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    Important Dates: 





    2/18- 100th Day of SCHOOL! Dress up like you're 100 years old

    3/13- Bucket Filler Day- Wear Bright Colors

    4/8- Dress to impress day (dress fancy) 

    5/22- America Day- Wear red, white and blue!  



          Student Safety is always paramount at Switlik School. We are asking for help in allowing our staff to focus on our shared goal of keeping our children safe and focused on learning. We appreciate your continued support and collaboration with us in ensuring that all students are safe.

    ENTRANCE PROCEDURES: Valid Photo Identification is required each time you visit the school. We ask that you wait 20 minutes after student arrival to approach the building to be signed in for your visit. (Exceptions are made for scheduled appointments approved by your child’s principal/teacher/counselor.

    • All visitors will notify the receptionist using the buzzer by the visitor doors.
    • At the buzzer, all visitors are required to present their valid photo identification to the camera, state the purpose of their visit and/or specify with whom they have the appointment or which student they are picking up.
    • At the second set of doors, buzz again for access to reception.
    • This includes drop off and pick up for morning and aftercare


    Please do not hold the door open for others behind you​. We realize this feels awkward and against the rules of good manners, but it’s important that each visitor be acknowledged individually through the buzzer system.

    • If the appointment and/or purpose is verified, the visitor will be buzzed in and must present themselves to the receptionists immediately upon entry.
    • The visitor’s ID will be held until the visitor leaves the building and the visitor will receive a guest badge. This procedure helps us to know that the visitor has departed by ensuring they leave the same way they arrived.
    • Please limit “dropped off” items to only those items your child truly needs during the school day (e.g. necessary clothing changes, important schoolwork or lunch/items that are required for that day). Using the buzzer by the visiting door, inform the receptionists these items are on the cart outside the visitor door.


    ARRIVAL PROCEDURES:  Please be advised at no time should any vehicle be entering or exiting through our bus ramp during arrival or dismissal times. Please review and adhere to the following:

    Arrival Time: 8:50-9:05 a.m.  We will not have staff on duty before this time.

    • No child should be left off at the school without a staff member in attendance.
    • Morning arrival for children is located at the back of the building (gym vestibule entrance).
    • Parents who choose the “Kiss and Drop” loop should adhere to the following safety procedures:
      • Stay in the right lane along the curb, pull up to the red line:
        • Pull up to the gym vestibule entrance doors to drop off your child.
        • Parents are to remain in their vehicles at all times.
        • Students must exit from the passenger side door.
        • Parents will not be permitted to enter the building during drop off arrival time.
        • Do not pass other vehicles while children are exiting from vehicle, this can create a dangerous situation.

    After 9:05 a.m., the start of the school day, parents dropping off their children must park in the main parking lot and escort them inside to the main office receptionist desk in order to sign them in.  At this time, children are considered late. Valid Photo Identification is required each time you visit the school.

    No child is to be dropped off at the main entrance without a parent/ guardian signing them in.

    Parent Pick Up:

    • Doors at the back of the building (gym vestibule entrance) for parent pick up will open at 3:05 p.m.
    • Present your valid photo identification to the receptionists prior to signing your child out.
    • Follow instructions of receptionists as to where to stand while waiting for your child to arrive.
    • Please do not park in the bus lane during this time.

    Child Care:

    • Parents wishing to pick their students up from childcare may begin to do so at 3:15 p.m. We ask that parents wait until dismissal is complete before signing out childcare students.

    EARLY DISMISSAL: will conclude at 2:45 p.m.  Any parent who wishes to sign out their child after 2:45 p.m. will wait until dismissal at 3:10 p.m. Please refer to the Switlik School Handbook.

    If you will be picking your child up early, we prefer you notify the school as early in advance as you can, but at least by the morning of pick up. This can be done through a note sent in with the child, or an email to the teacher and principal. In the event of a true emergency, please contact the school reception desk by phone (732) 833-4650 extension 4135, prior to arrival if possible. We realize there are often instances where early pick-up is necessary (medical or other appointments), but we respectfully ask that you limit early sign-outs to only times when they  are necessary.



    Mystery Reader Schedule: 

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    (Please be at school and signed in with reception by 2:00)

    10/4- Laura Kirk- The Day the Crayons Quit

    10/11- Christine Gillespie- Elmer

    10/18- Jeanne Pollock- Frozen 2

    10/25- Jennifer Morello- Scaredy-Cat Splat

    11/1- Stephen Kelly

    11/15-  Jamie Kronseder

    12/6- Nicole Marchand

    3/27- Kelly O'Callaghan

    4/3- "Mystery" Mystery Reader






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     Our class Mom is Laura Kirk this year. She can be reached at : Laurakirk0130@aol.com or 



     First Grade


    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. 


    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.  

    Class Page

    Our class page will be updated weekly with important dates and announcements. Please be sure to check our page often. 

    Parent-Teacher Communication

    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 cpenn@jacksonsd.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!

    Reading Habits


    Good Habits

    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.                            

     Aim for the Stars



    Remember to always pick "good- fit" books to read!  It is easy to do:


    I PICK


    1. I choose a book
    2. Purpose-  Why do I want to read it?
    3. Interest- Am I interested in it?
    4. Comprehend- Am I understanding what I am reading?
    5. 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!



    Our class rules





    Our Specials: 

    Monday- Computers
    Tuesday- Music
    Wednesday- Gym (please wear sneakers)
    Thursday-  Library
    Friday- Art (please bring a smock for the year) 




       Our lunch is at 11:35



          Wish List       

    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,paper cups, 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!




    Recess Reminders: 

    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 treats to school before our lunch time. (No Juice boxes or Goodie Bags please)




    School Supplies

    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:


    ~ 3 ring pencil pouch (works great with our S.T.A.R binder that will be provided)

    ~crayons(for home)

    ~ pencils (for home)

    ~ Dry erase markers

    ~Sheet Protectors

    ~reuseable water bottle


    * 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! 

    -Tell stories.

    -Listen to audiobooks in the car.

    -Put the television volume on mute or low and turn on the close captions. 




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