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November 26, 2019 | Becca Brasser
The full snack schedule will be posted in the classrooms and handed out at Welcome Back Night. You can also find upcoming snack assignments on the blog.
Please see the list below for ideas about what to bring for snacks. You may bring all the snacks at the beginning of the week, or each morning before school.
We hope that sharing a snack as a class will nourish all of us as a community.
First Grade Snacks: What to Bring?
During community snacks, we are hoping to share balanced, healthy finger-food that will provide energy for the late morning and Park time.
We hope this will be a task where students will be preparing, serving, and eating independently, so please do not send snacks that might cause spills and stains (yogurt, dips, applesauce, fruit cups, etc.), or that need extensive preparation.
Please note that we do not have much refrigerator access for community snacks, so please avoid snacks that need refrigeration if you plan to drop them off before the day they are served. The teachers will provide filtered water for the students, so it is not necessary for families to provide beverages.
Please choose one snack from each category described below for each day. Contact Ms. Brasser or Ms. Streelman if you have other ideas!
Two medium boxes or two bags (enough for 14 servings)
Slices of homemade bread (nut/peanut-free)
Wheat crackers (we prefer ones without many additives, like Triscuits)
Unsweetened cereal (Cheerios/Chex)
Homemade muffins (nut/peanut-free of course!)
Fresh Food Category:
Bunches of pre-washed grapes
Raisins (1 large box)
Whole apples or apple slices (enough for each student to have ½, cut by teachers at school)
Clementine oranges (1-2 per student)
Carrot sticks/baby carrots (no dips or hummus please!)
Chunks of cheese/string cheese
Chunks of melon
Finally, students in first grade may bring in small, easily managed treats to share with their classmates and teachers. Some popular items in the past have been mini-cupcakes, cookies, fruit skewers, and chocolate-covered pretzels. Please do not send anything that requires cutting or refrigeration. Also, please do not send any treats that contain tree nuts or peanuts,.
The Moon class has 14 students. The Sun class has 14 students.
Starting in the middle of October, students will be expected to independently:
Writing homework in first grade serves primarily as a tool that:
Parents should not be involved in homework, except to make sure that it is done daily. The teachers want to see the mistakes and spelling habits of students. If parents are providing erasers and giving spellings, the teachers do not get a clear picture of what each student is capable of writing independently.
Writing Homework should not take more than 10 minutes! If your child is not finished after 10-15 minutes, please give them the choice to put it away. Also, please note that sometimes it is easier for children to draw a picture first, then write about it.
The role of the parent at this time is to read aloud to their child at least 10 minutes each day. Then, the parent should record the book’s title, the date, and the parent initials on the reading log found in the homework folder.
Every week, parents receive an email newsletter from one of the first grade lead teachers (Ms. Streelman or Ms. Brasser). Within the newsletter is important information about current and upcoming projects and events, as well as links to the first grade blog.
Parents are expected to read weekly newsletters and check the blog at least once each week.
Questions about individual children or other questions that are not answered on the blog may be directed to Ms. Streelman, the lead teacher in the Moon class, or Ms. Brasser, the lead teacher in the Sun class, as appropriate.
Please know that teachers typically do not read or answer emails after 7PM or before 7AM.
Additionally, emails that are sent during the school day might not be seen until after school, as teachers are not often online during the school day (the first grade day is too busy for much “screen time”!)
If you have an emergency need or question during the school day, calling the school office is the best option–they can get a message to a teacher during the school day.
For example, if your child’s dismissal plans change, the teachers will not likely see an email about this during the school day. It would be best to contact the school office in this situation. The main office can be reached at 201-653-5548.