Ms. Kaus' First Grade Class - Our Home Away From Home!

  • Lori Kaus
    Winchester Elementary School

    Welcome to First Grade!

    Hello Winchester Family.  I would like to take a moment to introduce myself as your child’s first grade teacher. Over the summer, I have been busy planning a year filled with learning adventures that I hope will linger in your first grader's mind for years to come! 

    Welcome to our Home Away from Home!
    It is very important to me that your child feels safe and welcome in our classroom.


    Behavior Expectations

    I have high expectations for the student sin our classroom because I want them to achieve at their fullest potential.  We will establish classroom rules together at the start of th year.  In this way, all students will have a voice in how they should treat each other at school, during recess, and on the bus to ensure that we are all successful.
    At Winchester, we follow the 7 Habits.  If there is a consistent problem, I will be in contact with you. 


     Each child is provided a lunch debit card.  Instead of sending money in with your child each day for lunch, many parents find it easier to set up an account with  This website will let you know when the funds are running low.  If you choose to send in money for ice cream / lunch, please send it in a sealed envelope or baggie labeled with your child’s name.   


     You are welcome to send in birthday treats for the class. Cupcakes, cookies or any treat that can be easily passed out are preferred.  Thank you!
    We plan to go outside for recess everyday unless it is raining or extremely cold.  Please keep this in mind when helping your child select clothing for the day.  Sneakers must be worn on the playground. Indoor recess is always an option if we "put first things first".


     Homework assignments are consistent.  Your child will have homework Monday through Thursday.  As a mother of three, I understand how valuable the weekends are to spend with your children as a family.  All I ask is that you read every day.


     Your child will have a math page to complete in the Math Spiral Workbook Monday through Thursday unless there is an assessment.  You need only to complete the "Practice Page"  If you wish to complete the "Reteach" page, thank you.  But it is not necessary.  Please be patient with the new math.

    Sight Word Rings:

     Your first grader will be sent home with a sight word ring AKA the "Smart Cookie Ring" with common sight words to learn for the week. Your child will be assessed once weekly on their "Smart Cookie" sight words and will receive a smart cookie as a reward.  (The smart cookies are secretly Cookie Crisp cereal---
    shhh don't tell the children.  It is sooooooo cute when they finally figure it out)
    In addition, the words they learn each week will be transferred to their "Brain Chain".  Please practice those words once weekly to help your child retain them.   


     Your child is expected to read every day and complete a Reading Log in their homework agenda.  Each morning, they are responsible for choosing a new book to read from our classroom library.  They may borrow the book as long as they wish.  In fact, rereading a book helps build their fluency and sight word knowledge.  Read! and reread!  Please be sure to encourage your first grader to return the book to our classroom library so others can enjoy it as well. 
    A detailed description of homework procedures will be provided during our Open House. 


    I am looking forward to working with you and your child this year and helping all of my students achieve to his/her full potential.  I believe that a strong parent-teacher relationship is very important.  Throughout the year, I will communicate with you through notes, telephone calls, weekly newsletters, and parent-teacher conferences. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns at any time. After all, it takes a village to raise a child.  I am on YOUR team!  

    Take Home Folders: The "FISH" FOLDER
    Family Involvement Starts Here

    Your child’s take home folder is very important.  It will be sent home every day with school memos, personal notes, school calendars, monthly lunch menus and completed student work.  You will need to check this folder every day and return it to your child’s backpack. All parent notes should be placed in this daily folder.  This is a very effective way for us to communicate on a daily basis if needed.  PLEASE. And thank you!

     I firmly believe the classroom is our second home and I welcome and love each child as an extension of my own family. I look forward to working with you this year.  Please consider me a partner in the endeavor of preparing your child for their future.  

    -Mrs. Kaus