Parent Welcome Letter

August 2019

Dear Parents,

 I am so happy to have your child in my class!  First grade is an exciting time as children embark upon new adventures in the world of learning.  This is a year of important transitions, as well as one in which acquisitions of new skills are accelerated.  I am looking forward to a challenging, fun year with your child. 

 During First Grade, your child will learn how to become a remarkable reader, an amazing author, a master mathematician and a skillful scientist. Your child will also attend classes with the art teacher, as well as a period in the library, and two periods weekly of physical education and music.  We will also have a snack time each day.  Please send a healthy snack and drink with your child.  Please label this with your child’s name. The first grade schedule is carefully planned to accommodate our youngest all-day learners.         

 The first day of school is a full day, so your child will be eating lunch in the cafeteria.  If you are packing a lunch for your child, please pack it separate from your child’s snack and make sure your child knows which is lunch and which is snack.  If your child is purchasing a lunch, please refer to the district website.  Specific lunch information about our school cafeteria can be found on the Dutch Neck web page.

 As you get your child ready for school, please make sure your child wears shoes that are safe for both playground and classroom.  Sneakers are required for gym and would be a good choice for everyday wear.   

 I am looking forward to meeting your child!  I hope to make your child's first grade learning experience a fun and exciting one, and I hope to instill a love of learning that will last throughout your child's years of schooling. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support.


                                                                              Nicole Cortina

 P.S. The classroom supply list can be found on my webpage.