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Ms DiFonte's Classroom

Welcome to Class 5

Teacher: Ms. DiFonte 
Educational Assistants: Tracy Garant and Madison Babula
Lunchaide: Sue Mandolfo

Welcome Back to School, Class 5!

We are so happy to have you as part of our classroom community this year. We are thrilled to be learning together in person and are settling into our classroom routines.

A few pieces of information I would like to share:

-Communication books are sent home each day. Please review them and return them every morning. This is a great way to have a glimpse into your child’s day and for us to communicate regularly.  

-In addition to the hard copy of our monthly newsletter that will be sent home, an electronic copy can be accessed on this page.

-If you know your child will be absent from class, please call the office or let me know through the communication book. 

If you have any questions or concerns at any time, please do not hesitate to reach out.

I look forward to working with alongside you all this year.

About Our Program 

Our program in Class 5 consists of many different learning opportunities for students to explore core communication and sensory-based literacy and math experiences in whole group, and small group settings. Core communication is a large component of our program, as students participate in core language daily through modeling core communication boards and devices such as the Step-by-Step. Students participate in whole group and small group programming throughout the day promoting classroom unity and friendship. In whole group learning, students partake in turn-taking and communication through sensory exploration of stories which teach or reinforce new skills and concepts. Small group and individual one-on-one learning focuses on students' individual learning goals where specific skills are taught explicitly through differentiated instruction. 

Here is a sneak peek at our developing schedule:

Class 5 Schedule 

9:00-9:10   Welcome- handwashing, attendance & sharing news from home

9:10-9:50   O.T./Equipment

9:50-10:40   Arts Rotary with Mrs. T 

10:40-11:00   Morning Circle 

11:00-11:30   Literacy 

11:30-12:30   LUNCH

12:30-1:00   Gym

1:00-1:30   Math 

1:30-2:00   Sensory Circle

2:00-2:15   Movement Break / Body Concepts

2:15-2:45   Technology 

2:45-3:00   Packup & farewell 

3:00   Dismissal 

Ms. DiFonte - Classroom Teacher
Ms. DiFonte - Classroom Teacher
Big SHOUT OUT to our AMAZING Support Staff Ms. Tracy, Ms. Madison and Ms. Sue!
Big SHOUT OUT to our AMAZING Support Staff Ms. Tracy, Ms. Madison and Ms. Sue!

Parent Portal

To access school news and updates, please regularly review the Parent Portal.

After reading 'Going on a Leaf Hunt', students went on a 'walk through fall' where they were able to explore leaves, chestnuts, sticks and pinecones with their feet. Students had fun using a different part of their body for sensory learning. After exploring the different textures with their feet, students indicated whether they liked the feel or not, reinforcing our core word language.
Students smelled a variety of fall scents including: cinnamon, apples, nutmeg, cloves, and star anise. They then indicated whether they liked the smell or not. If they liked the smell, they added it to their preferred fall scents potpourri bag. This was a fun way to practice our core language words: like, not and in.
Making collaborative art, on Dot day.
Apple picking