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Parent Letter

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Parent Letter


Dear Parents:

Pencils, crayons, schoolbags, smiling faces, classmates, a new teacher, and an eagerness to learn are all signs that school is starting. Our first day of school will soon be here. How exciting! It means a lot to me to have your son/daughter in my class. I am looking forward to a great year with you and your child.

I am a graduate of Dickinson State University with a degree in elementary education and a Title I reading credential. I have taught at Harlowton, MT and Bowman, ND in grades kindergarten and two. I have also taught a year in the Mandan School District as a Title I reading specialist. This will be my fifth year at Northridge teaching first grade.

My husband, Nick, is a physical education teacher at Century High School. He also coaches football, basketball and track at the high school level. We have two daughters; Mickellyn is six and Tenley is two years old.

Below are several items of classroom interest:

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Please call the office at 323-4210 if your child is absent for any reason.

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There is an increasing number of children in our school system who have food allergies. Some food allergies can be life-threatening. We want to team with parents to limit the possibilities for children being made ill from food brought into the classrooms. Bismarck Public Schools is instituting a healthier birthday initiative. Instead of sweet treats on every student's birthday, we are offering students an opportunity to choose an activity from a menu for their birthday treat instead of food. The birthday menu will be sent home prior to your child's special day.

If your child's birthday is in the summer, you may choose a day during the year to celebrate his/her birthday. If birthday invitations are being given to students in our class, please bring them in addressed/stamped envelopes and the office will mail them for you. This alleviates any hurt feelings for the students who may not be invited.

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Please check your child's blue, take home folder EVERY evening. Your child should come to school the next day with a fairly empty folder. This is the same blue folder used in kindergarten at Northridge. You can use last year's folder or you can purchase a new one for $3.

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If you wish to order books, fill out the order form, put it in an envelope along with the money, and have your child return it to school. If you write a check, please make it payable directly to the book club we are ordering from.

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Attached is a sign up sheet for bringing treats or helping with various parties/events. Please check the party/event you prefer. Prior to the occasion, I will contact you to discuss what will be needed.

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During the school year, I frequently move the students' desks so they get an opportunity to sit by other classmates.

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Please have your child learn their lunch number as soon as possible. Refer to the attached sheet.

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If you have Woman's Day or Family Circle magazines that you are not using, we would love to put them to good use in our classroom!

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A signed permission slip is required for any medication your child needs. This includes a cough drop.

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The afternoon becomes long for first graders and a healthy snack is a great energizer. You may send a nutritious snack each day with your child to school that he/she may eat during our afternoon break. Send along a napkin or spoon if needed. Please do not send candy or fruit drinks.

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Mark your child's belongings with his/her name including pencils and crayons. Please have the pencils sharpened.

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As it is time for your child to be our Student of the Week, it is the responsibility of the student to fill up our bulletin board with information about him/her. Further information will be sent home with the child as his/her special week approaches. This is also the time for the student to bring items from home to show and share with the class.

Please feel free to call or email me at any time with your concerns or questions. I encourage close parent-student-teacher communication. My home phone number is 390-0018 and my email address is I am looking forward to a wonderful school year!

Happy school days!
Mrs. Walker

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