This is a copy of the letter that was sent home at the beginning of the year. All parents/guardians and students should have signed the discipline plan portion and returned it to me by September 1, 2011. If you need a paper copy, please contact me!
¡Bienvenidos a Español! I'm so glad to have your student in our class!
Studying a foreign language opens up so many opportunities. It's a whole new world out there! In our class, we will be studying not only the Spanish language, but also the cultures of the many Spanish-speaking countries. Join us for the ride as we learn about literature, food, customs, art, history, music and more. Along the way, we will be communicating relevant information, building a community within our classroom, and making connections with the world around us through hands-on projects, skits, creative writing, reading, videos, games, and other activities that will make the language come alive.
If you would like to volunteer, there are lots of ways to get involved in our classroom! I am always looking for speakers or people to demonstrate a skill that is associated with the Spanish-speaking world. From time to time, we will need parents to go with us on field trips. (I will send permission slips and volunteer requests home several weeks in advance.) We will also have occasional parties, and I would love help with the food and activities. You can also be involved just by helping your student at home: reminding about homework, asking about what we did that day, allowing him/her to post the Spanish words for stuff around the house, or anything else you can think of. If you have any other ideas, please let me know!
I would love to get to know you. If you have any questions, concerns, or ideas, please do not hesitate to contact me at EBenz@yourschool.edu, or 630-567-1234. I also have a Facebook page for each class, which the students may use to ask questions or keep up with announcements. And finally, I have an extensive website which is there for your and your student's use. On it I post two weeks' worth of homework assignments, instructions for projects, the discipline plan, links to the textbook website, and much, much more.
And finally, in order to have the best possible learning experience for our students, it is necessary to agree on the class rules. Please read the following and sign and return the copy on the next page to me by September 1, 2011.
Everyone is valuable and worthy of respect in our class. With that in mind, please note the following class rules which the students helped create:
- Treat everyone with respect and kindness.
- Come to class on time and ready to learn.
- If it's not yours, don't touch it!
- Follow all school rules, including keeping cell phones off and in your backpacks.
- Turn in all assignments on time.
If students choose to violate these rules, it means they choose the consequences, which are posted in the room. Consequences may include a verbal warning, staying after class to discuss the behavior, a note and/or phone call home, and/or detention. Students who endanger themselves or others (or who threaten to do so) will forfeit the right to this scale of consequences and will immediately be referred to the administration.
I look forward to a wonderful year with your student. Thank you for taking the time to read this!
Señora Emily Benz