Handbook for Room 104-Please read to the end. 


    School Attendance

    Your child’s regular and on-time attendance at school is crucial to his/her success.  Anchor activities and organization skills are right at the beginning of the day and much of the daily work is hands on and interactive with peers. Therefore, it can be difficult to make up work at home. Please help your child arrive at school daily, except in cases of illness or emergency.



    Communication is a crucial part of the home-school connection. You can reach me via email: spoage@bhpsnj.org . I check email daily, but sometimes due to the day's events, I may not check it until 3:30.

    For any changes in transportation, use PickUp Patrol, as per school policy.

    In an effort to more efficiently manage the multiple arrivals, dismissals and attendance of students at Woodruff School, we will be utilizing an automated process that uses a free app on your smartphone or computer to submit dismissal changes and absences, replacing the need for notes, emails, and phone calls.   Parents will receive confirmation when any change is made.  PickUp Patrol is a password protected, encrypted, SSL, secure, and FERPA compliant program that permits only authorized guardians access to their own authenticated accounts.  You will receive an email inviting you to set up your child’s PickUp Patrol account at the end of August.



    We will follow the transportation written on the enrollment sheet. If transportation changes, it must be indicated in Pick up Patrol. This includes any recreation activities and enrichment activities.


    Daily Schedule

    Our daily schedule includes readers workshop, writers workshop, literacy centers, math, social studies and/or science, social skills instruction, free choice time, and brain breaks. Additionally children will have lunch, recess, and related arts in music, art, PE, and library. 



    Establishing good classroom discipline is essential to each child’s success, confidence, and well-being. Every child should feel that the classroom environment is safe and secure; free from all threats of physical or emotional harm. In addition, it is important that each child learn to develop self-discipline and good work habits, to resolve conflicts peacefully, and to think independently.


    There are three basic parts to the discipline plan: classroom rules, classroom community, and logical consequences.


    1. Classroom Rules:

    Rules are for safety and all rules can be sorted into three categories.

    • Take care of yourself
    • Take care of your friends
    • Take care of the things around you.

    As a class we spend time discussing what these rules mean and how they affect us in our classroom.


    2. Classroom Community


    The children will learn the purpose of classroom rules and develop ideas that our classroom is a community. Community meetings and discussions are ways to establish that our classroom is a community with the common purpose of learning, growing and becoming friends. There is a time set aside for daily community meetings, as well as buddy time to encourage diverse social groups.


    3. Logical Consequences


    The idea is for the consequence to be related to the behavior and act as a solution or restitution for the problem. For example, if a child spills something, he or she must clean it up. By having the consequence directly related to the act, the child can begin to understand cause-and-effect relationships.   This is true for both helpful and hurtful actions. If classroom rules are severely or persistently broken, parents will be contacted by note (to be signed and returned) or by telephone.  For more information on discipline in the home and in the classroom, please refer to www.ConsciousDiscipline.com.



    Family-Teacher Communication Folders

    I believe that school is a partnership between school, home, and child. As a member of this partnership, I will communicate with your family regarding classroom events, your child’s progress, etc.


    Please check your child’s folder every day for homework, newsletters, notes, and home-school activities. Your child’s folder is the best way that we can transport school-related information to you! It is important that it is checked and cleaned out daily. With the advent of technology, I also send links and information digitally. I will collect e-mails in September. If you email changes, please make sure to let us know.


    Homework-It's not "No Homework"...It's "Low Homework" 

    There will be daily homework in reading, as well as spelling. Math homework will be sent home on an "as needed basis" from the Go Math program, but I often send games for you to play with your child. The children work hard all day long and research shows if homework that is "busywork," it is just that: busywork. Take the opportunity to have family time. Beginning in October, students will bring home a "just right" book and a reading log. The log is so you can track to make sure your child is choosing different books each night and you can see the progression in levels. I do not check the logs. It must become the responsibility of the student to choose appropriately in order to develop self-regulation skills and grow as a reader. Also, I encourage parents to read to and with their child for at least 15 minutes a night. These books should be picture books that are above your child's reading level but provide work in listening to stories, comprehension, and a great way to develop vocabulary. Additionally, there are occasional home-school connection assignments related to a topic we are studying.


