Class News

Week of: August 20-24

Again, welcome to first grade!  What a wonderful class I have!  It has been a lot of fun getting to know them a little this week and I'm very much looking forward to teaching them this year!  In order to keep you informed, I do send out a newsletter every Friday, as well as the week's homework so you can have the weekend to work on it if necessary.  We won't start with our homework packets right away, so I will go over that further at Back to School Night on Thursday, Aug. 23rd 6:00-6:30 in our room, rm. 107. 

This Weekend’s Homework

Please make sure to complete any paperwork that came home on the first day of school if you haven’t done so already.  Also, all families MUST submit a proof of residence so please send it in ASAP.  Thank you!

 

Supplies/Wishlist

Thank you for all of the supplies that you’ve brought in.  I’ve updated the Wishlist on the website for items still needed/wanted for classroom use.  Thank you!


Tell Me About Your Child

Thank you to the parents who have taken the time to complete the "Tell Me About Your Child" questionnaire.  It has been a huge help in getting to know your children.  In order to help make your child’s  year in first grade a successful one, please help provide some of the following information: nicknames (something they write on their papers other than what we have on file in the office); special diet, medical history (i.e. allergies), and/or medications that I need to know about; after school activities/special interests; academic strengths and weaknesses; accomplishments/goals you would like for your child to meet/achieve while in my class this year; any significant events that you feel I might need to know about (i.e. death of a family member, loss of a pet, friend/family moving away); and, of course, your contact information. Please take a moment to fill out the online questionnaire located under the “Tell Me About Your Child” tab to the left.

Homework Overview

Students will have nightly math homework starting next week.  They are expected to complete the page that is marked only.  The page that is marked might possibly vary day to day because the homework is determined by how they did on the day’s lesson.  The nightly homework will also include the day’s reading list and spelling practice.  In addition, I am asking that you read with your child every night for 15 minutes.  I will go over the nightly homework with you further at Back to School Night. I will be sending home weekly homework starting in a few weeks. Weekly homework packets will be sent home Friday to Friday (hopefully giving you the weekend if you know you have an upcoming busy week). The homework will eventually include a word reading page; nightly sight word practice; weekly counting activities; and, reading for fifteen minutes. Homework is designed to be a review of the information your child learned during the school day (it will also help keep you better informed on a daily basis of the concepts your child is learning in first grade).

Snack

Students are encouraged to eat a snack during our first recess. Snacks are not provided for the class as they were in kindergarten. Instead, I ask that you provide your child with a healthy, nutritious snack each day. Your child will eat this snack during morning recess. If they have forgotten their snack, I do have an emergency supply, but as indicated, it is for emergencies only, not something for students to take from every day. Please, please send a snack with your child everyday. If they are hungry, they are not focused on learning, as you and I both would like them to be.

 

Back to School Night

Please make a note on your calendars that Back to School night will be on Thursday, August 23rd from 6:00-6:30 in our classroom (room 107). I will be discussing curriculum, homework, field trips and other classroom procedures. This is a very important night that everyone should attend. This night is for PARENTS ONLY and children should be left at home. 

 

In addition to the typical classroom visits, we strongly encourage all families to visit one of our three informational sessions which will bookend the classroom visits.  The schedule is as follows:

 

     5:00-5:30 - 4th/5th Grade Class Visits

     5:00-5:30 - Informational Session #1 in the Multi

     5:30-6:00 - 2nd/3rd Grade Class Visits 

     5:30-6:00 - Informational Session #2 in the Multi

     6:00-6:30 - 1st Grade Class Visits

 

Again, welcome! Please feel free to contact me about any questions or concerns you may have. My classroom door is always open for you to pop in after school to communicate any questions or concerns.  We do have to keep our doors locked, however, so make sure to knock and give me time to get to the door to answer it. I feel that communication between parents and the teacher is crucial to a child’s success in school. You can also leave a message with the office and I will respond as soon as possible. The best way to reach me, however, is via e-mail which I check regularly throughout the day: vgutierrez@wpusd.org

 

