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Survival Guide


Contacting me:

Email permits speedy feedback

and is the easiest way for me to communicate.  My e-mail address is tammy.jewell@bath.kyschools.us

606-674-2722 ext. 3103



  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 that is an optional.  Student tickets will be entered for a weekly drawing!

  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 clip.



  We take reading time and instruction very seriously.  If your child went to OES last year DIBEL’s is not an uncommon name for you.  What you may not know is that first grade DIBEL’s tests are different than those taken in kindergarten.

Nonsense Word Fluency: CVC words that are not “real” words (tav, bef, sab, tik, etc…)  You may wonder why this is important in your child’s reading instruction. Think about words with more than one syllable. Independent for example, divide the word into “chunks” in-de-pen-dent. Learning nonsense words teaches students to decode any word not just ones they know. Students should be able to read 50 nonsense words per min. by the end of first grade…if we work together your child will be able to read more!!!

Oral Reading Fluency- This is how many words a student can read per minute in a passage they have never read or a “cold read”. This is where phonics skills and vocabulary come into play. Students are expected to read 50 words per min. by the end of first grade! If we work together I know we can meet our goal and I hope we can bypass it!!!!


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. Please sign up and check Class DOJO daily. Many updates and pics are posted daily!

  I also will try and make a contact with you as often as I can through out the year.


  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.



  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.  Make your dear teacher happy.