    In November the children will take turns bringing home a class animal (PLASTIC) for homework as a writing assignment. Please read the instructions on the front of the journal.


    If supplemental work is sent home for your child in order to practice a skill,  please have your child complete the assignment and return the next day.


    Volunteer Opportunities

    I am planning to have guests in the classroom who "Care to Share." There will be a sign up sheet available at Back to School Night. There are other opportunities to volunteer in both art and library classes. For any special volunteer needs, I will send out a request form.
    If you did not sign up on Back to School night and would like to come in and share your expertise in the real world, please contact me. For example, we have had parents discuss their jobs as scientists, police officers, chefs, geologists, farmers, musicians, and authors. 


    Early childhood students are involved in activities that require jumping, running, climbing, etc. Tennis shoes with laces or Velcro closures are the best choice any day. Children without sneakers will not be allowed to participate in certain activities. If your child is not tying yet, please see the link for shoe tying activities. While Velcro is a GREAT invention (we will learn in science this year that Velcro was invented from the Burdock plant adhering to a dog!), learning to tie is an important and crucial life skill.


    Girls should wear shorts under skirts or dresses for greater freedom of movement, especially when climbing on the playground.


    Students will be painting, using markers, glue, and other "messy" stuff. Please select clothing that is both comfortable and appropriate for these activities.


    Your child has a 50 minute lunch period which includes a time for eating and a time for recess. The lunch calendar is posted on our webpage. Please use the "payforit" system. If your child only buys lunch once in a while and you are not using "payforit", please make sure to send their lunch money in an envelope with their name and my name on the front. Wednesday is ice cream day. For $1.00, your child can choose a frozen treat. Please send ice cream money in an envelope, or small wallet with your child's name on the front.  Swipe cards cannot be used for ice cream. If you have any questions about the lunch system or problems, please contact Pomptonian directly: Pomptonian
    Recess is always outside, weather permitting, so please make sure your child is dressed appropriately. 



    On occasion it will be necessary for your child to bring money to school.

    Always send money in a sealed envelope with the following information written on it: 

     your child’s first and last name

     the amount of money 

     the purpose for the money (book money, party money, class parents request, etc)

     Room 104



    Birthdays are a special day in many children’s lives. However, not all families can afford elaborate celebrations, not all families celebrate birthdays, celebrations consume a great deal of teaching time and many children have life-threatening allergies. These are some of the reasons that we do not have birthday celebrations in class. 


    On your child’s birthday, they will receive a card created by a classmate and signed by the whole Room 104 community, and we will sing and dance in his/her honor. Additionally, as part of science, the birthday child will travel around the sun in a simulation activity to model patterns across the sky. They will travel around the sun as many years as they have been on earth. At the monthly school-wide celebration your child will also be honored. Summer birthdays will receive cards and stickers during the last weeks of school. 


    Show and Tell 

    Our class does not have a designated time for show and tell. When a child has a special item (photo, drawing, painting, item found in nature, etc.) that corresponds to the curriculum, it is encouraged for him/her to share that item by discussing it and then putting it out at the discovery table. We do reconnect each Monday morning as a school family and verbally share something that we did over the weekend. 



    In the past, there have been problems with children bringing toys to school. Students bring them out during inappropriate times. Sometimes the students will only share their toys with certain groups of friends. For these reasons, there is a "no toys from home" policy in our class. Additionally, key chains hanging from backpacks can be a safety hazard, as they swing from the backpacks and can hurt others.


    Your child should not bring toys to school, unless it is specifically requested.  If your child goes to aftercare or before care and toys are allowed, please have the conversation with your child that they toys are for that time only and are not permitted in Room 102. You will be notified in writing when/if your child needs to bring a specific toy from home.