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Our school office is OPEN for parents to pick up enrollment packets from 8-12pm  everyday. Please stop by to enroll your child for 2020-21.

Welcome to Mrs. Powell's Class

Hello! Welcome to a new and exciting school year! I am so excited to have your child in my class. We will have an amazing school year with a lot to learn and accomplish. So enjoy and let's have fun as we learn!
At Home Learning!!
Hello Room 4 Parents and Students,
During this difficult time, I'd like to say I truly miss everyone at Marvin. I especially miss my students and their families. Please know we are strong, and we will continue to work through this together.
I never want anyone to stress (especially during this time) so I am sending out two schedules just to help you and my students to try and have a regular day. You do not have to follow it or you can choose what best works for your family. Remember we are working through this together. The schedule can change based on your family needs.
Please also click here: Technology for Home Learning for more information.

Home School Schedule: ( Suggested Schedule-From Marvin/Powell)
  • 8:00-8:20: Breakfast
  • 8:20-9:00: Read and practice sound spelling cards/ 3 new sight words/ can go on YouTube for 300 sight words with Epic or sight word levels with Jack Hartmann
  • 9:00 : Write a creative story using : title, topic sentence, first, next, then, last, and an ending sentence with an illustration
  • 9:50- 10:20: take a recess break
  • 10:20- 11:10: work on 4 pages out of grammar book
  • 11:10- Amplify Reading
  • 11:30-12:20: lunch break
  • 12:20- 1:20: work on 3 math pages in both math workbooks
  • 1:20-1:45: Clever- Dreambox Math
  • 1:45-2:14: Yoga for kids any app on YouTube along with physical activities for kids at home called Little Sports
Some links listed below:

2nd SCHEDULE (Suggested Schedule)
1st grade Khan Website Schedule:
  • 8am - 9am:  Breakfast/Get ready (Yes. Change out of PJs)
  • 9am - 9:30am:Khan Academy Kids (ideally doing it while sitting next to a parent or older sibling giving them positive feedback for effort). Khan Academy kids starts at the basics of letters, numbers, and social emotional learning and goes through the first grade standards in math, reading, writing and social emotional learning.
    For students with stronger literacy and motor skills: Khan Academy 1st grade math can be appropriate. Ideally a parent or older sibling sits next to them while doing this. Course challenges and unit tests can be used to accelerate through material. For students with minimal gaps, they should be able to get through a previous year’s content in 1-3 hours.
  • 9:30am - 10am: Play. Ideally outside if weather permits.
  • 10am - 10:30 am:Reading time. Ideally this would be time to read next to a parent or sibling. If students are ready, they can read on their own. There are 100+ books that students can read or have read to them on Khan Academy Kids website.
  • 10:30am - 11:20am:Break. Ideally run around and play outside. Have a snack.
  • 11:20am - 12pm: Writing practice:  Write and illustrate a story about someone having a funny adventure when they stay home sick.
    Draw a picture of what you think a virus looks like. Tell about the different parts and how you think they work.
  • 12pm - 1pm: Lunch - Listen to an educational podcast! Try Wow in the World! If you like science, Stories Podcast or Circle Round to hear a story, or Noodle Loaf to learn about music!
  • 1pm-7pm: Relax, go outside, play, time with family.
  • 7-8pm: Lights out, time to sleep!




I am delighted and honored to be your child’s teacher this year. I am having a good time getting to know the students and I am positive that we will have a great year together.

This handbook is a guide to room 4. Please keep it for reference throughout the school year. If your questions are not answered here please feel free to call me at school to make an appointment (323) 938-3608 or stop by the classroom after school.


Arrival and Dismissal

Students should arrive at school from 7:30 – 7:50am. If your child arrives late they will get a tardy slip. They should be picked up by 2:14pm on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (1:14pm on Tuesday – early dismissal).


Visiting Campus

All parents and visitors must check in at the office to get a visitor badge before going onto the campus during school hours.



All children should bring a note back to school explaining an absence.



Students may bring a healthy small SNACK (fruits, yogurts, cereal bars, carrot sticks, etc.) to be eaten during the morning recess. Please do not allow children to bring JUNK food (chips, cookies, soda, candy, etc.) as snacks. Please make sure your child’s snack is in a bag (brown bag or snack bag) and please label your child’s lunch bag with his/her name and room number.


