Mrs. Henderson

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Hello Friends!

Welcome to Mrs. Henderson's  First Grade Web Page

Welcome to Room 2! In our classroom you will also meet amazing Reading Teachers and Teacher Assistants, along with making many new friends. Your child will also be introduced to many other teachers, which will assist in your child's learning process throughout the school year! When you enter my classroom on the first day, just bring a smile, snack, water bottle, lunch if you aren't ordering one at school and a backpack. I have all of your folders and supplies that you will need waiting for you.

A Look at Karen Henderson

I have worked with the Londonderry School District now for 20 years and continue to love the minds and honesty of First Graders. I am currently living in Litchfield and I am married with 2 children. Kiana is now 16 and Hunter is 13 so like all families, we definitely keep busy!

Educational Philosophy

My mission is to build a sense of community and establish routines and safe boundaries for your child. I am determined to help your child feel confident about themselves and their ability to learn. I will provide your child with a learning environment that is inviting and invigorating. I believe that your child's needs are my priority and that my job is to create individual strategies for each of my students. It is important to allow your child to experiment and learn things for themselves, through their own exploration and my guidance. Children should be encouraged to excel beyond their expectations and believe in themselves, while having fun in the learning process!

  Getting in Touch 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions and concerns that you may have. You may reach me at 432-6933 at ext. 4202 between the hours of 8:00-8:30 and after 3:25. Please contact the main office directly with any last minute dismissals or absentee information during the day. Otherwise, I look forward to reading your child's morning note regarding their change in schedule. I can also be reached by email at [email protected] If you do not hear back from me within 24 hours, please don't hesitate to email me again. Unfortunately, there is often technical difficulties and I may not have received your voicemail or email during the school day.

Our Daily Schedule 

8:30 - 8:45 Arrival and Breakfast

8:45 - 9:15 Calendar

9:15 - 10:45 Reading

10:45 - 11:00 Snack

11:00-11:15 Phonics

11:15 - 12:00 Math

12:00 - 12:50 Lunch and Recess

12:50 - 1:10 Teacher Read

1:10 - 2:00 Fundations/Writing/Penmanship

2:00-2:15 Extra Math Block

2:15 - 3:05 Specials

3:13 Dismissals

Special Highlights

 

Monday = Math Enrichment

Tuesday = Library

Wednesday = Art

Thursday = Gym

Friday = Music and Book Buddies with Mrs . Anderson's 3rd Grade Class

Snack

Each morning we will have a 15 minute snack break from 10:45 - 11:00. Please send in a nutritious snack and drink in order for your child to have the energy needed to successfully complete a busy academic day. Milk will not be sold during snack.

Everyday your child will enjoy an afternoon recess, which immediately follows lunch. Please dress your child appropriately according to the weather and make sure they are wearing safe footwear. Also label all of your child's clothing, backpacks, lunch boxes, etc. to avoid any lost items. 

 Homework Schedule

Monday = Grammar activity

Tuesday = Math activity or game

Wednesday = Enjoy reading a leveled book and a song/fluency poem with a family member

Thursday = Fundations activity and study for Spelling Test

Friday = Nothing - Enjoy the weekend

First Graders are expected to complete 10 minutes of homework on a nightly basis. Due to short weeks and vacations, the homework schedule may change. If your child has any difficulties with their nightly homework, please let me know.

Themes for the Year

During the school year your child will be exposed to various themes. We will begin the year with Character and Citizenship/Team Building, and then venture off to Habitat and Bears, Holidays, Africa, Health and Nutrition, Guppies and Snails, Ocean, Plants, and the Image Making Process and various other Art Activities

Upcoming Field Trips

Our class will hopefully enjoy a trip to the theater, along with a day of fun to the Squam Lake Science Center. However, due to COVID these trips may change. Due to limited seating we are unable to take chaperones on our field trip to the theater, but look forward to having volunteers with us when we attend our Squam Lake field trip. 

Special Events and Programs

Birthdays

When your child is celebrating their birthday, we will hand out a little gift at school, but food items are no longer accepted . Our class currently consists of 20 children so if you would like to bring in a treat such as pencils, bubbles, etc. you are more than welcome too. During the last week of school we will celebrate all summer birthdays and your child can pick the day for their celebration. 

Star of the Week

During the school year each student will have the opportunity to be "Star of the Week." A schedule and reminder will go home when it is your child's turn to bring in special items to share with the class. 

Scholastic Book Orders

Your child will also receive a Scholastic Book Order each month, which will give you a chance to purchase new books for your child at an inexpensive price. Please don't feel obligated to make a purchase, but if one is made, please send checks only.

Report Cards and Conferences

Report cards will be given out each trimester, which occurs in November, March and June. Your child's last report card will be sent home on the last day of school. Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held in November and you may schedule one in March if you desire. I will do my best to have your scheduling needs met and reminders will be sent home. During conference time this will give us a chance to discuss your child's progress and any questions or concerns that you may have. You may also contact me at any time to set up a conference regarding your child's progress.

I look forward to a great school year with your child!

Thanks,

Mrs. Henderson