Welcome to one of the most incredible years your child will have in his/her school career! First grade is an exciting time as children embark upon new adventures in the world of learning. This is a year of important transitions, as well as one in which acquisition of new skills is accelerated. You will be amazed at just how much your child will grow this year. During first grade, your child will learn how to read, write stories, add, subtract, and so much more. I hope to make your child's first grade year a fun and exciting one and I hope to instill a love of learning that will last throughout your child's years of schooling.
So much happens in first grade! Because of this, parents as well as children may have some apprehension about what will happen. It is extremely important to keep in mind that we all build on small successes. Each child will progress at his/her own rate, acquiring skills as he/she is developmentally ready. Maintaining each child's self-esteem and building a secure foundation for future growth will always remain a priority. Here are some ways you can help:
Celebrate your child's successes, no matter how small it may seem. This will keep your child enthusiastic about learning and proud of his/her work.
Look through your child's back packs each day. There will be important notes, spelling list, graded work, test, and homework assignments.
Read the assigned book to and with your child every day and return the book to school every day. The more your child is exposed to language, the easier it will be for him/her to incorporate new skills in reading and writing in the classroom. Remember to record all reading in your child's reading log.
Please take some time to read and discuss the parent information with your child. You will find this information helpful. When parents understand the expectations of the school and their child's teacher they are able to support and encourage academic success in the education of their child.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me at school.
Thank you for sharing your child with me this year.
The Color Orange
Tomorrow is the kindergarten color orange
day. The entire school will be wearing the color orange
to help the kindergartners learn their colors. So if possible, please have your child wear something that is the color orange.
There seems to have been some confusion about the homework. Here are a couple of reminders that are on the homework packet. Also, I went over the homework expectations during Back to School Night. If you were unable to attend Back to School Night, the expectations are written on the first page of the signature homework page at the very top.
1. Students are required to complete 4 spelling activities for the week. (students can do one each night)The square in the middle must be written and completed on the back of the page and returned. All the other activities are to be kept at home.
2. Students should read a book every night even if one doesn't come home. Usually, students will check out a book from the library according to their reading level or at least close to their levels. If your child has too many books checked out from the school's library they will not be allowed to check out another book until they return one or more. If this should happen have them read a book from home.
3. The book response should be 1 or 2 sentences about One of the books they read during the week.
4. It is the student's responsibility to get a new book from the library when needed. They only need to read one book per night. Your child may read the same book twice if they were not comfortable reading the book the first time.
5. Please be sure to keep the packet stapled and make sure your child has their name on each page.
6. Homework is turned in EVERYDAY. This includes the books and the entire homework packet as well as the bag.
Our Raz-kids website is up and running. I will be sending home your child's login and
password information on Back to School night. Once you have the login and password
you may access the site by going to https://www.kidsa-z.com/main/Login
First Grade Back to School Night is on Wednesday, September 28th from
6:00pm-7:00 pm. Please join us as we go over important information about our First Grade expectations. If you are unable to attend, please let me know and I will make arrangements to send home any information that is given out that night.
If you would like to place an order books for your child please go to www.scholastic.com/readingclub
and enter our activation code GKFYN. After ordering submit the book order and it will come directly to me.
Thanks and happy shopping!!!