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Welcome to First Grade! Mrs. Erin DiGello [email protected] Catoctin Elementary School 311 Catoctin Circle SW Leesburg, VA 20175 (571) 252-2940 PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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Welcome to First Grade! Mrs. Erin DiGello [email protected] Catoctin Elementary School 311 Catoctin Circle SW Leesburg, VA 20175 (571) 252-2940 . School Climate. Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS)

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Welcome to first grade mrs erin digello erin digello lcps org catoctin elementary school 311 catoctin circle sw leesburg va 20175 571 252 2940

Welcome toFirst Grade!Mrs. Erin [email protected] Catoctin Elementary School 311 Catoctin Circle SW Leesburg, VA 20175 (571) 252-2940

School climate

School Climate

  • Positive Behavior Intervention System (PBIS)

    • Catoctin is a PBIS school. We are working as school to be respectful, ready, and responsible. When the children are seen exhibiting these behaviors they are recognized with golden tickets. The children will be able to save up their golden tickets and then “purchase” items from a prize store.

Classroom climate

Classroom Climate


  • Use polite and kind words

  • Stay in your personal space

  • Raise your hands

  • Work quietly

  • Listen to others


  • Follow directions and class routines

  • Complete work given

  • Make good choices

  • Clean up after yourself 


  • Have materials ready

  • Give your best effort

  • Stop, Look, and Listen (FREEZE!)

Classroom climate cont

Classroom Climate (cont.)

  • Rewards

    • Class prizes

    • Golden tickets

  • Consequences

    • Color Model: blue=exceeds, green=meets, yellow=progressing, and red=below expectations for behavior

    • Each day the children will start on yellow. As the day progresses each child will have the opportunity to move to green or blue if he/she exhibits appropriate behavior. If there is a problem he/she will be asked to move to red. If the child ends the day on red, a red note will come home.

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Classroom Climate (cont.)

  • Think papers will be used at times.

  • Please, review any documentation (red notes or think papers) with your child, sign, and return to school the following day.

  • If anyone harms another child on purpose he/she will be asked to speak with an administrator.

Toys look alikes

Toys/ “Look-Alikes”

  • LCPS policy is no weapon of any kind may be on school property.

  • This does include “look-alikes”. For example: toy guns, etc.

  • Please, help to enforce this policy with your child.



  • Thanks to all the money that was earned through Box Tops for Education, each child was provided a planner.

  • Each day your child will record the color he/she ended the day on and a picture, word, or picture about his/her day.

  • Planners will come home daily. Please, initial that you saw your child’s planner.

  • In the front of the planner you will find the Catoctin handbook. Please, take time to review this information with your child.



  • The tardy bell rings at 7:50 a.m.

  • If a child arrives after this time (not by bus) he/she will have to go to the office to get a tardy pass.

  • If the child was in breakfast he/she will not be marked tardy.

Tuesday folders

Tuesday Folders

  • Tuesday Folders will go home on Tuesday.

  • Catoctin will be sending home all paperwork on Tuesdays in this folder.

  • Please, take time to review the work and sign the folder.

  • Please, return the folder the next school day.

  • If you have any comments or questions about your child’s work simply write it in the folder.

  • I will send all work, papers from me, and anything that is NOT time sensitive in the Tuesday Folder.

Take home folders

Take Home Folders

  • Take home folders will remain in the children’s book bags.

  • If there is something that needs to go home on a particular day (not a Tuesday) I will have the children place it in the take home folder.

  • If you have a note for me please, do the same.

  • It is the children’s responsibility to check the folder daily and put things for me in my box.

  • I do not check book bags so please remind your child to check his/her folder.



  • Homework will start in late September or early October.

  • It will be a weekly packet that will contain a reading log, word study log, math, and sentence writing practice.

  • Homework packets will be handed out on Mondays and be due the following Monday.

  • The children should engage in 20 minutes of reading a night.

  • More information will follow.

Sunshine math

Sunshine Math

  • Sunshine Math will be offered to first grade students if there is enough parent interest.

  • This will be a combination of home and school work.

  • More information to follow.



  • Catoctin is a Pathways school.

  • Pathways is a balanced approach to literacy.

  • The daily components are word study, shared reading, guided reading, centers, read aloud, independent reading, and writers’ workshop.

  • The sound charts are used as a reference tool. It would be great to practice these at home.

