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August 2017

Dear First Grade Families,


My name is Mrs. Day, and I am happy to be your child’s first grade teacher this year. I am excited to develop a strong and supportive learning team with you and your child. I believe that if we work together that we can help your child reach his or her goals.


Students will have homework Monday-Thursday. Homework will be due Friday morning. Students will also need to read 20 minutes each night and fill out a reading log. Please check your child’s homework folder daily to monitor his or her progress.


Palla PAWS:


Practice Self-Control


Achieve Goals                                   


Will be Respectful


Stay on Task

  • Please talk to your child about the Palla PAWS.

Consequence procedure for not following the Palla PAWS:

Step 1: Student will receive a nonverbal reminder. I use a signal with my hand to remind them.

Step 2: Verbal reminder

Step 3: 5 minute time out and reflection on PAWS

Step 4: Teacher/student conference

Step 5: Parent contact

If a student continuously does not follow the Palla PAWS, then that student will be referred to administration


Benefits for following the Palla PAWS

  • Students will receive individual points on ClassDojo
  • Students can earn SWAG (students with a goal ) tags
  • Students can receive points for their group
  • Students can earn fun activities, privileges, or games
  • Earn PAWS tickets
  • Verbal praise


I will be using an online program called ClassDojo to encourage important skills, such as working hard and participating. I will also use the program to communicate with you. We can instantly share messages, updates, and photos from class.


I would like all families to join me and sign up for ClassDojo. You can use ClassDojo on any device. It is available as a free app on iPhones and Androids. It can also be used from a computer, iPad, or Tablet at: Please explore the site and let me know if you need help setting up your account.


Birthdays: Birthdays are celebrated on the last Friday of each month. If you would like to bring a small treat for your child’s birthday, please arrange this with me a week prior.


Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. I look forward to working with you and your child this school year.



Mrs. Day


Palla Elementary School

800 Fairview Road, Bakersfield, CA 93307

          Phone: 661-837-6100