Welcome to 1st Grade! Here are some helpful tid-bits to make our school year successful.
Attendance and Absences: Your child's regular and prompt attendance at school is crucial to his/her success. Most learning activities are small group oriented and involve interaction with classmates to enhance the learning experience...therefore making it difficult to make up work at home. If your student becomes ill or there is a family emergency please notify the office before the beginning of the school day and state the reason of the absence.
Behavior Management: In our classroom we work on a "warm fuzzy" system. When the class as a whole receives a compliment from another teacher in the hallway, cafeteria, playground, or special they will receive a warm fuzzy in our class jar. If our principal Dr. Gray gives the class a compliment they receive two warm fuzzies in our class jar. When the jar explodes with warm fuzzies we will enjoy a Fun Friday! A Fun Friday consist of the last 20 minutes of school where the children will partake in a fun activity.
Individually, the students can earn fun prizes when their yellow star is completely punched (5 punches). I will punch a star card when I see a student being an excellent role model. At this point, the student would move their clip up a notch on our classroom behavior strip to "making great choices". If another excellent choice is made it continues to move up and a "You're A Super Star" note goes home. Unfortunately, if a child makes a poor choice and continues to make a bad choice after a warning, their clip will move down a notch to "OH DEAR". I will only send a note home if a child goes down one more notch to "OOPS". We will talk about their bad choice and how to make a good one in that situation.
Communication and Calendar: A strong parent-teacher relationship is necessary to maximize success in school. Throughout the year I will communicate with you through notes, telephone calls, emails, weekly newsletters, parent-teacher conferences and report cards. I encourage you to contact me at any time you have any questions or concerns. Emailing is the best way to contact me directly before, during, and after school. Beginning in September, please watch my website for our electronic newsletter located under Classroom Newsletters.
Daily 5/Math Daily 3: Your student will be part of Daily 5 and Math Daily 3 activities every day. Daily 5 is a reading and literacy program designed to foster independence and stamina with reading, writing, and math. Your child will spend time daily in small groups participating in writing, reading, and math learning activities, as well as spending time with me one-on-one. I look forward to our continued success with these programs and developing ambitious and independent readers.
Home Folders: Students will bring home their HOME folder daily. Please check this folder on a daily basis for important information from the school and homework, as well as completed work done in class.
Homework: Look for Everyday Math Home Links to come home almost daily, and should not take more than 10 minutes. This will help provide extra practice on skills learned in class as well as help to promote responsibility. Homework should not be stressful, and a time to recall and use what was learned in class that day. There will also be a couple at home projects that your child may be asked to do throughout the year. Keep in mind that your help at home can really make a difference in your child's success at school.
Lunch: Lunch forms will be sent home monthly or can be found on the school's website. Please send these back promptly in your child's HOME folder according to the due date listed on the form. If your child brings his/her lunch to school, please label the bag or box with your child's name and teacher. Additional milk can be purchased for .30. Spencer Pointe will also take part in Ice Cream days where students can buy novelty bars during lunch for $1.00. More information on dates will come home when available.
Snack: Please send a healthy snack with your child daily, and if possible keep it separate from their lunch so your child does not eat it accidentally at lunch. Snack time is from 2:40-2:50 every day. If you ordered milk for your child, this is when he/she will drink it. If you did not order milk for your child you may send in a small water bottle or juice (please no red or purple juice or gatorade).
Star of the Week: Your child will have an opportunity to be the Star of the Week which allows us to get to know them a little bit better. Look for a poster to come home in your child's backpack to be decorated and filled out. It will be displayed in our classroom all week and during snack time your child will present it to the class along with some Q&A time. In addition, the Star of the Week has a special place to silently read all week and a special place to sit and use fun supplies all week if they wish.
Transportation: Please notify me in writing or email in the morning if there are any changes in the way your child will be going home from school on any day. Without written instruction from you, your child will go home the usual way. In case of a transportation change needed during the school day, please call Spencer Pointe's office and speak to one of our secretaries.
Thank you for sharing your child with me everyday. I am looking forward to an exciting year.