Birthdays at QAE: At QAE we love birthdays. We love to celebrate them and realize this is an important part of elementary school. We also believe that we can celebrate them in a meaningful and fun way without sugary treats. Many families choose to donate a book in their child's name to the classroom. (If you need a book recommendation, check our the "Wish List".)
Acknowledgement Circles: Holding the earth (inflatable globe), the birthday child walks around a paper sun (made especially for the occasion and signed by everyone in the class) one time for every year old. We sing "We celebrate your birth, and your place on the earth, may the sun, moon and stars, bring you peace where you are" (to the tune of Happy Birthday). Then we go around the circle and give acknowledgements to the birthday child. An acknowledgement is something special we see in the person. Family members are welcome to join us for birthday celebrations. We hold birthday celebrations right after lunch from 12:55-1:10.
Summer Birthdays: We would love to celebrate your summer birthday child's half birthday. Please touch base with me about when a good time to do this would be.
Before & After School
The first bell rings at 9:25 and the tardy bell at 9:30. There is morning playground supervision starting at 9:00. I may be in and out of the classroom until the start of school day, and welcome students into the classroom at 9:25. If there are changes to your child's normal go-home routine, please let me know either with a written note or via email in the morning. School ends at 3:35.
We have a snack time in the morning. Your children is encouraged to bring a healthy item (such as fruit, cheese, crackers, yogurt) that will sustain them until lunch time. Please do not send juice, sweets or chips.
Our school-wide focus on reading includes a nightly reading-at-home program. Your child will brings a book envelope home each night with a book chosen from his/her personal book bin. We ask that your child reads for at least 20 minutes every night. Reading logs are sent home on Mondays and are due back the following Monday.
We recommend spending a half an hour of Dreambox Learning and Raz-Kids per week. Students will be encouraged to write blog entries on their student sites from home. Other enrichment homework will come home occasionly.
Each day your child will bring home an orange folder and must return it to school each day. Important notes and work may be sent home through this folder. Papers on the “return to school” side will need to be filled out and sent back to school. Please take the time to go through your child’s folder and keep the papers that are on the “keep at home” side. Feel free to send notes to me and/or the school on the “return to school” side of the folder.