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    About My Class

     

    I want to officially welcome you to my class in Upper Merion’s Caley Elementary. I’m excited to see our students again as we continue growing and learning this new school year. Not only will your child get to work with another teacher, he/she will and have the opportunity to make new friends in my classroom.

    During our time together, my goal is to help your student to be successful in all areas of learning: English Language Arts (ELA), Math, and other subjects. Beyond the academic content, I will emphasize social-emotional learning by using class time to get to know one another, express our opinions, stretch our thinking, and strive towards our goals.

    Throughout the year, we will work on activities in a small group and individually. Some students may flourish when working on their own, while others might require extra support. Don't worry – let’s focus making progress. Students will explore a variety of digital resources and activities on their school iPad for some lessons and assignments. Programs/apps will include Flipgrid videos, Epic School books, BrainPop, and more!

    My best suggestion for learning at home is for the child to read something he/she enjoys and is not too hard to understand. Books, magazines, and educational games are all helpful tools to do that. Writing common (high frequency) words that may or may not follow patterns/rules are great to practice using white boards, sand, chalk, paint, or any other fun way you think up. 

    Families with a Home Language other than English - encourage your child to continue to learn and use your family’s language at home. There are many benefits of bilingualism! For extra language support, you can encourage your child with reading, writing, speaking, and listening to English in different ways such as playing games, making videos, making comics, and listening to audiobooks. Even reading words on buildings and signs when driving can be a fun learning game! Lastly, prepositions and articles are tricky words to remember how to use correctly – so practicing those are always beneficial.

    I tried to be complete and thorough in answering questions I thought you might have. If there's anything else I can help with, please feel welcome to send me an email anytime. Partnering with families will be crucial during the transition back to a full building of in-person learning, and we might face some challenges in during these ever changing times. I appreciate your support as you assist with your child with homework and additional learning activities.

    I encourage you to stay connected to and informed about Caley by following the main school's page for important updates. You can expect more information as the weeks and months go on. I look forward to partnering with you in your child’s education this school year!  

     

         

    Dear Parents / Guardians,

    WELCOME TO CALEY SCHOOL!

    As you know, English Language Development (ELD/ESL) is a service your student receives to help him/her with the social and academic language he/she needs to communicate verbally and in writing in English. This small group class typically meets several times a week for 30-40 minutes. We talk about everyday words to build his/her vocabulary. We also talk about the writing process– using punctuation, grammar, etc. There are a number of resources I use as curriculum materials for ELD, including the Wonders Reading Program, the Oxford Picture Dictionary for Kids, and BrainPopESL.

    My goal is for your student to be successful in the main content areas of language arts, math, science and social studies. Periodically, I will step into the homeroom class to assist students during academic activities. Some students do not need a lot of help from me; while others require support on a regular basis. Also, I may help learners take tests and complete classwork assignments by bringing them to my classroom.

    Students who receive ELD/ESL services often have some gaps in their learning, and this is expected for every language learner. English is a confusing language with many rules (and exceptions to the rules). It takes years to learn English. Don't worry - as long as your student is making progress.

    After the New Year, I will give the annual (once a year) ELD assessment called the WIDA ACCESS. It measures the student's progress in listening to, speaking, reading, and writing English. The school usually receives the scores in late June. A copy of the report will be mailed to you in preparation for the upcoming school year. This report should give you an understanding of how much your student has learned in one year.

    My best suggestion for extra language support at home would be, first of all, to encourage your child to continue to learn your home language. Secondly, encourage your child in reading, writing, speaking, and listening to English in natural ways. Books, magazines, and educational games are all helpful tools to do that. Even reading words on buildings and signs when driving can be a fun learning game! Another great skill to practice is reading and writing common and high frequency words that may or may not follow patterns/rules using white boards, sand, chalk, paint, or any other fun way you think up. Lastly, prepositions and articles are tricky little words to remember how to use– so practicing those are always beneficial.

    I tried to be complete and thorough in answering questions I thought you might have. If there's anything else I can help with, please feel welcome to email me anytime. I am very happy to be partnering with you and the homeroom teacher in your child’s education.

    Sincerely,  

    Ms. Kate Sawyer, 

    ESL/ELD teacher

                                               

    Queridos padres y tutores, 

    BIENVENIDOS A LA ESCUELA CALEY!

    Como ya saben, Desarrollo del Lenguaje Ingles (ELD) es un servicio que recibe su estudiante para ayudarle con el lenguaje social y académico que el/ella necesita para comunicar verbalmente y por escrito en inglés. Ésta clase de grupo pequeño se reúne varias veces por semana de 30 a 40 minutos cada vez. Hablamos de palabras cotidianas para desarrollar su vocabulario. También hablamos del proceso de escritura- usando letras mayúsculas, puntuación y más. Hay un gran numero de recursos que uso como materiales curriculares para ELD, incluyendo el programa de leyendo “Wonders, el Oxford Picture Dictionary for Kids y BrainPopESL.

    Mi meta es que su niño/a tenga éxito en las áreas principales de contenido de artes y letras, matemáticas, ciencias y estudios sociales. De vez en cuando, voy a ayudar a su estudiante en las clases primarias durante actividades académicas. Algunos estudiantes no necesitan mucho soporte de mi parte; mientras que otros si requieren ayuda regularmente. También podría ayudar a los alumnos en toman sus exámenes y asignaciones al llevarlos a mi aula. 

    Los estudiantes que reciben servicios de ELD/ESL a menudo tiene omisiones en su aprendizaje, como se espera para cada estudiante de una lengua. El inglés es un lenguaje confuso  que tiene muchas reglas y muchas excepciones de estas reglas. Tomar años para aprenderlo. No se preocupen, siempre y cuando su estudiante está progresando.

    Después del año nuevo, daré la evaluación anual de ELD llamada el WIDA ACCESS que mide el progreso del estudiante en escuchar, hablar, leer y escribir el inglés. La escuela obtendrá los resultados en junio. Después de esto, tendrán un entendimiento claro de lo mucho que su estudiante ha aprendido en un año.

    Mi mejor sugerencia para apoyo adicional del idioma en casa es para su hijo a que continúe aprendiendo su idioma materno. También,  leer, escribir, hablar y escuchar inglés en maneras naturales. Los libros, las revistas y juegos o videos educacionales son herramientas útiles para hacer esto. ¡Incluso leyendo las palabras en edificios y señales mientras conduce puede ser un juego divertido y educativo! Otra gran habilidad es leyendo o escribiendo palabras comunes (con alta frecuencia) que pueden o no pueden seguir las reglas usando pizarras blancas, arena, tiza, pintura o cualquier manera divertida que pueden pensar.  Finalmente, las preposiciones y los artículos son palabras difíciles de recordar a usar, así que practicarlos siempre es beneficioso.

    He intentado ser completa y meticulosa en contestar las preguntas que pensé que podrían tener. Si hay algo más en que les puedo ayudar, son bienvenidos a mandarme un correo electrónico en cualquier momento. Estoy muy feliz de colaborar con ustedes y los maestros en la educación de su niño/a.

    Sinceramente,

    Ms. Kate Sawyer

    La maestra de ELD/ESL