Welcome to First Grade! My name is Jennifer Burkman, and I will be your child’s first grade teacher this year. This year is going to be a little different due to COVID-19, but it is still going to be amazing, exciting, memorable and fun for all of us here in Room 113. Students are going to make new friends, discover new and exciting things, learn how to become independent readers and thinkers, and have so many new adventures and experiences. Whether you are a returning Wildcat or are just starting as a new Wildcat, from all of us here at Janesville School, “WELCOME TO OUR AMAZING SCHOOL AND FANTASTIC CLASSROOM COMMUNITY!”
Your child brought home a flyer today (8/31/20), with information about how to connect with me through the Remind App along with this letter. Please sign up on this app as soon as you can. This is how I communicate announcements and reminders to parents as a group, as well as send individual messages to discuss more personal matters.
Saying that this school year is starting off very differently than previous years is putting it very mildly. I am sure you have many questions and concerns. Feel free to send me a message on Remind, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call me at school with any questions, comments or concerns that you may have.
School starts at 8:15 a.m., first recess is from 9:25 to 9:40 a.m., lunch is from 11:20 to 12:00 p.m., and class is dismissed at 2:20 p.m. On early release days students will be excused at 12:40 p.m. Attendance is very important. Our school day is packed full of learning and new experiences. When your child is absent they miss a lot. Please make appointments for after school or as late in the day as possible. If you have to make an appointment during school hours and your child can attend at least part of the day please bring them in for the time that they can be here. Of course if your child is sick with a fever or is contagious please keep them at home.
Starting next week, (Tuesday 9/8), students will be taking home a weekly homework packet. Homework packets go home on the first day of the week (typically Mondays) and are due on Fridays, no homework on the weekends.
I am looking forward to working with you and your child this year. It is going to be an incredible year full of new and exciting things! Thank you for trusting me with your child’s education, I will work hard and make you proud.
P.s. If you could kindly take a moment to look through our class's GoFundMe Campaign to help us with the acquiring of a portable AC Unit that will help keep our classroom cool this year, it would be greatly appreciated. The link for more information and to donate through GoFundMe is right below. You may also donate to the school directly. Please see Mrs. Kendra in the front office or me for more information about direct donations. Thank you so much for all that you do for our amazing community. The students and I are incredibly grateful for your generosity. Thanks again, and take care. :)
If you every have any questions, comments or concerns that you wish to share with me you may contact me in various ways to set up an appointment. You can reach me during school hours through the Remind App, Email, or by phone.