Parents & Families-
Welcome to Week 2 of Camarena Elementary! We had a lightning fast first week. I was so happy to see many of you in the mornings. I know a lot of paperwork went home the first few days. I just want to update you on where we are at as a class & grade level. I also wanted to invite you to follow up on some tasks that will be important to your child in the coming weeks.
Team Building > We spent a good amount of time introducing ourselves to one another through interviews and presentations. Your children are really passionate about their interests and hobbies! It was so great hearing from each one.
Class Behavior Expectations > We have started using a classroom management tool called ClassDojo. You received a slip for both you and your child to create accounts. You should be received weekly reports of what your child did to receive an online award (or negative). It’s a great tool for me to praise a child’s attitude, focus, and participation. Please see your account for options to get text alerts!
Assessments > The class took both a beginning of the year math test and writing sample. Based upon the math results, we will be reviewing some number sense skills this month. Please take some time to look at the SUBJECTS tab on this website, and review the general curriculum for the school year. These are aligned with Common Core State Standards.
Camp Info Mtg > A parent information meeting was held on Thursday about 6th grade camp and potential fundraisers. The minutes for the meeting can be found here.
Enrique Camerena’s Birthday > Friday was Camarena’s birthday. Our class watched a short video highlighting his work as a DEA Agent, and what his foundation is doing to honor his death.
For this coming week…
Morning Line-up > Although our start is technically at 8:15, I am going to try to pick up the class and start heading up the stairs by 8:10. This should help our class (which is at the very far end of the wing) beat the bottleneck traffic with the rest of the grades.
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)> VERY important…if you’re agreeing to have your child bring in an online device (iPad, Android, laptop, phone, etc) then the parent needs to sign the waiver that went home on Friday 7/26. If you need a copy, email me and I can send a copy home with your child. I will also try to provide a link for you to download, soon. Students are allowed to begin bringing in their devices this Monday, 7/29. We will be spending some time this week talking about Digital Citizenship!
Books > Please have your child bring in a few books (paperback or digital) to read for independent reading time, working towards our 40-book Challenge! We have an extremely limited classroom paperback library. If you would like to make a donation to our classroom library, these are always welcome. I will also be implementing Scholastic Book Club for periodic book orders. Any orders made accumulate points for our classroom account, which in turn can be used to buy more books! More info later…
Gradebook > Finally, I will be using an online gradebook called Teacherease.com. It allows you as the parent to check in on your child’s grade and see any comments I’ve made to assignments. It is also a more direct way for me to contact you via mass email. You should receive an email from Teacherease in your mailbox by Monday 7/29 inviting you to join. You will have directions and a code to connect with me. If you do not receive the email, please let me know right away. I may have transcribed your email address incorrectly, or it may have gone to your Spam folder.
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