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    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.

    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.  


    peanut free room

    We will be eating a daily snack around 10:45.

    Students may bring in a water bottle. NO GLASS PLEASE

    Remember, 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 (tdelsontro@jacksonsd.org) 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 ask EVERY student to 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 up as a reader and thinker. Thank you so much for your cooperation and assistance and......... HAPPY READING!!

    Math     Math: Topic 3 (multiplying larger numbers)

    books    Reading: Unit 1 (Character Study)

               Writing: Unit 1 (Narrative Story Writing)



    Upcoming Events:  






         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 that these items are on the cart outside the visitor's door.


    ARRIVAL PROCEDURES:  Please be advised at no time should any vehicle enter or exit 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 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 your child off.
        • 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 the vehicle. This can create a dangerous situation.

    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's 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:

    • Present your valid photo identification to the receptionists prior to signing your child out.
    • Follow the 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.


     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 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



     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 desks organized this year! 

    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)


    1 box of tissues 

    Thank you for your assistance with getting the supplies necessary to begin the school year off right!!