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Pre-K 2017-2018

August 2017

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to Pre-K, your first year at Marrero Academy for Advanced Studies! My name is Ms. Grillot and I am looking forward to working with you and your child on their journey through this year’s adventures. During the year, your child will be exposed to a variety of experiences with books and language. He/she will also work in various learning centers such as math, listening, writing, reading, science, art, blocks, puzzles, housekeeping, computer and dramatic play. The following are some of the policies/procedures used in my class.

HOMEWORK—I will be sending home a weekly homework sheet each Monday in your child’s folder. Homework will be assigned for Monday through Thursday. In order to encourage literacy, I ask that you read to your child daily. A monthly book log will be sent home for you to record these daily readings. Please return these signed book logs at the end of each month so your child can pick a prize from the prize box. During the school year, the students will also have several small projects to complete. Usually, a two week notice is given about the project. On nights that school functions are held such as PTO meetings, Literacy Night or Math Night, students will be excused from homework for the night ONLY if the parent attends the event.

SIGHT WORDS—Each week, the students will be given sight words to review. It is important to practice these sight words with your child each night to support their reading. Periodically, I will send home flash cards with all of the words taught up to that point. This will ensure you and your child are reviewing all of the words being taught. Starting in October, we will begin weekly sight word bees. These will be on Fridays. A list of the sight word bee winners will be sent home the following week and posted on the wiki.

DISCIPLINE—I feel that good classroom discipline is an important and necessary tool used to ensure a wholesome teaching environment so the learning process can take place. We are striving to develop in our Pre-K students the importance of kindness and love for one another, respect for self and others, and social and academic achievement. This can be accomplished by developing a set of classroom rules (and consequences).



OUR CLASSROOM RULES
  1. 1. I will keep my hands and my feet to myself.
  2. 2. I will listen and speak softly.
  3. 3. I will walk in school.
  4. 4. I will respect our classroom.
  5. 5. I will respect others.

If a rule is broken, your child will receive the following consequences, usually in the following order:
  1. 1. Verbal warning. Clip moves from green to yellow (A Little Monkey Business)
  2. 2. Time out for 4 minutes. Clip moves to orange (Monkey Mischief)
  3. 3. Phone call to parent. Clip moves to red (Gone Bananas)

If your child gets red three times in one week, he/she will be issued a behavior report.
Behavior reports may also be issued when behaviors warrant a more immediate consequence.


MONKEY BEHAVIOR CHART

Each child has a clip on the Monkey Behavior Chart. All students will begin the day on green (Monkey in the Middle). Your child’s clip will move up if he/she is making good choices. The clip will move down if behavior warrants it. Stickers will be given to students remaining in green, blue, or purple. Additionally, students achieving purple (Top Banana) will choose a prize from the treasure box. I will indicate your child’s daily color on the snack calendar found in his/her folder. If by chance your child’s clip fell, a number code will also be indicated. Please see the stapled chart located on the inside of your child’s folder to determine what each number represents. Please make sure to check this folder daily and initial each day.


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POSITIVE BEHAVIOR INCENTIVES



Treasure box for purple (Top Bananas)

Stickers for good behavior

Stickers for completing homework
Award certificates
Star Students


SNACKS - In my class, a monthly snack calendar will be used. This snack calendar is to remain in your child’s folder at all times. Please look for your child’s name on this calendar each month and supply the class with healthy snacks for that day. Please make sure to send enough for all of the students. We have 20 students in our class. The day before it is your child’s turn to bring snacks for the class, I will send home a snack bag to remind you it is your turn. If your child is absent on his/her snack day, please bring snacks to school for the other children. Due to the possibility of peanut allergies, no snacks containing any kind of nuts or peanut butter are allowed in the pre-k classrooms. The snack calendar will also be posted on our class wikispace.

TRANSPORTATION - In order to ensure the safe arrival and departure of your child, I will provide a temporary nametag for your child to wear for the first few weeks of school. Once students are issued their official school ID’s, I will collect the temporary tags. If at any time there is a change in the dismissal routine for your child, you must send me a note, signed, dated, and written in ink. If you do not know in advance, you can send an email to me **lauren.grillot@jppss.k12.la.us**, the school secretary (**demetra.washington@jppss.k12.la.us**) and the principal (**londa.foster@jppss.k12.la.us**). This must be done before 2:00 in the afternoon. It is important to email all three people to ensure your request is received.

MONEY - Any money sent to school must be in an envelope labeled with your child’s name, the amount of money, and what the money is to be used for. It is also helpful if you send the correct change, as I usually don’t have change for large bills in the classroom.

FOLDERS - It is necessary to check your child’s folder daily for their behavior color and remove any notes or class work. Please use this folder to send notes, money, and homework etc. back to school. I do not check the children’s book bags, but I do check the folders every morning. In addition, a green folder will be sent home on Wednesdays with important school information. Please look at what is sent in the green folder and return the folder back to school the next day.

NAPTIME - State law mandates that all Pre-K students must rest for 78 minutes a day. The children do not have to sleep, but they must lie quietly. A small beach towel may be sent with the child’s name on it to be used at rest time. No pillows are allowed.

PRE-K P.E. SCHEDULE - The children will go to P.E. every day from 10:50-11:30. This is my planning time and the best time to reach me if you have any questions or concerns. If you would like to reach me, please either call the school at 347-4739 or e-mail me. I will get back in touch with you as soon as I can.

In closing, I am looking forward to having a great year with your child. Thank you for entrusting me with your little one.
Sincerely,
Lauren Grillot