FROM THE TEACHER: We have had a very busy first week here at Pitner. We have been working hard to learn a new routine and to learn the rules of our classroom. We have started on our Zoophonics lessons this week and have learned the sounds of the letters a, and b. Ask your child to show you the movement and make the letter sound. We will continue learning a letter a day until we reach z. When we complete our Zoophonics unit we will start at the beginning of the alphabet and spend more time on each letter. We have also been learning about classroom manners this week. We will continue working on this next week.
NEWSLETTERS: To save paper this year I will post my newsletter on my blog every Friday and not send home a paper copy. If you do not have access to technology please let me know and I will send it to on paper. The address to my blog is http://www.cobblearning.net/cassidymw/. You can also go to it by going to our Pitner website and going to the school links, faculty and staff and clicking on my blog beside me name.
OPEN HOUSE: Open House will be held on Thursday August 9, 2018 so please mark your calendar.
PAPERWORK: Thank you to all of you who have turned in the paperwork from Cobb County and from our classroom. It is so important for us to have the information we ask for to best meet the needs of your child.
BEHAVIOR: I believe that every child needs lots of praise for good behavior. Each morning your child will be given a happy face on the calendar that is in their folder. If your child is having a difficult day and is unable to follow directions, or disrupts our class they will be warned twice and then they will be given a straight face. We always give the students lots of opportunities to change their color back to green. If a student hits or strikes another student they will be given an unhappy face and the opportunity to change their color back to green is taken away. When a child is able to keep all of their happy faces they will be rewarded on Friday with a trip to the reward box.
TRANSPORTATION CHANGES: Please let us know of any transportation changes in writing. You are welcome to write the information on the calendar in their folder. If you have a last minute change you can call or fax the change to the office at 678-594-8319. If your child will be a car rider on a regular basis you will need a car tag. If you would like one to keep for special occasion pickups or need more for other family members please let us know. If you do not have a car tag you will need to come into the school and sign your child out prior to 1:45.
ORANGE FOLDERS: Your child will bring home an orange folder almost every night this year. Inside you will find valuable communications, newsletters, and your child’s class work. Please look in the folder each evening and take out the class work that is in it, check for communications and return the folder to your child’s book bag so that it comes back to school each morning.
SNACK: We have lunch at 10:24 every day so it is a very long time until the end of our day. Please make sure that your child has a snack. We only have 10 minutes allotted for snack so please only send a small snack. I do keep a small amount of snack in the classroom for children who occasionally forget to bring a snack but I do not have enough to provide snack every day.
ARRIVAL TIME & BREAKFAST: Children need to be in the classroom and ready to start working when the bell rings at 7:45. (I do know that on rare mornings it just isn’t meant to be!) Students can buy breakfast here each morning from 7:15 – 7:40. They stop serving breakfast right at 7:40 so please make sure that they arrive a few minutes early if they will be eating breakfast here as they must come by the classroom first to drop off their book bag and to get their breakfast card.
Have a great weekend!
Mrs. Cassidy, Mrs. Perry and Mrs. Palmer