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Ms. Clark’s Class Parent Night 2014-2015. Welcome. Welcome to First Grade!. Welcome Parents! I’m so glad you are here tonight to learn more about how our classroom works each and every day!. All About Me. My background I grew up in Dardanelle, AR.

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Ms. Clark’s ClassParent Night 2014-2015


Welcome to First Grade!

  • Welcome Parents! I’m so glad you are here tonight to learn more about how our classroom works each and every day!

All About Me

  • My background

    • I grew up in Dardanelle, AR.

    • I attended the University of Arkansas.

  • My experience

    • This is my 11th year teaching.

    • I have also taught third grade, but first is my favorite!

    • I love to knit, read, go to the movies, and travel.

This year…

  • I want your child to LOVE school.

  • I want your child to grow academically and socially.

  • I want to see the light bulb go off above their heads and hear the “ah-ha’s.”

  • I want to work together with you to make these things happen.

Our Day

  • 8:00: Arrive

  • 8:15: Calendar

  • 8:45: Auxiliary Class 

  • 9:45: Phonics

  • 10:15: Writing/Unit

  • 10:50: Lunch

  • 11:20: Recess

  • 12:00:: Letter/Language Review 

  • 12:40: Guided Reading Groups

  • 1:45: Brain/Snack Break

  • 2:00: Math


  • Small guided reading groups meet with me several times a week.

  • Groups are based on reading levels.

  • Expect 1-2 new leveled readers to come home each week.

  • Read from the bag every night!


  • In our classroom math instruction uses a hands-on approach combined with practice pages for independent work.


  • Science is integrated throughout our curriculum.

  • Some of the topics we cover are: Nutrition, Human Body, Dental Health, Animals, Metamorphosis, Natural Sources of Heat, Light, and Energy, Seasons, Weather, Magnets, Matter, Environment, and the Solar System.

Social Studies

  • Social Studies is also integrated throughout our curriculum.

  • Some of the topics we cover are: Christopher Columbus, Voting, Native Americans, Pilgrims, Citizenship, Wants and Needs, Government, National Symbols and Celebrations, Arkansas History, Goods and Services, Careers, Culture.


  • Typically, we will study a new sound/pattern each week. If we need to spend more time on a sound/pattern we will take two weeks.

  • A spelling test is given each week on Friday, unless noted in that week’s newsletter.

  • Spelling words are listed in the newsletter each Monday.


  • Each week I send home “Homework Opportunities” with your child. These are meant to be tools for you to use to work with your child on the topics we are covering in class.

  • Other homework items that should be done every night are reading from the leveled readers, reading the Sam passage, and reviewing the sight words for that week.

Online Help

As a resident of Benton county you are eligible for a FREE library card. While on the site you can access BookFlix.

Learning to Read through Phonics

Spelling word practice.

Classroom Community

  • Our classroom is a community. In our community, we have rules to help us enjoy the day and get along with each other.

  • Our class rules are:

    • Be respectful and responsible.

    • Be organized and follow directions.

    • Use self-control.

Classroom Needs/Wish list

  • Double Sided Tape

  • Treasure Box Items

  • Google Eyes

  • Post-It Notes

Daily Folder

  • Make sure to send your child’s folder every day.

  • Please put any notes for me, absence excuses, field trip permission forms and money, etc… in your child’s folder.

  • Send money to school in an envelope or baggie. Label it with your child’s name, my name, and purpose for the money.


  • Please send a note or call the office if you need to change the way your child is going home.


  • School is from 8:00-3:20

    • Students cannot be dropped off before 7:30

  • Morning

    • First bell rings at 7:55

    • Tardy bell rings at 8:00

  • Afternoon

    • Car rider bell rings at 3:10

    • Bus rider bell rings at 3:20


  • Your child will not transition to another bus before getting home.

  • Bus discipline is covered in the student handbook.

  • Routes 5A, 3A, and 13A will be dropped off around 7:10.

  • Routes 3B, 5B, and 13B will be picked-up from school around 3:45.


  • Students must be dropped off and picked-up at the main door.

  • Traffic Flow must be followed.

  • We will not release students at the door.

  • Parents must be in car rider line.

  • Parents without a car rider tag will be required to come in the building and show ID to pick up their child


  • Visitors are always welcome.

  • You must check into the office anytime you are on campus during school hours. There are no exceptions.


  • A student arriving before 9:00 will be counted as tardy.

  • A student arriving after 9:00 but before 11:30 will be counted as a ½ day absence.

  • A student leaving after 2:10 will be counted as an early exit.

  • A student leaving after 11:30 but before 2:10 will be counted as a ½ day absence.


  • Please send a note with your child if they will not be going home their regular way.

  • If a change needs to be made during the day, the office needs to be notified by 2:30.


A pattern of fear and intimidation, includes facebook etc, can become school issue even if begun outside of school, will be reviewed on case-by-case basis and disciplined according to handbook.

Review of Smart Core Curriculum Policy

  • Smart Core Informed Consent & Smart Core Waiver Forms by 6th grade

  • Smart Core is default program

  • Choosing Core could result in not qualifying for certain scholarships or unconditional college admission

Common Core State Standards

  • Have been implemented in this school for 3 years

  • Is now fully integrated throughout district



Title I

  • Our school receives federal and state funds to help assist our students.

  • The amount of money a district receives is determined by Free and Reduced Lunch Percentages.

  • How we allocate the money is determined through our Arkansas Consolidated School Improvement Plan. (ACSIP)

Title I

We use this money to help our students improve in literacy and math.

  • Paraprofessionals

  • Class Size Reductions

  • Technology

  • Programs

  • Materials

Arkansas Consolidated School Improvement Plan (ACSIP)

  • All schools in Arkansas must submit their Arkansas Consolidated School Improvement Plan to the ADE each fall.

  • Our plan addresses Math, Literacy, Wellness, and English Language Learners.

  • Parent Involvement & Special Ed are embedded.

  • Includes objectives for improvement, professional development, coordination of funds, and program evaluation


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