• I am looking forward to an exciting ten months getting to know your child. This year will be an exciting time as children embark upon new adventures in the world of learning. I hope to make your child’s learning experience a fun and exciting one, and I hope to instill a love of learning that will last throughout your child’s years of schooling.

    So much will happen this year! Because of this, the year will be full of important transitions.
    The first days of school are always exciting for me, and this year is no exception.  We will spend the first days getting acquainted with each other and becoming familiar with the classroom routines.  It is extremely important to keep in mind that we all build on small successes. Each child will progress at his/her own rate, acquiring skills as he/she is developmentally ready. Maintaining each child's self-esteem and building a secure foundation for future growth will always remain a priority in our classroom. In our school, learning is a team effort, and you and I have a common goal…to help your child become an independent, joyful learner.  To do this, I will utilize every available minute of our day to enrich your child’s learning.  I will also send classroom newsletters to keep you informed of our activities, and offer a web page with classroom, building, and district information, news, and links.  As for your support, I would suggest:

    ·         continuing OT/PT/speech/classroom activities at home with your child

    ·         accompany your child to our school activities

    ·          call or stop by the classroom when you have questions, concerns, or just want to visit

    ·          support them during the various challenges of becoming an independent child 

    ·         celebrate your child's success, no matter how small it may seem. This will keep your child enthusiastic about learning and proud of their work!

    ·         read to and with your child every day, if possible. The more your child is exposed to language, the easier it will be for him/her to incorporate new skills in reading, writing, and speech/vocabulary in the classroom.

    As you can see, we are in this together; I consider it of prime importance that you be an active part of your child's education.
     I will share some of my beliefs and classroom policies.

    Parent/Teacher Relationship
    I believe that a good parent-teacher relationship is necessary for maximum school success. Throughout the year I will communicate with you through notes, telephone calls, quarterly reports,
    a progress report during the 4th week of each 9 week grading period, and parent-teacher conferences. I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at any time. You can call me at school (205-342-2697), send me a note, e-mail me (sdaniels@tcss.net), or call/text my cellphone (205-361-7489).I am available for conferences regarding your child’s progress from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. by appointment on school days. If you are interested in helping in the classroom, on field trips, or would like to eat lunch with your child at school, please let me know ahead of time so arrangements can be made.

    If you are interested in having a birthday party for your child in school, I ask that you inform me at least a week in advance.  Birthday parties are held at the end of the day.

    Changes in Transportation
    If you plan to pick up your child that normally rides the bus or vice versa you must send a written note. Do not rely on your child or child’s sibling to tell me this information, because children often become confused and relay messages incorrectly. If no written note is received, your child will be sent home by his/her usual method of transportation.

    Daily folder/calendar
    • There will be a daily folder sent home each day. PLEASE make sure you notice the daily take home sheet for your child and sign it and return each day. Please pay close attention to any papers placed on the left side of the binder. If your child is buying lunch for the week or paying for a field trip/school event etc.. please place money in the designated pouch with your child’s name on it. If you send a check please make sure it has a telephone number on it.
    • Your child will also have a calendar that I will write on each month. Please take the time and go over the calendar and make notes of the upcoming events (this is a great communication bridge between school and home).

    If the daily folder is lost, please let me know so we can get it replaced and keep the communication open.

    Establishing good classroom discipline is essential to each child’s success, confidence and well-being. Every child should feel that the classroom environment is safe and secure; free from all threats of physical or emotional harm. In addition, it is important that each child learn to develop self-discipline and good work habits, to resolve conflicts peacefully, and to think independently. Again, parent/teacher communication is key to making your child display the best behavior possible.