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 PARENTS---Please take just a few minutes and make sure that you are subscribed to my page! You will need to go and hit the subscribe button again under my picture. If you are new and don't know what this is, it keeps you updated with all the communcations via emails from me.  This how I communicate important infomation about thing going on in class, about the school, field trips, etc, so it's very important that you subscribe.


You all are awesome and I'm looking forward to another great year with your wonderful kids!  Just a little info, if you ordered school supplies, don't worry about anything they will be delivered eventually. The PALS supplies were short, we only recieved 1. 


 If any of the incoming 6th grade parents have questions before school starts, please feel free to email me, I will be your childs Language Arts, Social Studies Teacher and Paw Period Teacher, and I can answer your questions.  I have met your child on a couple of occasions already! I was the teacher here last year and am happy to assist you with this transition today and throughout this year.  This will be a big change for everyone, Junior High is the first step towards becoming a teenager, and then on to adulthood....  Independence and personal growth is huge in our program as well as academic performance.  We hold our students accountable and do expect them to learn just as their nero-typical peers do to the best of their abilities.



Recent Posts

Pictures are Tomorrow!

Hello Parents!!!
I wanted to let everyone know that Spring pictures are tomorrow! I just got the forms today (of course...) They are in the folders if you want to order.  Please fill out and pay online! Do fill out the orderform and put in the folder so that we know you are ordering.
Also, Success Golf is this Friday!  If you have not returned the permission slip please do so tomorrow (they are supposed to be due tomorrow).
One more biggie*** the Hand to Hand Expo is this Saturday!!! Please make plans to attend!  There is child care for typical and special needs children, all you have do is sign up!  There is so much information and vendors of all kinds going to be there!  ALL RELATED TO OUR KIDS!!!!! 
Have a great day,
Melissa Barber  

Valentine's Day and out Dates

I know this is short notice, I totally forgot about Valentine's Day, but this kids really want to do an exchange so we made bags in class and will make at treat tomorrow in class.  If you have time to send cards that would be great! There are 10 kids,1 is out till the 20th.  
Also, There is NO School on Friday the 16th or Monday the 19th!!!! Let me know if you have any questions or need anything.
Melissa B

Important Infomation!!!!

Parents, I'm sending home a flyer for an event put on by Special Services. It was formaly known as the Transition Fair.  You really need to attend this event, it has grown this year and has more venders and more information.  Anything you could ever want or need is there!  Please mark your calenders and GO!!!! 

Rodeo Time!!! Yee Haw!!!

I wanted to let everyone know that Rodeo it tomorrow!  We are from 11:00 to 12:00.  We will be gettin back right in the middle of our scheduled lunch time.  We are going to provide pizza and drinks for the kids.  If you don't want them to have Kroger deli pizza, please pack them a lunch to have in the classroom when we return. 
We have rodeo shirts for them that were provided by the district, they are lime green.  We are keeping them here so nothing happens to them and everyone has them.  If it's cold we will layer so you might want to make sure they are dressed with a long sleeved shirt on!  That is my plan...  Let me know if you have any questions.
Melissa B

Touching Base

I wanted to let everyone know that Friday is a half day, just in case you didn't know already.  The kids will load the buses at 12:00.  If you are picking up as a car rider, please be here at that time as well.
Thursday we will be having a little Christmas party.  We will be providing pizza, drinks, and some treats.  If your child has food allergies or you prefer them not to partake in the pizza, please let us know. 
Tomorrow I will be sending home a flyer for those of you that are interested in the Special Olympics.  There is going to be a meeting on Jan 9th!  I will also upload it on here.
Let me know if you need anything else or have any questions....
Take care, almost done!
Melissa Barber


I sent home a flyer in the kids purple folder today.  Please take a look and see if it's something you are interested in.


If in your shopping trips to Walmart over the weekend you happen to pass by the school supplies section---yes, you read it right--- WE ARE NEEDING GLUE STICKS ALREADY! Your kids must have become super humans over the summer or something--- found their arm muscles???? I'm fussing but we are still running through glue like crazy! I literly have 5 left in the bin. NOT KIDDING!  Please Any amount you will buy, I will take, we need the big packs! 6-8 grades are using them in my classroom....  Mrs.Barber will be forever grateful for purple glue lol!!!
Thank you in advance,
Melissa Barber

Early release

Friday is early release.  The kids will get out at 12:00, no lunch will be served.  Monday is a student holiday as well.  Please check your kids backpacks, their progress reports were sent home today.
In case your kids haven't told you, we have been learning alllll about hygiene in daily living and how to sweep- put them to work, make them practice!
Take care,
Melissa Barber 


