Welcome to First Grade at Goshen Center School! It has been a gorgeous summer and I am looking forward to a fabulous fall, especially with your child in my class. We have such an exciting year ahead of us! Our class consists of 17 children, 14 girls and 3 boys. I assume that some of the children (and parents) are a bit nervous about the first day of school. Honestly, I am too. Every year, I have butterflies when I walk out to the buses to greet all of the children!
I really hope your child is excited about beginning the school year. I am looking forward to the first day of school as we start learning classroom routines and making friends to enjoy throughout the year. I am sure you have many questions about your child’s year, so I hope this newsletter will answer many of them. If I do not answer all of your questions, please feel free to contact me. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org, or I can be reached at school (860) 491-6020. Also be sure to check out our classroom Weebly website. I update it weekly!
What to Bring to School: On the First Day of School bring in a Picture of something fun you did over the summer to share with the class! During the first week of school, we will be focusing on the theme “All about Me!”
Your child will need to bring a bag or backpack to school every day to carry home papers/projects from school. Be sure to label your child’s materials. Please check the contents of this backpack daily! I will provide each child with a Communication folder to keep any papers that we may have completed in school, as well as any important notes that come from the office or me. This folder needs to be sent back to school every day.
The school purchases most of our school supplies, but if you would like to donate anything of the following items: hand sanitizer, plastic ziplock bags, dry erase markers, highlighters, glue sticks, or tissues to the classroom, we would put it to good use. I have a huge supply of crayons, so they will not be needed at this time. You will not have to send in paper, pencils or folders to school because these items are supplied as well, however a small pencil holder/case would be great labeled with your child's name and a pair of headphones or earbuds!
Snack & Lunch Time Please provide a small healthy snack for your child in the morning. Also, be sure to send your child in with a labeled water bottle. The first grade lunch waive is from 11:45-12:10 followed by recess from 12:10-12:30.
Book Orders I will be sending home Scholastic book orders. The book orders often have great selections for reasonable prices. If you would like to purchase books, please send it back to school with the payment by the date I have requested, or you can make purchases online. Our class code is JC727.
A Little about the Teacher Teaching is a wonderful profession...there are probably no careers better than this one! I love seeing children grow the way first graders do! I love to spend time hiking with my two dogs Rye and Bailey. Rye is a German shepherd mix and Bailey is my hyperactive boxer! I also enjoy running, crafting, and spending time with my family. My favorite color is navy blue and I love going to the beach! My favorite treat is ice cream, too! I am also getting married in September (the 16th!), but I have decided to make the transition smoother for everyone by starting the year off with my soon to be married name McMahon.
Communication between home and school I am anxious for our “team approach” concerning your child’s education. We all have the same goal – for your child to be happy, challenged, comfortable, and secure at school. We need to work together in order for your child to reach maximum success. I am asking that you please review things we have learned at school on a daily basis. There is no need to spend hours at night drilling skills. Have fun…read books daily, play word games, review letters/sounds, numbers, etc. I will be sending home some ideas for you throughout the year.
Writing notes, calling, or emailing are great ways to share information with me. Please call anytime you are unsure about something. Each child will be responsible for checking his/her folder every day for important papers/notes that come from home to be placed in the mailbox.
I am looking forward to meeting you soon!
Sincerely, Tara McMahon
A few more things…
Read to/with your child every night. REMEMBER to continue to read and fill out your Summer Reading Challenge Log and turn it in the first week of school!!!
Check out our class website and blog daily, you can also follow me on Twitter @TaraMG6
Prepare your child for the first day by reassuring and talking with them.
Develop a school nightroutine (have everything ready), and make sure to get plenty of rest.
Get up early enough to avoid rushing and to ensure a smooth start everyday!
Slip a note or photo into your child’s bag, for reassurance on their first day.