Arrival. School begins at 8:00 a.m. Wednesday’s start time is 8:30. Students may enter the classroom 10 minutes early.
Behavior System. Appropriate behavior and kind manners are expected. I focus my attention on those with good behavior, and I reward those who are appropriate choices with JETS tickets. I give lots of positive reinforcement, so students know what I'm looking for in the classroom. Fun experiences can be purchased every 2 weeks with the JETS tickets. I believe students need a safe place to make mistakes and learn from them. If verbal reminders aren't fixing a behavior issue a tally system will be used: 1st tally = verbal warning. 2nd tally = think sheet goes home for a parent signature and gets returned to school the next day. 3rd tally = a phone call home to a parent to discuss how we can fix the behavior issue. 4th tally = office visit to discuss the situation with the principal. All students start each new month with a clean slate of tallies. Specific reteaching of expectations happens after each tally.
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 email@example.com. I use Remind.com to send important information right to your phone. Lots of information is also available on our class website: KatieLinder1A.weebly.com.
Dismissal. School ends at 2:50. If you need to change dismissal plans, send a note with your child or let the office know by 2 p.m. and Liz Davis will let me know. 692-6629.
elearning. Assignments will be posted on Schoology by 10 a.m. for eLearning days. See the label in the homework folder for your child’s login.
Folder. Your child will be given a red homework folder. Please check and correct homework with your child before it’s turned in and remove what can stay at home. Please look through the folder every day.
Guided Reading. I will meet with your child at his/her reading level a couple of times a week. Expect to see a book come home about once a week.
Homework. Math will usually be assigned Monday through Thursday. It should take only 10-15 minutes. Let me know if it becomes a struggle. No homework on Fridays or on days we review or 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!
J.E.T.S. Jets work hard. Exercise Self-Control. Treat others and things with respect. Safety first. All staff are looking for good behavior and will be handing out JETS tickets when they catch someone doing a great job!
Keep me in the loop! If your child has any exciting or important news, please share as much as you are comfortable with me. I care about what’s happening in your child’s life!
Lunch. First Grade eats at 11:15. (11:30 Wed.) Lunch is $2.00 Packers need name and grade labeled on their lunch bag.
MyMealTime.com. You can deposit lunch money at mymealtime.com or send it in an envelope with child’s name. Contact me if you need assistance setting this up.
Newsletter. Look for a gold-colored weekly newsletter with important updates. It comes home on Fridays. Also available online: www.accs.k12.in.us <Menu <Elementary <Newsletters
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 – You can 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!
Special Class. We have a different special class for each day of the week. We go to ART with Mrs. Flesch, LIBRARY with Ms. Patterson, GYM with Mr. Richey, S.T.E.M. with Mrs. Steffen, and MUSIC with Mrs. King, in that order.
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: Applied Classroom Practices 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.
individually wrapped candies for our class candy jar (ex. Tootsie Rolls, Smarties, Starbursts, or Peppermint Puffs)
Ditty Bag donations: kid friendly fabric and Velveeta cheese boxes. Please contact me if you know of a volunteer willing and able to sew ditty bags for our grade!
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.