Mission, Vision, and Beliefs - Allen Independent School District

Mission, Vision, and Beliefs - Allen Independent School District

First Grade Orientation Night Wired for Success Mary Evans Elementary August 25, 2016 Mary Evans Elementary Mission Statement All students, with support of staff, parents, and community will be provided a safe, nurturing, and engaging learning environment that empowers

them with the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to be lifelong learners and citizens of good character who are prepared to contribute to an ever-changing, global society. Mary Evans Elementary Vision Mary Evans students will be able to think critically and creatively, solve problems, and will learn to communicate effectively. Our students will learn to work effectively as individuals and as group members, develop self-confidence, self-discipline, and respect for others, recognize the contributions of individuals, groups and cultures in society, and demonstrate civic responsibility.

Mary Evans Elementary Beliefs We hold ourselves accountable for: Creating a safe environment where each member is valued is paramount to establishing an exemplary school Setting high academic and behavioral expectations yield high student achievement Developing strong relationships, clear communication, and continuous reflection among all members of the Evans learning community is basic to the success of our school Establishing the connections between academic objectives and real life application is fundamental in creating life learners Accepting a role in developing citizenship in all students is essential to their life long success and the future of our country

Rider Expectations C O R K Y are about others and be honest. bey directions from teachers and adults. espect all people and property.

eep all body parts and objects to myself. earn to be punctual and prepared daily. Your First Grade Team We are so excited to be a part of such an outstanding school. We are dedicated to the education and caring of each child at Mary Evans Elementary. Our conference time is 12:30-1:15. If you need a conference, please contact us using the information below so we can set up an appointment that is convenient for all parties. Contact Information: School Phone Number: 972-747-3373 Susan Blevins ext. 6795, email [email protected]

Catherine Clark ext.8260, email [email protected] Mary Anne Davis ext. 6779, email [email protected] Marilyn Hamilton ext. 6778, email m [email protected] Donna Swenson ext.6748, email [email protected] First Grade Schedule 7:55 School Begins Lunch Schedule: 8:00 Announcements 11:15 11:45 8:10 Language Arts/Social Studies 10:40 Recess

11:00 Journals 11:15 Lunch 11:45 Math 12:30 Specials 1:15 Math Continued 2:00 Science 2:40 Class Closure First Grade Curriculum We encourage you to check out the following website for information about state and local curriculum

requirements. www.tea.state.tx.us step 1- Curriculum step 2- Curriculum Standards/TEKS step 3-TEKS by grade level Please check out our First Grade website for weekly objectives. www.allenisd.org/evanses Language Arts Standards In first grade language arts, your child will learn to: READING

recognize the conventions of print (e.g., understand that print moves left to right, involves upper and lower case letters, and represents spoken language); manipulate sounds in spoken words (phonemic awareness) and understand that letters represent sounds (phonics); read and comprehend first-grade level text fluently; use graphs, charts, signs, and captions to acquire information; find and connect ideas and themes in different books and other printed resources; draw conclusions from information gathered; self-select books and stories by drawing on personal interest, relying on knowledge of authors or types of texts. Language Arts Standards

LISTENING/SPEAKING listen to gather information, solve problems, and enjoy and appreciate literature; present dramatic interpretations of experiences, stories, poems, and plays; participate in group discussions; make announcements, give directions, and make introductions appropriately. WRITING write their own name and each letter of the alphabet; gain increasing control of penmanship and punctuation; compose questions, ideas, and stories;

write for different purposes, such as composing lists, letters, stories, and poems; engage in the writing process by generating ideas before writing, developing and polishing drafts; Stages of Reading Development Emergent Students are at the beginning stage of letter/ sound relationships. They rely heavily on picture clues to problem solve and predict unknown words. Developing Students begin to monitor and self-correct errors that interfere with meaning. They read word by word on initial reading, but can read with fluency on

familiar reading. Transitional Students read with fluency and use strategies to help decode unknown words. They are beginning to infer meaning and recall important details in stories. Fluent Students read at independent level with fluency and expression. They have a rapidly expanding vocabulary and consistently make connections. Finding Just Right Books Purpose Why do I want to read this? Interest Does it interest me? Comprehend Do I understand what Im

reading? Know - Do I know most of the words? Three Ways to Read a Book One of the first concepts we teach is that there are three ways to read a book. Students are honored as learners, whatever their stage of reading development, when they understand that readers may do any of the following: Read and talk about the pictures Read the words Retell a previously read book Quoted From: The Daily 5, Gail Boushey & Joan Moser

