** A Guide for First Grade Parents **
Mrs. Wolf’s and Mrs. Merritt’s Class
We put together some important information for you as school starts. Topics are listed by questions you may have. Hopefully this will help answer some of your questions before Open House.
Q: What does First Grade look like during the first weeks of school?
Learning Routines and Procedures – The first few weeks of school your child will be very busy learning about classroom and school routines. We will introduce and practice each routine. This will help our classroom become a place where all children can learn.
Discipline Policy – Our classroom will develop rules during the first week of school. A copy of the rules and a description of our discipline policy will be sent home.
Learning About Each Other – SPECIAL HELPERS will be chosen each week to help with our morning meeting, attendance, running errands, leading the line, and helping out in class. We will also partake in various icebreaker activities that will assist the development of bonds between the students.
Curriculum – More information will be presented about the First Grade curriculum at Open House on Wednesday, September 20th at 6:30 p.m.
Specials - Our special schedule is as follows (a full schedule with times will be in your child’s FROG Binder):
Please make sure that your child wears sneakers on these days.
Q: How do I know what my child is learning?
Take Home Binder – Your child’s take home binder is where all important notes and absentee excuses can be placed and found. This is our best way of communicating on a regular basis. The take home binder goes back and forth between home and school every day. Please help your child remove papers for you to look at from the “Keep at Home” side of the binder. Please put all notes for me in the “Return to School” side or section one of your child’s binder.
Weekly Newsletters – Watch for weekly newsletters to be emailed home. Weekly newsletters will provide information about what your child will be learning, important information, and important dates.
Q: What classroom and school routines should I know about?
Lunch – If your child is going to buy his/her lunch, please send the money to school in a change purse labeled with your child’s name. At the beginning of the year, it is helpful to put the change purse in a place that is familiar to your child. Also, please discuss your child’s lunch choice with him/her. It helps when your child purchases lunch. If your child forgets to bring money, the cafeteria will give your child money for lunch. Please remember to send in replacement money the next day. The cost of a school lunch is $2.25 for elementary students.
Snack – Please send in a HEALTHY snack for your child each day. Some great choices are: pretzels, baby carrots, fresh fruit, graham crackers, dry cereal, etc. Please avoid very sugary snacks or anything that requires a spoon! Thanks!
Water Bottles- We do not mind if your child brings in a water bottle. Please try to find a bottle that has a cap that prohibits much spillage. Regular screw on cap bottles often tip and spill all over desks. Vitamin waters, juices, and pops are not to be sent in as they can lead to sticky furniture if spilt.
Absences – Please notify the school attendance office (646-3280) as soon as you know that your child is going to be absent. You will also need to send in a written excuse upon the return of your child to school.
Transportation – A note must be sent to school EVERY TIME any of the following situations occur: your child is being picked up, your child is getting dropped off at a different bus stop, your child is taking a different bus. Also, children leaving early or arriving late must be signed in/out at the office. As these notes need to be sent to the office, please do not write them on the communication log in your child’s binder, rather send them in on a separate sheet of paper. Thanks!
Q: How can I help my child celebrate his/her birthday?
Birthdays – We love to celebrate each child’s birthday in school. Due to the fact that we have some strict allergies in our classroom this year, I am implementing a “Food Free” celebration policy. In lieu of sending in a birthday snack, I’d like to invite you to send in a new or used book of your child’s choice to add to our classroom library. On the day of their celebration, we will read the book aloud to the class. I will also add a picture of them in their birthday crown and bracelet and add it to the inside of the front cover of the book so that future students can see who donated the book! If your child has a birthday on the weekend, please choose the previous Friday or the following Monday on which to send in the birthday book. We will celebrate summer birthdays towards the end of the school year.
Please Note: If you are having a birthday party OUTSIDE of school, please DO NOT send the birthday invitations to school to be distributed if you are not inviting every student. We would like to avoid any hurt feelings on the part of children who may not be invited.
I will send home a birthday bag with a special (non-edible) birthday water bottle, pencil, certificate, and birthday book. The contents of the bag are for your child to keep, with the exception of the book and the bag. Those two items should be returned to school.
Q: How can I help out in class?
Giving Tree: At Open House I will have a giving tree set up with items that you can select to donate to the classroom. The items are all things that we will put to use throughout the school year.
Homeroom Parents: Our room parents will organize our class parties and contact people to send in donations. There will be a sign up for homeroom parents at Open House on the 20th. If there are more than 2 interested parents, the PTSA will randomly select two from the list.
Mystery Readers: I will be offering the opportunity for parents to sign up to be Mystery Readers. Once I have a time scheduled for Mystery Readers, I will put up a link for parents to sign up on my website. A mystery reader fills out a survey with a few clues that I can share with the class during the week. Then, at the end of the week, the Mystery Reader comes to the classroom to share 2 stories (of their choice) with the students.
Thank you in advance for your support! We look forward to meeting you at Open House on Wednesday, September 20th at 6:30. This is sure to be a great year
Your partners in education,
Mindy Wolf & Sara Merritt