Back to School Night 2013 Students, Parents and Teachers Working Together.

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Back to School Night2013

Students, Parents and Teachers Working Together

1My Job DescriptionIt is my job to look at each child as anindividual who needs to be taught in a waythat matches their learning style.

My classroom should be a place whereevery child feels happy, safe andrespected.

Team Work

Communication is key!

We have a common goal!No concerns or questions should go unresolved!Please share anything which may affect your childs school experience!In first grade, we focus on the two pillars of caring and fairness. Throughout their time at SBS, all pillars are addressed in depth.

IMPORTANT Business of First Grade

Arrival: NO earlier than 8:20, there is NO supervision before 8:20. Blacktop line up unless it is raining then the students will be in the lobby by the gym. Dismissal Plans: PLEASE always send a note with changes to your childs dismissal schedule. DO NOT LEAVE A MESSAGE ON VOICE MAIL OR E-MAIL (after 12pm). If you email, please email mkepler and jbischoff, too!Folder: Check and return your childs folder each day.Snack: It should be small and healthy. They only snack for about 10 minutes. Please pack separate from lunch!! WATER BOTTLES are allowed to be kept on desks!! We are an allergy friendly classroom.Lunch: THERE IS NO CASH OPTION! Please discuss the lunch choice with your child in advance. The schools preference would be for you to set up an on-line lunch account. Attendance/Illness: Please help everyone by keeping sick children home and calling Mrs. Leister. Let us know WHY your child is staying home. Attendance Line: 973-457-2509 then Press 1Medication: ALL medication must be administered by our nurse, Karen Leistereven cough drops.


Parents and family members are welcome to come in and read a story to the class on their childs birthday. Please contact me via email to set up a good day and time for your childs birthday book.In first grade we do NOT celebrate birthdays with food treats. Birthdays

Language Arts (ELA)

What is Balanced Literacy?: shared reading, guided reading, independent reading, writing, and word work

Word Work : phonics, spelling, mechanics, dictation

Good Habits, Great Readers: shared and guided readingBig books and varied reading groups.

Words their Way: word sorts

Writing Workshop : language experience, shared writing, interactive writing, guided writing, independent writingLucy Calkins Zaner-Bloser Handwriting

**There is no cap on reading, however it is important to remember comprehension is KEY!

Reading Strategies

Eagle EyeLook at the pictures!Look at the pictures tofigure out an unknown word.Lips the fishGet your lips ready!Say the first sounds of the word outloud.Read the end of thesentence and say thesounds again.Tryin LionTry it again!Try to re-read thesentence.Try a word that makessense.Skippy FrogSkip it, Skip it!Skip the word(skip it, skip it).Read the end of thesentence.Hop backand read it,read it.Stretchy SnakeS-t-r-e-t-c-h it out!Stretch the word outslowly. Put the soundstogether to figureout the word.

Chunky MonkeyChunk the Word!Look for a chunk thatyou know (-ing, and,art,old) Look for a word part (be-, -er, etc.) Helpful KangarooAsk For Help!After you have tried all the other strategies ask for help.

enVision Math

Students will learn math through interactive hands-on and visual learning opportunities.

Technology is a large component of the program http://www.chatham

You will receive a letter with log-in information in the next few days. Please feel free to explore the website.

Social StudiesWho Am I and How Did I Get Here?

What is Fair and Who Makes the Rules?

What is Change, Why and How Does it Happen? *These social studies units are being taught and integrated with the ELA.

Science Students learn science best by doing science!!

Using inquiry based learning we will study:

How to make observations and predictions

Balance and Motion

Changes (Solids,Liquids,Gases)

Pebbles, Sand and Silt

Sunshine and Shadows

HomeworkHandwriting- September to NovemberBeginning Monday, September 30th(Monday and Tuesday nights)Math October to June(Wednesday and Thursdays)Spelling beginning in November(due every Friday) Reading October to June Just Right books > 20 minutes a night*please fill out Reading Log*

PLEASE continue to read with and to your child!*Independence is encouraged please provide parental support when necessary.*

Sources of InformationSBS Express

SBS Website:

YOUR AssignmentsSee Classmoms about dues-Bonni Guerin( -Vivian Cooney (

Sign up for conferences and classroom volunteer work

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What can I do to help?Encourage and foster INDEPENDENCE.

Encourage risk taking, use trial and error learning.

Encourage your child to make observations and predictions.

Encourage your child to be a problem solver.

Help your child become resourceful and to make good choices.

Remember that homework is to teach responsibility, not to challenge.

Children may forget what you say, but they will NEVER forget how you make them feel!!


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