Whitcomb Class News

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    September Newsletter 2019

    Introduction

    Hello!  Welcome to another school year.  My name is Kristin Whitcomb and I am so excited to have your child in my class this year!  I look forward to getting to know your child and to meeting you, if I haven’t already!  I have been teaching at Lawton for 22 years and was a substitute at Lawton for 2 years before that.  I have taught 1st grade, a 1st/2nd split, but mostly 2nd grade.  I received my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Western Michigan University and I received my Master’s Degree in Reading from Eastern Michigan University. I am married and have 4 daughters.  My oldest, Maddy, is a Sophomore at Indiana University.  My second, Cammy, is a Sophomore at Pioneer.  My twins, Lily and Evie, are in 8th grade at Slauson.  I am looking forward to a great school year! 

    Supplies

    Thank you for the supplies you sent in with your children!  They are very much appreciated and will be of great use in the classroom.  If you have not sent in supplies with your child, you can still send them in.  A “Second Grade Supply List” is posted on the school website, or you can pick one up in the office.  If you are not able to send in supplies, I will provide them for your child.

    Important Dates in September

    Curriculum Night: Sept. 17th, 6-8pm, (see more detailed information on the following page).

    Early Release Day, Sept. 25th, students dismissed at 1:29pm

    Run-A-Thon:  Oct. 4th

    Picture Day, Oct. 8th

     

    Our Special Schedule

    Monday:  Theater 9:30-10:00, Library 1:00-2:00

    Tuesday: Art 9:30-10:30

    Wed: Theater/Gym 2:00-3:00

    Thursday:  Gym/Music  2:00-3:00

    Fri:  Music/Theater  2:45-3:45

    Our Lunch/Recess period:  11:40-12:28

     

    Blue Folders

    A blue Lawton folder was sent home today with important papers that need to be read, some may need to be signed and brought back to school.  I plan on using these folders as Take-Home folders.  I will send homework, notes, and corrected papers home in these folders every Monday so please send them back to school when you are able.

     

    September Birthdays

    Happy Birthday!!!

    Rinna Kisaka Sept. 9th

    Elena Ribick Sept. 30th

     

    Snacks

    We will have time for a snack each afternoon.  It is Lawton’s snack policy to allow students to eat only fruits and vegetables for their classroom snack, this includes birthday snacks. I’m asking students to bring a fruit or vegetable from home for their individual snack each day.  I will not be providing snacks. Thank you!

    Communication

    Please feel free to email me with any concerns or questions: whitcomb@aaps.k12.mi.us.   Email is the best way to get in touch with me.  I check my email before and after school as well as at lunch and during the student’s specials.  You can also send in a note with your child asking for a meeting.  After school is a much better time to meet than before school for me.  Another option is to call the school, 994-1946, and leave a message.  Please do this for any emergency information such as a change in pick-up procedure. I am not usually available to take phone calls during the school day.

    I have a classroom website that I will update soon with classroom information.  Please check it often.  The address is:  a2schools.org/whitcomb

    I also have most of your email addresses through PowerSchool and will send out periodic emails. 

    Pick-Up Procedure

    Usually by 2nd grade, the students know their end-of-day pick-up procedure and can communicate it to me, but feel free to email me if you’d like to be sure I have the correct information.  The important thing is that your child knows their plan each day.

    Students who ride a bus home will be dismissed first at the end of the day. When the bell rings at 3:59pm, I will dismiss Kid’s Club students and will then walk the rest of the class out the front doors to meet you or whoever they are going home with. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns about this.

    Homework

    Regular homework will not be coming home until the week of 9/16 so I can explain the procedure to you at Curriculum Night.  You may see some work coming home periodically before then, though, so be sure to ask your child each night if they have any work to complete.

     

    *I hope to see all of you at Curriculum Night on September 17th.  The schedule for the night is as follows: 

     

    6:00-6:45 Grade PreK-2 teacher presentations (meet in your child’s classroom) 

    6:45-7:15 Principal welcome and information in the Auditorium

    7:15-8:00 Grade 3-5  teacher presentations (meet in your child’s classroom)

    I will be discussing our curriculum.  I will have a parent-teacher conference schedule available as well as a sign-up to volunteer in the classroom.  It is a very important night and I look forward to seeing you!