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.
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 can usually respond faster to emails. I use Class Messenger to send important information. Please sign up here: http://cmsngr.co/C6MPKAPYA7. 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 his or her login information.
Folder. Your child will have a daily homework folder. Please help by checking/correcting homework before it’s turned in and remove what can stay at home. Please check the folder every day.
Gold Tags. Students will earn gold tags for making good choices, following directions, being kind to others, staying on task, staying organized, etc. On Friday we will celebrate by having Fun Friday Centers. The student with the most gold tags gets to choose their Fun Friday Center first! Then it's the next student's turn, and so on. There is not a specific number of gold tags your child should be earning, but students will complete a certificate each Friday that will give parents information about how the week went. Students can also lose gold tags for breaking school rules.
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 and practice math flashcards (that will be sent home throughout the year) as much as possible!
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 this year.
Questions – Please question your child each day after school. You could ask about the topic we are studying in unit, who they played with at recess, what library books they chose recently, what they ate, and if they earned any gold tags for good behavior.
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 Mrs. Spiegel, Gym with Mrs. Brown, Technology w/ 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 Monroe, Decatur, and Ossian. I love first graders! I also enjoy cheering on the Jets! I like the challenge of being 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." This person will share photos and personal items, be interviewed, and eat lunch in the classroom! He or she 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, donating snacks, drinks, or napkins for holiday parties, listening to students read, running copies, plating food during the Thanksgiving Feast, or volunteering to teach our class 5 Junior Achievement lessons (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),
old, clean mismatched socks for dry erase boards
individually wrapped candies for our class candy jar
small prizes for the treasure box
eXperiences. Kids come to school with all sorts of them. Some can read well and some take time to warm up to a new teacher. Please don’t worry if your child is behind or ahead at this point. Individual progress throughout the year is the goal!
Your help at home. Please check the folder each day, supervise homework, listen to your child read each night, and clean out his or her backpack daily! Thanks, parents!
ZZZZ’s. Kids need lots of sleep. First graders should strive for 9-11 hours of sleep each night.