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    If your child is absent, please call the school (928.773.4029) to let us know.  A note stating the reason for the absence must be brought to school as soon as possible to avoid an unexcused absence. 

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    If you would like to enroll your child in our breakfast program, please contact the school cafeteria (928.773-4016). A blue form will be sent the first days of school as well.

    BEE BOOKS (Bring Everything Everyday)help keep us organized.  The three-ring binder houses a homework folder, newsletter/take home papers folder, and other items that assist with communication between home and school. 

    If you would like to send a birthday treat with your child on or near his/her birthday, please feel free to do so. Treats must be store bought, and easy to serve. (cupcakes, fruit snacks) These treats will be eaten during our snack time, or towards the end of the day.  Birthdays are recognized during our calendar routine as well.  We will recognize summer birthdays at the end of the school year.

    I will send home book order forms for you and your child to look over every month.  Book clubs offer books at reduced prices.  It's a great way to build your child's home library!

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    Parent and Teacher conferences are held TBA . Watch for information and reply accordingly. 

    Communication is important.  Feel free to contact me whenever you have a question, comment, or concern.  You can reach me by phone (928.773.4020 ext 2915), in person, by email (jmalone@fusd1.org), or by note. 

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    Discipline is simple. We work hard as a class to make the classroom a positive and safe place for all.  Our classroom rules are:

     

    1.      Listen when the teacher is talking       

    2.      Follow directions quickly, and quietly

    3.      Respect others, respect yourself, and respect your school

    4.      Raise your hand to speak or stand

    5.      Be safe, be honest.

     I also use ClassDojo as a way to communicate behavior and class news daily.

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    My school email address is jmalone@fusd1.org. I check email daily. If you have an email address that you’d like me to be aware of, please let me know.

     Please complete and return the emergency card promptly. If your home or work phone number change, please inform the office and Mrs. Malone.

     Early Release Days are every Friday.  On Early Release days, students eat lunch and then are dismissed to the busses or other programs at 12:25 PM. 

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    Information about field trips will come home in the BEE book and will be detailed in the field trip permission slip and weekly newsletter. 

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    Our class will have a 30 minute gym class once a week with Mrs. Alvin.  The children are asked to wear athletic shoes on gym days.  Students will also go to a Health and wellness- Fit Kids class every Tuesday at 1:50-2:30.

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    Students will have homework in 1st Grade.  Homework assignments will include math, spelling and reading activities. It may also vary and will be sent home in the BEE book. Homework is given each day, and due the following day. If decodable books are sent home, they are due Friday.

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    Independence is a goal for students because it builds self-esteem and self-confidence.  1st Graders are very capable of doing many things on their own and I encourage them to do as much as they can for themselves in the classroom. 

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    Writing takes place every day in 1st Grade.  One way we accomplish this is through writing stories in our journals during writer’s workshop, and to explain our thinking in our math journals.  Encourage your child to write at home for a variety or purposes, including sentences about what they read in the reading log.

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    Keep updated by reading the classroom newsletter which is sent home every week, checking our webpage, and checking the Bee book every day for other notes and information.

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    Our class will visit the library once a week. Your child will check out a book when we visit the library and return it within the following week.  If your child forgets to return the book, they will not be allowed to check out a new book until it is returned. 

    Our class eats lunch at 11:45. If lunch money is sent to school, please send it in the BEE book.  There is a pencil pocket pouch for this purpose that is located in the front of the BEE book.

    Learning Centers are a time for your child to experience opportunities for “free play.”  Centers will take place at different times during the week. Students will then self-select an area in which to work (play).  Children learn through play and this is an important time, integral to the growth and development of your child. 

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    The children will have music class once a week with Mrs. Nichols.

     The 1st Grade math curriculum, Eureka provides students with mathematical experiences that help them develop number sense and a positive attitude towards mathematics that will continue throughout their school career and lives.  Many of our math concepts are covered through our daily calendar routine.  Every morning students will work with math bins while I meet with small groups of children for “guided math.”  These math groups will be fluid and flexible, changing from day to day or week to week, based on the needs of students.  We will also keep a math journal to show our math thinking.

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    A weekly newsletter will be sent home on Monday to keep you informed about what is happening in our class.

    There will be no school on the following days: September 4, October 12, 13; November: 10, 23, 24, 25; December: 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31 ; January: 1, 15; February 19; March: 19, 20, 21, 22, 23 April: Snow day make-ups: 25, 24, 23 May: snow day make-ups 10, 11, 28 Last day of school May 31st.

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    Open House will take place on August 9th, from 1:00 - 2:00 PM- Meet & Greet. School Open house August 24th 6:00 p.m.  

     

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    When picking up your child, please pull forward in the pickup lane. If you need to get out of your car, use the parent and visitor parking lot.

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    Questions? Please feel free to call, stop in, email, or send a note.

     

     

    jmalone@fusd1.org 928.773.4020 EXT 2915 or ClassDojo

     

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    1st Grade report cards will be sent home 2 times during the year. 

    There will also be 2 progress reports sent home.

    1st Graders have morning recess from 10:00 – 10:15, lunch recess from 12:00-12:25, and afternoon recess from 2:45 – 3:00. 

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    The focus of the 1st Grade science curriculum is on developing an awareness of the world in which we live.  Science concepts and skills will be explored utilizing a literacy based, hands-on approach.

     

    The 1st Grade social studies curriculum focuses on the students and how they relate to others in their families, classroom, school, and community.  Social Studies concepts and skills will be explored utilizing a literacy based, hands-on approach.

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    If your child has any changes in their transportation please let me know in writing, by email, or by voice mail.  I will not send them with out it!

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    Volunteers and visitors must register in the office and pick up a badge.

     

    Family vacations are wonderful opportunities for your family; however, please be sure to let us know that you are planning on taking a vacation (during school time).

     

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    I am so excited to get to know and work with such a Wonderful

    bunch of students!

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    Parents and family members may exit and enter via the main school entry. 

     

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    Your ideas, and suggestions are welcome!

     

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    Zzzzzzz - Make sure that your child gets plenty of rest.  Setting and keeping  a bedtime is a wonderful gift you can give your child! This year will zoom by!