Here are some poems. I use my triple hole punch lots, scissors—large pair that fit your hand, sticky notes, slid loc baggies, dry erase markers, Ink pad and stamp = Property of your name. Mark your name on everything you buy, if you move to a different room or different district you know what you bought with your money and so does everybody else. Stickers are cheapest at the dollar stores, just keep looking at different times. Sewing kit for a dollar (thread and needle), some safety pins. Read: First Day Jitters by Julie Dannenbu and “Kissing Hand” and activities for first day a must. Make a file folder for each student, document lessons not turned in, Keep ALL notes from home and copy of your reply, copy of e-mails. When a student is punished for whatever reason (talking and misses 2 minutes of recess time ---have student write down why they were punished and how --put in the file folder. Also keep the original copy of spelling test --send a copy home. Can’t erase and change) This will save you problems. Have parents fill out an informational sheet for you. Keep in the students file folders. “Please help me get to know your child” http://teachers.net/mentors/primary...4.05.20.08.html Is a copy of a form. I would add child’s birthday. Who to call if parents can’t be reached. These ideas have all been shared with me. I don’t take credit for any of the ideas. I love them all and hope they help you get started on the best year ever. Partners I dreamed I stood in a studio And watched two sculptors there. The clay they used was a child’s mind And they fashioned it with care. One was the teacher; the tools used Were books and music and art One, a parent with guiding hands, A gentle and loving heart. Day after day the teacher toiled With a touch both deft and skilled. The parent labored side by side And all the values filled. And when at last their task was done They looked at what they’d wrought The beautiful shape of the precious child Could neither be sold or bought. And each agreed it would have failed If one had worked alone. For behind the parent stood the school, And behind the teacher, the home. _________________________________ An apple for the teacher…Is really nothing new, But here is one for you, For parents are teachers, too! Put poem on a green leaf shape and attach to a real apple, Use students hand print as leaves and print poem on a paper apple. You are your child’s first and best teacher. My goal is to build a partnership with you this__________grade year and together we will continue to help your child grow and develop in all the important areas in their lives. Socially, Emotionally, Physically and Intellectually….