SDA School Kindergarten, First and Second Grade
"All your children shall be
the Lord and great shall be the
peace of your children.” Isaiah 54:13
Guide in Kindergarten, First and Second Grade Class
there! My name is Mrs. Prima Glass and I am your K-2 teacher. You can call
me Mrs. Glass for short. Sometimes, my students call me “mommy” and I don’t
mind it because I am your mother at the school. In 1999, I received my
Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Adventist University of the
Philippines. I am currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and
Instruction from Concordia University in Wisconsin. I always want to give
the best service to God and to my students. Everyday, I thank the Lord that
I am a teacher. I love teaching little children, play with them and learn
from them (yes, I do learn from kids!). I teach using games and music which
make learning so much fun! I am married to Bryan Glass and God blessed us
with two daughters---Lianna and Chrystina.
WELCOME to Kindergarten, First and Second Grade class! I am so glad that you
chose to come and study here at MSDA. You are here for a very special
purpose—-to know God more and to excel academically. We are going to learn
so many things this year. But in order to succeed we have to work as a
team—-you, your parents and I. We have to cooperate with each other. Please
ask your mom or dad to read this page with you so that you will know what to
do in our class. This page will guide you and your parents to “survive”
successfully in Mrs. Glass’ class. It is like a survival guide when you go
hiking, camping or diving. It will tell you things to remember so that your
experiences will be full of fun and overflowing with success. It will tell
us how we can work together as a team. Again, welcome and
thank you for choosing MSDA!
Classroom Setting I am a teacher who is not fond of covering lessons but discovering them.
The learning experiences your children will have in my classroom are out of
the box. Children are unique individuals who have different ways of learning
so I have decided to make each student’s lessons unique to them. I have
always wished that students are grouped according to their learning styles
and interests. Individualizing each child’s lesson is tough but that is the
only way the children will experience success. There will be lots of
playing, singing (hymns and praises to God), dramatics (using reader’s
theater), reading, writing, arts and crafts, science experiments and
computer projects and research. Please expect your children to be messy
Tests and Assessments are not always conducted through papers and pencils.
Sometimes I give tests in the form of games usually active games.
This is the most important ingredient of a successful school year. What is
discipline anyway? Many people think that discipline means punishment.
Discipline came from the word “discipling” or “to make disciples”. It means
to lead and guide our children to the right path of life as the Bible says
in Proverbs 22:6. Children learn best when there is a structure in the
classroom or at home. They feel loved and secured when they know their
boundaries and limitations. The ultimate goal of K-2 classroom discipline is
to guide the children to develop a Christ-like character. The main objective
of my classroom discipline is for the children “to accept responsibility for
one’s own actions” which is very rare nowadays. It is my desire that each
child would see that they are responsible to God for every action or
decision that they make. God forgives our sins but He allows us to
experience their consequences to help us learn. I designed my classroom
discipline in a way that the child will learn that everything they do—-good
or bad has a consequence. This is how it works: each child will receive 10
pennies (play money). They will have to keep them in an empty baby juice
container. As a consequence, a child will give me a penny for every broken
rule and will increase up to 5 pennies if they repeatedly break the same
rule on the same day. On the other hand, the student will also receive a
penny or more from me, every time he/she exhibits Christ-like behavior or
academic excellence like perfect score on a given test. At the end of the
day, the students should at least have 10 pennies in their container to
“buy” a toy from me. Each toy costs 10 cents. A sticker will be placed on
their incentive charts if they retain 10 cents/pennies or more at the end of
the day. They will “deposit” the pennies they have in their piggy bank.
Whoever gets the most number of stickers from Monday to Friday will be the
“Student of the Week” and will receive a certificate and a special toy. If a
student runs out of pennies because of repeatedly disobeying the classroom
rules, he/she will go to the time out corner and must stand there nice and
quiet for 10 minutes (or longer depending on how well-behaved he/she is in
the time out corner.) If the student refuses to stand in time out, he/she
will be ushered to the principal’s office and parents will be called to take
him/her home. By the end of the school year, I will trade the play money the
children have saved in their piggy banks for real money. We will then go to
a toy store of their choice as a field trip to reward themselves for the
good work they have done. The children will not only learn how to make
positive choices but they will understand more the concept of money and
Parents, please read the rules to your child so he/she will know what is
expected of him/her in the classroom. Please discuss with them that as it is
with your rules at home, our classroom rules are given to keep them safe and
1. Be reverend to God at all times.
2. Treat others and yourself kindly.
3. Take care of other’s property as well as yours.
4. Come to school with all your supplies.
5. Stay seated unless told to get up.
6. Ask permission before leaving the classroom or your teacher’s sight.
7. Finish your work on time.
8. Always walk when you are in the school building.
9. Bring your homework to school on time.
10. Follow directions the first time it is given.
Homework will be given from Monday through Thursday only. I want weekends to
be spent solely with the child’s family for worship and relaxation. Most
children learn to read in kindergarten, first and second grade class
therefore book reports will be required daily even from kindergartners and
first graders who are non-readers yet. Parents, grandparents or older
siblings are expected to help the non-readers. The time you spend with them
reading will encourage them to read and love reading. The more they read or
being read to, the better reader they become. Good readers usually excel in
all other areas of learning. Please expect different homework for every
child in my class because each learning program is individualized according
to each child’s ability and learning interest. Each homework I send, unless
noted, is due the next school day.
The school supplies that I require each student to have must be completed
within the first week of school. Please make sure that they have everything
they need to learn in my class. I will start checking their school supplies
beginning the second week of school. It is one of our classroom rules to
come to school with all school supplies as a sign of readiness to learn.
Please make sure that they have spare school supplies at home (crayons,
scissors, glue, etc) for homework.
Each student will have a pink parent-teacher communication folder. Homework
and notices from school will be put there. If you have questions or concerns
about your child’s progress in school, please do not hesitate to call me at
the school or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I take photos of your
child in my classroom while learning so expect some too in that pink folder.