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Welcome to your new class!
Hello! Hello, hello! It’s a brand new year. Filled with fun and learning, Nothing to fear. Sit back and listen, Lend me an ear, I’m your teacher for the rest of this year!
I am Mrs. Andenmatten Aka Miss Mac or Miss Mac and Cheese or Miss Frizzle
All about me! • I am a mom I have two kids. Connor will be starting 2 nd grade here at MOE this year and Aurora will be in pre-K at J Allen Axson. • This is my 14 th year teaching. I’ve taught 5 th grade science, Kindergarten ESOL and first grade. • I run Ana’s Angels animal rescue at Petco. You can find out • more on facebook at Ana’s Angels Animal Rescue. • I’ve had a 501 c 3 animal rescue for 20 years and we have adopted out over 7000 animals from the shelters. • I won Duval County Teacher of the Year in 2012 and the Mayor’s Environmental Teaching Award in 2015. We won the Sonic Classroom of the month and I won the Jacksonville Jaguars Community Initiative Award. Also the Wells Fargo Community Award twice for Mandarin.
Here’s a video featuring the classroom! https: //vimeo. com/366532565
Classroom Rules • Be kind to each other • Be honest • Listen to your teacher and each other • Use the peace table when needed • Raise your hand wait before speaking
Attendance/ Dismissal: • Please have your child attend school each day, unless s/he is sick • Children must stay home for 24 hours after a fever has returned to normal • All absences are unexcused unless you send in an explanatory note • School begins promptly at 8: 30 and ends at 3: 00 • Unless your child is enrolled in morning extended day, do not drop them off before 8: 00 • You may only drop off your child in the car rider circle, so that your child will be properly supervised • If you child arrives after 8: 30, please take them to the office for a tardy slip • If you need to check your student out from school early, you must do so in the office before 2: 15
Animal Foster Classroom • • I run adoptions at area Petcos and Petsupermarkets. We often foster homeless animals in our classroom. Please alert me ASAP if you do not want your child to be part of the compassionate classroom campaign and if you don’t want them near animals. • We will always use every precaution. • We will use hand sanitizer or wash our hands after handling any animals. • Please understand that there is a chance they could get a little scratch and you will be alerted if that ever happens. We will avoid it at all costs. I trim the nails short and we wrap the kittens or puppies in a blanket to be held or your child can always say no thank you. • I will send home a waiver/release to be signed before your child can be around any pets. • Media release is important because we have been on newsforjax, etc for our awesome foster program. • Allergies, please alert me right away if your child has any. • They might be more comfortable in another class and that is totally ok.
The kids sometimes get to foster animals in the classroom. This is Dolly Parton and she was saved from being left behind in a hunting box in the Baker County Forest in the cold. The kids practiced reading to her and sang to her. Our class was featured on action news Jax for this story. She got adopted by a beautiful family at Petco after being fostered by our class
Learn More About Our Animal Foster Classroom http: //www. floridanewsline. com/mandarin/anas-angels-a-true-labor-of-love-foranimals/ https: //www. actionnewsjax. com/news/local/duval-county/jacksonville-teachersanimal-foster-care-program-has-parents-studentsexcited/FOAKVHNZPVBGZEPB 3 B 3 SHCTNZU/
Clip Chart • In our classroom, this is a positive management tool. Please praise your child if they come home with green, blue, purple, pink. • If they have a yellow, orange, and red, please have a discussion with your child to find out what happened. Please know that there are many warnings before a color is dropped.
Class Do. Jo Please don’t forget to give your cell numbers and emails for class dojo. I will send home info about it. Please copy and paste this link to find out more. Please don’t forget to let me know if you change numbers during the year so we can stay in touch. https: //www. youtube. com/watch? v=Rzzb 5 cm. Noc 0
Book Logs: • Students must read at least 2 books each night. 75 book goal Please alternate modeling how to read or perhaps a chapter each night in an interesting chapter book. Have them practice visualizing and making predictions. Then have them read a book on their own to you.
Volunteers • If you are interested in volunteering or chaperoning field trips, or even just eating lunch with your child at school, you must complete a volunteer application and background check online at www. duvalschools. org • Please consider joining PTA! It is $5 and benefits every student in our school. You do not have to volunteer to join PTA. With Covid precautions, we are not allowed to have any visitors yet. This will be reevaluated after the first nine weeks.
Sight Words • Flash Cards • New words will be added all year • 600+ words • Practice nightly!! Index cards sent home after guided reading times.
Please message me with any and all questions and concerns about your individual child this afternoon through dojo Or you can always email me at macreynola@duvalschools. org. Thank you for letting me have your child this year! I am honored.
Language Arts We will be using Iready LAFS program for reading curriculum. We also use Saxon which is a phonics program that I love. We have so much fun with Saxon phonics. I try to bring in items to go along with each lesson. (for example the veil lol) I will send home a little Saxon coding cheat sheet to explain some of the coding that your child will do. It helps them pronounce words. If you ever need clarification on coding, please send me a dojo message.
We have an annual Camp "In” instead of camp out. We read our favorite books in our sleeping bags around a fake campfire and we go on a bear hunt with our flashlights and lanterns.
Science • Miss Mac loves science! This is my favorite subject and I believe we can incorporate all other subjects into science and teach them together. I believe in self discovery with science. I like to lead the students in science and let them find the answer themselves. It’s much more fun that way. Hands on science is the key to fun exploration and real learning. Parents and guardians will get lots of pictures of fun experiments.
Students spend time constructing their egg protection contraptions and then we drop them off the playground and cheer! This is part of our force and motion unit where we learn about gravity.
We do hands on science every year for life cycle when the kids hatch baby chicks in an incubator. The students take turns turning the eggs, adding water, checking the temperature and humidity. Then once the baby chicks hatch, the kids get to practice reading to them and take Spring pictures with them for their parents.
We Celebrate All Holidays . and try to make every child feel included We would love to include any of your family traditions in the classroom so please feel free to email me about them so we can plan it.
Building Positive Relationships
We like to build positive relationships within the class like with our morning greeter at the door to start their day on a high note. This is a video and it tries to load. I will try to keep uploading this.
Flexible Seating The kids are only 6 or 7 and it’s hard to sit still for too long I’m a mom and I understand that. I provide yoga balls and scoop chairs and wobble seats and even a trampoline in the room to help them stay active and comfortable. We will be wiping down all equipment multiple times a day to ensure safety. We will also be continuing our Go Noodle dances to get the wiggles out And still doing our sight words dances and morning songs (just socially distanced apart).
We have fun at our fundraisers like the color run!