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  • Dear Fabulous First Grade Families,

    As the new school year approaches, you and your child no doubt anticipate its beginning.  I am hopeful that this year will be filled with new learning, discovery and fun.  Like you, I have many hopes and goals for all of us this year. I would like to share a few things with you to make the beginning of the year go smoothly.

    I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little about myself.  I attended Rutgers University where I received my BA in Psychology and my Masters Degree in Elementary Education.  I have 3 children Arianna 16 years old in 11th grade, Justin 13 years old in 8th grade and Lilia 11 years old in 6th grade. 

    First grade is truly an amazing year for growth, discovery and learning in all aspects of your child’s life. I believe that first grade is a journey and not a race.  We are all traveling in the same direction just at a different pace.  Each child is an individual who deserves to learn in the best possible way for them. 

    This is going to be a very exciting and productive year.  I have many different themes and activities planned.  I am very happy to have your child in my class this year. We will all follow the rule of treating others the way we want to be treated! I promise to provide a safe, caring and positive learning environment for your child.  The following is some information which may be helpful.

     
    Please see the school supplies page for the list of items requested for first grade.
     

    Please label all of your child’s personal items such as book bags, jackets, lunch boxes, folders etc.

     

    Snack

    We have an early lunch, so tummies will begin to rumble again later in the afternoon. We will be having snack every day. Please provide your child with a healthy snack daily.  Also, please remind your child not to eat it at lunch and to save it for afternoon snack time. 

    Lunch and Recess

    Further information will be sent home to you about pricing, lunch accounts and the menu.  Your child will go outside weather permitting each day for recess.  Please make sure that he/she is dressed appropriately for outdoor play with closed toe shoes.

    Please send all money in a sealed envelope with your child’s name on the front and label what the money is for.

    Homework

    Homework is a way for students to further practice the skills that they have learned. Homework will be assigned every day except for Friday.  Your child’s homework should not take more than 20 minutes per night.  The homework will be placed in your child’s folder each night.  Please be sure to remind your child to use pencil only. Please be sure to check your child’s work and offer support if needed. Also, your child will be bringing home a class book each night.  It is part of their homework to read the class book, More information will follow about class book exchange once the year begins.

    Arrival/Dismissal

    If your child will have a change in his/her dismissal schedule, please let me know in a written note not via email in case it is not working or I am not in that day.  If your child attends the after school program please put that in writing as well.  If a change occurs during the school day please call the main office.

     

    Reading with your child

    I can’t stress the importance of this! Your child will be learning how to read and the more he/she is exposed to reading the more he/she will gain a love for it!  I will be reading a variety of great books to your child throughout the year. Your child will also be reading with me in a small group each day.  It is extremely important that we work together to make your child become the best reader they can be. Reading to your child or reading along with your child at least 4 times per week will benefit them unbelievably.   Children will be bringing a book home to read each night. I ask you to guide and support them as needed. Also, make sure your child puts the book back into his/her folder and returns it the next day.  Children need to be surrounded by reading as much as possible because they learn by example.  A love for reading can be contagious!

     

    Communication

    I believe that communication and cooperation between home and school is extremely important. Please be sure to check your child’s folder daily for notes from school, homework, work samples, notices etc. I will go through the folders each morning.  

    You can also reach me with any questions via email dwalters@monroe.k12.nj.us.

    If you have an urgent message or a change in dismissal, please call the main office.

     

    Parent Input

    Because your input is valuable and meaningful to me, I will be sending  home a questionnaire which you can return to me during the first week of school.  I know together we can provide each other with insights to ensure that your child’s first grade experience is productive, exciting and challenging.

     

    I hope this information is helpful to you.  I know that it is a lot to take in at once, but I want to make sure you feel as comfortable as possible on the first day of school. 

     

    I am looking forward to having a wonderful fun filled year with your child! Each child is a gift and they will be treated like that in our classroom.  Once again, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.  I welcome partnership! I look forward to meeting you at our Back to School Night.

     

    Thank you in advance for all of your support and help!

    Kindly,

    Mrs. Walters

    dwalters@monroe.k12.nj.us

    Room #111