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Pointers for Parents :)

CONGRATULATIONS and WELCOME! 

You are the proud parent of a first-grader here at Woodbrook Elementary!  You will be amazed at just how much your child will grow this year.  First grade is an exciting time as children embark upon new adventures in the world of learning.  This is a year of major transitions, as well as one in which the acquisition of new skills is accelerated.  You will see changes in your child's thinking, as he/she becomes familiar with abstract concepts and symbols.

What a joy you'll have watching your little one "bloom".  The loveliest flowers have the best gardener ~ and that's YOU!  Staying involved in your child's education is the key to a successful year.  Parents, as well as children, may be a bit apprehensive about what to expect in first grade.  Please 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.  Remember it is a journey ~ not a race.

HOW CAN YOU HELP?

There are several ways in which you can help as a parent.  It's very important that you check frequently with your little person to be certain that his/her supply box is adequately equipped with all of the necessary crayons, pencils, erasers, glue sticks, and scissors!  Be sure to engage your child in conversation about his/her day.  Celebrate your student's accomplishments, regardless of how small.  Note the positive comments on his/her papers.  This will keep your little one enthusiastic about learning and proud of his/her work.  Read to and with your child everyday, if possible.  The more your youngster is exposed to language, the easier it will be for him/her to incorporate new skills in reading and writing in the classroom, and become more proficient in these areas.  You are your son's/daughter's first teacher, and I consider us to be partners in your child's education.  Thank you for all the support and reinforcement that you will be giving your child this year!

COMMUNICATION

Good parent/teacher communication is essential!  An excellent way to stay involved is to check your child's "GO" folder every evening.  You will usually find it packed with papers, homework, projects, notices from the office, as well as notes from me.  As overwhelming as it may seem, try to sort through them and read each one.  They often contain critical information.  Your child should come to school the next day with a fairly empty folder ~ just homework (which has been checked and signed by a parent) and/or notes to me.   Also be sure to look for the First Grade Flyer which will be sent out by email.  It will contain the most updated messages and any important reminders.

EMAIL is the best way for you to get a quick response to a question, and/or my instant feedback.  I check my email throughout each day and would encourage you to contact me this way.  My email address is:  cburt1@ccs.k12.in.us.    I also receive school email at home and generally check it in the evenings, too. 

MY GOALS

It is my goal for our classroom to be warm and inviting.  I want all of my students to feel safe asking questions, making mistakes, sharing ideas, and challenging themselves.  I hope for my first graders to become enthusiastic, lifelong learners as we grow academically and broaden our knowledge base in all areas.  It's very important to me that your little ones eagerly anticipate their days at school!  Maintaining each student's self-esteem and building a secure foundation for future growth will always remain a priority in our classroom.  I strive for an atmosphere in which children feel respected, demonstrate compassion, and encourage one another.  I am anticipating a TERRIFIC year with your very special little person as we learn and have fun together!  Thank you for sharing your treasures with me!

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