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Children First 
Ms. Frakes
Instructor: Ms. Frakes   
"We have no special needs children. Just children.. with special needs."
-Uwe Maurer
"Every teacher needs to improve, not because they are not good enough, but because they can be EVEN BETTER."
-Dylan Wiliam
Announcements
Welcome
Dear Parents/Guardians,
Welcome back to a new school year!!! I am excited to meet our new and returning students and to get to know your child and your family. My name is Ms. Frakes and I will be your child’s teacher along with my teacher assistants Mrs. Mieles and Mrs. London. We have been anxiously working to prepare our classroom for the arrival of your little ones. I cannot wait to see the children trying fun projects, learning many new things, and working and playing in a safe and productive environment.
My ultimate goal is to create a classroom that honors a child’s IEP goals, curiosity, and enthusiasm for learning. I do that by providing rich, engaging lessons, looking at the needs of the students and taking into account their interests as our curriculum develops throughout the year. I assure you that we are very dedicated teachers, and we will conduct ourselves with professionalism at all times. We are looking forward to getting to know each of you throughout the school year. We will do our best to help make this a positive learning experience for us all.
I have learned that communication between parents and school staff is just as important as the learning process. Please voice any concerns you have to me as soon as they come up and I will be sure to do the same. I will need your cooperation in order to make your child’s transition from home to school a successful day. Please let me know of any changes going on at home, which may affect your child or your child’s behavior. I can best help your child adjust if I know why he or she is feeling out of sorts.
Please note that school begins at 8:05 am if your child is bused to school please follow their schedule. If you walk or drive your child to school please drop them off by 8:05 at the Annex Building Glass Door entrance anytime after 8:10 you will need to go to the Main Entrance to the Main Office.
I understand that the first few weeks may be a little harder to make the separation, but there are a few things you can do to help ease the transition. It is so important to develop a routine that works for you and your child. Always say good-bye and communicate with them when you’ll be back. Reinforce that you support and feel comfortable with them being at school. I want what is best for your child. Pick up is at 2:25 pm in the same area as drop off. If your child is bused they will be place on the bus at 2:25 pm. If you are picking your child up please be out front of the Annex promptly at 2:25. This will help insure their safety before the older grades are dismissed.
If you can, please send family photos to school with your child to display in our classroom for our family tree. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please feel free to contact me or leave a note for us in your child’s book bag. Our partnership will go a long way in sending a positive message to your child. I can also be reached by email at kianna.frakes@eastorange.k12.nj.us
Sincerely,

Ms. Frakes
10 Reasons to Read to Your Child
  1. Holding your children close while you read is an expression of love.
  2. You bring the magic of books to your children. You are the storyteller!
  3. You show your children how important reading is by modeling. Children learn by watching you.
  4. Books are a great way to talk about characters and their problems. You can laugh and cry together.
  5. Reading to your children gives them a chance to hear a variety of new words. They are learning new words in a fun way.
  6. Books can help you pass on your values in an easy and comfortable way.
  7. By reading books to your children, you can increase their listening skills. Their attention span will get longer. This will help them in school.
  8. By reading to your children, you help them stretch their imagination and thinking. It gives children a chance to dream.
  9. You are giving your children skills that will help them succeed in life.
  10. You are starting a wonderful tradition that your children will want to give to their own children.
Please read to your child at least 10-15 minutes a day.
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 Tools of the Mind
Tools of the Mind is a research-based early childhood program that builds strong foundations for school success by promoting intentional and self-regulated learning in preschool- and kindergarten-aged children.
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+ Ms. Frakes
+ Ms. London
+ Ms. Mieles
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