• 2016-2017  

    First Grade
    Welcome! First grade is an exciting time with new adventures in the world of learning. I’m delighted to have your child in my class and look forward to a very successful year! As you know, Arnold has high expectations for each child and together we can help your child achieve those goals.
    Here are some ways you can help:
    • Celebrate your child's efforts. This will keep your child enthusiastic about learning and proud of his/her work. Praise your child for their hard work. We want to encourage effort and perseverance because they are key factors to lifelong success.
    • Check your child’s red folder and backpack every day. Check for incomplete classroom work, homework assignments, teacher notes, and pertinent school information. 
    • Talk to your child every day about school and help them with work. Let your child know that you're interested in what he or she is learning at school. Show how much you care by helping them maintain routines, complete work, and keep their school materials organized. Your encouragement means a lot to your child.
    • Read with your child every dayThe most significant factor in determining a child’s success in reading is the parents’ attitudes about reading. To become better readers, it’s important for students to practice their reading skills. Your child will become a more confident, fluent reader if they read every night for at least 30 minutes. Reading is one of the most important skills your child will learn in life.
    • Make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep each night and eats breakfast each morning (at home and/or at school). Being well rested and nourished is essential for students to be able to stay focused and learn.
    • Teach kindness. Children need to learn about their own feelings and about the feelings of others. Encouraging and fostering kindness in your child will help them become a happy, well-rounded person. Kindness in schools helps create a happy, safe learning environment where students feel they are accepted. It fosters and creates a sense of belonging and well-being for everyone.
    • Encourage your child not to be tardy or miss school. Students who are not in class have fewer opportunities to learn the material that enables them to succeed. Students with better attendance score higher academically and are more successful in school.
    • Show your support by volunteering at school and by being active in your child’s educationWhen families are involved at the school, students have higher grades, better school attendance, increased motivation, lower instances of behavioral issues, and higher self-esteem. Parental involvement is the most important factor in a student's success in school. 

    Finally, I want you to know that one of my most important goals this year is to keep the lines of communication open with you. Your child’s well-being is important to me.  I’m available most days between 7:45 a.m. and 8:15 a.m. and between 3:40 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Please don’t hesitate to call me at 423-472-2241 or email me at lmelton@clevelandschools.org if you have any questions or concerns. 

    Thanks for all you do to help your child succeed in school!