Welcome to first grade at Dougherty Elementary School! I am looking forward to an amazing school year together.
As we begin this year, I would like to inform you of the policies and procedures that are important in making the year run smoothly and successfully.
Dougherty follows four school-wide rules.
1) We will follow directions with a positive attitude!
2) We will listen when others are speaking!
3) We will keep our hands, feet, and objects to ourselves! (Personal Space)
4) We will use good manners and appropriate language!
These rules are enforced in all areas of the campus and are consistent in each classroom from Kindergarten through 5th grade. The expectation is for all children know and to follow the rules. A sheet will be sent home daily to inform you of how your child's day was. We use a color coded system (a note will be sent home on the first day of school to explain in further detail).
Progress Reports/Report Cards
Progress reports are sent out three times throughout the year. Progress reports will have an area for you to sign and return. This will assure that you have seen them and are aware of your child’s progress.
Parents and teachers make up a team who must work together for the good of the children. Please feel free to contact me at any time with comments, concerns, and questions that you may have throughout the school year. Formal conferences will be held in November. At this time parents will have a chance to meet with me individually to discuss their child.
Most home/school communication will be done through the class website and through the students' homework folders, so please check both regularly. A monthly bulletin will also be sent home to let you know of our academic focus each month.
Parents are always welcome to volunteer in the classroom, but please know that you must have an approved clearance form on file in the office. If you would like to volunteer (or go on a field trip) please obtain a volunteer form in the office and fill it out and return it to me as soon as possible. Your form must be cleared prior to volunteering.
Another great way to volunteer is to join the Dougherty PFC (parent, faculty community). There are many activities throughout the year that require your help.
Field trips are fun and educational. Most of our trips will be on school buses. Dublin Unified has field trip policies and procedures that must be followed to ensure the safety of everyone.
Please keep in mind that due to limited seats on the bus and restrictions placed upon us by the destinations, each trip is only allowed a limited number of parent chaperones. In order to make it fair, and to give each child’s family a chance to attend a field trip, all chaperone spots will be filled using a lottery system.
Please try to send "healthy" snacks such as fruits, vegetables, crackers & cheese, sandwiches, yogurt, bagels, rice cakes, etc. for our 10:15 recess. A reminder that our classroom is a NUT FREE classroom.
Please either send a lunch with your child or have lunch money in their school account. It is imperative that they eat lunch, so that they will be able to focus for the rest of the school day.
Birthdays are special! If you want to bring or send goodie bags for your child’s birthday, please let me know in advance. Treats are not allowed to be eaten in class. Instead, your child can bring a book to share with the class or small toy.
If your child has a summer birthday, you may want to consider celebrating their "half birthday" or celebrating in June. Please just let me know in advance.
*Students may NOT bring party invitations to pass out in class unless they are inviting the whole class.
I’m looking forward to a great year with you and your child. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.