Tomorrow is my first official school day for the 2011-2012 school year! Tomorrow morning we have Superintendent’s Day which is basically where all teachers in the district have to watch the blood borne pathogens and sexual harassment videos. There’s a guest speaker and it’s pretty much a pep talk from the superintendent to have a great school year. It probably sounds a lot better than it really is!
Tomorrow night we have Open House. At my school’s Open House everyone meets in the gym first to hear the school wide behavior expectations. Other things are discussed such as parent volunteer information and PTA. After that, teachers are dismissed to our classrooms and then the parents and students come and meet us!
Each teacher does things a little differently. I have all of the parents and students meet in my room and then I introduce myself and give a brief overview of the school year and my classroom rules and behavior plan. I make sure everyone gets a folder of important paperwork that must be completed. I take time to explain a little bit about what’s in the folder. I always include a checklist and put items on the left side that need to be returned and items on the right side that are just for their information.
I always have some sort of treat for the kiddos. This year I made bouncy balls like the ones I saw on Mrs. Miner’s blog. I also bought popcorn like I did last year. (I found that idea somewhere last summer.) I’m also making the Ready Confetti I saw on Denise’s blog (picture of finished product later). (Sorry for the cruddy iPhone pictures. Not much light in my living room! And I promise my rug isn’t as dingy as it looks!)
School starts for the kiddos on Wednesday. I am starting to get really excited! This could be the best school year ever!!
If you’d like to download my updated Ready Confetti or Bouncy Ball and Popcorn Labels, click below!