Mrs. Rhodes 21-22  

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  • Beginning of the Year Parent Letter

    Aug 13, 2021

    Dear Families,


    Over the next few weeks you will be receiving information from me about your child and the goals we will have for 1st grade.  I am aware that everyone had a very different Kindergarten experience and my main objective is for your child to grow in their learning and in their confidence.  This will require you and I working together at school and at home.  I have a few different ways in which we can communicate these include:  

    This year for behavior we will be using a Super Improver Wall. I have included more information about that.  Our Classroom rules will be:

    1. Follow directions quickly.

    2. Raise your hand for permission to speak

    3. Raise your hand for permission to leave your seat.

    4. Make smart choices.

    5. Make our dear team stronger.


    We will also be following the school expectations of STRUT

    S- stay focused

    T- try my best

    R- respect others

    U- use my time wisely

    T- teamwork


    During the first few weeks I will be assessing your child on their knowledge of their letters and sounds, their number recognition, and any sight words they may know.  I am just evaluating what they know so we have a starting point to what we need to work on.  If your child has any letters and sounds that they need to work on then I will be sending those home for your child to practice.


    Please make sure that you are checking Class Dojo DAILY.  I may not post or send messages every day but it is best to do a quick check-in to ensure that we have good communication. I will also be checking Class Dojo multiple times a day.  I will do my best to respond in the evenings but I may not be able to respond until the following day.     


    In an effort to get to know your child I am requesting for you to please fill out the attached survey and return it with your child on the first day (or the first week of school, I know we will all be busy).  This will be valuable information for me and I appreciate you taking the time to complete the survey.  


    Of course I am sure that COVID is on all of our minds as we begin the school year.  As you know information and regulations change often, so please be patient as we navigate any and all of these requirements. I was able to tell some of you at Open House but we will be allowed to use water fountains this year. I would prefer for you to send a water bottle (with WATER ONLY) for your child each day so that we don’t have to use the water fountains.  


    Lastly, please make sure to return all paperwork from Open House on the first day of school.   If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.  I look forward to working with you and your child this school year.  It’s going to be a great year! 

    Mrs. Rhodes

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