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Weekly skills information sheets go home on Monday, look for it in the blue folder.

Also in the blue folder, is their monthly behavior calendar.

**Please review it and leave it in the folder for our continued use throughout the month. At the end of the month, I will collect them.

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Due/Completed by 7:00am on Friday.




Language Arts



 *20 minutes a day*


Explanation of the IXL program.


Our school takes part in IXL, a computer-based Math program.

You received your username and password at the beginning of the year in the students’ blue folder. Make sure you are working in the First Grade field. There are tabs to the left. You want number 1 for first grade.

The website below will take you there.

I will post the topic/area we will do each week.

Reading/Language Arts

Our school takes part in IXL, a computer-based Language Arts/Reading program.

You will receive your username and password at the beginning of the year in the students’ blue folder. Make sure you are working in the First Grade field. There are tabs to the left, you want number 1 for first grade.

The website below will take you there.


Research shows that reading something of interest to or with your child for the enjoyment of reading is beneficial. I ask that your child spends 20 minutes a day reading at home. The goal is for students to become lifelong readers; we don’t want them frustrated. I want this to be a positive experience. Cuddle up with a delightful book and enjoy this experience together, this is a great bonding time.


If your child is ever absent, I will send their schoolwork home for completion. (See the student/parent handbook for the time frame.)

If we are working on an assignment in class and your child cannot finish during school time I may send their work home for completion. Keep in my that every attempt to complete this work will be made so that is need not go home. If your child is having difficulty understanding or grasping the assignment I will plan for extra time to work on the assignment/concept with your child. I hope that you take notice that this assignment has come home for a reason. Maybe you could talk to your child about why it came home.

*Is It because it is something that just takes them a little more time to do.?

*Is it because they do not understand the concept and a conversation with you could better communicate that to me?

*Is it because they were not on task during class? (Their work habits should be discussed.)


There will be a few projects throughout the year that will be done at home. For example, a Personal Timeline Project, Good Citizens Project, Habitat Diorama, Ten Commandments Project, and more.

Grading Policy

The grading policy for First Graders: The grading system for the primary grades is structured to allow personal growth without the pressure of academic grades.

S Secure

P Progressing

N Needs to improve

  • + Proficient
  • – Minimal

(Taken from Parent/Student Handbook and the Report Card Key)

If you have questions, you may contact me at:





Important Dates

Link to the School Calendar:






Rainbow of Expectations

This year we will use a colored “clip chart” to monitor our behavior and classroom choices. I have used this system before in class and find it to be very effective in helping students learn to make good behavior choices at school. Your child will have a clip that they will physically move up or down the chart, depending on their choices. Every child starts every day on the green “Ready to Learn” section of the chart. If they are showing good behavior that goes above and beyond what I expect of them, they will get to ‘clip up’ on the chart. Students being disruptive in class, not completing work, being unkind to classmates, disrespectful to adults, or any other unacceptable school behavior will ‘clip down’ the chart. I like this system because if a student starts off with a rough morning, they can improve their behavior during the day and clip back up. Please keep in mind that your child’s clip may not move every single day! To move up, students must go above and beyond in their behavior choices. The chart on the left explains how the clip chart works. I believe that this system will be a positive way for students to monitor their choices and will give them behavior goals to strive for! As always, if you have questions, please contact me.

I also use Class Dojo, an App used in classrooms to share progress, communication, photos and videos. Look for the sign-up sheet with your parent code.

Book Mobile

In order for your child to check out books, you will need to get them a Racine library card. They have informed me that the child must have their own library card, not their parents’ card.

(I have received no word yet as to if we will use the book mobile this year.)


Following these guidelines will ensure our opportunity to have a healthy snack time option.

The first graders eat a snack every day. Please send in a HEALTHY snack each day. (This is an individual snack for your child only, there is no sharing.) Some examples are; cheese, sausage, crackers, cheerios, yogurt, fruit, veggies, hummus, raisins, granola bars, pretzels, popcorn, and applesauce.  If children continually bring in unhealthy snacks, I will have to re-evaluate having snack time. This is a time for a nutritious snack to nourish their bodies. No chips, candy, soda, cookies, pudding, etc.. I will have plain Cheerios available for those who forget. Please send in a water bottle. It would be a delightful bonus if their water bottle is insulated and did not sweat. We will keep the water bottle on the back counter throughout the day. Your child will have opportunities to use it during the day.

Special Schedule






Wear sneakers.

 Mass Day

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Class List

There are 14 students in our class.

11 face to face, 3 virtual

8 boys, 6 girls

If your child is having a birthday party and you do not want to invite the whole class, or all the girls, or all the boys then you need to pass out invitations after school in the parking lot or on your own personal time. Please do not send your child to school with invitations for only certain children. I thank you ahead of time for being considerate of the feelings of all our classmates.