• Parent Orientation 2019

    Mrs. Jennifer Tischer

    Room 14

     

    Welcome! I am excited to be your child’s math and science teacher for 1st grade! Please read and keep this packet to find information about our curriculum, schedule, and school and classroom procedures. Please note that some information such as specials schedules will vary depending on whether your child is in my AM or PM class.

     

    Housekeeping:

    • Contact information: The best way to contact me is by email at [email protected]. My phone is (708) 233-7867. The phone does not ring in the classroom during the day and kicks into voice mail, so I check it after students leave for the day.

     

    • Supplies: Please make sure your child has all of their supplies and send them in as soon as possible. I strongly suggest purchasing a few extras while everything is on sale and also keeping supplies at home for your child to do homework. Remember that your child will have supplies for their reading teacher as well as for me so please label which teacher supplies should go to. Your child will keep one supply box with pencils, scissors, crayons, etc. in a desk in my room, and a separate one will stay in the reading teacher’s room.

     

    • Attendance: Good attendance is crucial. Please also make sure your child comes to school on time. When children are tardy we need to get them “caught up” and it takes time away from instructing the rest of the class. Please call the office if your child will be absent.

     

     

    • Bus/Walker: If your child is a bus rider and you do NOT want him/her to take the bus home on a certain day you MUST SEND A NOTE (WITH THE CORRECT DATE ON IT) OR CALL THE OFFICE. Do not just email this information, - if it is a day that a sub is in the room, the sub will not see the email. We cannot take your child’s word that someone is picking him/her up at school. Parents (and grandparents, babysitters, etc.) picking up children at the walker door at the end of the day MUST have the fluorescent card with your child’s name on it. If you don’t have it with you, you will have to sign your child out at the office.

     

    • Newsletters: A weekly newsletter will be sent home on Friday. It will inform you what we worked on during the week and upcoming activities. Newsletters will also be posted on my webpage.

     

     

    • Backpacks: Please check your child’s backpack every night for a “Take Home Folder” that will contain any finished schoolwork, homework, and notes home. I strongly suggest you clean out your child’s folder every night. Make sure your child has a yellow bus rider or blue walker tag on their backpack.

     

    • Birthdays: You are welcome to send in a small item such as a pencil for each student, but NO FOOD. The same applies to room parties.

     

     

    • Breakfast/Lunch: (My AM students) Please discuss with your child if you want him/her to get breakfast or lunch at school each day, and which choice they should order! If your child is ordering a lunch for the day lunch orders are submitted by 9:10 and after that it is too late! Orders are placed with an outside company and no extras are ordered. Please see the district’s website and the calendar that is sent home monthly for prices and choices. Students who have breakfast at school will pick it up in the lunchroom immediately after getting their breakfast ticket from me, and will eat it in our classroom, and will have until morning announcements are over (around 9:15) to finish. Tardy students will not be able to get breakfast if they arrive after it has stopped being served.

     

    • Please let me know immediately if your child has any food allergy!

     

    • Money: Any money that is sent to school, whether it is for lunch, field trip, room parties, or anything else should be in an envelope with your child’s name on it and labeled what it is for. Often students bring in money and are not sure what it is for!

     

    • PBIS: “Positive Behavior Intervention System”: This is a reward system that has a focus on catching students in a positive action. The children can receive “egg” tickets for “egg-cellent” behavior! The egg tickets are turned in as raffle tickets for small prizes. The class as a whole can earn an eagle certificate if as a group they have been caught being exceptionally good! Five certificates will equal a class reward. The school also has a monthly dance party for students who have outstanding behavior in school. It takes place during the school day and they LOVE it! Additionally in my room we have a pocket chart with a spot for every student to have a green (for great behavior) yellow (warning to remember proper behavior) and red (not showing expected behavior) card. If students move to yellow they get a warning and have a chance to move back to green by showing good behavior.

     

     

    • Homework: This will begin within the next couple weeks. Students may get a worksheet which will be due the following day, or they will get a homework packet on Monday which will be due on Friday. Students will also be expected to practice their math facts for 10 minutes every night. This can be with flashcards, computer games, or other games. If you go on vacation your child will receive the work they missed when they return to school.

     

    • Report Card: Please see the first grade webpage.

     

    • Assessments: Students will have assessments every quarter on addition and subtraction fact fluency. This involves not just answering problems correctly, but QUICKLY. There are also quarterly assessments on the other skills listed on the report card. Each question on the assessments is graded on a 1-3 or 1-4 point scale, with 4 being the highest value.

     

     

    • This year the district is utilizing a new assessment called I-Ready, which replaces MAP assessments used in previous years to check students’ progress and help determine placement in programs such as Assets and summer school. Since this is a new assessment for us more information will follow.

