Suzy Emerson(623) 445-8035room 304Classroom Policies
Drop off and Pick upDrop 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 their specials 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.
Communication between home and school is very important. Your child will bring home a folder every day. 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.
You will find a daily log of your child’s behavior on the calendar attached to the left side of the 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) stamps, he or she will choose a reward card called a Choice Card (CC). With one infraction, the sun moves down to yellow. This move acts as a warning to make better choices and the student will miss 5 minutes of a privileged activity. If the misbehavior continues, the child’s sun will be moved down to red. With this move, the child must stop the behavior and reflect on his or her choices, and will miss out on a privileged activity and given an alternate assignment. 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.
If the student receives a yellow or red for the day, the calendar square must be initialed. 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 move up to purple. If that student continues to model outstanding behavior for the entire day, he/she will write his/her name on a sunshine which remains on the board. 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 move back up to green. I prefer to focus on the positive.
I believe that homework 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.BirthdaysBirthdays are a wonderful and exciting time for students to share their special days with their classmates. Each child willl be invited to bring in a favorite book to share with the class. 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 are welcome! There are always opportunities for you to visit and become involved in our First grade activities. We will need volunteers for reading groups, 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.
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,