Frequently Asked Questions
What supplies should I bring to school?
The First Grade Supply List and additional items needed for my classroom are all listed on my webpage. Please click on the links for more information. 

What are class hours?
Our school day begins at 8:40 am.  Students must be in the classroom (Room 408) by 9:00 am. After that, please sign your child in at the front office. The school day ends at 3:15. 

What should I do if my child will be absent?
If your child will be absent, please input it into Genesis.

How do I contact you?
The best way to contact me is by email at  If something is urgent, please call the main office at 609-716-5400 and give a message to one of the office staff.  They will get it to me.  I do not have a direct phone extension as we do not have phones in the classroom.  You can also write me notes anytime.  Our first scheduled parent-teacher conferences will be held in October. This will be a time to speak to parents in order for me to get to know their child a little better. 

What if I will be picking my child up at dismissal or earlier?
If your child will be parent pickup, please put it in writing and send it in your child's Take-Home folder that morning so that I can inform the office and dismiss your child properly. Parent pickup notes cannot be emailed because if there is a substitute in the class, s/he cannot access my email account.

What about any other correspondence?
Please put ALL notes for me, PTA correspondence, field trip slips, etc. into an envelope clearly marked with contents and your child's name and place it into your child's Take-Home folder.

What should I know about lunch?
Our lunch period is 40 minutes. There is 20 minutes for eating lunch and 20 minutes for recess. On early dismissal days, no lunch is served by the cafeteria - you can pack a "SNUNCH" (snack + lunch) to be eaten in the classroom on those days. *Please remember to pack a separate healthy snack every day for your child. 

Why do I need to pack a separate snack?
Our lunch time is at 12:58. The children will have a snack in the morning to keep their energy up! Please pack your child a healthy snack and drink each day, separate from your child's lunch so that s/he knows what to eat at snack time, and what to have at lunchtime. Some examples of healthy snacks are fruit, yogurt, cheese, crackers, pretzels and veggies. 

*Students who buy lunch still need to pack a snack for snack-time in the classroom.*

How are student birthdays celebrated?
As per district policy, birthday treats will not be allowed in the classroom due to food allergies. In lieu of treats, I will be giving the students a birthday bookmark and a birthday pencil. The class will sing Happy Birthday and make a birthday book for the special child. If you would like to donate a book to the class library or send in stickers or pencils for the students that would be fine. Unfortunately, I do not ask parents to come in for their child's birthday because I do not want any students whose parents may be unable to come in feel left out. There will be other opportunities to come in and visit the classroom. 

If your child is having a birthday party outside of school, please do not send invitations to be distributed at school unless the entire class is invited so that we do not have hurt feelings. You will receive a class address list early in the year.

What is your homework policy?
Your child will generally receive one to two homework assignments 3-4 days a week, due the following day.  Also, all first graders are expected to read for a minimum of 20 minutes per night.  Directions for recording nightly reading on a book log will be sent home - book logs are due at the end of each month. There is more information about homework on the class website.