Welcome to First Grade!
First Grade is an amazing time of growth and development for your child. In my classroom, I try to foster an environment that encourages independence and self-discipline, skills that are necessary to your child’s achievement. To that end, I will be expecting your child to do his/her own work, to take responsibility for his/her own belongings and actions, and to be here on time with the proper supplies and ready to work.
Please check your child’s home folder and homework pad every night. Please make sure your child brings a small, healthy snack each day. Money brought to school for any reason should always be in an envelope with your child's name.
Your child needs to be as alert and ready to go as possible when he/she arrives. Please make sure your child has a good night’s sleep and has breakfast before coming to school.
All homework and classwork is assessed. This year instead of the traditional report card, the first grade will be received a skills based report. They will be given a 1-4 based on whether a skill is just learned or mastered.
RESPECT for everyone. Keep your hands, feet and objects to yourself. No inappropriate language. Raise your hand if you have a question, answer or comment.
LISTEN and follow directions the first time they are given. No talking out of turn. Adjust your voice level to suit the activity
TRUST in yourself. Choose right not wrong. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
All of our children make mistakes. But they must also learn that their actions have consequences. If a child chooses to break a rule…
Ø First time: Verbal correction.
Ø Second time: Loss of playtime.
Ø Third time: Note home and loss of playtime and lunch recess.
Ø Fourth time: Parent conference and afternoon detention.
Ø Severe interruptions: Student sent immediately to office.
Daily praise, stickers, game time, HAPPY LEARNERS!
Homework is going to be a contributing factor to your child’s academic performance this year. Homework is given every night (except Friday) and is written by the child in his/her planner. First graders should spend no more than 15 minutes each evening on homework. If your child is consistently spending more time than this, or if a particular assignment takes considerably longer, please let me know.
In addition to homework, each child must read or be read to for 20 minutes. Please have your child use their Reading Journals to record books they’ve read. Journals are graded every Friday.
Conferences can be arranged through the office. I am available before and after school. There will be formal parent/teacher conferences in November, after the first marking period. You can also send me a note or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your concerns at any time. If you feel there is a problem with your child, contact me immediately.
Your child’s safety is paramount. If someone else is planning to pick up your child from school, please send in a dated and signed note, with your child's full name on it. If your child will be attending an activity such as Brownies on a regular basis, a note each time is truly appreciated!
A Scholastic Book Club order form is sent home monthly. If you choose to participate, please make the check payable directly to the book company. Books take 2-3 weeks for delivery. If the book is a gift, please let me know and I’ll make it a secret delivery.
Please send in only a simple treat for your child’s birthday. Make sure it is all the same thing, no choices. Please be mindful of children with food allergies and other dietary restrictions. You may consult with me prior to the birthday and I’ll help you decide on something appropriate. You may also send in juice boxes with the treat. Please no goody bags. Children with summer birthdays will celebrate at the end of the school year.
Class moms do a great job with holiday parties and gifts. There’s no need to send in additional goody bags or treats.