We had a successful day in First Grade today!! All the boys and girls were happy, talkative and excited to be in a new classroom. I am really looking forward to getting to know all of the boys and girls over the next few weeks! Below I am posting the rules and procedures of first grade. I will go over this on Parent Night next week but thought you might like to get a look at it this week.
Today I sent home a reminder to bring a snack each day. Drinks are not necessary because they can get a drink at the fountain during the bathroom break.
Rules and Procedures for Room 112
According to the school handbook, homework will not be sent home on a daily basis, unless your child is absent for an extended period of time. I will keep all the work that is to be completed in a folder on their desk. When they return to school they will have several days to finish any work they missed. Important: A note must accompany your child the day they return as to why they were absent.
Please drop off your children in the morning at the glass door next to the church. I will come out to pick them up at the door every morning. If you arrive after 7:50 your child must be brought to the office. No other door will be opened for them. At dismissal, please wait by the sidewalk in front of the glass doors. I will only dismiss them when they see their parent/neighbor who will be picking them up. I will not dismiss your son or daughter to someone new unless a note is sent to me indicating otherwise. I understand situations come up at the last minute but please call the office if there is a last minute change. Thank you so much for your cooperation in this matter.
The school bell rings at 7:50 each morning. Students are expected to be in the first grade line at that time. If your son or daughter is arriving to school any time after 7:50, he or she must go in through the office doors to receive a tardy slip. All other doors will be locked.
Each week I will keep you updated through my blog. You can access it from the Saint John Fisher website. My blog will alert you about upcoming events in the classroom as well as spelling words, sight words, and other materials being covered in class. Normally I update my blog Mondays after school.
The children will be using two folders each day. Their “DESK” folders stay in their desks with papers we use every day. Their “HOME” folders will travel back and forth to school every day. Any mail or notes we have for each other should be sent in that folder. You will also find any homework papers, graded papers, and any correspondence from the school office in there. There might be some days when the “HOME” folder will be empty. If you are sending anything to school that needs to go to the office, please label it with your child’s name, room number and what the envelope contains.
I will be giving the children homework every night, Monday-Thursday. It might be to read a book or story, practice sight words, study addition and subtraction facts, a math sheet, phonics sheet, printing paper, or some unfinished classwork. Reading a book every night is expected. The children are expected to do their own work, in their own printing, in pencil. It will be due back the next day (to be returned in their home folder). I understand that sometimes homework is forgotten at home. If your child forgets an assignment, the homework should be brought in the following day. It is important to teach your son or daughter homework is his or her responsibility (not Mom’s or Dad’s). Parents can help by checking the work and reminding them to put it in their folder. Thanks for your cooperation.
STAR OF THE WEEK:
We will have a “Star of the Week” student every week. The students are very excited when it’s their turn. A new star will be chosen every Friday.
Our special classes are as follows:
Tuesday: Morning Mass
Wednesday: Art and Library
The children are expected to behave and follow the rules in these classes.
Please be sure to LABEL all of your child’s personal items especially, SWEATERS, GYM PANTS, SWEATSHIRTS, BACKPACKS, LUNCHBOXES, and ALL SCHOOL SUPPLIES. It is very difficult to determine whose belongings are left behind.
Our lunch this year is 11:25 – 11:45. Since this is the third lunch, we will have a snack in the morning. Lunch is only twenty minutes so plan your son or daughter’s lunch accordingly.
Birthdays are a very special day for your son or daughter. Your child will get to wear a birthday crown for the day and receive some other “surprises”. You are welcome to send a birthday treat on your child’s birthday. Please refrain from sending cupcakes or sheet cakes. They can become very messy. Brownies, cookies, candy, fruit, or fruit roll ups are some suggestions. We do have some students with peanut and egg allergies, so please avoid bringing any treats with those items. We have 22 students in our classroom.
Birthday invitations or birthday thank you notes can only be passed out if it is for the entire class or just the boys/girls in the class. If a student is not inviting the whole class (or all the boys/girls) then invitations will be sent home. No exceptions will be made.
I am looking forward to a great year! Let the learning begin!