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Title: Welcome to Back to School Night!

  • Welcome to Back to School Night!
  • September 22, 2015
  • Please sign up for a conference at the back
  • GUESS WHO! While you are waiting, see if you can
    guess who your child is from their drawing on the
    back wall. Need a clueread what your childs
    talent is. The answer key is the last page of
    your packet.
  • Please use the pink paper on your childs desk to
    write them a brief note.
  • Write anything you feel I need to know on the
    index card.

All About Miss King
  • I graduated from Bloomsburg University with a
    Bachelors degree in Elementary Education and
    Special Education.
  • I have my Masters degree from West Chester
    University in Reading.
  • This is my fourth year teaching at Aston
    Elementary School. Before Aston, I taught Special
    Education at
  • Pennell Elementary for six years.

Our Class Schedule
  • 850-910 Morning Meeting
  • 910-930 Spelling
  • 930-950 Shared Reading (whole group)
  • 950-1020 RTI (Begins in October)
  • 1020-1110 Guided Reading (small group, centers)
  • 1110-1135 Writing
  • 1135-1230 Recess/Lunch
  • 1230-1245 Read Aloud
  • 1245-145 Math
  • 145-225 Special
  • 225-310 Content Area
    (Science or Social Studies)

Specials Schedule
  • Monday Library
  • Tuesday Music
  • Wednesday Physical Education (wear sneakers)
  • Thursday Art
  • Friday Guidance- 1st Trimester
  • Technology- 2nd/3rd Trimesters

  • Monday Students take a pre-test and learn the
    weekly skill.
  • Monday-Thursday We will work on skills and
    practice the spelling words in preparation for
    the test.
  • There will be spelling homework assigned
  • Assessment Students will take a test on Friday.
  • Check on my teacher webpage for flashcards and
    helpful hints.

Whole Group ReadingJourneys
  • We use textbooks in first grade, targeting
    specific skills and reading strategies found in
    the short stories. Students will meet in a large
    group at the front of the classroom and/or at
    their desks. The class will read the story
    together and work on strategies and skills as a
    large group. The strategies taught during shared
    reading instruction will be applied by the
    children during guided reading.

RTIResponse To Intervention
  • This year, Aston Elementary will be implementing
    RTI. The purpose of RTI is to provide
    interventions or enrichment to every student at
    their current reading level.
  • Each child will be placed in a group that will
    receive instruction on their level.

Small Group Reading
  • Teacher works with a small group of students at a
    similar developmental stage of reading. The goal
    is for students to learn and use reading
    strategies independently and to read for meaning.
  • Students will continue to progress, moving
    towards more challenging books as the year goes
  • When students are not meeting with the teacher,
    they will be working in literacy centers with
    their small groups. These centers will reinforce
    skills taught at their guided reading groups and
    during shared reading lessons.
  • Assessment The students will be assessed using
    unit assessments and teacher observations in
    their guided reading groups. Throughout the
    school year, the teacher will monitor the
    students progress and make adjustments to their
    reading level.

WritingBeing a Writer
  • Writing is focused on building a classroom
    writing community. The students will work with
    partners in order to communicate strengths and
    needs in writing.
  • Trade books and mentor text will be used on a
    weekly basis to enhance students writing.
  • The daily lesson begins each day with a
    mini-lesson. The students are then encouraged to
    explore this skill while writing in their

MathenVision Math
  • Important concepts we will learn in first grade
  • Operations and Algebraic Thinking
  • Number and Operations in Base Ten Blocks
  • Measurement and Data
  • Geometry
  • Assessment Students will take a test at the end
    of each topic to assess their understanding of
    the concepts learned. They will also be assessed
    based on their daily class work.

Social Studies
  • Units
  • Time for School
  • In my Community
  • Work! Work! Work!
  • Our Earth, Our Resources
  • This is our Country, Our World
  • Assessment Students will take a test at the end
    of each unit to assess their understanding. They
    will also be assessed on daily class work in
    their workbook.

  • Weather
  • Organisms
  • Butterflies
  • Assessment Students will have a Science
    workbook. They will be assessed on daily class
    work in their workbook, participation in the
    experiments and activities, as well as an end of
    the unit test.

Take Home Books
  • Monday-Thursday your child will read at home.
    The children will chose a book on their level
    each night. Students will bring the book and a
    journal home each night in a zip-lock bag.
  • Each night, after reading, parents will fill in
    the journal to record students work in progress.
    Please list the date, title of the book, any
    comments you may have.
  • The child will bring the book back to school the
    following morning and exchange it for a new book.
  • Every Thursday night your child will need to
    complete a writing assignment after reading
    his/her take home book.

