I am looking forward to an exciting year with your child. First grade is a wonderful year of discovery and I feel privileged to be a part of this special time in your child’s life. My goal this year is to create a positive, caring and intellectually engaging environment that promotes learning and fosters a lifetime love of reading.
To begin the school year with a great start we need to supply our classroom to the best of our ability. Every child needs to bring the following: a lanyard, a large zippered pencil pouch, book bag (without wheels), a two pocket plastic/vinyl folder (not paper please), 6 glue sticks, sharpened pencils, erasers (a large pink eraser and pencil top erasers), scissors, one memo pad (3”x5” top spiral binding if possible), 4 packs of Crayola crayons (no more than 24 in a box), and 3 Dry Erase markers. Please put these items in their pencil pouch for the first day of school: 1 glue stick, 1 box of crayons, 3 sharpened pencils, pink eraser, scissors and a memo pad. Please put the rest of their supplies in their large ziplock bag so we will be able to identify the owners. A great idea is to write their initials on their individual pencils and glue sticks. This helps us locate the rightful owner of lost supplies! Our classroom will be in constant supply of “luxury” items such as baby wipes, Lysol wipes, Kleenex, paper towels, band-aids, copy paper (colored or white),Ziplock bags (boys bring snack size, girls bring gallon size), candy (boys bring Skittles and girls bring plain M&M’s), small toys for the treat box and individually wrapped candy. All students will also need an old T-shirt to wear for art class.
I will be using the Four Blocks Framework and small group reading instruction for our Language Arts education. Each day we will have self selected reading in which the students will choose from a variety of materials to read independently. In addition to reading, writing will also be a very important part of our day. Please encourage your child to write stories and notes to family members at home.
We will also have a time in our day dedicated to working with words using phonics and spelling patterns. Math will be taught through hands-on, concrete experiences as much as possible. During the year, your child will be exposed to a variety of teaching/learning techniques which will help them become better learners.
Each child is expected to do their best work and behave as expected at school. They will have a “behavior log” located in their NEE binder. This is a monthly calendar in which behavior will be recorded daily. A smiley face is given for each day in the month. If their behavior was not what is expected, a brief note will be written to you and their smiley face will be marked out. Your child should show this to you nightly, along with completed work.
I use Class Dojo to manage student behavior. It is an app/website that will help build your child's learning habits and boost classroom engagement. Throughout the day points are given for positive behavior and work habits and if needed points are taken away for negative behavior. At the end of the day the students will be rewarded for their positive behavior. Emphasis is placed on the positives and not the negatives. It allows me to track student behavior throughout the day. As a parent, you may check on your child's behavior at any time! The students will be able to check their point status throughout the day. At home, they may create their own avatar! I also use Class Dojo messages to communicate with you as well. We will also post class pictures on this site. A letter will be given on Open House night that gives you directions on how to create your account. Use the parent account code to do this and the student account code to create their avatar. Have fun creating!
A monthly homework letter will be sent home at the beginning of the month in their NEE binder. Homework should be completed on a sheet of paper which will also be in their NEE binder. Homework for one week should fit on one page. You do not need to use a new sheet for each day of the week. Homework will be checked and recorded each Friday. If a child does not complete their homework, it will be reflected on their report card.
I believe parent involvement is a significant factor in a child’s success, so I will be communicating frequently with you via email and Class Dojo messages. Often times, I send important information this way instead of paper notes since often times these notes get misplaced. Forms will be going home Open House night for you to give us this information.
We welcome parent volunteers to help us with our learning. If you are available and interested, please let me know. Thank you in advance for all your support. If you have any concerns, please call me at school (705-6030) or send a note asking for a conference. We are looking forward to a challenging and rewarding year.