Welcome to our classroom!


Below you will find some information about our class and what your student can expect in a regular school day.

Our schedule:


8:25-8:35        Morning choice

8:35-8:45        Morning circle

8:45-10:05      Reading workshop

10:05-10:25    Literacy centers

10:25-10:35    Snack 

10:35-11:10    Writing workshop

11:10-11:55    Special/Genius Hour

12:00-12:30    Recess

12:30-1:00      Lunch

1:15-2:15        Math

2:15-3:15        Social Studies/Science

3:15-3:20        Closing circle

3:20                Pack-up

3:25                Dismissal

Morning Choice & Morning/Closing Circle


Morning choice and morning circle are two components of our schedule that may seem unfamiliar to you. 

When students enter the room in the morning, they have a ten minute window before our instructional time begins. During that time they can pick a variety of activities with a friend to help ease into their morning. Examples are puzzles, games, cards, drawing and reading. They love having a say in the activity they pick and who they work with.

Once the school day begins, the class will meet on the carpet in a circle. We identify what our "color" is based on the mood meter which we implement through our RULER program. They will also be given a discussion question to answer with a partner. We then have a conversation or take turns sharing our conversations.

At the end of the day we briefly meet again on the carpet to reflect on our day.

Specials & Genius Hour

Monday & Tuesday






On Thursdays our class does not have a special, but we have many different events planned to make the most of our extra time. Most Thursdays, we will have something called "genius hour"  where students will have the opportunity to research any subject of their choice in order to become a "genius" in the area.  We will also use this time for SOAR expectation activities and using the library/media center and Makerspace area for different projects.





T 860-542-5286  F 860-542-5770     •     BOTELLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL     •     128 Greenwoods Road, Norfolk, CT  06058

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