Last modified: July 27, 2023
I love teaching 1st grade. I am a mother of daughters, reader of books, mountain-loving, comedy-watching, lover of sweets, first grade teacher.
“Notice: The items on this list will be used during the regular school day. They may be brought from home on a voluntary basis, otherwise, they will be furnished by the school.”
Our class is always in need of the following items:
- Expo Dry Erase Markers
- Glue sticks
- Ticonderoga #2 Pencils
- Pink Brick Erasers
Additionally, please consider contributing $20 to our class fund. This money collected go mostly to paying for field trips but also allow me to purchase items for our classroom that we may need throughout the year. This is an optional request and not required.* Donations can be made at any time during the year by turning money into the office or sending it to school in your child’s folder.
*The Utah State Code prohibits fees in elementary schools. However, inasmuch as educational funding is limited, schools are allowed to request voluntary donations. Therefore we appreciate, but do not require, the contribution of the grade level items listed above. No child will be excluded from any school activity or project based on these or any other requested donations.*
Here is some helpful information about what your child will be doing at school this year in first grade. It’s an exciting time in their lives because they will be learning and experiencing many new things. It’s also a very important time because they will be developing a foundation in reading, writing, and math skills. Your support at home will make a significant difference in their progress.
Literacy: Most of our day will be devoted to reading and writing. Students will work on literacy skills as a whole class, in small guided-reading groups, and independently during literacy centers. Please provide opportunities and encouragement for your child to read as much as possible at home.
Math: Another major part of our day will be devoted to math exploration and skill development. Students will achieve mathematical understanding through meaningful investigations and hands-on activities.
Music: Twice a week your child will have the enjoyable experience of attending music class.
Physical Education: Twice a week your child will go outside or in the gym for fun physical activity, movement, and motor skill development. We also have morning, lunch, and afternoon recess every day.
Library: Once a week we will go to the library in the school media center.
Art: Once a week your child will have the opportunity to be instructed by our art teacher. This will enhance their creativity and fine motor skills. We will integrate the fine arts (including dance, theater, and music) in our classroom subjects.
Homework: 20 minutes of reading every day! It will be marked on a monthly reading log. In addition to reading, I encourage:
- allow plenty of play time after school (outside, if possible). School is long, and they need time to unwind and be creative.
- eat dinner as a family. Talk to your child about their day and ask what they’ve learned in school.
- go to bed early. First graders need 9-12 hours of sleep each night to promote optimal health. A well rested child will have greater success at school.
Parent Volunteers: We love having volunteers! We could use help with working with students, class parties, and field trips.
Recess: All first graders go outside for recess in the morning, at lunch, and in the afternoon. Please dress them appropriately for the weather. On very cold or wet weather days we will have recess in the classroom.
Lunch: Students may bring lunch from home or buy a school lunch using a lunch number. Practice sheets will be sent home for students to memorize their lunch number and practice entering it on a number key. Payment for school lunch may be made directly to the office, paid online, or given to me first thing in the morning.
Birthdays: We are happy to celebrate student birthdays. You are welcome to bring in a treat for everyone to celebrate your child’s birthday. We will celebrate summer birthdays on their half birthday. Please follow the district policy of providing store-bought items that are individually wrapped. We have a school policy that treats are passed out at the very end of the day.
School Hours: Students remain on the outside playground until the first bell rings at 8:35 a.m. At that time the students will line up by the gate next to the playground. A first grade teacher will walk the students inside to their classrooms. We will start classwork right away after the last bell rings at 8:40 a.m. After 8:40 a.m. your child will be considered tardy and will have to check in with the office.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to working with you and your child this year!