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.
Bathroom Breaks: As a whole class, we will take 2-3 scheduled bathroom breaks; however your child may individually use the bathroom at any time during the day as needed.
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 30 minutes of school where the children will partake in a fun activity such as a dance party, show and tell, electronic day, or board game day just to name a few.
Individually, students can earn fun prizes as they clip up on our behavior chart. If a student clips down to the last level of the behavior chart a parent call in warranted and together we will decide what additional measures should be made, if any.
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/your email for our electronic newsletter located under Classroom Newsletters.
Cough Drops: If your child needs cough drops during the school day please send in a note with the cough drops giving permission. I will hold them at my desk and your child can come see me when needed. If a note does not accompany cough drops, the nurse may try to contact you at home for verbal permission, otherwise the cough drops may not be administered.
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. Daily 3 Math consists of whole group lessons, partner learning such as Everyday Math games, individual Math Journal work, iPad time, and Teacher Time where we review and practice skills needing extra support.
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.
In addition, each students has a Sight Word/Reading File which contains their daily reading and sight word homework. Please read daily with your child and have them color in their reading log sheet and tic tac toe page. Sight words should be practiced on a daily basis as well and will be tested in class when your child has mastered their current list. Paw Prints will be displayed and prizes will be handed out in the first grade hallway for each level of sight words your child masters.
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 time. 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).
THIS IS ME: Your child will have an opportunity to complete our THIS IS ME poster 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 outside our classroom all week and during snack time your child will present it to the class along with some Q&A time. In addition, our THIS IS ME friend will have a special place to silently read and work in their Daily 5 rotations all week in the classroom.
Transportation: Please notify the office by 3pm if there are any changes in the way your child will be going home from school on any day. Without verbal instruction from you by 3pm, your child will go home the usual way. You may also send in a note with your child or send me an email in the morning regarding a transportation change.
Thank you for sharing your child with me everyday. I am looking forward to an exciting year.