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Have a lovely day!

Kelly Fullerton


Welcome to First Grade!

     I am very much looking forward to working with and getting to know you and your child this year. First grade is an important year and I will work hard to make it a pleasant and successful experience for your child.

To keep hydrated, the children are permitted to bring a water bottle with a sipper type top. Screw tops are often difficult to open independently and easily spill. It is helpful to have a water bottle cover to prevent condensation from leaking on their desk. An old sock works well – you can even have your child decorate it!! As for snacks your children may bring ONLY FRESH FRUIT OR VEGETABLES.  Please no dips or additional foods as we have many children with allergies. J  I allow your child to have their snack at 9:15.  If they choose not to have it then, they may eat it anytime throughout the day. 

Each day your child is responsible for recording their behaviors while at school. I think this is a good way to foster responsibility and to establish good work habits. Be sure to praise your child for working their best, as the first few weeks of first grade can be tough for some children. I do not need their behavior sheets returned; it’s just a way to communicate with you about your child’s behavior each day.  Look for your child’s, “How I Did Today,” sheet in their Take Home Folder starting today.

The Jefferson School Handbook is currently on the Jefferson website. Each family will need to review the school policies, print and sign the last page I will collect these and then send them to the office. It would be great to have these ASAP J Thanks!

If you need to contact me, my e-mail is . I am excited about the new year.

Thank you,

Kelly Fullerton

Fullerton, Kelly First Grade Teacher

General Reading Tips


Please keep reading with your child!

During read alouds it is imperative to, “Provide opportunities for children to respond orally to books read aloud.  Their oral responses prepare them for their written responses they’ll later be asked to make on their own” (Taberski, 2000).

Before reading:

->Take and picture walk through the story and ask your child what they think will happen throughout the story (predicting).

During Reading:

->Read and discuss stories together. Have your child: identify the main characters, where the story takes place (setting), and figure out the problem and solution to problem.

After Reading:

Ask them questions such as: What did you like about the story?  How would you change the story if you were the author?  Do you think the problem was solved in a clever way? 

When your child comes to a word they don’t know, encourage them to use a “Tricky Word Strategy” instead of telling them the word.

Tricky Word Strategies:

  • Look at the picture.  Think about the story (what word would make sense that matches the letters and sounds of the word printed).
  • Go back and reread from the beginning of the sentence.
  • Get your mouth ready, point and slide under the word while sounding out the word.
  • Skip the word and read through the end of the sentence and go back (what word would make sense that matches the letters and sounds of the word printed).
  • Try a word.

       -> Does it make sense?

       ->Does it sound like language?

       ->Do the letters match?







Late Start Information

Late start schedule: 





Special Schedule

Monday: P.E



Tuesday: Art



Wednesday: Music



Thursday: Library



Friday: P.E & Music





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High Frequency Word Practice/Word Work



Letter Identification


Letter Sounds

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Science and Social Studies Information