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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 class parent night 2014 2015

Ms. Clark’s ClassParent Night 2014-2015


Welcome to first grade
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
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
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
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!

Ms clark s class parent night 2014 2015

  • 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

  • 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
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
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
Classroom Needs/Wish list

  • Double Sided Tape

  • Treasure Box Items

  • Google Eyes

  • Post-It Notes

Daily folder
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 hours

  • 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.

Car riders

  • 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

Campus visits

  • Visitors are always welcome.

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

Tardies and early exits

  • 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.

Changes in transportation

  • 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
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
Common Core State Standards

  • Have been implemented in this school for 3 years

  • Is now fully integrated throughout district



Title i
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 i1
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
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