(507) 477-3235 9 Sixth Ave SE, Hayfield, MN 55940

Emily Stenzel

All About 1st Grade

The ABCs of 1st!

A…

Attendance- Our school day at Hayfield is from 8:05 AM to 2:50 PM. Please help your 1st grader get to school on time as we have a lot to learn and do! This also helps to create good lifelong habits! The doors at school will be open at 7:45 for students.

Absences – You can notify the school office by note, email or phone prior to 8:30 A.M. on or before the day your child will be absent for any reason. 507-671-1518 or email: rieketa@hayfield.k12.mn.us You will need to give your name, your student’s name, teacher’s name, and the reason for the absence.

 

B…

Behavior – Our classroom will work together as a team- each member showing behavior that is Respectful, Responsible, and Safe. To encourage these positive choices, we will use a behavior ladder. Each student will begin the day “Ready to Learn” and move up or down the ladder based upon his/her choices that day. The colors on the ladder include:

Purple: Excellent day! Exceeding expectations and setting an example

Green: Ready to learn! Not a problem today

Yellow: Slow down! Take time to think about choices so that we can turn our day around

Red: Stop! This will result in communication with you or a possible visit with the principle to ensure the problem doesn’t continue

You can stay informed about how your child is doing by checking the daily calendar in your 1st grader’s F.I.S.H. folder – your child will color each day to match his/her behavior. Your child needs a fresh start after school, too! Please talk about how your child’s day was. We will use a money reward system for behavior. Children will earn money for positive behavior and will have to lose money for ending the day on yellow or red. At the end of the week, the kiddos will be able to use their money to purchase different items- so let’s earn money!!

Birthdays – If you’d like, you may send a treat in celebration of your child’s birthday. Please let me know in advance. Also, if your child is having a birthday party and wants to pass out invitations, please have your child either invite the whole class or give the invitations to me so I can give them to the students in a discrete manner as to not hurt anyone’s feelings. For our summer birthdays, we will celebrate half birthdays. Birthdays and when we will celebrate will be included on the monthly calendar within the F.I.S.H. folder.

Book Orders – I will send home Scholastic book order forms for you and your child to look over every month. This is a great way to build your child’s home library! Always make checks out to Scholastic Book Clubs, or you may order online. Our class code for online orders is Q9MM6.

 

C…

Checking Out – If your child needs to be checked out of school early for any reason, please report to the elementary office.

Computer Lab – We will visit the computer lab one day a week. The kiddos will practice skills that we are working on in the classroom while in the lab.

Conferences – Parent-Teacher conferences will be held twice a year. If you would like to meet with me at any other time during the year, please don’t hesitate to send a note, call me, or email me and we’ll set up a time for you to come in and discuss any concerns you may have!

 

D…

Daily Reading – Please help to make sure your 1st grader is reading every night. This will not be recorder or count as homework (please see “H” for changes that have been made in our 1st grade homework policy). We don’t want 1st graders to view reading as a “Job.” Let’s work together to help these impressionable kids see the joy and importance of reading!

 

E…

Every Friday- Every Friday your child will take a Spelling Test-  On Monday we take a pre-test. If your child gets them all correct they will move to the challenge list for that week.  There will be a spelling list in F.I.S.H folders each week.  Please practice these words every night.

 

F…

F.I.S.H. folder – Family Involvement Starts Here – your child’s take home and communication folder. It must travel back and forth from school to home every day. Please make sure you and your child go through it daily! Within the binder, there is a folder for information to come home or be sent back to school, a clear pocket with spelling words and high frequency words, a pocket for the monthly calendar (where your kiddo ended on the behavior ladder each day will be recorded here- see the color key above), and paper to write notes if need be.

Field Trips – Information about field trips will come home in your child’s daily folder and will be detailed in the field trip permission slip and weekly newsletter.

 

G…

Guided Reading – Guided Reading will be done every day of the week.  This is a time for each child to meet with me in a small group to increase his or her reading ability.

Golden Rule – Treat others as you would want to be treated. Our school and classroom encourages students to be Respectful, Responsible, and Safe. When these rules are followed, we are able to reach for the stars in 1st grade!

 

H…

Homework – Homework-research shows that there is no benefit of homework at this age. Occasionally, unfinished work may come home to be finished, otherwise there will be no official homework. There are many ways to keep education going at home without the worksheet! I encourage you to use that extra time to do something fun with your kiddo, so many activities are wonderful learning experiences! Bake, start a journal, count the money in your change jar, write a letter to a family member, build a fort and read inside, and so much more!

 

I…

– I love teaching and am so excited to spend this year getting to know your 1st grader and helping him/her learn and grow. I know we will have so much fun!

 

J…

Juggling – schedules, school, life – it’s a big job!

Jobs- Students will have opportunities to be helpers in the classroom. Each week, class jobs will rotate and a new helper will be responsible for that job. Our jobs include: Line Leader, Line Caboose, Calendar Helper, Paper Passer, Room Cleaner, and Pencil Sharpener.

 

K…

Kind- kindness matters!

