Thursday, September 3, 2015

Our First Week!

Welcome back to school!

Life Skills & Tickets: First graders in Room 105 had a great start to the year.  On our very first day we got right to work brainstorming rules to make for a fun, safe and successful year.   Throughout the week, we talked about and practiced life skills that will help us follow our first grade rules. These life skills are discussed in more detail in the letter at the bottom of this post, which was also sent home in your child’s green home and school folder. We discussed that life skills are things that all people do to be good citizens and friends to others. When possible, encourage your first grader to apply their life skills at home as well as at school.

Students in first grade have started earning tickets when they are “caught” doing the “just right thing.”  The “just right thing” can be following any of our life skills (following a direction, saying thank you/excuse me, complimenting/helping a friend, etc). Please take some time to talk to your child about how they are earning tickets at school.  

During our first week we also spent some time getting to know one another. We have learned a lot about our new classmates and are already forming new friendships.  We are excited for a fantastic year in first!

Heroes Assembly: On Friday, September 11th, Pine Glen will have a Heroes Assembly to honor and say thank you to the Burlington police and fire departments, our military service members and to remember Pine Glen alum, Thomas McGuiness who died on September 11th. In honor of this day, we invite all Pine Glen students to wear red white and blue on this Friday, September 11th.

Talking Tidbits: In order to help bridge the gap between home and school, it is strongly encouraged that you talk with your child about school often. Below you will find a list of “talking tidbits” from our first week of school to ask your child about. It is my hope that these prompt conversation between you and your first grader.

Confidentiality Meetings: During our year there may be some opportunities for you to volunteer at school. In order to volunteer or chaperone field trips, all parents/ guardians are required to have an updated CORI form on file at the Superintendent’s Office and they must also attend a Principal’s Confidentiality Meeting.  If you have already attended a confidentiality meeting last year, you do not need to attend another this year. If you are interested in attending, Mr. Lyons will be hosting Confidentiality meetings on September 14th, 15th, and 18th at 8:40 am at Pine Glen School.  

Lastly, please feel free to contact me at anytime if you have any questions or concerns about your child.  Enjoy some pictures of our first week below.

Looking forward to a super second week!

This week’s Talking Tidbits!
-Earning tickets!
-Their new classroom
-Art, Music and Gym time
-New friends and new teachers!
-Lunch/ Recess
-First Grade Hopes & Dreams

Meet 105!

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