Thank you for a wonderful school year! See you in the Fall! Please remember to Read!
First Grade -- Where You'll Watch Your Child Grow! A Letter for Parents
Congratulations! You are the parent of a first-grader here at Switlik Elementary School! You will be amazed at just how much your child will grow this year. Most likely, your child has had the seeds of reading and writing planted, and during first grade, those seeds will grow and blossom, making your child an accomplished reader and writer! The change will be dramatic -- just compare a tiny seed with a full-grown sunflower! That's the kind of growth you'll see this year!
Ways to Help Your Child Bloom
The loveliest flowers usually have the best gardener -- and that's you! Staying involved in your child's education is the key to a successful year. Engage your child in conversation about his/her day, but know that children won't always give out much information. I will update our class page weekly and send out reminders, pictures, and messages on Class Dojo! You can use this as a springboard for discussion; instead of saying "What did you do at school today?" (the answer is often "nothing!"), you can say, "Oh, I see you're learning about....what did you find out?"
Another way to stay involved is to check your child's take-home folder (located in the S.T.A.R binder) EVERY evening. You'll usually find it packed with school and homework, projects, flyers, notices from the office, as well as notes from me. As daunting as it may be, try to sort through them, and read each one; they often contain important information and reminders. Your child should come to school the next day with a fairly empty folder -- just homework or notes to me!
A Few Procedures
To help keep things growing, it helps to remember our school procedures. If you are picking your child up from school, or if someone else is, please send in a SIGNED, DATED note with your child's FULL NAME written on it. I understand that things do come up occasionally. In the event that you need to pick your child up and you have not sent in a note, please contact the office directly. Class dojo messages and emails can sometimes go unchecked before the day is through so it is best to let the office know.
Snack (We are a NUT FREE Classroom!)
We will have a quick snack in the afternoon. Please pack a small HEALTHY choice and a water packed SEPARATELY from lunch in a bag or sack if you would like for your child to have a snack.
Our class page will be updated weekly with important dates and announcements. Please be sure to check our page often.
I am always available to email or speak with you. If it is not urgent, please jot a note and I will respond as soon as possible. Class Dojo will also be used to communicate back and forth so please be sure to sign up with the code sent home with your child on the first day of school. You may call the school (732) 833-4650 or e-mail me as well at firstname.lastname@example.org. In return, I will contact you by note or telephone if there is something that I would like to discuss. Together we will have a great year!
Please visit our class page for updates, as this is our main line of communication along with Class Dojo.
Thank you for visiting our class page and being involved!
Invite your child to read our updates with you!
Continue to check this page weekly for the most up to date information about our class.
Your help and support are needed to make this a successful journey for your child!
Together we are a team!
Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions!
Please practice these words nightly at home. Remember to practice your snap words every day! They will help you to be a strong reader! We will have a test on Snap Words every Friday!
How is your reading STAMINA?
Please remember to read from your Reading Challenge Bag each day!
Remember Our Reading Strategies!
Writer's Workshop Unit of Study:
Unit 1: Small Moments: Writing with Focus, Detail and Dialogue
Unit 2: Nonfiction Chapter Books
Unit 3: Writing Reviews
Unit 4: From Scenes to Series: Writing Fiction
When writing~remember our goals:
*Begin each sentence with a capital
*End each sentence with a: . ? or !
*Finger spaces in between words
*Check your work~Does it make sense?
Please practice addition and subtraction facts to 18 with your child.A simple deck of addition and subtraction flash cards can be a huge help with this.
They can be purchased at the dollar store.It is very important that your child knows these facts in order to complete our timed fast facts tests.The math website is Pearsonrealize.com: Hit the button Pearson Easybridge plus and auto, find the school that says Jackson Township School District, Click GO. The Student Login is: your child's Student ID #, Student Password is : Your child's first name with a capital letter and then 01 at the end. Please then follow all the sets on the screen to set up your child's account.
Remember to check your child's S.T.A.R Binder each day. Math homework will be marked with HW. Reading will also be a part of our daily homework. Homework is an important review and reinforcement of the day's work. Please provide a quiet space and encourage your child to do their best work.
Remember to always pick "good- fit" books to read! It is easy to do:
- I choose a book
- Purpose- Why do I want to read it?
- Interest- Am I interested in it?
- Comprehend- Am I understanding what I am reading?
- Know- I know most of the words
Many Parents Ask:
How can I help my child become a better reader?
Continue to read to him or her every day and expose him or her to the language of books. Have your child read to you. If he/she makes a mistake, simply tell your child the correct word and let them move on. This increases enjoyment and fluency.
To increase comprehension, talk about the story after you've read it.
Please encourage your child to show kindness, respect and appreciation to others!
Bucket Filling Ideas To Do At Home:
1. Ask a friend, neighbor or family member if you can help them complete a chore
2. Help around the house, community, beaches, parks, libraries
3. Keep track of your bucket filling by using:
a calendar to record how you filled someone's bucket, a bucket and place stones inside to keep track or a journal to write about what you did!
Wednesday- Gym (Please wear sneakers!)
Our lunch is at 11:30 daily.
If you are able to donate any of the following items to our classroom, it would be greatly appreciated.
We are always collecting items for SCIENCE!
Please send in paper towel tubes, empty and clean water bottles,
small cardboard boxes(pasta,snack food boxes),craft stones/pebbles, zip lock baggies.
Thank you for your donations!
We use these items all throughout the year so you can send them in at any time:
tissues, paper towels, baby wipes, large and small zip lock bags, hand sanitizer, large and small paper plates, lunch or craft bags, gently used games/toys for indoor recess.
~Also, we can always find a use for any items that you may be looking to find a new home for.(games, puzzles, blocks, books, trinkets, toys, craft supplies, dollar store items)
Thank you for thinking about our class!
We will be going outside daily, weather permitting. Please remember that for safety reasons, your child needs to be wearing sneakers to play on the playground. It is a great idea to send an extra water bottle to school for your child to drink after recess! Thank you for your cooperation.
Please remember that birthday invitations cannot be handed out in school.
If your child would like to celebrate his/her birthday, you may send a treat to school. Birthday treats are enjoyed in the lunchroom, so please bring NUT FREE treats to school by 11:20. (No Juice boxes or Goodie Bags please)
Here is a list of school supplies that you may want your child to have.
These supplies are not required but some parents look for suggestions:
~ Dry erase markers
* Remember a backpack large enough to carry folders and books.
The Learning Never Stops!
Try some of these simple everyday learning experiences:
-Practice math addition and subtraction facts up to 18.
-Identify coins and their value.
-Look for geometric shapes.
-Pick out sight words on a menu when out to eat.
-Read every day!
-Listen to audiobooks in the car.
-Put the television volume on mute or low and turn on the close captions.