August, 2017  


Dear 6-9 Families,


If you are new to our class, WELCOME! The 6-9 teachers are looking forward to getting to know new students and families. To those of you returning, welcome back to a new school year!  New teachers in the 6-9 program include Eve Cusack as the Walnut classroom lead and Megan Carpenter as an afternoon teacher in the Maple classroom.  This letter will touch on 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 between 8:15 and 8:30 each morning.We will begin Morning Meeting at 8:30.  It is so very important that your child is present and settled in at this time, as we begin by going over the plan for the day and presenting large group lessons.  The door teacher is available for daily communication needs at arrival (8:15-8:30) and drop off (3:15-3:30).  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.   


The daily schedule:

8:15 -8:30       Arrival Time/ Journaling

8:30 – 9:00      Morning Meeting

9:00 -12:00     Work time (Workplans, language circle meetings, lessons, etc.)

12:00- 12:30   Lunch

12:30 – 1:10    Recess

1:15 – 1:40      Classroom jobs/math fact tests/handwriting

1:40 – 2:00      Story (Peace Circles on most Wednesdays)

2:00 – 3:00      Work time (and rotations through Spanish, Music, or other lessons)

3:00 – 3:15      Silent Reading

3:15 – 3:30      Dismissal


Your child will need to bring a pair of “indoor shoes” to leave here at school.  This helps keep our carpets clean as children come in and out from recess.  Ideally, indoor shoes will have backs to keep them firmly on children’s feet, as well as a hard sole.   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 leave distracting items at home.


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 provide a healthy snack each day.Please let a teacher know directly if your child has allergies, in addition to filling out the registration forms.


On most Fridays, students’ portfolio notebooks will come home for the weekend and MUST RETURN ON MONDAY.  This is an opportunity for your child to show you what they have been working on.  Please notice the workplan to see what your child worked on and how many of these projects were completed. All LOOSE PAPERS in the pocket of the notebook should be kept at home each weekend, leaving the pocket empty.


Please read the customs letter below for additional information.  We feel so fortunate to have your family as a part of our community and we are looking forward to working with you throughout the year.  


Your teachers,

Jess, Eve, Jacob, Evan, McKenzie, Alice, and Megan

Lower Elementary (6-9)