Keep me updated – Keep updated by reading the classroom newsletter every week and checking your child’s daily folder every day for other notes and information.

 

L…

Library – We will have Library Monday from 1:05-1:20 for Book Check Out and Wednesday from 1:05-1:25 with Mrs. Gillette. Your child is able to check out books AS LONG as they bring their books back from the previous week.  They will not be able to check out new books until the others are returned.

Lunch – Our lunch time is from 11:00-11:25 (Breakfast is served from 7:30-8:05, but will not be available on late start days). Meal payments can be made at either of the school offices or you can send money to me in a sealed envelope and I can turn it in to the office. Your family lunch account information at Hayfield School is available online. Here you can learn the balance of your family’s account as well as see the amount and the date of the last payment. Before you can get this information, you first must e-mail the school at lunchacct@hayfield.k12.mn.us and request a username and a password. Once you have those two items, you can access your family’s lunch account by going to the Hayfield web page (www.hayfield.k12.mn.us) and click on the “lunch account” icon. Lunch accounts will be updated regularly. E-mails will be automatically sent to all accounts with a balance of $6.00 or less.


M…

Math Facts – We will do Rocket Math every day to encourage comfort and knowledge with math facts. I know that some kids perform better without the timer and will be flexible and do my best to reach all students and their learning styles.

Medical Concerns – Prescription medication must be given through the office and not brought into the classroom. If your child has a medical concern of any type, please let me know.

Me – This is my 9th year teaching, but 4th year in Hayfield. I am so excited to be teaching 1st grade and look forward to the adventure that is in front of us!

Morning Meeting- We will begin each day with a morning meeting. I love morning meeting time as it allows opportunities for students to develop social skills and cooperation skills. The kids love it too! They are able to greet each other, share about themselves, at times play an activity, and begin each day with a message.

Music – Your child will have Music with Mrs. Fjerstad every day from 1:25-1:45.

 

N…

Nightly- please check the F.I.S.H. folder nightly.

 

O…

Organization – Together we will try to keep the classroom as organized as possible.  I expect your child to be responsible for his/her own things and being organized can help with that! If personal items do go missing, our school has a Lost and Found that can be checked.

Our Day- You can keep up with our weekly activities and receive reminders through our 1st Grade Facebook page. Ask how you can get connected with this!

 

P…

P.E. – We will have P.E. with Mr. Schroeder every day from 9:35-9:55. Please make sure your child has a pair of tennis shoes that can stay at school and be used daily for Phy. Ed.

Parent Involvement – your involvement is key to your child’s success! Please stay involved and contact me with any questions or concerns about your child’s learning.

Progress Reports – Progress reports will be sent home at the end of each quarter. You do not need to wait until this time to check in with me about the progress of your kiddo. I encourage you to call, email, or stop in with any questions and/or concerns.

 

Q…

Questions– Have a question? Remember you can always contact me!

Phone number: 507-671-1509

Email: estenzel@hayfield.k12.mn.us

Or check out my page on the school website! (Elementary-Academic Departments-1st Grade-Mrs. Stenzel)

 

R…

Reading- Reading is a big part of first grade.  Read EACH and EVERY night! There is a lot of new reading information that your child will learn this year!  Make sure to read the decodable readers sent home weekly with our new sight words and phonics lesson. Our fluency goal for the end of 1st grade is 71 words per minute.

Recess – Your child will have recess daily from 10:35-10:55.

 

S…

Snack – We have snack every day from 1:45-1:55. Please send a snack with your child if you would like them to have snack.  Snack cart is also available, $50 for the year.  Pay at the office if you are interested.

Student of the Week – Your child will get a chance to be the Star of the Week during the school year.  They will be able to bring some of their favorite things in to keep here for the week and then something special on Thursday to share about! A poster will be sent home a couple weeks before your 1st grader’s week. This can be colored, pictures can be attached, be creative!

Show and Tell- Your 1st grader is welcome to bring 1 special item to share about every Friday.

 

T…

Thirsty  We no longer have a drinking fountain in our room so I recommend sending a water bottle with your child!

Transportation – If your child has any changes in their transportation please let me know in writing, by email, or by phone. This includes riding the bus home with a friend, having a relative pick your child up, or riding the bus if your child is normally a car rider.

 

U…

Umbrellas, boots, mittens, oh my! – please help your child make good choices about dressing for the weather.

 

V…

Volunteers – We love to show off our reading skills in first grade!  We welcome any volunteers that would like to listen to us read.  Look for a newsletter giving you the times and dates that work for us!

 

W…

Writer’s Workshop – Good writers are good readers! We will work on writing every day in our classroom! We will be working on many different kinds of writing that puts our imaginations to work!

Wish List –You are under no pressure to purchase any wish list items, but should you want to, I will greatly appreciate it! These items can be found on my website.

 

X…

eXcited – Let’s all work together to make sure we have the best year!

 

Y…

You! – You are your child’s biggest role model! If you believe school is important, your child will believe it also.

 

Z…

Zzzzzzz – Make sure that your child gets plenty of rest. Setting and keeping a bedtime is a wonderful gift you can give your child.