Classroom Procedures

procedures

School Hours:  School starts at 8:15 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m.  Students are counted tardy when they come in after 8:20 a.m. First Grade is fast-paced and filled with new learning experiences each day.  When a child is frequently tardy or absent, it can really disrupt his/her learning and cause added stress.  It greatly benefits your child to be at school on time and ready to start the day.

Every Thursday, the school day ends at 1:30 p.m. and students need to be picked up at our 1:30 dismissal time.


Mail
All student work, along with the Blumfield newsletter and various other papers from our district and community, will be sent home on Thursdays.  Each student will have a "Thursday Folder."  Please check your child’s folder every Thursday and look over all the papers that were completed and sent home.  This will help you to know what we are currently studying in class and give you good talking points that you can use to discuss with your child.  This is also a good time to praise your child for work that was completed.  Please take all papers out of your child's Thursday folder and send the folder back to school with your child as soon as possible.  We will reuse these folders each week.    

Homework:  Every student will get a Homework Folder.  This folder will go home at the start of the week.  There will usually be 2 or more assignments to complete (spelling and math), although some weeks there could be more or less.  Completed homework assignments should be placed back inside the homework folder and returned to school on or before Friday of the same week.  Students that complete and return their homework assignments will get a small piece of candy from me each week.  

At this age, I encourage parents to provide assistance with homework and to help your child practice at home.  When you help with homework, you gain a better understanding of where your child is at in the learning process.  You will also help to reinforce current skills being taught at school.  The positive support that you provide can help to motivate and develop good habits in your child.


Birthdays
:  Birthday's are exciting and we do take a moment to recognize these special days!  If your child's birthday is on a weekend, we will celebrate on the Friday before their birthday (or the Monday after, if you prefer).  Children with summer birthdays will have a group birthday that is held at the end of the school year.  If you are planning to bring in a treat for your child's birthday, please feel free to contact me to get the exact number of students that are enrolled.  Treats are optional and not something that you are required to bring.  All students will be recognized on their birthday regardless of whether they bring treats or not.  No homemade treats, please.  Store-purchased treats only!  It's the school rule!  

I also request that no party invitations be passed out at school.  The exception would be if the whole class was invited or all the girls or all the boys were invited to attend.  While I understand that it is impossible to invite everyone to a party, First Graders do not understand this.  Therefore, I enforce this policy in order to avoid hurt feelings.  If mailing the invitations is not an option, please contact me so that we can arrange a diplomatic means of distributing them.  


Absences:  
Whenever your child is going to be absent for any reason, please let the office know or send a note to school with your child.  I will gladly collect all missed assignments that they can complete upon returning to school.  Kindly understand that assignments are linked to lessons recently taught in class.  It is sometimes difficult to create "work packets" in advance because those concepts haven't been introduced yet or were missed.


Toys
Please remind your child that they are not to bring toys to school.  Not only do these cause distractions, but I would also feel horrible if something valuable was lost/stolen/broken.  There will be opportunities throughout the year for students to bring in items from home to share.  I will send notes home in advance to let you know exactly when we have a show and tell day.  Students should not be bringing toys in on a daily basis.  


Student of the WeekEach week, I will pick a student to be our "Student of the Week."  This student will bring home a questionnaire to fill out, decorate, and return to class.  I will help students to read and share their responses with the classroom, but it is also helpful if they can practice what they will say while at home. During your child's week, please feel free to have him/her bring in any of the following items: photographs/pictures (up to 5 pictures), one show & tell item, a special book to share with the class, a special snack or treat (optional).  We will display their pictures and items all week long for the rest of the class to see.  All items will be returned to you the following week.    

When your child is selected, I would greatly appreciate it if the completed questionnaire, photos, and show & tell items could be returned by the due date that is listed.  If I do not hear back from you after several attempts, I will help your child to fill the questionnaire out while they are at school.  


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