Arrival. School begins at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday’s start time is 8:30. Students may enter the classroom 10 minutes early.
Behavior. Good behavior and kind manners are expected. I focus my attention on those with good behavior, and I reward those who are making good choices. I give lots of positive reinforcement, so students know what I'm looking for in the classroom. I believe students need a safe place to make mistakes and learn from them. If there is an ongoing issue of concern I will call the parents to discuss it. Students will get daily feedback with our Behavior Clip Chart. They will record their clip chart color each day on their homework calendar so parents know how their day went.
Communication. If you need anything, don’t hesitate to call me at school at 692-1152. During school hours my phone number is directed to the school secretary. Just ask for my voicemail if calling during school hours or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I use Remind.com to send important information right to your phone. Please click here for push notifications on your Smart Phone or text the message @hg4cc9 to the number 81010. Lots of information is also available on our class website: KatieLinder1A.weebly.com.
Dismissal. School ends at 2:55. If you need to change dismissal plans, send a note with your child or let the office know by 2 p.m. and Shar Byerly will let me know. 692-6629.
E-learning. We use http://schoology.accs.k12.in.us to post everything you need on an E-learning day. I will add a white label to the inside of your child's homework folder with important login information as soon as I receive your child's login and password from Mrs. Acord.
Folder. I will give your child a red homework folder. Please help by checking/correcting homework with your child before it’s turned in and remove what can stay at home. Please check the folder every day.
Good Behavior. When students are showing extra effort or going above and beyond the call of duty to be a model student, they will get to move thier clip up on the behavior chart. Breaking rules and not following directions will result in moving down the clip chart. Student will earn points for good behavior and cash in points for prizes and rewards.
Homework. Math will usually be assigned Mon. through Thurs. It should take only 10-15 minutes. Let me know if it becomes a struggle. No homework on Fridays or on days we take a math test. About once a week your child will have a book from reading group to read to you at home. Occasionally other homework may be assigned. Students should strive to read a little each night!
Independence. Each year your child is able to add to the "list" of things they can do independently! Look for times to allow them to do the work and learn new skills. Be patient with them and celebrate as they get better and better!
Jobs. Your child will have a different classroom job each day. We have a ‘Jobs Wheel’ that tells us our job for the day and helps us work together to keep our room running smoothly.
Keeping Updated. Look for a golden-colored weekly newsletter with important updates. It comes home on Fridays in the homework folder. Also available online: www.accs.k12.in.us < Parents < Elementary Newsletters < First Grade or click here to see the latest newsletter.
Lunch. We eat at 11:15. (11:25 Wed.) Lunch is $2.00 and breakfast is $1.50. You can deposit lunch money at mymealtime.com or send it in an envelope with name, account number, and amount listed. Packers need their name and grade labeled on their lunchbag. Click here to see the current lunch menu. You can find your child's lunch account number on a white label inside of his or her homework folder.
Mystery Bag. Every 20 days your child will come home with the class Mystery Bag. They will choose an item and write 3 clues. The next day at school they will read their clues as the class guesses what's inside! This gives each student practice speaking in front of the class, and we have fun guessing what is in the bag each day!
News. If your child has any important personal or educational news, please share as much as you feel comfortable sharing with me. Not only will this help with learning, but it will help me to connect with your child as an individual.
Only 180 days together. It will go fast! Thanks for partnering with me to make first grade a successful year for your child.
Paris, France. We will study several different countries this year, but France is Mrs. Linder's favorite country to visit. It is also the theme of our classroom.
Questions – Ask your child about the topic we are studying in unit, who they played with at recess, what library books they chose recently, what they ate, and where they ended the day on the clip chart. Ask if they made any mistakes and what they learned from it.
RAH. Reading At Home is essential for a successful year! Students are expected to read 10 minutes, 5 nights a week, October-May. They can also count minutes when adults read to them! Fun rewards follow!
Specials. We go to… Art with Mrs. Flesch, Library with Ms. Patterson, Gym with Mrs. Brown, Technology with Mrs. Mendenhall, and Music with Mrs. King, in that order. A different special class for each day of the week!
Teacher. That’s me! I'm Katie. I’ve taught since 2007, in grades K, 1, 2 and Title I Reading. I have a masters in Elementary Education and have taught in Ossian, Decatur, and Monroe. I love first graders! I am most passionate about teaching reading. I also enjoy cheering on the Jets! I like the challenge of being a wife, a mom of two, and a first grade teacher.
Unique. Each child is special and unique! Every student will have a turn to be "Student of the Week." They will share photos and personal items, be interviewed, and eat lunch in the classroom! The Student of the Week will invite a guest reader to read a favorite book to the class! A slip will come home on the Thursday prior to your child’s special week.
Volunteers. We love them! There are many different ways to volunteer in first grade such as: assisting with games during the First Grade Circus in March, donating snacks, drinks, or napkins for holiday parties, listening to students read, assisting the teacher with materials or running copies, plating food during the Thanksgiving Feast, or volunteering to teach Junior Achievement lessons (5 lessons provided). Sign up at Back to School Night or email me if interested. Looking for more ways to be involved? Consider joining our amazing PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) or ask to be added to the library volunteer schedule.
empty Velveeta Cheese boxes (tops and bottoms),
individually wrapped candies for our class candy jar (ex. Tootsie Rolls, Smarties, or Dum Dum Suckers, or mints)
small prizes for the treasure box
eXperiences. Kids come to school with all sorts of them. I believe everyone has a place to shine as well as something to overcome. Some kiddos take time to warm up to a new teacher and that's okay! Please don’t worry if your child is behind or ahead of other students. Individual progress throughout the year is the goal!
Your help at home. Please check the red folder each day, supervise homework, listen to your child read each night, and clean out their backpack daily! Thanks, parents!
ZZZZ’s. The right amount of sleep makes everything better! First graders should strive for 9-11 hours of sleep each night.