Frequently Asked Questions

Does my child have homework assigned every night?

Homework packets go home every Monday and the expectation is that your 
child spends 30 minutes on homework daily. It is your choice as to what you wish 
your child to complete for homework. For additional/supplemental practice, 
students may complete the assigned math, writing, and spelling papers, or 
they may read a book for 20 or more minutes. The purpose of weekly homework is for adults 
to check and review their child's progress. 
      We will also be working on thematic project based homework assignments 
approximately once every four to six weeks. These projects must come back to school 
on the assigned due date. These projects will be standards based, exploring social 
studies, science, and art concepts.  These projects will be graded for report cards. 
Students will also be presenting these projects orally in the classroom.

How can I aid my children in their reading development?

Reading can be a very frustrating process for primary 
students. It does not come easily to many students, and this is why students often avoid 
reading. It is my goal to make lifelong readers out of each and 
every student, but I cannot do it alone. To support your child at 
  *Read the books sent home and complete the reading Log for Accelerated Reader.
  * Be enthusiastic about reading.
  * Read every day with your child. Alternate reading stories to 
them,and allowing them to read to you.
  * Buy or borrow leveled reading books from the library.  If you 
do not know your child's reading level, see me.
  * Give your child an appropriate variety of reading materials 
to choose from. 
  * Keep track of their daily reading logs. 
  * Don't correct every mistake they make when they read. Reading 
is developmental, and they will learn many new words each year.
  * Discuss books with them. This helps with their comprehension.

How can I help the classroom?

Please take a look at my classroom wish list. All the items on 
the list are there because they really help support and 
supplement my daily direct instruction. Items with an X have already been received. 
Volunteer time is also greatly appreciated. You can also 
contribute our PTA.

Should I wait until the Parent/Teacher Conference to discuss my child?

Absolutely not! If you have a question or concern, I will be 
happy to discuss it with you. Just send a note with your child to 
set up an appointment or call the school. If I have a concern about your 
child, you have probably already been notified ~ Let's work as a 
team to help our Super Stars succeed!

What are the classroom rules?

Our Rules/Agreements to help us be responsible, respectful, and positive:
*Follow directions
*Use only kind words
*Wait our turn to speak
*Listen when someone is speaking
*Be honest and fair
*Complete all assignments and do our best
*Share and take turns
*Keep our areas clean

What happens when someone breaks the rules?

When we break our agreements . . .
1)	We get a free reminder
2)      We complete a behavior reflection.
3)      We may get a note/phone call to our parents.
*My plan is to use the office/principal only for profanity, 
bullying, fighting, or incessant defiance.

What kind of rewards are present for good behavior?

Rewards are given in the form of praise and privilege on a daily 
basis.  The class can earn points towards a party by collectively 
making good choices and working hard to give socially and 
academically to each other. We have buckets hanging on the wall in our classroom. If your child makes 
good choices throughout the week, he/she can participate in Friday Day. If good choices were not made, 
he/she will miss out on Friday Fun Day. 

What is the June Box?

The June Box is a box of items that kindergarteners should never 
bring to school. Sometimes our kindergarteners forget and bring 
distractions such as toys to school (There is a Franklin
School rule not to bring toys to school). I also remind them numerous times not to bring 
toys or things of that nature to school. They do not need any 
more distractions! If such an item is used during class hours, 
students get one warning to put it away. If item continues to be 
played with, I confiscate the item and put it in the "June Box". The items in the June Box stay 
there until the last day of school, or the student can purchase 
the item back with good choices.  If there is an 
issue with a confiscated item, please talk to me and understand 
that I only do this to minimize distractions and petty 

Is it true that you are an author?

Why, yes! I am! I have written three picture books:
Kai the Honu Who Didn't Know He Was Brave, Little Mouse's Christmas Present,
and Going to the Zoo in Hawai'i.
My fourth book is a board book for toddlers and is under the name 
Kathleen Nichols. It is called: My Five Senses.

If you are interested in purchasing my books, please let me know! 
I have several available for purchase and I use all proceeds to 
buy school supplies for our classroom. =)

I also have two more books coming out next year. Yay!

Do you know any other useful reading tips?

Reading Tips  
As the school year progresses, please keep in mind the importance 
of reading with your child every day.  Research shows that the 
most valuable thing parents can do to ensure their child's 
success in school is to read to and with their child on a daily basis.  When reading with your 
child, please keep these tips in mind:

1) PREPARE:  Prepare your child for reading before you begin.  
Find a quiet spot and allow your child to choose a book that 
interests him or her.  Before you begin reading, look through the pictures in the book 
to gather information about the topic or events in the story.

2) PAUSE:  When your child encounters a difficult word, resist 
the urge to quickly make corrections.  Pause for about 5 seconds 
before giving assistance in order to give your child a chance to 
figure the word out independently.

3) PROMPT:  When your child is stuck on a tricky word or phrase, 
give a prompt or question to provide guidance.  You may want to 
   - Check the picture for clues.
   - Do you know a word that starts with those letters?  
   - What would make sense there?
   - If your child does not realize that he or she has made a 
mistake ask:
        - Did that make sense?
        - Where's the tricky word?
        - You're almost right.  Try that again.
        - This type of questioning empowers children to develop 
independent  reading skills and correct mistakes on their own.

4) PRAISE:  Praise is a very important tool that can build 
confidence in reading and encourage your child to keep trying.  
Give your child specific 
praise about what he or she does well when reading.  You might 
    - Wow!  You really read that with expression!
    - I noticed that you checked the picture for clues.  Good 
    - I like how you read that part again and fixed your 
5) PROBE:  During and after reading, be sure to ask your 
child questions about the book in order to make sure he or she 
understands what has been read.  You could ask:
    - What was your favorite part of this story?  Why?
    - Can you retell the most important events of this story in 

6) HAVE FUN!  Most importantly, enjoy the time you spend reading 
with your 
child.  Our goal is to teach children how much fun reading can be!

What are some basic things my 2nd/3rd Grader needs to know?

I will send home our 2nd/3rd Grade standards home for your review.  

Some things that we all easily recall, even take for granted, 
that must be taught and reinforced to your children:
*Basic Info: Full address, phone number, birthdate, and how to spell their full name.

English Language Arts
Students should be fluent readers. Please review the high frequency words set him at Back to School Night.

Simple addition and subtraction facts should be memorized.

Why is this website useful?

There are many reaons why I created a website for our class. 
Technology is an important part of our daily lives and it is so 
meaningful to our students 
as they navigate their way through their school years. I try to 
use technology as much as I can in the classroom and at home. I 
try to update this site frequently with information for all of 
you! Students can directly access websites introduced during our 
computer lab time from the Links page. 
You can see fun pictures from field trips and class activities 
under the gallery as well! You can learn more about me, our 
school, and our curriculum. I believe communication is essential 
between parents and teachers and this website is one component to 
ensure a successful and wonderful year!

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