Welcome to Thomas Elementary EL website. My name is Olga Istomina. I am pleased to be teaching EL (English Learning) at Thomas this year and to have the opportunity to work with your children. I know I can rely on your support and cooperation in assisting my EL (English Learner) students with their school curriculum. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at Thomas Elementary (614-764-5970, ext. 6046). If I am not available, please leave your name and phone number, and I will return your call as soon as possible. You can also contact me by sending a note with your child or sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Mrs. Peggy Hardy, Mrs. Jennifer Reardon, and Mrs. Jamie Jarrett will be teaching EL at Thomas as well. We are lucky to have our bilingual aides, Mrs. Deb McMillan - Ito (Japanese), Mrs. Celina Nova (Spanish), Mrs. Rana Horbol (Arabic), and Mrs. Katie Chen (Chinese) working at Thomas this year. They are already busy helping students, parents, and teachers here, as well as other Dublin schools. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you and discuss our program.
We have a large number of students in the English Learning program this year. Classes are 30-60 minutes in length, and students will be grouped in classes according to their grade level and their English proficiency level. The relatively small number of students per class allows for much individualized instruction.
New students are tested for EL program after school starts. We will be sending home Permission Forms for students new to the EL program. Please fill out these forms completely and return them to school as quickly as possible.
I am sure your children will have a wonderful and successful year!
Suggested educational websites:
(You have the license and password)
www.starfall.com (Excellent for learning the alphabet!)
http://teacher.scholastic.com/clifford1 (a favorite!)
www.internet4classrrooms.com/grade_level_help.htm (all grade levels)
www.hbavenues.com/ (ESL curriculum)
http://www.brainpopjr.com/games/ (good for older students)
www.literactive.com (excellent alphabet/reading games and books for beginners!)
You will need to register to use it, but it is free.