Homeroom 8's

Mrs. Strickland's Homeroom 8's:


September 6th, 2011.

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to Mrs. Strickland’s classroom.  I am looking forward to working with your son or daughter this school year to further his/her progress both academically and socially.  I believe it is important to set clear and consistent expectations between home and school in order to reach success.  I hope that this newsletter, which I have broken down into three sections (Communication, Student Responsibilities and Notes), will answer any questions or concerns that you might have about the upcoming school year and the grade 8 classroom.  The first two methods of communication that I will discuss have been put in place to encourage your son or daughter to take responsibility for his/her performance.  However, in addition to these methods of communication, please feel free to contact me at the school by calling (613) 283-1761. 



Agendas:  Within the student agenda, you will find general school information and periodic notes from me regarding behavior and/or academic progress.  It is expected that the student will show you his/her agenda and ask you to review it and sign it every day.  However, students who demonstrate a consistent positive homework completion record and appropriate social skills will need a parental signature ONLY when a note/academic grade appears in the student’s agenda.  The agenda MUST be at school on a daily basis so that communication between the home and the school can be maintained.  If an agenda is not at school regularly, detention(s) may be assigned.  The agenda is also an opportunity for you to communicate with me regarding your child’s progress, the grade 8 program, concerns, etc.  Please feel free to leave notes for me when necessary.

Teacher’s Site:

Mrs. Strickland’s daily homework, assignments, special events and test dates will be posted on a regular basis using the website at the following link:  http://StricklandJ.educatorpages.com.  Students and parents will find this tool extremely helpful!  Whenever a date or specifics about an assignment or test are in doubt, please log on and refer to the posting for the appropriate class.  More information regarding our use of this tool will be coming home soon.  Students will be trained to access and use the various options available.


Student Responsibilities:

Homework:  Some of the work is quite demanding and will require extra time on behalf of the student.  As homework is assigned, your student will be recording it and the day’s events in his/her agenda.

Punctuality:  Being on time shows consideration for the learning of others.  Being late can be disruptive to the classroom atmosphere.  Late students must “sign-in” and obtain a late slip from the main office.

Dress Code:  Certain standards of dress and appearance are expected for attending school.  For older students, some shorts, skirts, sleeveless tank tops and muscle shirts are too informal and revealing to be worn at school.  Please review the dress code with your child, as outlined in the Smiths Falls Family of Schools Code of Conduct in the information section of the agenda, to help promote responsibility and a positive learning atmosphere.

Supplies:  As mentioned in the list of "Useful Supplies", $8.00 will be collected from each student to pay for the purchase of the agenda.  A family rate of $16.00 is an option.  Please check periodically with your child that he/she is prepared for learning and replace items that may get used, lost or damaged as the year progresses.  Please note: one item students will find very helpful is an inexpensive pair of headphones for computer use. 

Physical Education:  The Ontario Curriculum indicates that students should have a change of clothes for gym activities.  This may include a T-shirt (with sleeves), loose-fitting shorts or pants, a pair of socks and a sweatshirt for outdoor activities.  Students are also asked to have a pair of non-marking running shoes for indoor use only.  Anti-perspirant/deodorant should be used when necessary (no aerosol cans please).



Lunch Routine:  If your child will be eating lunch at school, Chimo expects that he/she remains on school property for the duration of the lunch break.  If he/she has a signed and dated note from you, the student may leave the property, but MUST return in time for Period 5 class, at 12:00 noon.  A dated note grants your child permission to leave on that day, only.   

Newsletter:  Please complete the attached form and return it to me, to indicate that you have received this newsletter.

I encourage you to contact me with any concerns or questions you may have regarding routines, expectations, discipline or procedures.  Thank you, in advance, for your support.  I look forward to meeting and/or talking with you soon.



Mrs. J. Strickland