Frequently Asked Questions
1. What time does school start?
The doors open at 7:50 a.m., which is when your child should be at the doors by sand playground. He/She then has up to 10 minutes to put things in his/her locker, use the bathroom, and get a drink. By 8:00 a.m. at the latest, your child should be in the classroom and ready to go.
2. What time does school end?
The dismissal bell rings at 3:15 p.m., which is when we leave the classroom. For safety's sake, please plan on picking your child up outside by the doors on Walnut Street. Usually, I begin getting students ready at 3:05 p.m. so that your child will have his/her things out of his/her locker, leaving 5 minutes at the end of the day to return to the classroom for a song, story, fingerplay, or video clip. This gives us a chance to regroup and to calm back down from the chaos of the hallway so that we leave safely.
3. What time is lunch?
2014-2015: Lunch recess begins at 10:30 a.m. until 10:50 a.m. At 10:50 a.m., the children will be brought in from the sand playground and taken to the cafeteria. Lunch ends at 11:15 a.m.
4. When is my child's homework due?
Reading logs are due on Thursdays. Handing homework in on time allows me to check it over, record it for report cards, and adjust your child's reading lesson based on his/her interest. When homework is turned in late, I do not always have time to take care of it, so your help with this is appreciated!
5. When does my child take his/her spelling test?
Spelling tests are on Fridays. The object of a spelling test is not just to learn the words for the test, but to learn to use the words in reading and writing for a lifetime. Studying a little bit each night is the best way to help your child feel prepared and reduce any anxiety during tests. Please go to www.spellingcity.com.
for a complete list of words we will be using this year. There are wonderful games for your child to play which will make practicing to spell a fun way to learn! Once you are at the website, click on "Find a List" and then type in my name (Rebecca Bradley) to find our spelling words. You DO NOT need to join for your child to play.
6. What day and time does my child have Specials classes?
Specials classes occur on a rotating basis. However, they are always at the same time, which is 12:10 p.m. until 12:55 p.m.
7. What are the classroom rules?
■ Follow directions quickly Raise your hand to speak
■ Raise your hand to leave your seat Make smart choices
■ Keep your dear teacher happy
8. My child said he/she "owed minutes" at recess. What does that mean?
When a student forgets to follow the rules, which happens to almost everyone at some point, he/she is given a warning. If he/she forgets again, that student is reminded. If it happens a third time, the child owes 1 minute of his/her recess and so on. I ask the student to walk around the playgroud 1 time while thinking about a better choice to make next time.
Do not worry if your child owes a minute or two, especially in the beginning of the year as he/she adjusts to a new environment. There is just so much to remember!
9. Can my child bring a water bottle to class?
Absolutely! Students have the opportunity to have a water bottle in the classroom to use during the school day. Each bottle must have a top to prevent any spills.
10. Will my first grader need to bring a snack to school?
We have one snack time per day in the afternoon. Snacks are not provided by the school in first grade. Each day, your child will be able to go to his/her locker to grab the snack item that he/she brought from home. Please, remember that the best snacks are healthy snacks. Past student favorites have been fruits, vegetables, and string cheese! No candy, please!
11. What do I do if my end-of-day plans have changed for my child?
It is very understandable that, at times, plans may change mid-day and arrangements must be made for pick-up, doctor's appointments, etc. Please remember to contact the office by phone with any of these changes to be certain that your child's receives the message.
12. May I bring in a birthday treat for the students in my child's class?
Certainly. Please remind me 3 days before the celebration through email or a note so that I may plan a time. Please bring in treats cut and ready to serve, along with plates or napkins. Also, please provide cups if you are planning on serving a drink. Thank you.