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WELCOME TO 1ST GRADE

 

Dear Parents,

         This is going to be a magical year! You will watch your child unlock the wonders on reading!  I have spent the summer finding fun/educational activities to help your child reach that goal.

         This handout is designed to give you basic information to answer some common classroom/school questions.  Please feel free to ask any another questions you may have.

 

*Snacks

         The first graders have a snack/break time every morning.  I encourage healthy snacks, and ask that no candy or pop be sent in.  I understand that first grade is a transitional year.  The children are moving into a more structured day with fewer playtimes, and an earlier lunch period.  Therefore the first month of school we will also have a snack/break time in the afternoon.  So please pack two snacks. I will try to have some crackers or pretzels for those children who forget.

 

*Mass

         We will be attending the weekly school mass at St. Peter’s every Thursday at 9:00.  The children are asked not to wear jeans to mass.  There are special masses that the children are asked to dress up.  I will inform you of those masses.

 

 

*Sending Money

         If you are sending any money to school please place the money or check in an envelope.  Clearly mark your child’s name on the front and specify what the money is for.

 

 

 

*Birthdays

         We love celebrating birthdays at school.  A birthday snack is always welcome.  We will have them with our morning or afternoon snack.  I have napkins but other paper products would need to be provided.

         I would be happy to pass out birthday invitations if you are inviting every child in the class.  Feelings are hurt if they are passed out at school and only some children are invited.

         We will have a special birthday celebration at the end of the year for those children with summer birthdays.

 

*Newsletters

         I will be sending home a weekly newsletter.  It will let you know of the homework for the week, along with our spelling words.  I will hang a copy of the current newsletter on the classroom door.  I will also post it on my website.

 

*Conferences

         Parent teacher conferences are scheduled for everyone after the first marking period.  After that I schedule individual conferences as needed.  Please feel free to contact me if at any time during the year you would like a conference.

 

*Parent Helpers

         There are many ways to help out if you are interested.  In a few weeks we will begin centers everyday.  If you are available to come in one day a week during center time to help that would be an awesome way to get to know all the children in the class.  We will also need room moms (party planners) and library moms. Please let me know if you are interested in helping out.  Also if you have a “favorite childhood book” you would like to share with the children please let me know so we can set up a time for you to come in and read.

 

 

 

*Homework

     The children will have a “Homework Folder” which will come home on Mondays with the class newsletter and the homework assignments for the week.  The folder needs to be returned to school by Friday with all of the completed homework inside.  The newsletter is for you to keep.  A “Daily Folder” will travel home and back to school everyday.  Please look for completed work and any work your child did not finish that day.  Any work that comes home during the week can be returned in the “Homework Folder”.

         During first grade I feel the most important homework will be to have your child read to you daily.  I will be sending home at least 1 or 2 books per week.  One book will be their reading group book which is at their exact reading level and the second is our “sight word” book of the week which focuses on four new sight words.  Any books that come home should be read at least one more time for fluency.

         The second important component of homework will be math facts.  I will send home more information as we begin to master these.

       Please keep in mind that I work the children very hard at school and I do not believe in “busy work” sent home for homework.  I want them to play and enjoy family time.  Small amounts of homework also allows for you to focus on the two main components of first grade homework.

                  

         I will be sharing a lot more information about the program as we begin the year.  I hope my newsletters will answer most of your questions, please feel free to contact me at any time about any concerns you may have.  If you have trouble reaching me at school please feel free to call me at home before 9 o’clock (home number – 249-9155).

 

I look forward to an awesome year.

Julie Hocking

 

 

 

Welcome to Mrs. Hocking's First Grade

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WELCOME TO 1ST GRADE

 

Dear Parents,

         This is going to be a magical year! You will watch your child unlock the wonders on reading!  I have spent the summer finding fun/educational activities to help your child reach that goal.

         This handout is designed to give you basic information to answer some common classroom/school questions.  Please feel free to ask any another questions you may have.

 

*Snacks

         The first graders have a snack/break time every morning.  I encourage healthy snacks, and ask that no candy or pop be sent in.  I understand that first grade is a transitional year.  The children are moving into a more structured day with fewer playtimes, and an earlier lunch period.  Therefore the first month of school we will also have a snack/break time in the afternoon.  So please pack two snacks. I will try to have some crackers or pretzels for those children who forget.

 

*Mass

         We will be attending the weekly school mass at St. Peter’s every Thursday at 9:00.  The children are asked not to wear jeans to mass.  There are special masses that the children are asked to dress up.  I will inform you of those masses.

 

 

*Sending Money

         If you are sending any money to school please place the money or check in an envelope.  Clearly mark your child’s name on the front and specify what the money is for.

 

 

 

*Birthdays

         We love celebrating birthdays at school.  A birthday snack is always welcome.  We will have them with our morning or afternoon snack.  I have napkins but other paper products would need to be provided.

         I would be happy to pass out birthday invitations if you are inviting every child in the class.  Feelings are hurt if they are passed out at school and only some children are invited.

         We will have a special birthday celebration at the end of the year for those children with summer birthdays.

 

*Newsletters

         I will be sending home a weekly newsletter.  It will let you know of the homework for the week, along with our spelling words.  I will hang a copy of the current newsletter on the classroom door.  I will also post it on my website.