     

    • Volunteering/Visiting: Each parent who comes into the building for parties, volunteering, etc., MUST turn in a copy of their driver’s license AND volunteer form AT LEAST 1 FULL WEEK before the event! Once it is turned in to the office it is kept for the year and you do not have to resubmit it. This is district policy and there are No exceptions!

    How to get to my webpage:

    • Go to npd117.net
    • Select a school: Dorn
    • Click on “classrooms”
    • Click on “Jennifer Tischer”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Specials Schedule: This applies ONLY to students who are in MY AM class. (Students who are in my morning class will have their specials with their reading teacher.)

    Monday: Library

    Tuesday: Fine Arts & PE

    Wednesday: PE

    Thursday: PE

    Friday: PE

     

    Lunch is from 11:25-11:55 (I will take my morning class to lunch. At 1:00 students will go to their PM class.)

     

     

    First grade is such an important year! You will be amazed how much growth you will see academically in your child by the end of the year. It is very important that we work together as a team so your child can reach his/her potential. By the end of the year your child will be a reader, have a concept of numbers, will know how to count money, tell time, and be able to work independently. If you ever have any questions please feel free to contact me!

     

     

    Math

    During our math time, students will not only learn skills and problem solving, but will develop the ability to describe their approaches and reasoning to figuring out solutions! We will do a lot of hands learning to support the concepts taught in class. In addition to whole group and independent class work, students will spend time in small guided math groups, working on skills at their level. Homework will be sent to support the skills we are working on in class.                                                      

    We will cover topics such as:

    • Number sense
    • Graphing and reading data
    • Problem solving
    • Skip counting
    • Fractions
    • Addition and subtraction fact fluency within 10
    • Addition and subtraction within 100
    • Time
    • Balancing equations
    • Money
    • Counting on and back
    • And much more!

     

    Science

    Our science program is called Stemscopes, and involves hands on activities, observations, recording and analysis/discussion of data. Our topics will include:              

    • Sound
    • Behavior of light
    • Communication
    • Patterns in space
    • Seasonal Patterns
    • Parts of animals
    • Animal survival
    • Protecting the young
    • Animal traits
    • Parts of plants
    • Plant survival
    • Plant traits

    Some of these topics will coincide with ELA units being taught.

    Parent Orientation 2019

    Mrs. Jennifer Tischer

    Room 14

     

    Welcome! I am excited to be your child’s math and science teacher for 1st grade! Please read and keep this packet to find information about our curriculum, schedule, and school and classroom procedures. Please note that some information such as specials schedules will vary depending on whether your child is in my AM or PM class.

     

    Housekeeping:

    • Contact information: The best way to contact me is by email at [email protected]. My phone is (708) 233-7867. The phone does not ring in the classroom during the day and kicks into voice mail, so I check it after students leave for the day.

     

    • Supplies: Please make sure your child has all of their supplies and send them in as soon as possible. I strongly suggest purchasing a few extras while everything is on sale and also keeping supplies at home for your child to do homework. Remember that your child will have supplies for their reading teacher as well as for me so please label which teacher supplies should go to. Your child will keep one supply box with pencils, scissors, crayons, etc. in a desk in my room, and a separate one will stay in the reading teacher’s room.

     

    • Attendance: Good attendance is crucial. Please also make sure your child comes to school on time. When children are tardy we need to get them “caught up” and it takes time away from instructing the rest of the class. Please call the office if your child will be absent.

     

     

    • Bus/Walker: If your child is a bus rider and you do NOT want him/her to take the bus home on a certain day you MUST SEND A NOTE (WITH THE CORRECT DATE ON IT) OR CALL THE OFFICE. Do not just email this information, - if it is a day that a sub is in the room, the sub will not see the email. We cannot take your child’s word that someone is picking him/her up at school. Parents (and grandparents, babysitters, etc.) picking up children at the walker door at the end of the day MUST have the fluorescent card with your child’s name on it. If you don’t have it with you, you will have to sign your child out at the office.

     

    • Newsletters: A weekly newsletter will be sent home on Friday. It will inform you what we worked on during the week and upcoming activities. Newsletters will also be posted on my webpage.

     

     

    • Backpacks: Please check your child’s backpack every night for a “Take Home Folder” that will contain any finished schoolwork, homework, and notes home. I strongly suggest you clean out your child’s folder every night. Make sure your child has a yellow bus rider or blue walker tag on their backpack.

     

    • Birthdays: You are welcome to send in a small item such as a pencil for each student, but NO FOOD. The same applies to room parties.

