ABCs of Room 102  


    A is for ATTENDANCE

    Learning and fun take place everyday!  Please make sure your child comes to school on time except in cases of illness or emergency.


    B is for BIRTHDAYS

    District policy no longer allows any food to be brought into classrooms. If you choose to send your child in with something to share it cannot be anything edible. Some students enjoy bringing in a book to read to their classmates, stickers, pencils,  or erasers. Even with the absence of cupcakes and snacks we still enjoy singing to students on their birthdays and celebrating their special day with lots of attention and excitement.   


    Just about once a month a book order form will be sent home from Scholastic.  This is a great way to purchase books inexpensively.  You will also be able to order online. Our class activation code for online ordering is H2X4T. More information will be provided with the order form or on our classroom website.


    Please help us by sending in your boxtop labels for our Boxtops For Education program.



    Communication between school and home is very important to your student, Please feel free to contact me through email, phone, or in writing.

    Email - jodonnell@emsd63.org

    Direct phone number - 847-745-6415


    D is for DISMISSAL

    School ends at 2:25 pm. If your child is to go home a different way than normal, please send a written note or email. 


    E is for EMERGENCIES

    The school may need to contact you in case of an emergency. If your phone number or address changes, please notify the office and myself as soon as possible.


    F is for FAMILY

    The students and I spend a lot of time together and consider ourselves a part of a "school family."  Please encourage your child to talk about his/her day at school.


    G is for GRADED WORK

    Graded papers will be sent home, although much of our class work is done in our subject spirals. Papers that require a signature need to be returned. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


    H is for HOMEWORK

    First Graders will usually have some type of math homework each night and are expected to read for 20 minutes. Please study sight words with your child too!  If your child is absent, of course he/she will be given extra time for homework completion.


    I is for INFORMATION

    Important community, school, and class notes will be sent home.  Please check your child's Take Home Folder in his/her B.E.A.R. Binder each night.  It is also helpful to check our school website and class webpage for important parent and student information.



    Please do not jump to conclusions when your child tells you about something that happened at school.  Just call, email, or send a note so we can talk about your concerns and so you can get more information.


    K is for KINDNESS

    We will learn about being kind to others and ourselves every day.  Nelson School and Room 102 have a zero tolerance policy against bullying.


    L is for LUNCH

    Our room eats lunch at 11:55 in the gym.  Students eat their lunch and then have recess.


    M is for MONEY

    When sending money to school, please put it in an envelope labeled with your child's name, room number, and its purpose to ensure your money makes it to the right place.  Please put envelope in the pouch in your child's B.E.A.R. binder.



    It's not too early to think about November Parent-Teacher Conferences.  Conference sign up will be sent through email and completed online. Don't forget to sign up!  FYI-Evening time slots fill up very fast!


    O is for OPEN HOUSE

    If you were unable to attend our Open House I look forward to seeing you at conferences. If you have any questions about this information, don't hesitate to contact me.


    P is for PBIS

    PBIS is a program that clearly teaches and reinforces behavioral expectations in a variety of school settings.  At Nelson, we expect all our students to be Respectful, Responsible, and Safe.



    Please join this worthwhile organization.


    Q is for QUESTIONS

    It certainly is worth repeating-- Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have.

    Remember, there are no silly questions!



    Students are expected to read at home at least 20 minutes a night as part of their nightly homework.  Occasionally they will be asked to respond in writing to what they have read through a variety of activities.

    RAZKids is a web-based reading site that your child will use in school and at home. 


    S is for SNACKS

    Nelson School no longer permits students to bring snacks into the classroom.


    T is for TARDIES

    Students should be at school by 9:05. This allows for time to put materials away and get ready for the day. Arriving after this time causes students to lose valuable instructional time.


    U is for UNIQUE

    Each child is unique and has his/her own special gifts, talents, and learning styles.  Therefore, I will be providing instruction to your child that may be different than his or her peers.  If there is anything you feel I need to know in order to better assist your child, please contact me.


    V is for VISITORS

    According to district policy, all visitors need to check in at the office and obtain a visitor pass whenever they are in our building.


    W is for WEBSITE

    Our website is updated regularly so please check it out!  (Your child knows how to access the webpage.)


    Nelson School:  Jami O’Donnell



    I am so eXcited to work with you and your child this year.  Please remember that you are your child's most important teacher.  Make sure he/she gets plenty of ZZZZZZ's each night as we have exciting days planned for this year.

    You will be amazed at how fast this year will ZOOM by!

    Bear with pencil