Welcome to the First Grade Dear J1-D Families, We welcome you and your child to the First Grade. We are looking forward to working with you to make your child’s first grade school year successful and enjoyable. After a full year of Kindergarten activities and a fun summer, we know that your child is ready for the First Grade. This year your children are very fortunate to be placed in a Co-Teaching classroom. Full Inclusion Teacher Mrs. Valerie Bosworth and I will be sharing instructional responsibility to ensure that all of our students in J1-D achieve academic, social and personal success. Our partnership will also include Educational Assistant Mrs. Kris Takai and Paraprofessional, Mrs. Winona Bryson. Together, our team will be guided by a committed, caring, can-do attitude. We look forward to a year of both enjoyment and accomplishment with your children. This booklet includes some important information concerning our First Grade curriculum and schedule. Please keep this information handy for your reference throughout the year. We look forward to a happy and successful year together! Thank your for your help and understanding. Love, Mrs. Jamianne Nailiili & Mrs. Valerie Bosworth The First Grade J1-D Fa mily Ladies Cortney Cash Cassie Matsumoto Monica Reyes Angelica Sanders Kalyn Tom Chloe Wong
Gentle men Noah Asano Po’okela Asato Eli Cummings Braxton Ibarra Blomgren Stuart Nakahara Ty Nishikawa Xen Odani Drake Okumura Jhirmel Pagan II Cayden Powell Keene Rosetter Ransen Tomoyasu Zachary Rendon
Communica tion The quality of your child’s education will be greatly enhanced by a strong partnership between the parent and teacher(s). Please do not hesitate to contact us throughout the year. Because of the difficult economic times and the effort to “go green,” I will be attempting
to communicate more through email. If you have any questions or concerns, please stop by to see me, contact Mrs. Nailiili through email at email@example.com, by phone at 48 3-7250, or write a note in your child’s Homework Tablet. I will read it and get back to you as soon as possible, either by phone call or a written response. You may also visit our classroom webpage (under construction at this time) by visiting the PRE website at http://pearlrid.k12.hi.us/> Grade 1 link> Mrs. Nailiili. On this webpage you will find our weekly bulletin, photos, resources, and important reminders! These are means through which I will attempt to communicate to you regarding your child or what we are doing in school: • Homework Tablet – Daily signatures are a part of your child’s homework assignment. • Parent Newsletters (on our class webpage) • Notes – Either in Homework Plans or via email. • Webpage Home work Philosophy Homework is an important part of a student’s achievement. Learning does not end when the student leaves school each day. Homework is a time outside the regular school hours to practice, prepare, complete, reinforce, enrich, and further pursue the skills learned in the classroom. Homework is usually assigned Monday though Thursday in the areas of Language Arts, Spelling, Math and Reading. Occasionally other subject areas may be included. I believe that weekends are a time for family and relaxation; therefore, homework will generally not be assigned on Fridays with the exception of “Family Adve nture.” Family Adventure is where your child will share a family activity or event that he or she did over the weekend. Your child may also bring in an artifact to share that will be displayed in our classroom. Example: I might share about going to the movies and bring in my ticket stub. It is a good way for us to build relationships and learn more about each other outside of the school environment. Have fun with it! Please support your child’s homework efforts by guiding and assisting but please do NOT do it for them. If your child is having extreme difficulty and frustration, I would prefer you to STOP and let me know of the situation RATHER than continuing on. Homework should NOT be too much of an ordeal. Homework assignments will also count toward your child’s GLO scoring. I thank you for your support involving your child’s learning and growth. ***Occasionally your child may bring home “Late Work” if he/she is unable to complete assignments in the amount of time given in school. ****Please check your child’s homework folder and tablet daily. Please look over and remove any items placed on the “Left at Home” side of the Homework Folder. Please sign and return any items on the “Bring Right Back” side of the Homework Folder.
Behavior System In J1-D, we use a Tribbles chart. The happy Tribble means you are on track. Okay Tribble means you need to slow down and check your behavior. Angry Tribble means I’m not making right choices and I’m going off the track. Students normally get a verbal reminder before moving to the Okay Tribble. If the behavior is not corrected quickly the student will move to Angry Tribble and will be removed from the activity/situation. Students are able to correct their behavior and move their way back up. If the behavior is not corrected, their name will go on the board and a note or call home to the parent will be made. We also have an incentive program called Super Bucks in which students are “caught being good.” Students earn their money and are able to shop at our Super Bucks store about once a week. The items for our store are donated by the parents. Please look out for another flyer for more information.
