Sunday, August 30, 2009

Virtual Backpack

Just a quick post to alert you all of a new feature this year at Mann: the virtual backpack. As part of the "green" movement across District 97, buildings and staff are encouraged to provide paperless options for distribution of home and school communications.
The Thursday Packet is a large packet of information sent home weekly with students to keep Mann families connected with activities and important events happening in our school community. Now the Thursday Packet, and other flyers from the Mann Office are available in the virtual backpack. No longer will your child come home with masses of letters from the office, rather families will be directed to the virtual backpack, located on the Mann School homepage.

Remember, Curriculum Night is this Tuesday, September 1 beginning at 6:00pm in Room 108. I will go over the daily routine for the year, explain some of the intricacies of our classroom, as well as provide helpful strategies for guiding students to a successful first grade experience. I'm looking forward to meeting all the parents involved in Room 108 this year! Be sure to bring your calendar as there will be a sign-up sheet for fall parent/teacher conferences. (The week of October 19-23, 2009.)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Let's Play Ball!

Welcome back everyone! Room 108 is back on board for a new school year. The first full school day is officially in the books and there was an immense amount of enthusiasm and excitement from both students and teacher! The first week of school will serve as an adjustment period for every person in the classroom. We will all get acquainted with our new surroundings; classroom, peers, teacher and rules. One of the main features in Room 108 this year is the job chart, designed as a baseball field. Each student in the class has their name and class number on a jersey that will play different positions on the field. Each position has a corresponding job. Not only is this a great way to work in metaphor but it also encourages and guides children to think about classroom jobs as responsibilities for our team! Below is a picture of the field. Be sure to ask your child about it and other components of the room. The best way to stay involved in your student's learning experience is to talk with them every day about what is going on in their learning experience. Another way is to look in their "Mail" folder each day for important school related information.

The specials schedule is posted on the right hand side of the blog. To stay up to date with the happenings in Room 108 be sure to bookmark, subscribe or check back often to Mr. Reynolds' First Grade Blog. To be added to the parent e-mail list please e-mail me. Thanks to the many of you that have already introduced yourself to me on the blacktop. The coming days and weeks will be very exciting. I look forward to seeing everyone for curriculum night next week!