August 31, 2015
This week begins a brand new school year for all of us, and I’d like to extend a warm welcome to my students. This year is a particularly exciting one for us because 30 of my students were in my room last year. I decided to “loop up” with my class because they are such a terrific group! If your child wasn’t with me, don’t worry! We’ll get everyone caught up and we will have a great year.
I have put together this letter of information to help you and your child become familiar with my expectations for the school year. Take a day or two to read through this information, and then sign below and return the tear-off by Thursday, September 3rd. You may want to keep the letter in a special place so that you may refer to it throughout the year.
Regular school attendance is critical to the learning process. Our school day officially starts at 7:45 a.m. Please be aware that students may enter the building starting at 7:10 a.m. to eat breakfast. Children who are not in the classroom by 7:51 will be marked tardy.
When your child is absent or tardy, he or she misses valuable instructional time. Please send a written note or doctor’s note whenever your child is absent. Excused absences include illness and doctor’s appointments. Unexcused absences include out-of-town trips, missing the bus, and family vacations.
I believe that homework is necessary for practicing skills that have been learned or for enriching the classroom experience. In order to help students get their homework assignments done, students will be given a Take Home Notebook and a Take Home Folder. They will write their assignments in their notebook and place any important papers in the folder. We expect all homework to be turned in on time, which is usually the very next day. Most night’s students will need to complete a math assignment, vocabulary assignment and read for a minimum of 15 minutes. Occasionally, students make be given science, social studies, or health assignments as homework. If students are absent, I expect students to makeup all missed homework and return it back to school within 2 days.
I want to explain a very effective behavior management system that I use in my classrooms in conjunction with our classroom rules. I use a stoplight system where each student has a green, yellow, and red card placed behind his or her name on a pocket chart hanging in our rooms. Everyone begins each day with his or her green card showing. If a class rule is broken, the student is verbally warned, which is the first caution. If another behavior problem occurs that day, the student changes their card to yellow, which this is the second caution. Furthermore, if the student continues to break classroom rules they will change his or her card to red. We have students help us fill out the Oops! I was on red because form. These forms will be sent home to parents to be signed and returned.
If you need to contact me, I prefer email if possible. My email address is BRMARANO@bcps.k12.md.us. I check my email each day and I will respond promptly. If you do not have email, you may call the school and leave a message at 410-396-6004. I also have a class website, which is used to display updates and other resources for students and parents/guardians. The website is located at: http://msmaranos.weebly.com/. If you do not want your child’s picture, stories, or other work on our class web page, please write check off ‘No’ on the Classroom Photo Release Form. I also send out updates and reminders through the Remind application for Android and iPhones. Please sign-up by visiting: https://www.remind.com/join/msmarano or downloading the application and subscribing via text. If you download the application, please enter 81010 (the class code) and text @msmarano.
In a few weeks, Hampden will host a Back-to-School-Night in the evening. During this time I will answer your questions and share some ways you can help your child at home. I will also be discussing the grading policy, my behavior system, content your child will be learning, and other various topics. I am looking forward to an exciting year with my class. Thank you for your cooperation in getting this year off to a great start!