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    Suzy Emerson
    (623) 445-8035
    room 304
     
    Classroom Policies  

    Drop off and Pick up                                                                                                           

    Drop off in the morning will be at the main gate.  Students may be dropped off no earlier than 8:30 a.m. Students may line up in front of our classroom between 8:30-8:40. Students will be dismissed from our classroom at 3:30.  Early in the year, students will be escorted for parent pick-up, busses, Coyote Corner, and walking.  If you need to pick up your child during school hours, you must go to the office and sign him or her out. If your child is tardy, you must also go to the office to sign him or her in and receive a pass.  Attendance and punctuality are a priority at Diamond Canyon.

    Daily Folders
    Communication between home and school is very important.  Your child will bring home one folder every day - it is a combination of a take home folder and behavior folder. Please review the contents with your child. Work that is sent home is a wonderful memory jogger for your child to tell you about the events of his or her day.  Please keep the calendar attached to the folder (see Behavior Management).  Other school wide information will be included as well.  Please help your child to get organized and find a spot at home to store your child’s backpack every day.  Your child is responsible to return the folder each day.

    Behavior Management
    You will find a daily log of your child’s behavior on the calendar attached to the behavior folder.  Our classroom behavior plan is consistent with the philosophy of the First grade level.  Each day is a new day and every student begins the day with his/her sunshine on green.  At the end of the day, if no infractions occur, the child will receive a green sunshine stamp. When the student receives 5 (non-consecutive) sunshine stamps, he or she will choose a reward card called a Choice Card (CC). Students will be redirected when they are making poor choices.  After three verbal redirections, the student will receive a natural consequence and the area for improvement will be noted on the behavior calendar.  An infraction that causes harm to self or others moves the sun to red without a verbal warning.  Fighting is an automatic move to red and will be referred to the Assistant Principal.  
    Our behavior plan focuses on responsibility, safety, and respect.  I also reward students for making good choices! When I see that a student is going above and beyond to help make our classroom and school a better place, that student will receive a Brag Tag. Diamond Canyon awards purple tickets when a student is modeling outstanding behavior anywhere on campus.  Purple tickets are chosen at the end of each week to highlight "Spotlight Students".  We all make mistakes, and the idea is to learn from them.  When I see that a student is making strides to improve his/her behavior after a bad choice is made, there is the opportunity to earn Brag Tags as well. I prefer to focus on the positive. 


    Homework
    I believe that at home practice is a valuable supplement to the material that the students are learning every day at school. Practice will reinforce the skills that the students are developing.  This should be a fun exercise for your child.  If he or she is overwhelmed, it is time to stop!  Start again another time when your child is feeling comfortable and ready to go. 
    Another area to focus on with your child is reading.  Reading with your child is an essential tool that will foster his or her love of learning.  I encourage you to spend at least 15-20 minutes every night (1-2 books) sharing books with your child.  In addition, our class will be utilizing Raz-Kids to develop individualized reading levels.

    Star of the Week
    Each week our class will highlight a particular student.  This program will give students the opportunity to share themselves, their families and their interests with their classmates.  It is great experience to be able to speak in front of a group.  I will be there to assist if this is out of the child’s comfort zone.  When your child is selected, information will be sent home the prior Friday with directions for the following week.
     
    Birthdays
    Birthdays are a wonderful and exciting time for students to share their special days with their classmates.  You are welcome to (optional) send in a treat for the entire class.  If it is a food item, it must be store bought and have NO PEANUTS.

    Parent Helpers
    Parent helpers are welcome!  There are always opportunities for you to visit and become involved in our first grade activities.  We will need volunteers for fluency checks, field trips, clerical duties, seasonal projects and other special events.  Please let me know if you would like to come in on a regular basis.  Diamond Canyon does have a policy in place where volunteers must go through a simple training process before they enter the classroom.  For information on future training sessions, please go to our school website. 
     
    As you are your child’s first teacher, I am here to assist you with whatever I can do to guide your child’s education. Feel free to contact me in the way that you are most comfortable – send a note, call, class tag, email, or make an appointment to meet. The best times to reach me at school are from 8:00-8:45 a.m. and 3:30-4:00 p.m.

    Supplies
    In first grade we do foster a sense of community and we share most supplies.  Please make your child aware of this policy.  Throughout the year I will be posting items on our class wish list on the website and contributions are greatly appreciated!  I do my best to ensure that each student feels that he or she is a valuable member of the class.  I want all children to feel safe and secure and to have fun in their learning environment.  Together we can have a Sunsational year!   Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

    Sincerely your child’s first grade teacher,

    Suzy Emerson