Dear Switlik Families,
In our continued effort to promote literacy and a love of reading, we have continued to partner with Bubbakoo’s for their "Read It to Eat It" program.
How it works:
- "Book List Cards" will be sent home this week.
- Students read and record 5 books during the month. These can be at home or school!
- Return the filled in card to your child’s teacher.
- The classroom teacher will sign the bottom and staple the "Free Student Meal Card" onto the "Book List Card" and give it back to your child.
- Students take BOTH cards to Bubbakoo’s for a free student meal!
Enjoy your books and free Bubbakoo’s!
If you need Technological Support
All Remote Day Students must attend our Google Meets.All meetings will begin promptly at 2:30 every remote day.Students that Do NOT attend will be marked absent for the day.
IMPORTANT NOTE TO PARENTS: DON'T FORGET TO FILL OUT YOUR CHILD'S HEALTH SCREENING FORM DAILY.
A daily bagged lunch is strongly encouraged for all students.
Once school begins, my main general classroom communication is the REMIND text system, email (for both students and parents), and Google Classroom. I will continue to update this class page frequently with any new information that I need to share until I have those other forms of communication set up with your personal contact information.
Since you will be learning both in school AND at home, it is important that you bring your laptop to school with you on the first day of school and every other day! ALL CHROMEBOOKS SHOULD BE CHARGED NIGHTLY! Our Google Classroom will be the hub for your learning, and we will be setting it up on our very first day together.
At this time, we will not have snack or food in the classroom. Birthday and holidays will not be celebrated this year in school, but if things should change, room 20 is peanut free!
To the Parents of Room 20:
A great parent-teacher relationship is necessary for a successful school year. I will communicate with you through notes (in your child's planner), telephone calls, email and/or conferences. Please check your child's planner daily for any communication related to your child or class changes. These changes will also be posted on my class page. Should you have any questions or concerns at any time, feel free to contact me via note, e-mail (email@example.com) or by phone (732.833.4650). I will do my best to get back to you that day. I am looking forward to getting to know every child in my class and helping each and every one of my students have a successful and fun school year.
This fact NEVER goes away: In order for students to be successful in the fourth grade curriculum, it is essential that they memorize their multiplication facts. This cannot be accomplished without your help. Please spend 5 minutes per night reviewing multiplication facts with flash cards. There are links to multiplication websites on my class page.
This is what we will be working on:
Reading is a big part of learning, so I will ask that EVERY student participate in our Reading Challenge. As part of their nightly homework obligation, students are required to read 2 steps or a total of 30 uninterrupted minutes. Please provide your child with a quiet place to read and an opportunity to discuss what they have read. Reading with your child is extremely important at any age and this will give you another way to communicate with them. Book talks are important and an essential part of growing as a reader and thinker. Thank you so much for your cooperation and assistance and......... HAPPY READING!!
Math: Students are working on Topic 3: Multiplying multi-digit numbers using various strategies. Students should be practicing their multiplication facts nightly.
Reader's Workshop: Students are working on Unit 1: Interpreting Characters- The Heart of the Story. Students will study the complexity of characters and explore themes while developing skills such as inference and interpretation.
Writing: Students are working on Unit 1: The Arc of the Story- Writing Realistic Fiction. Students will develop believable characters with struggles and motivations.
I will be sending home Scholastic catalogs throughout the year. You can help us earn free books for our classroom!
Our class code is- JZ47N
LET ‘S WORK TOGETHER:
Student Safety is always paramount at Switlik School. We are asking for help in allowing our staff to focus on our shared goal of keeping our children safe and focused on learning. We appreciate your continued support and collaboration with us in ensuring that all students are safe.
ENTRANCE PROCEDURES: Valid Photo Identification is required each time you visit the school. We ask that you wait 20 minutes after student arrival to approach the building to be signed in for your visit. (Exceptions are made for scheduled appointments approved by your child’s principal/teacher/counselor.
- All visitors will notify the receptionist using the buzzer by the visitor doors.
- At the buzzer, all visitors are required to present their valid photo identification to the camera, state the purpose of their visit and/or specify with whom they have the appointment or which student they are picking up.
- At the second set of doors, buzz again for access to reception.
- This includes drop off and pick up for morning and aftercare
Please do not hold the door open for others behind you. We realize this feels awkward and against the rules of good manners, but it’s important that each visitor be acknowledged individually through the buzzer system.
- If the appointment and/or purpose is verified, the visitor will be buzzed in and must present themselves to the receptionists immediately upon entry.
- The visitor’s ID will be held until the visitor leaves the building and the visitor will receive a guest badge. This procedure helps us to know that the visitor has departed by ensuring they leave the same way they arrived.
- Please limit “dropped off” items to only those items your child truly needs during the school day (e.g. necessary clothing changes, important schoolwork or lunch/items that are required for that day). Using the buzzer by the visiting door, inform the receptionists these items are on the cart outside the visitor door.
