Thought of the Month
"Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift." — Kate DiCamillo
September 5, 2017
Dear Parents and/or Care Givers,
Welcome to the 1st grade! I am looking forward to working with you and your child this school year.
It is important that I let you know about some classroom routines and procedures, so that you may help your child make an easy transition these first days of school.
Your child will bring home a folder each day. This folder must be sent back to school every morning as well. The folder is one way of providing the children with beginning organizational skills.
Children learn best in a safe and consistent environment. I have found that the easiest way to keep the classroom safe and consistent is to have clearly defined rules and consequences. In our classroom, a point card will be used to record your child’s work and behavior habits. Your child needs to know that you will be aware of when s/he is doing a great job at school, as well as when s/he is having a difficult time following rules. This point card will be sent home with your child every day and will give you a good indication of how your child has performed in school that day. I would appreciate your cooperation in signing the card and returning it with your child each morning. Please feel free to make comments on this card. It is not a discipline system. It is my way of communicating with you. Should your child lose a point one day, please do not think of it as a reason to punish. Sit down and discuss what happened and why s/he might have lost his/her point. This is a good time to discuss alternative behaviors and the importance of following rules in school. If necessary, please feel free to call me and clarify any questions you may have. Should losing points become a consistent problem, I will call you for a conference. I believe communication between parents and teachers is a crucial part of your child’s education.
This school year homework will consist of thirty minutes of reading every night. This may consist of your child reading independently, you reading aloud to your child, and/or shared reading. Be on the lookout for the Fun In First weekly newsletter that will provide other homework such as math problems and sight words. Your child will have a week to complete any assignments listed in the newsletter. This weekly document will also help to keep you abreast of what’s happing in our classroom.
We will have lunch from 12:03 to 12:33 p.m. Our recess time is from 1:40 – 2:10 p.m. Our special classes are scheduled from 3:00 until 3:45 p.m. each day and are as follows:
Monday – Gym (Please remind your child to wear sneakers.)
Tuesday - Art
Wednesday - Music
Thursday - Library
Friday - Computer
I am looking forward to working with you and your child. Should the need arise, I am available for conferences before or after school. Please call the Milton Elementary School office at 684-2516 to schedule an appointment.
Please feel free to contact me with any concerns or questions throughout the school year. I can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, at home (684-8372), and on my cell (249-1857).
Mrs. Emilie Parkhurst