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Title: Back to School Night September 11, 2013

of First Grade
  • Back to School Night September 11, 2013

  • Attendance
  • Unless your child is ill, please make every
    attempt to have your child present at school and
    on time.
  • Our day begins at 840 and dismissal time is at
    325. Students that arrive late are missing
    valuable instruction.
  • If your child absent, please provide a written
    note on the first day that your child returns to
    school. If your child is out of school for more
    than 3 days, please provide a doctors note.

  • Behavior
  • Every student is expected to follow the Falcon 5
  • Be Safe
  • Be Respectful
  • Be Caring
  • Be Here, Be Ready
  • Celebrate Success
  • Students that choose to follow the rules will
    move up the clip chart and earn rewards.
    Likewise, there will be consequences for students
    the choose to break the rules (moving down the
    clip chart, parent contact, time outs, etc.)

  • Curriculum
  • Reading and Language Arts
  • Fundations
  • Everyday Math
  • Science
  • Social Studies

In 1st grade, we will focus on developing
phonemic awareness, decoding skills, word
recognition, comprehension and oral reading
fluency. The more sight words a student knows,
the more fluently he/she will read. Practice
reading the anchor words nightly.
  1. Read to Self
  2. Read to Others
  3. Listen to Reading
  4. Word Work
  5. Work on Writing

  • A variety of grouping strategies will be utilized
    to deliver our reading and language arts
    curriculum. Whole class and small group lessons
    will be delivered to ensure mastery of skills.
  • We will focus on the following throughout the
  • Reading Strategies
  • Comprehension Skills
  • Reading Fluency
  • Vocabulary and Word Analysis
  • Spelling, Grammar, Usage, and Mechanics Writing
  • Listening and Speaking

We do lots of writing in first grade. Children
are encouraged to use phonetic spelling when they
first start. Our goal is to encourage risk taking
and independence in writing. Part of this process
is to stress to children that phonetic spelling
is acceptable, and to build their confidence in
their ability to communicate in writing even if
they cant spell the word with dictionary
spelling. However, as high frequency words and
spelling rules are introduced children will
gradually move toward more conventional spelling.
  • By the end of first grade, students ...
  • Understand and use the concept of ones and
  • Add and subtract numbers to 20 with ease
  • Tell time to the hour, half hour, and quarter
  • Count, write and order numbers to 100
  • Count up and back starting at any number to 50
  • Identify and locate shapes in their environment
  • Describe data and analyze and solve simple
    problem situations
  • Each day begins with

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  • Differentiated Instruction

In order to provide the best possible instruction
to each child... Not all children will be on
the same page, in the same book, at the same
time. Please let me know if your child is
really struggling or if he/she is not being
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  • Fundations

Fundations focuses on the word study portion of
reading and handwriting. In the beginning of
every Fundations unit, a parent letter will be
sent home explaining what the students will be
working on. You will find this in your childs
yellow folder in their binder. Included with the
parent letter will be activities that you and
your child can complete at home. This work does
not need to be returned to school. We will
introduce spelling during the third Unit of
Fundations. The spelling list will be sent home
at the beginning of each week, also in their
yellow folder. The spelling test will be on
Fridays unless otherwise stated in the weekly
Goals and Grades
  • Homework

Homework will be assigned on Monday for the week.
You can find the homework calendar in your
childs binder in the inside front pocket. Please
be sure to review your childs homework each
night and sign the homework sheet daily. In
addition to reading and math homework it is
important that 1st graders read EACH night. This
may include practicing their decodables, shared
reading with an adult or older sibling, and
reading and decoding good fit books on their own.
  • Oh, the places we will go and the things we will
    learn this year as we sail through 1st grade!
  • To find out exactly where we are headed each week
    you will want to read our weekly newsletter. All
    weekly schedules, upcoming events and important
    information will be listed on our newsletter.
    Your weekly newsletter can be found in your
    childs B.E.E. binder in the front pocket.
    Newsletters will also be emailed to all those who
    would like.

  • Just Right Books
  • Studies have shown that those children whose
    parents are actively involved in the reading
    process will become the best readers.
  • Reading to your child and listening to them read
    to you, taking them to the library and providing
    quality just right books at home is of the
    highest importance.

  • Keeping Informed
  • Be sure to check your childs B.E.E. binder every
    night for all school and class mail.
  • Be sure to read our class newsletter each week.
  • Watch for emails.

  • Learning Environment

I feel that the best way to help children learn
is to make learning fun. Our classroom will be
an active environment where all students are
expected to engage in the learning process.
Mystery Readers
I would like to invite all parents, older
siblings, grandparents, or other special people
to surprise your child by being a Mystery
Reader this year in our classroom. Mystery
Readers will visit us on Friday afternoons at
240 for approximately 20 minutes. Remember this
is top secret! Sign up calendar is in the back!
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  • Other Items
  • Birthdays
  • Class Parties
  • Scholastic Book Orders
  • 100 Book Club
  • Lunch/Snack Money

  • Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on
    ________________During this conference, we will
    be discussing your child's academic performance,,
    homework, behavior and any additional concerns
    you may have.
  • A sign up schedule will come home closer to the

  • Questions

Please feel free to contact me anytime you have
questions. You can do this in a variety of
ways Write a note Send an email Call me
at school Make an appointment for a conference
  • Report Cards
  • Report cards will be distributed once each
  • November
  • March
  • June

Student of the Week
Each child will have a special time during the
school year to be the Bee of the Week. Students
will be asked to bring in pictures and items from
home for a special bulletin board and to lead us
in special class activities during that week.
Every child will have a turn! A list of assigned
dates will be sent home shortly.
  • Tests
  • All tests will be announced in our weekly news
    letter. Most spelling tests will be on Fridays.
    All tests will be corrected and sent home to be
    reviewed in your childs take home folder.

  • Units of Study

  • Visitors and Volunteers

If you have time or talents to share with us,
please complete and return the volunteer Helping
Hands form. Our school policy requires all
visitors/volunteers to check in at the school
office. Visitor Badges are required if you will
be in the school hallways or entering a
classroom. Also, anyone that wishes to help in
the classroom is required to fill out our
Pottsgrove Volunteer form. Information is
available in the office.
  • Websites
  • EDM Online

  • EXtra Supplies

In order to provide your children with the
program I believe they deserve, I supplement the
curriculum with extra projects. These projects
are not funded by the regular education
budget. Please take the time to look at my Giving
Tree. I have posted apples on the tree in the
classroom this evening. Any and all donations are
truly appreciated! If any additional supplies are
needed throughout the school year they will be
noted in our class newsletter.
You are your childs first and most important
teacher. I hope that we can work together this
year to make your childs 1st grade school year a
huge success!
  • Zzzzz

Please make sure your child gets plenty of sleep
each night, so that he/she is well rested and
ready for the challenges of first grade. It is
recommended that 5 and 6 year olds get 10 to 11
hours of sleep a night. This year will ZOOM by,
so lets make the most of it.
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
  • Once again, thank you for coming this evening and
    for showing an interest in your childs
  • If you should have any questions or would like to
    speak with me further about your child, please
    contact me by email at or
    call the school to schedule a time for us to meet.

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