PE and Athletic Shoes
We have PE on Monday and Wednesday each week. Please have your child wear comfortable clothes they can be active in and either wear or bring athletic shoes those days. Your child is welcome to leave a pair of shoes in their cubby if they would like.
DISMISSAL & AFTER SCHOOL PLANS
We walk together as a class through the school and outside for dismissal. As your child gets to the spot where they leave the group, I ask them to say, “Good-bye Mrs. Reed.” That way a child doesn’t just slip away unseen, and it gives me a chance to send your child off with a smile and a good-bye.
If you are picking up your child, please wait for them under the covered area in front of the school. I will be taking students to the buses first, and then I will bring your child to you. I want to make sure each child is accounted for and gets home safely. Thank you for your cooperation!
If your child’s after-school plans change, please either send a note to school or call the office 503-673-7200 so they can let me know. For your child’s safety, I cannot let them go someplace different without a note even if your child says they were told to do so.
ILLNESS & ABSENCES
Our school district policy says your child needs to be vomit-free and fever-free without medicine for 24 hours before returning to school. When your child is ill, getting well is the most important thing for them to do. The learning that takes place in our classroom is interactive and activity-based. There are rarely worksheets that can be sent home to duplicate what we have done in class. Upon returning to school, an alert, healthy child can quickly catch up on new concepts. If your family plans an extended absence from school, please notify us in advance. To minimize disruptions to learning, please try to schedule vacations during school breaks.
Our lunchtime this year will be from 11:40-12:05, and we will be eating in our classroom. Mrs. Guy and Mrs. Boyd-Helm (our amazing office secretaries) can assist you in depositing money into your child’s lunch account if you choose to have your child eat hot lunch or buy milk or juice. Applications for free and reduced lunch are available online. Menus are also available for viewing via the school website.
Your child is welcome to bring a nutritious, healthy snack if they need/want one. The snack should be manageable by your child - quick and not messy. (We are checking work while eating a snack.) Good options include fruit, vegetables, crackers, nuts, Cheerios, and cheese. It will be each student’s responsibility to bring their own snack if they want one.
Birthdays are a very special time in a child’s life. Because they are so special, we will sing to your child and give them a card on their day. Families do not need to send in anything on the day of their child’s birthday. However, if you would like to do something, your child is invited to share a picture or story with the class of something sweet or funny that they used to do when they were younger after we sing to them. (It is helpful if you type it up and send it in or email it to me, so I can help support the story if needed). Another option would be to donate a book to our class library in honor of your child. We will not be having birthday treats in class as food allergies and time constraints make this too difficult.
A note about birthday invitations: Your child can put invitations in students’ mailboxes here at school only if everybody in the class is getting invited. Thank you in advance for your understanding of delicate 2nd and 3rd-grade feelings.
I’m very excited to share that we have Chromebooks again this year. We will be learning about Digital Citizenship to ensure that students are being safe with the hardware and themselves and respectful to others. While there are countless apps, we will mostly be using Google Apps for Education (Google Classroom, Docs, Slides, Draw, and Forms).
If you have any questions, I’ll do my best to answer them. If I don’t know the answer, I will find somebody who does.