  • Poems, passages, and big books are used to promote fluency, sight words, and skills.

Responsive instruction ri

Responsive Instruction (RI)

  • RI will take place daily from 8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

  • Each student will participate in a short assessment focusing on fluency in early September

  • RI will focus on fluency instruction

Developmental reading assessment dra

Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA)

  • The DRA is a reading assessment that is administered at the beginning and end of first grade.

  • The DRA is an assessment that is used to find the child’s independent reading level.

  • The DRA provides essential information about the child’s decoding skills, comprehension skills, and fluency.

  • At conference time we will go over your child’s testing in detail.

Phonological awareness literacy screening pals

Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening (PALS)

  • The PALS is administered at the beginning and end of first grade.

  • The PALS provides information about the child’s knowledge of letter sounds, spelling, and instructional reading level.

  • We will discuss your child’s PALS at conference time as well.

First quarter conferences

First Quarter Conferences

  • Conferences can be with arranged with me beginning in mid October. At this time, the PALS testing will be completed but the DRA will not.

  • Please, sign up on the round table before you leave.

Accelerated reading ar

Accelerated Reading (AR)

  • When a child is able to read and comprehend on a DRA level 16 he/she will be invited to try the AR program.

  • This is an independent, enrichment program.

  • The child must be able to read the book on his/her own and take the test on his/her own.

  • When a child is ready to take a test he/she should notify the teacher first thing in the morning.



  • The first grade team will send out a monthly newsletter to keep you informed.

  • Newsletters will be emailed if you have provided your email address.

  • If necessary I will send home a note specific to your child.

  • Notes and email are the best ways to contact me for general things.

  • My email address is [email protected]

  • If you have a question that is child specific please, email me so we can set up a time to conference via phone or in person.



  • All visitors must sign in at the office.

  • Volunteers are welcome (please sign up)

  • If you would like to visit the classroom (aside from volunteer work and special events) please, contact the administration and set up a time to come in and observe.

  • Parents may attend lunch without notification but please sign in at the office and meet your child in the cafeteria.

Daily schedule

Daily Schedule

  • Refrigerator Reminder

  • Monday: Art

  • Tuesday: Music and PE

  • Wednesday: PE

  • Thursday: Music and PE

  • Friday: Library and Computer Lab

  • Guidance and Search to be scheduled soon!

Lunch money

Lunch Money

  • Please make sure that your child has lunch money on his/her account.

  • If your child has a check please, have him/her tell me first thing in the morning.

  • Ice cream and cookies can be purchased in the cafeteria.

  • Your child will have to select his/her lunch choice in the morning.

Snack water bottles

Snack/Water bottles

  • The cafeteria is currently offering milk for 50 cents. Please, have your child tell me first thing in the morning if they would like to purchase white milk for snack.

  • The children may bring in a water bottle to keep at their desk. I would prefer a bottle with a push top or straw rather than a cap.

  • The children may bring a small healthy snack.

  • Juice is only allowed in the cafeteria.



  • Children/Families may not bring in any type of treats (edible or nonedible) in celebration of a birthday. This is a LCPS policy. We can provide a list of other means of recognizing birthdays in school.

  • Birthday party invitations may not be distributed in school. Please, join the PTA and submit your family’s information to be included in the Catoctin Directory.

Book clubs

Book Clubs

  • Please, complete the letter regarding book orders if you would like to receive Scholastic orders forms.

  • This is an opportunity to purchase books at a discounted rate that is purely optional.

Report cards

Report Cards

  • Progress Indicators for Academic Subject Areas will be:

    • E=exceeds standards

    • M=meets standards

    • P=progressing towards standard

    • B=performing below standard

  • We will look at the report card format in depth at your

Report card example

Report Card Example

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Report Card Example

Parent portal

Parent Portal

  • Parents will have the opportunity to access their child’s grades via the online Clarity parent portal system.

  • This will begin in late January for students in grades k-2.

  • More information to come!



  • The curriculum that is being covered will be listed in our newsletters.

  • Each grading period’s curriculum will be posted as a link on the First Grade Webpage.

  • Please, see hand out for first quarter curriculum.

  • The Virginia SOLs can be found on the Virginia Department of Education website.



  • Graded assignments will be marked in a 1(below), 2(progressing), 3 (meets), or a 4 (exceeds).

  • Graded paper and classwork will be sent home in the weekly Tuesday folder.

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