Mrs. Jeanne Smith’s Class
My name is Jeanne Smith and I have been teaching at Calvary for 17 years. I live in Campbellsville with my husband Tony and we have two grown daughters and two grandsons.
I am excited about your child being in my class this school year. I have many different learning activities planned to make learning exciting, interesting, and fun for all the children.
School will begin at 8:16 am. If you come in any later your child must go to the office and pick up a tardy slip. School will be dismissed at 3:05 pm. If you will be picking up your child early please go by the office to sign your child out.
If you need your child to get off the bus at a different location anytime, you must send a note to school and your child will be given a bus note for the destination.
Parents are always welcome in our classroom. Just let me know when you plan on coming. All parents must check in the office before coming to the room. This is for safety purposes.
I will be sending home newsletters on Mondays telling about activities we have completed and what we will be doing next. The Monday folders are red and will be in the Data Binder your child will bring home daily. In the Monday folders you will find student’s work, and notices from the officewhich sometimes needs to come back to school. Please take time to look at all papers in the folder, and keep the work at home. In addition to schoolwork the children will have homework. Homework will be sent home in a folder and is to be returned to school the next day. Your encouragement and support with homework will help your child progress more rapidly. I do not go into each child’s backpack to get their folder, I will ask daily for the folders. This is to encourage your child to be responsible for their own folder. This is part of The Leader in Me.
If there is something I need to know about your child such as medication they may be taking, or any restrictions they may have, or if something arises during the school year, please feel free to send a note or leave a message for me at school 692-3676.
Breakfast and lunches can be paid for daily, weekly, or monthly. Your child will have a lunch number which will need to be memorized. All money should be taken to the cafeteria. Please put all money in a sealed envelope with your child’s name, account number, and the amount of money on the outside.
Each child will need to have a backpack large enough to hold a folder. During cold weather all coats will be put inside backpacks and hung on the coat hooks. Please put your child’s name on the backpack because sometimes we get identical ones. Also put names on coats, jackets, sweaters, lunchboxes, and anything else your child may bring to school.
We will have snack time in the afternoon; send a healthy snack and a small drink, or your child may get a drink of water, no glass containers. Do not send candy, cookies, cakes, chips or soda. I cannot allow your child to eat these types of foods at school. Some healthy snacks are fruits, raw vegetables, dried cereal, crackers and cheese or peanut butter, and pretzels.
Our Class has classroom rules: Rules will be explained to the children daily for several weeks. If rules are broken the children are given warnings and then their name is moved from ready to learn down the chart one spot. Students can correct behaviors and earn their way back up the chart! Students that stay on the green or go beyond all week will receive a prize from the prize box on Friday.
I am looking forward to working with you and your child this school year. It is very important for teachers and parents to work together to best meet the needs of each child.
This year weare using The Leader In Me
The 7 habits of the Leader In Me
Habit 1 — Be Proactive
You're in Charge
I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.
Habit 2 — Begin With the End in Mind
Have a Plan
I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.
Habit 3 — Put First Things First
Work First, Then Play
I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.
Habit 4 — Think Win-Win
Everyone Can Win
I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for Third Alternatives.
Habit 5 — Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
Listen Before You Talk
I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.
Habit 6 — Synergize
Together Is Better
I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different from me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others, we can create better solutions than anyone of us can alone. I am humble.
Habit 7 — Sharpen the Saw
Balance Feels Best
I take care of my body by eating right, exercising, and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I find meaningful ways to help others.