Ms. Molly Carlson
“Serve the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful song.” Psalm 100:2
Hello First Grade Families!
Welcome to a new year at Blessed Trinity. In first grade, we will grow our love of learning, focus on our reading skills, and share our Catholic faith. In this classroom, your children are valued, respected, challenged, and loved. See below for my class expectations, discipline, schedule, and helpful reminders. I look forward to working with you for a successful, dynamic year of learning and teaching!
~May God Bless Our School Year~
Gentle Reminder…attendance and being on time is extremely important. Please make sure that your child comes to school ready to learn, in clean, proper uniform attire, and has had a good breakfast to start their day strong!
**Please check binders nightly for homework and any school/classroom information.**
Please encourage your children to read, read, read….EVERY DAY! First grade is a reading year, fine tuning the phonics and comprehension skills necessary for children to become fluent readers. First graders should be reading a minimum of 15 minutes at home daily; this can be alongside an adult, taking turns with pages, listening to a fluent reader, or reading on their own with a parent checking in on their reading.
Accelerated Reader (AR):
Students will use the Accelerated Reader program at school to take comprehension quizzes on the books that they read to help track their understanding and reading progress during the year. First graders are expected to take one, passing AR quiz per week. A passing score is 80% or better, on books that are in the students suggested reading range. Students will complete a STAR assessment during the first week of school, and will receive their first reading range. Families can use these levels to find books for home reading practice; please use the website below to search for books.
First graders can check out 1-2 books from the library each week. Books are due back to the library every Thursday. Students can also borrow books from the classroom library whenever they need.
Our resource schedule:
Monday: P.E (wear sneakers)
Tuesday: P.E (wear sneakers), Music
Wednesday: Art, Playground
Thursday: Library/Media, Playground
Friday: Spanish, Playground
*We attend Mass every Wednesday at 8:30am.
**We have playground/recess time on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.
In order to create a loving, safe, academic environment, students are expected to follow our classroom and school rules. Please ensure your child understands what is expected of them, and arrives prepared for learning. Daily uniform checks are included as part of school expectations.
- We follow directions and transitions quickly.
- We use our hand signals and communicate clearly.
- We stay on task and always try to do our best.
- We use active listening when a speaker is talking.
- We keep our hands, feet, and belongings to ourselves.
- We show respect to our classroom, teacher, students, and selves.
- We make smart, thoughtful choices.
Classroom Behavior Management:
- Redirect (warning)
- Sideline (think time)
- Skills coaching (Student meets with teacher)
- Note home (signed by parent)