Winters’ Words for the Week!!

“A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”  –Lao Tzu

Welcome to a brand new school year! I am truly excited to begin this journey of knowledge with my students and their families. We will take each day step by step, and make the most of each day. There is a great amount of information that we will be covering in each subject. It is imperative that the students stay focused, and be prepared to put their best foot forward each day. Please note the information under each subject heading, will include what we are working on each week. It will also let you know when we will have quizzes, and tests. This information will also be on my weekly newsletter. I will also include websites that will hopefully, prove helpful to review and work on what we are covering. The interactive notebooks will also be valuable sources of information. 

The fourth grade team is hopeful the students will have agendas this year. I will let you know if that will become a reality. I will be asking the students to write their homework in a spiral notebook, until we find out if we will receive agendas.  It will be the student’s responsibility to write the homework down each day.  I will  sign the notebook daily, to let you know I have seen the homework copied from the board. It will also be a great source of communication between home and school. I will be sending home a packet on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, with papers that will need your signature. I would like the whole packet back, on Friday, September 11, 2015 If you need to talk to me, please don’t hesitate to call, write, come by, or send an e-mail, and I will do the same.  I am ready to take the first step with my students and their families! 

Take care, and have a great week!

A. Winters

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***H.U.S.K.I.E.S Binder***

Parents a very important part of our classroom management is the H.U.S.K.I.E.S BINDER. Please see below for information about the binder. This information is also found in the H.U.S.K.I.E.S BINDER your son or daughter has.

The H.U.S.K.I.E.S Binder means Hillpoint’s Unique Students Keeping It Exceptionally Straight. This organizational tool was developed in efforts to help strengthen student’s organizational skills while building a sense of responsibility and accountability.  The binder houses the most essential information needed to make every student successful. The information in this binder is intended to alleviate student and/or parent confusion regarding assignments, location of money, resource times, etc.

These binders have been provided by the teacher so please take great care of them. Your child is responsible for maintaining and returning this binder daily. If the notebook gets lost or damaged it will need to be replaced at the parent’s expense. Please refer to the next page for the rules regarding the H.U.S.K.I.E.S Binders.

What’s in my H.U.S.K.I.E.S Binder?

Your child’s notebook is divided into sections which serve several functions. Please refer to this page so that things are placed in the proper order, or if you have any questions about each section.

  • Zippered Pouch- This pouch is solely reserved for any money that needs to come to school (lunch, pictures, field trips, etc.). If a receipt is rendered, it will be returned in the money pouch.
  • Important Information Section- This section will include Binder rules, schedules, binder contracts, and a folder with two sections.-“Keep at Home” and “Return to School”. Papers that are in the “keep at home” section will contain information such as study guides, and any other school news. Papers in the “Return to school” section will include things that need to be signed by you and returned.
  • Behavior Chart Section- This section is where you will find the behavior chart for your child. At the end of each day your child will color the square to let you know what color they went home on. I ask that you please check this section daily and please initial the chart daily.
  • Homework Section- Homework is designed to assist instruction by reinforcing skills previously covered in class. Homework is generally assigned each evening, except for Fridays, and PTA nights. Homework is to be completed the night it is assigned. If for any reason your child is unable to complete their assigned homework please write me a note in the communication section. Students are expected to complete homework in their composition notebook. Homework sheets will be in the section labeled homework in the binder. The section of the folder labeled “New Homework” will be the homework sheet for the week, and the section of the folder labeled “Completed Homework” will be where the composition notebook is to go and any other completed homework. These procedures will be discussed with the students so they understand the homework procedures.
  • Communication Section-This section is for communication between teacher and parent. Different times throughout the year I will write notes for you and you may reply back to me. In this section I have supplied notebook paper for your convenience. Should the need to write a note arise please feel free to utilize the notebook paper provided.

