Meet Mrs. Jensen!
Hello! My name is Francisca Jensen and I am thrilled to be a part of such a diverse school district that is filled with many gifted and talented young children. I am very enthusiastic about the curriculum and know that it will impact our students in a great way!
I wanted to take this time to introduce myself and help you learn more about what I have to offer your children at Wilson Elementary School!
I have been married for almost 7 years, this November 26th! My husband, Derick, works as an adjunct instructor at the University of Central Oklahoma and he substitutes! He has, also, engaged in running for the Oklahoma House of Representatives, District 45 for the upcoming election year, 2012. Therefore, if you see him around, or hear about him, say, “HOWDY”, don’t be shy — take the time to say “hello!” I graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education in December 2003. In 2006, I achieved a goal of mine, and received my Masters Degree in Instructional Leadership and Academic Curriculum, emphasis on Diversity in Students. Currently, I am working on my second masters degree in Early Childhood Education through the University of Central Oklahoma. This will be my ninth year at Wilson (2012 - 2013) and I love to teach at such an amazing school! I received my National Board Certification in 2008 and am EXCITED to use my skills to teach your child! I continued learning and in 2009, I received my English as a Second Language certification in Oklahoma. In addition, I have served on two National Committees through the National Education Association and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. I traveled to Washington, D.C. to serve on these committees and to learn, more, as a professional in Education.
This year is filled with lots of great activities planned! I am confident that I will meet your expectations and look forward to helping your children grow in their knowledge and sharpen their skills and talents. If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me. Working with children and the community has been a dream of mine. Children are the leaders of our future and I am thrilled to be one of the people in Norman to help educate our leaders, your children. I look forward to meeting you and hearing your ideas! Please make plans to let me know when you would like to come and visit our classroom! I would appreciate any volunteers who enjoy working with children and watching them grow and learn, as I do!
Let’s hang on and get ready for an incredible time learning and growing to impact our vastly changing society!
The Classroom Climate!
Our classroom will be structured around building respect for the individual as well as the classroom. A positive learning environment allows students to feel safe and comfortable enough to discuss their thoughts on different issues. In order to create relationships with the students and their learning, the student and the teacher need to be able to share information and ideas about the work. They must be involved in the learning and sharing process. It is up to the teacher and the students to make meaning of the information being taught. Through this environment, students will be building respect towards their peers by understanding their differences and learning about the way their peers think. Therefore, I ask that all children come prepared to have a safe and fun learning experience by bringing a positive attitude, best manners, and fun spirits to school EACH and EVERY day!
BUILDING A SAFE & POSITIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Beginning Meetings/Closing Meetings:
* Your child will have the opportunity to share ideas and collaborate with friends during our “beginning meeting” and “closing meeting.” These meetings will serve as the time that your child will get to know other students through sharing ideas about our “topic of the day,” learn new things through the activities/assignments we embark on, and recall information we learned throughout our busy day!
Quiet Spot/Thinking Area: We will have a “quiet spot” or a “thinking area” available if your child needs some time to reflect and think about his/her behavior. We ask that children come prepared to have good manners and learn with all the students in a safe and positive way, but if your child needs a moment to stop and take some time out of the activities we are doing, he/she may choose to go to the “quiet spot” or the “thinking area.”
* Class Meetings:
* At the beginning and end of each day, the students will have the opportunity to share ideas and thoughts about their morning or their day. They may share things they liked or didn’t like, how somebody helped them feel good about something, happy, or not very excited, or an idea about a specific topic. By discussing this as a group, the students will be expressing their feelings and communicating how they like to be treated.
Mrs. Jensen will be watching the class to see who has used his/her nice-to-be-with manners. If she catches them using them and being the best first grader he/she can be, he/she will have the chance to be the student-of-the-week!
* Caught You Being Good”:
If a child is caught doing his/her job, being nice-to-be-with, being friendly or respectful, or using any other kind manners, he/she will receive a slip of paper and receive a chance to win a prize at the end of the day!
Students will learn greetings and closings so that they may communicate with their friends when they see them in the morning time and when they leave in the afternoon! Students will understand that it is nice to greet a friend when they see them and say goodbye when they are leaving for the day.
Students will learn a new celebration every week. These celebrations are good to know so that children may cheer and share in someone’s joy and good work! When students are “caught doing their job,” they may earn a celebration as an individual, or as a team! Be on the look-out for the HAPPY songs and chants your child brings home to share with you!
**We strive to give all students a safe and healthy learning environment. We respect, care, and take care of one another in our classroom.**
Parent Volunteers are Welcomed!
I have learned that a successful classroom incorporates help from family members, community partnerships, and educational staff. I believe that there should be an open-door policy between these people because it allows conversation for concerns and new ideas. In addition, parents will feel a part of their children’s classroom and their learning. By building relationships between teachers, administrators, parents, and the community, children will have more opportunities to learn through many views.
I wanted to take this time to invite parents to come and volunteer in our school and classroom. Parents are an essential component to the success of our classroom and school, so please feel free to come and visit us! Our class and school will feel blessed with your presence!
Each Thursday, your child will bring home a folder that is filled with his/her completed work. In addition, there will be fliers that inform parents of future endeavors. Please have your child return their folder with a parent’s signature by Friday morning. If there is anybody interested in volunteering to stuff Thursday folders, please contact me as soon as possible! You will be a great help!
I will not be sending a snack calendar home. I ask that EACH family send at least two snacks to school per month. Please send healthy snacks that will feed at least 25 students. EACH family will be responsible for snacks. Please bring a healthy snack that is individually wrapped for the children to enjoy! Thank you, in advance, for providing healthy energy-filled treats to help our stomachs stay full until dinner time!
It is very important to have your child at school by 7:40 a.m.! Students may begin arriving at 7:25 a.m. to eat breakfast in the cafeteria. Students MAY NOT come into the classroom until the bell rings at 7:40 a.m. Prior to 7:40 a.m., they must be in the cafeteria. School is the place to be! Please make sure your child is here every day to learn as much as possible! We work together, learn as a group, and build friendships in our classroom! If your child is not here, we will miss out on learning from him/her and building relationships!
I can’t wait to see all the students back at school! Come with smiling faces on and a great attitude ready to learn! Please come ready to rock-n-roll in Room #14! Get plenty of rest!
- Mrs. Jensen