Mrs. Wilmot

Welcome to 1st Grade in Mrs. Wilmot's Class!
A little about me:

Liberty Bell Masters Graduation
Left: Mr. & Mrs. Wilmot visiting the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, PA.
Right: Mr. & Mrs. Wilmot after Mrs. Wilmot's Masters graduation ceremony.



 My name is Katie Wilmot. I grew up in the Quincy area and as a child attended Mowrey! It has been a great experience working at the school where I developed a love for learning! I live in the Waynesboro area with my husband, our dog, and our goldfish. The 2018-2019 school year is my fifth year teaching first grade at Mowrey. It is an honor to teach all of your children this year and I am glad to be a part of the team in growing your children!

Throughout this school year, you may have questions or concerns. Feel free to contact me via email or phone. My email is katie_wilmot@wasdpa.org. You can call 717-762-1191, select Mowrey Elementary, and leave a message with Mrs. Rhodes. 

November News:

The first graders have begun Unit 2 of the Wonders reading curriculum. This unit will focus on making and confirming predictions and finding the story elements (setting, characters, problem and solution). Students will also be finding the main idea and details of nonfiction stories.  They are also reading and writing their high frequency words and practicing patterned words for their spelling lists. 

 The students will begin Unit 4 this month in math. This unit will focus on nonstandard units of measurement.  In class, they will be using paperclips, straws, toothpicks and pencils to measure.  We teach them to lay their units end to end with no gaps. 

We are continuing our Social Studies unit during our content block of the day. We will continue practicing map skills. We will end the month by studying the Pilgrims, Native Americans and how they came together at the First Thanksgiving. 

We wish you all a wonderful beginning to the holiday season!  Gobble, Gobble, Gobble!!!! 




Remind

Remind is an app/website that allows me to keep in contact with you using push notifications or texts. If you would like to join my class, click the document below for instructions. I don't overuse this program, but it is very helpful for me to send reminders for things like permission slips, spirit days, or changes in the schedule.

Wilmot Remind PDF.pdf 




Homework


We will begin the year with yellow homework pages called "Home Links." These pages are meant to provide your child with extra practice of the skills that he or she has learned about that day or that week. These pages should take no more than 15 minutes total. If they take longer, or your child is getting too frustrated, PLEASE STOP the homework and NOTIFY ME. We can work on a plan to better suit your child. Later in the year, these yellow Home Link pages will be replaced with math facts practice pages. It is important to work every night with your child on homework rather than simply leaving the child to work alone. You will see how much your child grows by working with him or her and help your child have a positive attitude toward math (and reading).

After about 3 weeks of school, you will also see 100 Book Challenge books in the homework folder. These books should be books that children can read independently, but we ask that you still listen to them read and help them if they struggle. After your child has read the two books each night, please initial the behavior calendar for that day so I know that he or she has read. The reading should take no more than 15 minutes. For students who are reading from the BB or R bins, they may only have one book if it is a chapter book or one that is rather lengthy.


Homework Folder

Your child will bring home a homework folder every night. Please check the folder every night for any important papers that may have been sent home that day. 


If your child is buying lunch at school, please send money in an envelope with his or her name and lunch number (student ID number). Someone will be around every Monday to collect the lunch money. Should you need any of the official envelopes, please send a note with your child and I will send some home.

*For weeks that we do not have school on Monday, the envelopes will be collected the next day that we do have school.


Our Schedules

First Grade Daily Schedule:
8:35-8:55 Arrival
8:55-10:30 Reading and Writing
10:30-11:30 Math
11:30-11:55 Recess and Bathroom Break
11:55-12:25 Math Intervention
12:25-12:55 Lunch
1:00-1:10 Word Work/Spelling
1:10-2:10 Guided Reading
2:10-2:40 Content
2:40-3:20 Special (Mrs. Wilmot's Planning Period)


Special: This year we have two "teams" for special. It is important to note that your child may follow a different schedule than some other peers, so your child must know what team he/she is on. 
 
TEAM 1 Special Schedule:
Day 1 Music
Day 2 Physical Education
Day 3 Library
Day 4 Art


TEAM 2 Special Schedule:
Day 1 Library
Day 2 Music
Day 3 Art
Day 4 Physical Education

***Your child will receive a letter the first day of school telling you which team he/she is on.***

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A FRIENDLY REMINDER...
Following is the district dress code for students. I have had some parents interested in a reminder of the dress code, so I am attaching it here for you all!


Although students exhibit different styles of clothing, it is important that our dress reflects good taste and is appropriate for school. The clothing of the student shall not be disruptive, cause unnecessary comments, or bring undue attention to the wearer. If a staff member feels a student’s apparel is distracting to the educational process, the student will be sent to an administrator who will make the final judgment. If a student is dressed in an unacceptable manner, as determined by the administration, the student may be asked to go home to change. Parental notification will occur, if necessary, to obtain a change of clothing and appropriate discipline will be administered should the dress code violation persist.



The following are prohibited:

· Wearing of bandanas and headbands, kerchiefs around the neck, sunglasses

· Tops which expose shoulders, cleavage, midriff, or waist/belly button/stomach area

· Tank tops, spaghetti straps (tops and dresses), see-through clothing, tube tops, halter tops

· Wearing of outerwear/outdoor clothing during the school day

· Clothing of any kind with a suggestive connotation, message or design, which may include obscenities, profanity, tobacco, drugs and alcohol (bar or restaurant), weapons, sexual innuendos, racial messages, symbols associated with hate groups or a message which intends to harass, threaten or intimidate another student

· Attention-getting clothes or jewelry including but not limited to decorative chains, wallet or pocket chains, spike collars or bracelets, jewelry with spiked, sharp, or protruding parts, which can inflict damage

· Cut-offs or holes of any kind in pants, jeans, skirts, or shorts

· Bottoms which expose skin or undergarments or wearing oversize/draping baggy style pants to create a “sag” look (All bottoms must be worn at the waist. The waist is defined as the area between the bottom of the rib cage and top of the hip bone.)

· Pajama pants, biker and boxer shorts

· Shorts, skirts, skorts, dresses, and jumpers which are higher than four inches from the top of the knee

· Shoes and/or clothes which may be damaging to school property or hazardous to other people

· Flip flops (elementary students only)

· Bare feet (except in secondary school locker rooms)

· Sandals in gym classes and technology education (secondary schools) or in other classes on specific days designated by the administration.



Please note:

· Sleeveless tops and dresses are acceptable. A sleeveless top is defined as a shirt that covers the entire shoulder.

· Hats must be removed upon entering the building.

· For safety reasons, open back or open toe shoes are strongly discouraged.

If you have any questions, please contact me via email or phone.
katie_wilmot@wasdpa.org

717-762-1191