Mrs. Ballarin's Grade 1/2 Class – “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” Aristotle
 

Welcome to Div. 13

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Dear Parents and Guardians, September 2018

I am glad the school year has started and I am excited to start teaching your child in our Grade 1/2 class! We are in room 207 and division 13. There are 19 students in our classroom and one Educational Assistant, Ms. Weisman. During the next couple of weeks I will assess your child’s abilities and needs so I can plan for a successful year. I spend much of September doing activities which will build identity in themselves as learners and as a class community. Our focus will be on getting to know each other as well as having discussions about ways in which we can create a positive learning environment and a safe and fun classroom.

Your child’s educational success involves a partnership between home and school. Reading with your child, listening to your child read, going to the library, practicing basic math facts, and talking with your child about his or her experiences at school will play a significant role in your child’s academic success.
We want to get each day off to a running start promptly at 8:55a.m. It is to your child’s benefit to have them here just a little bit before 8:55 a.m. every morning. This gives your child a chance to get ready for the day and settle into class as quickly as possible. If you do arrive late, please sign your child in at the office before coming to class.
Meet the teacher night

We will be having an early dismissal at 1:45 on September 20 for meet the teacher night. This night is different than intakes. There will be a BBQ from 4:30-6:30 and during that time, you will come into the classroom, meet me, take a look around and meet other parents in the class. Most of your children will be with you so they may want to show you some things around the room or school as well.
If you would like to set up a time to come and talk to me about your child in the next couple of weeks, please let me know through email and we can arrange that.
If at any time during the school year you would like to discuss your child’s progress or needs, please email me to set up a meeting.

Classroom expectations
During the first few weeks of school, we will be focusing on getting the children accustomed to school routines. I will strive to provide your child with a positive classroom environment where he/she will be encouraged to listen, share and help others. For this environment to be successful, all students must be safe, respectful and responsible. Classroom expectations are set up so that your child can be part of the best learning environment possible. We will be creating and discussing these expectations as a class during the first week of school.

Special Helper and Show and Tell
Each day a child will be the class’ special helper. He/she will lead calendar and will share an item that is special to him/her as part of the Oral Language component for the Language Arts program. It is important that your child brings an item to share with the class on his/her sharing day and that your child is prepared to tell the class a few things about the item and be able to answer some questions about it from his/her classmates (see Mystery Bag for instructions)

Planners
The student planner is a great way to provide communication between home and school. Please check and sign your child’s planner daily. Also check the clear plastic pouch in the front for notices and home reading book. This can also be used to tell me if your child will be picked up early that day. It is not used to discuss your child’s progress. (We can set up a meeting for that)
Gym and Daily Physical Activity
Please make sure that your child is wearing appropriate shoes and comfortable clothing every day, as we will be using the gym 2 times a week (Monday and Friday) for Physical Education and outside (weather permitting) or inside for exercise as part of the Daily Physical Activity requirements.

Homework
Students in primary classes do not get any extra type of homework. What we do ask is that students practice reading daily. I will have a home reading program beginning next week where students come and exchange a book daily. More information on home reading will be provided next week.

Rainy/Snowy days
Please make sure that your child comes to school prepared to go outside on rainy days with appropriate rain gear. Also, if your child comes to school wearing rain or snow boots, please make sure he/she has “inside” shoes to wear inside the school that are easy to take on and off.
Library
In September we will have library drop in times during the school day. In October, open book exchange will begin. I will keep you up to date with times and any changes.

Scholastic Book Orders.
You may already be familiar with the Scholastic Book Club from previous years. Your child will receive book club order forms every month informing you of books available at your child’s interest and age level. Please do not feel obligated to purchase any books, as our school library has a large selection of books for your child to borrow and take home. However, if you are interested please make sure you return the book order and money (cheque payable to Scholastic Books, no cash please) on the due date so the items can be ordered together.

Birthdays
Birthday treats are always welcome, but not mandatory or expected  Please let me know in advance if you will be sending in a treat. I prefer a mini cupcake, cookies or other small treats rather than a cake. We have a nut allergy in our classroom this year. Please bring treats that are nut free.

Snacks and Lunch
Your child needs a snack and a packed lunch every day. Please ensure that your child is bringing a healthy snack and a lunch that doesn’t need to be heated, and with appropriate cutlery if necessary. If your child will go home for lunch, he/she may be picked up at the outside

Library
In September we will have library drop in times during the school day. In October, open book exchange will begin. I will keep you up to date with times and any changes.
Scholastic Book Orders.
You may already be familiar with the Scholastic Book Club from previous years. Your child will receive book club order forms every month informing you of books available at your child’s interest and age level. Please do not feel obligated to purchase any books, as our school library has a large selection of books for your child to borrow and take home. However, if you are interested please make sure you return the book order and money (cheque payable to Scholastic Books, no cash please) on the due date so the items can be ordered together.

Birthdays
Birthday treats are always welcome, but not mandatory or expected  Please let me know in advance if you will be sending in a treat. I prefer a mini cupcake, cookies or other small treats rather than a cake. We have a nut allergy in our classroom this year. Please bring treats that are nut free.

Snacks and Lunch
Your child needs a snack and a packed lunch every day. Please ensure that your child is bringing a healthy snack and a lunch that doesn’t need to be heated, and with appropriate cutlery if necessary. If your child will go home for lunch, he/she may be picked up at the outside classroom door at 12:00 and he/she needs to be back at school by 12:50 in order not to be late for the afternoon. We are trying to make as little waste as possible in our school. Please consider sending water bottles and reusable containers.

I look forward to meeting with you at the meet the teacher night on September the 20th. If you are not able to come by to say hi on this day, please do so any other time. If you would like to set up a time to discuss your child, please send me an email so we can arrange a meeting time. If you have any questions or concerns, please come by after school or send me an email so I can make arrangements to meet.

I anticipate a fun and fulfilling school year of learning and growing. Thank you for your support in your child’s learning.

Sincerely,
Mrs. Christina Ballarin
christina.ballarin@burnabyschools.ca

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