Welcome to Mrs. Hyland's First Grade Web-page!          Updated 08/15/17
This is not my main website when school begins.  

I am very excited to be sharing this year with you and your child.  I know we will have a wonderful year together.  



Recent Announcements



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General Announcements

Please sign onto our Honeywell alert system for school information. This is a wonderful service that gives you all school information even if your child does not bring the papers home. Please register for this service from our main school page.

The Spotswood Board of Education has instituted a policy requiring all parents that wish to volunteer in a classroom or intend to help out in a classroom or special event to be board approved. If you or a family member have any intention whatsoever to ever come into our classroom for any event this year, I would strongly advise you to fill out the Board Approval Form so I can submit it and have you/them board approved.  Again, even if you are not sure you can make any of our special events but think you might consider coming into class to help out you must be approved.  You do not have to be board approved for our spring concert, Grandparents Day, Field Day or our Moving -Up Ceremony. I strongly recommend all parents fill out this form whether or not you think you will be in since you never know.
Thanks for your help. 


I will notify you when homework will begin.   
The children will have homework on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Please make sure they hand it in the following day. Later on in the year, your child will also begin to bring home a red folder with a copy of  an appropriate leveled reading book in it once per week usually on a Wednesday.  When you see this folder come home with your child, please have them read the book in it to you and then add it to their Reading Log.   
Please return the book and the folder the following day.  Please complete the report form that is sent home with the book too.   

School begins at 8:35.  Please try to get your child to class on time. 
Scholastic books -  order forms will go home with your child shortly. If you are interested in ordering good books at an affordable price Scholastic is a good place to get your books from. In addition to getting a good price on books, the children are all very excited when they receive their new books in class. While cash is accepted with book purchases, I prefer a check made out to Scholastic.   If you would like to order books on-line, my code is L k 8 4 W.

Please pack your child a small healthy snack daily. Your child may purchase snack and lunch milk.   You  may pay daily or by the week or month for lunch or snack milk.  

Please remember that we will not have our daily snack on days when we have a delayed opening.  On days when we have a delay, please give your child a healthy breakfast before he/she comes to school.

Lunch menus - If you plan on having your child buy school lunch, please view and print the school lunch menu off the district web-site.  If you do not have access to a computer please let me know and I will send one home.



Please have your child read a minimum of 20 minutes every night including weekends.  Your child should be able to give you a detailed retelling about the books he/she is reading including characters, setting and the problem in the story. It is exceptionally important for you to read each night with your child so they can practice the reading skills learned in class.  Your child’s reading success depends on how frequently he/she reads with you at home. New readers may use their fingers to help them track words and not lose their place.  If your child is advanced enough to read without their finger please let them do so.  It would also be helpful to your child if you used the same reading strategies and terms that we use in class while reading with your child. 

If your child comes across a word they don’t know while reading, please try the following strategies:

1. Ask your child what they think the word should be. What would make sense in this story? What would you say if you were the character?

2. When your child gives you a word, ask them if that word sounds right. If the sentence is: This does not make sense. and your child reads This do not make sense. they should realize that the word they chose does not sound right in the sentence and try a new word

3. If your child still can’t figure out the word, ask them to re-read the sentence replacing the unknown word with the sound and continue reading the sentence. Frequently when your child does this, they will say, “Oh, I think it’s ______.”

4. If your child still does not know the word, just smile at them and tell them the word. After you tell them the word ask them to re-read the sentence to reinforce the word you just told them.  

Reminder, Your child will be bringing home a red folder with a story in it picked especially for him/her.  Please have your child read this story to you when the red folder comes home, write the story they read on the reading log inside the red folder and return both the book and the folder the next dayThe more your child reads, the better reader he/she will become.  Reading is the perfect example of practice makes perfect! 



Your child will be writing every day in class. It would be extremely helpful if you discussed a topic or idea each morning before school with your child to help them think of something to write about. The children will begin writing with their “ear-spelling” and then should slowly progress to more conventional spelling as the year progresses. We will begin the year with journal writing and then progress to various stories.  Please help your child think of some ideas that they can write about in class. For example, they might want to write about: a favorite vacation or place, something that was funny, an adventure they went on, a day out with you or a grandparent. The students may initially write about anything they would like. We will focus on having them write a story with a beginning, middle and ending.

In September, your child will be asked to send in a "Me Bag". This will be explained at Back to School Night, a "Me Bag" has small momentos or pictures of trips or things your child has done that they can write about in class.  PLEASE DO NOT SEND IN TOYS. 

In Unit 1
your child will be reviewing patterns, shapes and the numbers 1-10.    We will be focusing heavily on breaking numbers apart to show that whatever your total number is, you can break that number apart in various ways and will still end up with the same total (ex: if you have 8 circles, OOOOOOOO you can break them apart like O/OOOOOOO 1+7=8; OO/OOOOOO 2+6=8; OOO/OOOO 3+5=8; OOOO/OOOO 4+4=8; OOOOO/000 5+3=8 etc.). Your child will refer to this as break-aparts.  


 Science - Air & Weather -Your child will be learning about clouds, air and how it moves things and takes up space.  Your child will be doing many hands on activities to help them understand the concepts learned. 


I look forward to working with you and your child this year.