California Montessori Project, Carmichael Campus Gardenia Classroom 2010-2011 First Grade Ms. Joey and Ms. Lori Daily Schedule As the children adjust to the classroom routine, we will be working towards the goal of the following schedule: 8:15-8:30 Drop off 8:30-8:50 Morning Circle 8:50-10:55 Morning work time o Spelling groups o Math or Language lessons o Handwriting or word building workbooks o Leveled math practice or Language practice 11:00-11:45 Lunch and Recess 11:45-12:30 Story Time 12:30-1:40 Afternoon work time o Journal writing or writer’s workshop o SRA o Small reading groups o Rosetta Stone o Accelerated Reader 1:30-2:30 Cultural Rotation: History, Geography, Botany, or Zoology 2:30-2:50 Clean-up/Closing Circle 3:00 Dismissal The PE schedule will be announced soon. The schedule will be modified to accommodate special projects, events, guests, assemblies, birthdays and field trips. Family Handbook and Classroom Policies The CMP Family Handbook is a wonderful resource for you regarding school policies. Please review these documents and keep both the Family Handbook and the Gardenia Classroom Policies in a safe place to reference if questions arise throughout the year. Parents in the Classroom and Communications Parent involvement is key to building our campus community. Having parents participate is so important to the children, and we will offer many different ways for you to get your parent hours. However, in order for the students to acclimate to the classroom routine smoothly, we ask that parents say their goodbyes either in the drop-off loop or outside the classroom door. An adult will be at the loop to assist your child from the car, or if you prefer to walk your child onto the campus, please allow enough time to park in the east lot and walk your child in through the side gate by the playground. Please note there is no parent parking in the west staff lot or in the front of the school. After we have reached a normalization period, around 6 weeks, and the children understand what is expected of them, parents who have clearance may assist in the classroom. It is not beneficial to the classroom or your own child, however, to enter the classroom and “hang out.” This disrupts our routine, and all the children feel the effects of additional adults in the classroom. If you need to speak with one of us, a note to call you would be very helpful. We can then arrange a meeting after school if necessary. Weekly classroom newsletters will be sent home regularly to keep you informed of activities, due dates, fieldtrips, assignments, etc. In order to reduce the amount of paper use, these newsletters, the monthly homework calendar, and other handouts will be posted on the CMP website (www.cacmp.org). You may leave a message on our classroom voice mail by calling the office at 971-2430. You may go to the schools web page to access the link to our classroom e-mail. We will respond within 2 school days. Classroom Guidelines Our philosophy is based on love and respect. We believe that adults must be the models of the behavior they wish to elicit from the children. We recognize the dignity and worth of every human being within our class. We want the children to intrinsically develop a positive self-image and respect for themselves, others and the environment. We believe that by treating the children with fairness and respect, they will react kindly. The goal of discipline is to help a child change his/her behavior from negative to positive. Redirection is used to redirect their activity in order to help a child with the process. The California Montessori Projects guidelines are: Be Safe, Be Respectful, and Be Responsible by using the Montessori Principles of: Respect of Self, Respect of Others and Environment, Grace and Courtesy, and Control of Movement. We expect children to make good choices, and our goal is to help them in those choices. If there is difficultly making a good choice, there will be a series of actions including: 1. Reminder of a positive behavior 2. Child to be excused from the direct area 3. Child will be removed from the classroom for a time to finish an assignment or think about better choices. They will fill out a recovery form to be signed by the parent and returned the next school day. We thank you in advance for your support, and look forward to a wonderful year! Classroom Assignments and Homework Each child will be given a weekly work plan. It will list the individual jobs in which he or she will participate. These are kept on a clipboard so the child can carry them around the classroom. Every day, we will initial next to the completed jobs. These work plans will be sent home every Monday from the previous week for your review. Homework is a very important reinforcement tool in your child’s learning. It gives them the opportunity to recall concepts that were practiced in class that day. We have noticed a great difference in increased learning when a child completes their homework daily. The packet will go home on Monday and is to be returned, completed, on Friday. This homework does include a reading log located on the back of the assignment sheet. Please make sure this returns also, so that we may tally the number of minutes that your child has read that week. Snack and Lunch We allow a short break around 10:00 a.m. when children are encouraged to eat “brain food” such as bagels with cream cheese, fresh fruit, nuts, cheese or yogurt as a snack. This gives them the extra energy to continue to work until recess and lunch time. To help the children to develop good work habits, we strongly discourage the addition of high sugar foods in lunches. This type of food can give the child a “burst” of energy and shortly thereafter give them a lower amount of energy. Candy, gum, and caffeinated drinks are not allowed at school. Children are never allowed to share their food with any other child due to the possibility of food allergies. Lunch is at 11:00, followed by recess at 11:20. Children are required to sit for 20 minutes during lunch in order to allow proper digestion of food. We practice grace and courtesy at this time. This is to improve manners and safety. Most choking accidents occur because children are standing or moving around while eating. Field Trips We will have several field trips this year. Parent drivers are