Frequently Asked Questions: This page contains answers to common questions
of students and parents.
- What is your discipline plan?
- What is your homework policy?
- Does my child need to read every night?
- Am I suppose to sign my child's STAR Folder?
- What is the 4 Blocks Balanced Literacy Model?
- What if my child can not go out for recess?
- How do you contact Mrs. Gotsche?
- What if my child arrives at school before 7:50?
- What to do about birthday celebrations?
- What if I want to eat lunch with my child?
- What if my child needs to take medication at school?
- What if my child gets sick at school?
- What if my child cannot go out for P.E., can he still participate in recess?
What is your discipline plan?
My goal is for all students to experience a positive educational
climate and extraordinary academic growth. I know you share my
goal, and I look forward to working with you for a successful
You are welcome to do anything you choose as long as it doesn’t
cause a problem for ANYONE else (yourself, other students,
teachers, the janitor, school staff, the principal).
1. Respect Everyone~ Quiet in the hall, follow directions,
talk one at a time, be active listeners.
2. Respect Self~ Make choices that make you feel proud,
always do the best that you can, say kind things and do kind
3. Respect Property~ Take care of our school, classroom, and
We will use a clip chart for managing our behavior. Each child
begins every day on Ready to Learn, they then can move up and
down the chart according to their behavior.
1. Clip Up – Good Day
2. Clip Up – Great Job
3. Clip Up - Outstanding
4. Clip Up – Top of the chart pencil
5. Clip Up – Off the chart “bling”
1. Clip Down – Think about it
2. Clip Down – Teacher’s choice of consequence
3. Clip Down – Parent contact
4. Clip Down - Office Referral
Severe disruptions: Go directly to the principal’s office.
Each day you can see how your child’s day was in their homework
folder. Please praise their good behavior and encourage better
choices if needed.
What is your homework policy?
Nightly homework for my class is as easy as reading each night,
working on spelling words, and practicing math facts. This
should not take more than 15-20 minutes.
I will have homework ready and in the office if you call ahead of
time to pick it up.
Does my child need to read every night?
It is a good practice to start when they are young to read every
night. This helps your child become more fluent in their reading
and will also help reading comprehension. You may share read
(each read a page), your child may read to you or someone or
something, or you may read to your child. All of these things
will help them to become better readers.
Am I suppose to sign my child's STAR Folder?
Yes you are to sign your child's STAR Folder each night. This is a way for us
to communicate what is happening in our classroom. It is
important for your child to remember to bring their STAR Folder
back to school each and everyday.
What is the 4 Blocks Balanced Literacy Model?
Reading instruction is taught through the 4 Blocks Balanced
Literacy model. We have blocks of time for Guided Reading, Self-
Selected Reading, Working with Words, and Writing. Children all
learn to read in many different ways. We feel at Eisenhower
Elementary that this approach will reach all the different ways
children learn. During the Guided Reading time we will work on
comprehension skills. Self-Selected Reading is just that...the
students select what they read and are reading at their on
level. This is a time when they can practice the comprehension
skills learned in the Guided Reading Block. Working with Words
is where we work on Phonics skills. Writing Block is a time many
different wiring skills will be introduced along with grammar.
What if my child can not go out for recess?
We do have two recesses each day. Weather permitting these will be
outside in the fresh air and sunshine. Coming unprepared for
cool or cold weather will not excuse anyone from participating in
outside activities. If your child has been sick and needs to
stay inside, a note has to be brought from home.
How do you contact Mrs. Gotsche?
You may contact me at school (793-1501) during the day. I am
usually there until at least 4:00. Or you may email me at
What if my child arrives at school before 7:50?
If your child comes to school for breakfast or arrives before
7:50, they are to report to the gym for supervised time.
What to do about birthday celebrations?
Second graders love to celebrate their birthdays at school. If
you would like to send treats, please let me know. I would prefer
the treats be simple. We will not take a lot of time out of our day
to have a party. Sometimes we will pass these treats out as we are
leaving for the day. It is best to send the treats with your child
in the morning. If your child has a summer birthday, you may contact me
to see when it would be a good time for their treats.
What if I want to eat lunch with my child?
Please feel free to eat a school lunch with your child. An adult
lunch is $3.10 and needs to be paid for that morning. Just notify
the office or myself so we can count you on lunch count.
What if my child needs to take medication at school?
All medicine must be in the prescription bottle and will be kept
in the office. You must have a doctor's permission form on file
in the school office. This includes inhalers with the exception
they may be kept in the classroom.
What if my child gets sick at school?
If your child becomes ill during the day we will attempt to
contact you oryour emergency contact people. This is why it is
very important that we have updated information at school.
What if my child cannot go out for P.E., can he still participate in recess?
Recess is as much physical activity as P.E. If you child is
unable to participate in PE, he/she is unable to participate in
recess. We will need a note stating the reason he/she can not take part.