DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment) A first grader is expected to be on a DRA Level 16 by May with a fluency of 60 words per minute and adequate comprehension. Email- My school email address is Tamara.Majors@gpisd.org I check email daily. If you have an email address that you’d like me to be aware of, please let me know. ABSENT- If your child is absent, please call the school at (972-262-5000) or email me to let me know, if you are not able to call, a note stating the reason for the absence must be brought to school to avoid an unexcused absence. Breakfast in the Classroom is served everyday in our classroom from 8:00 – 8:20. BIRTHDAYS -You can send cupcakes/cookies for the class. We ask that you send them first thing in the morning and that they are in individual baggies so we can pass them out easily. We ask that classroom birthday celebrations be limited to STORE BOUGHT treats only (no cakes, ice cream, etc.). If you are planning a party, we will pass out invitations only if you send one for each student in the class. Communication is important. Feel free to contact me whenever you have a question, comment, or concern. You can reach me by phone (972-262-5000) in person, by email (Tamara.Majors@gpisd.org), or by note. Dismissal– First Grade is dismissed at 3:20. We will walk the students out the front doors and wait out front for parents. If your child is in daycare, they will be escorted to where they need to be. If your child has an older sibling, you will need to pick up your first grader first and then drive around to the side of the building to pick up your older child. Students not picked up by 3:30 will be waiting for you in the cafeteria, and you will have to come inside the building and sign them out from the office. Dress Code – Make sure that your child is following the GPISD and Garner dress codes as stated in the student handbook, NO letters or numbers and tennis shoes every day. FIELD TRIPS -Information about field trips will come home in the PIRATE binder and will be detailed in the field trip permission slip. Fine Arts this year will include music, art, drama, dance, and orchestra! Fluency helps us to read faster. A 1st grader must be reading 60 words per minute at the end of 1st grade. Guidance- Our school counselor, Mrs. Warneke, will teach us Character Counts and help us with PBS (Positive Behavior Support) . HOMEWORK -Students will have homework in 1st Grade. Homework assignments will vary and will be sent home in the PIRATE binder. Unless otherwise noted, please return the homework by Friday. Independence is a goal for students because it builds self-esteem and self-confidence. 1st Graders are very capable of doing many things on their own and I encourage them to do as much as they can for themselves in the classroom. Please work on the following self-help skills at home with your child: zipping, tying, dressing, etc. Ill- It is important to keep your child home if he or she is ill. This helps to make him or her more comfortable, and prevents others from becoming ill. Students must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. Please refer to the medication policy in the student handbook. Journal- Your student will grow as a writer as we use our journals on a daily basis. As the children are exposed to a variety of phonics and reading experiences, journal entries will move from drawings and “inventive” spellings towards more conventional writing. Encourage your child to write at home for a variety of purposes. Jewelry Please do not let your child wear elaborate jewelry to school. These things distract from your child’s learning, and the learning of the other students in the room. Kindness- Students in our classroom are encouraged and expected to treat all members of our class, as well as others, with kindness and respect. Bothering others, bullying, and interrupting learning will not be permitted. PIRATE Binders- help keep us organized. The 3ringed binder houses homework, take home papers, and other items that assist with communication between home and school. Parent Involvement- Your support of school activities makes your child feel important and sends the message that you value school! We are always happy to have your help for activities in the classroom. Parent volunteers must complete a background check found on the GPISD website. More information about parent volunteers will be sent home in the coming weeks. I could also use help during the day with copies or things of that nature. Perfect Attendance- Perfect attendance is NO tardies AND NO absences PE – In order to participate in P.E., your child must be wearing tennis shoes. PTA – Please join PTA to support our school. Lunch-Our class eats lunch at 11:35-12:05. If lunch money is sent to school, please send it in the PIRATE binder. There is a pencil pocket pouch for this purpose that is located in the front of the PIRATE book. MATH-The 1st Grade math curriculum provides students with mathematical experiences that help them develop number sense and a positive attitude towards mathematics that will continue throughout their school career and lives. Math concepts are covered through our daily calendar and math workshop routine. NEED HELP?-Please feel free to ask for clarification if you do not understand something. I am more than happy to help. Outside -Our outside recess time is from 11:05-11:35 each day (unless it is a red ozone day, raining, or extremely cold). Please keep this in mind when helping your child select clothing for the day. Tennis shoes are required at GFAA! In the winter, please be sure to send your child with a coat/jacket. Questions? Please feel free to call, email, or send a note. Tamara.Majors@gpisd.org, 972-262-5000 Report Cards –Report cards are on a 9 week schedule. Report cards and progress reports are online this year. Reading First graders should read 20 minutes every night. It is very important that they hold on to their reading log in their PIRATE binder. Practicing every day is imperative for their achievement and preparation for 2nd grade. Retell – Please make sure your child can retell the story from beginning to end. They need to use the words in the story and include as much details as they can. SCIENCE-The focus of the 1st Grade science curriculum is on developing an awareness of the world in which we live. Science concepts and skills will be explored utilizing a literacy based, hands-on approach. SOCIAL STUDIES- The 1st Grade social studies curriculum focuses on the students and how they relate to others in their families, classroom, school, and community. Social Studies concepts and skills will be explored utilizing a literacy based, hands-on approach. Transportation- If your child has any changes in their transportation please let me know in writing prior to, or the day of, the transportation change. Calling the office is the best method for letting me know about last minute transportation changes. Unique- Each student in my classroom is unique, and I will strive to appreciate and encourage that uniqueness. Visitors/Volunteers– Garner has a policy that all guests (including familiar faces) are required to check in at the school office. It is important to remember that while this may inconvenience frequent visitors, it is the goal and responsibility of the school to create a safe learning environment. If you would like to volunteer in the classroom, please fill out the criminal background check online at http://gpisd.schoolwires.net/Page/1956 Wish List- Throughout the year we occasionally need supplies above and beyond our classroom materials. I may send some written requests of these needs. Extra items that you think we might be able to use are always welcome! Water Bottles—Your child may bring a water bottle to drink during the day. Please make sure that it is NOT the colored flavored water. Please be sure that it has a lid that is easy to shut so it will avoid spilling. Website- Check out our website for information about activities at our school. http://www.gpisd.org/garner You can also check the GFAA Facebook page for even more information. eXit- Parents and family members may eXit and enter via the main school entry. Your ideas and suggestions are welcome! Zzzzzzz - Make sure that your child gets plenty of rest.