Monday, July 17, 2017

Welcome to First Grade!



I am so excited for our upcoming school year and I can't wait to meet all of you! In the meantime, please choose the "About Me" tab to learn a little about who I am and my background as a teacher.


*Also, please mark the dates below on your calendar.*

Monday, July 17th-July 31st - Online Check In
Online Express Check In will open at 12:01 AM on Monday, July 17
Click here to login.  You will use Online Express Check In to update your contact information, pay school fees and sign up for volunteer opportunities.  Please note that some of the forms need to be printed and turned in to your teacher during Meet Your Teacher Day on Monday, August 7, or the first day of school. All students must register via Online Express Check In by July 31st.  For assistance please contact our GRE Registrar:
            Anita Rudman: anita.rudman@dcsdk12.org or 303-387-7707

Monday, August 7thth - Meet Your Teacher
We believe that it is essential for students to have the opportunity to meet their teacher and visit their classroom prior to the first day of school.  Families are welcome to visit their classroom on Monday, August 7, and drop off school supplies.  We want to ensure that families are able to spend time with the teacher in a small group setting so we ask that you sign up for one of the times shown below by clicking here for our online scheduler.  The online scheduler will be available July 17th through July 31st and the password is digger.  Each time slot is reserved for a maximum of six students.  The sign up is first come first serve, so please sign up as soon as possible if you have a preferred time or wish to align siblings’ times.  If you ordered an Edukit, it will be delivered to your child’s classroom.  Click here for a map of teachers’ classrooms.
Sign Up For One of The Following Times on Monday, August 7th
9:30-9:55
10:00-10:25
10:30-10:55
11:00-11:25
11:30-11:55

Thursday, August 10th -  First Full Day of School
The first full day of school for students in grades K-5 is Thursday, August 10th. I know it may seem silly to start school on a Thursday, but I love it, especially for first graders! There is so much to go over about how our classroom works and everything that is new to first graders, like eating lunch in the classroom! It is nice to have two days to get settled! And, our days are long for the kids in the beginning, so starting with two days, then having the weekend, is perfect for them!
**Students will meet me on the front blacktop for an opening flag ceremony. There will be signs with each teacher's name. Find "Mrs. Martino" and line up behind our sign.

School will be in session from 8:30AM-3:30PM next year.    
Click here for the 2017 2018 Conventional Calendar
Click here for information regarding the Rolling Start to the School Day

Click here for general drop off and pick up procedures.

"ROLLING START" STARTING ON THE SECOND DAY OF SCHOOL, AUGUST 11!
On the second day of school students will enter the building through the front door on their own between 8:20 and 8:30 and walk directly to our classroom.

Wednesday, August 16th – Parent Back to School Night
I will provide parents with an overview of the school year on August 16th during the following two Back to School Night sessions: 6:05-6:35PM & 6:40-7:10 PM.  Jenny Brown, our principal,  will share school celebrations and upcoming goals for the year in the gym from 5:45-6:00 PM.  We hope you will join us for these informative sessions!
Thursday, August 17th or Friday, August 18th – 1 Hour of Assessments

In an attempt to gain more targeted information regarding your child’s academic strengths and needs, each child will come to school for one hour only on either August 17th or August 18th to complete reading and math assessments. Having students complete assessments with their teacher at the end of the second week of school allows students to adjust to classroom practices and procedures.  The assessments administered will allow educators to alter their instruction to meet your child’s individual needs and learning style.
Click here for the online conference scheduler between July 17th – July 31st to select your assessment day and time.  The password is digger. Because we value the information we obtain on these days, it is mandatory that all children complete their assessments on either August 17th or August 18th.  Please bring your child to the front vestibule and teachers will escort him/her to his/her testing location.  Students will conclude their assessment day in the gym where your child take his/her school picture.  Our Before and After School Enrichment program (B.A.S.E.) will be available on both August 17th and 18th. Please contact B.A.S.E. as soon as possible as spaces are limited.