Welcome to 1st Grade!
Dear Parents and Friends,
The start of a new school year is a time of anticipation and fresh beginnings. I am eager to get the school year off to a good start for your child. Here is some basic information to help inform you of typical routines. If something is not clear, or if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Our room faces south; therefore we get lots of sunshine! This can also mean that in the afternoon, temperatures inside the room will rise rather quickly. The best advice would be to dress your child in layers for the chilly mornings and warmer afternoons. Even in winter, the sun can warm the room nicely, but on cloudy days it’s definitely cooler. Please keep this in mind.
You may also choose to send a water bottle in with your child. To avoid mix-ups, please label it with your child’s name or initials. Thanks!
All notes and papers will go home in a folder. Please check your child’s folder daily. In the mornings, your child will get into the routine of checking his/her folder for any notes, lunch money, etc., and putting these in a designated space. At the end of the day your child will put any notices or papers to go home in the folder.
If your child’s way of getting home changes for whatever reason, please send in a note telling us if your child is to ride a different bus, is car pick up, etc. We ask that you do not call the school for routine changes in transportation unless it is an emergency. Please do not rely on e-mail to get these urgent messages across.
If your child is dismissed early for appointments, etc., please send in a note. I will have your child prepared to leave and will send him/her down to the office upon your arrival.
I understand mornings can be hectic, and I thank you in advance for your cooperation with these policies. They are designed with your child’s safety in mind.
We have a daily snack break around 9:45am. Snacks can either be purchased through the lunch program or brought from home. We encourage healthy snack choices. Trading or sharing food is not allowed. This eliminates any problems with dietary concerns, food allergies, and so on.
If you are sending in both lunch and snack and you prefer specific things to be eaten at snack/lunch, please label or send a note in. Thanks.
The Abbey Group prefers you prepay into your child’s account and any snack or lunch purchases would be deducted. Please refer any questions regarding your child’s account directly to the lunchroom at Ext. 44.
We celebrate children’s birthdays by making them king/queen for a day! After the “crowning”, we sing our special birthday songs and the child will share. In the past, some parents chose to send in cupcakes or treats. To encourage healthy food choices, please consider sending in a healthy snack alternative, if possible. If a birthday falls on a weekend or vacation, we usually celebrate the Friday before. Because there may be children with dietary concerns, please let me know in advance if you plan on sending in any classroom treats.
To recognize children born in summer, we will have a group party sometime in June.
I’d like to call your attention to party invitations. To avoid hurt feelings, please do not send invitations to school to be passed out unless the entire class is invited. Also, we are prohibited to give out addresses and phone numbers unless they are published in our Student Directory. Please contact PTO if you would like your families’ information to be published or would like to purchase a directory.
Mon. : PE (please wear appropriate footwear)
Tues. : Art
Wed. : PE (please wear appropriate footwear)
Thurs. : Music
Fri. : Library
Homework will begin around the end of September after your child gets better adjusted. There is also a daily expectation of at least ten minutes of reading (or being read to) every day. In first grade, homework is meant to reinforce what we are doing in the class. Occasionally there will be special assignments to be completed at home. There will always be detailed information to accompany these projects.
Book bags will also be going home during the week. These books are a chance for your young reader to show off their budding reading skills! I also ask your help in getting the books safely back to school the next day. Thank you!
Occasionally, we will have the opportunity to go on field trips that are connected to our classroom learning. Although there is a general field trip permission form, you will be notified of field trips in advance.
Effective discipline is essential for creating an environment conducive to learning. The Primary Team uses a “Better Choices” form to help keep parents informed of behavior issues. This would be going home for a parent/guardian signature. The idea is to keep communication open and to keep parents aware of small issues before they become habitual.
I hope this letter has been helpful. In order to make the year a successful one for your child, communication is important! I can be reached by phone, (ext. 16) e-mail (email@example.com.), or a note from home. By working together, we can ensure your child will have a great school experience.
September First Grade News
The first twelve days of school have gone by quickly. Your first grader has spent much time getting into the routines of the classroom and getting used to the flow of the days. We are also spending quite a bit of time modeling rules and expectations. It has been my experience that time spent now on these issues certainly saves time later in the year from having to address certain issues again and again.
I look forward to meeting you all during Open House on September 17. Your first grader is invited to show you around the classroom and school. We hope this will give you a better feel for what your child does at school all day.
This week (September 16-20) marks Peace Awareness Week, with a culminating school-wide assembly on Friday, September 20th. Primary grades are proud to be leading the school in this very important celebration. During Team Time, our classes have prepared for spreading the message of peace to the school. Your first grader has been involved in making peace doves for other students and taught a peace song to fifth graders.
You are invited to attend our assembly on Friday. It will be held at 1:00 on the playground, and we plan for it to be about half an hour long. Please contact me if you’d like more information.
Usually by mid-September, someone has found a monarch caterpillar for us to foster. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to locate any caterpillars this year. If you happen to see a monarch caterpillar, please consider sending it in to school (along with milkweed leaves). It’s always a thrill to watch a newly emerged butterfly take flight!
Thank you all for a smooth start to the school year. I hope your child is happy and enjoying first grade.
September 17 Open House
September 18 Picture Day
September 20 Peace Day Assembly @ 1:00
October 31 Field Trip to Billings Farm (more info to follow as date nears)