****This notebook is very important and must be checked daily to ensure that we are communicating properly. Thank you and let’s have a wonderful year.****

 

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Classroom Rules

OUR HUSKY STUDENT CODE OF CIVILITY RULES

  1. I WILL FOLLOW DIRECTIONS THE FIRST TIME GIVEN.

2. I WILL KEEP MY HANDS, FEET, BODY, AND OBJECTS TO MYSELF.

3. I WILL FOLLOW THE 3 S’s (SINGLE, STRAIGHT, SILENT) WHILE WALKING IN THE HALLS AND STANDING IN LINES.

4. I WILL RESPECT MYSELF, OTHERS, AND SCHOOL PROPERTY/TECHNOLOGY.

a. I WILL USE POLITE LANGUAGE SUCH AS PLEASE, THANK YOU, MAY I, AND EXCUSE ME.

b. IN GROUPS, I WILL RAISE MY HAND TO SPEAK AND PUT IT DOWN WHEN SOMEONE IS RECOGNIZED. I WILL NOT INTERRUPT OTHERS.  I WILL LISTEN WHILE OTHERS ARE TALKING.

c. I WILL BE KIND, HELPFUL, AND RESPONSIBLE WITH MY WORDS AND ACTIONS.

 

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Classroom Schedule

Our Daily Schedule

9:20-9:50           Writing

9:50-10:50        Math

10:50-11:20      Social Studies Prt 1

11:20-11:40      Recess

11:45-12:15      Lunch

12:15-12:25      Social Studies Prt 2

12:30-1:15        Resource

1:20-2:50           Reading

2.50-3:30           Science

3:35-                   Dismissal

Our Lunch and Resource Schedule

Resource Schedule

Monday- PE

Tuesday- Computers

Wednesday- Art

Thursday- Library

Friday- Music

Lunch Schedule  

We eat lunch from 11:45-12:15

Line B, tables 7/8

 

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Bus Routes Now Posted!

school-busHappy New School Year!

The bus routes for the new year are now posted via the main SPS page at www.spsk12.net

You can also go directly to the Bus Route page by clicking here.

 

Please note that if you have any questions or concerns, there is a link on that same page to a Transportation Concern Form.

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Open House

I look forward to meeting you and your child at Open House  (1-4) on September 2, 2015 in room 212.

I will be giving you and your child the class syllabus, parent contact form, class codes and will be glad to answer any questions/concerns.

If you are unable to attend, please feel free to contact me:  kieabrown@spsk12.net at your convenience.  Please let me know your child’s first and last name, in addition to the block.

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Welcome to Second Grade!

September 2, 2015

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to our second grade class at Nansemond Parkway! I am looking forward to a fun and productive year with your student. Below I have listed our schedule for the year.

Our Schedule
9:05-9:35 Breakfast/ Morning Work
9:35-11:10 Reading
11:10-12:10 Math
12:10-12:40 Lunch
12:40-1:00 Recess
1:00-1:40Social Studies
1:40-1:50 Writing
1:50-2:40 Resource
Monday: PE
Tuesday: Computer Lab
Wednesday: Library
Thursday: Art
Friday: Music
2:40-3:10 Writing
3:10- 3:50 Science
3:50 Dismissal

I am sending home a packet of forms on the first day of school to be filled out and returned to me as soon as possible if you could not attend Open House. At the beginning of each week, I will email a newsletter which contains the spelling words and important information for that week, and my blog will also have additional information. The spelling words and homework will also be glued into your student’s agenda. I’m looking forward to a great year with you and your student!

Sincerely,
Cynthia Martie
Cynthiamartie@spsk12.net
Blog: http://blogs.spsk12.net/5133/

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Faculty Featured at Bi-Annual SPS Convocation

Turlington Woods takes on an enthusiastic and positive attitude during pre-service days.

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2015-16 Nansemond River Bus Routes

schoolbusNansemond River Bus Routes

  • The routes were created based on students registered on or before August 20, 2015.
  • The BUS ROUTE NUMBER are the digits before “AM”
  • Pick-up times of each bus stop can be estimated knowing that the time of the first pick-up is listed on the first address line, and the time the bus will arrive at school is listed on the final line.