Upcoming Events

August 10th — PTC Ice Cream Social for display of class lists 4:00-5:00

August 16th — 1st Day of School

August 17th — Back to School Carnival 5:00-8:00

August 20th — Early Release, School out at 1:40

(School out every Monday for ER at 1:40)

August 23rd — Back to School Night 6:00-6:30 (for 1st grade….see schedule

above for the school)

August 27th — Early Release, School out at 1:30

 

September 3rd — No School-Labor Day

September 5th— PTC Meeting 7:00-7:30

September 10th — Fall Picture Day; Early Release, School out at 1:40;

McTeacher Night 4:00-8:00 (first grade teachers will be there

from 5:00-6:00)

September 17th — Early Release, School out at 1:40

September 24th — Early Release, School out at 1:40

September 28th — TBE Fun Run, more details to follow

 

October 1st — Early Release, School out at 1:40

October 3rd — PTC Meeting 7:00-7:30

October 5th and 8th — No School

October 15th — Early Release, School out at 1:40

October 20th — Mother/Son Halloween Dance

October 22nd — No School, District Professional Development day

October 25th — Make-up picture day

October 29th — Early Release, School out at 1:40

 

November 2nd — End of 1st Trimester

November 3rd — Bowling and Baskets at Strikes, more details to follow

November 5th — Early Release, School out at 1:40

November 7th — PTC Meeting 7:00-7:30

November 9th — Veteran’s Day Assembly 8:30

November 9th – 16th – Minimum Days, School out at 12:30 for Parent

Conferences

November 12th — No School, Veteran’s Day

November 19-23rd — No School, Thanksgiving Break

November 26th — Early Release, School out at 1:40

November 30th — Sami’s Circuit Day #1

 

December 3rd — Early Release, School out at 1:40

December 3 – 7th — Penguin Patch Holiday Student Store, more details to

follow

December 4th — Sami’s Circuit Family Night #1

December 5th — PTC Meeting 7:00-7:30

December 10th — Early Release, School out at 1:40

December 17th – 20th — Early Release, School out at 1:40

December 21st – January 4th — No School, Winter Break

 

January 7th — Early Release, School out at 1:40

January 9th — PTC Meeting 7:00-7:30

January 14th — Early Release, School out at 1:40

January 21st — No School, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

January 22nd — Father/Son Xtreme Craze, more details to follow

January 28th — Early Release, School out at 1:40

 

February 4th — Early Release, School out at 1:40

February 6th — PTC Meeting 7:00-7:30

February 11th — Early Release, School out at 1:40

February 8th — Mother/Daughter Paint Night (2 sessions), more details to follow

February 14-18th — No School, President’s Week

February 22nd — End of 2nd Trimester

February 25th — Early Release, School out at 1:40

 

March 2nd — Daddy-Daughter Dance, more details to follow

March 4th — Early Release, School out at 1:40

March 6th — PTC Meeting 7:00-7:30

March 11th — Early Release, School out at 1:40

March 18th — Early Release, School out at 1:40

March 25th — Early Release, School out at 1:40

 

April 1st — Early Release, School out at 1:40

April 3rd — PTC Meeting 7:00-7:30 (Board Elections)

April 4th — Sami’s Circuit Day #2

April 5th — Monte Carlo Night, more details to follow

April 8th — Early Release, School out at 1:40

April 9th — Sami’s Circuit Family Night #2

April 15th - 22nd — No School, School out for Spring Break

April 24th and 25th — Starstruck Performances, more details to follow

April 29th — Early Release, School out at 1:40

 

May 1st — PTC Meeting 7:00-7:30 (Calendar Meeting for 2019-2020 school year)

May 6th — Early Release, School out at 1:40

May 13th — Early Release, School out at 1:40

May 13-17th — Book Fair

May 16th — Open House at 5:00

May 20th — Early Release, School out at 1:40

May 27th — No School, Memorial Day

 

June 3-7th — Early Release, School out at 1:40

June 7th — Last Day of School!

June 12th — PTC Meeting 7:00-7:30 (Budge Meeting for 2019-2020 school year)

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Vanessa Gutierrez,
Aug 17, 2018, 4:07 PM
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Vanessa Gutierrez,
Aug 17, 2018, 4:07 PM
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