 Hello Parents,
I hope everyone is doing well! I bet you all are doing the "parent count down" lol!  I know all of my friends are... As you can imagaine, I have mixed feelings about it. I miss your kids and want to get back to it, but am not ready to give up my relaxed schedule and my own kids.  I know all good things must come to an end but I'm just not ready...
We will have another teacher and para this year, I have not met them yet.  Hopefully I will on Monday.  I think he will be teaching 6th grade, it hasn't been totally decided, but that was my assumption.  
I am doing some updates to my page so you may be getting some emails about that.  Edlio (or someone is) is supposed to delete your email addresses so that you have to sign up again.  I just checked my account and all of your addresses are still in there. So as of right now you don't have to go in and resubscribe to my page.  If you go and look at the updates, I put it on there just in case I get a new student or if they do delete y'all.  
You may be getting school wide emails now with "important dates" like for Cougar Camp-  
As far as I know, I will be at the Cougar Camp-
6th grade August 11th from 1-3
You will be able to order spirit "stuff" (school shirts, hoodies-I would suggest getting at least 1) in the large gym (and I can assist you with this if needed) and if their schedules are done, they can have them.  I can show you around the school again if you would like as well.
I will be in the foyer, greeting the 6th grade PALS students. I have met them.
Schedule Pickups Locker setups, I will be here if needed
7th and 8th grades August 15 from 1-3
You do not need to stand in line for schedules, and they do not have lockers  
***If you elected to buy your own school supplies, this is the day to bring them, please, not the first day of school!  ***
All ordering of PE and LOTC school uniforms will be done ONLINE.  The district has gone to a new system where they no longer accept cash.  More infromation will be given to you when school starts.  ** Incoming 6th graders*** ALL students that had APE will need purchase a pe uniform to dress out in.  They have pe EVERY DAY in junior high.
I will have your child's schedule rather you pick it up or not and we are going to get them where they need to be so it's really up to you if you would like to attend.  I would just appreciate knowing who's coming so I know who to look for and when I am allowed to leave.  That would be great!
If you get a moment, please send me an email and let me know if you ordered school supplies through the school or are getting them on your own.  They will give me a list but I need to make sure your name is on it and I'm making sure you are getting my communications!
FYI- Make sure your student is enrolled!!!  I think there is an online enrollment you have to fill out every year. I don't live in this district but I've heard about it...please double check it!!!  Need current addresses, phone numbers and emergency numbers!!!
If anyone has any questions about anything, please feel free to email me. I'm not offically back but I always answer questions and it will help ease me back in lol!!!  
Seriously looking forward to seeing all of you again!!! Have missed our converations...
Melissa Barber

PJ Day!!!

Last Friday of the Year!!!
In honor of tomorrow being the last Friday of the year, Mr. Scott said that all of the students can ware their pj's.  

Thank you!

I wanted to take a moment to say "THANK YOU!" to everyone for making my birthday so special this year.  It's been a hard, busy year.  It's nice to feel so loved and appreciated and means a lot you took the time out of your busy schedules to recognize me in whatever way that you could.  I love each gift and card no matter how big or small!
Hopefully your Mother's Day gifts made it home in 1 piece!  If you haven't found them in your child's backpack yet, tell your husband it's his job to get a gift bag and some tissue paper so they can wrap your gift!  We worked together to make your gift.  This will make since after you open your gift,-- the rice goes in it and then put the pen in the rice!  If you have questions later, email me....
Lastly, Nicole was sneeky and told you all about my birthday now it's my turn to get her!  Her birthday is coming up too-- it's May 24th!!!  We will do a party for her on that Wednesday so please have your child make a card or gift for her.  She does A LOT for your child!!!
She likes cinnamon candies, dark chocolate, salted caramel chocolate, Almonds, pretzels and peanut butter.  Any combination of ingredients is good (except cinnamon lol)!  She shops at Kohls and Target.
Have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend!!!

A few things...

I wanted to let you know that I am sending home a flyer about Special Olympics.  There has been interest in forming an area wide team for some time now and it has finally happened.  So, I you are interested in having your child participate there is meeting happening tomorrow evening.
Also, last week our current event was all about the Disney movie, Born in China, that came out over the Earth Day weekend.  Your kids learned a lot about China and the animals in the movie and are exited about the movie.  They would love to go see it with you and I would encourage you to take them and to really ask them about it (they better make me look good...)  The story went home last week in their papers.
If you haven't sent in your child's permission slip for Challenge Day, I need that back ASAP pretty please.  
25 days left!