Nightly Reading Your child is responsible for reading each night. Rereading familiar books helps develop your childs fluency, reading expression and comprehension. There should be an entry in the Reading Log every night. This is an important part of your childs learning. Though the reading log states that only 10 minutes are expected every night, research shows that more practice spent reading helps children gain fluency, expression, and comprehension. Other homework or special projects may be added at times. In addition to regularly planned homework, unfinished

work from the class day may be sent home on occasion. Stages of the Writing Process Prewriting Planning and organizing ideas Drafting Getting thoughts on paper Revising Looking back and asking questions Editing Correcting errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation Publishing Finished piece of writing ready to share with an audience Working With Words Children will learn a variety of phonetic decoding strategies through the use of games, songs, poetry, word

chunks, word patterns and creative processes. Students will work with specific word patterns every week. Each Friday students will be tested on the word patterns they learned throughout the week. Students are expected to apply the information they learn about the way words work. This is not to be considered a memorization tool. Please practice the weeks spelling chunks and sight words with your child nightly. Math Standards In first grade mathematics, your child will learn to: NUMBER, OPERATION, AND QUANTITATIVE REASONING compare and order whole numbers up to 120

create sets of tens and ones using concrete objects describe values of coins and their relationships read and write numbers to 120 separate a whole into parts and describe the parts of a set describe the parts of a set of objects model and write addition and subtraction sentences learn and apply addition facts Math Standards PATTERNS, RELATIONSHIPS, AND ALGEBRAIC THINKING find patterns such as odd and even use place value to compare and order whole numbers identify fact families for addition and subtraction identify, describe, and extend patterns to solve problems

skip count by twos, fives, and tens PROBLEM SOLVING identify mathematics in everyday situations use a problem-solving model, with guidance as needed select or develop an appropriate problem-solving strategy use tools to solve problems explain and record observations using objects, words, pictures, numbers, and technology use number chats to relate strategies to mathematical language and symbols Math Standards GEOMETRY AND SPATIAL REASONING sort objects by attributes using informal language

identify shapes and solids combine shapes to make a new shape MEASUREMENT estimate and measure using nonstandard units relate the unit to size of object recognize reasonable temperatures describe time on a clock (hours, half hours) order events by length of time PROBABILITY AND STATISTICS collect and sort data construct and draw conclusions from graphs (real, picture, and bar) identify events as certain or impossible Suggestions for Math

Math doesnt have to be a paper and pencil activity. In fact, first graders often develop a better sense of numbers and math concepts by using manipulatives (hands on). Here are some ways you can practice math through daily life skills around the house. Sort and Classify: put away the laundry organize dresser drawers sort the mail Sequence: tell the things you did , in order (for the day, for an activity, etc) follow a recipe talk about what happened on a tv showfirst, next, last. Suggestions for Math

Count: count orally just for fun to 120 (by ones, fives, and tens) play board games that require counting identify things that you find in dozens, fives, tens, twos, etc Number Recognition: play cards and Yahtzee find page numbers in books, newspapers, and magazines Add and Subtract: use beans, blocks or buttons to manipulate and make story problems Ask how many altogether, how many are left use activities that reinforce putting amounts together Example: If everyone in the family has on two socks, how many socks are being worn altogether?

Social Studies Standards In first grade social studies, your child will learn to: HISTORY identify contributions of people, such as Sam Houston and Thomas Edison describe the origins of holidays, such as Veterans Day distinguish among past, present, and future GEOGRAPHY locate places using cardinal directions create and use simple maps locate community, state, and nation on maps and globes ECONOMICS identify examples of goods and services identify reasons for making economic choices

Social Studies Standards GOVERNMENT explain the need for and give examples of rules and laws identify and describe the roles of leaders in the community, state, and nation CITIZENSHIP identify characteristics and historical figures who exemplify good citizenship explain patriotic symbols, such as the Liberty Bell and the US flag CULTURE describe ways that families meet basic human needs retell stories from folktales and legends SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND SOCIETY

describe how technology has changed how families live and how people work Science Standards In first grade science, your child will learn to: SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATIONS demonstrate safe practices during classroom and field investigations learn how to use and conserve resources SCIENTIFIC INQUIRY AND CRITICAL THINKING ask questions and construct reasonable explanations explain a problem in their own words and propose a solution PROPERTIES, PATTERNS, AND SYSTEMS identify, predict, and create patterns in charts, graphs, and

numbers know that systems have parts and are composed of organisms and objects observe and describe the parts of plants and animals Science Standards CHANGE observe and record weather changes from day to day and over seasons observe stages in the life cycle of organisms in their natural environment LIVING ORGANISMS AND NON-LIVING OBJECTS group and compare living organisms and non-living objects BASIC NEEDS OF ORGANISMS

identify basic needs of organisms compare the ways living organisms depend on each other PROCESSES OF THE NATURAL WORLD describe natural sources of water, including streams, lakes, and oceans observe and describe differences in rocks and soil samples Technology There are several websites that we use at school that can also be accessed from home: www.tumblebooks.com Username: evans Password: books Overdrive E-Reader- refer to information on Evans Library

