Back to School Night

Welcome to Back to School Night!

Agenda:

1. Introduction: a bit about Mr. Sutera
2: Ipads and technology as learning tools
a. headphones- please provide a pair for your child
b. passwords- Clever portal, password in photos and on ipads
c. keyboards - typing to be done primarily on actual keys, not screen (purchase for home use)
d. take home procedures- protected, used as a tool, charged, returned daily
3. Apps and websites to be familiar with
a.reflex- math fluency
b.dreambox- math skills and concept
c.typing agent- keyboarding fluency
d. readworks- reading comprehension, response, and analysis
e. razkids- reading comprehension
f. Khan Academy- Math curriculum
g. Wonders- language arts curriculum
h. Writeabout- writing prompts and sharing
4. Common Core Curriculum: 4,3,2,1
5. STEAM integration, outdoor lab, ornithology, nature study, music/arts
6. Volunteer lists, field trips
a. Approved Volunteer List
b. Art docent interest? Contact me!
7. Classroom schedule standards, procedures, and expectations
a. homework and charts - personalized, consistent, easily monitored
b. bathroom passes - 8 monthly
c. bring reusable water bottles
d. green cards- DREAM! Set the example!
e. discipline letters - after a warning and two subsequent offenses

8. Growth mindset: Do the most you can! Do the best you can!

Closing- My philosophy as the teacher, a quote from Haim Ginott:

I have come to a frightening conclusion.
I am the decisive element in the classroom.
It is my personal approach that creates the climate.
It is my daily mood that makes the weather.
As a teacher I possess tremendous power to make a child's life miserable or joyous.
I can be a tool of torture or an instrument of inspiration.
I can humiliate or humor, hurt or heal.
In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis
will be escalated or de-escalated, and a child humanized or de-humanized.

Please write a brief note to your child sharing something positive that you saw or learned tonight, and maybe wish them an awesome day tomorrow. Thanks for coming!