• The ABC’s of First Grade

    A    ARRIVAL time for Hanby is between 8:35.  If your child is not in the classroom ready to work by 8:50, he/she is considered late. 

    If your child is absent, you may contact the school nurse.  A note stating the reason for the absence must be brought to school when the child returns.

    ART with Mr. Downing is always a fun part of our week!


    B    BEHAVIOR is an important part of being a Hanby Busy Bee! We help manage our behavior using our school-wide Positive Behavior System. Every classroom uses the same language, “Are you being Green?” Green is the desired behavior throughout the school. Sometimes we need reminders and may have to spend some time-out in “Yellow.” We always have the opportunity to earn ourselves back to Green! If we have a really bad day and end up needing constant reminders even after being “Yellow” or if we are hurting and harming, then we must spend time in “Red.” This results in the loss of privileges.

    BIRTHDAYS are so much fun!!  If your child would like to bring in a treat to share with classmates, that would be fine.  Please keep in mind that most of the first grade classes have 23 students. Always check with your child’s teacher to make sure there are no peanut or other food allergies.  Also, if your child has a summer birthday, you might consider celebrating the “half-birthday” which would be the 6 months before the actual day. Otherwise, your teacher may celebrate it at the end of the year! Always consult with your child’s teacher a few days prior to your child’s birthday so they can plan accordingly.

    BOOK ORDER FORMS will be sent home about once per month.  If you would like to purchase books, please do so.  Checks for payment should be made out to Scholastic Book Clubs.


    C –   CHECK your child’s backpack daily!!!!  There are often important notices from the office or the classroom that need attention.  Your child’s work will be sent home daily and you will want to see how he/she is doing and praise the good efforts and perhaps review efforts that need a little attention.

    CONFERENCES are scheduled for several times throughout the year. They will be in November, February, and April. Please watch the backpacks for information. 

    COMPUTER LAB is once a week for 40 minutes with Mrs. Buchanan. We play games that match what we are doing in the classroom. We might feel like we are playing, but we are constantly learning! It’s definitely one of our favorite places!

    CONTACTING us is easy.  You may either call the school (479-2220) and leave a message or you may e-mail us at Brooke.Hughs@bsd.k12.de.us (104), Mary.procacci@bsd.k12.de.us (110), Leandra.lewis@bsd.k12.de.us (106), Dana.galczyk@bsd.k12.de.us (112), Meggan.McNulty@bsd.k12.de.us (105), and Jeffrey.northey@bsd.k12.de.us.    Please be patient.  We usually check e-mail two or three times a day and messages in the office once a day.  We will do our best to get back to you within 24 hours.  If you are calling for something urgent, please call the school office.


    D -     DISMISSAL is at 3:25 PM each day.  If your child is leaving early, please send in a note and go to the office to sign your child out.  The office will notify your child’s teacher.


    E -     EMERGENCY CARDS are housed in the office.  If something changes in your contact information, please contact them as soon as possible.


    F    FIELD TRIPS will be taken throughout the year.  Information and permission slips will be sent home prior to the trip.  Because of school district policy, a permission slip must be in hand for your child to attend.


    G    The GOLDEN SPOON is a coveted award given to a class who is quietest during clean up at lunch.  You would not            believe the “magic” it can inspire.

    GYM class is our once a week favorite with Mrs. DeCarlo! Sneakers are required on your gym day.


    H    HOMEWORK is “checked”, not graded.  The purpose of homework is to reinforce skills taught in school and to develop responsibility.  In addition to regular homework, it is very important to read to your child every night.  Homework assignment sheets will come home with your child every Monday.  On the homework sheet will be the assignments for that week along with parent reminders.  The completed assignments are due back to school by the following Monday.


    I    INDEPENDENCE is a goal for students this year.  Please encourage your child to try things on his/her own.  Please work on tying shoes, zipping jackets, etc. at home.  


    J    JACKETS, sweaters, and coats are a must on cooler/cold days.  During the cold weather months, we do go outside for recess. Please watch the weather and dress your child appropriately.


    K –     KEEP updated by reading the notes at the top of each homework packet, checking the backpacks, and reading the monthly Busy Bee Bulletin.


    L –     LIBRARY is once a week with Mrs. Gordon.  Books should be returned each week.  This is another area where you can encourage independence by allowing your child to take responsibility for remembering it. 

