Ms. Harker's First Grade Class

Welcome Letter 

Dear Parents,

Welcome to one of the most incredible years your child will have in his/her school career!  First grade is an exciting time as children embark upon new adventures in the world of learning.  This is a year of important transitions, as well as one in which acquisition of new skills is accelerated.  You will be amazed at just how much your child will grow this year.  During first grade, your child will learn how to read, write stories, add, subtract, and so much more.  I hope to make your child's first grade year a fun and exciting one and I hope to instill a love of learning that will last throughout your child's years of schooling. 

So much happens in first grade!  Because of this, parents as well as children may have some apprehension about what will happen.  It is extremely important to keep in mind that we all build on small successes.  Each child will progress at his/her own rate, acquiring skills as he/she is developmentally ready.  Maintaining each child's self-esteem and building a secure foundation for future growth will always remain a priority.  Here are some ways you can help:

**Celebrate your child's successes, no matter how small it may seem.  This will keep your child enthusiastic about learning and proud of his/her work. 

**Look through your child's Take-Home folder each day.  There will be important notes, graded work and assessments, homework assignments, and RPEMS information.  This is also a great way to review concepts and skills learned and to stay up-to-date on your child's performance in school.

In addition, please take some time to read and discuss the parent information on my website with your child.  You will find our classroom rules and behavior policy, homework policy and other helpful information.  When parents understand the expectations of the school and their child's teacher they are able to support and encourage academic success and positive behaviors in their child.

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thank you for sharing your child with me this year! Looking forward to a great year in first grade!


Ms. Harker