Welcome to First Grade!
This is going to be a very fun and exciting year. I am truly looking forward to working with you to make it a successful year for your child. I would like to share some important information with you about this school year:
Here is a list of some of the units and concepts that the first graders will be exploring this year:
Math: operations in algebraic thinking, numbers and operations in base ten, measurement and data and geometry.
Language Arts: We will be working for 120 minutes a day on various reading and language arts concepts such as: phonemic awareness, spelling and writing using the Superkids program. Your children used this program last year in Kindergarten so they know the characters.
Science: weather, organisms and animals, and energy.
Social Studies: all about me(themselves), map skills, calendar (days, months and seasons), important events, currents events, famous Americans.
The students will have the opportunities to work not only individually, but also in whole class groups and small groups. Students will be asked to create projects and share their individual ideas with others. Guided discovery, hands on activities and direct instruction will help the students to learn.
Homework: Homework will only consist of work that your child did not finish during the school day. I may assign an occasional project to complete at home, but there will no longer be formal weekly homework.
Communication: The students will each be given a composition book to bring home daily and return to school daily. You are also welcome to write any notes to me in it.
Water bottles: Students are welcome to bring water bottles in to school and drink the water throughout the day. If the same bottle is going to be used each day I ask that it be taken home to be cleaned and refilled. (Water only, please!)
Sharing: Sharing will be done daily at morning meeting. Each child will have an assigned day to share and that will be sent home in their communication. Toys cannot be shared. Students may bring in homemade items, such as crafts, collections, pictures, a favorite book, or items from nature. If there is no school on your child’s day to share, they will be able to share the next day.
Indoor/Outdoor Shoes: In the past the students have been asked to bring in a pair of indoor shoes that they will wear in the classroom. I would like to continue this practice as it helps to keep our classroom clean. There are shelves in the hallway and the students will change before and after recess.
Book Orders: I will send the book orders home as I receive them. Scholastic Books gives bonus points depending on the size of the class order that make is possible for new books to be ordered for our classroom.
Snacks/Birthdays: We eat snack at 10:15 everyday. The students can bring in their own snack or buy a hot snack. If they get breakfast at school that day though, they cannot buy snack also.
We will celebrate each student’s birthday at morning meeting and birthday treats are welcome to be eaten at snack time. Please let me know in advance if you plan to send something special in. Please do not send in party invitations to be distributed in school unless the whole class is invited.
Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns that you may have throughout the school year. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the school 399-4421.
Here’s to a great 2016-2017 school year!