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Food For Thought. “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” - Charles Darwin (1809-1882) English Naturalist

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    1. Food For Thought • “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” -Charles Darwin (1809-1882) English Naturalist • “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. -John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) Thirty-fifth President • All meaningful and lasting change starts first in your imagination and then works its way out. Imagination is more important than knowledge. -Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German-Swiss-U.S. scientist.

    2. Welcome to Curriculum Night Mr. Eric Guerrero Kindergarten The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn. ~John Lubbock

    3. Welcome to the land of the “Little Green Monsters”!! Hi there! My name is Greenie! Welcome to Room 85!!! Mr. G and I are glad you’re here!!

    4. Eric Guerrero (a.k.a Mr. G)I shall be telling this with a sigh Somewhere ages and ages hence: Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference. _Robert Frost • 28th year of Teaching • Have “always” taught Kindergarten • Father of two • Grandfather of one • 6 years in the US Navy (3 aboard nuclear submarines) • DJ and all around music lover. • Was a gymnastics champion in Junior High School

    5. Team Concept • Class Cohesion • Point of Pride • Class Mascot • Student Centered • Student of the Week • T-Shirts • We’re all a little green. What Are “Little Green Monsters”? Room 85 – Home of the Little Green Monsters

    6. Green Monster of the Week • Make Poster • Get T-Shirt • Greenie Comes Home • Website Recognition • Interview Page • Green Monster Spirit Days • Celebrating “Green Monster Leadership Behavior”

    7. Daily Routine • Arrival: School Starts Promptly at 7:40am ~ Avoid Tardies • Lunch: Send or Purchase • Dismissal Changes: By note, e-mail or phone call to office • Snack: Send daily, simple items, separate from lunch • Backpack: Send daily with Communication Folder inside • Communication Folder: Send all non emergency items thru • Toys and Items From Home: Don’t bring unless asked • Library Books: Return ‘no later than’ Tuesdayeach week

    8. P.E.- Monday • Art - Thursday • Music - Tuesday • Comp. Lab – Wednesday • Library - Friday • Go to the Site Map pageon my class website and click the Special Classeslink located under“Help & Support” for more information regarding special classes such as: • What to wear? • What to return and when? • Who teaches each Special Class? Special Classes Special Classes: PE, Music, Art, Library & Computer.

    9. Class Schedule

    10. Volunteers • Classroom Volunteers • Computer Lab Volunteers • Class Party Committee Member Volunteers • Work at Home Volunteers • Confidentiality Agreement • Probable start date after “Fall Break” (But Not Always)!!

    11. Homework • Read 15 minutes per night (min). You read and then they read when ready • Work on Sight Word Lists • Letters, Sounds, Counting, Handwriting and basic skills • Student Specific Work

    12. School Policies Birthdays We will celebrate! Please do not send treats. Dress Code No open backs, spaghetti straps, shorts and skirts must be fingertip length, careful with dresses, appropriate sayings and images. Snack No nuts please (not necessary!) Transportation Notify changes to office and via email. Lunch Money Send in a sealed envelope with name on it. Classroom Limit dropped off personal items Interruptions

    13. Cerritos C*A*R*E*S

    14. Curriculum • Harcourt Reading • Scott Foresman Addison Wesley Math • Investigations in Number, Data, and Space. • Harcourt Health and Fitness • Harcourt Social Studies • First Hand Writing • D’Nealian Handwriting • Foss & Insights Science

    15. Contact Information • Room Phone - 480 541 2385 • School Email- • Mobile Email-

    16. Our School Needs Volunteers The PTO is looking for several volunteers to help out during the school year. Please take a moment on your way out to sign up and volunteer for one of the many events our school holds. Like us on Facebook: Cerritos, A Leadership Academy

    17. Beginning The Seven Habits Cerritos, A Leadership Academy

    18. What Are the 7 Habits? • Based on the work of Stephen and Sean Covey We only get one chance to prepare our students for a future that none of us can possibly predict. What are we going to do with that one chance? ~Stephen Covey

    19. Data Passports • Are used all year long • Help students monitor their own progress • Part of the leadership model • Used in “Student Led Conferences” in the spring

    20. Why a Leadership Focus? • We believe that every child possesses leadership skills. • We believe that every child will serve as a leader in some way, either in their careers or with family and friends. • We believe that character education is essential. • We believe that students must be taught how to collaborate with others. • We believe that leadership training will have a positive impact on student achievement.

    21. The Habits: Habit 1: Be Proactive I have a “Can Do” attitude. I choose my actions, attitudes and moods. I don’t blame others. I do the right thing without being asked, even if nobody is looking.

    22. Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom. I look for ways to be a good citizen.

    23. Habit 3: Put First Things First I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am organized.

    24. Habit 4: Think Win-Win I want everyone to be a success. I don’t have to put others down to get what I want. It makes me happy to see other people happy. I like to do nice things for others. When a conflict arrives, I help brainstorm a solution. We all can win!

    25. Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas.

    26. Habit 6: Synergize I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different from me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems. I know that “two heads are better than one”. I am a better person when I let other people into my life and work.

    27. Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw I take care of my body by eating right, exercising, and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places.

    28. Bringing It Home • Read & discuss The 7 Habits for Happy Kids • Use the language. i.e. “How could you be proactive in this situation?” • Consider which habit your child is strong in. Which are weaknesses? Discuss & set goals. • Talk about your strengths and weaknesses. Verbalize when a habit is used. • Make a family mission statement. (Begin with the end in mind.) • Model. i.e. Write out agendas and to-do lists. (Put first things first.)

    29. Thanks for coming! • I look forward to a year of growth, fun and transition…… • It always is a joy and a privilege to teach your children!!