• General Information: Here are a few things that I want to highlight: Our classroom is located in the modular (on the blacktop area in the back of the school). Mrs. Pupillo's 3rd grade class is also in the modular. While Mrs. Pupillo and I will not be team teaching, our classes will most likely work together on some activities throughout the year. Here are a few questions/answers that I have gotten about learning in the modular:
    • What do we do in the case of severe weather? The office is on high alert if severe weather is predicted and we are always safe in these situations. The office will have us come into the building to learn before the weather gets bad.
    • What do we do about bathroom breaks or leaving the modular during the day? I build in bathroom breaks throughout the day. I tell students that it is wise to use the bathroom before coming to the modular in the morning, we have a class bathroom break after specials and another after lunch. We also have 3-4 passes that students can use to travel into the building during our working time if they need to. We practice these routines a lot during the first few weeks of school so that the entire class knows the expectations when walking to and from the modular.
    • Can we hear recess as we learn? Sometimes, but it never is a distraction. 
    • Where will we dismiss at the end of the day? We dismiss on the blacktop right outside of the modular. I will make a note of each child's dismissal plan. If your child needs to go to Adventure Club, meet a sibling or be picked up in front, they will walk through the double doors by the gym. I always walk to the front of the building at the end of the day to make sure that all students are picked up and get to where they need to be.
    • Home Learning: My home learning philosophy is that home learning should be directly connected to the content/strategy studied that day/week. Home learning should never be “busy” work. Home learning is extended practice of skills that were taught that day. I will not assign a great deal of home learning, because I want children to spend time learning on their own – through play, games, outdoor activities, sports practice, and so on.  That said, I EXPECT that home learning is done every day as assigned.  Home learning is the responsibility of the student, and should be completed with care.
      • Approximately (up to) 45 minutes per night (20 minutes of reading and 20-25 minutes of math practice).  Occasionally, students will have home learning in Language Arts or in Science or Social Studies. Time required and content may vary depending on students’ needs.
      • Read-to-Self each night for at least 20 minutes.  Students will complete a reading log each day recording their reading from the evening before. This helps me see what types/genres of books students are reading. I will encourage students to read a variety of types of books, particularly chapter books.  The log also gives me a starting point for reading conferences (with the students). IF A STUDENT HAS A BUSY EVENING AND DOES NOT COMPLETE HER/HIS 20 MINUTES OF READING, SHE/HE MAY READ 40 MINUTES THE NEXT NIGHT TO MAKE UP FOR THAT EVENING’S TIME.  READING IS CRUCIAL TO STUDENT SUCCESS AND IT IS NECESSARY THAT ALL STUDENTS READ BOTH AT SCHOOL AND AT HOME EACH DAY.  Thank you for your support with this!
      • Check assignment book nightly (Mon. through Thursday).  I will initial at the end of each day prior to dismissal.  
      • Home learning MUST be turned in on time each day; otherwise students have chosen to complete the home learning during their “free time” as we will determine in each individual case. If unusual circumstances arise, please contact me. I am willing to work with parents and students.