Welcome back to school!
I hope that you all had an amazing summer. We had the most incredible weather and I hope that you were able to enjoy it. My family and I spent a lot of time outside hiking and exploring our gorgeous Alaskan surroundings. It was truly a relaxing and adventurous summer!
This year the work expectations and routines are the same as in the past however we do have a few changes to our classroom. The first being that our class size has increased from 21 students to a minimum of 25. This means that I had to do some creative planning for our space with at least 4 more bodies being added to the room. I decided to get rid of assigned seating and many of the desks, including my own. We now have three large tables, our small round working table, and four student desks. Students will use these tables as needed/preferred for their work rather than have an assigned space. With this change I have also eliminated all but 3 student chairs. We will be using our Hokki Stools, wooden stools, and hopefully some yoga meditation seats instead of the traditional classroom seat. This is for two reasons; students prefer the stools over chairs and the stools are easier to store and take up less space than traditional chairs.
Many of the kids choose to work on the mats with a clipboard and they use their desk as a storage unit only. I don’t expect this change being an issue but in the event that it does not work for us we can always reintroduce the student desks. Due to space issues I am asking that students bring only necessary materials to school with them and that will fit into their cubby/container in the closet. Students do not need an individual pencil holder, binders, or their own personal markers, etc. These things tend to take up space and often, unfortunately, go missing for one reason or another. Please keep these extra items at home.
Lastly, the classroom website is still up and running. This is where you will find my weekly newsletter and spelling lists. I will also send home a paper spelling list each week with your child. It is their responsibility to check their mail box regularly as we do not do Thursday Folders in our classroom. If you would like to receive text messages for reminders of things due/events in class please add yourself to the free texting service, Remind.
Enroll in Remind by texting @66ab0 to 81010. Please let me know if you’re having trouble enrolling. This is a great, free service that allows me to send you a quick reminder of important information.
Our classroom website is: homanasd.weebly.com
Thank you for all of your support. I am looking forward to working with you this school year and for all of the fun things we are going to do as a class! As always, shoot me an email if you have any questions.
Thanks so much,