Daily Schedule

Wednesday, August 16, 2017


Welcome to the 2017 - 2018 school year at Summers-Knoll! I am most excited to be your child's teacher and am looking forward to a wonderful year of learning. 

This classroom blog will be updated regularly, and is used as my primary communication method. Please become a subscriber so you don’t miss a thing. It will be here that I post about special projects, upcoming field trips, snack duty, special readers, homework, the classroom supply wish list, conference sign up lists, etc. I may include recipes of some of the things we’ve made at school so you can try them at home. I also post lots of pictures in an attempt to give you a glimpse into the day-to-day workings of our classroom. Please feel free to comment! Teachers and other families love to read your thoughts, and it makes the blog more of a conversation. 

At the side of this page are links to every other teacher's blog - don't forget to check those as well.

The other electronic method of communication I use is email. I generally send out a reminder email each Thursday or Friday, just to make sure that you know what's coming up in the following week. 

Of course, communication is a two-way street, and I look forward to hearing from you, too. You can usually catch me in person at the beginning and end of the day for a brief conversation, but email is probably the most expedient way. I make every attempt to answer emails within a day. 

Please check back soon, as I will have a lot more information posted prior to the first day of school. 

Daily Schedule - Flow of the Day

8:45 – 8:55                      Morning Mindfulness
8:55 – 9:40                      Math
9:40 – 10:00                    Snack
10:00 – 10:40                  Outside Recess or Nature Exploration County Farm Park
10:40 – 11:30                  Art with Mary 
11:30 – 12:30                  Lunch/Recess
12:30 – 1:45                    Quiet Reading, Spelling-Go-Round
1:45 – 1:55                      Snack
1:55 – 2:25                      French with Madame
2:55 – 3:30                      P.E. with Shan

8:45 – 8:55                        Morning Mindfulness
8:55 – 9:40                        Math
9:40 – 10:10                      Snack/Recess
10:10 – 10:40                    Library with Rachel
10:40 – 11:30                    Writing Workshop
11:30 – 12:30                    Lunch/Recess
12:30 – 1:05                      Quiet Reading
1:05 – 1:55                        Latin with Imogen
1:55 – 2:20                        Poetry, Handwriting
2:20 – 2:40                        Snack/Recess
2:40 – 3:30                        Music with Josh

8:45 – 8:55                        Morning Mindfulness
8:55 – 9:40                        Math
9:40 – 10:00                      Snack
10:00 – 10:40                    Outside Recess or Nature Exploration CFP
10:40 – 11:00                    Writing Workshop
11:00 – 11:30                    French with Madame
11:30 – 12:30                    Lunch/Recess
12:30 – 1:20                      Art with Mary
1:20 – 1:45                        Quiet Reading
1:45 – 2:45                        P.E.
2:45 – 3:30                        Science with Shan and Susan

8:45 – 8:55                        Morning Mindfulness
8:55 – 9:40                        Math
9:40 – 10:00                      Snack
10:00 – 10:40                    Outside Recess or Nature Exploration CFP
10:40 – 11:30                    Writing Workshop
11:30 – 12:30                    Lunch/Recess
12:30 – 1:00                      Quiet Reading
1:00 – 1:45                        Project Time/Homeroom (science/humanities)
1:45 – 2:00                        Snack
2:00 – 2:30                        French with Madame
2:30 – 3:30                        Free Time/Homeroom

8:45 – 9:00                        Whole School Meeting in Atrium
9:00 – 9:45                        Math
9:45 – 10:00                      Snack
10:00 – 10:40                    Outside Recess or Nature Exploration CFP
10:40 – 11:30                    Spelling Challenge/Homeroom
11:30 – 12:30                    Lunch/Recess
12:30 – 1:15                      Quiet Reading
1:15 – 1:25                        Snack                                   
1:25 – 2:15                        Music with Josh
2:15 – 3:30                        Project Time (could be group time with Grace’s group, Free Time,           “Genius Hour, Jr.”, Recess, or Field Trip)

Celebrating Birthdays

Children love birthdays, and we love to celebrate with them on their special day. Many families ask if they can send
in a special treat to mark the event - and the answer is, "Of course!". However please note the following

Because of allergies, and our need to be vigilant about all food that comes into the school, I would appreciate healthy
treats in lieu of the more typical cupcakes or cookies. All-fruit popsicles or fruit kabobs are always appreciated by 
everyone - no one feels left out. Our policy is to have NO home-baked treats, even on birthdays, even with an
ingredient list. We hope you understand. 

Even better, some parents send in a more lasting treat. One of my favorite ways of celebrating the birthday 
child is the tradition of bringing in a favorite book to donate to the classroom. If the book is inscribed and dated 
(such as, "to my class on the occasion of my 7th birthday", for instance), that makes it even more special. There is 
a designated shelf in our classroom library for such books, and it is lovely to pull some down to share, and to 
remember the child who donated it.

If you have another way you like to celebrate, please let me know!

Snack Schedule Information

Each week, a family will be responsible for providing snack for the entire classroom. We usually have a morning and afternoon snack and there will be 10/11 students in the classroom (depending on the time of year). You will end up having about 4-5 turns as snack provider throughout the year, and the rest of the time you get to relax!

Jackson’s parents have already volunteered to provide snack for  the first week of school – thank you! I'll make up a list and will let you know the rest of the schedule soon.

With our continued emphasis on becoming a healthier school, it is more important than ever to educate our children about the importance of putting good things in their bodies. A great way to do this is to have your children be more involved in the planning, shopping and simple preparation of the snacks they bring in to share. Most children find it fun to help make the food lists, go shopping, and design the menus - real life application of writing and math skills!  

I would prefer most, if not all, of the snacks to be fruits and vegetables. Most children simply do not get the recommended servings per day, and this is an easy way to encourage healthier eating. Also, with fruits and vegetables, we don't have to worry about hidden trans fats, unnecessary additives, or sneaky nut contamination (remember, we are a nut-free school!). Several children in our class have severe allergies. Again, with fruits and vegetables, we just don't have to worry about unintentionally making someone ill. 

Here are some suggestions:


·      berries, bananas, apples, grapes, melon chunks, kiwis, clementines, oranges, etc.
·      frozen fruits are a nice change of pace - frozen grapes, frozen berries, frozen all-fruit bars (no sugar added)
·      dried fruits, like apricots and raisins

·      carrot sticks, celery, cucumbers, broccoli, red and green pepper strips

Besides fruits and vegetables, big containers of natural yogurt and natural applesauce are great (please, no Gogurts or “squeezy” applesauces – lots of unnecessary waste), as is string cheese. Plain popcorn (we have an air popper), rice crackers, and pretzels are a nice occasional treat.

So, a typical week's snack bag may look something like this:

1 large hand of bananas, a large bag of small apples, a large bag of clementines, 3 big bunches of grapes, carrot and celery sticks with sun (nut-free) butter, small cucumbers, raisin boxes, bell pepper strips, string cheese with box of rice crackers, and a bag of popcorn kernels.