September 3, 2019
I hope that you and your children have had a fantastic summer break and that you are off to a great start for the 2019-20 school year here at Kipling Elementary! I am very happy to be here at Kipling and I’m looking forward to working with all of my students.
As your child’s Diverse Learner Specialist , I will be working hard to help him/her make significant academic progress in a safe, structured, and positive environment. I will maintain regular communication with your child’s general education teacher and I will keep you informed with regards to your child’s progress.
I believe that communication is the key to a great parent- teacher relationship. I will send a daily homework agenda which describes the homework for the day and a behavior grade. When you see it, I would appreciate if you could sign it daily so that I know you are receiving it. Also, see the Remind notice that accompanies this letter. It will provide you with instructions on how to join my class. With Remind, we can keep in touch through email and text messages. To connect with me on Remind, follow these instructions. -If you have a smartphone, get push notifications. On your iPhone or Android phone, open your web browser and go to the following link: rmd.at/estes10 Follow the instructions to sign up for Remind. You’ll be prompted to download the mobile app. If you don’t have a smartphone, get text notifications. Text the message @estes10 to the number 81010. If you’re having trouble with 81010, try texting @estes10 to (540) 784-1654.
Parents, you can also help by:
♦ creating a daily 15-30 minute silent reading time with a book of his/her choice that is not difficult to read.
♦ taking your child to the public library often.
♦ discussing what they have read and asking questions about their school day in general.
♦ reading to your child and having them read to you regularly.
♦ helping your child with homework, as well as signing and returning completed work or notes from the teacher.
♦ calling or writing a note to the teacher with any questions or concerns you have.
♦ encouraging writing often (letters to friends or relatives, short stories, keeping a journal/diary, etc.)
♦ practicing basic math skills a few times a week.
♦ getting your child to school each day and on time.
♦ attending meetings and contacting the teacher ahead of time if there is a problem.
Working together, we can make this a very positive and productive year for your child.
Diverse Learner Specialist