Heath Extended Day
Welcome Back Families!
We hope you all had a wonderful summer and look forward to seeing all of you and the students! This year’s 4-6 teaching team will be Malaina LeSage, Kevin Doherty and Jackie Lattuca. We are all so excited to start another school year and to have the opportunity to spend the afternoons with your child! We have many new ideas and activities for the 4-6 students and look forward to collaborating with them about their own ideas and expectations for the year, in order to create a cirriculum that suppports their needs and interests!
2:30-2:40: Arrival and Attendance: Students will walk directly to extended day and check-in with an extended day teacher. Please be sure to email or call HEDP at your as early as possible if there is a change in your child’s schedule for the day.
2:40-3:40: Homework and Snack: Students will be given an hour of structured homework/reading time each afternoon and help will be provided as needed. Snack will be provided each afternoon.
3:40-4:00: Meeting and Daily Challenge: A quick meeting to go over any news and announcements will be held after homework time. We will also go over the daily challenge and announce the winner(s) of the daily challenge.
Monday: Unscramble- Unscramble the letters to make a word.
Tuesday: Brain Strain- Puzzles, Riddles, etc.
Wednesday: Counting Jar- Guess how many?
Thursday: Trivia- Questions from all subject areas.
4:00-5:30: Outside play/Gym/Activities: Depending on the weather, theme and interests of the students a wide variety of activities will held during this time. Activities will include but are not limited to- sports, cooking, arts and crafts, sewing, board games, computers and trivia.
5:30-5:45: Cooperative Games: The last fifteen minutes will be dedicated to cooperative group games to wind down the day.
1:40-1:50: Arrival and Attendance
1:50-2:30: Friday Books and Attendance: Friday books include magazines, comic books and more! If you have any old magazines that your child already read and are looking to get rid of them, we would be happy to take them off your hands!
2:30-2:50: Meeting and Friday Share: Students can use this time as they please to share something special with the class during a structured time. In the past, we had lots of students share fun facts or write and share stories with the class!
2:50-5:30: Outside play/Gym/Activities
5:30-5:45: Cooperative Games
4-6 “family” dinner
Each month the 4-6 students and the 4-6 teachers will have a “family dinner.” Students will be a part of the whole dinner experience- coming up with the menu, preparing the meal, setting the table, passing the food that will be served family style and clearing the table. Students will learn about good manners and etiquette while at the table and learn about food preparation and following recipes. This will be a great opportunity for the group to work together as a team and then sit down together as a “4-6 family” and socialize and reflect over a nice meal together. The day of the week that we will have our 4-6 “family” dinner will change each month to ensure each student is part of this wonderful learning opportunity. This is just one of the many ways 4-6 will work to build community in the classroom, develop and strengthen friendships, practice team-work and learn important life skills.
Starting in September and continuing throughout the school year, student shout outs will be posted on the 4-6 stairway wall. If a student would like to give a shout out to another student in the classroom for doing something that demonstrated thought, consideration, kindness, care, positivity towards him/her, someone else in the classroom, or the classroom as a whole, he/she can write the shout out on designated shout out cards and put it in the shout out bin. Teachers will read any shout out that have been given and then add them to the shout out wall. Please take a moment and read all the nice things the 4-6 students are doing for each other as they are posted. We also find it just as important for students to take these moments to not only do kind things, but, also be able to recognize when kind things are happening!
During the first few weeks of school, 4-6 teachers will be interviewing your child to learn more about what his/her goal is for the school year. Based on the goals that the students give, we will create a curriculm to help your child accomplish his/her goal.
News, Notes and Reminders
-Please sign your child out daily in the upstairs extended day 4-6 room and check in with a teacher each afternoon at pick up. We enjoy saying hello to you and telling you about your child’s day!
It was such a pleasure working with this group of students last year and we look forward to another year with all of them!