Christine Chamberlain

Christine Chamberlain

Grade:
First Grade and First Grade Religion

Email:
cchamber@sfdscs.org

Christine Chamberlain

Welcome Message

WELCOME

 FIRST GRADE PARENTS

Welcome to First Grade!  Get ready for an exciting, fun-filled year where, together, we will watch your child flourish into a strong and independent reader and mathematician! To help maintain your child’s current reading level, read to your child or listen to your child read this summer 3-5 days a week for at least 15 minutes!  The idea is not to teach your child how to read but to help your child become a book lover!  Read favorites over and over until your child is able to read them to you.  Help your child select books from the attached reading list that are of high interest.  The books should be available at the Wicomico County Library…plan weekly visits! Please feel free to substitute books on the list with books you and your child find fun and exciting.

Please keep a list of the books you read together on the attached Reading Log.  You and your child should share at least 20 books.  Plans are currently underway for our Reading and Math Carnival that will take place in September and the completed Reading Log is your child’s golden ticket to the Carnival!

In addition to summer reading, we are asking you to assist your child in completing a Math Packet.  Attached to this file, you will find worksheets containing concepts your child learned in Kindergarten.  In order to give your child a GIANT head start in 1st grade, begin working on the worksheets in August. Return both the Math Packet and the Reading Log the first day of school and your child will receive a ticket to the carnival!

It is my sincere hope that your child experiences nothing but success during their entire First Grade experience!  You can help ensure their success by reading to/with them regularly!  I have one summer read for all parents called The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease.  This book is a MUST for all parents!  It includes age-appropriate book lists along with guidelines for helping your young child become a lover of books! Borrow it from the library or purchase it and then pass it on to a friend!

Finally, look for an email in August inviting you to stop by the classroom for an Open House!  At this time you can drop-off school supplies and summer work before the first day of school!   Have a safe and happy summer and remember to READ, READ, READ!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Chamberlain

P.S. Suggested Reading List, Reading Log and Math Packet can all be found and printed from our school’s website!!

P.S. Also enclosed is a list of the first 100 and 200 Fry Sight Words that we will begin memorizing starting the first day of school! If you would like to give your child a GIANT head-start before school even begins, copy the words onto index cards and have your child review 5-10 every day until he/she has them memorized!  Remembering to do this can be difficult, so try taping 10 words to your refrigerator and ask your child to read the words every time he or she opens the refrigerator door!

Teachers bio

Christine Chamberlain is the first grade teacher and teaches religion to the first grade students. She has 19 years of experience teaching at SFdS and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Salisbury State University. She has earned a Master’s equivalence in Elementary Education and regularly completes summer courses in order to keep her Maryland State Teaching Certificate up to date.

She likes to use a wide variety of teaching methods in order to increase her students’ engagement in each lesson. She believes that an active classroom is a happy classroom and skillfully blends activity-based teaching methods throughout the day. Instilling a love of learning is a priority in her classroom.

In addition to implementing well-balanced teaching methodologies, daily assessing of her students’ progress is also key to assuring student success. She uses a blend of both formal and informal assessments throughout the day and then plans differentiated instruction based on results. She ensures students receive extra academic support when needed or enrichment for advanced students when needed. Mrs. Chamberlain is assisted by a Title 1 teacher, Resource teacher and an Educational Assistant.

Welcome Message

WELCOME

 FIRST GRADE PARENTS

Welcome to First Grade!  Get ready for an exciting, fun-filled year where, together, we will watch your child flourish into a strong and independent reader and mathematician! To help maintain your child’s current reading level, read to your child or listen to your child read this summer 3-5 days a week for at least 15 minutes!  The idea is not to teach your child how to read but to help your child become a book lover!  Read favorites over and over until your child is able to read them to you.  Help your child select books from the attached reading list that are of high interest.  The books should be available at the Wicomico County Library…plan weekly visits! Please feel free to substitute books on the list with books you and your child find fun and exciting.

Please keep a list of the books you read together on the attached Reading Log.  You and your child should share at least 20 books.  Plans are currently underway for our Reading and Math Carnival that will take place in September and the completed Reading Log is your child’s golden ticket to the Carnival!

In addition to summer reading, we are asking you to assist your child in completing a Math Packet.  Attached to this file, you will find worksheets containing concepts your child learned in Kindergarten.  In order to give your child a GIANT head start in 1st grade, begin working on the worksheets in August. Return both the Math Packet and the Reading Log the first day of school and your child will receive a ticket to the carnival!

