Below you will find some information that pertains to our first grade classroom.
Homework/Book Bags: Some nights your child will have math homework. I never give homework over the weekend or holiday breaks. Homework is to be completed, initialed by a parent or guardian, and returned to school the following day. Before initialing your child’s work, briefly check it over. If there are errors please take a moment to work through them with your child. Hopefully, I will be able to still send books home with your child in their book bag. With new COVID rules, take home books may have to be eliminated. I will try to find an alternative variation of the books I send home, copies that can be kept at home. The most important function of these books is for the enjoyment you and your child will receive by being able to spend quality time reading together. I stress quality over quantity. Ten minutes nightly is great! Some books may provide a challenge where others will be easy and establish a healthy self-confidence! You may listen to your child read, read to your child, or share the story text by taking turns.
Money: Please take great care in deciding whether your child is responsible enough to carry lunch money or money for anything else to school. I strongly encourage paying for any items you can with a check. Although most children are capable of shouldering this responsibility, there is always danger of money being lost, taken, or used to purchase things it wasn’t intended for.
Snacks: We will have a daily snack time after last recess. If you would like your child to have a snack, please send one in daily for them, or if you would like to send a box of something that can last a week or two I can label it with your childs name and give them some daily. In my experience it's easiest to have each child bring in their own snack due to allergies and preferences. Snack is not mandatory, it's up to you if you want your child to have one. I always keep extra snacks in the classroom when students forget to bring one from home. Students are also welcome to bring a water bottle daily to have on their desk, please only fill it with water and no juice/pop.
Thursday Folders/Communication: Your child will receive a Pickford Panthers folder. This folder is one of the school’s links to communicating with parents. Each Thursday a newsletter will be sent home in this, as well as any other important notes or announcements requiring parental attention. It will also contain weekly work that has been completed by your child. Please remove the papers from the folder each Thursday and return the folder on Friday. This folder will also go home daily if you need to send something to school in it. I will also communicate with you through phone, email and Dojo. Unfortunately my day is so busy that I don't have time to respond to emails or dojo during my teaching hours so please understand that I likely won't reply until the evening or during one of my breaks.
Book Orders: Students will have the opportunity to order a wide variety of books most months through Scholastic Book Club. Order forms will be sent home in your child’s Thursday folder. There's a great variety of books at a fairly reasonable price. When ordering please detach order forms, fill in your child’s name on the form and include a CHECK payable to Scholastic Book Club. Please DO NOT send cash as they do not accept it.
Once again, I look forward to working with you and your child this year. Things may not be typical due to COVID but together we will make this an awesome school year! Feel free to contact me at school (906) 647-6245 ext. 2128 during any of my prep times. I can accept calls during this time or at recess. You can always email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will try to respond as quickly as possible, jut be advised that most days I don't have time to check this until after school. I typically respond to email within 24 hours, if not sooner. If you have anything important to notify me of, or if your child’s bus destination changes please call the main office and don’t rely on my email or voicemail. I would hate to miss something and have a child end up somewhere they weren’t supposed to. I look forward to the 2020/2021 school year! Mrs. Guild