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Welcome to 1st Grade Open House!


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Title: Welcome to 1st Grade Open House!

Welcome to 1st Grade Open House!
Miss Albaneses Background
  • 8th year at Southgate teaching 1st grade
  • Teach Post-K during the summer
  • Grew up in Guilderland currently live in Latham
  • Bachelors Degree in Inclusive Elementary and
    Special Education from Syracuse University
  • (May 2005)
  • Masters Degree as a Reading Specialist from
    Columbia University (December 2006)

Mrs. DennisBackground
  • Twenty years teaching in the district
  • Bachelors Degree from Russell Sage.
  • Masters Degree in Literacy from SUNY Albany
  • Previously taught kindergarten and fourth grade
  • Personal information
  • Married for thirty two years.
  • Two children Kim - who is 30 years old
  • Matt - who is 27 years old.
  • Currently live in Clifton Park.

Contact Informationalso in student planner
  • Southgate Elementary 785-6607
  • Best way to reach me us is via email
  • jdennis_at_ncolonie.org
  • We will check this during the school day as well
    as after school and weekends
  • Please dont hesitate to contact us with any
    questions or concerns ?

Home-School Communication
  • Weekly Newsletter
  • Email/phone/notes
  • Please check your childs planner daily
  • ?Your child will be responsible for copying down
    their homework daily.
  • Please check and empty your childs Take Home
    Folder daily
  • ?Homework and time sensitive materials will be on
  • ?Completed class work and notes for parents will
    be on the LEFT AT HOME side

  • To develop independent, responsible, learners
  • To incorporate a variety of learning experiences
    in order to build student interest and engagement
  • To provide appropriate scaffolding and guided
    practice so that students will be able to apply
    what they are learning
  • To help shape conscientious and
  • respectful students

Daily Routine
  • We start right at 805, please be punctual!
  • Students unpack/Planners/Take Home Folder Emptied
  • Read and Relax
  • Instruction begins at 815 promptly
  • -To maximize support and collaboration, a master
    schedule for building
  • -6 day cycle week A and week B

Behavior Management System
  • Positive reinforcement
  • Verbal praise
  • Stickers
  • Extra time for an activity of choice
  • Caught Being Good! or Praise Notes
  • Marble System
  • Encourages students to work together as a class
    to demonstrate exemplary behavior in order to
    earn compliments
  • Clear expectations and routines
  • Regular communication with families
  • Working together for the childs success!

Behavior Management System
  • Stoplight Card System Based on School Rules and
    Classroom Expectations (Our Class Constitution)
  • 1st time Verbal reminder
  • 2nd time Verbal warning (still on green)
  • 3rd time Pull a green card
  • When the student is on yellow they are visually
    made aware that they need to slow down and be
    more attentive to their actions.
  • 4th time Pull a yellow card
  • When the student is on red they are visually made
    aware that they need to stop. Red note is sent
    home and students may lose a class privilege.

Language Arts
  • Reading Developing life long readers!
  • We use a balanced literacy program that uses a
    variety of instruction including whole group
    lessons which focus on reading strategies, small
    groups for guided reading to more specifically
    meet student needs, and immersion in quality
  • Introduce purpose and procedure for Bookworm and
    Book in a Bag

Some Reading Lingo to Get You Started started
  • Take a picture walk
  • Use your picture clues
  • Get your mouth ready
  • Look for little words or chunks you know
  • Talk about the story
  • What happened first? Next? Last?
  • Who were the characters?
  • Where was the story taking place?
  • What was your favorite part?
  • What did this story remind you of?
  • (Connections)

Language Arts continued
  • Writing
  • Journals, graphic organizers, Writers Workshop,
    formal and informal
  • Mini-lessons for direct instruction in structure,
    grammar, and mechanics
  • Incorporated across subject areas
  • Goal For students to develop a logical,
    sequential order (beginning, middle, and end),
    while also having the opportunity to experience
    different types of writing.
  • Look for Students ability to read back their
    work, complete sentences, application of first
    grade words, capitals in the beginning and
    punctuation at the end.

Language Arts continued
  • Listening Developing a purpose, following
    directions, listening for information
  • Speaking Building appropriate communication
    skills and using appropriate voice
  • Intro K-2 language program

Spelling and Handwriting
  • Handwriting Zaner-Bloser program focusing on
    correct letter formation and spacing (neatness
  • Spelling/Word Work Formal spelling instruction
    begins in mid October
  • Focus on manipulating words and developing
    effective strategies
  • Program is more individualized based on Oct.
  • The goal is for students to carry over their
    knowledge of word families and sight words in to
    their writing. Moving away from memorization!
  • Invented spelling or sound spelling is
    absolutely expected and accepted at this point.

