Document Sample
Mrs Powered By Docstoc
					Mrs. Bonnie Barksdale
First Grade 2009-2010
McCall Elementary School
400 Scenic Trail
Willow Park, TX 76087

Dear Parents,

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you and your child to first grade at
McCall Elementary School. This should be an exciting and growing year for
them. Your child’s learning and well being are most important to me. I look
forward to establishing a close relationship with you and your child during
this school year.

Daily Class Schedule
(Subject to change at any time to accommodate student academic services)
7:45-8:30 Morning Message / Making Words
8:30-9:20 Language Arts
       Mon-Fri: 9:00 Snack
9:20-9:25 Bathroom Break
9:25-10:15 PE / Music (Conference period)
10:15-10:20 Bathroom Break
10:20-11:25 Guided Reading Groups / Centers
11:25-11:30 Get Ready for Lunch
11:30-12:00 Lunch
12:00-12:05 Bathroom Break
12:05-12:45 Math
       Fridays: 12:10-12:40 Computer lab
12:45-1:30 Social Studies / Science
       Wednesdays: 12:45-1:20 Science Lab
1:30-1:45     Recess
1:45-2:30 Writing
       Thursdays: 1:45-2:20 Library
2:30-2:40 Get Ready to go home
2:40 -2:45 Dismissal

School hours are 7:45 A.M. to 2:45 P.M. Students are tardy at 7:50.
Lunch is from 11:30 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Parents are welcome to eat lunch
with their children. If you plan on eating a school lunch, please send a note
with your child so your lunch can be ordered. Please meet your child at the
entrance to the cafeteria.

Spelling- practice spelling and writing words each night; please practice on
lined tablet paper; students will receive a spelling and handwriting grade

Handwriting – remind students that there are no letters that start at the
bottom line, grades will be given on neatness and ability to write letters
between the correct lines

Phonics – combination of workbook and classroom activities (consonants,
vowels, blends, diagraphs, etc.)

Language – combination of worksheets and classroom activities (nouns, verbs,
adjectives, antonyms, capitalization, punctuation, etc.)

Reading – combination of basal reader and children’s literature (vocabulary,
comprehension, character traits, cause and effect, predicting,
compare/contrast, etc.)

Writing – students will be taken through the entire writing process using
journals, stories, descriptions, etc.; students will be allowed to use invented
spelling, but expected to spell words correctly once they have learned them;
writing will take place in all subject areas.

Math – consists of calendar, manipulative activities, number practice, and
guided practice

Science/Soc. Studies – approx. 3 weeks of each during a six-week period;
activities will include textbook, non-fiction book and magazines, experiments,
comparing/contrasting, research, etc.

It is your child’s responsibility to get their assignments and place them in
their homework pocket of their notebook, or backpack. If a child returns to
school without homework completed, recess time will be spent to complete
the assignment.

Reading – Your child needs to read orally for 15 minutes every night. Read
to your child and have your child read to you. Please record the time you
spend reading on their reading log in their red “Take Home Reader” folder.

Spelling – A list of spelling words will come home on the homework calendar
and on the first day of the week. Your child needs to study these words
every night to prepare for Friday’s spelling test (writing them each night).
We will also be dictating sentences to the students using the spelling words
after the winter break. The dictated sentences will be a practical
application of the spelling words and will be used as an assessment tool.
Challenge Spelling lists are given when a student shows mastery on the
regular spelling tests. The challenge spelling list will not be used for grades,
but just a harder “challenge” for the student to continue their language

Math – The Saxon math program is a very intensive program that builds upon
itself. Daily math homework will be send home unless the lesson is in the
multiple of a 5 (starting at 10). At that point, not all the lessons will have
homework. Please see the weekly homework calendar for more specific
information on homework for that week.

Each day, on your child’s calendar, there will be a stamp indicating how your
child’s day went. A blue smiley face (with teeth showing) means your child
went above and beyond without bragging on themselves. A green smiley face
means “Great Day” (this is where everyone starts fresh everyday). A yellow
straight face means “OK Day, Needed Reminders”. A red frown face means
“Had some issues, and signed the book”. A behavior FYI or “Ticket” will be in
their folder with information on the issues if a red frown face is brought
home. Any severe incidences will be directly handled through the office.
Discipline Guideline
First Time: Verbal Warning (clip remains on green)
Second Time: Move clip to yellow straight face.
Third Time: Move clip from yellow straight face to red frown face. Behavior
FYI Slip or “ticket” home to parents to sign and return.
Fourth Time: Bring clip to Mrs. Barksdale and have a visit to the office.
Behavior FYI Slip or “ticket” home to parents and a phone call.
Severe Infractions will be handled through the office.

