Mrs. H's Website

Portable B-1 @ Lum Elementary School

Dear Parents,

I hope you have all enjoyed the winter break with dear friends and family. It's such a nice time of tradition and reflection on the year we've had. It's been a year of great transitions for me. Most recently, we've added a member to our family- a 9 month of giant of a puppy, named Clark, who I plan on training to become a visiting member of my classroom. That won't happen for another year or two, but a special ed teacher can dream, right?

I've spent a lot of my winter break in set-up mode, but I've had to balance my time in the classroom with toddler life in both canine and human form. That said, I'm EXCITED about January. This month we are starting anew! It will be a time for our students to learn their way around a new classroom environment. We will continue with the same daily activity structure, however, work times are being extended to 20 and 30 minute sessions. Please check out the schedule page for working updates.

One of our focuses this month will be the introduction of our classroom token economy. The token economy consists of school money. The kids will be earning quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies and their challenge will be to work on exchanging their coins for dollars at the classroom bank so that they can purchase items at the classroom store every Friday afternoon. Teaching of the token economy will be individualized for each student and for ways of supporting your child at home, please shoot me an email!

You can help me hype up our token economy to your kiddos at home! Reinforce how many quarters are needed to make a dollar, etc. I'll post a few activities that we do to this newsletter and I'd like it to remain a fluid working doc that I update at least monthly. You can always print a copy of this newsletter by clicking "file" and "print" in most internet browsers like Chrome, (Google). But at least we'll save a few trees!

The best way to get in touch with me is to email me at ihernandez@alameda.k12.ca.us. Or please call the school and they can transfer you to my new room, Portable B-1. I've added some items to our class amazon wish list in case anyone feels like helping out with donations or a grant to fund more classroom supplies, please contact me :-)

Thank you all for your support and kindness,


Ia (Mrs. H)




Check out our team of Lum Bears posing for cookie selfies before winter break! Let's kick of 2017 with more fun!