Mrs. Bentin's Class
Here’s to a great year! I have detailed below a few things to help you better understand how our classroom will run this year. As always if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I will have a class website and blog set up for communication this year as well. As soon as it is up and running I will pass along the information to you.
Classroom Expectations- Our classroom expectations are based on the seven character traits our school teaches and encourages: respect, responsibility, caring, trustworthiness, fairness, citizenship, and perseverance. In easier terms I like to remind students of the BIG 3….
1. Respect (for ourselves, others and classroom materials)
2. Listen/sharing talk time
3. Work/Try Hard
I would like students to take responsibility for their choices and actions throughout the school day. I want our classroom environment to be one in which students feel safe and have a positive atmosphere to learn in. Each day students will color in their behavior (green, yellow, or red) in their agenda on their own. It will be at the top part of their agenda so you can find it quickly. This year students will have the opportunity to earn “Bentin Bucks” for various things during the day. On the first day of school each student will be given some Bentin Bucks, and a Free Homework Pass. Students can continue to earn and lose this money based on their choices at school, completion of homework, classroom jobs, behavior, etc. As money continues to accrue for students, they will be given the opportunity to redeem money from a list of rewards and the Bentin store periodically through the year. We will be discussing things that they wish to earn the first few days of school. Once a list is finalized, one will be sent home for your reference.
Our classroom will have a class website/blog. We will be updating it with special classroom news through the weeks. I will also update the blog portion of the site each week as our newsletter. This website will contain important dates, classroom events, curriculum updates, links to helpful sites and games, and helpful classroom documents for downloading. Please try to set aside time each week to visit the website. I will email when there are updates and also email the link to our website each week as our newsletter. If you do not have email I will gladly send home a paper copy.
Your child will have homework EVERY night. Homework is important in helping your child practice skills we learn in school. We work hard every second of the day, so there will not be a lot of homework. If work is not completed in class it will be sent home to do. Please check your student’s file folder and agenda each night to track what they are bringing home. Reading 20 minutes and practicing flashcards (addition and subtraction can be done now, but once we start multiplication they will be changed.) will be expected each night. The flex folder system described in the previous page will enable you to see all homework assignments your child is given.
Late, Incomplete or Missing Work:
Your student will be expected to have their classwork and homework done and turned in on time. If an assignment is late, incomplete or missing it will be circled in your student’s agenda. That way you know it was not turned in. This ensures daily communication with us as well so you know what’s happening at school. Students will be required to turn in 3rd grade style work. I will not accept work with any unnecessary doodles, misspellings of any core third grade words, lacking capital letters or end marks, or with a clear lack of effort and pride. The work that we do is important, and taking pride in it before handing it in will be the expectation.
Leaving the Room:
It is incredibly important that students are in the classroom so they can learn and reach their goals. Our class will have a money system. Students who need to leave the room (for the bathroom or backpack) during a learning time, will need to pay from their Bentin Bucks to do so. Bathroom/backpack breaks are free during transition times, recess, lunch, before/after school, and before/after specials.
Students are welcome to bring a healthy snack for themselves each day. Healthy snacks include: fruit, veggies, dry cereal, etc. Chocolate, candy, potato chips, etc. will not be allowed for snacks. We will have a designated snack/milk break each morning, but as long as students aren’t causing a distraction I don’t mind if snacks are eaten at different points through the day.
Each month there will be calendar quiz questions posted by our calendar and sent home for you to see. The questions will relate to historical events, science, art, math, or environmental issues that have occurred during the current month. For example,
September 30- Babe Ruth hit his 60th home run of the year on this day in 1927. For what team did Babe Ruth Play?
You can use anything to help find the answers, and they can be done in any order. These are great activities that can be done at home if you are looking for some fun and educational to do together. Use this as a way to find out more about Babe Ruth, maybe go to the library to check out a book, or try to find a video about him on the internet. If your student turns in answers to any of the questions for the month, he/she will earn money for their class bank account.