Report cards are sent home every six weeks. If you are concerned about
your child’s progress, a conference can be arranged at any point in the year
with prior notice. The only assignments that are used for report cards or
assessment will have a grade on it. If the paper does not have a number on
it, it was looked over and checked. First grade will not start receiving grades
until the 2nd six weeks. A letter grade will be given in handwriting, science,
and social studies. A numerical grade will be given in all other subjects

Grades coming home will be on a 100 point scale. [All papers that did not
master at least 70% of the concept, should be corrected and re-submitted.]
Some papers will have just a check. Those are the papers I checked in class
to see if they were on the right track. Much of the assessment done in first
grade is teacher observation and oral assessment.

Daily Notebook – This notebook will come home daily and should contain any
homework, incomplete work, graded work, notes, and a 6 weeks behavior
record. The inside pocket should be filled with papers that are graded,
checked or reviewed. Those should remain at home. Next you will find a 6
weeks behavior calendar. Your child’s daily behavior face will be on that
date. See section 4 for more information on discipline. The first pocket is
for notes (to me or from me). The second is for items to return to school
and the third is for homework. The students stuff their own folders, so not
everything will get in the right spot every time.

My main goal is to provide a positive atmosphere for your child. There will
be verbal praise, stickers, positive notes home, phone calls and free time
given for good behavior.

If you have any questions or concerns, you may e-mail me (best way) or call me at (817) 441-4500. If I am not
available, I will return your call as soon as possible. I am also available to
meet with you before or after school and during my conference period which
is from 9:25am to 10:15am. Please let me know ahead of time so I can
schedule enough time to discuss the issues.

Our class does have its own website. I am really trying to keep that updated
and current for you. . The website will contain a
great deal of information that is happening in our classroom as well as future
events. Please check the website or the most current information. Please
make sure I have your email address. Sometimes I might have a homework
change last minute that I need to let you know about. The website hosted at
my personal home, so I don’t have access to it except in the evenings.

Birthday party invitations may NOT be passed out during school unless ALL
the children in the class have been invited. Our class capacity is 22 students.
We will not be able to have birthday celebrations in the classroom or at

Please send a separate note with your child when he/she returns from being
absent. The note should include the child’s name, the days absent, and the
reason for the absence (even if you called the school on the day of the
absence). Students will be counted absent if they are not in class at 10:00
A.M. unless they have a doctor’s note. Your child will be counted tardy by
7:50 A.M. Multiple tardies will result in your child not participating in Fun

We will have a short snack time every day at 9:00am. Your child may bring a
healthy snack that is not messy or time consuming. I would encourage you to
send a water bottle with your child each day. Please make sure the water
bottle has a nozzle top to minimize spills. No soft drinks or juice please.

I will be sending home various book orders this year. Ordering books from
the book order form helps our class earn free books. Please remember to
fill out the order form completely. Please pay close attention to the name of
the company when you write a check. Please do not send cash.

If you are interested in volunteering, please let me know. Volunteers are
welcomed and needed at any point in the year. Please see the volunteer sign
up sheet.

Only the nurse can give medication to your child with written permission.
Please let the nurse know about any medications your child will need at

Please make sure your child’s name is on their lunchbox, jackets, coats and
backpacks. Please: NO TOYS (of any kind) or POKEMON CARDS at school.
If your child brings a toy to school, I will place it in my desk drawer until the
end of the week. Please, no backpack key-chains. In the past, these have
become a distraction in the classroom and have been lost easily. Thank you
for your cooperation.

During drop off and dismissal, please follow the McCall Elementary Traffic
Guidelines. At 7:15 AM the music room is open to receive your child for
morning drop off. Your child will be asked to stay in that area until the 7:35
bell rings.

If your child will be going home a different way than normal, please send a
note to let me know or call the front office by 2pm (817-441-4500). I am
not permitted to release your child from campus without written
notification. This is for the safety of your child. During dismissal, the older
students need to come down to the first grade area and sit with their

18. PTO
Please be sure to join our PTO during the membership drive. They do an
incredible job!

Please direct all transportation questions (bus) or concerns to the
transportation department (817-441-5141).

Keep saving those box tops and watch for notes concerning turn in dates.
Last year, the students that brought in the most from each class, got to
throw water balloons at different teachers (including me). I am not sure
what they will think up this year, but it should be good!

I am looking forward to this exciting year. I know that we are going to have
a great year and make great strides in learning!