Ms. Roach's First Grade Monkey's
All About Your Teacher
I am so excited to be entering my 6th year of teaching at YPA. I look forward to teaching your children this year and guarantee we will have fun and learn all the the same time.
I was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and moved to Rock Hill about 8 years ago. I have one daughter who just turned 16 and will be a Junior this year at Northwestern High School. I absolutely love football and can always be found cheering on my Oklahoma Sooners and Green Bay Packers.
I graduated from The University of Tulsa with a Bachelors in Speech Language Pathology and then attended Winthrop University earning a Masters in Early Childhood Education. After graduating Winthrop, I began working at YPA as a Kindergarten teacher. I taught Kindergarten for 3 years and then moved up to 1st grade. This will be my 3rd year as a 1st grade teacher.
I am very passionate about teaching and hope all of my students will ♥ 1st Grade as much as I do!
8:00-8:30 - Morning Meeting/Word Study
8:30-9:20 - Related Arts
9:20-9:50 - Recess/Snack
9:50-10:45 - Writing Workshop
10:45-11:20 - Reading Workshop
11:20 - 12:00 - Guided Reading/Independent Reading
12:00-12:30 - Lunch
12:30-1:30 - Math Workshop
1:30-2:25 - Science & Social Studies
2:25 - Dismissal
August 10th - OPEN HOUSE (5-7pm)
Please bring school supplies
PTO Selling Hot Dog Plates at Open House
The Elementary PTO will be selling Hot Dog Plates at open house. It is $5 a plate and will include a hot day, slaw, chips, drink, and a dessert.
Scholastic Book Club is a great resource to order books for your student to read at home. At the start of every school year Scholastic offers 10,000 bonus points to a classroom if the first order is $300 or more. Last year, I was able to use the 10,000 bonus points to order tons of grade level readers for the classroom. This year, our goal is to place another $300 order by September. Click on the link below to place your order online. Our classroom log in code is HZ6LC.
As teachers we believe that it is important for students to continue practicing skills learned at school, at home with parents and siblings. Students will have nightly homework that will be given to them on a monthly basis. Each night students are expected to read at least 20 minutes with a family member, practice their weekly spelling words, and complete a math activity. Homework will be sent home on a monthly basis, and each week students are expected to turn in all completed homework on Friday.
- Extra packs of Crayons
- Play Dough
- Food Coloring
- Paper Lunch Bags
- Paper Plates
- Dixie Cups (small ones used for mouthwash)
- Stamp Pads
- Sidewalk Chalk
- Index Cards
- Clothes Pins
- Scrapbook Paper
- Snacks (small packs of Goldfish, Pretzels, Crackers, etc.)
Each month a student is chosen to be the classroom Terrific Kid. I love this program because I am able to pick a student who demonstrates all the Character Traits that are taught at YPA. This year I am planning on adding a picture to our classroom page of the student who is our TK and why I picked them to represent our classroom for the month. Be on the look out for your student!
Each week a student in the classroom who shoes exemplary behavior will be allowed to take home Curious George. In his bag will be George, a coloring book, a movie, a Curious George book, and a journal. Students are asked to take care of George for the week, write about their experience in the journal, take pictures to add to the classroom journal, and bring in 3 special items. The student who takes George home on Monday will bring him back on Friday and share with the class their experience, pictures, writing in the journal, and their special items. Parents will also write a letter explaining to the class why their child is special. The parent letter is a secret, and I will read it to the class once the student is done presenting to their peers. In the past two year the students have loved taking home George, and he has been on a ton of adventures. We will start this activity on the second week of school.
Our first student who was able to take George home this week is....
I am so proud of Mekiya and how well she is doing this year is 1st Grade! Mekiya is showing great character by following the rules in the classroom and being a team player in all activities and lessons. She is setting a great example for the other students. Keep up the good work Mekiya. Pictures to come!