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Andrea.Thomas@russell.kyschools.us

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Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to FIRST grade! My name is Andrea Thomas and I am your child’s first grade teacher this year! I am so excited that your child is in my class!! I have prepared this page to give you some helpful information for this year. 

First grade is an exciting time as children embark upon new adventures in the world of learning. I am looking forward to a very exciting and productive year working with your child. I will strive each day to make learning a fun and enriching process for your child. However, I need your help in making this year as successful as it can be! I believe that you and I are a team working together to help your child develop emotionally and academically. You are the most important teacher in your child’s life. I know if we work together and communicate, your child will have a very successful year! Please contact me with any questions or concerns you may have during the year. I can be reached at  andrea.thomas@russell.kyschools.us, or call school and leave me a message and I will call you back!

 

Student~Teacher Relationship

First grade is a very big year and a big step from kindergarten.  I believe you will be amazed at how much your child will learn.  I will work very hard to see that your child learns as much as he/she can in a motivating and fun way.  I want to have a very positive relationship with every child.  I believe the best way to do this is to make sure that every child is treated fairly.  If at any time your child has a problem with anything in the classroom, I want to know.  Many times I don’t know that there is a problem unless I am told.  I want your child to feel comfortable and safe while they are with me.  If it is important to you and your child, it is important to me too! 

Parent~Teacher Relationship

I believe that a good relationship between parents and teachers help children become successful in school.  I will keep in touch with you through notes, emails, telephone calls, calendars, newsletters, school website, progress reports, report cards, and parent-teacher conferences. 

You may send notes or contact me at school (270-343-3966) just leave a message for me in the office and I will get back to you.  The best way to contact me is by email.  My email address is andrea.thomas@russell.kyschools.us .  My cell phone number is 270-566-3843.  I keep my phone turned off during school hours, so please use this after school if you need to reach me or you can leave a message or text!

Attendance

Good attendance is VERY important to your child’s success in school.  Many of the activities that your child will participate in during the school day are impossible to make up at home.  If your child is absent, he/she will be missing out on some very important instruction.  Please view school as a TOP priority, and see that your child attends every day!  Exceptions should only be made in case of illness or emergency.

Absences

If your child is absent, you must send a parent note or doctor’s statement in order for it to be excused. 

School Hours

School is in session Monday through Friday from 7:25 – 2:40.  If your child arrives after 7:35 or leaves before 2:40, they are considered tardy. This year each school day will begin with a School-Wide Morning Assembly in the gym from 7:25 to 7:35. Every effort should be made to have your child at school before 7:25 each morning!

Transportation

PLEASE inform me of ANY transportation change affecting your child.  You MUST send a written note or phone the school.  Please do not rely on your child to tell me and DO NOT wait until the end of the school day to inform me of the change. If a change in your child’s transportation occurs, try to make the plans in advance so that your child understands what to do.  If changes occur without advanced notice, your child may spend the day worrying about how he/she will get home.  If I do not receive a written note from you or a message from the office, then I must send your child home by his/her usual mode of transportation. 

Money

Your child will be responsible for keeping up with his/her own money.  They are to keep it in their backpacks in their lockers until they need to use it.  Any time you send money to school with your child, whether it is for extras at lunch, Book Fair, Special Functions, etc.  ALWAYS send the money in a money pouch, sealed envelope or Ziploc bag with the following information:

1. child’s first and last name

2. purpose for money

3. teacher’s name

This information will be very important in case the money were to be lost.

Meals

Any child who wishes to eat cafeteria meals will enter their lunch number into the computer when they go through the line.  All Russell County students will receive FREE breakfast and lunch again this year!  You may send money with your child if they would like to purchase extras. If you pay for the extras in advance, the money will be deposited into your child’s account. Menus will be sent home monthly. If your child is eating breakfast please make sure they get to school before 7:25 to ensure they do not miss morning assembly or instructional time.

Snack

Your child will be responsible for keeping up with his/her snack money.  We do not use a snack money box in first grade!  Please send money in a small pouch or change purse labeled with your child’s name and Snack Money.  The pouch will be kept in your child’s backpack.  It will also be helpful to send quarters for snack.  The machines do take dollar bills, but are sometimes difficult to operate without assistance.  If you would rather send a snack instead of having your child purchase one at school you may do that as well.  Snack time is a fun time for students; please make every effort possible to provide them with some type of snack.  There will be times I may have some snacks for those who do not have one, but I won’t be able to provide them every day.

Clothing

We will be going outside for recess every day weather permitting.  Please keep this in mind when helping your child select clothing for the day.  Proper shoes and clothing will not only be beneficial for recess, but for gym as well. Students should always wear tennis shoes on gym day and every Friday.  Unless it is a special occasion, I recommend my students wear tennis shoes every day.  Flip flops tend to tear up easily and sandals can sometimes cause blisters.   Also, it does tend to get a little cool in our classroom.  Your child may wish to keep a light jacket or sweater in his/her locker.

