Mrs. Kilhullen



Dear Parents,

Well we have made it through our first month of school and everything seems to be running smoothly.  Homework will pretty much stay the same. The only change will be the Book in Bag to be read and logged every night.  We will focus on fire safety and welcome fall this month. 

I have put this note together as a reference for you.  It contains helpful information to help acquaint you with many of our classroom procedures. If you should have any concerns or questions please feel free to contact me at the school (570-785-2410) or email me at mkilhullen@fcrsd.org.

Sincerely,
Michelle Kilhullen

So much happens in First Grade and because of this parents, as well as children, may have some apprehensions.  It is extremely important to keep in mind that we all build on small successes.  Each child will progress at his/her own rate, acquiring skills as he/she is developmentally ready.  Maintaining each child’s self-esteem and building a secure foundation for future growth will always remain priority in our first grade.  Here are some ways you can help:

*Celebrate your child’s success, no matter how small it may seem.  This will keep your child enthusiastic about learning and proud of their work!
*Read to and with your child every day.  The more your child is exposed to language, the easier it will be for him/her to incorporate new skills in reading and writing in the classroom.  Plan to spend 10 to 20 minutes each day – the rewards are priceless!

Class List
Tristan       Shelby     Deegan     Samantha
Adrianna    Lee          Sophia      Leia
Mark          Liam        Aundrea    Peyton
Ayden        Blake       Phillip        Onyella

Birthdays
October 29 - Phillip


Specials
Day 1 - Gym (wear sneakers)
Day 2 - Computers
Day 3 - Art
Day 4 - PATHS 
Day 5 - Music 
Day 6 - Library (return books)

Absences
Attendance is important in first grade.  What we do in class involves active participation and it is very important that your child attends each day.  However, I do realize that sickness, family emergencies, and doctor’s appointments do occur.  Your child’s schoolwork will be saved for him/her to complete upon their return to school.  A note is required upon returning to school.

Homework
Homework will require some parental involvement at this level.  Your cooperation is essential in developing a positive homework habit.  Each day of the week from Monday to Thursday, your child will have some type of homework.  It will usually consist of a math sheet and a book to read. Within a few weeks, your child will be bringing home a Book in Bag.  They will be expected to read it each night, record the book title and date on their log and return it each day.  
First and foremost, you can encourage your child by showing interest and demonstrating helpful attitudes toward homework.  Establish a “homework time” in a special place free of noise and distractions.   Homework is meant to be a review of the day’s lessons.  It should not take more than 15 minutes to complete.  If your child is struggling or showing frustration, please stop and return unfinished homework with a note and I will work with your child on the specific lesson.

Homework Folder
Everyday your child will bring home his/her Homework Folder.  Please try to check this each day and sign the behavior chart.  It may contain important announcements, homework assignments, or completed work.  It is very important that your child brings this back to school each day.  This will help to create a routine and continue the communication between home and school.  You may also use this as a way to communicate with me.  For instance, if your child is doing something different from their normal schedule (being picked up from school, leaving early for an appointment, etc.) please send me a note to let me know the change of plans.  Only one note will be needed if the change will be every week on the same day.


Wish List
tissues     hand sanitizer      Clorox wipes
grocery bags     old magazines     pencils
paper towels     stickers


Upcoming Events
Friday, October 14 - Fire Prevention
Tuesday, October 18 - PTO Meeting (6:30)
Monday, October 24 -Curriculum Night(6:00)
Wednesday,October 26- NoSchool(Inservice)
Monday, October 31 - Halloween


I am so excited to get to know you and your child this year! I have high hopes of seeing your child learn and grow throughout this school year! As always thank you for your support.

Mrs. Kilhullen