Welcome to Mrs. Snyder’s
First Grade Classroom
There are many activities and events that take place daily in a First Grade classroom. I will explain as many of these events as possible in this letter. I will also keep you updated and posted on any upcoming events or changes in weekly newsletters. You will be surprised how much your child develops socially and academically this year. Please give your child daily opportunities to share his/her progress with you. Your child will enjoy showing off his/her math and reading skills throughout the year. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns throughout the school year.
*Please call the school (681-3535) if your child will be absent. Classroom work that is missed will be sent home in your child’s Friday folder unless your child has the opportunity to finish it at school before Friday. Please return completed work as soon as possible.
*We will celebrate birthdays on or near your child’s birthday. Summer birthdays will be celebrated in the Spring. Your child may bring a birthday treat for the class if he/she desires.
*Book orders will be sent home once a month and be due approximately two weeks from the time that you receive them. If you do not want your child to receive book orders, then please feel free to let me know.
*Please read all notes that will come home in your child's folder regarding ClassDojo and how it will be used to manage behavior in our classroom throughout the year. ClassDojo is a fun and exciting way to encourage appropriate behavior at school. Parents and students will receive an access code which will allow you to monitor your child's behavior at school on a daily basis. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding ClassDojo.
Classroom rules: follow directions the first time they are given, keep feet, hands, and objects to yourself, raise hand and wait to be called on to talk, no teasing or name calling, and walk, don’t run, in the classroom
Positive Supports: Positive reinforcements will be used on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis to encourage appropriate choices at school. Students will have the opportunity to earn paper trophies, pencils, and prizes from our treasure box throughout the year!
*Each child will have a homework folder to take home on a regular basis. Homework assignments should be completed the day that you receive them and returned the following day inside the homework folder. Homework assignments may include spelling tests, vocabulary words, stories to practice reading at home, math worksheets (for extra practice on the skills that we focused on during that particular day), and/or decodable reader books.
Schedule (first week)
*Throughout the first week, we will be discussing the rules, routines, and procedures throughout the school and classroom (ex. sharpening pencils, using the restroom, sitting appropriately during calendar time, walking in the halls, etc.). We will also be participating in a number of activities which will allow us to get to know each other better. I encourage you to ask your child about the classroom rules, routines, procedures, and other activities that we will be participating in. I will send home a copy of our daily schedule as soon as possible.
Show & Tell
*Starting in September, your child’s show and tell day will be once a month on a Friday. On your child’s show and tell day, your child may bring appropriate items to share with the rest of the class based on the monthly theme. The rest of the students will then have the opportunity to ask your child three questions about his/her items. I will inform you of the monthly theme each month and which Friday your child will have the opportunity to participate in show and tell.
*Your child has the opportunity to bring a personal snack each day (healthy snacks are preferred). Your child may also bring a bottle of water to have during snack time. We will take a break daily in the morning for this purpose. If you do not want your child to have a snack at school, then that is also fine. Please remember that Carrie Knause is a peanut-free school due to students with severe peanut allergies.
*Students will have the opportunity to attend music, library, computer lab, and physical education on a weekly basis.
*If you would like to donate pencils, stickers, erasers, markers, notepads, colored pencils, or other school supplies to our classroom treasure box, then please feel free to send them to school with your child. I purchase most of the treasures from local dollar stores. All donations will be greatly appreciated!
*If you would like to volunteer to listen to students read, help students with make-up work, or give students extra one-on-one help with various concepts throughout the year, then please do not hesitate to let me know. We also have decodable reader books and reading worksheets that must be copied and put together on a weekly basis if anyone is interested in volunteering to help out with that task. I truly appreciate each and every volunteer that works with my students!! Words can not express how valuable volunteers are to teachers and students. All volunteers must have a background check done by the school before volunteering in the classroom or attending field trips.