Common 1st Grade Questions Pic: The Cliffs of Moher, Gallway, Co. Clare, Ireland
Can I eat lunch with my child?
Of course! We eat lunch at 11:40. Enter through the front doors of the building (bring your ID!), check in at the office, get a visitors pass, and head down to the cafeteria!
Can I send birthday treats with my child to share with the class for their birthday?
If you would like to bring a small party favor to share with the class for your child's birthday, that is ok, and it will be passed out at the end of the day. However, we do not allow any food to be sent to school with the child to pass out to the class for their birthday. We have limited food items at school due to allergies.
Do you have parties or celebrations throughout the year?
YES! We have a Halloween parade/party, and a Valentine's party. We also will be having field day this fall, and we do like to celebrate all of our successes at the end of the year on the last day of school.
Can I volunteer?
I do take volunteers in the class from time to time. Mostly, I would need clerical help sorting, cutting, filing, and organizing to help keep everything running smoothly. Although I do have volunteers work with kids from time to time in a small group or one on one. If you would like to volunteer, email me your interest and availability and I will try to accommodate throughout the year. We also take volunteers for field trips, parties, and field day if you are interested in that. However, we typically do a lottery system for these big trips as we have limited space on buses.
What's the deal with homework?
Homework is for practice. All homework that we send home will be directly linked to the lesson or lessons we have recently taught in class, so it should be fresh on your child's mind. Math homework will typically go home every evening, unless we have an assessment. There may be a break here and there but it usually goes home nightly. Reading homework will be to either read books from your own personal library at home, or to read the baggie books we send home, OR you can do lexia! As a general rule we say 20 minutes of reading. We mostly want your child to practice reading aloud to you, however those minutes can also be folded in with a read aloud before bed or reading with a sibling. We may send home writing homework from time to time but it will not be nightly like math and reading as we are typically working on ongoing projects in the classroom together. There is not a grade for homework on your child's report card, however we do check their work and keep track of their progress and growth through homework and all of the other measures we keep at school during the day. It is very beneficial for your child to have that practice at home. That being said, if you have a busy evening with extra curriculars or a family emergency comes up and you cannot get the homework completed, or you just need to sharpen the saw as a family, no sweat-its just practice! Get to it when you can and don't worry about it!