Dear Geer Park Parents, In an effort to improve system practices, Geer Park Elementary School is conducting a Parent Survey. We value your opinion and ask that you take the time to complete this survey. In order to complete the survey, please go to: http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/6171687 Please be assured that your responses to this survey will be anonymous. Your honest opinion is appreciated. Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.
Open House will be held tomorrow, Thursday, September 12th from 6:00-7:30 at Geer Park. I look forward to seeing you there 🙂
Your child will be
able to check-out a school library book every other Thursday. It is VERY
important that your child bring their library book back on their scheduled
Thursday in order to get a new book. Here is the list of dates we will be going
to library this school year:
- September 19th
- October 3rd
- October 17th
- October 31st
- November 14th
- December 5th
- December 19th
- January 16th
- January 30th
- February 13th
- March 5th
- March 19th
- April 2nd
- April 23rd
- May 7th
- May 21st
All are welcome to join Mr. Lawera and Superintendent Maleyko for the Meet the Principal event.
Wednesday, August 28 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm
Location: Media Center كلكم مدعوون للانضمام إلى السيد لاويرا والمشرف ماليكو لحضور اللقاء مدير المدرسة الجديد
الأربعاء 28 أغسطس من الساعة 4:00 إلى الساعة 5:00 مساءً
الموقع: المركز الإعلامي
Welcome back to Geer Park, families!! I hope you had a peaceful and relaxing summer break. I spent time with my family, helped my best friend get ready for her wedding (which is THIS weekend!!), and started training to run a half marathon. I love to run, and I participated in a 10k and 5k run this summer. I’m planning on running my first half marathon this October, and I’m very excited.
I’m SO excited to be working with you and your children this year. I’m ready for an amazing year 🙂
Below I am including a copy of my welcome letter, which will be sent in your child’s folders this week as well:
Absences – Please make sure your child is in school every day unless he/she is sick. If your child is sick, it is necessary to call the office and inform them that he/she will be absent. The number is 313-827-2300. Please send a note or call if your child will need to be dismissed early for appointments. Kindergarten is a continuous experience with each lesson building on the lessons the day before. Attendance and punctuality are the keys to success. School starts at 8:35 and ends at 3:35 every day. You must pick your child up promptly because children tend to get emotional when they do not see you after school.
Drop-Off and Pick-Up – If your child is eating breakfast at school, they may come for breakfast at 8:00 a.m. Please do not bring your child any earlier than that. If they are not eating breakfast, they may come at 8:35. Students will be lining up with their class outside for the months of September-November and April-June. Morning line up will be inside for all other months.
Students will be picked up from their child’s classroom. PLEASE do not arrive before 3:35-we are instructing right until the bell rings. You may pick your child up at the outside door if your child’s teacher is Mrs. Chisek, Mrs. Davidson, or Ms. Sanchez. If your child’s teacher is Ms. Svestka, please pick up at the classroom door.
Homework – Our hope is to foster a love of reading with your child. We encourage that you read with your child for at least 15 minutes every night. We will be sending home a reading log for you to keep track of your reading. Also, we will be providing math homework on most nights. Beginning in January, we will also be focusing on teaching spelling words with your child, and they will be required to practice those words at home.
Communication Folders – Your child has been provided with a Communication Folder. It is your child’s responsibility to bring this to class daily, since they will be turning in homework, and collecting new assignments in this folder. Here you will find any unfinished class work, homework, teacher notes, handouts and spelling lists.
Supplies– Every child should bring a backpack to school. Other school supplies will be provided by us. However, any donations are greatly appreciated. All supplies are shared between students in the classroom. Things we may need include:
- Hand Sanitizer
- Clorox Wipes
- White copy paper
- 24 Crayola pack of Crayons
- Glue Sticks
- EXPO Dry Erase Markers
- Lunch Box (if packing a lunch)
Classroom Policies and Rules-
We will create a list of classroom rules together, however, I always enforce the following 3 rules in my classroom:
- Be kind
- Be safe
- Be responsible
I will have discussions with students who have trouble following these three rules, and if the behavior persists, we may have a group discussion between me and the parents in order to come up with a solution.
Snack– Every month, a snack calendar will go home informing you of when your child is to bring snack for our class. Please send enough snacks for the whole class.
An important goal
in my classroom is to reinforce healthy eating habits. With this goal in mind,
the following is a list of acceptable snacks:
• Fruit and/or vegetables
• Yogurt or pudding
• Granola bars
• Rice Cakes
• String cheese
Students may bring water or juice with their provided snack for the class. If a drink is provided, boxed or bottled drinks are recommended.
Birthdays – You are welcome to bring in a treat to celebrate your child’s birthday. PLEASE do not bring sheet cakes. Cupcakes or cookies are much easier to work with. Healthy snacks are always recommended and suggested. When bringing in a treat for your child, please leave it in the office in the morning. Depending on our daily schedule, we will be sure to find a time for your child to share their birthday treat.
Questions and Concerns– Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have regarding your child. If you call during school hours, it will go directly to voicemail since I am teaching. I will return your call as soon as possible. You may also contact us via email. Below are the emails for each teacher:
Ms. Svestka- firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Chisek- email@example.com
Ms. Sanchez- firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Davidson- email@example.com
I want to remind you of a couple of important events this week:
Wednesday, April 24th: PICTURE DAY. Please make sure you have submitted your paperwork and money to me in order to receive spring pictures
Friday, April 26th: Spring Concert @ 9:45. Please join us in the gym at 9:45 for our spring concert.
The Parent Education Committee is pleased to invite you to another parent education meeting. The first part of the meeting will be the SAFE Coalition returning to discuss drug safety and prevention. Parents showed high interest, so they agreed to host another session. It is very informational and important for parents to attend and be aware. The second part of the meeting will focus on the upcoming state assessment for 3rd-5th grade, M-STEP. There will be English and Arabic presentation.This meeting will be held on Friday, March 22, from 9:15-10:30
The objectives of the Parent Education Meeting are as follows:
- What is MSTEP?
- How are students prepared in school?
- How can you prepare your child at home?
- When will my child be taking MSTEP?
Parent Education Committee
Tomorrow we will be celebrating our student of the month, which is Hailah Thiab! Hailah came to our classroom in December and has been a wonderful addition to our small community. She is kind, helpful, and loves to learn. Keep up the great work, Hailah!
PAJAMA DAY IS TOMORROW! Please bring $1 if you would like your child to participate.
Here are a few important dates and reminders to keep in mind for this week
Thursday, February 14th: Valentines Day! Please send your child with a box of 23 valentines
Thursday, February 14th: HALF-DAY Dismissal at 11:45
Friday February 15th-Monday February 18th: NO SCHOOL (Mid-Winter Break)
Our spelling test will also be on Thursday this week becuase of the mid-winter break.
Have a great week 🙂
I hope you have all stayed warm this week. Even with the snow days and days off, we are still working hard here in kindergarten!
Today I will be sending out report cards to most students. For some students, I will be scheduling meetings with you before sending the report card home. I will be calling the parents I would like to meet with next week.
Also, I have postponed the spelling test for the “an” word family until next Friday. With the snow days and MLK Day, I want to make sure that everyone had a good amount of time to study the words before being tested. The homework packet will also be due next Friday.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns 🙂