The ABCs of ESOL
A is for...
Your child will take the ACCESS English Poficiency test in the Spring of each year that he/she is in the ESOL program. This test will measure your child's English in the areas of listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
B is for...
Being the Best Person
I hold high expectations for each and every student in my classroom. I will expect and encourage my students to do their best in everything they do, whether writing a story or being a good friend.
I feel that each child I teach is fully capable of being successful in my classroom as well as the regular education classroom. Your child will receive accommodations in consideration to his/her primary language to assist your child in meeting the expectations and standards.
D is for...
All children are unique and special. Students in our class are at many different instructional levels. Because I feel it is my responsibility to take each child from where he/she is to a higher level, students may be learning different concepts at different times. We will not all be on the same page in the same book. With this type of teaching in the classroom, you can be sure that your child's individual needs will be met.
E is for...
One of the best ways to reach me is by e-mailing me at school at
This is the best way to ensure a quick response.
Your child's scores on the ACCESS test will determine if he/she will exit the ESOL program.
F is for...
It is very important to me that the children and teachers come together as a big family. We
work together, play together, eat together, and much more. From the start I will encourage the children to respect, love, and take care of each other. With our classroom family, there are no limits to our accomplishments.
Students will receive grades in their general education classes. They will be instructed to improve their English through the use of the CCGPS state standards for their grade level.
H is for...
Please read with your child daily. Other homework may come home as needed.
I is for...
Please encourage independence at home!
J is for...
Students will write in their journals. Students use concepts they've learned in reading and writing instruction in their own work. I use writing to teach important concepts of spelling, sight words, sentence structure, punctuation, and other skills.
K is for...
Students in my classroom are encouraged and expected to treat all members of our class and other students in our school with kindness and respect. Hitting, fighting, name-calling, and making fun of others will not be tolerated.
L is for...
Your child will be assessed on the ACCESS test on his/her ability to listen and understand English.
Your child's attitude towards learning is an important factor in your child's success at school. I try to make learning fun to keep your child motivated to do his/her best.
N is for...
It is important for your child to practice using new words in English. Encourage your child to share new learning at home.
O is for...
One of my many goals as an educator is to help children to become motivated to learn because they want to, not just because it is something they are expected to do. Students are encouraged to learn something new each day, and in this way, they are taking ownership of their own learning.
P is for...
I would love for all parents to be involved in the education of their children. Working with your child at home is a great way to do this. Your child will need your help and encouragement. We have several special events at school that you may plan to attend. Ask your child to tell you what happened at school each day. Keeping involved in your child's education will assure a successful school career for him/her.
Please feel free to contact me anytime you have questions about something. You may send a note in English or your primary language in the front pocket of your child's agenda, call me at school at 770-554-0172, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will return messages at the first available opportunity.
R is for...
Strengthening reading skills are the most important thing that your child will learn to do this year. Studies have shown that those children whose parents are actively involved in the reading process will become the best readers. It has been proven that those children who have not learned to read well by 3rd grade will struggle throughout school. Both parents and teachers have an extremely important task to undertake.
S is for...
I work with kindergarten through fifth grade. Your child will be in my class for 45-50 minutes each day working on English skills through the following subjects and activities:
1. Phonics and language arts
2. Reading groups and centers
T is for...
My classroom is an active place. Talking to friends about feelings and ideas is an important part of learning. English skills can improve through conversations about learning.
U is for...
Your child will need to learn a lot of responsibility this year. He/she should come prepared each day with the necessary books, folders, signed agenda, supplies, etc.
V is for...
My classroom will be very successful with the help of volunteers. I welcome any parents that would like to help in the classroom.
Writing is closely connected to reading. In my class we spend a lot of time writing. Students use skills that they need to read and apply them to writing. Students also develop creativity through their writing. I encourage you to create a special place in your home to display your child's writing. Make a special box with crayons, pencils, pens, erasers, stickers, glue, etc. that he/she may use to design and create wonderful stories. Students that write well also read well.
X is for...
ESOL is an extra class your child takes to improve his/her English skills.
Year long learning and fun
I am really looking forward to working with your child. Your child will learn a great deal this year and have fun doing it!!
Z is for...
Zooming through many skills
School is full of many objectives and skills to master. Each day will be a challenge for your child. I feel confident that your child will be successful in mastering these skills if we work together by keeping the communication lines open between school and home. This will be "Z" best year ever!!