Welcome to the first grade. I look forward to working with you for the best interest of your child. “Together we can make a difference”. If we do our best, God will do the rest and we can make that difference. Let us work together with Jesus our Lord to make this a productive school year. First grade is filled with many new and interesting learning experiences. As you may know, it takes time for the students to learn the routine for the new school year. Independent work, organization skills, responsibility, prayer and faith experience are stressed in the first grade. I want the children understand and practice self-discipline, how to respect others, and take responsibility without being asked.
I will try to keep you informed about the happenings in the classroom. Each Monday, I will send a letter home with your child. This letter will state all important first grade happenings, as well as the homework for the week. Since children are learning to read this year; I am asking that at least fifteen minutes each night be spent on reading.
Continuous tardiness is not acceptable as it affects other children and disrupts morning activities and announcements for the day.
Flash cards- reinforcing math fact in addition/ subtraction (15 minutes)
Practice Spelling words(15 minutes)
Read the word silently
Say the word orally
Spell the word orally
Write the word.
The home environment is very important. When a child is working on his/ her assignment. I would like to suggest the following:
Assign a specific place in the home where homework can be done every night.
Allow a certain time of the evening for completing homework.
It is very difficult for a child to concentrate when distracting noises are around such as television, phone, etc.
Your child should have a quiet atmosphere.
Absences – If your child is absent, he/she is responsible for the work missed. Since the child is too young the parent accepts the responsibility with the child. If an absence is longer, a request for the assignments can be made through the office.
Missing Assignment- If a child does not complete a homework assignment; I would ask you write a brief note explaining the special circumstance. The assignment will be due the next day. If there is no note, the assignment will be considered unexcused.
1st Grade Class Rules and Discipline Policy
I believe that lifelong success depends on self-discipline. Each child deserves the most positive educational climate possible for academic growth. The following class discipline plan gives each student the opportunity to manage his or her own behavior.
Love God and others
Give your Best
I will be using a stoplight to monitor the behavior of your child for the week. If your child followed class rules carefully each day, then his/her name will be placed on the green light. If your child experiences more difficulty with following class instruction, then his/her name will be placed on the red light. Your child’s name will be placed on the yellow light if only minor changes or improvements in behavior are needed. A copy of the stoplight will be sent home every day with the homework.
Behaviors that are not tolerated include the following: continuous disruptive talking, constantly out of seat, silliness, not staying on task, incomplete or no homework, talking back to the teacher/adult, cheating, coming unprepared for class, using unkind words to others, hitting/kicking, etc. I would expect that none of these undisciplined practices will be frequently used. I anticipate excellent behavior and a fine year ahead.