I believe that a good parent-teacher relationship is necessary for maximum school success. Throughout the year I will communicate with you through notes, telephone calls, weekly newsletters, progress reports, and parent-teacher conferences. I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at any time. You can call me at school 940-482-2605 extension 4248, send me a note in RED binder, send a message through SeeSaw or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Throughout the school year there will be a variety of special classroom activities and celebrations. I encourage you to attend these functions when possible and to support them by sending needed supplies or treats. Your support of school activities makes your child feel important and sends the message that you value school.
Campus Start & End Times
7:40 a.m.-3:20 p.m.
Changes in Transportation
You must notify me in writing of any changes in the way your child gets home. Please do not rely on your child to tell me this information, because children often become confused and relay messages incorrectly. If no written note is received, your child will be sent home by his/her usual method of transportation. You may also contact the front office of any changes.
The children will be going out for recess everyday unless it is raining or extremely cold (in fact, the germs that cause colds thrive more readily in the heated indoor air and it is beneficial to go outside and get some fresh air). Please keep this in mind when helping your child to select clothing for the day. Also, we are fortunate to have a variety of playground equipment, including several pieces for climbing. Please keep this in mind when selecting shoes. Cowboy boots and flip flops are less than ideal if your child chooses to play on this equipment. These shoes can tend to be slippery and dangerous.
This year your child will have a binder that will be sent home in their backpacks and need to be returned to school each day. This binder is my #1 means of communication back and forth from school and home. It will be their guided reading and homework binder as well as contain my weekly newsletter, which is used to inform you of the learning we are doing in the classroom, a reference for any upcoming dates, and for student comments/communication.
On occasion it will be necessary for your child to bring money to school. Always send money in a sealed envelope with the following information written on it:
1 Your child’s first and last name.
2 The amount of money.
3 The purpose for the money (book money, lunch money, party money, etc).
4 My name.
With so many kids to keep track of and several reasons to collect money, this helps me out tremendously and reduces the likelihood of errors. Also, if the envelope is left on the bus or dropped in the hallway, this information will help the money to be returned to my classroom.
Your child will be bringing home a form to order books about once a month. If you wish to order, simply fill out the form and send the correct amount of money in an envelope, or use the class code(HKXTP) to order online at www.scholastic.com. These orders are provided as a convenient way for parents to buy quality books for their child at a low price. As an added bonus, for every dollar that is spent on books, I earn bonus points which are used to purchase books for classroom use. This is a win-win situation because you get quality literature at a low price and you are helping to provide quality literature for the classroom. Of course, you are never under any obligation to order.
Birthdays are special occasions for young children. If your child wishes, he/she may bring treats for the class on his/her birthday. Please send a note a day or two in advance, so I can give you an exact number of children in the class and set aside some class time for the party. You may send individual drinks, snacks (cupcakes, cookies, donuts, etc.) Also, please send napkins and cups if necessary. Please be aware that birthday invitations will only be allowed to be passed out if the entire class is invited.
Mrs. Martinez's Classroom Expectations
As a campus we use the Whole Brain Teaching guidelines.
Follow directions quickly.
Raise your hand for permission to speak.
Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat.
Make smart choices.(be safe/be honest)
Make your dear teacher happy!
The BIG Rule: Listen when your teacher is talking
Rewards and Consequences
I love rewarding children for good behavior! Some ways I will reward your child for their awesome behavior is to give stickers for Kindergarten work and lots of verbal praises. I also give out “do right” dollars throughout the day. The dollars are collected in each student’s personal pocket. At the end of the day on Friday, students will be able to shop in the treasure box using their earned dollars.
If your student is struggling with the above campus expectations he/she will be asked to spend some of their free time practicing on meeting those expectations. You will receive a Practice slip sent home in RED binder explaining the reasoning and actions for the practice time.
Also as a whole class we will be trying to “collect compliments”. They will have many chances throughout the day to earn a compliment as a class. I will be looking at how they are walking down the hall, classroom time, teamwork, and of course when we “collect a compliment” from other teachers or adults in the building. When the class reaches the goal of all ten compliments we will have a class party.
In closing, I would just like to say that I am looking forward to a great year working with your child! I would also like to suggest that you save this letter for future reference. This letter can also be viewed online if you have internet access. The address is www.krumisd.net. Click on Schools (Early Education Center), click on teacher websites, then on Mandy Martinez.
Thank-you in advance for your concern and support throughout the year!!!