Overview of First Grade
8 Key Words At Pearl Ridge Elementary, we try to instill these values in our students: Kindness Responsibil ity Hones ty Fairness Respec t Cooperation Safety Pride Each quarter, 2 students will represent our class at our quarterly Maika’i Assembly. Students will be selected by their peers or their teacher. Students will be selected based on their demonstration of the 8 key words. * If your child was selected in Kindergarten, they are not able to be chosen again in this school year. Tribes Agreements Pearl Ridge Elementary is a TRIBES school. TRIBES is a process that develops a positive environment which promotes human growth and learning. TRIBES helps to build inclusion and a sense of community in our class. Here are our Tribe Agreements: Attentive Lis tening Right to Pass a nd Participate Mutual Res pect No Pu t Downs Share Appreciation General Learner Outcomes ( GLO’s): the six General Learner Outcomes are the goals of standards-based learning for students in all grade levels. GLO #1: Self-Direc ted Learner – The ability to be responsible for one’s own learning. GLO #2: Commu nity Contribu tor – The understanding that it is essential for human beings to work together. GLO #3: Complex T hinker – The ability to demonstrate critical thinking and problem-solving strategies.
GLO #4: Quality Producer – The ability to recognize and produce quality performance and quality products. GLO #5: Effective Communicator – The ability to communicate effectively. GLO #6: E ffective and E thical Use of Technology –The ability to use a variety of technologies effectively and ethically. Students will keep daily records of their GLO’s. Math: Investigations Provides students with a more hands-on approach to learning math concepts and focuses on understanding the concept rather than memorization. **Houghton Mifflin supplement
Language Arts: Houghton Mifflin reading, writing, language conventions, listening and speaking. **”Multisensory Stuctured Language Approach to Literacy” supplement: focuses on phonics, word families, and includes multisensory exercises and activities. ** “First Steps,” “Step Up to Writing,” and “6 Traits” supplements for writing. ** “Handwriting Without Tears” supplement for Handwriting. Science: Harcourt – exploring and understanding the unknown, inventing and building to solve problems, become better able to care for themselves and gaining basic meaningful knowledge that will enable further school study. Social Studies, Health, Art: Standards based units are integrated within subjects. Resources: Every Thursday, your child will receive services from our librarian, Japanese Studies, PE, and music teacher. Please return library books and have your child wear proper PE shoes. School Supplies: Please label everything. Initials are acceptable on crayons and markers. Extra supplies will be kept in school cubbies. Aprons may be sent home for cleaning as needed. Change of Clothing: If your child has an accident, soiled clothing will be sent home. Please send a replacement immediately.
We will also be asking for an old (but clean) sock to be used as an eraser for our dry erase boards. This may also be sent home occasionally for cleaning.
School Sc hedule Doors Open: Doors will be open at 7:55 a.m. Students are encouraged to come in early to begin preparing for the day. School begins at 7:55 a.m. when the bell rings. Please remind your child to sit outside the classroom and wait quietly. Tardy: If your child comes to school after 8:00 a.m., he/she must report to the office to get a tardy slip. Please try your best to bring your child to school on time so that your child will have enough time to prepare for the day. Absence: If your child is absent from school, please call the office by 8:30 a.m. If you would like to pick up your childâ€™s Homework, please put in a request at the office. School Ends: School ends at 2:10 p.m. everyday except for Wednesdays (12:35 p.m.) Please pick up (and drop off) your child in the parking lot drop off/pick up area. This helps to ease the traffic congestion. Please do not wait outside the classroom before the bell rings. This is a safety concern as well as a distraction. Early Pick Up: If you need to take your child out of school during school hours send a note with your child in the morning or ahead of time. You must sign your child out in the office before he or she will be released. Field Trips: Please pay for the trips on time and with the exact amount in a sealed envelope labeled with your childâ€™s name. * There will be a designated area on the field trip permission form to indicate if you are interested in being a chaperone. * Due to limited space on the bus, I will contact you to inform you if you are a selected chaperone. Vis its to School: If you are coming on campus during school hours, please report to the office. Volunteers and chaperones must sign in at the office for safety reasons.
Recess: Covered shoes or sandals with a back strap are required for playground equipment. Snacks: Children may bring small nutritious snacks for 1st recess and after school only. Please label all snacks with your child’s name. Sharing is not permitted. In accordance to the state’s Health and Wellness guidelines, we encourage you to send a healthy snack. Allergies: If your child is allergic to milk, your child must have a written verification from a doctor. Please notify the school Health Nurse and myself of any other food allergies. Parties: Holiday and Year-End parties will be planned by the Parent Partner and the teacher. Birthdays: please let me know at least 2 days in advance if you are planning to celebrate your child’s birthday. Usually celebrations are held at the end of the school day (1:30 p.m. M, T, Th, F and at 12:00 p.m. on W). Please keep treats simple – packaged individual servings are best. To keep in accordance with the mandated health and wellness guidelines we highly encourage the following items: muffins, go-gurts, fruits, pencils, books, healthy snacks. **NO cupcakes. Book Orders: Scholastic Seesaw, Firefly and Click! book orders will be taken monthly. I will be setting up and online ordering account on the Scholastic website. By doing so, our class earns a free book for any order placed on the web! If this is a problem, feel free to let me know and I will be able to take orders and put them in for you (we will not earn a free book). Be on the lookout for more information!
Published on Aug 16, 2011