FAQs about Mrs. Bainbridge's Class
Teachers- I have a special
FAQ page for you here!
I have a question about...
Helping in class
How a 1/2 split will be organized
My child is
Can I come visit?
How to contact you
Making arrangements for my child to go home
The 100 Club
How can I help out in
If you would like to assist in our classroom, please let Mrs.
Bainbridge know! We will have opportunities for you to
the classroom throughout the year. You can even help out from
home! Visit the "Volunteer" page
of our site to learn more.
What curriculum programs does
Central uses Six Traits for writing. This
is a program that focuses on traits that authors use to
develop thoughtful writing pieces. We use Everyday
Mathematics for math and follow MacMillan/McGraw-Hills'
"Treasures" reading series. In our classroom, I individualize
reading and writing by spending a lot of time in small groups
and individual reading and writing conferences during
Daily Five and, new this year, a
will you be adapting your classroom to teach both 1st and 2nd
The great thing about using
Daily Five and
Writing Workshop is that they allow me to really
focus on each student as an individual for their reading and
writing instruction. First graders will be taught math
by Miss Hazard during her math block and our science and
social studies are so similar that we will be able to learn
together much of the time. We will be one
classroom of learners, rather than one classroom with two
separate grade levels operating independently of each other.
What do I do when my child is
When your child is sick, you can call the office, call me
directly, or send a note after the absence. Your child will
have make-up work to complete upon their arrival back to class.
The work can be sent home with a sibling or neighbor, or you can
stop in and pick it up!
want to visit the classroom, what should I do?
Please stop in the office to sign in and pick up a visitor pass!
send a treat on my child's birthday?
We will celebrate your child's birthday in class. I will
schedule their snack day as close to their birthday as I can and
we'll do summer birthdays in May. You can send a birthday
treat if you wish. I prefer cupcakes instead of cake as they
are easier to serve and eat. Please send any necessary
supplies with your child, as I do not always have extra plates or
silverware on hand!
When are you at school so I know when it's best to contact you?
I am typically at school each morning by
7:15am and I leave around 3:45pm. You can call me before or
after school, send a note in your child's HORSE, or send me an
e-mail! You can call me at school using our direct classroom
number- 269-283-7107 ext. 310 or using my e-mail-
my child is going home a way other than their usual way.
What should I do?
Please send a note or call if your child is
to go home a way other than their usual way (i.e.. a bus rider getting
picked up, or riding a different bus than normal). This way I
can help your child remember what to do. Also, students riding
a bus they do not usually ride will need a bus pass from our office.
They cannot get one without a parent phone call or note!
my child have homework tonight?
We will have
nightly homework Monday through Thursday, unless otherwise
noted. Your child will have a math page, speller's choice,
and 15-minutes of reading. Please be sure to have them write
down the title of the book they read and please initial their
homework sheet. Nightly reading is so important! Click
to find out why!
the 100 Club required?
100 Club is an optional activity
for your child to complete on their own time in school or at
home. It is not required- however, each student should
have no trouble completing the bronze level as long as they
are doing their assigned reading each night! I am going
to encourage each student to be a "gold member" of the club.
To get better at anything we do we have to practice, practice,
practice! This is a greay way for your child to practice
their skills as a reader!