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    Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!

     Mrs. Raucci's Class Page

    My name is Mrs. Raucci and I will be your child's teacher this year.  I am so excited to meet my new students.  You will have a fantastic first year at Switlik Elementary School!  Switlik is a GREAT school and you will love it! 

    **I use REMIND to help keep you informed about important news and updates.  Remind is a free service that allows you to get messages directly on your phone.

    Signing up is easy. Text my class code @raucci5 to the phone number 81010 

    Please feel free to email me at traucci@jacksonsd.org anytime throughout the year with any questions or concerns that you may have.

    Please note:  Please remember to bring a photo ID when planning to visit the school/classroom.



          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.

    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 3:05 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.

    Child Care:

    • Parents wishing to pick their students up from childcare may begin to do so at 3:15 p.m. We ask that parents wait until dismissal is complete before signing out childcare students.

    EARLY DISMISSAL: will conclude at 2:45 p.m.  Any parent who wishes to sign out their child after 2:45 p.m. will wait until dismissal at 3:10 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.


    Up-Coming Events







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    This week the kids will learn: 

    This week the kids will learn: play, here, if

    First 25 words: (kids should know these)

    I, can, like, to, the, an, am, go, my, is, see, this, we, me, he, it, you, and, at, an, on, in, do, up, a

    Group 2 Words:  look, she, yes, not , come


    Phonics-  Fundations is the name of our amazing phonics program.  We begin the year learning all 26 letters (several letters per week).  They will learn to identify capital, lowercase, and identify the sound of each letter.  The kids will also begin to read 2-3 sight words per week.  I recommend that the children review the letters and words daily.


    Reader's Workshop-   In reader's workshop the students will learn to read in many ways.  In the beginning of the year, they will learn to look at the pictures and tell a story.  Eventually, they will read the exact words on the page.  The kids are always encouraged to look at the pictures.

    *The kids have already learned to look at the illustrations, think about what they see, read, and learn.

    *The kids have learned to look at he beginning of the words to make sure the sounds matches the letters.

    We are learning Super Powers:

    We have sound power. (look at the letters/sounds to make sure they match)

    We have re-read power. (reread to make it better)

    We have pointer power. (Use a tool or finger to point as we read)

    We have picture power. (look at the picture if we get stuck)

    We have pattern power. (Learn the pattern to read better)

    We have persistance power. (We do not GIVE UP.  When one power does not work, we use another)


    Writer's Workshop- The students are writing about what they know.  They may write about bicycles, bugs, dogs, letters, etc.  Then they will illustrate and label.   

    *Recently, the kids have learned to ssstttrrreeetch out sounds using a rubber band to spell words.  


    Narrative Writing: The kids have learned that a narrative is a story about them.  It is a true story that has a beginning, a middle, and an end.  They are expected to write a personal narrative across three pages.  It needs to be in order.  They are encouraged to add speaking parts and draw details about what is happening.  The students need to make spaces between words, write a capital at the beginning of each sentence, and use the word wall to spell sight words.







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     This week the kids are working on:
    Topic 6- Addition
    Math Envision 2.0
    This year we are using a program called Envision 2.0
    You can access the website at home using the following link 
    Once on the website, follow the following directions....
    • 1.  At the Pearson sign-in page, click the box that says Pearson EasyBridge Plus & Auto
    • 2.  At the box where it says to choose your district, type/select:

    3.  Student Log In Information:

    Login:  Student ID#

    Password: First Name + Grade level


    Bucket Filling Initiative
    Switlik Elementary School is commmitted to creating a 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.*** Each month a student will be chosen from every class to be the Bucket filler of the month.  They will get their picture taken and posted on the school web page.
    Switlik Reading Challenge
    Let the competition begin!!!  Each student is encouraged to read every night.  Every student that completes their reading log each week, will be rewarded at the end of each month.  If our class reads the most, we win the GOLDEN BOOK AWARD for our grade!  Let's get reading!




    Your child will need a backpack that will hold a 9 x 12 folder.  Please make sure your child’s name is in everything that comes to school.  (They tend to forget what they own)  Also, it will be beneficial if they have crayons, pencils, scissors, and glue at home for homework.   Please label it with your child's name.  Our class can always use tissues, wipes, and Lysol wipes to keep our room sanitized.  I am requesting that you send in a family photo for the kids to put in their cubby.   Thank you!!


    Class Wish List

    Please note: we are a peanut free classroom

    **Please note:  You may send in snacks that "may contain nuts", but no actual peanuts or peanut butter. Thank you:)

    Snacks for students (pretzels, animal crackers, Goldfish, cereal etc.)

    Prizes for our prize box- (They love any small toys that your child is done playing with, goody bag toys, etc.)

    Ziploc bags (all sizes)

    brown lunch bags

     Smarties candy

    baby wipes 



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    The kids will eat lunch in the cafeteria.  Lunch is only 30 minutes, so please keep that in mind when packing your child’s lunch. The kids will have access to a card that they will swipe to make lunch purchases.    


     Snack Time

    We are a peanut free classroom.

    We will also have a small snack daily and I am asking that parents send in snack donations for the whole class to share.  Snack items needed are, Goldfish, boxes of dry cereal, Teddy Grahams, Animal Crackers, Pretzels, etc.  Please feel free to send in a water bottle for your child to drink while they are in the classroom.  Water bottles need to be labeled.  Thank you so much for your generosity!


    Time for Specials!




    Monday- Computers

    Tuesday- Gym 

    Wednesday- Library

    Thursday- Music

    Friday- Art





    The kids will go out to our awesome playground every day. (weather permitting).  Please have your child wear sneakers and comfortable clothes.  They will not be able to use the playground equipment if they are not dressed appropriately.  They will not play if they are wearing high heeled shoes, sandles, flip flops, or boots.  Sneakers only!  Thank you.