Grade Levels

Class Placement Procedure This is an article we print each spring so that families new to Flaherty School understand how we create our class lists for next year. It is a thorough process that considers many factors.

Spring is finally here! Schools are such busy places in the springtime. We work to finish up this academic year and prepare for the next one. During June, teams of teachers will meet and begin the careful process of creating next year’s classrooms. Since Flaherty School has new families every year, I thought I would include this information again this year for those who are new to Flaherty and for those who are thinking about this topic with renewed interest.

Putting together a classroom of children is really a complicated process. The basic principle behind placement is the concept of balance. We work to create classrooms that contain an interesting mixture of personality and learning styles. We certainly wouldn’t want to have all the active children in one room, while another room has only quiet, shy kids. A mixture of all personalities and learning levels creates the variety that makes classrooms exciting learning environments. We need a balanced number of girls and boys, to keep in mind quite a few other traits as well, and to equally distribute the academically talented students and those who work at a slower pace.

There are students who should not be together. This may be because they enjoy one another’s company so much they distract one another from the task of learning. I have known of cases where students are such close friends outside of school that teachers and family alike felt these students should develop more friendships and branch out a little bit by being in different classrooms. On the other hand, sometimes young personalities do not work together well, and it is just wiser to place these children in different rooms. Of course, we want each child to be in a class that contains some children he/she is friendly with. Teachers work very carefully at trying to make sure next year’s class will contain some of your child’s friends and playmates

Next, there are children who may need to be together. Two or three students may need to be placed together because they have similar goals on their IEPs and a Special Needs teacher could work with them together. As you can see there are so many factors to consider and so much to think about! How do we sort it all out?

The teachers of a particular grade level meet and begin to assign students. They carefully discuss each student and consider their personality and learning style. Teachers call upon their year of experience with the children in their class. As I sit on these placement teams, I am always impressed with how well teachers know their students. In order to construct well balanced classrooms, teachers consider each individual child and all the other children in the classroom. Class placement is a slow and careful process. This year, we are going to meet during Data Team meetings to help construct the classrooms. The reading and math specialists as well as the special education staff will have an opportunity to review the combinations of students and the construction of class lists.

This complicated process used to construct classes is one reason we cannot honor parent requests for particular teachers. Parents do not have access to all the information that goes into constructing a class list, the various learning styles and activity levels of an entire grade of students. Parents do have valid concerns and helpful information.

What would be the best way to share that information?
If you have information or concerns, please contact us before May 24. We will not be sending home a form for each child—it seems more efficient and “greener” to invite parents to email or write us if you have information or concerns you would like to share. So please contact us before May 24 if you have a particular situation. Otherwise, we will take the same great care we have always taken to create balanced homerooms and classes.

Flaherty Elementary School includes students in grades K-5.

Many of our teachers have their own website. Here are some of them:

Grade 4

Grade 5

School Supplies


*Please bring on Story Hour day!

** Please place all supplies in 1 bag labeled with your child’s name

  • $6.00 in a labeled envelope for Let’s Find Out
  • 2-Pocket Poly Folders, blue and red
  • Clorox wipes
  • Baby Wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Tissues
  • Paper towels
  • 2 Dry-erase markers
  • Package of glue sticks
  • 1 box of 24 ct. crayons
  • Pocket folder for homework (do not send in with supplies, leave in backpack)
  • One 1” 3 ring binder for Science
  • Optional- thin or thick Crayola Markers
  • Headphones in a labeled Ziploc bag

First Grade

*Please place all supplies in 1 bag labeled with your child’s name

  • $6.00 for Scholastic News (cash please)
  • 1 package of #2 pencils
  • 2 large pink erasers
  • 1 box of Crayola crayons (24 crayons)
  • 3 large glue sticks
  • 6 Expo dry erase markers (thin)
  • 1 dry erase eraser
  • 1 pair child’s scissors
  • 1 9” plastic pencil box
  • 1 pocket folder for homework (plastic coated)
  • 1 inch 3-ring binder w/plastic view finder front
  • 1 package sheet protectors (approx 15)
  • 1 box tissues
  • 1 package of baby wipes
  • 1 package of Lysol or Clorox wipes
  • 1 roll of paper towels
  • 1 bottle hand soap
  • Headphones in a labeled Ziploc bag

