Mrs. Walker’s Wizards
Welcome to a new school year in C2! I am so excited to be working with all of you this year. Our amazing journey together will be a year filled with new-life experiences, new lessons, new ways and new fun as we venture through Third Grade! To nurture the LOVE OF LEARNING will be a key focus in C2 while empowering your/our child to be the best person/student they can be. We are a “circle of friends” working together!
Stay Connected: In-person, Email, Phone
Communication between home and school is an extremely important relationship that I value and work hard towards every day. I have an open-door policy which means stop by anytime and/or schedule an appointment to meet with me. I do have adjunct duties (e.g. Yard Duty) as well. You may call me at 335-2101 and/or email me directly at email@example.com. With telephone calls, I may or may not pick-up, but do leave a message if you wish. Please allow me a courtesy 24 hour or one (1) day turn around time to get back, but do realize that it is my intention to get back to you as soon as possible. In order for me to balance my life and my family, please know that my work laptop rarely comes home with me. I will see all email messages on the following work day and respond accordingly. Your understanding is appreciated.
On Time and Ready to Go! Go! Go!
Attendance is vital to the success of your child. School starts at 8:10 sharp! If C2’s door (black top side) is CLOSED and the class line has entered the room, then class has started and your child is LATE. Your child will need to go DIRECTLY to the office to receive a tardy slip. *Remember if the door is closed a slip is needed* Rarely do I accept exceptions to this rule-- students will learn this the very first week, so trust them, and support their knowledge and understanding! Allow sufficient time to get to school safely and to ensure promptness. Punctuality is an important life skill and I strive to instill this in them.
After school pick-up procedures are that students are released to a parent/guardian, or have their “plan” in place (e.g. Clubhouse). This should be clearly communicated with your child. Your child knows it is my policy to have them sit at the blue table outside C2 until their “ride” has arrived. It is our responsibility to ensure their safety, and I realize circumstances do arrive; however, I, too, have commitments beyond my work day.
Blossom Hill’s campus is open to students starting at 7:55 daily. Please do not leave your child unattended before this time as staff supervision does not begin until this time. We want all our students to be safe and well taken care of.
Please know that your child’s attendance is related to his or her achievement and success in the classroom. When your child is late or absent, he or she misses important learning opportunities in the classroom. I realize situations arise; however, attendance is key.
School dismissal is at 2:33 pm daily on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.
Early Release Wednesday dismissal is at 12:07. Should there be a change in transportation/pick-up for a particular afternoon that you are aware of, please send a written note with your child.
Walker’s Wizards Rockin’ Routine (A “Typical” Day in C2)
8:10-8:45 Morning Routines: Pledge, Daily Language, Math Practice, Journal
9:45-10:05 Rockin’ Recess
10:05-10:20 Record Homework/SQUIRT (Silent, Quiet, Uninterrupted, Indpt. Reading Time) 10:20-11:57 Language/Reading/Writing/Handwriting
11:57-12:50 Rockin’ Recess First-Lunch Second
12:50-2:25 Read Alout/Social Studies/Science/Art/Projects
2:25 Clean-Up, Circle Time, Agenda
2:33 Dynamite Dismissal
Extra Programs into our Weekly Schedule
Tuesday: Computer Lab 10:10-11:00
Wednesday: Love Library 10:45-11:15
Thursday: Music 10:05-10:45
District Art: 10:45-11:45 on 8/29 and 2/6 10:30-11:30 on 9/9 and2/10
Mrs. Walker’s Yard Duty
Wednesday 7:55-8:07 and 12:10-12:25
Daily- DO’s Each day your child needs to have the following:
Lunchbox/bag(if bringing a lunch)
Healthy snacks (please limit candy in the lunch...healthy choices provide proper energy Water or drinks (bottles at recess/lunch time are encouraged)
Please label all of these items with your child’s name/room number *many look alikes
Your child will need to bring a nutritious snack daily. Even if your child says that he/she does not want a snack, our bodies are hungry by the time we get to morning recess, and a snack gives them the boost they need to focus. This is especially true on Wednesdays, and given our new Lunch schedule this year. Something on Wednesdays despite our Early Dismissal schedule is strongly encouraged. THANKS!
Mrs. Walker’s Wizards Classroom Rules:
9 WAYS TO A HAPPY CLASSROOM were talked about in C2. Wizards are working towards respecting and following our rules. Do Your Best!
Be a friend
Help Clean Up
Raise your hand (*use classroom sign language)
Walk in a line
Walk... Don’t run!
Keep your hands to yourself
After discussing what each one meant, each Wizard took an “oath” that they could do it and follow these rules. We want to support, encourage and EMPOWER each other to be the best person/student we can be!
CONSEQUENCES FOR OUR NOT SO GOOD IN-SCHOOL CHOICES:
Yellow Card : TIME-OUT (2-5 MINUTES-BENCH)
Orange Card: 5+ MINUTES PLUS WORK AND/OR ASSIGNMENT
Red Card : CALL PARENT AFTER SCHOOL- STUDENT TALKS! (OFFICE IF NEEDED)
**AT THE END OF THE DAY CARDS GO BACK TO...TOMORROW IS A NEW DAY!!!**
Weekly Work Packets and Newsletter
Every Wednesday your child’s work will be sent home. Take time to go over your Wizard’s accomplishments. This time together really is key to their success. Note: Students may also receive a stamp of “parent signature” or “please resubmit” or “please review at home” so it is important that parents review the Wednesday packets to monitor your child’s progress.
Important information about the school, classroom, and community programs may also be attached in this packet. Some of this information is also available online at www.bhs.k12.ca.us. Walker’s Wizards Newsletter (purple) is my weekly bulletin. Please read what is happening in C2! Look for the “TAKE 5- TALK TIME TOGETHER” questions to help you engage in a meaningful conversation about the learning going on. We expect our children to do well, and hearing about it is just as important!