Parent Communication
  • Core words and word patterns will be communicated
    to parents in student planners and our weekly
    newsletter. Core Words are words that are
    expected to be written correctly. They are
    different than our sight words which are expected
    to be read automatically.
  • Focus Words come from student writing and word
    family instruction.
  • Parents will receive a word study dictation
    highlighted with words your child has not yet
    mastered. These words will continue to be
    practiced. This is a great way to monitor student
    progress and application.

Effective word study activities
-Tic-tac-toe with word family words -Fun
materials white boards, sidewalk chalk, crayons,
paint, stamps, magnets -Word hunts looking for
words you know in different place -Fill in
missing vowels -Word Sorts/Picture sorts (group
by similar sounds or patterns) -Make A Word
(magnets, letter tiles, letter cards.) -Word
Family Go Fish -Memory Game with index
cards -Writing stories using word family
words -Mind Reader -Give clues for a word you
are thinking of We will be happy to give you
materials to use at home if you would
Ineffective approaches
  • Memorization (drill and kill)
  • Write 3 times
  • Put in ABC order
  • Use word in a sentence

  • Daily routines i.e. calendar math, weather,
    marble jar, and problem of the day
  • Use of manipulatives, smartboard activities, and
    student textbook, along with Math Talk
  • Focus on developing problem solving skills
  • Assessment Chapter tests, problem solving
    independently, participation, and daily work

Math Newly aligned series with Common Core
  • BIG IDEAS covered in first grade
  • Addition concepts
  • Subtraction concepts
  • Comparing numbers
  • Problem solving and explaining how you got your
    answer? higher level thinking
  • Measurement
  • Graphing
  • Time to the hour and half hour
  • Coin recognition

Science and Health
  • Science units are usually integrated into themes,
    i.e. Penguins in the Winter
  • Some major units of study properties, animal
    homes and adaptations, life cycles of
    plants/animals, weather
  • Activities focus on questioning and exploration
  • Mrs. Bonanno and Mrs. Winters-Bono come to teach
    us about mental and physical health

Social Studies
  • Social Studies in first grade focuses on a
    variety of activities to increase student
    awareness about the world around them ( our
    school community, holidays, different families,
    Now and Long Ago, map skills)
  • Students learn more about themselves, as well as
  • Social Studies is also heavily integrated
    with Language Arts

Character Education
  • We work hard as a school community to build
    awareness and practice important character ideals
  • Examples For Word of the Month
  • Citizenship
  • Respect
  • Cooperation
  • Perseverance
  • Sportsmanship
  • Responsibility Compassion

  • Report cards go out three times per year
    (Trimester change)
  • December, March, June
  • Progress reports in October, January, May
  • Phone calls/notes at least once per trimester
    (Not always a bad thing!)
  • Individual parent- teacher conferences are in
  • Dont forget to sign up tonight! Let us know if
    you need another time or day.
  • We welcome additional conferences throughout the
    year as you find necessary!

  • Given nightly (appx. 15 minutes)
  • Improves organization and builds study skills
  • Homework is expected back the next day, but
    should be easy!
  • Dont feel the need to correct homework before it
    is turned in, it provides excellent feedback for
    us as is!
  • Please try to read with your child for 15 min.
    each night.

  • Snack We do have snack daily, so please send in
  • a quick, NUT FREE, snack for your child
  • School News Notifier (SNN)
  • Recess/Lunch Sending in money/prepaid accounts
  • Birthdays If you would like, feel free to send
    in a birthday snack (NUT FREE) with your child
    on, or near, their special day. We celebrate
    during snack time. Please no cakes, goody bags,
  • Please do not send invitations to school (use
    PTA directory)
  • Bus notes and absences
  • Field trip to Elms Farm in the fall
  • Volunteers Mainly through PTA, a few classroom
    opportunities throughout the year.

  • READ, READ, READ every night!
  • Practice addition and subtraction facts
  • Help your child get plenty of rest and eat a
    healthy breakfast
  • Increase your childs independence and
    responsibility at home (chores, homework, etc.)
  • Look through and empty take home folder every
  • Prepare backpack the night before to build
  • Talk about daily routines at home to help ease
  • Homework routine
  • Practice sight words and word family words
  • Model reading and writing at home

Wrapping Up
  • Any Questions?!!!
  • If you would like to speak to us about your
    individual student please feel free to send in a
    note and we will be glad to schedule a conference
  • Feel free to write your student a note on their
  • Dont forget to sign the sign in sheet and sign
    up to be a volunteer if you would like.
  • Take a walk around the classroom and check things
    out. ?

  • Thank you for sharing your children with us!
  • We look forward to a wonderful year. ?
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