Monday, August 29, 2016

DISMISSAL

Hi Parents!

ALMOST THERE! So excited for our first day!

A note about dismissal information seems really important, since we don't have a meet and greet for me to figure out your child's dismissal info. PLEASE COME TO SCHOOL ON THE FIRST DAY WITH THE ABILITY TO TELL ME HOW YOUR CHILD IS GETTING HOME EACH DAY.

I'm going to be honest. First grade is significantly different than K, because I'm in charge of dismissal information as well as making sure my 21 kiddos are happy and safe while we get settled on the first day. It's definitely beneficial for you to be able to give me this information. If possible, email me ahead of time, and I'll prepare your child's dismissal tag before the first day. I promise, there is a reason for this - I want to make sure your kiddo goes home the right way, every single time.

The first day, I am not going to be able to talk to you much, as I'm going to be handling dismissal information. I WANT to talk to you - really, I do! If I don't get a chance to chat, promise you'll come back another morning and say hello! I am usually in the building early and would love to get to chat with everyone!

That's all for now - again, if you want to email me your child's dismissal information... please send me a note as to whether he/she is parent pick up, bus, etc. If your child is taking a bus, I need the number and the STOP he/she gets off at. I need to write this down on the bus tag.

My email is: jinzitari@stamfordct.gov.

See you soon!
Sunday, August 28, 2016

Bloomz!

Hello Parents!

Getting ready for the first day, full speed ahead! I would like to tell you about a program I'm going to be using this year - Bloomz - which is a parent communication tool.

Using this app (website, for those of you who don't use a smartphone) - I can do the following: 
-Schedule Conferences
-Send Group Reminders
-Send One on One Messages
-Have Volunteer Sign Ups
-Remind Parents of Days Off/Early Release Days

It works both ways, so if you have a question for me, you can use Bloomz too! Generally unless I'm sleeping, I respond.

Please see the information (below) on how to sign up for Bloomz! Once you do, I will approve your access to the group, and you'll be all set to go. I am trying this in lieu of Remind 101, which I have used in the past. This app seems to have more capabilities. It's my goal to get everyone signed up by this Friday. I need a consistent communication tool, and you KNOW those folders get so full of things, it's hard to keep track of anything!

Please let me know if you have any questions! THANK YOU! See you Thursday!

(PS: I sent home a little welcome letter on Friday, so you should be getting it tomorrow I'm assuming!)





Friday, August 26, 2016

My favorite bulletin board!

This is still my favorite board - I love it!!

However, my really big reason for posting today is my need for a parent volunteer already. 😱

We have these things called Home Links in math. Basically they're homework sheets. However, the district purchases them in books, which need to be ripped out and sorted... Times 20 kids. I am REALLY hoping one of you awesome moms or dads or honestly, ANYONE will want to take this on for me! Please let me know!! Thank you! 😊

Supplies Supplies Supplies!

Dear Parents,

I know what you're thinking. OH good grief, she's already asking us for things!

Believe me, I get it.

However -- there are some items that, if you're planning on donating to the classroom, we are ALWAYS in need of. Since literally EVERYTHING is on sale right now, I figured I'd give you a heads-up in case you may want to pick something up! My stock is really low on the following:

-Lysol/Clorox Wipes: I use them DAILY. Sometimes TWICE a day. Anyone who knows me, knows that I really, really don't like germs just hanging out in my classroom! :-)

-TISSUES: Although I don't allow the germs free reign, inevitably they show up (sneaky little things). For this reason, we go through tissues faster than the speed of light. Please consider sending a box or two - I think I may have only ONE box left!

-Paper Towels: We DO get them in the classroom, but they're not really absorbent enough to clean spills and messes. They also just plain don't work as well when I'm cleaning the room.

I am positive there's other things we may need, but for right now, this is the BIG stuff...

ALSO, JUST A REMINDER - IF YOU HAVE NOT SIGNED UP FOR THE "BLOOMZ" SERVICE, PLEASE DO SO AS SOON AS POSSIBLE! I schedule reminders in there to pop up on whatever date I need them to be sent to you. It really is a GREAT help if you'd sign up so you don't miss anything!

See you in a few more days -- so looking forward to meeting everyone!!

(PS: Please continue to check the blog -- I have scheduled posts about every other day, for the first month or so of school!)




Monday, August 15, 2016

Classroom Setup, 2016/17!

Hello Parents! 

By now you've probably gotten the notice that I'm your child's teacher.   Every year, I anxiously await the next group of kiddos... and believe me, this year is no exception! I'm excited to see what the year holds. ☺️

As I'm sure I'll see most of you on the first day of school, I wanted to post a picture so you can see how much work goes into making our rooms child-friendly and inviting! 

Here's a picture of what it looked like when I walked in today: 
... And that's AFTER me removing the paper from my bookshelves! Wait until you see the finished product. I'll be at school for the next two weeks, working on it! 

One more sneak peek... Here's a picture of my super-cool hand-drawn bulletin board:

(I'm pretty proud of this.)

Can't wait to meet you and your little ones! It's going to be a great year! 

One small request - if you read this, leave me a comment so I know you've seen it. Thank you!