WELCOME TO MRS. J. AMATO'S 2016-17 School Year At this current time, I have 24 students on my roster. I have met each one of these wonderful children and many of their supportive parents. if you haven't had a chance to come in, please look in your child's backpack as I have sent home conference slips for your convenience. Please return the form promptly. If you haven't had a chance to watch this yet, I would ask for parents and students take a few minutes and  watch this video clip together. I hope it motivates you, as it has motivated me: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F_fuOLISN9s It is my hope that our first month gets off to a great start. To make sure that happens, I must ask that my students come prepared, rested and ready to work. Over the next few weeks, if you see any of these materials on sale, it might be a good idea to pick them up. Each child will be asked to bring in the following supplies: crayons, a big box of pencils, a highlighter, 2 boxes of dry erase (not washable) markers, a pair of scissors, an eraser, two two-pocket folders,  3 spiral notebooks, and 2 marble notebooks. Although I can not ask for these additional items we can always them in class and will be grately appreciated: a box of tissues and a container of sanitary wipes. During the year, if I can ever be of any assistance to you, please contact me at any time. We both have your child's best academic and emotional interests in mind at all times.  As parents, I must also ask you to please check your child's folder each and every night. In order to keep the students free from harm and you updated on school happenings, PLEASE PLEASE  return all school/teacher correspondence immediately! In school the month of September will be dedicated establishing and understanding rules. Each child will be learning about our classroom as a community, Fords, Woodbridge  and New Jersey. It is very important that your child comes to school able to spell his or her full name, birthdate, and parents names and his or her address and phone number. Also please  keep me informed of special days in your child's life (good or bad) and allergies or  problems. This year school-wide,  we will be instituting a new program focusing on Character Education. We will be having pep rallies and Friday friendly projects with other classes to create a positive Learning Environment for all. I will send home to you more information and vocabulary to encourage our first pillar of conduct "Being Proactive" at home. In addition, it is our hope that we create a Lafayette Estates Family rather than just a neighborhood school. Since the Big Focus in Woodbridge is GOING GREEN, remember as a family to reduce,  recycle and and reuse. Stopping instances of Bullying is a major focus every day and every month at school. Encourage your child to report acts to you as they occur, so if there ever is an instance of bullying, he or she will be comfortable in sharing that with you as well. Then PLEASE BRING IT TO MY IMMEDIATE ATTENTION. P.S. As the weather will be changing over the next few weeks, please have your child wear or bring the appropriate type of outerwear for the weather each day.           Putting names inside each article is a great way to not lose anything. As always , please do not send your child to school if he or she is ill.