Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Dear First Grade Parents,
Welcome back to school and welcome to Miss Freundlich’s first grade class! I hope you received my welcome letter in the mail. This year we will have 18 first graders in our classroom. Lell Kirsten is our new classroom aide for grades K-5. Lell will provide classroom support during our Reading Workshop. Be sure to take a moment to go through the Wilson School folder for school wide information. There are a few things you need to fill out and return. The folder is a great way to transport papers and information between school and home. Please keep it in your child’s backpack and check it daily.
Don’t forget to wear sneakers on Mondays and Tuesdays for PE. Sneakers may be left in your child’s cubby so they’re always here.
Return library books every Friday.
First Grade Snacks: Mrs. Trombley and I would like to provide your child with a daily morning snack that’s simple and healthy. Please send a check for $40 made out to WES First Grade Snack Fund within the next week. This should cover snacks for the school year. Arrival Procedures: Please make every effort to have your child here on time so we can have as few classroom disruptions as possible. There is supervision on the back playground starting at 8:10. The morning bell rings at 8:25 and students should be in their classroom ready to start at 8:30. Students coming in after 8:30 will need a tardy slip from the office. Children are not allowed in the building until the bell rings at 8:25. We encourage you to send your child to school on the bus. The bus is always on time and it saves gas! Dismissal Procedures: Dismissal is at 3:10. Students who take the bus, are picked up, or walk/bike home are dismissed through the JB Hall and out the front doors. If you’d like to enter the building to pick up your child, you must enter through the front door and wait in the JB Hall. Please do not enter the academic wings.
Homework: For the first week of school there will be no official homework. I encourage you to read to your child every night. Reading to your child is important for building literacy and sharing the joy of books.
Volunteers: I love to have volunteers in the classroom. I will get the schedule set up for Back to School Night. Right now the children and I need to spend time getting to know each other and getting comfortable with routines and expectations. This is all part of building a strong classroom community. I will be using volunteers in October.
Weekly Newsletter: Communication is important so each week I will write a newsletter about what’s going on in class. All weekly newsletters will be posted on our classroom website. To see all new updates please visit this website regularly. To access our page, please visit http://teachingandlearningtogether.weebly.com You can then bookmark this page on your own computer.
Positive Behavior Support: We have several things going on in our classroom to support positive behavior. One system that we will be using is called “Behave your Beans”. There are 3 jars in the room with a big bowl of dried beans next to them. Individual children can earn the class a bean by demonstrating good behavior. Example: Doing exactly what is asked of them or remembering their rules and setting an example. The class as a whole can also earn a bean for good behavior. Example: coming in from recess on time, nice lines, and good reports from Specials teachers. Once one jar is full, we will have an extra recess time or choice time, two jars full will reward the whole class with a special treat from Miss Freundlich’s house, three jars full will reward the class with the most magnificent surprise!
Star of the Week: Each week a child will get the chance to be the STAR. The STAR will get his/her own bulletin board and will display his/her very own “All about me!” poster. (More info about this poster will come tomorrow) Many other exciting things happen when you are the star, including a share time on Tuesday mornings. Sharing is an important time to build speaking and listening skills and get to know each other. Please try to avoid toys and knickknacks. We want to see and hear about nature, trips, art projects, books of interest, pets, science collections, items related to class themes, etc.
Book Orders: Each month (or so), I’ll send home 3 orders from Scholastic Book Club. These clubs provide great, inexpensive books and materials. Every order helps build bonus points that I use to order new books to build our classroom library. If you place an order, please make checks payable to Scholastic Books. I’ll keep you posted on due dates in the weekly newsletter.
Back to School Night: Thursday, September 23, 5:00-6:00pm This will be a time for us to discuss important first grade information, learn about curriculum and get to know each other. No students please. Please get in touch with me if you have any questions or just want to say Hi. The best way to reach me is by email and I check this daily. I am looking forward to meeting you all and to having a wonderful year together!!
Sincerely, Rachel Freundlich
733-3077(School ext. 3036)
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