All About Southridge & Our ALS ClassArrival/Dismissal
Arrival: The doors open at 7:30. School begins at 7:40. Students who arrive after 7:45 will be counted as tardy. Please make every effort to help your child to be on time and prepared for the school day.
Dismissal: At the beginning of the year your child will get a colored dismissal card that will be attached to their backpack. This is an important tool to help all staff know how students are getting home. At the end of the school day, we will walk students to their dismissal areas. We will dismiss at 3:00.
*Please be aware that if your child has a change in how they are getting home on a particular day, I need for you to write me a note and send it in your child’s folder.
Attendance is marked daily at 9:00. It is very important for your child to be at school each day. If your child has to be absent, please call the school on the day of the absence, and send a note when your child returns so that the absence will be verified.
All students at Southridge are provided with a free and healthy breakfast. We eat breakfast first thing in the morning.
Our class will eat lunch from (time to be determined based on school schedule). You are welcome to join your child for lunch in the cafeteria. Please let me know if you are planning to eat lunch with your child as sometimes our lunchtime’s may change based on schedule changes. Please check in the front office first.
Since lunch is early, we will have a light snack in the afternoon. If you would like to send in a snack for your child you may. If you would ever like to send a snack for the class to share (store bought items only), it would be greatly appreciated.
*Please let me know if you DO NOT want your child to eat breakfast or snack. Also, please let me know if your child has any allergies or if there is any particular food/drink you would NOT like your child to eat/drink.
Each day your child will go to Specials. The acronym to remember the order of Specials is CAMPS (Computer, Art, Music, P.E., and Science Discovery). I will mark in your student’s communication folder each day what Special they went to. Please make sure you send your child in tennis shoes on days they have P.E. We will visit the library throughout the year.
Every day your child will come home with a green folder. This is our communication folder. Inside you will find a weekly newsletter, a weekly communication sheet, and your child’s behavior chart. The weekly newsletter includes what we’re learning about that week, as well as important reminders and upcoming events. On the weekly communication sheet, I will circle each day what Specials your child went to as well as any other events or therapies that occurred that day. This allows you to keep track of what your student is doing and also a great tool to use to communicate with your child and ask questions about their day. I will also write a note about your child’s day- something we learned, something great your child did, as well as any concerns or information you may need. Please check this folder every day. It is the easiest way to keep you informed on a daily basis. Also, please use this folder to write me a note with any information you need to get to me. I try my best to check the folder first thing in the morning. Each day your child should come prepared to school with their communication/homework folder.
The best way to get in touch with me is through e-mail. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I try to check my e-mail before and after school each day.
You may also reach me by phone at 469-948-7328. Please be aware that this is the classroom phone. We are in and out of the classroom and busy learning all day, so I may not always answer or be able to talk at that time. If I do not answer, please leave a voicemail and I will get back to you ASAP. If you have something that requires immediate attention, please contact the office at 469-713-5187.
If you would like to schedule a conference with me, I am available to meet with you during my conference period or after school. Please call or e-mail to schedule an appointment first.
I believe that parent-teacher communication is foundational to a child’s success in school. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.
Thursday Rocket Folders
Your child will be bringing home a Southridge Rocket Folder each Thursday. Inside the folder you will find notes from the office and community flyers. There are two pockets in the folder. One for items that are to be kept at home and one for items that need to be signed/returned to school. Thursday folders should be returned each Friday.
Your child works hard at school all day long so spending time playing, talking, and reading together are all great activities to do at home! I encourage you to read with your child as often as possible. In addition, any jobs or chores your child can do at home are great ways to practice important life skills and build independence. If you ever need any ideas on what to work on at home, please let me know and I’ll be happy to help.
Materials and Supplies
Thank you so much for providing supplies for your child. A copy of the ALS class supply list can be found on the link labeled "School Supply List" to the left. If you need a paper copy of our ALS class supply list, please let me know. Each day your child should come prepared to school with their communication/homework folder. Please also send an extra pair of clothes for your child to have at school in case of an accident or spill. If any additional materials or supplies are needed throughout the year, a note will be sent home in your child’s folder.
Immediate response and feedback for positive and negative behavior are important for shaping behaviors in our classroom. Students will earn dimes (pretend money), for being on task, completing work, setting good examples, and working hard. Students may also lose dimes for inappropriate behavior, not following directions, or making poor choices. At the end of the day, students count their dimes and get to “purchase” treasure from the treasure box. In addition to the dimes, students may be rewarded spontaneously for positive behavior with praise, encouragement, and special rewards (i.e. stickers, award, or special privileges).
Students will fill out a daily behavior sheet. Your child will be responsible for reflecting on his/her behavior at the end of each day to see if:1) I tried my best on my work, 2) I listened and followed directions, and 3) I was respectful and kind to my teachers and peers. They will also record how many dimes they earned that day.
My Philosophy and Goal
I believe that each and every one of my students is capable of accomplishing great things. I will provide a safe, comfortable, and positive environment for my students to feel welcome and learn. I am committed to teaching your child with their specific needs and goals in mind.
I want my students to practice responsibility, good manners, positive attitudes, and social and communication skills. I will give them every opportunity to practice these skills and I will provide them with support and guidance.
I also have high academic expectations. I want each student to put forth their best effort. We will use practice, routine, multi-sensory learning, interactive activities, technology, and the district endorsed research-based curriculum to do this.
I am confident this is going to be a great year! I am looking forward to what your child will accomplish this year. Thank you for your involvement and support.