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12 months ago
If you would like to send in a treat for your child’s birthday, you may do so that day. As a district, we are trying to minimize the amounts of sugar that children are exposed to and often eat. Their teeth will thank us!
Here are some ideas you may want to try:
1. Instead of sending in a sugary treat to school, why not send something healthy, like your child’s favorite fruit or veggie, or maybe goldfish crackers?
2. Sometimes non-food treats are just as fun, like stickers, a bookmark, a balloon, or something that is as unique as your child.
3. What if your child brought a birthday book to our class (wrapped in birthday paper and tied with a ribbon, if you wish)?! The book would become a permanent part of our classroom library. What a nice way for your child to share his/her birthday!
Traditional treats are always yummy, too, but feel free to try something different...and healthy!
12 months ago
During the first week of school, the children learned rules that will make our classroom and school a nice place to learn and grow. We pinky promised and gave our signatures, too. Our rules are:
1. Follow directions quickly.
2. Raise a quiet hand for permission to speak.
3. Raise a quiet hand for permission to leave your seat.
4. Use happy helpful words, hands, and feet.
5. Keep our classroom clean and neat.
6. Keep our dear teacher(s) happy. ;-)
Please help your child to remember these rules and to make positive choices.
REWARDS AND CONSEQUENCES
I use a traffic light and clothespins to help students monitor and control their behavior.
Each student's name is printed on a clothespin and clipped to the green part of the traffic light. Clips can be moved for positive or negative behavior. At the end of the day, students color a square on their calendar to match their clip's position.
Green - Students start the day on green. If they follow the rules all day, they remain on green. Students who stay on green all day get a prize ticket. When they have saved 10 prize tickets they may trade them in for a prize. 25 tickets earns lunch in the classroom with Mrs. Tafel. 30 prize tickets earns a brand new book!
Yellow - When a student breaks a rule, I will first give him/her a verbal warning. I will remind the student of my expectations and ask him/her to repeat them back to me. I also ask the student to think about and tell me what will happen if they continue to break the rule (a clip move). If the verbal warning does not help the student to correct his/her behavior, I will move their clip to yellow. The student will have to walk 2 laps around the playground and field before he/she will be able to play recess.
Red - If a student does not correct their behavior after their clip has been moved to yellow, they get one more verbal warning. If this verbal warning does not help the student to correct his/her behavior, I will move their clip to red. A note or phone call home will follow. The student will have to walk 5 laps around the playground and field before he/she will be able to play recess.
**If a student's clip is consistently on yellow and red, I will talk with parents about implementing a consequence/reward system at home as well.
12 months ago
Hello and welcome to Mrs. Tafel's Kindergarten!
Please take some time to explore this website to learn more about your child's first year of school. Don't forget to check out our Photo Album! This will let you take a peek at the exciting things happening in our classroom this year.
I believe parents and teachers should communicate frequently to help a child learn and grow, so please feel free to call or email with any questions or concerns. I will not be able to take your call during school hours (8:00am-3:15pm), but if you leave a message I will return your call as soon as possible. I read your child's Communication Log every day, so writing a note in there is another way to reach me.
You can also sign up for my text/email messaging service at
Kindergarten Teacher - Washington
12 months ago
Who am I?
My name is Mrs. Tafel and I teach full-day Kindergarten at Washington Elementary School. This is my fourteenth year teaching and my tenth year teaching Kindergarten.
I live in Bangor with my husband, our 20 month old daughter, two Cairn Terriers, a giant goldfish, and a tank full of saltwater fish and live corals. When I'm not teaching, I enjoy playing with my dogs, reading, cooking, baking, playing guitar, listening to music (especially live music), crocheting, sewing, and fixing up my house. I also love spending time outdoors gardening, running, and hiking.
Where have I been?
I was born and raised in Utica, NY which is in the very center of New York State. I went to college near New York City, where I earned my Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education in 2004. I moved to Buffalo, NY for my first teaching job: 5th - 8th grades in Niagara Falls, NY. I joined the Bangor Area School District in 2007. Since moving to Pennsylvania, I have earned my Master's degree in Early Childhood Literacy from Wilkes University.
What do I believe?
Education is very important to me. I love to teach, but I also love to learn and I believe that good teachers take every opportunity to learn more about their students and the world around them.
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