Mrs. Ava Rupert

   

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WELCOME!
I am so excited about this opportunity to work with your children in such a creative and innovative fashion!

Beginning of the year FYIs:

*Please email me at ava.rupert@bedford.k12.va.us so that I may add you to our weekly newsletter.

*Please save/collect and send in Box Tops:)

*Ice Cream day-Wednesday

*Please send me emails when your child is staying home sick for the day.  It helps me keep an "eye out" for things that may be circulating through the classroom. 

*Please be sure your child's lunch box, backpack and jackets/etc are labeled:)
*Please consider volunteering!

 

Our Resource schedule is:
Monday-Music, STEAM
Tuesday- Art
Wednesday- Library, Computer lab
Thursday- Physical Education
Friday-Guidance, Physical Education



Helpful websites:
Passwords and links to websites such as IXL, RAZ Kids and Super Kids will be sent home by hard copy and email. Please take advantage of these online activities! 
                    

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

A BIT ABOUT ME:

I am married with 2 children. My oldest, Madison, is a senior at the University of Lynchburg. She studies Exercise Science and also plays on the Women’s Lacrosse team. My son, Sam, will be a RAT (freshman) at VMI (Virginia Military Institute), and hopes to play on their lacrosse team.  In the spring my husband and I coach Girls Varsity Lacrosse at Jefferson Forest HS. We also have a lab, Ashley who rules the house. In my free time I like to watch my kids play sports, run/walk, read, and clean my house.



HOUSEKEEPING ITEMS:

Parent/Teacher Relationship ~ I believe that a good parent-teacher relationship is necessary for maximum school success.  Throughout the year, I will communicate with you through notes, emails, newsletters, nine-week report cards, and parent-teacher conferences.  I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at any time.  You can call me at school (434) 384-2881, send me a note, or e-mail me at ava.rupert@bedford.k12.va.us

School Attendance ~ Regular and prompt attendance at school is crucial for academic success.  Most kindergarten learning activities are group oriented and involve interaction with classmates.  Therefore, it is next to impossible to makeup work at home.  Please view school as a priority, and see that your child attends regularly except in cases of illness or emergency.  If you know of a planned absence, please send a note in advance.  If your child is ill, it’s helpful to call the school office and let them know. I also appreciate a heads up on any illnesses so that I can be on the lookout in the classroom for something that might be “circulating”.  When your child is able to return to school, please send a note with an explanation for the absence.  Thank you in advance!

Change in Transportation ~ We must have a note from you if your child’s normal transportation method is changed, i.e. riding the bus home with a friend or grandma is picking up, etc. In addition, if your child is riding the bus with another student, we need a note (including bus #) from you and the person he or she will be riding home with.  If no written note (or a phone call to the office) is received, your child will be sent home by his/her usual method of transportation.

Outdoor Recess ~ We plan to go outside for recess daily unless it is raining or extremely cold.  We are fortunate to have a variety of playground equipment, including several pieces for climbing.  Please keep this in mind when helping your child to select clothing and shoes for the day.  Sandals, crocs, heels, etc, are not safe on the playground.  If your child wears any of those please send another pair of shoes in their backpack. This also applies to P.E.

Lunch ~ We recommend prepayment for lunch and/or breakfast. I will send home  information on “my school bucks” which is a GREAT app for you to utilize. When sending in a check or cash, please put it in a baggie or an envelope with the child’s name. Also, we are asking that you please refrain from coming to lunch for the first two weeks of school – after that, please feel free to join us whenever you have the chance. Our lunch time is 10:48-11:18. 

Folders ~ Every week your child will bring home a Wednesday Folder. It will contain some of their papers and notices from the school. However, please make a habit of checking their backpack daily as I also send home a Daily Folder with completed work and notes. Please initial the daily folder calendar each night. ANYTHING in one of the 3 plastic sleeves needs to stay in the sleeve. Items on the "keep" side- you keep and on "return side", you return:)

Lost & Found ~ Please label all personal items such as backpacks, coats, lunchboxes, etc. – you’d be amazed at how quickly our Lost & Found pile accumulates! 

Snack ~ We will have snack every day. Please send easy to manage foods as we may work thru snack time (also, please no snack that requires utensils). Your child is welcome to bring in a small water bottle. Please no juice (i.e.Capri Suns and juice boxes) as they are often hard to open and end in spills......

PTA ~ I’d like to encourage you to join the PTA!  Each family can join for $10.  The Student Directory is included as part of your membership (and well worth it).  The class with the highest percentage of memberships will be rewarded.  PTA meetings are usually the 3rd Thursday each month! Our PTA is AWESOME!

Educational Websites ~ There are several educational websites that BCPS subscribes to.  More information will be sent home throughout the year.  Some of these great resources include: Superkids, IXL Math,and RAZ Kids. Look for more information in your email inbox or your child’s Daily Folder! 


LOOKING AHEAD:

 

We will have an established morning routine in place by Wednesday. You may start to hear your children use some of the words we use throughout the day to keep the structure going. In the morning the kids check in, they hang their backpacks, make lunch choices, turn in folders and go to their seats. After announcements we have  a morning meeting which is a time for us to greet each other and work through a question or response that prompts a whole group discussion. This all takes place on the carpet so you may start to hear phrases like "quiet lips, listening ears, sitting the safe way, etc."  All simple cues to help the children be mindful as we develop conversational skills and realize that there is a time to talk and a time to listen, especially as we learn to be one in a class of many:)
 
Our reading program is SuperKids,which is interactive,and this week we will meet Cass! The 13 Superkids will "grow with your child" through the end of second grade. There will be lots of songs, mini lessons, take home materials,and great vocabulary attached to each character.
 
