Items Needed For School


    ·         Large Book bag/ lunch box

    ·       Supplies requested per grade level (refer to the letter sent home)

    ·         A box of tissues (to share with the class)

    ·         Key chain with student's name– to help label your child's book pouch


    Please make sure that you place your child’s name on book bags, lunch boxes, coats, etc.  It is much easier to identify when things get misplaced. 

    As items are needed throughout the year, I will place a note in my weekly newsletter.  Thank you for your support and donations!





    School begins at 8:40.  Children who walk or drive to school should not arrive before 8:30 a.m.  Students are not permitted in the classroom prior to 8:30.  If your child arrives after the 8:40 tardy bell, a late pass must be obtained from the primary office. 

    If your child must be dismissed from school prior to the regular 3:37 dismissal time, please send in a note with your child that morning.  I will then send the note to the office.  ** All early dismissals must be handled from the office.  It is necessary for you to sign your child out and the secretaries will call for them at that time. 

    If your child is absent from school, you need to call the Absentee Line and report your child’s absence at 534-2509.

    Arrangements can be made for a sibling or neighbor to stop by the classroom and pick up any homework/missed assignments during your child’s absence.  If you wish to do so, please leave a message on my voice mail in the morning and I will have the assignments ready at the end of the day. 

    If at any time your child is to go home with a friend, or be picked up by someone else, please write me a note.  This is for your child’s safety and I can not send them without your written permission.




    The children will be eating lunch in the Early Childhood cafeteria, located down the hall from the office.  If you wish to eat lunch with your child, please sign in and obtain a visitor’s pass.

    Students can buy an individual lunch with milk for the cost of approx. $3.00.   Please check the school menu and website for exact prices and meal plan options.   Please participate in the Snap Card system, as it eliminates the need for children to handle money.  Milk can be purchased for $0.65 for those students packing a lunch.





     Snack Time & Breakfast


    We will be having a daily snack in the afternoon.  I ask that each child bring a non perishable snack in the beginning of every month.   I will place the child’s name on the box or container, and they will be in charge of passing their snack on a selected day.  I have found this system to work very well, rather than having someone forget on his or her assigned day.

    I will also have dry cereal available in the morning for those students who do not have the opportunity to eat before they arrive to school.   If you are able to donate dry cereal and small cups, it would be greatly appreciated by all.  Students will also have the opportunity to purchase a hot breakfast in the cafeteria if you prefer.   Details will be coming home about this option. 





    Birthdays are an important part of first grade.  We like to make birthdays special in Room 28.  If you would like to send a special non-edible treat (pencils, stickers....)with your child on their birthday, just let me know ahead of time.  We will celebrate by singing to your child during that day of school. 


    If you are planning a birthday party for your child outside of school, please mail the invitations to your child’s classmates, as we must be mindful of the feelings of those who have not been invited.  When invitations are presented to only a few in school, the others are hurt by the exclusion.  Thank you for your cooperation and support. 






     Indoor Recess


    Due to the changing weather or temperature, we need to have recess indoors.  Our recess aides will come to each room to supervise the children.  I have a limited supply of indoor games, puzzles and activities in the classroom.  If you anticipated that the weather might cause recess to be held indoors, your child is welcome to bring in an activity from home.  This item is to be kept in your child’s book bag and will be brought home at the end of the day. 

    In a continuing effort to improve parent-teacher communication, I will be using a “homework folder.”  The homework folder will contain daily assignments, our classroom newsletter and other important information.  This folder will be used to help alleviate confusion between teacher, student and parent as to what is assigned for homework.  Homework assignments will be placed in the folders when assigned for parents to check nightly. Once homework is completed and reviewed by parents, the homework folder should be returned the following day.

    I focus much of the homework on the phonics skills being discussed in class as well as reading practice.  There will also be a small amount of math (home links).

    In our classroom lessons, we will be studying sounds made by individual letters and or letter combinations.  Your child will receive a High Frequency Word list and a NEW Reading Program newsletter which he or she will bring home in the folder when homework is assigned.  The weekly newsletter will list the skills we will be working on for that particular week.  Remember!  Helping your child with their homework is a great way for you to spend quality time together while keeping in touch with our classroom activities.


    Reading Incentive

    Reading to and with your child is very important in order for him or her to become a fluent, knowledgeable reader.  As a way to encourage reading at home, we will be earning stickers to place on our Baseball Mitt!  For every book that you, another sibling, relative, etc. reads to your child and or that he or she reads by themselves, a sticker will be earned.  If it is a chapter book, please include the number of chapters read, as a sticker will be given for each chapter.  After reading each book, either you or your child should write down the title of the book(s) read.  Please return this list to me either on a daily or weekly basis.  We will watch our baseball mitt grow with stickers throughout the year!  Please start reading with your child and have fun! 

    This incentive WILL be incorporated into our BUILDING READING INCENTIVE – UNDER THE SEA.     More info to come later!

    Student of the Week

    Each week a special person will be spotlighted on our “Star –Of- The- Week” board.  Every child will have the opportunity to be on our special board. I will go through our class roster in alphabetical order, in order to allow each student to share.  When it is your child’s turn, he or she will be asked to tell us some of their favorite things and to share some family pictures with the class.  Some favorite things may be hobbies, likes, dislikes, foods, activities, books, etc.  The pictures and information will be placed on our “Star” board for the week.   Your child will also be allowed to select a friend to eat in the classroom with the teacher during their week. 

    This activity will be a great opportunity for the children to get to know each other and to share in everyone’s interests.
    Language Arts

    Our Language Arts (OPEN COURT) program consists of several different components.  We usually begin our day with phonics/spelling/word building time.  I will introduce or review letters/letter sounds or combinations being discussed in the weekly stories and spelling lessons.  We then do a whole group reading activity.  During this time, I use the OPEN COURT website for interactive activities and weekly stories.  I may use trade books and big books to reinforce the phonics skills being taught.  Along with our whole group reading, we divide into guided reading groups based on the children’s individual reading needs.  Our WIN (What I Need) reading block will begin in the fall where students could possibly be switching classroom based on these individual reading needs. During this teacher-instructed time, children will be expected to work independently in centers.  Center time is devoted to practicing handwriting, writing and illustrating stories, working on the computers/ipads, listening to stories on tape, buddy reading and completing other assigned tasks.


    Everyday Math
    This will be first grade's fourteenth year for the Everyday Math Curriculum.  This is my classroom's fifth year for the updated Everyday Math 4 version.   This is not the typical pencil-paper math program.  The students are engaged in more hands-on activities and games, which help to teach the concepts for each unit.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or refer to the Home Links and Family letters attached to your child’s newsletters.
    Book Orders

    The students will have many opportunities to order books from the monthly book clubs.  This will enable them to begin a relatively inexpensive library as well as supplement their reading program at school.   When ordering, please enclose in an envelope:  the order form with your child’s name and a check made payable to the appropriate book club.   Please mark the envelope with the name of the book club, your child’s name, teacher’s name/room number and return it to school with your child.    Books usually arrive within 8 to 10 days after I place the order.