home and school. It is your child’s responsibility to bring the folder home and back to school the next day.  Many different things will come home in this folder including homework, important notes from the office and myself, projects that are ready to go home, and any notes discussing your child’s behavior that day. Please take the time to review the contents of the folder with your child each night. 

    Math sheets will indicate “homework” in the upper corner. Please complete that night and send back the next day. These homework pages correspond with the lesson taught that day or days prior so concepts should be familiar to your child. I encourage you to work with your child while they complete their homework if you find they are struggling or becoming frustrated.

    A monthly reading log will be accompanied with a “book bag”. This bag will contain books at your child’s reading level; however, feel free to use books you have at home. This is your child’s time to shine or show off their reading ability! If your child is struggling, give them time to work through the word before telling them the answer. Please initial the reading log each night and return the next day. Reading at home is the easiest way to facilitate your child’s reading growth!

    *I will collect the charts at the end of each month. Students missing no more than 5 spaces will get to hop their frog up our “frog pond”. Students at the top of the pond at the end of the year get a special lunch with me! Happy reading!