Welcome to first grade!

Welcome to first grade! I am so excited for you to be apart of my class! We will be doing so many fun things this year and I can’t wait to get started! Mrs. Williams will be our first grade assistant this year, and will help with our daily activities. Here are some important things for you to know about our classroom. If you have any further questions you can always reach me by email katelynn.ashley@nhcs.net. I will respond as quickly as possible.

Arrival/Dismissal: Our mornings are very important. We start instruction as soon as the tardy bell rings. Your child is considered tardy if they are not in the classroom by 7:35am. Children are allowed in the classroom at 7:15, but please not before that time. You may walk your child into the classroom the first two days of school to help carry in school supplies.  After that, we ask that you walk them to the door, give kisses and hugs, and let your child enter alone. I always love to see you, but mornings in first grade are very busy and I am always needed by the students. If you have anything you would like to discuss, notes in binder or email would be the most beneficial way of contact.  

Binders and Homework: Your child will be bringing home a binder daily. In this binder there will be a zipper pouch for notes or money, a weekly folder friend that gives information for the week, core words, and other information that you will need. Homework is very family friendly in my class. Your children work so hard during the day and I know you all have things you would like and need to do with your evenings together. I only ask that you read with your child each night (even if it is only a few minutes before bed) and practice our phonics skill for the week a couple times. (I will provide fun and quick ways to do this) There may be a few extra things that I send home at some point throughout the year, but overall I want you to enjoy your time with your children and not have to stress over extra stuff at home or remember to sign something each night. Our goal for first grade is to make learning fun and help the students find true joy in growing.

T-shirts: Our class will have t-shirts to wear on field trips and other special days. The cost of these shirts will be $10.00. Please send this in as soon as you can with your child's t-shirt size. (We will be using these all year so bigger may be better)

Birthdays: I love birthdays and enjoy making students feel special on their day. Here are some helpful tips to ensure a fun and easy time to celebrate for all. You are welcome to send in treats if you like. We will have 19 students in our class. It is sometimes hard for first graders to deal with choices, so sending in the same (cupcakes, donuts, cookies…) makes life happier for all. Treats will be most beneficial during our recess time at 1:15. If needed I can accommodate a different time, but please email or send a note so I can set this up and be prepared.

Parent Volunteers: I love having help in the classroom and appreciate any time you can give. I will be sending home a volunteer sheet the first week of school for you to sign up if you like, but will not start for a while so we can work on routines and procedures. If you can’t make it to the school I always have things that need to be cut or prepared. Any help I can get is gladly taken and used. :)

Snack: We will have snack each day from 10:05-10:15. Please make sure your child brings a snack each day. I do not keep extra snacks in the classroom.

Specials: We will have PE on Mondays and recess daily, please make sure your child wears appropriate shoes or brings some to change into.

I know this will be an absolutely wonderful year! I am always here for anything you need. Communication is important, please never hesitate to contact me! I can’t wait to have the best first grade year! :)

Miss Ashley