First Grade

Welcome to 1st Grade

Our Teachers                       

first grade

Mrs. Byrd

Mrs. Gale

Ms. Sykes

We enjoy first grade because the children strive to become independent workers and the doors open up to a world in which they can read, compute math problems and exercise problem solving skills. We would like your child to feel they are in a classroom environment that is positive and relaxed. Children need to know they are important and that we are there to help them in every way we can.  

Communication is one of the key factors to a successful year. Please feel free to contact us at any time you have any questions or concerns. There are many ways to reach us... but the best way is through e-mail or text

If it is an urgent message (your child is to go on the bus instead of ride in the carpool), be sure to let the office know. They need to send a message directly to the classroom. We will send important information home in your child's Thursday Folder and Monday in Homework Binders. These binders are meant to be a reliable means for sending information back and forth between home and school. Students need to be responsible for returning them to school on Friday. Help your child set up a routine for this. Please send all forms back in their Homework Binder. When sending money, please place it in an envelope/baggie with the child's name and clearly label what it is for on the outside.  

Please send your child with their backpack daily.

The first graders will have homework Monday - Thursday. Students should turn in their homework on Friday so we can look it over and see that they have completed it. Help your child develop the responsibility of competing their homework each night and placing it in their binder inside their backpack Thursday night before they go to bed. If at any time homework becomes a struggle for your child, please let us know ASAP so we can make appropriate changes.  

Learning Commons
Students will be able to visit the learning commons on a regular basis and will be allowed to check out books to read at home for pleasure. Your child's library books need to be returned each week. Students will be able to check out two books at a time. Help students learn the responsibility of taking care of borrowed books. Books students are returning should be put into the library crate in the classroom. Mrs. Kim handles the book checkout, overdue books, and any charges for lost books.  

Students may bring two health snacks to school each day. This is a great way to help them stay energized through a long school day. Please place your child's snacks in their backpack, not their lunchbox. This makes for an easier and smoother transition to snack time. Please make good choices about what is brought to school for snack. Water bottles should also be brought to school every day. Make sure your child's water bottle is labeled with their name and is spill-proof.

Parent Volunteers
Volunteers are welcomed and greatly appreciated. Volunteers will be used for math groups, reading time, field trips, classroom parties, and celebrations. Volunteers will not start during at least the first six weeks to allow us time to concentrate on rules and routines for the kids and allow us to get to know your children academically. 

Please see the BRE Handbook for policies regarding birthdays within the classroom. We want to celebrate each child's special day while adhering to our school policy.

Book Orders
Your child will be bringing home a form to order books about once a month. If you wish to order, simply go to and enter the teacher code listed below. These orders are provided as a convenient way for you to buy quality books for your children at a low price. As an added bonus, for every dollar spent on books, your child's teacher earns bonus points which are used to purchase books fro the classroom library. Of course, you are never under any obligation to order. If you choose to order, your class codes are:  Byrd: GYBBN, Gale: ?, Sykes: WWVLV. 

How To Help At Home
Parents often ask how they can help their child at home. This is a great place to start:
--Set up routines
--Give your child responsibilities at home
--Ask a specific question about their day
--Ask them to share and explain the things they bring home
--Be actively involved in what your child is doing at home and at school
--Take time to play
--Let them know you really care and are proud of their accomplishments
--Focus on their success
--Most importantly....READ, READ, READ, READ, and READ some more with your child.