Class News

*If you have any questions or concerns, e-mailing me through my school e-mail or through the "Contact Me" tab on our class website is the best way to reach me. I do my best to respond within 24 hours. I am happy to set up an appointment with you before or after school if needed, as it is difficult to chat during the school day. *Supply lists can be found at under "Parent Resources." *Common Dress Code - Daily Schedule Monday-Friday 8:05 - Teacher Picks Up Class From Carpool 8:30-8:57 - Social Studies 9:00-10:00 - Reading Groups 10:05-10:20 - Recess 10:25-11:30 - Math Groups 11:35-12:05 - Lunch/Recess 12:10-12:40 - Specialties 12:40-1:28 - Writing 1:30-1:45 - Recess 1:50-2:15 - Grammar 2:15-2:45 - Science 2:45-2:55 - Enrichment 2:55-3:05 - End of Day Procedures/Carpool Friday 8:15-8:45 - Morning Meeting 8:50-9:50 - Reading Groups 9:55-10:10 - Recess 10:15-11:15 - Math Groups 11:15-11:30 - Homeroom Time 11:35-12:05 - Lunch/Recess 12:10-12:25 - Homeroom Time 12:25-12:45 - End of Day/Carpool Daily Learning Plan The Daily Learning Plan (DLP) is a fabulous tool that helps us communicate with you on a daily basis. Our school uses a DLP to document behavior and homework. It is very critical that your child has a DLP every day and that it gets signed by a parent every night. We want to make sure you are aware of how your child's day went and that you know what homework needs to be completed. (If they are in my class for a group, I will post homework on our website as well.) Sometimes, I will write specific notes to you. You are welcome to do the same. I will stamp their DLP every morning. They will get a new DLP every Monday.
Behavior on the DLP is indicated by an arrow up (positive), an arrow down (negative), or a star (neutral). These arrows show what direction a scholar's clip will move on the homeroom clip chart. This helps us be consistent and document behavior as a child travels from class to class throughout the day. Generally, good behavior choices result in stars or clip ups, whereas behavioral issues,
lack of focus, and disrespect generally result in clip downs. At the end of the every day, the DLP will indicate where on the clip chart your child landed. It is okay if they are not on amazing every day. As long as they don't have any clip downs, that usually means they had a good day. Also, please remember that a clip down simply means they needed a reminder. One clip down isn't always concerning to me. I will be in contact with you if we see a pattern, or if your scholar happens to get more than one clip down throughout the day.

Carpool Carpool starts at 3:15 M-Th & 12:45 on Friday.  If you child is a walker/biker, you must fill out a walker/biker form online or in the office.  Otherwise, your child will be sent to carpool.  We cannot release them as a walker/biker unless this form is completed.

Check outs
For the safety of the scholars, all checkouts must be documented through the front office.  It is super helpful and less distracting to the class if you can remain in the office until your child is called down and makes their way to you. Thank you so much for your help in the matter! 

Scholars will be attending reading and math groups.  When your scholar is placed into a new group, their teacher should send a welcome e-mail so that you know who they are.  Any questions about these classes can be answered by those teachers.  However, if you need further assistance, please let me know.

Imagine Learning & Imagine Math Facts
Imagine Learning and Imagine Math Facts are two great programs to help with reading and math.  If you have access to a computer and/or tablet, it would be great if your scholar could have the opportunity to use these programs at home.  Their username and password are their school ID numbers.  The site code is 4900048.

Math Facts
Every day, the class will take a 50 problem fact test that will correspond with the facts they are currently working on.  As a first grade, our goal is for every scholar to master their individual addition and subtraction facts (+1s, +2s, +3s, etc...).  Mastery means that they will be able to complete a 50 problem fact sheet in 2 minutes or less.  We will also occasionally give them a fact test that has a combination of all the facts.  On the combination test, our goal is for them to get 50 addition problems correct in 5 minutes and 50 subtraction problems correct in 6 minutes.  We really emphasize addition and subtraction facts in first grade because they are so foundational to everything we do in math.

I will be keeping track of which facts your scholar has mastered and which ones they are currently working on.  On Tuesdays, I will send home the fact sheet they completed that day.  That way, once a week, you can see where they are and you'll know which facts to practice at home.  Just FYI - we time them twice, so they have two minutes for each side.  I have my aide correct their fact sheets that day and if they passed it off, she'll get the next fact sheet ready for the following day.  If they need more practice, she'll get them a similar sheet.   

Scholar of the Week

Every week, we will have a “scholar of the week."  I have assigned a week for your child and I will let you know when that will be.  I try to plan it around their birthday, but it might be different if there's multiple birthdays in the same week. I will provide them with a poster for them to fill out and decorate. During the week, they will also be able to bring in a favorite toy to share with the class, eat lunch with a relative, and bring in their favorite book to be read.    Birthdays

Birthdays are very fun to celebrate!  You are more than welcome to bring in a treat for the class.  However, do not feel obligated.  Please remember we have 29 scholars and the school policy is that food items must be store bought and cannot have anything with nuts.  On their birthday, we will sing to them as a class, they’ll get a birthday prize and a sticker to wear.  If you would like to bring treats, please let me know so I can plan accordingly.  If your child has a summer birthday, we will celebrate their half birthday. If your child has allergies, please let me know so I can provide an alternative. Snacks Scholars are allowed to bring snacks to eat during their first recess time. Please have it be simple and quick so that they'll still have time to play. (Ex. fruit snacks, crackers, string cheese, etc.) Water Bottles Water bottles are allowed if scholars are interested. If they want to bring a bottle, please send them with one that is not likely to spill. We also ask that you don't put anything in the bottle besides water, to avoid carpet stains. Please label it with their name. Name Badges We make one badge a year at no cost to our scholars. Returning scholars with a badge and new scholars will get a new 2018-2019 badge after school pictures. Returning scholars who have lost their badge will get a 2017-2018 badge with last year's picture. If they want one with their new school photo, they will have to purchase one. The cost for name badges are $1.00. If it gets lost throughout the year, it will need to be replaced. Lunch Lunch can be brought from home or scholars can purchase lunch for $2.25 per day. Any money your child brings for lunch will go directly to the office. You can also pay online or by phone. Your child will be provided with a lunch number. Please help them learn this number ASAP. You can check their balance through ASPIRE. Please make sure their account is up to date. Let me know if you need help logging onto ASPIRE. Toys No toys of any kind (including recess toys) are allowed at school, unless they are bringing one to share during their scholar of the week. Recess equipment is provided by the school. Absent Work Most homework will now be available online, but if your child is going to be absent, please send me an e-mail. If you would like work sent home with another child or left in the office for you to pick up, please let me know ASAP so that I have enough time to gather what they'll need. It would be helpful if you could add their group teachers to that e-mail so that they have time to prepare materials as well. Extended absences will need to be approved in advance. (See school website for more information) Change of clothes Sometimes accidents happen! It could be a bathroom accident, a spill at lunch, or a fall in the mud at recess. It is helpful if they keep a change of all their clothes in their backpack at all times to avoid calls home.