Overview
WELCOME TO MRS. HOWELL'S ROOM! 

Dear First Grade Parents:

 

        Welcome to first grade at Brogden Primary School!  I hope you all had a great summer! I am looking forward to an excellent year teaching and mentoring your child.  It is very imperative that we all work as a team and communicate effectively in order for your child to be successful. This page contains information regarding important aspects of our classroom and program.  Please read this information carefully and refer back to it through the year. 

What to Bring to School:

        Your child will need to bring a backpack to school everyday with their FOLDER and library books.  Please check your child’s folder daily for their behavior calendar, reading log, and homwork and return it signed each day. We often send home important notes in this folder also so it is vital to our communication between home and school.  We are running very short on many of our supplies from the beginning of the year and are in need of the following items if you are able to donate:  tissues, glue sticks, fine point dry-erase Expo markers and googly eyes.

Birthdays:

Birthdays are always FUN! If you plan to bring treats or have a party for your child’s special day, please let me know at least the day before if possible.  Cupcakes, juice, cookies, fruit, and candy are always good ideas! 

What’s New in first grade?

So much happens in First Grade and because of this parents as well as children may have some apprehensions.  It is extremely important to keep in mind that we all build on small successes.  Each child will progress at his/her own rate, acquiring skills as he/she is developmentally ready.  Maintaining each child's self-esteem and building a secure foundation for future growth will always remain priority in our first grade.  Here are some ways you can help:
 
*Celebrate your child's success, no matter how small it may seem.  This will keep your child enthusiastic about learning and proud of their work!

 *Read to and with your child every day.  The more your child is exposed to language, the easier it will be for him/her to incorporate new skills in reading and writing in the classroom.  Plan to spend at least 20 minutes each day – the rewards are priceless.

*Talk about what you Read every day.  Ask your child WHO, WHAT, WHEN, WHERE, and, WHY questions after you read each night to help them practice their comprehension skills.

Homework:
 
Homework will require some parental involvement at this level.  Your cooperation is essential in developing a positive homework habit.  Each day of the week from Monday to Thursday, your child will have some type of homework.  Please assist your child, but  be sure to let them do the work.  Homework is to be turned in by Friday of each week and reading logs must be signed.

Transportation:

 It is my responsibility to keep students safe at all times.  Please let me know of any changes in his/her schedule to go home.

Absences:
Attendance is important in first grade.  What we do in class involves active participation and it is very important that your child attends each day.  However, I do realize that sickness, family emergencies, and doctor’s appointments do occur.  Your child’s schoolwork will be saved for him/her to complete upon their return to school.  A note is required upon returning to school in order to have the absence excused.

Communication between home and school:

We are all a team in your child’s success and we share the same goal.  Please review skills with your child that they learn each week.  Have fun…read books nightly, play word games, review letter/sounds and numbers, etc.  We will have homework often.  I am asking that you help your child, but encourage him/her to do most of the work.  Please call at anytime you are unsure about something.  Writing notes, calling, or emailing are great ways to share information with me.

Together we will make this year the best ever!