It is my sincere hope that your child experiences nothing but success during their entire First Grade experience!  You can help ensure their success by reading to/with them regularly!  I have one summer read for all parents called The Read-Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease.  This book is a MUST for all parents!  It includes age-appropriate book lists along with guidelines for helping your young child become a lover of books! Borrow it from the library or purchase it and then pass it on to a friend!

Finally, look for an email in August inviting you to stop by the classroom for an Open House!  At this time you can drop-off school supplies and summer work before the first day of school!   Have a safe and happy summer and remember to READ, READ, READ!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Chamberlain

P.S. Suggested Reading List, Reading Log and Math Packet can all be found and printed from our school’s website!!

P.S. Also enclosed is a list of the first 100 and 200 Fry Sight Words that we will begin memorizing starting the first day of school! If you would like to give your child a GIANT head-start before school even begins, copy the words onto index cards and have your child review 5-10 every day until he/she has them memorized!  Remembering to do this can be difficult, so try taping 10 words to your refrigerator and ask your child to read the words every time he or she opens the refrigerator door!

Announcements

First Grade Homework and News

Feb. 11 – Feb. 15

STAR STUDENT OF THE WEEK…MADELYN!!

Service Project- Our school-wide service project, Milk Money for Tanzania, ends this Friday.   Please help our class support this important project by sending a monetary donation! Thanks so Much!!

On Tuesday, we’ll celebrate being 100 DAYS SMARTER!! Congratulate your child on a job well done!!

Thanks in advance to our chaperones, Mrs. Shaju, Mrs. MacMillan, Mrs. Cordrey and Mrs. Palenchar for walking to Salisbury University with us on Wednesday…we’ll see you at noon!   Dress your child for the weather…our young ladies may wear (or bring) their gym uniform sweatpants under their jumpers for added warmth if you think it’s needed! All students may wear their tennis shoes to school…if you think they’re more comfortable for walking! Let me know if you have any questions!

Bring Valentine cards for your classmates on Thursday! Happy Valentine’s Day!!

Spelling words: play stay may spray grain sail pain mail paint

Monday- Read independently for 15 mins.

Fluency- Read your story to an adult. Use proper expression in your voice!

Spelling- Write all 9 spelling words 2 times!

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Tuesday- Read independently for 15 mins.

Comprehension- Read Where Does Food Comes From? to an adult. Discuss your favorite foods and where they come from!

Spelling- Pick 3 spelling words and use each in a different sentence!

Math

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Wednesday- Read independently for 15 mins.

Fluency- Read your story to an adult

Math- Go over the Chapter 7 Review completed in class today. Final assessment tomorrow!

Spelling- Copy/Cover/Spell and spell your words aloud to an adult! Check-up tomorrow!

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Thursday- HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!! No homework!

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Friday- Have a wonderful weekend…see you Tuesday!!

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Supply List

FIRST GRADE SUPPLY LIST

 

 

Below you will find a list of supplies needed for the first day of First Grade. Feel free to bring the items to our Open House in August!

 

1-4×6 snapshot of your family from a SUMMER trip or event that we may keep and hang on our Back-to-School bulletin board!

6 pk. sharpened wooden pencils (please don’t write names on them!)

2 soft pink erasers

1-24 pk. Crayola Crayons (plus 1 box for home)

1 pair blunt-end scissors

1-8 oz. Elmer’s White Liquid School Glue

6 glue sticks (please don’t write names on them!)

1 highlighter, any color (one will last all year)

1 backpack (not on wheels)

1 box facial tissue

Last Name A-H (2) rolls of paper towels

Last Name I-P (1) box of Sandwich Size baggies and (1) box of Gallon Size Ziplock storage bags

Last Name Q-Z (2) Clorox Disinfecting Wipes

 

PURCHASE FROM YOUR TEACHER:

Heavy Duty vinyl Pencil Case (reuse the one from kindergarten if in good shape)

2-pocket Heavy Duty Poly Folder with Brads

Writing/Reading Journals: 2 each Blue No. 8037

Spelling Journals:             2 each of Green No. 4037

 

 

PURCHASE AND KEEP AT HOME:

2 rolls of Clear Contac Paper (workbooks will need to be covered)

1 box of crayons for homework

 

Thanks So Much,

Mrs. C Chamberlain

 

 

 

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