     

     

    • Breakfast/Lunch: (My AM students) Please discuss with your child if you want him/her to get breakfast or lunch at school each day, and which choice they should order! If your child is ordering a lunch for the day lunch orders are submitted by 9:10 and after that it is too late! Orders are placed with an outside company and no extras are ordered. Please see the district’s website and the calendar that is sent home monthly for prices and choices. Students who have breakfast at school will pick it up in the lunchroom immediately after getting their breakfast ticket from me, and will eat it in our classroom, and will have until morning announcements are over (around 9:15) to finish. Tardy students will not be able to get breakfast if they arrive after it has stopped being served.

     

    • Please let me know immediately if your child has any food allergy!

     

    • Money: Any money that is sent to school, whether it is for lunch, field trip, room parties, or anything else should be in an envelope with your child’s name on it and labeled what it is for. Often students bring in money and are not sure what it is for!

     

    • PBIS: “Positive Behavior Intervention System”: This is a reward system that has a focus on catching students in a positive action. The children can receive “egg” tickets for “egg-cellent” behavior! The egg tickets are turned in as raffle tickets for small prizes. The class as a whole can earn an eagle certificate if as a group they have been caught being exceptionally good! Five certificates will equal a class reward. The school also has a monthly dance party for students who have outstanding behavior in school. It takes place during the school day and they LOVE it! Additionally in my room we have a pocket chart with a spot for every student to have a green (for great behavior) yellow (warning to remember proper behavior) and red (not showing expected behavior) card. If students move to yellow they get a warning and have a chance to move back to green by showing good behavior.

     

     

    • Homework: This will begin within the next couple weeks. Students may get a worksheet which will be due the following day, or they will get a homework packet on Monday which will be due on Friday. Students will also be expected to practice their math facts for 10 minutes every night. This can be with flashcards, computer games, or other games. If you go on vacation your child will receive the work they missed when they return to school.

     

    • Report Card: Please see the first grade webpage.

     

    • Assessments: Students will have assessments every quarter on addition and subtraction fact fluency. This involves not just answering problems correctly, but QUICKLY. There are also quarterly assessments on the other skills listed on the report card. Each question on the assessments is graded on a 1-3 or 1-4 point scale, with 4 being the highest value.

     

     

    • This year the district is utilizing a new assessment called I-Ready, which replaces MAP assessments used in previous years to check students’ progress and help determine placement in programs such as Assets and summer school. Since this is a new assessment for us more information will follow.

     

    • Volunteering/Visiting: Each parent who comes into the building for parties, volunteering, etc., MUST turn in a copy of their driver’s license AND volunteer form AT LEAST 1 FULL WEEK before the event! Once it is turned in to the office it is kept for the year and you do not have to resubmit it. This is district policy and there are No exceptions!

    How to get to my webpage:

    • Go to npd117.net
    • Select a school: Dorn
    • Click on “classrooms”
    • Click on “Jennifer Tischer”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Specials Schedule: This applies ONLY to students who are in MY AM class. (Students who are in my morning class will have their specials with their reading teacher.)

    Monday: Library

    Tuesday: Fine Arts & PE

    Wednesday: PE

    Thursday: PE

    Friday: PE

     

    Lunch is from 11:25-11:55 (I will take my morning class to lunch. At 1:00 students will go to their PM class.)

     

     

    First grade is such an important year! You will be amazed how much growth you will see academically in your child by the end of the year. It is very important that we work together as a team so your child can reach his/her potential. By the end of the year your child will be a reader, have a concept of numbers, will know how to count money, tell time, and be able to work independently. If you ever have any questions please feel free to contact me!

     

     

    Math

    During our math time, students will not only learn skills and problem solving, but will develop the ability to describe their approaches and reasoning to figuring out solutions! We will do a lot of hands learning to support the concepts taught in class. In addition to whole group and independent class work, students will spend time in small guided math groups, working on skills at their level. Homework will be sent to support the skills we are working on in class.                                                      

    We will cover topics such as:

    • Number sense
    • Graphing and reading data
    • Problem solving
    • Skip counting
    • Fractions
    • Addition and subtraction fact fluency within 10
    • Addition and subtraction within 100
    • Time
    • Balancing equations
    • Money
    • Counting on and back
    • And much more!

     

    Science

    Our science program is called Stemscopes, and involves hands on activities, observations, recording and analysis/discussion of data. Our topics will include:              

    • Sound
    • Behavior of light
    • Communication
    • Patterns in space
    • Seasonal Patterns
    • Parts of animals
    • Animal survival
    • Protecting the young
    • Animal traits
    • Parts of plants
    • Plant survival
    • Plant traits

    Some of these topics will coincide with ELA units being taught.