Welcome to First Grade!

    Welcome to First Grade!


    Our classroom is a home away from home to your children.  They will form new friendships, learn new skills, and build responsibility.  Your child will grow so much this year.  Below are some areas of information that will help you and your child be prepared and give you a better understanding of what we do. 


    SUPPLIES:  Please provide a backpack for your child to bring to school each day.  They may also bring a reusable water bottle to school. No other school supplies are necessary from home.  Toys should not come to school in your child’s backpack.


    TAKE HOME FOLDER: Your child has been given a folder that is to be used to carry his/her papers back and forth daily.  Please make sure that you check this folder nightly and get it back to school the next day.


    BIRTHDAYS:  Under the new school policy, edible birthday treats may NOT be sent in for birthdays.  Please do not send party invitations to school unless each child in the class is invited.


    SICKNESS:  Please send a note with your child when they return to school after an illness.  For your convenience, the school has provided notepads for all excuses.  A doctor’s excuse is necessary if your child is not to have outdoor recess or gym class. Absent notes must be returned within three school days or the day will count as unlawful.


    SCHEDULE:  The schedule will be posted for the week on your child’s Google Classroom. That will allow you to see what cycle day it is for specials.

    We will follow a five day cycle rotation for our special classes.  

                                 Day 1: IPads

                                 Day 2: Library

                                 Day 3: Art

                                 Day 4: Gym

                                 Day 5: Music


    Lunch: 11:10-11:40 

    Specials: 12:55-1:35

    Recess: 2:30-3:00


    HOME PRACTICE:  It is important that students learn and master how to read in first grade. It is the foundation for all other learning. For this reason, I strongly encourage reading to be your child’s homework every night.  Students may not have a physical homework sheet to complete every night. Some nights they will be practicing their sight words or phonics skills through reading. Any piece of homework that they do bring home is practice related to something we are currently learning in class. I cannot stress how important daily reading practice is to their independent reading abilities.


    REPORT CARDS: First graders do not receive a report card grade until the 2nd trimester. They will however be scored on content competencies throughout the entire year. Report cards are accessed online through the district website. Students will receive a grade of Outstanding, Satisfactory, or Needs Improvement.


    BEHAVIOR/DISCIPLINE POLICY: Our class will be earning Puma Paws that are related to our four school rules. Paws will be awarded if a student is following one of the four overall school rules (PAWS); Prepared To Learn, Always Respectful, Work Responsibility, Show Safe Behavior. They use these to earn fun whole group incentives as well as small personal prizes from our Prize Cart. Students may also come home with Think Sheets. These are given if a student struggles with following a school rule multiple times. It is given during recess as a time to reflect on unwanted behavior. These think sheets will be sent home, signed by you and returned the next day so the students can earn a Paw for taking responsibility.


    COMMUNICATION: This year I will be using an app called Class Dojo. I will send a paper home with instructions on how to download the app/log on. This will be an easy way to message me during the day should you have a question or concern. I will occasionally post pictures of what we are doing in class and optional activities for you to do at home.


    You will also need to make sure your student is connected to our Google Classroom. This is where I will post a weekly agenda so you know what skills we are learning that week. It will also be necessary to know how to navigate in case we have any virtual learning days. I will send home separate instructions for how to get logged on!


    ATTENDANCE: Our curriculum is geared to lots of hands on, use of manipulative, and teacher led activities, to develop and practice the skills they need.  When your child is absent, he/she misses quite a lot and it is not always possible to send home papers to make up the work.  They really do learn so much by watching and doing.  Please make every effort to have them here each day and ready to learn (unless, of course, they have a fever/are truly sick). It will make a difference! The value that you place on education has a great impact on their attitudes.  Check their book bag nightly and go over their work with them. Children are eager to learn and are so thrilled when they have accomplished something new.  It is exciting to watch all the changes that occur in first grade.  Help them remember that it is important to try and ask for help when they need it. I encourage you to continue to read to them nightly and have them practice reading to you. 


    BOOK ORDERS: These are usually sent out monthly. I also have a website set up with Scholastic to make it easy to order from the convenience of your computer (you can log on and order books at any time throughout the school year using this method). If you order books from the website you also have the option of using credit/debit cards to pay for the items. If you choose to send in your book order please write a check to Scholastic Reading Club and return the check and the order form to me when due. Each time you place an order online our class receives points toward free books!! This information will be sent with the first book order. I typically have a "Wish List" on the Scholastic website if you wish to purchase books that will be utilized in our classroom library! I love adding new books that excite the students and help them to cultivate a love of reading! 

    Scholastic Classroom Website:https://orders.scholastic.com/MDQRZ


    CURRICULUM: Information regarding our district curriculum can be located on the Central Dauphin School District website www.cdschools.org , along with grade level specifics on my classroom website at http://www.cdschools.org/Page/12579.


    DISMISSAL: Your child has been assigned a mode of transportation to and from school based on your wishes. If a student is assigned a bus number they will be riding that bus home unless I have a written note from you stating a change. Due to safety concerns, we cannot allow a child to be dismissed differently from what their normal method is unless we know that it is what you want.


    I look forward to working with you and your child during this exciting new school year!   Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns during the school year. Throughout the year I try to keep my website up-to-date. If you misplace your child’s homework letter/newsletter/scholastic book information all of that can be found on my school website. And again, do not hesitate to contact me if you need me!


          Phone number:  657-3204   x87121                  Email:  ksagnor@cdschools.org     


                         Classroom Website: http://www.cdschools.org/Page/12579





                                              Ms. Sagnor


Last Modified on August 26, 2021