Hours: School starts at 8:15 a.m. and ends at 3:30
p.m. Students are counted tardy when
they come in after 8:20 a.m. Please know
that first grade is fast-paced and filled with new things each day. When a child is frequently tardy or absent,
it can really disrupt the flow of their first grade experience. I would really appreciate your help with this
matter. It is truly in your child’s best
interest. Thank you.
Wednesday, the school day ends at 1:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, students are released and need to be picked up at 1:30
Mail: All student work as well as newsletters/parent
notes will be sent home on Friday. Each
student will have a Math homework folder and a Reading envelope. Please check your child’s folder every Friday
and look over all the papers that were completed and sent home. This will help you to know what we are
currently studying in class and will also give you some good talking points
that you can use to discuss with your child.
This is also a good time to praise your child for the work that they
completed that week. Please return your
child’s Friday folder as soon as possible so we can reuse them the following
envelopes: Reading bags will be
sent home everyday to with a book inside to read with your child. Our school is requiring that students read 20
minutes a night. After reading, please
return the bag filled out that you and your child read together. On Fridays, students will receive a new book
to go home for the following. Reading is
so valuable, so keep reading every night!
Homework Folders: Students will bring home math homework
Tuesdays and Fridays. A child will have
from Tuesday to Friday to get homework completed and turned in. Then they will receive Friday homework and
have Tuesday to turn it in.
Spelling and Dolch
Words: I will be
sending home spelling words every Monday so you have all week to study with
your child. The spelling words will
either be on a Rainbow Word sheet, Pencil, Pencil, Marker sheet, or some other
spelling worksheet. Please look for
these on Mondays. Dolch words will come
home on Tuesdays. Please feel free to
study these words throughout the year.
Students will receive Dolch words and Sight Word flashcards to study
throughout the year.
Birthdays: Birthday are special and we do take time to
recognize these special days! If your
child’s birthday is on a weekend, we will celebrate on the Friday before their
birthday (or the Monday after, if you prefer).
Children with summer birthdays will have a group birthday party that is
held at the end of the school year. On
your child’s birthday, he/she may bring in store purchased treats to share with
the class. This is not required. Plan to bring treats for 25 students, or
contact me to get the exact number of students that are currently
enrolled. The celebration will usually
be held during our afternoon snack time.
Absences: Whenever your child is going to be absent for
any reason, please let the office know or send a note to school with your
child. I will gladly collect all missed
assignments that are to be completed upon their return. Kindly understand that because much of their
work is directly related to what is being taught in class, it is sometimes
difficult to create “work packets” in advance.
Toys: Please help to remind your child that they are not
to bring toys to school. Not only do
these cause distractions, but I would also feel horrible if something valuable
was lost/stolen. There will be several opportunities
throughout the year for students to bring items from home to share during “Star
of the Week.” I will send notes home in
advance to let you know exactly when we will have their star of the week.
Snacks: Near the end of the school day, first graders are
hungry!! Students always look forward to
their afternoon snacks, and I do feel that a small snack helps keep them
going. I do ask parents for snack
donations to help make this possible.
Once our snack supply gets low, I will send home a note asking for more
snacks to be donated. I understand that
it is not always possible for everyone to donate. Please know that I appreciate your effort. Examples of snacks to bring include: cereal, crackers, graham crackers, fruit
snacks, pre-popped popcorn, cookies, raisins, pretzels, etc.
of the Week: Each student will have a
turn to be our “Star of the Week” this year.
It is during this week that your child may bring items from home to
share. When it is your child’s turn, I
will send home a note explaining what to bring pieces to put on their
Library: We will have book check out every Monday so
please bring library books back by or before our library day. That way your child will be guaranteed a
bottles: Each child will receive a water bottle
which they may drink during class.
Light: In the classroom, students will be monitored
with their behavior traffic light. If
they are on green, the student is on task and working hard. A child will be moved down to yellow if they
are repeatedly told not to do something or disrupting. They will be retaught the expectation. If a child is on red, a note will be sent
home to you explaining what happened and you will need to sign and return the
paper to me. A child will have a
consequence will fit the behavior.
Class Incentive Parties: If a student has stayed on green for the rest of the day, they can pick something out of my treasure chest (candy, little toys, stickers, etc.). At the end of the week, the students have stayed on green the majority of the time four to five stars they will receive a prize (ice cream, game time, extra recess).
By rewarding positive behaviors, I am hoping to send the message to my students that I do notice and appreciate their efforts. It is also my intention to make students aware of the types of behaviors that I like and want to see in my room.
Money Honeys: Every child will receive a money bag which he or she will keep in their desk. If a student does something respectful, responsible, or safe, he or she will earn some money (play money). At the end of the day, they will count their money and record it on their notepad on their desk. At the end of the month, they can save their money for something big like a popcorn party, root beer floats, extra recess, etc. With these incentives, students will learn how to count their money, record, and save it.
rewarding positive behaviors, I am hoping to send the message to my students
that I do notice and appreciate their efforts.
It is also my intention to make students aware of the types of behaviors
that I like and want to see in my room.
Core Balls: Your child will have the opportunity to use a core ball as their desk chair, for exercise in between subjects and to read on. We will slowly introduce the ball at the beginning of the year so that they are able use it safely and properly. Studies have shown the core balls to be an excellent way for students to get excess energy out and stay focused longer on certain tasks. Roll on!