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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Homework for Thursday, September 1st

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Study for Friday's spelling test (List is in Blue Folder)

IMPORTANT NOTE:  After a discussion with students, tonight will be the last night students who have not paid the insurance for 2016-2017 can take their chromebooks home. Renew today, click here!

* If you are not able to renew tonight, please bring the charger to school tomorrow, so the Chromebooks can be charged while in the classroom.

* I have very little control or information over the Chromebook insurance process. If you have a question, please send it along and I will do my best to get you answers. You should have received an email about this process last week or early this week, but I'm getting the feeling that some parents did not get it.

Homework for Wednesday, August 31st

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Study for Friday's spelling test
3) Work on your 100 Board Wipe Out (Not required, but encouraged)

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Effective immediately, students who have not paid the insurance for 2016-2017 will not be able to take their chromebooks home. Renew today, click here!

Homework for Wednesday, August 31st

1) Read for 30 minutes
2) Study for Friday's spelling test
3) Work on your 100 Board Wipe Out (Not required, but encouraged)

IMPORTANT NOTE:  Effective immediately, students who have not paid the insurance for 2016-2017 will not be able to take their chromebooks home. Renew today, click here!

Monday, August 29, 2016

Homework for Tuesday August 30th

1) Read for 30 minutes. We will be discussing summaries of what we read tomorrow.
2) Our first spelling quiz will be on Friday. The word list is the names of our classmates. Student will be given a paper list tomorrow and time to practice during the week, and can practice on SpellingCity.com at any time.

Two Notes for Parents:
1) This year, students will not be given loaners when their Chromebook is broken or being repaired. Thus, it is important to pay any fee or deductible as soon as possible as the Chromebook will not be returned until the payment is received. I will discuss this further at Open House on Thursday September 8th.

2) If there is urgent information that you need to pass along during the school day, especially regarding a change in pick up time, please call the office as I am not able to check my email during many parts of the day.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Homework for Friday, August 26th

Another great day!

1) Discuss and sign Chromebook contract. Today we reviewed proper Chromebook practices to ensure safe, responsible, and respectful internet usage. In addition, all students created new passwords for their Chromebooks (shared with me) and we discussed why secure passwords are important as well as proper email etiquette.

Let's have an amazing Friday to end a terrific first week!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

What a great first day!

It was a fantastic first day at Indian Trail in 4B!!



I am so excited for this year, and we are already off to a great start! While more information will be forthcoming, I wanted to let you know about some first week information.
  • ●  I post all class communication, homework assignments, and important school dates will be posted on my blog, mrbrandstrader.com. (Please be patient as I transition the blog from 15-16’s class to 16-17)
  • ●  A BLUE HOME FOLDER will be use to deliver documents and notes to and from school daily. This will be used for homework, flyers from school and communication from home. This take-home folder should be emptied on a regular basis. Please help your child get in the routine of unpacking and re-packing this folder every night.
  • ●  If you ordered supplies and they were not delivered to the classroom, please send a note letting me know. Every year a few bags get placed in the wrong room, and I’m sure it will be resolved quickly. I have a plethora of supplies, so all students will have everything they need while we get up and running in the class.
  • ●  Your student will need a smock for art within a few weeks. Please send it to school at your conveniences and label the smock to avoid confusion.
  • ●  Gym shoes need to be worn everyday for P.E. class, in order to participate. If you would like to send a pair of gym shoes to be kept at school, please make sure that your child’s first and last name is labeled on each shoe.
  • ●  Your student will need a pair of headphones/earbuds. I really would prefer NO BEATS (or other expensive) headphones as I can not ensure the security of the room at all times.
  • ●  Please send ONLY healthy snacks (fruit, fresh veggies, yogurt), in order to adhere to our district’s food policy. Please visit the district website for more information. You will find the policy in the posted parent handbook.
  • ●  In the warm months, it is essential to stay hydrated! Please send a water bottle (no juice or sport drinks) with your student. Sport-tops are best and help to avoid spills!
  • ●  Recess/Lunch is every day from 11:50-12:40. Students need to be prepared to dress for a variety of temperatures and weather conditions. Also, please inform your child if he/she will be receiving hot lunch at school.