An organized and efficient classroom helps to ensure that all students have an opportunity to learn in a safe and comfortable environment.  With this in mind, the following procedures have been established to benefit the entire class:



    School begins at 8:30 am. It is very important that your child be on time for school. All students must be in line for the first bell at 8:28.  Each student not inside the building with the rest of the class should be walked around to the office to be checked in and given a tardy slip before going on to the classroom.


    Absence Line:

    If your child is absent from school, you will need to call the absence hotline to inform the school at 794-4451. You may leave messages at any time of the day or evening. 


    Early Pick-up During the Day:

    If your child needs to leave school during the day for an appointment or if they are ill, please check them out at the office. The office staff will contact our room, and I will send your child to the office.  Please allow time for your child to clean up their tools and pack-up before leaving for the day.


    Daily Work:

    Most of your child’s completed work will be sent home in their Wednesday envelope.  Sometimes they will have incomplete work in the Wednesday folders.  It is up to you if you would like for them to complete it and return it to me.  Incomplete classwork that DOES need to be completed at home and returned will be put in the homework binder.


    After School Pick-Up:

    If your child is not going home their usual way (to a friend’s, for example) please send a note that day, or an email PRIOR to the day of as I do not always check my email before dismissal, stating the plan.  I keep these notes on a clipboard to double check with each student on their way out of the classroom.  This is a very important safety plan.  If I do not receive a note in writing, the parent taking home you child MUST be listed on your Emergency Contact information.



    In order to best support our district’s Wellness Policy and to address any allergy issues, I am requesting that students bring non-food items to celebrate their birthdays.  We can discuss any of your ideas for a SMALL token or gift bag for each student as needed.


    When it is your child’s birthday, you can send me an email and let me know which day you would like for us to celebrate. Half birthdays are a fun way to celebrate summer birthdays, but you can choose any date throughout the year or we will celebrate them in June.  


    Items may be sent to school with your child or dropped off in the office with my name attached.  We will recognize your child’s birthday by singing “Happy Birthday” at the end of the day and your child will hand out the treat that they chose.


    Clothing and personal items:

    Please WRITE your child’s name on  their jackets, sweaters, hats, backpacks, snack bags, lunch bag/box, and water bottles. For safety reasons, please do not send your child to school wearing non-protective footwear (thongs, clogs, flip-flops). 

    PE - IS EVERY DAY except Friday  
    It is important to wear proper footwear for PE participation.   Our PE days will be every Monday (Fitness Club); Tuesday (PE with Mr. McIver) Wedneday (Buddy PE with Mrs. Skinner's 1st graders); Cougars in Motion is on Wednesdays, and on Thursdays we will have Grade Level PE with the entire 3rd grade!  So, as you can see, we have organized PE almost EVERY DAY and your child needs to wear appropriate clothing and shoes DAILY!


    Oral Sharing:

    Students may share on any day, time permitting, IF they would like to share an accomplishment or something they have created on their own; such as or any type of art, song, writing/poetry, STREAM activity, or awards they have received.

    Library: BOOKS ARE DUE ON Wednedays!!!

    Every other Thursday we will visit the Media Center for a lesson and an opportunity to check out up to three books.  We will have a weekly opportunity to check out books even though we will not be having a Media Center lesson day.  Should your child forget to return any number of books, the amount of books that they check out the following week will be adjusted accordingly.  If they forget both books, they will be a "book browser" for that week.  Should your child lose or misplace a book, you will receive a bill to replace the book ($20 for a hardcover book and $15 for a paperback).  Should you find the book at a later date, you will receive a full refund. 



    With our policy of play first and eating second, the students do not eat lunch until 12:35, so please send a snack with your child to school- they get very hungry!  Healthy snacks help them make it through the day!  They should have their clearly labeled snack separate from their lunch sack.


    Parent-Teacher Communication:

    Every Wednesday, a special folder will be sent home containing notices from the office, PTO, and other organizations.  Most of this information will be accessible online as well.  However, some information may still come home in paper format.  PTO eBLASTS will be sent out weekly, or more often, depending on activities and needs.  BE SURE TO SIGN UP for eBLASTS... 

    Please SIGN UP for e-BLASTS on our school webpage under Quick Links: https://www.sbsd.k12.ca.us/Page/1121 


    If you would like to speak with me, please send a note with your child to school (or in their Wednesday folders), send an email (best way to get a quick response), or leave me a message on my voicemail and I will return your call as soon as possible.


    I will always try me best to talk with you after school, but I may have duty or a meeting.  I cannot have even the briefest of "meetings" while I am walking in with the students to start our day.  Please be respectful of their learning time by emailing the small stuff and making an appointment when you would rather speak face to face.  I want to give you, and your children, the attention and time everyone deserves.  


    THE BEST WAY TO CONTACT ME AND GET A PROMPT ANSWER is by email, which is:  swalker@sbsd.net 


    Voicemail: Dial 794-4400 and ask the front office to put you through to my voicemail.  I will return your call as soon as possible.  The phone will NOT ring into our classroom during class teaching time.


    Your contact phone number:

    Please make sure that your child knows the best phone number to reach you.  Sometimes they are not feeling well or forgot a snack/lunch and need to talk to you.  I do allow them to call from the classroom under certain circumstances and it is easier if they already know your number.  It is also VERY IMPORTANT that students at this age memorize their address.