This week in math we will work on sorting and categorizing groups by different attributes, beginning with colors and shapes.
 
In Social Sciences we will learn about citizenship, bus safety and school rules for the first few weeks. 

A BIT ABOUT ME:

I am married with 2 children. My oldest, Madison, is a senior at the University of Lynchburg. She studies Exercise Science and also plays on the Women’s Lacrosse team. My son, Sam, will be a RAT (freshman) at VMI (Virginia Military Institute), and hopes to play on their lacrosse team.  In the spring my husband and I coach Girls Varsity Lacrosse at Jefferson Forest HS. We also have a lab, Ashley who rules the house. In my free time I like to watch my kids play sports, run/walk, read, and clean my house.



HOUSEKEEPING ITEMS:

Parent/Teacher Relationship ~ I believe that a good parent-teacher relationship is necessary for maximum school success.  Throughout the year, I will communicate with you through notes, emails, newsletters, nine-week report cards, and parent-teacher conferences.  I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns at any time.  You can call me at school (434) 384-2881, send me a note, or e-mail me at ava.rupert@bedford.k12.va.us

School Attendance ~ Regular and prompt attendance at school is crucial for academic success.  Most kindergarten learning activities are group oriented and involve interaction with classmates.  Therefore, it is next to impossible to makeup work at home.  Please view school as a priority, and see that your child attends regularly except in cases of illness or emergency.  If you know of a planned absence, please send a note in advance.  If your child is ill, it’s helpful to call the school office and let them know. I also appreciate a heads up on any illnesses so that I can be on the lookout in the classroom for something that might be “circulating”.  When your child is able to return to school, please send a note with an explanation for the absence.  Thank you in advance!

Change in Transportation ~ We must have a note from you if your child’s normal transportation method is changed, i.e. riding the bus home with a friend or grandma is picking up, etc. In addition, if your child is riding the bus with another student, we need a note (including bus #) from you and the person he or she will be riding home with.  If no written note (or a phone call to the office) is received, your child will be sent home by his/her usual method of transportation.

Outdoor Recess ~ We plan to go outside for recess daily unless it is raining or extremely cold.  We are fortunate to have a variety of playground equipment, including several pieces for climbing.  Please keep this in mind when helping your child to select clothing and shoes for the day.  Sandals, crocs, heels, etc, are not safe on the playground.  If your child wears any of those please send another pair of shoes in their backpack. This also applies to P.E.

Lunch ~ We recommend prepayment for lunch and/or breakfast. I will send home  information on “my school bucks” which is a GREAT app for you to utilize. When sending in a check or cash, please put it in a baggie or an envelope with the child’s name. Also, we are asking that you please refrain from coming to lunch for the first two weeks of school – after that, please feel free to join us whenever you have the chance. Our lunch time is 10:48-11:18. 

Folders ~ Every week your child will bring home a Wednesday Folder. It will contain some of their papers and notices from the school. However, please make a habit of checking their backpack daily as I also send home a Daily Folder with completed work and notes. Please initial the daily folder calendar each night. ANYTHING in one of the 3 plastic sleeves needs to stay in the sleeve. Items on the "keep" side- you keep and on "return side", you return:)

Lost & Found ~ Please label all personal items such as backpacks, coats, lunchboxes, etc. – you’d be amazed at how quickly our Lost & Found pile accumulates! 

Snack ~ We will have snack every day. Please send easy to manage foods as we may work thru snack time (also, please no snack that requires utensils). Your child is welcome to bring in a small water bottle. Please no juice (i.e.Capri Suns and juice boxes) as they are often hard to open and end in spills......

PTA ~ I’d like to encourage you to join the PTA!  Each family can join for $10.  The Student Directory is included as part of your membership (and well worth it).  The class with the highest percentage of memberships will be rewarded.  PTA meetings are usually the 3rd Thursday each month! Our PTA is AWESOME!

Educational Websites ~ There are several educational websites that BCPS subscribes to.  More information will be sent home throughout the year.  Some of these great resources include: Superkids, IXL Math,and RAZ Kids. Look for more information in your email inbox or your child’s Daily Folder! 


LOOKING AHEAD:

 

We will have an established morning routine in place by Wednesday. You may start to hear your children use some of the words we use throughout the day to keep the structure going. In the morning the kids check in, they hang their backpacks, make lunch choices, turn in folders and go to their seats. After announcements we have  a morning meeting which is a time for us to greet each other and work through a question or response that prompts a whole group discussion. This all takes place on the carpet so you may start to hear phrases like "quiet lips, listening ears, sitting the safe way, etc."  All simple cues to help the children be mindful as we develop conversational skills and realize that there is a time to talk and a time to listen, especially as we learn to be one in a class of many:)
 
Our reading program is SuperKids,which is interactive,and this week we will meet Cass! The 13 Superkids will "grow with your child" through the end of second grade. There will be lots of songs, mini lessons, take home materials,and great vocabulary attached to each character.
 
This week in math we will work on sorting and categorizing groups by different attributes, beginning with colors and shapes.
 
In Social Sciences we will learn about citizenship, bus safety and school rules for the first few weeks. 
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