Mrs. Fernandez First Grade

Mrs. Fernandez First Grade

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A word or two from Mrs. Fernandez!

Hello! Welcome! Let me start by saying how grateful I am to be able to work with your child this year! I am looking forward to sharing and engaging in the learning process with both you and your child! I have included my information at the bottom of this letter, so please contact me at any time. I would love to hear from you!

I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you. My name is Gina Fernandez.  I have been an elementary school teacher for 24 years and a first grade teacher for eleven. I have a passion to work with children and am thrilled to be continuing my career as a teacher! With that said, I am very excited to see what this year has in store! I look forward to working with you and your child along their education journey!

Thank you for being patient with me as we begin the year. Sometimes the first few weeks are a little bumpy for everyone. If there is something you would like to know, please write a note, email me, or leave a message for me with the office to return your call. Email is the easiest way for me to respond quickly. Please feel free to discuss any issues that may occur with me. If I can’t help you find a solution for your concern, I will do my best to find someone who can.

The use of a daily folder has proven to be very effective in helping students stay organized (with help from adults) and I would like for them to be our main source of communication and transportation. All notes and papers for you will be placed in the front of your child’s daily homework folder. This item will also hold your child’s study guides such as sight word lists, vocabulary, math references, and sound reviews.  There will be a weekly newsletter listing specials classes for the week (know when library books are due and when to wear tennis shoes) as well as homework and behavior calendars for the 6 weeks. Additional homework and information will be added as needed.

The rules of my class are simple:

Be Respectful and Kind          Be Responsible           Be Safe

 

A behavior chart with several colors for studen use allows students to move up and down throughout the day.  One misbehavior does not mean they are destined to have a sad day nor does one excellent behavior give them the privilege of misbehaving the rest of the day.  The behavior calendar will be marked with the letter ESNU with plus or minus.

Blue—Excellent-E

Green—Very Good—E-

Purple—Good—S+

White—Fine or Satisfactory—S

Yellow—Needs Improvement—N

Red—Unsatisfactory Behavior—U

This seems like a lot and I have done the simple 3 over the years but this system seems to give students a goal and a knowledge that they can change and improve their own behavior.  For example, when we start school each day they all start on white.  If they did their homework they move to purple.  If they clean up after themselves, they move to green.  If they work hard and follow the rules they move to blue.  If they then start throwing papers they only have to move back down to green.  We will spend a lot of time the first week to make sure we understand what each of the rules entails.

Homework is a special time for you to share with your child! Please help your child complete their homework each night. Please remind your child to keep their homework sheet(s) in their homework folder. Reading is important to First Graders!  “First we learn to read, then we read to learn!” is our motto.  Please initial each day on the homework calendar if your child and you read for 20 minutes.  In my complex system of earning rewards, this counts toward a trip to the shopping boxes.

Some things are hard for me to keep in the classroom such as hand sanitizer, pencils, dry erase markers, notebook paper, crayons, and plastic coins for math.  I also use a prize box every Friday for shopping.  If you are at the Dollar Store or Walmart and see any items that you would like to donate to the class all items would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you so much for your help and support as we continue on our learning journey! Your children are the reason I am here.

Gina Fernandez

gfernandez@swisd.net

Sun Valley Elementary

1st Grade

210-645-7570

 

 

 Gina Fernandez

Sun Valley Elementary

gfernandez@swisd.net

210-645-7570

 

Class Schedule

 

Mrs. Fernandez’s

First Grade Schedule 2016-2017

 

7:40-7:50 Classroom Open for Homework Help,

Completing Assignments or Reading

7:50-8:05 Go Noodle

8:05-8:10 Daily Announcements/Pledge of Allegiance

8:10-8:30 Calendar

8:30-9:00 Math

9:00-9:45 Saxon Phonics

9:45-10:30 Reading

10:30-11:15 Writing

11:15-11:45 Lunch

11:45-12:30 Math Workshops

12:35-1:20 Specials

1:20-2:15 Reading Workshops and RtI

2:15-2:30 Recess

2:30-3:15 Science/Social Studies

3:15-3:30 Group Reading/Read to self

3:30 Prepare to leave

3:35 Dismissal

 

 3:40 Class Dismissed

 

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1st grade Homework Calendar

Every night, your child needs to read for 20 minutes and parents you need to initial on the calendar below that your child did their reading for the night. They also need to read the fluency sheet (sight words) every night and record their time on their sheet. The time your child spends practicing their fluency can count towards their 20 minutes of reading at night.

Saxon Phonics

Spelling List 1

September 6-9

1.

on

6.

I

2.

no

7.

in

3.

not

8.

it

4.

top

9.

pin

5.

pop

10.

tip

Dictated Sentences

Pin it on. Tip it in.

Saxon Phonics

Spelling List 2

September 12-16

1.

a

6.

nap

2.

an

7.

tan

3.

at

8.

zip

4.

tap

9.

lap

5.

lot

10.

pit

Dictated Sentences

Nap on it. Zip a top.

Saxon Phonics

Spelling List 3

September 19-23

1.

as

6.

and

2.

is

7.

did

3.

so

8.

last

4.

its

9.

stop

5.

sit

10.

land

Dictated Sentences
I stop a lot. I did it last.

Saxon Phonics

Spelling List 4

September 26-30

1.he        7.hot

2.be        8.ran

3.if         9.hand

4.got     10.fast

5.his      11. said*

6.has     12.the*

Dictated Sentences

It ran so fast. Dan sat in sand.

 


 

 

 

 

 

                                                                  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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