Backpacks

Please do not assume that I will check inside your child’s backpack for notes or other things you want me to see.  I do not have an assistant and do not have time to go through backpacks daily.  I do however, check your child’s homework binder daily. Please check your child’s backpack each night.  There may be important information inside that needs your attention.  If you have a note for me, please put it inside the binder so that I will be sure to see it.  Please clearly label your child’s backpack with your child’s name, phone number, and teacher’s name.  In fact, label anything your child brings to school (jackets, lunch box, toys, etc.)

Report Cards and Progress Reports

Students will receive report cards four times during the school year.  Progress reports will be sent on a schedule as well.  This will be made available at a later date.  Please look over them, sign and return them to school.  If you have any questions please send me a note, email, or call me at school.  I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Homework

Your child’s homework is a vital part of the educational process.  It is an important home-school connection.  It gives your child a chance to review skills covered at school during the day, and it also allows you to see how your child is progressing.

Your child will have a binder in his/her backpack daily.  This binder will contain homework and other important information.  Please check this binder daily and see that your child completes the assignments.  Sign and return the binder to school the next day.  Homework should take no longer than 15-20 minutes to complete at the beginning of the year.  As our stories get longer, it will take a bit longer to complete the homework.  Homework time is a good assessment as to how your child is doing in class.  If there is a struggle to get through the work at home, there is probably a struggle at school as well.  Homework will be sent home Monday through Thursday each week.  On Fridays, I will send home a “Friday Folder.”  Please look through the folder, keep the checked papers, sign and date the front of the folder and any papers that are marked to sign, and return the empty folder on the next school day. On Mondays in your child’s homework binder, you will find your child’s weekly assessments from the previous week.  Please look over them and sign and return any that need to be returned.  Work that is below satisfactory will have a sign and return stamp on it.  I do this so that you are able to see what areas your child is working below level in.

Student of the Week

Watch for a Student of the Week letter in your child’s “Friday Folder.”  If your child is “Student of the Week”, he/she may bring photos to display, a favorite book, and any other items to share.  Some children like to share a special snack with the class. Below I have included a Student of the Week Schedule so you will know when your student’s special week is ahead of time!

Show and Tell

We will have a “Show and Tell” time every Friday.  Your child may bring in something special or interesting to share with the class at this time. They are only able to share or show one thing each Friday! That is all our time will allow so make sure they only choose one thing to bring!

Birthdays

Birthdays are special occasions for children.  If you would like to send treats for the class on your child’s birthday, please send a note or call a few days in advance.  I will give you an exact number of children and a time for the class to celebrate.  Party invitations may only be given out at school if everyone in the class gets one.

Special Classes 

They will have Gym, Library, Computer Lab, and Music/Art this year. Please make sure your child wears tennis shoes on gym days.  I will send a copy home of our daily schedule on the first day of school. 

Classroom Rules and Discipline

Our School is implementing PBIS School wide this year.  PBIS stands for positive behavior intervention and support and includes basic school rules: listen carefully, follow directions, and respect others and their property.  You will hear more about this later.  Self-discipline is essential to your child’s success.  All children have the right to feel safe and secure.  They deserve the most positive educational environment possible for optimal learning and academic growth.  This policy will help the students learn to manage their own behavior and be responsible for the outcome.  We will work as a class the first couple of days of school to develop our own set of class rules and learn the procedures they will need to follow.  When they help make the rules and procedures they take ownership of them and I feel it helps them adhere to them better!  I am using a clip chart behavior system in my room this year.  Everyone, every day will start out on the green “Ready to Learn” block, if something improper occurs they can move down the chart to  “Slow Down” which is just a warning, if they continue and get to the “Think About It” block they will have to walk during some of their recess and I will make you aware, the  “Time Out” block will mean they have had to walk during all of their recess and possibly visit the principal and I will be making parent contact also .  If they are able to stay on “Ready to Learn” or above for the day they will earn a sticker on their behavior chart.  When they fill a row they will be allowed to pick a prize from the Treasure Box!

I will usually have a spot on the homework sheet where I will write any behavior problems during the day.  With my own children, I always liked to know of any problems before they get out of hand so this is why I do this.  By keeping you informed, we can hopefully work together to stop any bad behavior tendencies before they happen.

Students at any time engaging in dangerous, disrespectful/abusive or illegal behavior will be referred directly to the principal.

Dangerous- refers to behavior that is intended to cause physical injury to a student or staff member.

Disrespectful/Abusive-refers to behavior in which students refuse to obey any staff member and/or uses disrespectful language to any student or staff member.  At no time will bullying be tolerated!

Illegal- refers to behavior involving theft, vandalism, possession of dangerous objects and truancy.

 

 

 


                                

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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