Homework Policy
  • A homework assignment sheet will be given out
    every Monday. It will usually be on yellow paper.
  • The homework folder will go home every night.
    This is one way of communicating with you.
    Inside the folder, you will often find forms or
    papers you need to fill out. Please be as prompt
    as possible.
  • I will also send home corrected homework
    assignments and class work. If any work is sent
    home in the folder, that is for you to keep.
    Please be sure to periodically clean out your
    childs folder. I may also send personal notes
    home to you if necessary.
  • It is essential that you
    check the folder every night and talk to
    you child about the contents.

Notes on Behavior
  • Our class will earn weekly rewards for overall
    classroom behavior. The class will earn scoops of
    popcorn for following the classroom rules and
    making good choices. When the jar is filled, we
  • On an individual level, each day the students
    will arrive with a clothes pin on our class chart
    set on Ready to Learn. The assumption is that
    each day is a fresh new beginning.
  • The goal for each student is to stay on Ready to
    Learn or to move up to Wise Choices or even
    better, Superstar.
  • The object is not to move DOWN! However, we all
    have times when we need to Think About our
    behavior. The lower two consequences are
    Recess and Parent Contact.

Notes on Behavior
  • I try to RARELY take away the students entire
    recess. My protocol is to discuss with the
    student how they can make a change, sometimes
    they will need to write a letter home, and then
    we move on. This usually lasts about half of the
  • Lastly, at the end of each day, the students will
    record where they ended the day. (See chart in
    packet). If you have any questions about a
    particular day or week, please dont hesitate to
    write on the chart, send me a note/email, or give
    me a call.
  • You will receive your childs chart on Fridays.
    Some weeks, you may not get it until Monday, but
    for the most part, please expect the chart on
    Friday. Sign the chart and return to school.

Other items
  • From time to time, I may provide the students
    with a working snack. Usually, this will take
    place on a Friday as a reward. Please take a look
    at the list below and note on the index card if
    you do not wish your child to have any of the
    following snacks.
  • Pretzels - Sugar free popsicles
  • Goldfish
  • Popcorn
  • Animal crackers
  • At the end of the month, we will discuss apples
    and have an apple tasting. If you do not wish for
    your child to participate, please record on the
    index card.
  • Students are permitted to bring in a snack for
    their birthdays. The students typically hand the
    snack out in the cafeteria during lunch. Please
    see the Penn-Delco School District Wellness
    Policy Paper in your packet to see what snacks
    are permitted.
  • Sometimes it is hot in Room 103 and other times
    it is cold! Please dress your child in layers.
    You can even have them leave a sweatshirt
    here in their cubby if you prefer.

Field Trips
  • First grade will take two field trips this year.
  • In October, we will go to the Philadelphia Zoo.
  • In May, we will go to Milky Way Farms.
  • We will have a limited amount of chaperones
    permitted to go on each trip. Prior to our field
    trips, I will send a letter home about
    chaperoning. If you are interested, I will ask
    you to let me know by a certain date. If I have
    too many interested parents, I will pick out of a

Volunteer Requirements
This year the state has issued a mandate that
states that anyone who will have routine
interactions with students or be potentially
responsible for their care, the must have their
clearances. The page to the right is in your
packet. Please refer to this to be sure you will
be able to attend yearly events.
Go to www.pdsd.org and look at the bottom of the
webpage under Have you Heard for more helpful
Scholastic Book Orders
  • Orders will be sent home about once a month.
  • The quickest way to order books is to place your
    order online at www.scholastic.com. You can also
    write a check and send it into school. If you
    write a check, please write one check made
    payable to Scholastic Book Clubs even if ordering
    from multiple catalogues.
  • When you order online you will receive a 5.00
    coupon, every time, and you can use it towards
    your next order. In addition when you order
    books, our class earns points and we can order
    books to have in our room.

Our classroom code is LKX68
School Supplies
  • Please ask your child periodically if any of
    their school supplies need to be replaced. This
    will ensure that they will always be prepared
    with the necessary materials to do their best

Teacher Contact Information
  • Email jking_at_pdsd.org
  • Phone (610) 497-6300 ext. 4103
  • Teacher Website on the Penn Delco Website-
  • Go to school- Aston Elementary
  • Staff
  • Jessica King
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