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! 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 email@example.com, or I can be reached at school (860) 491-6020. 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 husband and two dogs Rye and Bailey. Rye is my German Shepherd mix who enjoys watching for birds and chipmunks, and Bailey is my hyperactive boxer who loves to play! I also enjoy biking, 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!
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, color pencils, glue sticks, post-it notes, 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!
Earbuds/Headphones Usage As use of technology continues to grow as an element of the Region-6 educational experience, students are using headphones/earbuds more often each year. For sanitary reasons, as well to recognize individual students' personal preferences around comfort and style, students must bring their own headphones/earbuds to school this year. Please put his/her name on the 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.
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. Also be sure to check out our classroom Weebly website at http://mrsmcmahonsfirstgrade.weebly.com, or follow me on Twitter @TaraMG6.
I am looking forward to meeting you soon!
Sincerely, Tara McMahon A few more things...
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!
Read to/with your child every night. REMEMBER to continue to read and fill out your Summer Reading Challenge Log & Math Passport and turn it in the first week of school!!!
Slip a note or photo into your child’s bag, for reassurance on their first day.