Hello! I hope that this website can be something useful for you. We are underway into the school year now. We have completed the first two weeks of school. Students should know the expectations set forth for them through classroom rules and procedures as well as School Wide Rules and Procedures. Ask you child about H.A.L.L. They should be able to tell you that when we are in line we have our Hands at our Side, Always facing forward, Line Straight (2nd block) and Lips Sealed (Halls are Zone Zero as not to disturb other's learning). That is a school wide expectation. In the cafeteria, if they're standing, i.e. in line, they are expected to be on zone zero. Once they get seated they can talk to their neighbors at a reasonable voice level for inside. They earn cafeteria stars, after 10 they earn a jeans day. These are just a couple of procedures that we have in place in the school. Hopefully, your students can tell you the same information I have here.
Our class rules are simple. There are just three of them.
- Be Respectful
- Be Responsible
- Be Ready
So, what do they mean? Well, I am certain that the first one is self-explanatory however, I hope simply that we can treat others as we would want to be treated. I believe in this but it wasn't me that stated this it was one of my First Grade Friends that posed this to the class when we were creating our rules together. I love it! We want to listen to each other and care for each other in our class. We want to be like a family that supports and encourages. Bullying will never be tolerated. The District, in fact, has zero tolerance for bullying. You can read about it in your Handbooks you got at registration.
Be responsible means we are going to take care of the classroom, school, and the materials in it. We are going to pick up after ourselves and others. If we "break" something we fix it. Sometimes that's feelings we hurt, but we will fix them as well. We all make mistakes so I want us to learn to work to amend what is "broken" and learn from it and move on.
Be Ready is about our attitudes toward learning. It is also about being on time to school, being at school and having the needed materials at school. It's about completing our homework. If we don't practice our spelling words, our sight words, our math facts, reading....we will not learn them well. We want to be ready each day!
The students are committed to learning and they are excited. Our day is long in the afternoon as we go to Encore (Library, Computer, Music, P.E., and Art) at 9:30 in the morning. We go to lunch right after Encore. So, when we return to the classroom we have our Reading Block and SS/Science. Math must be completed before Encore so it's important to be on time so you do not miss any important learning.
This is all I will leave you with as this is a lot of information. FIrst Grade is critical! I am glad you're along with me to help you child be successful every day!
Here is our Instructional Schedule for First Grade