First Grade Families,
I hope you are having a wonderful summer! I am excited to meet my new first graders. To help me learn more about your child, please fill out this quick survey: All About Your First Grader. The results will be kept confidential and will help me prepare for the upcoming school year.
Looking for information about school supplies? Click this link: First Grade Supply List.
Here is a note from our principal about summer learning.
Have you ever heard the phrase “summer slide”? It refers to the loss of learning that can take place when skills are not practiced over the summer. We want everyone to keep their learning brains turned on by spending 10-50 minutes every day practicing math facts and reading. To determine the appropriate minimum number of minutes/day for your child, multiply their grade level by 10. For example, a first grader would spend a minimum of 10 minutes — 5 minutes on math and 5 minutes on reading.
Our school has a login for all students on MOBYMAX – an excellent online tool for all content areas. If your child has forgotten their password/login, email Mrs. Reagan.
On MobyMax, we recommend the following:
- Grade K: Number Sense, Alphabet and Reading Trio
- Grade 1: Number Sense (review), Math Fact Fluency and Reading Trio
- Grade 2-5: Math Fact Fluency (keep those facts fresh) and any of the other applications on the site.
If you would like to track reading minutes over the summer, this counts too. Simply log into this form once a week to tell us how many minutes per week or per month you are reading. All students who participate in summer learning will be entered into a drawing for an AMAZON GIFT CARD. This contest ends on August 20.
Finally, Mrs. Vandenberg, our librarian, would love to have photos of you reading over the summer. You can send your photo to her at email@example.com
This Tuesday, our Georgetown Library will be open for book check out. Stop by to see me between 10:00 and 12:00. I would love to meet my new students!
*For information about School Supplies, click here.
**To help me get to know your child, please complete this Parent Survey. All results are confidential and will help me prepare for the upcoming school year.
Happy July! I will give your child many tools that we will use every day (crayons, pencils, folders, notebooks), but I would love some help with these specialty items.
Please bring these supplies to our Open House on Tuesday, August 30.
- pencil box (make sure that it can open and close easily)
- headphones (these don’t need to be fancy, just comfortable and durable)
- gym shoes (kept in your child’s locker) *Please make sure that your child can get these on independently. Velcro is a wonderful thing if tying is still tricky!
- 1 rectangular eraser
- 1 box of dry erase markers
- 1 box of Kleenex
- 1 box of graham crackers
- 1 container of Clorox wipes
- 1 box of bandaids
Important items your child should bring to school every day.
- backpack (big enough for a lunchbox, folder, library book, and snow gear in the winter)
- filled water bottle (water only, no juice please)
- 2 healthy snacks (one for the morning and one for the afternoon… first graders get hungry!)
Thanks so much for helping your child get ready for first grade! Please email me if you have any questions.
Mrs. Bast: firstname.lastname@example.org
We will have our third OPEN LIBRARY this Tuesday, June 28 from 10 am to 12 pm. This is open to all students…new and old…grades K-5.
While attending, you may take down your JOYFUL LEARNER PHOTO. Mrs. Reagan will be adding new photos next year so you are welcome to take the 2015-16 photo from the board.
Also, it’s time to remind everyone to keep their brains engaged in learning over the summer. I invite you to participate in MOBYMAX for 10-20 minutes per day (math fact fluency, reading and any other content that interests you). You can also track your reading over the summer… this counts, too! Simply log into this form once a week to tell Mrs. Reagan how many minutes per week you are reading. Summer Learning Contest ends on August 20.
All students who participate in summer learning will be entered into a drawing for a AMAZON GIFT CARD. These will be handed out during a pizza lunch with Mrs. Reagan!
Finally, Mrs. Vandenberg, our librarian, would love to have post photos of you reading over the summer. Send her a photo of you reading during vacation at email@example.com.
Hope your summer is going well!