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Frequently Asked Questions

General questions

My daughter, Alex, just graduated with her degree in professional writing.  My class is fortunate enough to have her guest teach creative writing throughout the year.

One of the students' favorite activities is Scholastic's Story Starter.  You can find it by clicking here.  On this website the students select a genre of writing, select their grade level, and spin the wheel to be given a prompt for a story to write.

We are lucky to have access to laptops in our classroom.  Each student has the opportunity to create their own story and write it on Story Starter or Microsoft Word if they would like to save their work.

I highly suggest accessing and utilizing this tool to help your child grow creatively and to strengthen their writing.

There are several learning games available at Scholastic's website, available here

There are several ways you can help your child at home.

  • Listen to your child read each week's story selection
  • Use multiplication and division flash cards
  • Practice weekly spelling words
  • Encourage your child to have a positive attitude towards reading and studying

 

​"There are many little ways to enlarge your child's world. Love of books is the best of all."

— Jacqueline Kennedy

You can find our classroom's daily schedule here!

There are five rules I expect your child to abide by.  

  1. Follow all directions and always use your best listening skills.
  2. Keep your hands, feet, objects, and unkind words to yourself.
  3. Do not blurt! Raise your hand and wait to be called on.
  4. Come to class ready with assignments completed on time.
  5. Respect authority and the rights of others.

Your child will have minimal homework.  The majority of assignments are done in the classroom where I can help them directly.

Feel free to email me with any concerns/questions you may have! 
jbare@velma-alma.k12.ok.us

Report cards are distributed four times a year, after every nine weeks.  To ensure that your child recieves their report card, make sure any cafeteria and library fees are paid. 

We have two class parties every school year.  
One is before Christmas Break, the other is for Valentine's Day.

You can bring cupcakes for your child's birthday and his/her classmates can eat them in the cafeteria during lunch.  We have limited time in our classroom so we try to limit distractions whenever possible.