ARRIVAL PROCEDURES: Please be advised at no time should any vehicle be entering or exiting through our bus ramp during arrival or dismissal times. Please review and adhere to the following:
Arrival Time: 8:50-9:05 a.m. We will not have staff on duty before this time.
- No child should be left off at the school without a staff member in attendance.
- Morning arrival for children is located at the back of the building (gym vestibule entrance).
- Parents who choose the “Kiss and Drop” loop should adhere to the following safety procedures:
- Stay in the right lane along the curb, pull up to the red line:
- Pull up to the gym vestibule entrance doors to drop off your child.
- Parents are to remain in their vehicles at all times.
- Students must exit from the passenger side door.
- Parents will not be permitted to enter the building during drop off arrival time.
- Do not pass other vehicles while children are exiting from vehicle, this can create a dangerous situation.
- Stay in the right lane along the curb, pull up to the red line:
After 9:05 a.m., the start of the school day, parents dropping off their children must park in the main parking lot and escort them inside to the main office receptionist desk in order to sign them in. At this time, children are considered late. Valid Photo Identification is required each time you visit the school.
No child is to be dropped off at the main entrance without a parent/ guardian signing them in.
Parent Pick Up:
- Doors at the back of the building (gym vestibule entrance) for parent pick up will open at 1:25 p.m.
- Present your valid photo identification to the receptionists prior to signing your child out.
- Follow instructions of receptionists as to where to stand while waiting for your child to arrive.
- Please do not park in the bus lane during this time.
- Parents wishing to pick their students up from childcare may begin to do so at 1:25 p.m. We ask that parents wait until dismissal is complete before signing out childcare students.
EARLY DISMISSAL: will conclude at 1:00 p.m. Any parent who wishes to sign out their child after 1:00 p.m. will wait until dismissal at 1:25 p.m. Please refer to the Switlik School Handbook.
If you will be picking your child up early, we prefer you notify the school as early in advance as you can, but at least by the morning of pick up. This can be done through a note sent in with the child, or an email to the teacher and principal. In the event of a true emergency, please contact the school reception desk by phone (732) 833-4650 extension 4135, prior to arrival if possible. We realize there are often instances where early pick-up is necessary (medical or other appointments), but we respectfully ask that you limit early sign-outs to only times when they are necessary.
The PTN is looking for volunteers. Please contact Samantha Marley or PTN.firstname.lastname@example.org
The Box Top contest is under way! Please help support our PTN by sending in as many box tops as you can. Collection sheets can be printed from the PTN website, or you can send them in loose.
Pre- and Post On Demand Writing Assessments
For each Unit of Writing’ Workshop, students complete a Pre-on Demand writing sample at the onset of the new unit and then a Post On Demand piece upon completion of the unit. The Pre On Demand piece is a formative assessment used to identify the strengths and weaknesses of the student(s) before beginning the unit of study.The Pre On Demand sample does not count toward the student’s grade. This assessment equips the teacher with an understanding of the student(s) needs while preparing instruction to meet the needs of his(her) learners.
At the end of each unit, the students will complete a Post On Demand sample which is a summative assessment counting toward the student’s performance on the unit. The teacher analyzes each piece to identify the growth the student has made since writing the first sample.
Each assessment is scored on a rubric that analyzes development of ideas, organization, elaboration as well as conventions including sentence structure, punctuation, capitalization , and grammar. It is expected that the child will show growth from the onset.
The rubric is scored on a scale of 1 - 4, with four being the highest score.
It should be noted that the rubric used is set on a June expectation.
4= writing exceeds grade level expectations
3= writing is on grade level and meets the expectations of the grade level.
2= writing is approaching grade level expectations.
1= writing is below grade level expectations
A note from our Principal, Mrs. McKiernan:
Writer’s Workshop is up and going at Switlik School!
As we continue in the second marking period, grades 1- 5 will enter a new unit of writing instruction. Across the grades students will be working on an array of informational writing forms from how-to books, all about books, science lab reports, and history research topics in grades 4 and 5. Our kindergarten students will continue to work on the foundations of Writer’s Workshop program.
In Writer’s Workshop, students write daily studying author's texts to see how they can strengthen their own writing techniques by following the author. Teachers work to help students develop greater writing stamina with daily writing. Our students are demonstrating great enthusiasm with Writer’s Workshop.
Bucket Filling Initiative
Switlik Elementary School is working towards a more caring and respectful environment. We are using the world acclaimed book by Carol McCloud, Have You Filled a Bucket Today- A Guide to Daily Happiness for Kids in order to create a safer, kinder, more respectful school culture.
Our desk storage space is limited, I ask that the students REFRAIN from bringing in large binders. The following is a wish list of suggested supplies to help keep student work and desk organized this year!
1 marble composition book
2 folders labeled Homework and Class Work
1 small pencil case or box that will hold the following items: 1 pack of pencils, 2 pens, 1 pack of colored pencils, 1 glue stick, 1 highlighter, and 2 erasers
1 pack of Post-it-Flags
2 packs of Post-it-Notes (3x3)
2 boxes of tissues
Thank you for your assistance with getting the supplies necessary to begin the school year off right!!