Welcome to Room 4! I am looking forward to a great year! Here is some information that you will need.
My goal is to help your student to progress academically and to have a great year. A lot of social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth occurs in students of this age. School work and/or appropriate behavior can be very challenging for some students. Positive communication between parents, students, and teachers will assure your student of a great year. If any academic problem or poor behavior is noticed, you will be contacted with an email, note, or phone call.
In working to provide the best education possible for students, procedures may need to be changed as the year progresses to ensure we are being as effective as possible. Please bear with me. If you have any questions or concerns, please be sure to contact me ASAP.
Students will be assigned a hook for their coats and bags. Only coats, bags, and gym shoes should be left in the hall. Please remind students to leave unnecessary items at home. (i.e. If it is not needed in class, it is not needed in school.)
Students are allowed to have water bottles which contain PLAIN WATER as long as they are not a distraction.
Students are allowed to have a healthy snack in the afternoon. Snacks must be able to be eaten with fingers and eaten while working. Some ideas are grapes, carrots, cereal, pretzels, etc. Things that are NOT ALLOWED include, but are not limited to, candy, chips, cookies, anything that needs a fork or spoon to eat, etc.
5th grade students in my ELA class will NOT have a weekly spelling list and test. Spelling will be addressed through reading and writing.
If you need to talk to me, the best time is before or after school. Otherwise you may leave a message, and I will return your call ASAP.
A bit about me...
I spent two years teaching in an inner city school in Lansing. The rest of my time has been spent here at the Pitts. I am a graduate of Pittsford as well. I attended college at Michigan State University (go Spartans!) and finished my degree at Siena Heights University. I have completed my Master's Degree through Marygrove College. I am blessed to work with kids everyday and feel I have one of the best jobs on the planet. (I admit, being a taste tester for Ben & Jerry's ice cream would be pretty cool, too.)
My furry family
When people ask if I have children, I have two answers. The first is, "Yes, I usually get 25 new kids each year." This is true because while at school, my students are my kids. My other answer is, "I have a furry family." You can read on and meet my furry family.
I have a new addition to my furry family. Meet Casper. She is quite a cat! Casper is slowly getting used to my house and the rest of the crew. She isn't terribly fond of Roxie and Rainey yet, but I'm sure it will take time.
UPDATE: Meiko had been getting very skinny and had not been eating much. I took her to the vet today and decided that she wasn't going to get better. She also seemed to be confused lately. So I had to make that tough decision. She was very calm and went to sleep while I was holding her. May she rest in peace. She was such a great buddy and had been with me since college. She will definitely be missed. Meiko Oct. 11, 1994 - Sept. 8, 2014
Meet Luv. He found me when he was a teeny, tiny ball of fuzz. We thought he was a girl when we named him...oops. By that time, the name stuck and it fits. He is very lovable.
Nala is also a found kitty. Someone abandoned her in Hudson when she was a kitten. As you can see, Nala loves boxes. She is a great hunter, and before the dogs came to live with me, Nala would greet me at the door just like a dog.
I had no intentions of getting a dog. However, my friend said she knew someone who had Jack Russell puppies. I love Jack Russells and really wanted to see them. So I steeled myself against getting a dog and told my friend I wasn't getting a dog. Have you ever seen Jack Russell puppies? They are possibly the cutest creatures on the planet! After two days debating and researching, I picked Rainey up. This was Memorial Day Weekend 2007. She was sooooo tiny. She is still really small but thinks of herself as a Pit bull.
Roxie is the youngest in my furry family. Having two dogs is easier than one. Another friend rescued a Westie that was pregnant. There was one little girl not taken, so Miss Roxie joined us. She is very lovable and has definitely made our family more interesting. I don't know what Rainey would do without her sister to play with.