 

*Conferences

         Parent teacher conferences are scheduled for everyone after the first marking period.  After that I schedule individual conferences as needed.  Please feel free to contact me if at any time during the year you would like a conference.

 

*Parent Helpers

         There are many ways to help out if you are interested.  In a few weeks we will begin centers everyday.  If you are available to come in one day a week during center time to help that would be an awesome way to get to know all the children in the class.  We will also need room moms (party planners) and library moms. Please let me know if you are interested in helping out.  Also if you have a “favorite childhood book” you would like to share with the children please let me know so we can set up a time for you to come in and read.

 

 

 

*Homework

     The children will have a “Homework Folder” which will come home on Mondays with the class newsletter and the homework assignments for the week.  The folder needs to be returned to school by Friday with all of the completed homework inside.  The newsletter is for you to keep.  A “Daily Folder” will travel home and back to school everyday.  Please look for completed work and any work your child did not finish that day.  Any work that comes home during the week can be returned in the “Homework Folder”.

         During first grade I feel the most important homework will be to have your child read to you daily.  I will be sending home at least 1 or 2 books per week.  One book will be their reading group book which is at their exact reading level and the second is our “sight word” book of the week which focuses on four new sight words.  Any books that come home should be read at least one more time for fluency.

         The second important component of homework will be math facts.  I will send home more information as we begin to master these.

       Please keep in mind that I work the children very hard at school and I do not believe in “busy work” sent home for homework.  I want them to play and enjoy family time.  Small amounts of homework also allows for you to focus on the two main components of first grade homework.

                  

         I will be sharing a lot more information about the program as we begin the year.  I hope my newsletters will answer most of your questions, please feel free to contact me at any time about any concerns you may have.  If you have trouble reaching me at school please feel free to call me at home before 9 o’clock (home number – 249-9155).

 

I look forward to an awesome year.

Julie Hocking

 

 

 

Welcome to Mrs. Hocking's First Grade

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WELCOME TO 1ST GRADE

 

Dear Parents,

         This is going to be a magical year! You will watch your child unlock the wonders on reading!  I have spent the summer finding fun/educational activities to help your child reach that goal.

         This handout is designed to give you basic information to answer some common classroom/school questions.  Please feel free to ask any another questions you may have.

 

*Snacks

         The first graders have a snack/break time every morning.  I encourage healthy snacks, and ask that no candy or pop be sent in.  I understand that first grade is a transitional year.  The children are moving into a more structured day with fewer playtimes, and an earlier lunch period.  Therefore the first month of school we will also have a snack/break time in the afternoon.  So please pack two snacks. I will try to have some crackers or pretzels for those children who forget.

 

*Mass

         We will be attending the weekly school mass at St. Peter’s every Thursday at 9:00.  The children are asked not to wear jeans to mass.  There are special masses that the children are asked to dress up.  I will inform you of those masses.

 

 

*Sending Money

         If you are sending any money to school please place the money or check in an envelope.  Clearly mark your child’s name on the front and specify what the money is for.

 

 

 

*Birthdays

         We love celebrating birthdays at school.  A birthday snack is always welcome.  We will have them with our morning or afternoon snack.  I have napkins but other paper products would need to be provided.

         I would be happy to pass out birthday invitations if you are inviting every child in the class.  Feelings are hurt if they are passed out at school and only some children are invited.

         We will have a special birthday celebration at the end of the year for those children with summer birthdays.

 

*Newsletters

         I will be sending home a weekly newsletter.  It will let you know of the homework for the week, along with our spelling words.  I will hang a copy of the current newsletter on the classroom door.  I will also post it on my website.

 

*Conferences

         Parent teacher conferences are scheduled for everyone after the first marking period.  After that I schedule individual conferences as needed.  Please feel free to contact me if at any time during the year you would like a conference.

 

*Parent Helpers

         There are many ways to help out if you are interested.  In a few weeks we will begin centers everyday.  If you are available to come in one day a week during center time to help that would be an awesome way to get to know all the children in the class.  We will also need room moms (party planners) and library moms. Please let me know if you are interested in helping out.  Also if you have a “favorite childhood book” you would like to share with the children please let me know so we can set up a time for you to come in and read.

 

 

 

*Homework

     The children will have a “Homework Folder” which will come home on Mondays with the class newsletter and the homework assignments for the week.  The folder needs to be returned to school by Friday with all of the completed homework inside.  The newsletter is for you to keep.  A “Daily Folder” will travel home and back to school everyday.  Please look for completed work and any work your child did not finish that day.  Any work that comes home during the week can be returned in the “Homework Folder”.

         During first grade I feel the most important homework will be to have your child read to you daily.  I will be sending home at least 1 or 2 books per week.  One book will be their reading group book which is at their exact reading level and the second is our “sight word” book of the week which focuses on four new sight words.  Any books that come home should be read at least one more time for fluency.

         The second important component of homework will be math facts.  I will send home more information as we begin to master these.

       Please keep in mind that I work the children very hard at school and I do not believe in “busy work” sent home for homework.  I want them to play and enjoy family time.  Small amounts of homework also allows for you to focus on the two main components of first grade homework.

                  

         I will be sharing a lot more information about the program as we begin the year.  I hope my newsletters will answer most of your questions, please feel free to contact me at any time about any concerns you may have.  If you have trouble reaching me at school please feel free to call me at home before 9 o’clock (home number – 249-9155).

 

I look forward to an awesome year.

Julie Hocking