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Welcome to First Grade.  This is a dynamic year of growth and learning. It is filled with fun, adventure and challenges, that’s why we are so happy and excited to have your child in our class. We are going to have a great year. Your child may come home exhausted from all the thinking done through our school day. There is much to learn and every minute counts.First Grade is more involved than Kindergarten.  We will start out slow, reinforcing what they learned in Kindergarten and move towards more advanced learning.  We will teach your child more fundamentals in math, reading, and writing, so by the end of the year, they will be ready for Second Grade. We understand how important it is that your child be successful in meeting the challenges of first grade, therefore we will work with you to see that your child has a successful year.  The first week of school, we will be concentrating on learning the basic procedures of our classroom and reinforce the school rules. 

Below is some information that will be helpful to you throughout the year:

Our school theme for 2019 -2020 is Teamwork makes the dream work!  First grade is on the soccer team. One way you can be on our team is by volunteering. We love volunteers in our class and appreciate any time you can give us!  There are certain times of the year I will need help with celebrations and field trips. If you have certain days off work and can routinely come help us, please let me know.  Please make sure you have gone online each year to keep your volunteer status updated. Thank you!

Terrific Tuesdays: We love to have fun in first grade.  On Tuesdays we celebrate with school spirit by wearing a tutu, team t-shirts, tiaras or tacky ties.  Let’s start the first Tuesday and continue all year long. 

ATTENDANCE:  Due to the importance of class attendance, I ask that your child arrive to school every day, unless ill, on time. The tardy bell rings at 8:50, if they are late, you will need to accompany your child to the office to receive a tardy slip. If there is a change in how your child goes home, I must have a note or you may call the office.  

Hoot Notebook:  Inside you will find a school calendar marked with the enhancement (specials) rotation,reading and behavior log. Please check this notebook everyday, sign and return to school.

Weekly folder:  A purple folder will go home each week with student work and school information.  One side will be marked to sign & return, the other side is for items for you to keep at home.  Take the time to show pride in your child’s work, they look forward to showing you! Please return the folder on Wednesday.

Homework:  Reading is a big part of first grade.  Your child will have to read nightly. They will bring baggy books home to read to you so they can practice their reading skills and complete a reading response activity once a week.  This will not take place right away. I will send more information home when we have finished assessments.

Lunch money: You many pay online or send your child’s money in a labeled bag or envelope. Students are responsible for turning the money in to the teacher.  Please make sure any packed lunches from home have easy to open items for your child. Breakfast $1.40        Lunch $2.30

Snack: Please send a healthy snack for your child each day.  Due to food allergies, I ask students not to share. 

Behavior system:  We use the OWLS Expectations for West View Elementary School.  The children will become familiar with how these rules and consequences work.   The children will earn Do Right Dollars when they display OWL expectations. They will be able to cash them in for prizes every week. The children can be given tallies when showing inappropriate behavior.  A record of tallies will be kept in their Hoot Notebook, which will need to be signed and returned daily. We also give lots of praise and positive feedback to all the children. If you are not informed, the OWLS Expectations are:

                     O=Ownership

                     W=Willingness to learn

                     L=Leadership

                     S=Safety

Welcome to the team!  This letter will explain our classroom procedures. If you have any questions, please send me a note, an email (tonyaclark@johnston.k12.nc.us), or call the school at 919-661-6184.

 

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