Welcome to Our Class!


Welcome to Mrs. Lepera’s Class

 Telephone:   547-8440                                                   email:  [email protected]

Welcome to a great new year!  I would like to introduce myself.  My name is Sheryl Lepera.  I have taught in St. Johns County for 31 years, fifteen of them here at Mason.  I am married with two boys, Zach is 23 and Ben is 18.  My husband, Greg is a professional photographer and past curator of reptiles at the Jacksonville Zoo and Alligator Farm.   I am looking forward to working with you and your child.  Please take a moment and read the following classroom procedures to make our year run smooth.

Homework: Homework will be listed in your child’s folder, either by me or your child.   Your child’s individual word list will be listed as well.  Your child’s word list may be the same for a few weeks due to your child using the words in their writing.  Each day your child will read a story for homework and may also write about their reading and/or have a short math assignment for practice.  They will complete the assignments in their homework journal.  These assignments are due the following day.  I do not give homework on Fridays.  Please check to see that homework is complete and placed in the backpack for the following day.   Completed class work, tests, notes from school, field trip forms, etc., may be in your child’s daily take home folder.  Please remove and look over with your child.  Items that do not need to be returned to school will be placed in the pocket labeled Keep at Home.  Items that need to be signed and returned will be placed in the Return to School side.

Refreshments: Although our schedule in class is very busy, the students enjoy a snack during the day. Your child may bring a healthy snack to eat when they are working.  May I suggest some healthy items such as:  pretzels, crackers and cheese, fresh fruit, fruit gummy snacks, granola bars and cereal.  The healthier the snack, the better it will be for the students.  If you would like to provide a package of paper plates, paper cups, napkins, or plastic knives, forks and spoons, we will need them throughout the year and it is very appreciated.

We will go to resource class from 11:25-12:05.

AVID/TIDE lessons will begin at 2:10 Monday through Friday, with the exception of early release Wednesdays beginning at 1:10.  These classes are very important for your child’s progress.  Please limit the times that your child must leave early as much as possible.

Lunch Monies: Our lunch schedule is from 10:49-11:19 daily.  You are welcome to eat lunch with your child in the cafeteria as long as you are a cleared volunteer which is county policy.  If your child is purchasing lunch and needs to bring the money to school, please put all lunch money in a zip-lock bag or envelope with your child’s name on it.

Show and Tell: Please remember that toys are not allowed at school.  If your child should bring something in their backpack for after school, please remind them to leave it in their backpack during class time.  I will have times for sharing items that students may want to show and tell about, but these items should not include toys.  It may be something to do with our Science and Social Studies units, a newspaper article, etc.

Birthdays: Birthdays are a special day in a child’s life and it is great to celebrate them with family and friends.  Because we have so much to learn this year, we will not celebrate birthdays in whole class celebrations with snacks, although I will acknowledge the child’s birthday myself. 

Transportation—IMPORTANT!: If your child must make a change of transportation to or from school, it must be in writing and given to me first thing in the morning of the day it is changed, please.  I cannot take a child’s word for it that they are to go home a different way.  This is for your child’s safety.

Planners and Keeping in contact:  Please write a note in your child’s planner or call (during my non-student contact times only, please) if you have any questions or wish to review your child’s work and progress.  We need to keep each other informed for your child’s best interest.  The student planners are a perfect way to stay in contact as I check them every morning.  Your child is given a reward star each morning when you have signed or initialed their planner.  Email is also a great way of keeping in contact, as I check it each day.

Behavior Plan:  We will use the “red, yellow, green, blue, purple” card system in our class.  Every child begins each day on green.  If they misbehave, they are given a verbal warning.  If the behavior continues, the card changes to yellow.  Continuing to misbehave changes their card to red and you are notified by note and a classroom privilege is forfeited.  Students can also earn blue and purple for going above and beyond expected behavior.  Students also earn stars for positive behavior.  When their “star cards” are filled, they choose a prize from the class grab bag or earn other privileges.  Your child also receives stars for returning homework, report cards, interim reports and when you have signed their planner daily.

Absences:   When your child is absent for any reason, please send a separate note for the office so that your child may have an excused absence.  I have to hand this note into the front office, so it should be separate from the planner.

 Please complete a volunteer form and join us on field trips, special events, or come in and read with students or other classroom activities. You must make sure you are cleared by the office before visiting anywhere in the school. We love it when you join us!  I hope this letter is helpful.  Please let me know if you have any other questions.

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