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****MISSION  STATEMENT:  JESUS  CHRIST  IS  THE  REASON  FOR  THIS  SCHOOL.  HE  IS  THE  UNSEEN BUT  EVER  PRESENT  TEACHER  IN  ALL  OF  ITS  CLASSES.  HE  IS  THE  MODEL  OF  ITS  FACULTY  AND  THE  INSPIRATION  OF  ITS  STUDENTS.



Dear  Parents,

      Welcome to First Grade at St. Joseph Catholic School!!   My name is Rachel Pedigo and I am your child's teacher this year.   I am excited to have your child in my classroom.   This letter is to inform parents about classroom procedures.   Our classroom is a busy place to learn.  With your support and encouragement,  your child will be a part of many exciting and rewarding experiences this year. 
       In our class, students will learn about  reading, writing, math, social studies, science and most important of all - -> learn about the greatest love of all,  JESUS.

MASS  DAYS
       Mass is on Wednesday from 8:30 - 9:15 a.m.   Parents are invited to come join us.  Please let me know in advance so I can assigned a sitting area for you.   It is important your child behaves with you during mass days.  Our class is receiving instruction in religion class-->the important of attending, behaving and participating in mass.   Thank you for your cooperation.

PUNCTUALITY  AND  ATTENDANCE
       Please be sure to have your child in the school playground and lined up in the designated area by 8:00 a.m.   Do not wait in the classroom.  I will pick up the children and we will walk together to the classroom.  Students must maintain regular and prompt attendance to ensure academic and social success.   If students arrive late, they miss out on learning activities.  Tardies cause students to become disorganized and interrupt the learning process in the classroom.

TEACHER  CONFERENCES
      If you have any questions about your child's progress I will be glad to meet with you during my conference period.  Appointments mus be scheduled through the school office.  Conferences will not be held during instruction time.   Instruction time is for student learning.  I will do my part to keep you informed by sending progress reports thru email.

DAILY  FOLDER/PLANNER/HOMEWORK
      The purpose of homework is to help your child develop organizational skills, learn responsibility, and reinforce skills introduced in school.   Please do not throw away any homework assignment.   They are great study guides for the children at the end of the 9 weeks.   Numerical grades will be given out in first grade.
      There will be a daily folder and a homework planner sent home each day.  It will be used for announcements pertaining to field trips, homework assignments due and school activities.   Any papers placed on the left side should be  "LEFT"  at home and any papers on the right side should come  "RIGHT"  back to me.
       Most nights students will bring home books to read.   These books are designed for your child to practice their reading strategies.

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CLASSROOM  BEHAVIOR  PLAN
       To keep the classroom a fun, happy, and safe place to learn, classroom rules have been established.  In the classroom we use the  RED,  YELLOW,  GREEN  behavior plan.  Each day students begin on the green light.  If a student does not follow directions or misbehaves they get a warning and are moved to the yellow light.  If the behavior continues then they are moved to the red light.   Throughout the day, if the students' behavior changes, they can move up or down the behavior system.  Also, everyday your child will take home a folder, where parents can see the color of light your child stayed in school for the day.  Please review, sign and return it to school the next day.

                                 OUR   CLASSROOM   RULES
 1.   I  WILL  LISTEN  AND  FOLLOW  DIRECTIONS  AT  AL  TIMES.

 2.   I  WILL  RESPECT  MYSELF  AND  OTHERS.

 3.   I  WILL  KEEP  MY  HANDS  AND  FEET  TO  MYSELF.

4.   I  WILL  WORK  QUIETLY  AND  NOT  DISTURB  OTHERS.

5.   I  WILL  RAISE  MY  HAND  TO  SPEAK  AND  TO  LEAVE  MY  SEAT.

**********************BE   SAFE!       BE   KIND!       BE   HONEST!     BE  LIKE   JESUS!*********************

                   BEHAVIOR    LIGHTS

1.   GREEN  ---------------GREAT   JOB!

2.   YELLOW ------------VERBAL  WARNING.   STUDENTS  WILL  MOVE  THEIR  NAME  FROM  GREEN  TO  YELLOW.

3.    RED -----------------STUDENT  WILL  MOVE  THEIR  NAME  FROM  YELLOW  TO  RED.   WILL  RESULT  A  NOTE  TO  PARENT.
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                       REWARDS
-->VERBAL   PRAISE
-->TREASURE    APPLE
-->MOTIVATED   STUDENT  AWARD   OR   STICKERS
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                              BEHAVIOR  LIGHTS
OH   NO,   TRY   AGAIN  TOMORROW!   ------Red Light

OOPS,   THINK   AGAIN!  -----Yellow Light

HOORAY,   GREAT  JOB! ----- Red Light
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 BIRTHDAYS
       Birthdays parties are not allowed in the classroom.  Birthday parties are allowed to be celebrated in the cafeteria the second Friday of each month.

ACCELERATED  READER  (AR)  PROGRAM
       First grade children will begin participating in the A.R. Program on January 2017.  The  A.R. Program helps develop fluency and comprehension.  This is a great program for your child because it motivates children to read at home.

SPELLING  TEST
        A list of words will be given to the students to study.  There will be pre-tests on Thursdays and tests on Friday with dictation sentences. Please study and practice with your child at home. 
SPELLING  TEST  SCHEDULE
1.  Friday, August 19, 2016--> List #1
2.  Friday, September 2, 2016--> List #2
3.  Friday, September 16, 2016--> List #3
4.  Friday, September 30, 2016--> List #4

I will  keep  you  informed  through the  websites  or  the  Ren Web  for  any  school  activities.    If  you  have  any  questions  feel  free  to  email me  at   rpedigo@stjoseph-school.org.

 In closing, thank you for your commitment to your child's education.   I know you are going to love first grade at  ST. JOSEPH SCHOOL.

                                                                                God  Bless  and  Thank  you,



                                                                                Mrs.  Pedigo



*****PHILOSOPHY:   THE  PHILOSOPHY  OF  ST.  JOSEPH'S  IS  ROOTED  IN  THE  BELIEF  THAT  EACH  STUDENT  IS  A  CHILD  OF  GOD  WHO  HAS  BEEN  CREATED  FOR  A  DEFINITE  PURPOSE  AND  DESTINED  FOR  ETERNAL  LIFE  IN  HEAVEN.

                                                              
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