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Welcome to Upper Elementary

Dear Sycamore Families,

The Sycamore teachers would like to welcome the new students coming into the class and welcome back those that are returning to a new school year! New teachers in the Sycamore classroom include Nick Beatty as the classroom lead and Kellie Allin. Returning teachers include Sam Cusack and Staci Radford-Vincent, our part time science teacher. We are extremely excited for the upcoming school year and getting to know all new students as well as returning students. This letter will cover some things you need to know to be prepared for the first day of school.

A teacher will be at the door to greet your child at 8am each morning. The door teacher is available for daily communication needs at arrival (8-8:30) and dismissal (3:15-3:30). It is very important that your child is present and settled at this time, as we will begin by starting large group lessons as well as discussing important topics during our morning meeting. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you one-on-one to discuss your child-specific questions and concerns. Please set up a time in advance with the lead teacher for this type of meeting so that we can give you the time and attention you deserve.

Daily Schedule
8:00am – 8:30am Student Interaction
8:30am – 9:00am Morning Meeting
9:00am – 11:45am Work Time (Work plans, Lit Circles, etc.)
11:45am – 12:00pm Clean-up/Check jobs
12:00pm – 12:35pm Recess
12:40pm – 1:05pm Lunch
1:05pm – 3:15pm Work Time (Work plans, P.E., Spanish, Music, etc.)
3:15pm – 3:30pm Dismissal

Your child will need to bring a pair of “indoor shoes” to leave here at school. This helps keep our carpets clean as well as providing a clean working environment. We will provide all school supplies. If children have items they need to bring to and from school, we suggest they use a backpack or bag.

Please make sure your child is either signed up for school lunches through the BMS website or packs a nutritious balanced lunch from home. Please remember that we are a NUT-FREE campus due to life threatening allergies in the community. We will prove a healthy snack each day. Please let a teacher know directly if your child has allergies, in addition to filling out the registration forms.

Each morning we will provide a nutritious snack including a fruit or a vegetable and some supplementary item. Snack is eaten individually when the child feels hungry, and is optional. Occasionally we will cook a special group snack for class events or celebrations. Students may bring their own snack if they are not interested in the snack being provided. Please remember that no food preparation at school will include nuts.

Students will be expected to focus and give great effort in class each week. New concepts will be taught each day and students will be given follow up for extra practice. Most work will be expected to be completed in class. Any work that is not being completed will be sent home as homework and must be returned in class the following day. Spelling will be given out every Monday and students are expected to study at home during the week to prepare for the spelling test Friday of that week. Students will also be expected to read and complete any follow up assignments for their books given during Literature Circles each week.

The customs letter will be posted to the website before the school year starts. We look forward to working with all the families and having a successful school year.

Your teachers,

Nick, Sam, Kellie, and Staci
Sycamore (9-12)