Happy Homework! Homework Buddies! (and Policies)
Students have a Homework Folder (Purple). It has their Homework Assignment sheet with the list of assignments that have been talked about in class (to ensure understanding) and are due the next day. Students copy the assignments and are responsible for the work the next day. Homework provides students with extra practice on concepts learned in class. Doing homework is an important life skill that will continue for some time.
Homework should take the average student about 30 minutes. However, this can be a shorter or longer time period depending on the child. If you find that it is taking your child longer, that is okay as long as he/she is having a positive, learning experience. The homework should NOT be stressful or something that is a constant struggle at home.
I realize that many students are involved in extra curricular activities, but it is important that we teach them how to prioritize what is important! Remember, too, that sports in middle school, high school and college do require that their academics and studies meet acceptable grade requirements to even participate. Please encourage your child to be responsible for his or her own homework in their “Homework Folder”.
Please look at your child’s homework each night, but please LIMIT your corrections to it. It is important that I see their efforts so I know where they are at academically. Having perfect papers is not the goal of my homework program. It is important that you support your child’s learning at home by being in tune with what they are doing; however, it is their responsibility to show me what they know.
In addition, the students are expected to read about 70 pages per week (or more if possible), they need to read their book at least 20 minutes per night as a part of their homework. - In third grade I expect students to read a “just right” book daily. I will be keeping outside reading logs and also doing oral book reports in class. Any work that is not completed during class becomes homework.
Suggestions to help your child with homework include the following:
Set up a study area for them to do their homework daily--routine “space” can be helpful
A friendly reminder to make sure their folder is in their backpack is okay especially at the start, but--LET THEM PHYSICALLY PUT IT IN. *If you see it not in their backpack, refrain from doing it for them. This enables them to count on you, and I want them to learn to count on themselves. Sometimes to “forget and experience the consequence” on their own will be the step they have to experience in order to realize their role with regards to homework and being a responsible, active learner. Think EMPOWER, no enable!
Allow them to express themselves to you and use their words--facilitate but don’t direct.
Encourage them to always do their best--that is what matters, and from this confidence and desire to take risks can bring huge rewards.
These are just suggestions that can help make the homework process a good, positive journey!
LATE WORK POLICY: If your child does not complete his or her homework, LATE work will be accepted, but a penalty will be incurred in the grade book. If a pattern of late work takes place, I would suggest a meeting to work with your child/you to come up with ways to lessen this practice. Again, meeting deadlines on time is a life skill. Students have “Homework Buddies” listed in their Homework Folder as a strategy for them to problem solve Homework situations. Encourage them to call their buddies and figure out a solution to their possible problem.
Grading/Report Card Grading Scale: I will use a percentage-based system to calculate grades.
94 or above = E (Excellent)
89-93 = S+ (Exceeding Standard)
79-88 = S (Meeting Standard)
70-78 = S- (Approaching Standard)
69 or below = N (Below or Far Below Standard)
Report cards are given in November, March, and June. Conference take place November 4th -8th and then optional conferences will take place in Spring.
Parent volunteers are welcome and needed with C2 in a variety of ways including field trips (drivers/chaperones), classroom events, Project Cornerstone, Love Library, and At-Home Project help. Please see the sign up sheets to see how you can help. Thanks for your support!
In order to balance my programs, and continue to build on your child’s opportunities to be independent, confident learners there will be few in-class volunteer opportunities in C2.
Please know that all volunteers must have updated TB Clearance on file in the office to work in C2. Drivers/Chaperones must also submit a District Insurance Form (each year it needs to be updated). Each family member who wishes to drive must individually submit an proper paperwork.
Birthdays are special and meant to be celebrated! However, I’m believing that at this age home birthday celebrations take place. All birthdays are acknowledged. No edibles are allowed in C2 given the allergies/sensitivities within our BH community. Please note that food for parties/events will be planned taking allergies into full consideration. Birthday invitations should be sent from home and not passed out at school-respecting the feelings of all is important.
Student of the Week (VIP)
Every week one child is selected as the student of the week. The dates and students for each week are listed in the Star Student schedule (online). Posters will be sent home about a week prior to the week that the student will be the star student. Please help them fill in the poster, including photos if possible, and send a special item for them to share. Everything will be returned by the end of that week.
Fabulous Field-Trips for C2 The trips will align with our curriculum and give us a chance to experience new things outside the classroom. ONE permission will be sent home for students to participate in ALL these trip. Get your TB Clearance and Insurance on file to support these great places!
Chabot Space & Science Museum (Friday, October 25)
ArtSparks (January TBA)
Long’s Marine Lab (January-March TBA)
Saratoga One-Room Schoolhouse (April TBA)
Apple Valley-End of Year Picnic (Final week of school, June TBA)
Halloween Parade, St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and Art Docent Student Art Show
Mrs. Walker’s Closing Words
I know this packet has a wealth of information that I hope you find helpful. I am THRILLED to be teaching Third Grade with my Wizards where the magic is happening and “C2 ROCKS”! As we all venture forward towards greater academic, social, and emotional times in C2, I would suggest that you keep this packet and reference it as needed throughout the year.
Be proud, use words of encouragement, and truly enjoy this wonderful journey that your child is on. And most of all, remember that my goal is to continue to nurture the LOVE OF LEARNING and teach them life skills as well while they will be making amazing strides as young people.
In C2, there are several key mottos which I encourage my students to learn and understand, and they include the following:
Do it right, do it once!
There is a solution for every problem!
Be empathetic...always, always, always!
Live, laugh, love! Empower each other!
Looking forward to a fabulous year in C2. Feeling lucky, feeling blessed and know that TOGETHER we can make a difference.