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Mrs. Deborah L. Donio, OG-T 
Kindergarten and First Grade 
LRC Teacher

English Language Arts and Mathematics

My name is Debbie Donio and I am your child’s Learning Resource Center teacher for Kindergarten Mathematics and First Grade English Language Arts and Mathematics. Let me tell you a little about myself. I am a certified Special Education Teacher and Elementary Education Teacher in the State of New Jersey.  I earned a certificate to be an Orton Gillingham trained teacher through Fairleigh Dickenson University and I earned a Structured Literacy Dyslexia Specialist certificate through The Center for Effective Reading Instruction. I have been working in the Hamilton Township School District for 18 years.  My primary placement has been in the Learning Resource Center at the Joseph C. Shaner Elementary school, but I have also been an In-Class Support Teacher in both Kindergarten and First Grade. 

I would like to explain the routine of my day with your child.  Students are picked up from their homeroom every day. We walk together in the hallway to my LRC classroom and at the end of the period, students are escorted back to their homeroom.   

 All of my classes have some type of movement built into the daily schedule. This helps prepare students for learning and help them maintain their attention to the instructional content.

My First Grade Language Arts Literacy class starts with Word Work. This is the time we will learn phonics and grammar by using the Fundations program. Next, it is time for Reader’s and Writer’s Workshop. Our time together ends with Math Workshop.

In both Kindergarten and First Grade, we are pleased to be using a new curriculum for Mathematics. It’s called Bridges in Mathematics.  We start our Math Workshop time with Number Corner, then problems and investigations, and finally workstations.  Further information is available upon request. 


At the beginning of each year, I supply students with the materials that are required for class.  Students are assigned two folders (a Math folder and ELA folder), book baggy, and supply box. The materials in the supply box are pencils, colored pencils, crayons, eraser, and a dry erase maker. Later in the school year, I may need to send a note home asking for supplies to replenish in your child’s supply box.

Donations of a box of tissues and snack for the class is always appreciated.

Book Baggy

The Hamilton Township Special Education Department provides the book baggies used by the LRC students. We reuse these baggies each year and we ask for your help to take care of these book baggies throughout the school year. The book baggies hold your child’s ELA folder, Math folder, and books to practice reading at night. The ELA folder will have a reading log and two word rings.  The suggested ELA homework consists of reading 10 to 15 minutes each night.  A reading log is provided to record the number of books your child reads at home and incentives are given in class for reading at home.  The word rings consist of the high frequency words that your child knows and the high frequency words he or she should practice at home. Students must bring their book baggy with their books, reading log, and word rings to school every day.  

Daily Report Sheet

To provide daily communication of homework and the type of day your child had in class, I am using a Daily Report Sheet. This a place for me to write homework and communicate your child’s behavior throughout their time in the LRC setting, any notes to parents will be written on this paper. Please remember to look at your child’s Daily Report Sheet and sign it each night. This paper should remain in your child’s folder all week, I will replace it at the start of each week.  

Classroom Rules

The classroom rules are aligned with your child’s homeroom classes. They are:

Rule #1-       Follow Directions Quickly

Rule #2       Raise Your Hand for Permission to Speak

Rule #3        Raise Your Hand for Permission to Leave Your Seat

Rule #4       Make Smart Choices

(Our Smart Choices are: Eyes on the speaker, Ears listening, Hands and feet still, Sit in a good sitting position and Use kind words)

Rule #5       Keep Your Dear Teacher Happy

We discuss these rules together on a daily basis. To monitor and reinforce each student’s compliance with the classroom rules, I use small shark tickets. At the end of the day, students will have the opportunity to exchange 5 small shark tickets for a large school wide Shark Ticket. All of the Shark Tickets earned will go in a pocket in our classroom shark tank. On Friday, everyone’s Shark Tickets go in our Classroom Shark Tank for a prize drawing and then the tickets go in the school shark tank for a school wide prize drawing. 

I would like to ask for your help with two items.  The first item is reinforcing our classroom rules at home.  Reviewing our classroom rules at home will help your child remember the classroom expectations and earn more rewards in class. The second item is reading each night. I like to suggest reading with your child at least 10-15 minutes each night including a review of the word rings in your child’s book baggy.  The extra practice at home will give your child the opportunity to see familiar words multiple times in print so they can recognize words quicker in different contexts. Reading every night will greatly improve your child’s reading abilities.

Please know that I am always available to you.  Should you have any questions or concerns, I can be reached at 609-625-6600 ext. 3037,, or by writing a note on your child’s Daily Report Sheet. 

I look forward to spending a great school year with your child.


Mrs. Donio



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