Welcome Letter

Dear Parents,

Welcome to First Grade and the 2018-2019 school year!   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!

The transition from kindergarten to first grade will take some time.  Students will have to adjust to a longer day, eating lunch at school, going to P.E. and working independently.  Our first few weeks of school will involve many activities to help us get to know each other, develop caring and respectful relationships, establish a routine with procedures, and learn our school rules.  I would like to take this opportunity to explain my classroom management and provide some important information about what to expect in the next couple weeks.




Your child deserves the most positive educational climate possible for academic growth.  In order to develop this environment in the classroom I use an assertive discipline program with students emphasizing personal responsibility.  I am always on the lookout to “catch students being good” and reinforce that behavior.  When negative behavior does occur, the consequences are immediate and stress self-reflection.  To keep it simple for students, we have three classroom rules:


1. Show Respect

2. Make Good Choices

3. Solve Your Problems


There are many positive rewards for students who consistently follow the rules including praise, notes home, phone calls home, special privileges, eagle passes, and prizes.   I appreciate your follow-up at home with discipline as it is crucial to maintaining standards for behavior in school.




The first grade “Back to School Night” will be Tuesday, August 27 from 5:30-6:15 pm.  Please plan to attend this important evening.  This is a meeting for parents and teachers only, no students or siblings please.




        Please send your child to school with a backpack and a lunchbox/bag each day. I encourage water bottles, especially on these hot days. Please no juice or sweet drinks as ants can be a problem. I have provided students with necessary supplies such as pencil box, pencils, crayons, paper, scissors, and glue.. If your child would like to bring his/her own tool box with supplies that is perfectly fine. Should you choose to donate supplies to the class, please refer to the first grade website for a list of what we may need. Thank you!



            Lunch is at 11:00 a.m.  If you would like your child to buy lunch please stop by the cafeteria to set up an account.   Besides lunch, the children will have a recess from 1:10 -1:30, so you may want to send an additional snack.  It is helpful to label the additional snack so that it isn’t eaten during lunch time. 


 Water Bottles

          I encourage sending a water bottle to school with your child especially with the hot days we have been having.  Please do not send juice or anything sweet as this can attract ants into our room.  Thank you.


School Pick-Up


      You will find our class at the front, right side of the school near the staff lounge door and rolling gates.



Parent Volunteers

        Parent volunteers, we need you and are excited to work with you!  We will need volunteers in our class to help with reading rotations, clerical work, as well as for occasional special events. I will have a parent volunteer sign up sheet at back to School Night. 


 Throughout the year you may have questions or concerns.  The school website provides general information for you about programs and policies.  Visit the site at www.sanelijoelementary.org for answers to your questions. The easiest way to communicate with me is through e-mail.  My e-mail address is heidi.goodman@smusd.org.  In addition, please feel free to call me at 760-290-2600 X3207 and leave me a message, or send a note with your child and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. 



Heidi Goodman