Friday, July 29, 2016

          First Grade Super Stars Reach for the Stars!

Dear First Grade Friends and Parents,

     Welcome to First Grade!  We'll be starting our journey together very soon.  I am excited to bring the Superkids' fun adventures to you as we work on reading together.  We'll also enjoy the exciting challenges of first grade math, science, and social studies this year.  My favorite to share is Religion because we are blessed to learn about the Holy Family, Saints, and God's love!

     We will start school on Monday, August 29th.   I'll be preparing your classroom in the coming weeks and I know you'll be enjoying the wonderful outdoors during the last weeks of summer vacation. Have a great time!

     I am also excited that I will be able to meet with all of the first grade parents at our welcome evening, August 25th, at 5:30.  It would be very helpful if you could bring your child's school supplies with you when you come to school for this special information session! Please note that you do only need to label the folders, glue sticks, erasers, and scissors, and all clothing of course. I will be having a community set of other supplies this year.

 I can’t wait to see all of my Super Star First Graders!


Mrs. Pam Claytor

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Dear Parents,

     Much excitement is felt in our classroom as the children begin the earnest work on rehearsing their parts for the primary play, The Superkids Shining in Baltimore.  This is an original play, to which the children have contributed.  The parent/family performance is scheduled for Friday, June 3rd at 2:15 PM, as noted in the flier that came home on Friday with your child’s part attached.  Thank you for assisting your child in memorizing the poem he or she participated in writing.    
     We will begin with group practices on Monday and Tuesday of this week and then move on to rehearsing with both the first and second grade performers from Wednesday, May 25th on a daily basis.  There is a dress rehearsal scheduled for Wednesday, June 1st that will be attended by the younger grades and possibly the rest of the school body.  This will allow room for family members to attend the Friday performance.
     I do hope you will be able to join us for this annual celebration of the achievement our students have made this year in all areas of the curriculum!

Mrs. Pam Claytor

PS – this is a reminder that official homework is now completed for the school year.  I do hope that this will give you an opportunity to set up a summer schedule of practical applications of religious training, reading, math, science, and social studies skills :)

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Dear Parents,

     The field trip to the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center was truly a great way for the children to experience, first hand, what we had been discussing and exploring throughout the course of the year.  Thank you so very much for joining us on such a questionable day weather-wise!  Your gift of time is truly appreciated.

     With a little over 3 weeks of instructional time left to the first grade year and curriculum goals, we will begin to turn our attention to skills that will be valuable when your child enters second grade.  Independence, while a goal, is still a bit of a ways off in many of the skill sets that will be fostered next year.  There is a lot of introductory work in first grade and there are many skills your children have established to enable them to be the outstanding students they are destined to be.  The ability to work as a team member and the ability to work independently have both been a focus of this school year.  I hope that your child will continue to have opportunities to work on these skills during the upcoming summer break.  Summer provides a rich environment for daily use of the reading, math, science, social studies, and religion foundation your child has.  I would like to encourage you to foster daily opportunity for play, both imaginative and directed, physical and quiet, alone time.   
     This is the last week of official homework. I will continue to send home review work opportunities, however, it will be your choice as to how the work is used for review. There will still be spelling pattern and memory word focus as well as math skills available for your child to go over at home; however, there is no need to return the work to school.  This is a great opportunity to establish a routine for summer school work at home.  It is very important for your child to continue to read, answer comprehension questions, write in a journal, and do mental math on a daily basis.

May the Holy Spirit continue to guide you in all of the ways you give as your parental vocation!
Mrs. Pam Claytor

PS  We will begin the process of learning the lines and songs for our play, The Superkids Shine in Baltimore shortly.  Please look for a poem to arrive home by Wednesday.  Your child will have assisted in writing the poem and will be reciting it in the play with their group.  Thank you for helping him or her learn the part!