always needed. If you would like to drive on fieldtrips, please complete the necessary requirements found in your participation packets: TB test, Live Scan finger printing, Driver History Report (can order online), and copies of driver’s license and proof of insurance up to $100,000/$300,000. Please note that many families do not carry the minimum insurance amount required by CMP. Often insurance carriers will add additional liability insurance for a set day for a fieldtrip, or for the school year, with very little additional charge. Check with your individual insurance carrier. Parent Participation hours are earned for driving other students on fieldtrips and for doing the Live Scan. Possible fieldtrips: October 8 – Bishop’s Pumpkin Farm in Wheatland 9:00 am-12:00 pm October 29 – Walk to the Park (weather permitting) November 19 – Walk to the Park (weather permitting), Gardenia’s Pancake Breakfast December 16 - B Street Theater “Junie B. in Jungle Bells, Batman Smells!” (date is not confirmed yet) February 11 – Walk to the Park (weather permitting) February 25 – Carmichael Library 9:00 am – 11:00 am March 12 – Saturday Family Field Trip to Point Reyes April 1 – Walk to the Park (weather permitting) April 15- Mad Science (comes into the classroom), 12:00pm – 1:00 pm May 20 – Walk to the Park (weather permitting) June 10 – TBA Gibbons Park and North Mission Park Field Trips At Carmichael CMP we are so fortunate to have Gibbons Park and North Mission Park located less than one mile from our campus. To give the children a little exercise and a lot of fun, we would like to walk to these Parks when are schedule allows and weather permits, to have lunch and play. With your signed permission, we will make this an on-going field trip during the 2010-2011 school year. If you do not wish to give your permission, please let us know, and your child may stay with another classroom during this time. We will need 2 parents to walk with us both to and from the park. We will put a notice in the newsletter and a sign-up sheet outside the door as park days are scheduled. Please let us know if you can walk with us by the Thursday before our “Park Day.” Spelling Tests and Math Tests Math tests will be given weekly to confirm that the students have mastered the skill that they were working on that week. Should they not master the concept, we will revisit the skill. Every Friday, students will be given a spelling test on the spelling words that were given that week. Since these assignments will be completed at home, please be sure to check over your child’s work nightly. Birthdays We celebrate the students’ birthdays on the Friday before or the day of their birthday. We sing a special Montessori Birthday song and if you like students may bring in one flower for each year to make a special arrangement. The entire class will share goodies if you choose, so please bring enough to share with 20 students. Some healthy snack ideas that the children really like are: Cut up Fruit, Fruit kabobs, Muffins, Breads, Frozen Go-Gurts, Cheese and crackers, Veggies and dip, etc. Other healthy ideas are welcome. Parent-Teacher Conferences Parent-Teacher conferences are held during October and March. Look for a sign-up sheet during that time. It will be located just outside the door to the classroom near the bulletin board. Notices will go home in the weekly newsletter. You may e-mail or call me to sign up if you are unable to come onto campus. Pick-ups If you need to pick up your child early, we request that you send a note in the morning if possible. We can help your child to be ready, and it will be less disruptive to the class. Your child’s safety is our number one concern. Your child will only be allowed to leave school with those names on his or her emergency card. If someone else is picking up your child, we must receive a written notice. This person needs to show ID if the teachers do not know him or her. Thank you so much for your cooperation! Please wait until 3:00 to come into the classroom to pick up your child. The last few minutes of class are an important time for our end of the day reflections. Me Museum Your child will be chosen to be the Me Museum person for a specific week. They will be a line leader as well as help lead opening and closing circle. Please help your child choose up to 10 items that are special to him/her. It is important that these items can fit into a 10-gallon aquarium, so they should fit into a large grocery bag when they come to school. These items will remain on display for the other students to look at for this week. Also you child may bring in flowers to arrange on the tables. Parent Volunteer Positions 2010-2011 Room Parents (party organizers/helpers) Dusting shelves CAC Representatives Knitting group Dusting shelves Special project helpers Field trip parent coordinators on Friday afternoons Harvest Faire class coordinator Art docent Walk with class to the park approx. 11am-1pm Sharpen pencils Spring Carnival class coordinator Pancake Breakfast class coordinator Classroom party helpers Computer helpers (Rosetta Stone/Accelerated Reader) Put homework folders together Monday mornings Reading with students Classroom maintenance At Home Jobs… Cutting of laminate Cutting of paper Reading log parent Other dates of importance are listed on the school calendar, monthly school newsletters, and weekly classroom newsletters. Welcome to the Gardenia Class! Ms. Joey and Ms. Lori California Montessori Project Gardenia Class Field Trip and Classroom Volunteer Requirement Receipt Please make a copy of all paperwork you hand into the office to keep for your files. Please have the office staff that receives your paperwork date and sign that they did receive your paperwork below. Items # 1 and 2 are required to work in the classroom. All items #1 through 5 must be completed and turned in to drive on a field trip 2 weeks prior to our first field trip. Thank you! DATE Recipients’ Signature 1. TB Test Results _________________ ___________________ 2. Live Scan _________________ ___________________ Finger Printing 3. Driving History _________________ ___________________ Report 4. Copy of Driver’s_________________ ____________________ License 5. Proof of Insurance_______________ ____________________ *Must be updated in the office whenever your policy is renewed.