Welcome to first
grade!I am very excited to be your
child's teacher this year and would like to take the opportunity to provide you
with some general information about my teaching program and philosophy.
During out first
several weeks of school we will focus on establishing an environment in which
peers learn to value and respect one another as we grow and learn together this
year.In order for true learning to take
place, students must feel comfortable to express their ideas.It is my intention to be sure they are free
to do so, without fear of ridicule.Clear rules and expectations will be established in class and followed
through on with consistency and fairness.
communication is necessary between peers, it is also vital for this to exist
between home and school.I would greatly
appreciate any information that you can give me throughout the year to better
meet the needs of your child.I have
included with this newsletter a parent questionnaire for you to return in an
effort to hear from the true expert(s) on your individual child.I also welcome parent involvement in school
when and where it is possible for you.More
specific information will be sent home shortly, as soon as our daily routine
has become well established.
will be closely following the guidelines set forth in our curriculum.I will incorporate a variety of hands-on and
cooperative learning activities, as well as use direct instruction and
individual practice.With each unit of
study, I will take every opportunity to relate the information to real-life
experiences.In all curriculum areas I
will incorporate learning games into our program to offer times for practice in
a fun and comfortable setting.
Your child will be
receiving homework and notices throughout the week in their Home-School PURPLE
folder.Please check this folder DAILY
each evening and return it EACH DAY along with any notes for my attention.Your child will have Math Facts, sight words,
and spelling sent home weekly.It is
important that time be set aside daily for reading practice.Reading with your child will expand his or
her vocabulary and use of language.I
appreciate your help in maintaining this consistent expectation.
Our lunch and first
recess will be from 11:15-12:00.We will
have a morning snack earlier in the day and an afternoon recess from 2:20-2:35.
Your help in providing healthy “fuel” is greatly appreciated in our effort to
promote good nutrition.Children can buy
snack drinks or lunch through our nutrition program. You can purchase snack
drinks or lunch online at myschoolbucks.com or you can send money on the first
day of each week in an envelope, which is clearly labeled.An envelope for hot lunch is in the
purple folder for the first week of school but if you would like to purchase
online, please indicate. You are welcome to pay several weeks in advance if you
Lunch: $2.55 *(this includes a lunch milk)
Birthdays, holidays, and special
days will be celebrated in our classroom community.If you would like to send something in on
these occasions, please contact me first.Also, please consider seeking healthy alternatives to add to the
festivities.If your child is having a
birthday party during the school year, please do not send invitations to school
to be hand-delivered.This will help
avoid hurt feelings.
It is important that children
come to school each day prepared for learning in all areas.In an effort to help you be aware of what
your child may need, here is the schedule for our integrated arts this year:
Please be sure to wear sneakers
Student-of-the-Week:Each child will be given the opportunity to
be “Student-of-the-week.”They will be
invited to share information about themselves, bring in items to show and tell
to the class, and even invite a special person in (parent, relative) to share
(or give a “career chat”).Children love
to showcase someone special in their lives.Sign-up dated will be available during Curriculum Night.
Finally, it would be helpful if
you could send an extra outfit for your child in a bag that is clearly marked
with his or her name.In first grade, we
sometimes fall in puddles, spill things, and have accidents and it is much
easier and less embarrassing if there are extra clothes at school.(It would also be helpful to send in winter
clothes once the colder weather comes).Also, please put your child's name on his or her lunchbox, backpack,
outerwear, and anything else you can think of to help your child keep track of
I hope this newsletter has been
helpful in answering questions that you may have.If you have any additional questions please
feel free to call me at school between 7:45 am and 3:30 pm (775-8922) or you
may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I am
looking forward to a terrific year with you and your child!
Welcome to first grade!My name is Mrs. Hebert and I will be your teacher this year.I am excited for our year ahead together and I hope that you are too!
During the first few weeks of school we will spend time getting to know each other before we dive into an exciting year of learning! Our first unit will focus on the life cycles as we explore the teeny, tiny, wonderful world of insects all around us! Some other fun topics we will be learning this year are plants, Endangered Species, families around the world, and the weather. We will also do a lot of activities and play a lot of fun games to help you learn how to read! You will also become an author by writing at least two books! Mathematics will also be an exciting part of our day.
I need to remind you and your family of some important upcoming dates:
Friday, August 26th is “Meet and Greet Your Teacher Day.” Please come to our room (210) from 1:00-2:00!
Monday, August 29this your first day of school! This is a FULL day for first graders (dismissal at 3:00).
Don't forget that we do not have school on Friday, September 2nd and Monday, September 5thin celebration of Labor Day.
I hope you are able to stop by and visit during our “Meet and Greet Your Teacher Day!” This will be a great chance to take a peek at your classroom and for me to meet you before we start our year together on Monday, August 29th.
Here is a list of supplies for you to gather before the year begins.I hope you've enjoyed a wonderful summer vacation and I look forward to seeing you soon!
The following each
child will need for his/her personal use:
½ -inch hard covered 3 ring binder with a clear plastic cover insert (this
will be used for your child's 1st grade portfolio)
plastic sleeves (for your child's first grade portfolio)
PLASTIC folder for
independent work. (We will keep this folder all year long and it will not need
to be replaced)
change of clothes in a plastic bag that may be kept in your cubby
(labeled).I also ask each season to
change the clothes in your child’s cubby.They quickly grow out of the clothing and as seasons change, the type of
clothing changes as well!
backpack labeled with your first and last name and bus # if you ride the
The following list
of items would be most useful and will be stored in a community supply for
classroom use (this list is optional but greatly appreciated!):
pencils (Crayola works best!)
or thin, washable markers (Crayola)
Dry Erase Markers (thin or thick)
wipes (we wipe down the tables after snack and at the end of each day)
Quart, or Sandwich size zippered baggies
Please do not send
in individual pencil boxes, pencils, sharpeners, etc. Each table will share a
“community supply” of materials. A
pencil box of materialsat home to use for
homework is an excellent way to encourage good organizational habits.