Welcome to Halcyon Elementary School. I will be your child's first grade teacher this year. I look forward to a very productive and successful school year with you and your child.
I created this particular web page to inform you of the policies and standards in our first grade classroom. It will always be available to you right over the Internet. I hope posting information this way will increase our communication and help the year run very smoothly. Please print and read over the information with your child to make sure he or she understands everything.
THE SUPPLY LIST-Here are the supplies your child will need for class:
*1 bookbag for homework and supplies
*2 first grade writing tablets with dotted lines
*1 box of baby wipes (refills or box)
*1 box of Kleenex tissue
*1 bottle of liquid soap (antibacterial)
*2 rolls of paper towels
*zip-lock sandwich bags
*1 pair of Fiskars blunt scissors
*1 package of #2 pencils
*2 glue sticks
*2 boxes of 24 count crayons
*1 package of 3x5 index cards
*2 pocket folders (1 with brads for paper and 1 with pockets only)
*1 yellow or pink highlighter
The paper towels, tissue and soap usually run out around December. I will send a letter to let you know if more supplies are needed. Please check each weekend to make sure your child has everything needed for school. First graders go through a lot of pencils, crayons, paper, and glue.
PAPERWORK-At the beginning of each year there are several forms for parents and teachers to fill out for the office and downtown. The forms are listed below. Please fill these out and return them as soon as possible.
1. Registration Card-Please include the Social Security #.
2. Home Language Survey
3. Textbook Form-Should be signed by parent and student.
4. Internet Form-All unsafe material has been blocked.
5. Code of Conduct-Should be signed by student and parent.
6. Teacher/Parent/Student Compact
7. Volunteer Form
HOMEWORK-Homework is very important in first grade but it should not keep the entire household up all night. I try to make the homework fun for the students as well as enriching. Please work with your child on his or her homework as needed. Assignments will be posted over the through schoolnotes.com (zipcode-36117) every Monday. If your child does not have Internet access at home I will print the sheet at school. The weekly homework page will also inform you of the Spelling and Sight Words for the week and lead your child to educational games for study and practice. It is extremely important to read and print the homework page each Monday.
STUDENT PROGRESS-Graded papers and conduct grades will be sent home every three weeks in a large, yellow envelope. Please review, sign, date and return the envelope and papers; I must keep all student papers for my files. If I have made an error in correcting any papers, tear out the paper and attach it to the FRONT of your child's envelope. This way I will be sure to see the error and correct any mistake I have made.
CONDUCT-Our class rules are:
1. Listen to the teacher.
2. Take care of materials.
3. Follow directions.
4. Respect yourself and classmates.
5. Keep your hands and your feet to yourself.
DISCIPLINE POLICY-My discipline policy is based on a positive approach by rewarding those who exhibit good behavior. I have a "Traffic Light" in my classroom in which each child starts the day on the "green" light. If a child breaks a rule, they are moved to "yellow", given a verbal warning, and the warning is documented for my records. If the problem continues, or another rule is broken, the child then moves to "red" and an official conduct form is sent home to notify you of the problem. You must discuss the problem with your child, sign, and return the form which will be kept on file to determine the conduct grade given at the end of each nine week period.
To show how much I appreciate those who stay on "green" for the entire week, I will reward them each Friday. Rewards will vary from week to week, but always worth their efforts. (Examples: free time, baked treats, popsicles, pencils or other fun things)
Please be sure to ask your child what color he or she is on each day. It is very important that you reinforce this policy.
ABSENCES-If a child is absent, I always try to let them make up any tests or quizzes the day they return. If any aditional work was missed, I will allow them to take the work home to complete as homework
I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU AND YOUR CHILD!