Mrs. Hebert’s First Grade
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.
As open 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.
Academically, I 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 would like.
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:
Monday: P.E. 1:40-2:15
Tuesday: Art 1:20-2:05
Wednesday: Library 10:25-11:10
Thursday: Music 12:35-1:20
Friday: P.E. 1:40-2:15
Please be sure to wear sneakers for PE!!!
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 personal belongings.
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 email@example.com. I am looking forward to a terrific year with you and your child!
Mrs. Andrea Hebert