Classroom Policy and Rules

 

Dear Parents and Guardians,

                Welcome to sixth grade math!  I trust that your summer vacation has been joyful, restful and full of adventures.  This letter will provide you with information about our math class and answer some questions you may have about the year.  I would like to take the opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Valerie LiPuma and I am honored to be your child’s sixth grade math teacher. This is my fifth full year of teaching but first year at SISCL and I am so excited to be here. I previously taught fourth and fifth grade and I specialize in teaching mathematics. I am looking forward to working with you and your child in reaching his or her full potential. We will have many wonderful experiences and opportunities to learn and grow in the days ahead.

Class Policy and Rules:

Homework:Homework is an essential aspect of learning and will be assigned every night. Your child should expect to spend between 15 and 30 minutes on each assignment.  If your child misses class (due to illness, afterschool activity, etc.), he or she is responsible for making up the assigned homework, as well as any activities from class that day.  If your child needs help with an assignment or has trouble with an assignment, I am available to help your child. Please don’t hesitate to ask for help.

Grading Policy:

Your child’s grade will be calculated using the following grading policy:

Tests, Quizzes, Projects and Activities:                                   50%

Class work and Participation                                                    25%

Homework:                                                                                  25%

Absences: If your child is absent, they must bring a written excuse with them upon their return to school, and if they have seen a doctor a doctor’s note.  Attendance is important. What we do in class involves active participation, it is very important that your child attends each day. However, I do realize that sickness, family emergencies, and doctor’s appointments do occur. 

 Correspondence: Please feel free to write me a note or call me at the school. I am also available and readily check my e-mails at vlipuma@schools.nyc.gov. If you have a question about homework or any other concerns, feel free to e-mail me and I will try to get back to you as soon as possible. 

    Class Rules:  Students are required to be in class at the start of the period.  Our math class will begin with a problem-of-the- day warm up, and math message to get the lesson started. These problems will be correlated to the math standards and lessons from the previous day.  Your child is required to begin the day by walking in quietly and prepared with his/her books, pencils, assignments (handed in on time) and any other materials that are necessary for the day.  If students are not prepared for class, points will be deducted off of his/her class work grade.          

       Your child is required to stay in his or her seat when necessary and asked to raise his/her hand when a question/statement arises.  All students must work quietly and complete and hand in all work on time.  It is essential that your child pays attention in class and participation is helpful for his/her grade.             

   As always, your child is expected to be respectful, responsible and kind to others. . There will be many opportunities for your child to be a leader in the classroom as well as in the school.  If your child is having difficulty with behavior, we will try to solve the problem and I will immediately let you know via phone call if your child is having difficulties. If necessary a conference will be set up to discuss the problem further.

   Please take the time to read the class policy and rules with your child and return the bottom of this notice  with your child to school. I am very happy and excited to have the opportunity to teach your child mathematics this year.  I will make every effort to make lessons both interesting and effective.  A strong home-school line of communication is essential to academic success and I invite your questions and concerns at any time.  Thank you for your time and I look forward to a great school year!

Sincerely, Ms. LiPuma