2018 New Year Email/letter

Good Evening Parents!
I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and are feeling refreshed for the New Year!
I am looking forward to this new year and am eager to work toward helping your children grow these next few months.  I have created this group email and am planning to send out a weekly email to update you on what's happening in the classroom. Myself, Mrs. Braxton, and a couple of other assistant teachers used our workday today to renovate our classroom to a garden/nature theme. I am excited to see how the children react to it.
I have also created a new behavior management system which will reflect in a behavior chart. The chart's order from top to bottom is: 
Super Student-Pink
Great Choices-Blue
Ready to Learn-Green
Think about it-Yellow
Teacher's Choice-Orange
Parent Contact-Red
The students will start on ready to learn every day.  Depending on their behavior/choices they will move up and down the chart throughout the day. If a student lands on teachers choice, I will decide based on their behavior what consequence to implement. If the bad behavior continues and they land on Parent contact, either myself or Mrs. Braxton will contact you. However, the students will be able to earn their way back up the chart as they start making better choices. If a student gets all the way to the top, they will receive a small reward. Instead of stickers, we will color in the day with what color your child landed on by the end of the day. If they landed on a color below green, I will include a note. 
This week will be short, but we will jump right back into the swing of things with the goal of "growing into second graders." 
Reports cards will be sent home this Friday and mclass reading assessments for the middle of the year begin on Monday. These are the same as the beginning of the year assessments that were discussed during our face to face conference earlier this year. You can help prepare your child by letting them read to you every night, reviewing sight words, practicing reading fluently, and answering comprehension questions about the stories they read.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, feel free to email me anytime >>>
Also, I am sure you are aware but there is a 2-hour delay for students tomorrow due to intense cold temperatures. I look forward to seeing your children in the morning! Stay Warm! 😊
Heather Tese