 

Please link to this form if you have any concerns: TRANSPORTATION CONCERN FORM

 

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Teacher Access Center (TAC) News

Home Access Center – HAC

HAC was turned on across the division today. This will allow parents and students access to information available through HAC.

TAC Categories

Currently teachers do not have Categories. Categories will be added by Technology on September 1, 2015. Teachers MUST NOT add categories or assignments until after the division Categories are added. GradeBooks where teachers create the Categories will result in an inability for the GradeBook to calculate Marking Period averages.

Attendance

Teachers should follow these directions to take attendance in TAC during the first 10 days of school. It is important to report accurate information and to make sure that all rosters are correct.

Entering Attendance During the Ten Day Count

Dropping Grades

Teachers will have the ability to control dropping lowest grades once the categories have been added by the division. Information on how to allow this feature will be shared after the division categories have been added.

 

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Convocation Video ….

 

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Announcing the new SPS Employee Wellness Program …

August 31, 2015
Message from the Superintendent:

We all know that our health is the most important asset we have. But despite our best intentions, we don’t always do what we should to maintain or improve our health.

For the 2015-2016 School Year, we are looking to change this trend by partnering with Viverae® for the Suffolk Public Schools Employee Wellness Program. Viverae® is a best-in-class provider of health management services and will help us by providing exciting challenges and the latest health and fitness content.

This year’s program offers you new ways to improve or maintain your health. It also helps us control our company’s health insurance costs, including the premiums paid by employees, so we can continue to offer a quality health benefits program.

Our daily lives are filled with constant messages about healthy eating, weight management, and physical activity. We all know what we should be doing. Our goal at Suffolk Public Schools is not to preach the same message, but to provide the tools and resources necessary for you to succeed. We also plan to mix in some fun competition, starting with the Hydr8te Challenge, which launches Monday, November 2, 2015. You’ll find all you need to know about this year’s program at www.myviverae.com, which has been launched and is now accessible.

Reducing health risks and improving quality of life requires commitment from both Suffolk Public Schools and its employees. We strongly encourage you to participate in the Suffolk Public Schools Employee Wellness Program. With your support, we can live better and, hopefully, have some fun and make new friends while we do it.

Please see your administrator for more information on how to create your MyViverae account.

 


 

NOTE: All programs are confidential and HIPAA-compliant. Any information shared with the Viverae team will not be disclosed except in accordance with HIPAA laws. Your Protected Health Information (PHI) will not be shared with your employer.

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2015-2016 Bus Routes Now Posted

The following routes were created based on students registered on or before August 20, 2015.

The BUS ROUTE NUMBER are the digits before “AM”

Pick-up times of each bus stop can be estimated knowing that the time of the first pick-up is listed on the first address line, and the time the bus will arrive at school is listed on the final line.

Click here for Creekside bus routes

Click here for all SPS bus routes

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2015-2016 BTWES Student Handbook

Student Handbook 2015-2016 Booker T. Washington Elementary School

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2015-2016 Breakfast and Lunch Prices

Breakfast and lunch for ALL Booker T. Washington Elementary School students will be free.  Money is only needed if they want to buy a snack out of the Cafeteria.

CEP Parent Letter 1

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Password Hygiene

Toothbrush1Treat your password like your toothbrush.

Don’t let anybody else use it, and get a new one every six months.

Clifford Stoll

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Convocation 2015

Another wonderful kick-off by SPS staff … Click on the headline to see the photos.

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Summer Expedited Non-Writing SOL

testingThe Summer Expedited Non-Writing SOL will be administered at Lakeland on Friday, September 11 – Friday, September 18.

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Convocation Video — “BELIEVE”

Open this post to view the Convocation Video – “Believe”

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Welcome to the 2015-2016 School Year

We would like to welcome back our students, parents, and community back to the 2015-2016 school year.  We hope you have had a restful summer.  We will see you Tuesday, September 8, 2015.

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