Last modified: August 8, 2019
I am so excited to teach 1st grade. After graduating from Utah State University, I taught 3rd grade for Box Elder School District. I’ve spent the last 7 years teaching music to Kindergartners and First Graders at Lakeview Elementary. 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
- Washable Markers
- Colored Pencils
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.*
As Westridge Wildcats, we can …
- Be Safe
- Be Respectful
- Be Responsible and
- Make Smart Choices.
We can make a positive difference!
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. We will also participate in “First Grade Singing” as a grade level every Friday.
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. In first grade we will leave our library books in the classroom to read throughout the week. I recommend that you take your child to the public library to check out books on a regular basis as well.
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.
Computers: Your child will have opportunities to go to the computer lab to enhance and assess their literacy and math skills.
Homework: Homework is sent home in a homework folder, worked on for 20 minutes and signed by a guardian on the monthly calendar. I will collect the calendar at the end of the month. Homework folders will be turned in each Monday and returned on Mondays. In addition to 20 minutes of reading every day, please
- 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, updating homework folders, 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 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 at the end of the school year. 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. During the first week and a half of school all students will be dismissed early at 1:30 p.m. Starting August 26, we will dismiss at the regular time of 3:20 p.m.
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!