Letter to Parents


    First Grade -- Where You'll Watch Your Child Grow!

    A Letter for Parents

    Congratulations! You are the proud parent of a first-grader here at Cibolo Valley Elementary School! You will be amazed at just how much your child will grow this year. Most likely, your child has had the seeds of reading and writing planted, and during first grade, those seeds will grow and blossom, making your child an accomplished reader and writer! You will see changes in your child's thinking, as he/she becomes familiar with abstract concepts and symbols. The change will be dramatic -- just compare a tiny seed with a full-grown sunflower! That's the kind of growth you'll see this year!   

    Ways to Help Your Child Bloom

    The loveliest flowers usually have the best gardener -- and that's you! Staying involved in your child's education is the key to a successful year. Engage your child in conversation about his/her day, but know that children won't always give out much information. I will send home a weekly agenda detailing our activities for the week. You can use this as a springboard for discussion; instead of saying "What did you do at school today?" (the answer is often "nothing!"), you can say, "Oh, I see you're learning about....what did you find out?" Some parents save these newsletters as a special remembrance of their child's first grade year.                                        

    Another way to stay involved is to check your child's take home folder EVERY evening. You'll usually find it PACKED with homework, projects, flyers, notices from the office, as well as notes from me. As daunting as it may be, try to sort through them, and read each one; they often contain important information and reminders. Your child should come to school the next day with a fairly empty folder -- just homework or notes to me!

    A Few Procedures

    To help keep things growing "weed-free", it helps to remember our class procedures. If your child is going home a different way, you need to send a note or call the school. Please do not leave me a message. I usually will not check my messages until after school. 
    Lunches should be in a lunch box or bag with their name. If your child is buying lunch, please make sure to check their balance in their lunch account to make sure they have enough money.  
    Your child will need his/her backpack EVERY day, please remember to put your child’s name in their backpack and in all their jackets. It makes it so much easier to return them to their rightful owner!


    Parent-Teacher Communication

    In addition to our progress reports, report cards and our parent/teacher conferences, I am always available to meet or speak with you. If it is not urgent, please jot a note or send a dojo message and I will respond as soon as possible. You may call the school or e-mail me as well. In return, I will contact you by dojo message, email or telephone if there is something that I'd like to discuss. Also remember to check your child's Homework/weekly agenda daily. 

    Here's wishing us all a wonderful year of growth!