*Important First Grade Information*



    Please send in your child’s school supplies on the first day of school if you were not able to attend the "Meet and Greet." Please send the supplies in a large ziploc bag labeled with your child’s name.     



            Also, please purchase a backpack for your child that will open wide enough so that your child can easily insert his/her folder and the large books that first graders often like to checkout from the school library. You may want to purchase a rolling backpack if you are concerned that the backpack will be too heavy for your child to carry.



    *First Grade Folder*






             Your child will be given a folder on the first day of school. This folder must go home with your child each day and come back to school the next day. The folder will contain the homework for the night, completed work, important newsletters, reminders, book orders, information about district and community events, etc. I will check the folders each day for notes, forms, book orders, permission slips, etc. Therefore, please send all correspondence into school in your child’s folder.       


    Please get into the habit of checking this folder each and every night. Teach your child how to pack their bookbag with all of the materials needed for the next school day. Children love to help! "Hire" your child to do this job each night so he/she is ready the next morning. It is okay to remind your child, but try to let him/her take on the responsibility of doing this important job.

             *In first grade, your child should read for at least 15 minutes each night. This can include your child reading to you, as well as you reading to your child. The more exposure children get to books and literature, no matter who is doing the reading, the more literate they will become. 

    *Changes in Transportation*



     You are required to send in a written note if your child’s usual dismissal plans change, even if it is just for one day. A change in dismissal plans includes: a different mode of transportation, a different person picking up your child, or an early dismissal (for a doctor’s appointment, for example). If a child is to go home with a friend, the school requires a written note from both families. If a written note is not received, the office staff will try to reach you by phone. However, if we cannot reach you to confirm any changes that your child may tell us about, your child will go home by his/her usual method of transportation. Therefore, if you forget to write a note, please call the school as soon as possible.  We want to be sure your child makes it home safely!


    Snack time will last 10 minutes each morning.  Due to the Federally mandated food policy now in place,  please carefully select snacks sent in to the classroom. Please refer to the list sent home by Upper Merion Area School District. Please do not bring in any foods containing peanuts/peanut oil, or tree nuts!  We have a peanut/nut safe classroom!  If the students are packing a lunch, try to keep snack separate.  For example, keep it in a special spot in their schoolbag.  This helps the students distinguish the difference between snack and lunch!

    We have a water fountain in the classroom. 



    If your child would like to celebrate his/her birthday in class, please let me know as early as you can!  Due to the many allergies we will not be allowing food items to celebrate birthdays. Please try to think of other  fun ways to celebrate your child's birthday (such as pencils, erasers, play dough, etc.)  I want to be sure our first graders are safe!

    Students may also donate a book to the class in honor of their birthday.  Your child's name will be placed in the book and the book becomes a permanent part of the classroom library!  The birthday boy/girl will also receive a special prize and award from me! 



    **Please remember to label any articles of clothing and other personal possessions that your child might remove/carry to school (ie. sweaters, jackets, coats, hats, mittens, umbrellas, lunch boxes, backpacks, etc.) If an article of clothing is left behind, I will attempt to return it to it's owner. However, if no one claims it, I will place the item in the school Lost and Found, which is located in the hallway near the front office.


    *Sending Money into School*
    On occasion, it will be necessary for your child to bring money into school. It is very important that you send money (including checks) in a sealed envelope labeled with the following information
    1. Your child’s first and last name
    2. The purpose for the money (lunch, field trip)
    3. If the money is for any other person beside me, please note that on the envelope 


    It is school policy that toys remain at home.  We will have opportunities to have "show and tell" days or special days we earn as a class where the students may bring in toys.  I will notify you about these *special* fun days in advance.  Otherwise, please be sure that no toys come to school.  Toys tend to come out at inappropriate times and I don't want anything valuable to be stolen or broken!



    If you need to contact me, there are 3 ways that you can do this:


    · By note - placed in your child’s folder

    · By email – ksoranno@umasd.org

    · By phone – call 610-205-3750 (Leave a message with Anne Bohen or Marianne Tomcheck and they will either connect you to my room orget the message to me).


    **Your input is very important to me.  You know your child best.  If there is any information that you would like to share with me about your child, please do not hesitate to contact me. 


    *Thank you, in advance, for all of your support!  I am looking forward to having a wonderful year with you and your child!*













Last Modified on August 7, 2019