Personal Items

Please label your child’s personal belongings (lunch bags, sweaters, backpacks, etc).



Homework is usually sent home on Mondays and returned to class on Fridays (with the exceptions of holidays) in the homework folder. Please help your child learn responsibility by looking over his/her homework for completeness and by making sure it is placed in his/her homework folder.


A HOMEWORK COVER SHEET with spelling words will be sent home on Monday attached to your child’s homework. This a weekly outline of the homework – and a reading record. This sheet needs to be filled out, signed and returned with the homework packet on Fridays. In addition to the cover sheet there will be a weekly focus page and a fluency page in which your child is to practice reading 3 times a night.

If a student is absent on Friday then he/she must turn in the homework packet on the day that he/she returns to school.


Unfinished Classwork - If a student is unable to finish an assignment during class time, then he/she may have additional homework for that night. I will write unfinished work with “HOMEWORK” at the top of the page. These assignments are due back the very next day.





Behavior Charts

Every Friday your child returns their homework in class they will fill in the behavior chart located on the front homework cover with the color they’re on for that week. This chart will be color coded to show how your child behaved that week and stamped if I received their homework on Friday. (Example below)




Students are expected to read 15-20 minutes (or more) every day as part of their homework. Books will be sent home every Monday with homework and returned to school on Friday. Students will not receive new books for the week if they do not return their books on Friday. Once your child has read the expected 15-20 minutes a night, please sign cover page and return with the homework packet stapled together as sent.










One of my primary goals is to establish a safe, warm and positive learning environment in the classroom. In order for this to happen, a firm, fair, consistent response to positive behavior is required. It is very important that students know that they have come to school to learn.


         My behavior management system utilizes four colors. If classroom and/or school rules are not being followed I will ask the child to move his/her clip. The children move their own clip to claim responsibility for their actions. At the end of each day, the students will record their color for the day on a Behavior Chart. Each week your child will be bringing home a “Behavior & Homework Chart” on Friday. This chart needs to be signed by you and returned to class on Monday. This chart will be color-coded to show how your child behaved on a given day and whether I receive their homework on Friday.


         I also use many other positive reinforcements to foster positive behavior. Some include individual praise and recognition while others are class earned rewards. Your help in reinforcing these guidelines is essential.






  1. We listen and follow the teacher’s directions.
  2. We try our best and stay on task.
  3. We keep our hands, feet and objects to ourselves.
  4. We are kind and we respect each other.
  5. We raise our hand and wait to be called on before speaking.




The following is the color code for behavior:




I’m totally awesome! My behavior is off the charts!



Great Job


I had a great day. I can do even better!

Ready to Learn


Each day, everyone starts on green. I am ready to be respectful, responsible, safe and a good classroom citizen.




Students who forget to follow rules during the day will be told to move their clip to yellow. I need reminders to stay on task.

Stop and Think


I need to slow down and think about my actions and make a better choice.


Contact Home


More serious measures are needed, such as a visit to the principal and/or a note home to parents.












Papers are “graded” using a 4-point “rubric,” or system. I have assigned numbers that students can easily identify and understand.


 Corrected class work, homework, and test will be sent home periodically.






Here are just a few ways you can be involved in your child’s education and contribute to the success of your child’s education.


  1. Read TO and WITH your child every day
  2. This includes listening to your child read to you. Find a time and place for you and your child to
  3. regularly read. This can be right before bed, right after dinner, or even right before heading
  4. off to school.


  1. Help your child “study”
  2. Practice their spelling words for Friday’s spelling test. Practice reading “My Sight Words”
  3. (read, spell, and write)!


  1. Check your child’s homework
  2. Take a minute to look over your child’s homework at night whether it is completed at home or
  3. in  after school care programs. Look for completeness, neatness, and accuracy.


  1. Look over class work
  2. Corrected class work is returned periodically throughout the school year. Ask
  3. questions, and have your child explain the assignment. Go over papers that are graded with 1s
  4. and 2s and ask your child how he/she could have made it better. Give praise to work that is
  5. done well.


  1. Attend school functions
  2. Marvin has a variety of assembly where parents are welcome to attend (Back to School Night,
  3. Hispanic Heritage Gallery, Holiday Program Assembly, Black History Gallery, Open House, etc.)