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Ms. Ann Marie Walker
Welome to First Grade!
This is my fifth year teaching first grade at HES and there is no place I would rather be! I think this is a very exciting stage in your child’s life! There are lots of new things to be learned and new friends to be made!
My goal for this year is to help your child learn to be an independent learner, as well as, to show him or her how to make responsible choices. I am here for both you and your child! I strongly believe it is very important to maintain an open communication, so if there are any questions or concerns that you may have, please contact me by email, phone calls, notes in planners and folders, Class DoJo, etc. The quickest way to get ahold of me is through email or class DoJo. I will also be sending things home in folders and writing notes in planners when necessary. I ask in return that the folder be signed daily to maintain this communication.
My expectations for your student this year will be high! They will need to work hard and do their best!
10:15 Science / Social Studies
12:10 Specials (PE, PE, PE, Music, PE, Art)
Math homework will be sent home each Monday and due back by Friday. These assignments will be based off of what we are learning that week or review from previous weeks. Please let me know if you have any questions.
There will be spelling homework to go hand in hand with the spelling patterns we are learning that week. This will also be sent home on Monday and due back on Friday.
Students are expected to read EVERY night. They will keep track of their reading with a Reading Log where you will write the name of the book and the date read with a parent or guardian signature.
Homework is an important way to be involved in your child’s learning. Please support your child in doing the work but don’t do it for them. You can remind your child where or how to find the answer but try not to jump in and give the answer.
Planners and Folders
Your child's folder and planner may also be used as a communication tool. If you need to communicate something important, simply write it in the planner. This is also a great way to see your child's behavior for the day. We simply ask that it be signed daily and returned to school the next day. Please also take out any papers in the "keep at home" side and look for important papers in the "return to school" section.
Specials begin at 12:10 p.m. and end 1:10 p.m. It will be on a six day rotation as follows:
PE PE PE MUSIC PE ART
Look for your child's weekly specials schedule in the weekly newsletter, as each week will be different. Make sure your child also wears comfortable shoes for PE days.
Drop-off and Pick Up
The school day starts promptly at 7:55 a.m. If you are driving your child to school, please make sure he/she is in school before 7:55 a.m. Breakfast will be from 7:30-7:55 a.m. Please do not drop off your child before 7:30 a.m., as the doors to the school do not become unlocked until 7:30 a.m. Children being picked up by parents or guardians will be dismissed at 3:30 p.m. Please also notify me if there are any changes in normal transportation.
Parent/Teacher Conferences are held once each year in October. More information will follow. Please feel free to get in touch with me anytime for questions or concerns.
Conference Time: 12:10-1:10
You may send in a treat and/or juice. Please check with me to make sure the date you choose will work with our schedule. You may send the treat with your child that morning or come after 2:30 p.m. Please make sure that ALL treats are peanut free.
Permission slips must be signed before your child can go on a field trip. These will be sent out a few weeks before the trip. Look for more information about dates and field trips. If a parent or guardian would like to attend, make sure to let me know and you must fill out the “volunteer” form on the HISD website.
Please send in headphones for your child. They will be kept in a plastic bag and students will use them when working with computers in the classroom.
A snack schedule will be sent monthly. Please provide enough snack for the class (22 students) for the days listed. Remember to keep snack items in the healthier range. Some great items for snack include graham crackers, goldfish, animal crackers, gummies, dry cereal like Cheerios and Fruit Loops, cheez-its, dried fruit, trail mix, sunflower seeds without shells, raisins, granola, granola bars, cereal bars, pretzels, rice cakes and any other cracker. Individually packaged items work well, but they are not required.
Please make sure that your child has a lunch or $2.20 lunch money for school. You can place lunch money in an envelope/Ziploc labeled with your child’s name or you can add money to his/her account via the HISD website. If you choose to come eat lunch with your child, he or she may pick one friend to join them at the extra table. Students will not be allowed to share food. Our lunch time will be from 11:05 a.m. to 11:35 a.m.
Newsletters will be sent home weekly, which will include important information about our classroom and what we are learning for the week. Please keep in a central location to help discuss what your child learned each week at school.
Toys and Cards
Please do not allow your child to bring toys or cards to school. They are easily lost or broken. This includes any and all electronics and cell phones.
Anyone who is interested in lending a hand is welcome to do so. We have many opportunities to help out at home or in school. Ask me about specific opportunities!