Webpage Additional websites may be accessed from the Evans Technology page/1st grade. Follow 1st Grade on Instagram Instagram is a fun way to connect and participate in your childs school day! Each class will have a private account. 1st grade will send home an Instagram form. If you would like to follow your childs class, just fill in your Instagram username and we will add you to our account. Skyward Family Access Using the login ID you received from AISD, please

complete your childs online forms at http://www.allenisd.org (if you have not done so already). On the AISD website click on: Parents tab, then Family/Student Access link. School-wide activities will be located on the calendar. Homework Your childs main homework is to read every night for at least 10 minutes. Please take time to read to them, with them or listen to them read independently. Please practice each weeks spelling chunks and sight words with your child nightly.

Other homework or special projects may be added at times. In addition to regularly planned homework, unfinished work from the class day may be sent home on occasion. Grading First Grade focuses on the development of reading, writing and math skills. Students develop these skills at different rates. As a result, first graders do not receive typical grading marks such as A, B, C etc. The grading marks below show parents what level of mastery their child is performing at in any given area. Report Cards are sent home at the end of each nine weeks. 4. Demonstrates high achievement of grade level expectations

3. Meeting grade level expectations 2. Progressing toward grade level expectations 1. Not yet demonstrating grade level expectations Conferences Your childs teacher will contact you regarding fall conferences. If during the year you have any questions/concerns, please contact your childs teacher. Our daily conference time is 12:30 1:15.

Wednesday School Folder Communication between parents and school staff is key. Wednesday is the day for our school wide communication. All important information coming from school will be communicated in this folder. Please remove contents, sign the folder and return it to school on Thursday. Purple Daily Folder Inside your childs purple folder, you will find the school-wide behavior chart and the first grade reading log.

If your child has had a great day at school you will see a smiley face or a sticker. If a child has not made a good choice for the day, one of the letters from CORKY will be listed on the behavior chart with an explanation. Please initial the behavior chart and reading log daily. You will also find work that your child has completed at school in this folder. Please remove the work and keep it at home. Punctuality Please make sure your child is at school and in the gym by 7:45. Side doors lock at 7:55. After 7:55 PLEASE drop off at the front door.

If students are eating breakfast, they need to arrive in time to finish breakfast by 7:50. Please schedule appointments before or after school if at all possible. Change in Transportation For the safety of all our children at Mary Evans Elementary, please follow the standards listed below. If for some reason your child will be going home a different way or with another student or parent, we must have documentation of the change in writing. Teachers check their email or voicemail during noninstructional times. If making changes after 1:15, please contact the front office. Thank you for helping us keep your child safe.

Clothing Please send your child with comfortable clothing suitable for the weather. We will have recess outdoors all year including the winter months. Please consider sending a light jacket or sweater that can be kept in the room. Please check student

handbook for acceptable clothing guidelines. Your child needs to wear athletic shoes on gym days. Please refer to your childs daily folder for gym schedule. Snacks Students are allowed to bring a snack to school daily. Snack time will be around 2:15. Please send students with a healthy snack.

Please do not send a snack that needs to be eaten with a spoon/fork. During hot weather, students are permitted to have water bottles. Only water is permitted in the classroom. Birthday Invitations Birthdays will be celebrated in your childs classroom by passing out certificates and pencils. Due to health concerns, we do not allow food to be distributed to our students. Thank you for your understanding. If you would like to celebrate your students birthday at school, you might consider donating a book to the Birthday Book Club in your childs honor to the school library. Invitations may be passed out at school when there is one for

every child in the class or one for every girl or one for every boy. Teachers may not give out students personal information. Student of the Week Our Student of the Week program will begin the week of September 12th. Your childs teacher will send home a list of dates stating when it is your childs turn to be the student of the week. Please send a poster full of pictures and items that describe him/her. Send this poster on Monday of their assigned week. The poster will hang on our designated Student of the Week area. In addition to bringing a poster, the Student of the Week may also bring in personal or family items for show and tell each day.

Volunteers We greatly appreciate all of our parent volunteers. If you are interested in participating in any school related activity, including field trips, please visit the Allen ISD website to complete an annual background check as soon as possible. This must be done each school year. Visit www.allenisd.org At the bottom of the page under Human Resources Click on Register to be a Volunteer Follow the link for the application Please allow 2 weeks for your application to be processed.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about your childs day in first grade. We look forward to working with you to make this a successful year for your child. First Grade Team

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