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Welcome to Mrs. Matthews’ First Grade Class!

2017-2018 School Year

 

Dear Parents or Guardians,

            I hope your family had a wonderful summer vacation and are ready to begin a school year full of learning and fun! I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with your child throughout the upcoming school year. It is very exciting to watch how much the students will grow academically in one year! Please don’t hesitate to contact me by note, phone, or email (jmatthews@randolph.k12.nc.us ) if you have any questions or concerns throughout the year.  I will make every effort to respond to you the day you contact me.

 

About Mrs. Matthews:

This is my seventeenth year teaching and my tenth at Archdale Elementary.  I have previously taught third, fourth, and fifth grades, and I am very excited about a new adventure this year in first grade!  I am married and have a daughter who is in second grade here at AES.  My goal for this year is to create a learning environment that will allow each child to grow and succeed both academically and socially.

 

Arrival/Dismissal:

            The school day begins promptly at 7:55. Students may come to the classroom as early as 7:30 to begin morning activities. Students who arrive after 7:55 are considered tardy and must be checked in at the office with an adult to receive a tardy slip. Please do your best to have your child at school on time! Students who eat breakfast will no longer go to the cafeteria.  Universal breakfast will be available at no cost to all students between 7:30 and 7:55. Your child will eat breakfast in the classroom, if they choose to get breakfast at school. Since all students will eat in the classroom, the school respectfully asks that you do not eat breakfast with your child. However, we would love to have you come for lunch after the first few weeks of school!

The school day ends at 2:45. If you have questions about bus route information, please contact the office. If you pick up your child by car in the afternoon, please be here by 2:45. Remember to display the yellow card in your front windshield to facilitate more efficient pick up. Students leaving before 2:45 must be checked out from the office.

       If you need to change your child’s transportation, you need to notify the teacher with a written note telling us of the change. This is for your child’s safety. Without a note he/she will follow the dismissal plan that is already in place.

Please make sure that you have an emergency plan in place in case of early dismissal. If school dismisses early for any reason, it is your responsibility to have an emergency transportation plan for your child in place and discuss it with your child. It is not possible for the teacher to call every parent. If your child goes to daycare after school, please check if they will pick up on early dismissal days due to bad weather.  Not all daycares will provide care on those days.

            

Lunch/Money:

Our lunch is from 10:40-11:10. Parents and Grandparents are always welcome to join us. Please remember to sign in at the office and meet our class at the bottom of the staircase. If you plan on bringing in a special treat for your child’s birthday, please let me know ahead of time and I will share any allergies we have in our class. All items served to students must be store bought and in a sealed package. The cost for lunch this year is $2.00.  Your child will be allowed to purchase ice cream on Fridays and the cost is 50 cents.  Please send lunch money in an envelope or Ziploc bag that includes your child’s name and the amount of money enclosed. Be sure to specify where money sent to school should be deposited. If there is not a note stating it is for a field trip, t-shirt, etc., it will be deposited into your child’s lunch account.

            Please do not allow your child to bring toys or extra money to school. We may ask the students to bring certain items to school. If so, we will send a note explaining what to send!

 

Planners/Homework:      

Please check your child’s planner for any comments/concerns, and please write me any that you have!  Sign your child’s planner each night and check their bookbag for important information. There will be homework during the school week (reading, word work, and math) that should take 20-30 minutes to complete.  This provides important practice for your child to master skills learned at school.  Your child’s assignments will be written down in their planner.  Help your child develop independence and responsibility by helping to make sure they get their homework completed and placed in their bookbag.

 

Please remember:

The school must be informed immediately of any changes in address, telephone, employment, or emergency contact. If your child is injured at school, we need to be able to get in immediate contact with you.

 I am looking forward to the upcoming school year! Together, we can make this a successful year for your child!   

Thank you,

Jennifer Matthews


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