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Survival Guide

The First Grade Survival Guide

Contacting me:

Email permits speedy feedback

and is the easiest way for me to communicate.  My e-mail address is


Home-School Connection

I will keep in touch with you by weekly newsletters.  I send the newsletters home every Monday. The newsletters have important information about spelling words, homework, important dates, school closings, and our weekly objectives.  Please read over these newsletters very carefully with your child.  These newsletters will be in your child’s weekly homework binder. Be certain to return it on Friday.

I also will try and make a contact with you as often as I can through out the year as I feel that communication is the key to a students success and that all parties should be involved in the education of the student.


If your child arrives at school late they must check in at the front office before coming to class.  If for any reason your child will not be leaving on regular schedule (different bus, picked up by another person, etc.) I MUST have a written note or I cannot allow your child to leave school.

Parent Volunteers

I encourage parents to volunteer in the classroom however; proper paperwork must be completed each year. If you are not able to come in there is still many things you can do just let me know when you are able to help.


Homework is very important in reinforcing your child’s learning.  First grade is a very crucial year for learning many skills in reading and math that are hard to master. Ensure that you work with your child on the suggested activities that I send home.

Every week on Monday your child will receive a homework packet.  This will contain the entire week’s homework.  Your child can do the homework at whatever pace you choose.

If your child does not turn his/her homework on Friday you will receive a homework notice.  If they do not turn in the homework on the following Monday they will be required to do it during free/play time and will change their pin.


This year, Owingsville Elementary is excited to implement Whole Brain Teaching. "Whole Brain Teaching is a method of teaching that involves auditory, verbal, and visual elements" (Palasigue, 2009). As part of Whole Brain Teaching (WBT), OES will now have a school-wide discipline plan.


Classroom Rules

1. Follow Directions Quickly.

2. Raise your hand for permission to speak.

3. Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat.

4. Make smart choices.

5. Keep your dear teacher happy.


Classroom Consequences:

Green--Good going! Keep it up!

Yellow--Warning--Lose 5 minutes of recess

Red--Stop and Think--Lose 10 minutes of recess; Note or Phone call home

Orange--Too many bad choices--Lose 15 minutes (ALL) of recess; note or phone call home

Blue--Lose 15 minutes (ALL) of recess; note or phone call home; office referral