Dear families, Sept. 1, 2011
We have so much to tell you, but since we try hard to limit newsletters to one page, we’ll start with just the things you must know to help your child’s schoolyear go smoothly.
New routines are always difficult to get used to. In school, there are many routines to learn. A great deal of the first week has been spent learning where to go, when to go there, and how to get there. We haven’t gotten into a lot of academics yet, as we’ve done simple activities meant to reinforce protocol. It’s astounding how quickly the children are learning how to “do school.” This groundwork will help the rest of our year be more productive.
Hopefully, you’ve seen a red or green folder come home every night. It is essential that you return this folder every day. We go through every one of them, so this is a good way to send us notes, lunch money, book orders or whatever else you might need for us to see. We will use the folders to send you information, permission slips, order forms and completed work. The folders will be sent home even if your child has no papers. This is to reinforce the good habit of bringing it home every night.
Please label your child’s coat and lunch box with their name. If you can put the teacher’s name on the lunch box, even better! It’s very stressful for a young child to not know where their food is. Names on lunchboxes help them find their owner more quickly.
Thank you to those of you who have volunteered to help in the classroom. We will contact you in the next week about how to do this. In our volunteer letter, we mentioned our “neediest” times. Due to a schedule change, our new neediest times are 8:00-9:15. If this is a time you could be available, please email us or send a note. We love weekly volunteers, but will gladly welcome semi-monthly or monthly helpers also.
Next week has a Monday holiday. This means we’ll have school on Friday. We will assume that your child is getting home as usual on Friday unless you contact us otherwise.
Thanks for all the great kids you’ve sent us!
Mrs. Shaw (firstname.lastname@example.org 261-4263)
Mrs. Wold (email@example.com 261-4264)