Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Welcome to Team Spencer!

Hello Team,
Welcome to Team Spencer.  My name is Andaiye Spencer, but most just call me Spencer.  I am so excited to work with your students this school year. 

I love to sing, dance and do lots of theatre.  I am also a carpenter. I love using all of these creative outlets regularly in my class.

Parents have been asking what their student should bring to school as far as supplies.  Everything that is mandatory for them to be successful will be provided.

Thing that would be awesome if they were donated:

-Wet wipes
-Washable Markers
-Pencils, pencils, pencils
-Erasers for the tops of pencils
-Scotch tape
-Glue sticks
-Band Aids

In the coming days and weeks I will be sharing information with you regarding happenings in the classroom. This will either be through email or the classroom blog (which you can subscribe to via email.)

A quick word about snacks and birthday celebrations. We are a nut-aware facility and ask that families refrain from sending any snacks that contain nuts. In my classroom, I ask that individual families send snacks with their child to keep them nourished throughout the day. We will break twice a day for snacks so please keep that in mind when you are packing.

As for birthdays, the 3rd and 4th grades have traditionally abstained from birthday "treats" and instead have opted for providing the students with an opportunity to share something special with the class on their birthday. This has allowed us a chance to learn a little more about that person and given him or her the opportunity to share their interests with us.  Others have simply chosen to enjoy a little extra recess as their class celebration.

That being said, if you are still eager to bring food as a celebratory item, please let me know so that we can coordinate it with classroom allergies and sensitivities.

We will celebrate every student even if their birthday is not during the school calendar.  If it is not on a school day, they will receive a celebration day. I will let you know when this will be.

Also, Just for your reference, I am very allergic to flowers, perfumes and body sprays.  I have mentioned this to the students, but if you notice them becoming attached to a new scent, please ask them not to wear or bring it to school.

Due to my transplant surgery last year, I am immuno-suppressed.  This means I can get sick very easily.  I am requesting that all students either use hand sanitizer or wash their hands when they enter the classroom.  Also, if your student has a slight cough or is getting over a cold, please let me know so that I can take extra precaution.  I would also like to know if your student will have, or has just gotten, a live vaccine.  I will need to be extra cautious around those students as well.

I am so excited for this year!!! 

Please let me know if you have any questions.