Fall Conference Times

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

TIme: 12:00-2:00 (teacher lunch) 2:45-6:00

I’m looking forward to meeting with you to discuss your child’s progress in first grade.  Please sign-in on the clipboard outside of room 104 on the day of conferences.  Parents are invited to visit homeroom and reading teachers. Facilities teachers will also be available in their classroom for conferences. Arrive early and visit our school spirit wear tables, book fair, and hall displays!


VOLUNTEERS WANTED

No experience necessary…just a little time to spare and share. 

  • HANDS-ON HELPERS:  Join us for special projects and have some fun in first grade.  CAC projects are sometimes messy, sometimes glittery, and always a good time.  If you like noise, paint, and glue…this job is for you!
  • TEACHER’S HELPER:  Do you like to work independently?  Good at organizing?  The first-grade teachers need helping hands to change bulletin board displays, create student materials, and assist with clerical tasks.
  • PARTY HELPERS:  Do you enjoy leading games and decorating for the holidays?  We need fun adults to celebrate with us!  Volunteers are needed to plan/host the Halloween Carnival, Winter Decorating, and Field Day.
  • FIELD TRIP CHAPERONES:  Our first-grade curriculum includes field experiences to extend our learning.  These trips will require several responsible adults to help lead the way and keep our class safe.  Volunteer request forms will be sent out about one month before the trip.  In the event that we have more volunteers than are needed, I will draw names from a hat.  I will make every effort to include all who are interested.

IMPORTANT:  ALL volunteers must complete the CPS online volunteer application.

Step 1: complete the online volunteer form   https://chicagopublicschools.civicore.com/admin/index.php?section=application&action=new

NOTE: You are requesting to be a level 2 volunteer. A fingerprint criminal background check is not required for Level II Volunteers.

  • volunteer service in their child’s school or classroom for less than 10 hours/week;
  • A parent accompanying his/her child’s class on a one-day field trip or another type of extracurricular activity that does not involve an overnight stay;

Step 2: Please stop by the school to present your ID to the volunteer coordinator as soon as possible.

Step 3: Once this step has been done the school will approve you as a volunteer candidate, you will receive a separate email with instructions regarding next steps.

Step 4: To access your account and review your status, please visit the Chicago Public Schools volunteer website: https://chicagopublicschools.civicore.com

THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELP!

 

Boo!

Get ready for some “spooktacular” fun in first grade! 

The Disney Halloween Carnival is coming! On Thursday, October 31st first graders will visit the CAC for fun games and dancing. More details coming home in backpack mail soon. Here are some highlights:

  • Costumes will be worn all day. Children should arrive at school in costume.
  • No weapons or masks with costumes.
  • Label all small pieces (ie: crowns, gloves, capes)
  • Treats may be sent to school for take-home goody bags. All treats must be individually wrapped or non-edible (We have 29 students in 104.)
  • Volunteers are welcome to help at the morning Halloween Carnival. Check in at the main office and with Ms. Caudill for directions. Parents are required to have completed the online CPS volunteer process.

As always, please give me a call or send an email with any questions or concerns.

Be Prepared! Be Safe!

Your child will be participating in three very important safety drills.  

SHELTER IN PLACE DRILL – CODE YELLOW DRILL

This drill will be used in cases of severe weather emergencies.  During this drill, students will evacuate their classrooms and go to a safe interior location.  Students are instructed how to best protect their body from possible falling debris.

LAW ENFORCEMENT DRILL – CODE RED DRILL

This drill is a “lockdown” drill and prepares students in the event of an intruder or unsafe situation within the school building.

BUS EVACUATION DRILL

This drill prepares students in the event that an emergency should arise during a bus ride to school or on a classroom field trip. A representative of the transportation company will instruct students how to safely use the emergency exits located on all school buses.

Your child’s well-being is my first priority.  If you have any further questions about these drills or any safety concerns regarding our school building please contact me by calling the school office or sending an email.

Supply List

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Click the following link to download and print: 2019-2020 Supply-List-Pod-100-Grade-1-

 Walt Disney Magnet School First Grade Supply List

  • Please write your child’s first and last name on the following items:      (These items may need to be replaced during the school year.)
  • 1- Red plastic two-pocket folder with 3 prongs
  • 1- Green plastic two-pocket folder with 3 prongs
  • 1-book bag
  • 1-iPad compatible child-size headphones (3.5mm connector) Note: Most first graders needed 2+ headphones during the school year. The children use headphones throughout the day and carry them to other classrooms for reading. The cords on most brands of children’s headphones did not hold up to this type of daily use. Earbuds are not recommended. Young children find them uncomfortable and their smaller size means that they are more easily lost in the pod. Recommended: These JLab brand models with covered cord and flexible ear cups were found to be the most durable brand last school year. 

    JLab JBuddies Studio Wired Headphone- Sold at Target $19.99

  • Please DO NOT write names on the following items:
  • 2- boxes of 24 count Crayola crayons
  • 5- Large glue sticks
  • 40- pencils (sharpened)
  • 1- pair of scissors (blunt tip)
  • 2- pink pearl erasers
  • 2- boxes of tissues
  • 1- ream of white computer/copy paper
  • 1- package of dry erase markers
  • If your last name starts with A-M
  • 1- bottle of hand sanitizer
  • 1- package of disinfecting multi-surface wipes (no bleach)
  • If your last name starts with N-Z
  • 1- quart size or box of Ziploc bags or gallon size box of Ziploc bags
  • 2 – rolls of paper towels

Welcome

Dear Disney Friend,

Welcome to first grade!  I am so excited for our new school year to begin.  Our first day of first grade will be Tuesday, September 3, 2019.  Join your new first grade friends in the CAC by 7:30 am.

All first graders will enter through the CAC and come to pod 100 together. Your teacher will lead you to your new classroom.  We are room 104.  After a little while, we will say goodbye to the grown-ups and begin our school day.  We will play games, read stories and do some fun projects.  I can’t wait to hear all about what you did this summer!

Don’t forget to plan a yummy lunch for the first day of school!  We will be eating in the cafeteria before recess.  You can bring your favorite foods from home or our cafeteria helpers serve delicious hot lunches too.  All school lunches are free. Don’t worry if this is new for you,  I’ll be in the lunchroom to help you and the cafeteria helpers are really nice people too.

Our classroom is a very special place to learn and grow.  I know we will have great fun playing games and reading stories together.  This year we will laugh a lot, explore, learn new things, sometimes get messy, and be very good friends.  See you soon!

-Mrs. Brannigan