Hello to school!
Hello to classmates,
Goodbye to the pool.
Vacation time's over,
School time is here.
Once more we welcome
Another school year.
Greetings from Tr. Richelle!
Welcome to a new year and new experiences! The first grade year is a time of tremendous growth and change for children, and I am honored to be your child’s guide for this journey.
Our classroom theme throughout the year will be Making a Difference, and each month we will explore a different area. September’s theme will be Making a Difference in our School, and as a group, the children and I will consider all the ways we can make a difference at GFS, whether in the classroom, on the playground, in the garden, or anywhere else on campus! Along the way, we will learn about our school as a community, connect our hopes and dreams for the year to school and classroom rules, and practice working cooperatively with others. I participated in a week-long Responsive Classroom® workshop this summer, and I am excited to apply these concepts to create a culture of learning and joy in the classroom. Hear more about what this will look, sound, and feel like for your children at Back to School night!
Much of September will be focused on foundational skills and concepts in reading, writing, and math. We will be continuing the children’s kindergarten work in Fundations® by reviewing letters and their corresponding keywords and sounds as well as sound recognition for consonants and short vowels, ABC order, and lowercase letter formation. The Teachers College (Lucy Calkins) Writing Workshop will be introduced, and you’ll be amazed at the writing our young authors will produce!
In math, we will be working on understanding addition, focusing on all the ways to make 6, 7, 8, and 9. We will also introduce number sentences and stories about joining. I’ll be sharing some pictures of the fun ways we learn these concepts!
It is a great privilege and responsibility to be your child's first grade teacher, and I am looking forward to a fun and rewarding learning journey this year! If you have any questions or concerns, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates to Remember:
- Wednesday, September 14th at 7:00 pm Back-to-School Night for Lower School
- Friday, September 16th at 5:30 pm Back-to-School Picnic (Rain date: 9/23)
- Thursday, September 22th at 10:00 am All School Gathering
- Sunday, September 25th at 5:00 pm GFS Hayride
- Monday or Tuesday September 26th or 27th Picture Day! (1st grade date TBA)
- Saturday October 1st from noon to 3:00 pm Harvest Fair (Rain date: 10/15)
- Friday, October 7th and Monday, October 10th NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS (Teacher In-service Day and Columbus Day)