ABC's of 1st Grade

A- Attendance

Call this number, should your child be absent, even if you email me. The office needs to know that your child will be absent. Attendance Line: 303-387-8527


If your child is tardy, they must check in at the office before coming to the classroom.

B- Birthdays

Due to the high number of students with severe food allergies and special dietary concerns, as well as Iron Horse’s emphasis on health and wellness, birthday celebrations may not include edible treats. For this same reason, parents may also not provide birthday lunches for students, other than their own. Please save birthday cakes and cupcakes for your home celebration.


We realize many parents like to do something special in school for their child’s birthday. We’d like to suggest you consider donating a small gift to your child’s classroom. This donation from your child might be an educational game, a book for the class library, a ball to be used on the playground, or a pencil for each student in the room.  Classroom teachers also have a variety of activities for birthday celebrations designed to make birthday children feel special. All birthdays will be listed on our commons area TV.  

C- Classwork

During the day we do various activities in our workbooks, notebooks and on worksheets. You may see a lot of work come home some weeks, and little work other weeks. 


As we finish, students usually put whole group or small group work in their “mailboxes” to bring home in their Thursday folders. Tests will be the only things graded with feedback, majority of the time.

D-Dismissal

Upon dismissal, students should immediately go to the bus, parent pick-up line, or walk home. K-2 students will be walked out to the front lawn area at 3:20pm for parent pick up. Students in grades 3-5 will be dismissed from the outer doors at 3:25pm. Students who linger will be sent home within a 10 minute window. After 3:35 p.m., parents will be called to arrange pick-up. Siblings over the age of 18 can pick up, as can parent designees (please have them bring an ID and communicate this pickup with me).

E-Everybody can Learn

In class we have a wide variety of learners. I will do my best to accommodate and differentiate to ensure all students are learning at their level. I will be teaching students during these first few weeks how to learn in small, differentiated, groups. I will then be pulling groups at different times to work on content with me.


I will be doing leveled groups for math and reading, while doing mostly whole group or independent work during writing, social studies and science.

F-Friday Fun

Each Friday students can earn “Friday Fun Time”. I will use their completion of work throughout the week to determine if they get to do “Friday Fun”. Students will get to pick from an assortment of activities and games to play at the end of the day each Friday. If students do not complete their work, and lose Friday Fun, they will meet with me to make a plan on how to complete their work next week.

G-Grades

Grades in class look like this:

4- Exceeds expectations of grade level.

3- Meets expectations of grade level.

2- Approaching expectations of grade level.

1- Falls far below expectations of grade level.


You will usually see total points, with one of these numbers circled on the formal assessments. I will send these home only after I have had time to re-teach and re-test your children. 

H-Homework

School wide expectations for first grade homework is that you read each night with your child.


I will be sending home a monthly reading log. Please keep track of anything and everything you read together. It doesn’t matter what you read, or who is reading, as long as your child is participating in the process. (For example, they can read to a stuffy, a pet, a sibling, a family member or friend. Or you could read to them. As long as they are getting exposed to more texts and seeing that reading is important!)


Students can earn some fun goodies by completing the log. Students that read each night tend to make growth faster, and love reading more! Read, read, read! Spelling lists are sent home each week. We will do spelling tests each Friday. Math worksheets will be sent home most nights. These are optional, but are a great way to continue practice at home. If you want to save them for another time, that's great too.

I-Invitations

Please do not send birthday party invitations to school for distribution unless all students from the class are included. It can be very upsetting to the students who do not receive an invitation. Teachers cannot provide contact information for students in class due to confidentiality. Please utilize the school directory for this information.  

J-Just Water

Water bottles are allowed in class, on the floor (no spilling on our desks). Please do not send juice or other liquids, water only.

K-Kindness

If you notice your child is feeling down or upset, please reach out. We want as much kindness as possible in our room. 


Communicating concerns you learn about at home, helps me to facilitate discussions on being a good friend in class. 

L- Lunch

Students in first grade eat lunch at 10:55. Students who do not finish eating in the allotted time are allowed to remain in the cafeteria until they have finished eating. There are typically two school lunch choices each day which vary. In addition, a fresh salad bar is offered daily. The cafeteria provides seconds on entrees, as well as the option to purchase snacks. If you do not want your child to purchase these items, please visit this website:  http://dcsdnutritionservices.org/policies/  to complete the No Extra Food Form. Please turn this form into the lunchroom at Iron Horse so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

Lunches from Home

Students may bring lunch from home, including a beverage. They may also buy milk at school. Food should be ready-to-eat as we cannot microwave or prepare any food for students.

Parents Welcome

Parents are welcome to have lunch with their child. In order to have an accurate count of the lunches to be prepared that day, please call the school office by 9:00 a.m. to let us know if you will be eating a school lunch.

Lunch Payment

Each child will be given a lunch account number, which they should memorize and which they can use to purchase lunch and snack. Parents may make deposits of cash or checks into their child’s account. Nutrition Services has an online payment option where you can post payments to your account. It is located on the IHE website. You can also view your student’s lunch choices each day on the IHE website. The child’s account is automatically debited each time the child buys lunch. Students may also pay cash for lunch or milk on a daily basis.

M-Mindfulness

As a school we are working on mindfulness. We take about 10-20 minutes each day to work on breathing, focus, and being ready to learn.

N-No Nuts

Snack will be at 9:45-10:00 during recess. Your child should not bring candy, gum, or drinks (other than water).


No nuts, this is a nut free classroom and grade.

O-Open Communication

If you ever need to have an in person meeting, please email me or call the office to set that up. I am usually available before or after school, but will need to plan ahead if possible.


I am usually pretty quick to respond to emails. See Questions down below.

P-Parties

We may allow treats during holiday celebrations, but they will be healthy snacks. We also may decorate and have games or crafts.


Watch for future updates with a Sign-Up that I send out. 

Q- Questions

If you have any questions this year, you can reach me at arlaw@dcsdk12.org

R-Rules

As a class we will develop our own “Harmony Goals”. These are rules we decide are important that we want to uphold in our room and in the school. These will change as the year goes on.

S-Schedule


8:18-8:35

Arrival and Morning Work

8:35-9:05

Morning Meeting and Phonics

9:05-9:45

Literacy Rotations 1-2 

9:45-10:00

Recess and Snack

10:05-10:35

Literacy Rotations 3-4

10:35-10:55

Intervention Time

10:55-11:45

Recess and Lunch

11:45-12:00

Vocabulary/Read Aloud/Mindup

12:00-1:10

Calendar/Math

1:10-1:50

Specials

1:50-2:40

Writing

2:40-3:10

Social Studies/Science

3:10-3:20

Pack Up, Stack Chairs

3:20

Dismissal


T-Technology

Soon we will be getting some iPads and/or Chromebooks. Students will have the opportunity to use technology to learn in our room! I will send out more information on that once we know what we have to work with.

U-Updates

Please watch for your Thursday folders for updates from me or the school. Also check for Principal Blog Updates for info from PTO and our principal. 

V-Volunteering

Volunteers are an essential part of our learning community. All potential volunteers who would like to work with students or go on field trips must complete a Community Volunteer Application before they are able to volunteer. This is to ensure the safety of our students. This application can be found in the office or on the district website. Applications typically take two to three weeks to process.

W-Work Together

We are a team between home and school. It takes us all working together, to help kids do their best with behavior and academics. Thank you in advance for being my teammate this year!

This year will be eXcellent. Thank You for trusting me with your bright learners! It’ll be a Zip-a-dee-doo-dah year!