This classroom website provides an additional forum for students to grow as learners and provides a way for parents to stay informed of the activities going onin our classroom and at Willow Creek. We will use this site on a daily basis to enrich our classroom instruction and to offer additional ways to practice what we are learning. Check out the New Sites for 2017-2018 for sites that have recently been introduced to the class.
E-mail, phone calls at home or school, or just a simple note will all suffice when trying to contact me. My one suggestion is to never just leave a message on my voicemail at school. I don't always check this during the day. Therefore, this often will be the slowest response time to a question/concern that you may have. If you need to talk to me at school on the phone please call the building office and ask the secretary to transfer you directly to me. Probably the best way during the school day to contact me is by e-mail. I check this several times during the day and will quickly respond when I have a couple moments to do so.
You can check what homework assignments you have each day, find out our daily schedule (including what special for each cycle day), a monthly calendar, find out what week you are Student of the Week, and there are numerous websites for each subject area.
I would prefer that you make book order checks out to me (Dave Crissman). This allows me to order the books online and pay with a credit card. I have found that this is the quickest way to get books returned from Scholastic. You may also want to order directly from Scholastic. I will provide information about direct order information.
You will have take-home homework almost every Monday-Thursday. However, I rarely give weekend homework. I would like you to read for 15 minutes each day to increase your independent reading skills. This can be done with any book of your choice, but the reading book in your reading fluency folder works great for this.You can also practice your math facts for five-ten minutes each night. You may want to check out mathfactcafe.com for online flashcards (or other math fact practice sites found under our math section).
The Class Talk is a way for your child to speak in front of the class about a topic of his/her choice. (A letter will be sent home very soon explaining this in detail. We only have one Class Talk for the year.) Book Talks are a monthly book report that each child is expected to complete. Students read a book that I have okayed and they find some way to present the book to the class by the end of each month. Book talks will be assigned during several of the months, in lieu of book talks.