We will have a small, healthy snack every morning around 10:20. Fruits and vegetables are a great choice!
*No cookies, chips or candy.
If your child usually takes the bus, but you need to pick him/her up...
If you know ahead of time that your child will be going home a different way than usual (For example, she usually takes the bus, but you will be picking her up.), you may send a note with your child in the morning.
You can also call the office at 847-998-5055 and they will let me know. Remember that often I am not able to check messages on my classroom phone until after the children are gone for the day, so in these instances it is best to call the main office number.
We cannot rely on a child’s word that there is a change in pick up schedule. You must send a note or call the office.
Birthdays are a great chance to promote classroom community and friendship. We will celebrate your child in a special way by singing birthday songs and creating a class-made birthday book for them to take home. Summer birthdays will be celebrated during the last 2 weeks of school in June.
**Per district policy, food or drink treats are not allowed.**
It is our goal at Westbrook to put the focus of the child’s birthday on the child, not on what he/she brings. It is not necessary to send any type of take-home treat to pass out to the class. However, if you decide to send something, it must be non-edible. Examples include pencils, stickers or coloring books. You may also choose to donate a book to the classroom library. Remember, no food or drink may be brought in or passed out to take home.
The LRC (Learning Resource Center) at Westbrook is flexibly scheduled, which means that teachers sign up for time that fit into their schedule and best support their learning outcomes for the given week. Though we will not always visit the LRC on the same day of the week, books are always due one week from the day they are checked out. First graders may check out one book for the first half of the year and two books beginning in January.
Our Daily Schedule
Here is a typical day in our first grade classroom:
8:50-9:15 Arrival, Morning Routine and Lunch Count
9:15-9:30 Morning Meeting
9:30-10:30 Reading Block
10:30-10:40 Snack and Read Aloud
10:40-11:10 Word Study
11:10-12:00 Writing Workshop
12:05-12:55 Lunch and Recess
2:00-2:30 Social Studies/Science
2:25-3:25 Fine Arts (This varies daily.)
Library and iPads are on a flexible schedule.
Fine Arts Schedule