My Year So Far... Back to School Night 2012 - The Learning Effect

My Year So Far... Back to School Night 2012

This year has been a whirlwind of craziness already. I think I may finally be somewhat settled into my new schedule, commute, school, students, etc. I spend 35 minutes commuting each way. I'm at school an hour and a half early and usually force myself to leave at 4 p.m. each day {when my contracted hours end}.

I'm enjoying my new school and students, but boy-oh-boy do I have a tough class this year - behaviorally and academically. We're working through it - slowly, but surely. I have a teaching assistant who bounces back and forth between the other 4th grade and my class. We have 53 kids in 4th grade. My teaching partner and I rotate in the afternoon. I teach science and art. He teaches P.E./health and social studies. It's so much fun to have 53 students who all feel like mine.

It's been difficult starting in a brand new school. It's nice to have a brand new building, supplies, etc. But I am literally starting from scratch with our language arts and math programs. Last year, I could go to other grade level teachers and ask for resources and ideas/suggestions. This year, I am the "experienced" teacher on my grade level. This is my partner's first year. You'd never know though - he's really great in the classroom. We're figuring everything out together.

While Office Depot had their pocket folders on sale for a penny, I purchased 30 to use for BTS Night. I labeled each folder and placed all parent info inside. I placed a folder on each desk so when families came in, they could take their folder with them. I also created a true or false guessing game for students to take. I found the idea somewhere online last year, but couldn't find the source to credit it in this post {I didn't pin it}. If this was your idea, please leave me a comment so I can credit you!

I got the idea for the folders & parent contact info sheet from Amanda @ Mrs. Terhune's First Grade.
The documents I included are:
  • An introduction letter to parents from me
  • Mrs. Ford's FAQs
  • My classroom disclosure
  • Student supply list
  • Volunteer survey
  • Getting To Know Your Child survey {from Cara @ The First Grade Parade}
  • Parent contact information sheet

My donation tree was inspired by Mrs. Santana @ The Learning Tree. I created a sign to put by the tree, asking parents to donate, if they could.

More coming later...I still have a bunch to share! =]


  1. So happy to have you back on the Blogosphere! Glad to hear you are having a great start to your year! =) The resources you shared are FABULOUS!! Thank you!!

  2. Thanks for the resources! Hopefully your year will get better as it goes along. I think it would be challenging yet exciting to start over in a new school. :)

  3. I love the binder covers and spine inserts. I would download them from the TPT store, but I teach different classes and use different sized binders. Is there anyway you could post a tutorial on how to make them?

  4. I love the "Get Involved in Your Child's Class". I am your newest follower.



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