Welcome back and class activities for Tuesday, September 4

Welcome back to another year! I’m looking forward to working with you and your student to make this a great year!

At the beginning of the year, most parents have questions about curriculum, procedures, policies, and ways to stay informed. Problem solved: check out this website!

Here you can find everything you need to know about the class, including ways to contact me, check grades, find out about procedures, see class photos, and check out student work.

You will also be contacted periodically by an automated phone message system. I’ll use this for class reminders in case you aren’t able to check the class website, or your student’s backpack ate the class notes!

School Supplies

There is a full list of school supplies at MrHowd.com/supplies. Your student will really only need pencils, pens, dry erase markers, and two poly envelopes. I have the markers and envelopes in class for purchase for $0.50 each, or you can get these at any office store.

Who’s in class?

Our class is made up of people with unique talents and experiences. We should have pride in that! So we can be proud and get to know each other, I’m giving students the opportunity to bring in three things that show who they are, to put up on our Friends and Family Pride Board. This board will end up looking like a scrapbook. Students can bring in anything that can be stapled to or hung on a board with pushpins, and that is reasonable in size. Photos, postcards, medals, etc. would be perfect.

Students will also be asked to decorate a writing portfolio with drawings and photos.

So start digging up those photos now!

Team Day

Friday, September 7, from 9-10:30 am, our class will participate in some team-building activities to start the new year. Parents are needed to help run the activities. Instructions will be provided. If you can help, send text or email me. Thanks!

Class activities

Today was filled with get-to-know-you activities and procedures. Here are some highlights:

  • We were selected to start the year with reading the school announcements and to lead the Welcome-Back Assembly.
  • We played a game to share some news from the summer.
  • Students took the Mr. Howd test; many failed! I told students that failure will often result from not preparing, but hard work is usually rewarded!
  • We took a tour of our new planners. Parents, look in the planners for two papers to sign. That’s your homework! You can just leave the papers in the planner after they are signed.
  • A few parents have a technology authorization form to sign so that we can get our chromebooks tomorrow. Look for that!
  • We attended technology and gym.
  • We got our lockers and students make locker signs.


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