Classroom Newsletter

    Classroom Newsletter

    Welcome to FIRST GRADE

    Classroom Rules

    To provide a safe and optimum learning environment, the children are expected to follow our classroom rules to the best of their ability.

    • Be kind to your classmates.
    • Do your best work.
    • Raise your hand and wait to be called on before speaking.
    • Show respect for teachers, classmates, and school property.
    • Classmates should be able to work without being disturbed.
    • Walk to get into a line. Stand or walk in a line without disturbing classmates.
    We do lots of role playing in September and throughout the year to help understand what is meant by "showing respect", "not disturbing others", "being kind", and "doing your best". We emphasize the ideals of working as a team and doing your personal best.

    Why DO Homework?

    The Importance of the HW Packet

    Homework is a very worthwhile part of your child's day and it is very important to his or her success in school.  We use it as a way to review and practice important skills learned in the classroom.

    Homework encourages responsibility and should NEVER be viewed as a punishment but as a way to help your child succeed in school.  One way to teach responsibility is by expecting your child to complete homework.

    Homework is normally assigned Monday - Thursday.  I usually do not assign homework on Fridays.  It should take students no more than 15 minutes to complete each night, and an additional 10-15 minutes to read and fill in the reading log.

    Parents, you are the key to making homework a positive experience for your
    child.  So please, make it a priority, provide the necessary supplies, and a
    quiet learning environment.  If you have any problems you may call me at school or email me.

    Some ways parents can help their child with homework are:

    • Have a specific time each day to complete homework.
    • Make sure it is in a quiet, comfortable, well-lit place.
    • Make sure there are no distractions (music playing, TV blaring.)
    • Help your child, but DO NOT do their homework for them.

    Parents Are INVITED

    Be sure to bring your family photos!

    Hello and welcome back to another school year! During the first two weeks several classrooms are having parents come in for a Beginning of School Celebration. Our classroom will be having our parent activity within the first few weeks of school. Please be on the lookout for an invitation. We are asking that parents come in with family photos, as you will be creating a quilt square with your child. If you are unable to attend, please still send in pictures with your child. We will be helping children create squares also. We are making the squares to demonstrate how unique each of us are!

    Please try and visit us. I am sure that the kids would love for you to see where they learn, and I would love to meet all of you! Thank you in advance.


    Mrs. Lis' Webpage                      

    Watch out for Updates

    Although the use of the web pages in the district is fairly new, I plan on using this site to communicate with you frequently. Please keep in mind that it is extremely crucial to continue to check your child's "Take Home Folder" everyday. (I do send home hard copies of things, as does the Main Office.) 

    Please do not be shy to peek around my page! I have posted resources for both you and your child.

    ALSO, several teachers in our building are being trained on creating their own webpage. Therefore, look around at other faculty members in our building. It is always nice to see what other grade levels are upto and get yourself better acquainted with your future teachers!

    Finally, PLEASE ultilize our school's page.  The information is there for you!

    Just a note:
    PTO information is also updated frequently here as well. We post minutes and meeting dates here. I urge you to try to become active in the PTO. It is a great way to meet other teachers and parents. We could always use another "set of hands," as we have BIG PLANS for this upcoming school year!


    ABC's for PARENTS

    Ask your child about the school day.

    Begin your child's day with a nourishing breakfast.

    Congratulate you child for doing well.

    Discuss homework with your child.

    Encourage your child to read.

    Find a quiet place for your child to study.

    Give your child responsibility.

    Hug your child to build self worth.

    Include your child in making simple family decisions.

    Join a library with your child.

    Keep your child on a schedule that includes exercise and sleep.

    Limit TV viewing by selecting programs with your child.

    Make the time you spend with your child special.

    Notice and discuss changes in your child's behavior.

    Offer to help your child organize school papers.

    Provide your child with good role models.

    Question the activities your child shares with friends.

    Respect your child's right to have opinions different from yours.

    Share an interest or a hobby with your child.

    Take time to listen to your child.

    Urge your child to say "NO!" to unwanted touching.

    Visit places of interest with your child.

    Work with your child to set up rules of behavior.

    Xerox and save records or articles that benefit your child.

    Yield results by encouraging your child to do better.

    Zoom through these ABCs again and again!

    Next time won't you sing with me...?