Second Grade

  • $6.00 for Scholastic News
  • 4 Glue sticks
  • Pocket folders - 1 red, 1 yellow, 1 blue,
  • Tissues
  • 2 large pink eraser
  • 1 Pair of children scissors
  • 1 roll paper towels
  • 1 Lysol wipes
  • baby wipes (not Clorox)
  • 2 Crayola Crayons 24 pkg 
  • 9” pencil box (plastic)
  • 6 thin White board marker
  • 2 highlighters
  • Pocket folder for homework
  • One inch 3 ring binder w/plastic “viewfinder” front
  • 1 pkg sheet protectors (approx. 15)
  • Headphones in a labeled Ziploc bag

Third Grade

  • $9.00 for Storyworks Jr.
  • Pencils, pencils, pencils
  • A pair of scissors
  • glue stick
  • erasers
  • Highlighter
  • Dry-erase markers
  • Zippered soft pouch pencil case
  • A one subject spiral notebook
  • MEAD composition notebook
  • 3 ring binder (1 inch) w/plastic “viewfinder” front
  • 4 -2 pocket folders red, blue, green, yellow
  • Markers, colored pencils, or crayons
  • 1 package sheet protectors
  • 1 box tissues
  • 1 box Baby wipes or Lysol wipes
  • 1 roll paper towels
  • Pocket folder for homework
  • Headphones in a labeled Ziploc bag

Fourth Grade

  • SEVERAL sharpened pencils and erasers—NO MECHANICAL PENCILS or PENS
  • Small hand held pencil sharpener (that catches shavings)
  • Plastic zippered pencil case—large enough to hold all supplies
  • Yellow Highlighters
  • Several small glue sticks or 1 large stick
  • 1 pair of children’s scissors
  • 1-2 dry erase pens – EXPO is the preferred brand AND dry erase eraser
  • Colored pencils, crayons and markers
  • 2 single subject notebooks
  • 1 1” 3-ring binder with pockets inside
  • You will need 6 - 2 pocket folders:
  • Yellow, green, orange, purple, red and blue
  • 1 two-pocket folder of your choice to use as your take-home folder
  • $12.00 for Storyworks subscription
  • Headphones in a labeled Ziplock bag
  • Supplies for the class:  box of tissues, roll of paper towels, package of baby wipes and Clorox  or Lysol  wipes

Fifth Grade

  • Several pencils and erasers **(please, no mechanical pencils, pens, or pencil toppers)
  • Highlighters
  • 2-3 dry erase pens – EXPO is the best brand
  • 1 pkg. Post-It type notes
  • 5 2 pocket folders (preferably different colors)
  • 2 packages of white 3” X 5” index cards
  • Crayola Crayons or colored pencils
  • Several glue sticks
  • 2 boxes of facial tissues
  • 1 roll of paper towels
  • 1 bottle of hand sanitizer or hand soap
  • Scissors
  • A hand held pencil sharpener (must catch the shavings)
  • 3 ½” or 1” binders with interior pockets
  • 1 package of tabbed divider sheets
  • Zippered soft pouch pencil case
  • (You should have a dictionary at home for vocabulary assignments)
  • 1 One subject spiral bound notebook
  • $10.00 for Storyworks subscription
  • 1 package 20 – 25 plastic sheet protectors
  • Container of cleaning wipes
  • Headphones in a labeled Ziploc bag

Developmental ABA

  • Disinfecting Wipes
  • 2 boxes tissues
  • Ziploc sandwich size baggies
  • Dry erase markers
  • Glue sticks
  • Pocket folder for homework

Developmental ABLES

Please label all materials sent

  • Glue sticks
  • Index cards (any size)
  • Crayola Crayons
  • Washable markers
  • Tooth brush
  • Tooth paste
  • Pencil box
  • 1 box Kleenex tissues
  • One package of stick on velcro (not the sew on kind)
  • 1 container of germ x/purell
  • 1 smock (old shirt will be fine)
  • Pocket folder for homework
  • 1 container of Lysol cleaning wipes
  • 1 package of Crayola Dry Erase Crayons
  • Headphones in a labeled Ziploc bag

Developmental ll

  • Wipes
  • Glue sticks
  • Dry erase markers
  • Tissues
  • Paper Towels
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Headphones in a labeled Ziploc bag

Developmental lll

  • Hand sanitizer
  • Kleenex (we need lots)
  • Crayola crayons
  • Thin markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Glue sticks
  • Dry erase markers
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Index cards
  • Highlighters (the thin ones in yellow, pink, or orange)
  • 3 ring one inch binder
  • Package of sheet protectors
  • $10.00 for “Storyworks” subscription for 4th graders
  • Pocket folder for homework
  • Headphones in a labeled Ziploc bag

You will be receiving a list from the teacher for what your child should bring in