Our 2013-2014 school year has begun. We are off to an amazing start and I am very excited for our upcoming year. This letter is to inform parents about the classroom routines and policies and will be updated or revised if policies change our concerns need to be addressed. The items on this letter are current and will apply throughout the year.
***Throughout the school year, parents are welcome to email/phone me or visit the school when there are questions or concerns about a students progress. Please know that I will respond diligently but not during instructional time. That is, I will respond after instructional hours either before or after school and/or lunch time.***
I consider it a great privilege and responsibility to be your child's teacher and I look forward to meeting with all parents. Through the remainder of this letter, I will share some of my beliefs and classroom policies.
I believe that parent-teacher relationships are necessary for maximum school success. Throughout the year I will communicate with parents through notes, telephone calls, emails, report cards and parent-teacher conferences. I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at any time. You can call me at school (ext.254) send me a written note or contact me via email email@example.com . I am available for conferences regarding your child’s progress from 8:00a.m. to 8:30am., and 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. by appointment on school days.
During the school year there will be a variety of special classroom activities and celebrations. I encourage you to attend these functions when possible and to support them by sending needed supplies or treats. Your support of school activities makes your child feel important and sends the message that you value school.
Elementary students attend school from 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., the Before and Afterschool Program notwithstanding. If you need to pick up your child during the school day, you must sign him/her out in the office. Please write this information into the school agenda and/or send me an email to inform me of your plans.
Students must maintain regular and prompt attendance to ensure academic and social success. I can’t emphasize this point enough!!! If students arrive late, they miss out on learning activities that begin at 9: 00 am. Consistent morning routines are imperative to building a child's sense of independence, balance and confidence. When students regard school attendance as a priority they may begin to regard their academics seriously. .
Please view school as a priority, and see to it that your child attends everyday except in cases of illness or emergency. Students learn by example; that is, if parents value education and educational routines, their child may very well do the same.
Please be aware that Bond Academy students have an extended school day and due to this, students often become worn out and hungry near the end of the day. Please send many healthy snacks for the day, including drinks.
Students are permitted reuseable water bottles in the classroom. Please make sure to label all water bottles.
My personal policy on snack time is that students must eat their healthy snacks before they indulge in treats. Of course I encourage all snacks to be healthy, but I realize children do enjoy a treat once in a while :) !
Reminder: Bond Academy is a nut-free institution. Please be aware of this when packing your child's lunch!!!
Birthdays are special occasions for young children. If your child wishes, he/she may bring nut-free treats for the class on the Friday nearest his/her birthday. If your child wishes to celebrate with a classroom pizza party, I must know a week in advance. Parents need to be informed ahead of time so they may plan for their child's lunch and/or to purchase birthday gifts. When ordering pizza, please remember, students tend to be ravenous creatures at lunch hour. Please send plenty of food and drinks for everyone to share!!!
Reminder: Please do not send birthday party invitations to school unless the entire class has been invited. Although it may seem convenient to distribute invitations this way, it can result in hurt feelings for those not invited.
Students like to bring toys to school. I do not want such items brought into the classroom. That is, students may keep toys in their lockers so they may play with them at recess or after school. I will not be responsible for such items. If toys are brought to school, please have them labelled. I will also remind students that if they choose to play with toys during outdoor recess, they are responsible for them. If you feel your child may be forgetful or careless with their personal items, please don't send toys to school. Children become quite upset when they have lost a favourite toy and will often remain focused on the loss, thus distracting them from school activities.
Bond Academy permits students to bring electronic games to school on Fridays. I support this policy, but students will only be permitted to use them after lunch and during afternoon recess. Students will not be permitted to play with electronic games during morning recess. I believe students need physical activity during recess to rejuvenate themselves physically. Physical exercise helps students to remain focused within the classroom and electronic games do not allow for much physical activity to take place. I will also remind parents that if students do choose to bring electronic games to school, I will not be responsible for them. Please make sure your child's electronic device(s) is labelled.
Establishing good classroom discipline is essential to each child’s success, confidence and well-being. Every child should feel that the classroom environment is safe and secure; free from all threats of physical or emotional harm. In addition, it is important that each child learn to develop self-discipline and good work habits, to resolve conflicts peacefully, and to think independently. For these reasons, the discipline plan I have chosen has several components.
First, the children will learn the purpose of classroom rules and develop the idea that our classroom is a community with the common purpose of learning, growing and becoming friends. Through class discussion and rule making, the children and I will compose a list of classroom rules that protect each student’s right to safety and respect, as well as, outlining the responsibilities that each child has in maintaining class order. New rules will be added if the need arises. The list of classroom rules will be posted online once it has been developed.
The second facet of the discipline plan includes the logical consequences that will occur when class rules are broken. Examples of logical consequences include time-out away from a classroom activity for class disruptions or bothering other children, spending recess time completing work, cleaning or repairing damaged property, or written and/or verbal apologies for aggressive behavior, namecalling or ridicule towards other children. This list is not inclusive since it is impossible to predict all incidents of misbehavior that will occur during the year. The idea is for the consequence to be related to the misbehavior and act as a solution or restitution for the problem. If classroom rules are severely or persistently broken, parents will be contacted by phone or email. A visit to the principal’s office is used as a last resort option, although at times it is the only option.
Finally, discipline includes praise. Praising students when they have followed the rules and have contributed positively to the classroom environment is also a disciplinary 'tactic'. Students need recognition not only for positive reinforcement but for building self-esteem and self-worth. All students will receive praise when it is appropriate; good behaviour is always worth encouraging and taking notice.
I believe establishing good discipline is necessary for childhood development and well-being. I am an educator that is in the 'business' of building people and discipline and boundaries help to do this. As mentioned previously, young students must learn to self-discipline and self-regulate so they may become confident and independent human beings later in life.
In closing, I would like to reiterate that I am looking forward to a great year working with all students! Thank-you in advance for your concern and support throughout the year!!!
Ms. C. Melnik