ABC's of First Grade
My hope is that this page will answer any questions you may have about the policies and procedures in first grade and in my classroom. Please contact me if you do not see the answer to your question.
If your child is absent, please send a note with your child the next day he/she attends school or call the office to leave a message (405-799-KIDS).
The B.E.E. folder helps us keep organized. Your child's B.E.E. book will come home each day. B.E.E. stands for "Bring Everything Everyday." This is an organizational tool that will make communication between home and school much more efficient for parents and teachers. Inside the BEE book are your child's homework pouch, contact list, class list and even a special pouch to hold all money and notes that need to come back and forth to school. Your child needs to bring his/her B.E.E. folder to school each and every day.
If you would like to send a store-bought birthday treat with your child on or near his/her birthday, please feel free to do so. These treats will be eaten during our snack time. Please do not send birthday party invitations to be distributed at school unless all children receive an invitation.
Book From Home:
If your child would like to bring one special book from home to be read at school, they may do so. Our many opportunities to read come in many forms. Teacher-led reading, group reading, individual reading, and student-led reading to the large group.
Several time throughout the year I will send home opportunities to order books. Book clubs offer books at reduced prices. It's a great way to build your child's home library!
Class Discipline System:
Students will be working with a Card System.
Communication is important. Feel free to contact me whenever you have questions or concerns.
You can reach me by phone before/after school (405-799-KIDS) through email: BradeyCKLC@gmail.com
or by note.
Our classroom system for discipline is simple. We work hard to make the classroom a positive and safe place for all. Rules are agreed upon during the first week of school and read and discussed daily. Problems are looked upon as just that--problems to be solved.
We have a dress code at CKLC. It states that Thanks for your help with this -- it helps maintain an environment appropriate for learning.
My school email is BradeyCKLC@gmail.com. I check this daily.
The children will be an integral part in determining what expectations will be most important in our classroom. If a student breaks an expectation, he/she will be given a reminder of what the expectation is and why it is important to follow them. If the behavior continues, redirection will occur and your child will be given another opportunity to think about what would be a better choice. Should a third warning go unnoticed, a card will be turned and a note will be sent home letting you know the card was turned and the reason.
On Fridays, you will be able to see what color of card your child ended the week with. You can find this in the B.E.E. folder. It will require your signature and it will be returned to school the following Monday morning.
Information about field trips will be sent home in the B.E.E. folder.
Students have PE twice a week with Mr. Hitchcock. Kids, please wear sneakers on PE days so that you can safely enjoy the games and activities. If you have a Dr. request for your child not to participate in one of these activities, please send a note to me.
Students in first grade will have homework throughout the week. A packet will be sent home each week in the B.E.E. folder. Please return the packet on Friday in the B.E.E. folder homework pocket.
Your child will working on using “I statements” to solve problems with others this year.
*--"I" Messages are a key part of respectful, assertive speaking that allows you to express how you feel without attacking, putting down or blaming.
*--When you are upset, hurt, or angry, an "I" Message can help you talk things through without getting into an escalating confrontation.
*--"I" Messages help facilitate constructive dialogue and problem-solving.
*--"I" Messages are a particularly good way to prevent escalation of arguments and avoid putting others on the defensive.
*--An "I" Message is a way to be strong without being mean when you are angry, upset or disappointed with something another person has done.
*--"I" Messages can also be used to express positive feelings.
Independence is a goal for all students because it builds self-esteem and self-confidence. First 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 my classroom. If your child cannot tie his/her own shoes yet, please keep practicing at home.
Students will be writing in their journals each day. The children begin by writing a sentence and drawing a picture. By the end of the year, they are able to write full paragraphs! Encourage your child to write at home for a variety of purposes.
In Miss Bradey’s 1st grade class, we are a family. We use kind words and actions while at school and use teamwork every day. We celebrate our differences and my goal is to ensure that everyone feels special and cared for. Please keep encouraging your child’s kind spirit at home.
Our class will visit the Library once a week. Your child will check out a book when we visit the library and return it the next week. If your child forgets to return the book, he/she will not be allowed to check out a new book until the other one is returned.Lunch:
Students have a 30-minute lunch each day. Our lunch time is 12:55 to 1:15.
Our learning begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. Please do your best to have your child at school on time each day. We begin working in our classroom right when we hit the door! If your child is late, they are missing important social and academic learning time.
Please make sure to label all coats, caps, water bottles and other belongings with your child’s first and last name.
Our class has Music once a week with Mrs. Umphrey.
You will be notified of scheduled No School days in advance by note in your B.E.E. folder. If Moore Public Schools are cancelled due to weather, Creative Kids Learning Center will also be closed.
If you are picking up your child early, you will need to sign him/her out in the office.
Progress reports will be sent home in your child's B.E.E. folder. Please sign and return to school the next day.
My door is always open for questions, comments, or clarification. Please feel free to call, email, send a note, or make an appointment with me.
Students will have recess each day. Recess provides your child with a physical release and gives them a time to socialize with friends from other classrooms. Please check the weather and dress accordingly. We have recess from 12:40 to 12:55.
*Please do not allow your child to bring toys from home to play with on the playground. We will have balls and other equipment for the children to use during recess time. Thank you!
Spelling Tests will be on Fridays. You will also find the following week’s spelling words listed in the B.E.E. folder on Fridays to get a head start on practice.
Our classroom theme is “Welcome to the Wild Side.” We will be doing many enrichment activities throughout the school year to get wild with learning!
Please keep me updated when you have changes to your address, phone number(s), emergency contacts, or situations you feel I should know about.
Would you like to volunteer in the classroom or help in the school? At the beginning of the year, I will send out a volunteer form. Please fill that paper out and return it to school. There are many ways to help in our classroom. What talent would you like to share?
Students are allowed to have a water bottle in class. Please make sure that it has a tight-fitting lid. Make sure your child's name is on the bottle. We will be sending these home on Fridays for washing. (ONLY water in the water bottles, please!)
Especially at the beginning of the year, children may need some extra assurance from you that they will do just fine in first grade. It is perfectly normal for children to feel overwhelmed, tired, nervous, etc. during the first several weeks of the school year. Simply acknowledging this with your child will be a big help for him or her. Once routines at home and school are established, things will run quite smoothly. Strive to maintain a positive attitude for your child. Rest assured that I will do my best to make the transition as easy as possible for you and for your child.
You are an important part of your child's educational team. I look forward to meeting you and helping your child be the very best first grader he/she can be!
Sleep is very important for first graders! Your child might be trying to negotiate for a later bedtime at this age. Remember that most children still need 8 to 9 hours of sleep each night to be at their best during the day.