    LUNCH is from 12:30 – 1:00.  The Brandywine School District offers a special program which is ideal for first graders.  Lunches cost $1.50; however, you may prepay.  If you do it’s hassle-free for your child and if you pay for 10 meals, you get the 11th lunch for FREE!  Checks may be made payable to BSD Food Service.


    M -   MATH is a hands-on program by Scott Foresman called TERC. We learn tons of games to teach us about addition, subtraction, critical thinking and cooperative learning, among many other skills and concepts. Look for many of these games in the weekly homework packets. You can help at home by practicing skills like, number recognition, counting, sequencing and solving story problems, with pictures, numbers and words.

    MONEY for field trips, book orders, or any other special collection should be sent in an envelope with your child’s name and room number on the outside.

    MUSIC will be once a week with Mrs. Brooks. We learn to sing special songs, read music notes and play instruments in her class!

    N -     “NO SCHOOL DAY’S” will be listed on the homework packets and also in the Busy Bee Bulletins.  Please read all bulletins and any Friday newsletters sent home with your child.


    O -     You may reach the school OFFICE by calling 479-2220.


    P -      PICKING up your child early for appointments is not a problem.  Just sign him/her out in the office and Ms. Masterson will call to let us know you have arrived.

    Please join our PTA.  They do so much to benefit the children of Hanby Elementary School.


    Q    QUESTIONS???  Please contact someone!!  Call, e-mail, or send a note!!


    R -     READING is such a complex process in First Grade. There is so much to learn as we become readers and thinkers. We use the Harcourt Trophies Reading Program as our Community reading program. We work everyday in small groups to work on strategies for reading and understanding with “just-right” books. Centers are so much fun during this time! We work on our own practicing many of our subjects, including art. Those of us who need enrichment will eventually be introduced to Accelerated Reader. If you need more support, Mrs. Stephenson is our Reading Interventionist who works wonders! The Break Through to Literacy Computer program also helps us get the support we need.

    RECESS is always outside (weather permitting) and it is from 1:00 – 1:30.  Dress your child appropriately for the weather.

    REPORT CARDS are sent home three times each year.  Those times are November, February, and June. Please sign and return the envelope only.

    RULES are the same for both our classroom and the school.  They are:  Be Safe; Be Responsible; Be Respectful.


    S    SCHOOL CLOSINGS for emergencies such as snow days, power outages, etc. will be relayed to you via the Alert Now system IF the office has your current phone information.  The system automatically calls you to let you know of changes.  Closings can also be heard on local radio stations, television stations, and are available on the school and radio station websites.  Please do not call the school!

    SCIENCE in First Grade is taught by using the Smithsonian Science kits. It is very hands-on throughout the year. In the Fall, we study “Weather.” In Winter we work with “Solids and Liquids” and in the Spring we explore “Organisms.”


    T -     If TRANSPORTATION changes need to be made (your child is going to be a “walker” instead of taking the bus; someone else will be picking them up), you MUST send a note letting the school know how they are getting home.  If there is no note or message to the office, I have no choice but to send your child home the regular way.


    U    ”U” are your child’s teacher as well as me.  Please practice games, phonics skills, independent items, etc. at home.  Make sure you read with your child each night.  ”U” will set a great example!


    V     VOLUNTEERS are always needed for things at school and at home. If you have time to come in to help in the classroom or the library, please let us know.  If you can do things at home such as trace patterns or cut things out, again, let us know.


    W   The school WEBSITE is a great resource.  We often put pictures on the site from class trips, special events, or just classroom work.  There are valuable links for you and your child.  Don’t forget to check it out this year.  It can be found at www.brandywineschools.org and scroll down for Hanby.

    You are always WELCOME to come in to read to the class, play games with small groups, or help out.

    WRITING is a huge developmental process in First Grade. Please be patient with me as I learn to stretch my sounds, remember my word wall and vocabulary words, add details and try to use capitals and periods to my writing pieces.


    X    If you come to the school after 8:50 you will need to enter and EXit through the main doors.  You will need to be “buzzed” in.


    Y    YOU are the parent and know your child much better than we do.  If something is troubling him/her, please let us know as soon as possible.


    Z    Make sure your child gets plenty of ZZZZZZZZZZ’s each night. 

    A good night’s sleep can make a difference in his/her day.  Set a reasonable bedtime and stick to it.

Last Modified on September 1, 2015