• Contact Information

    If you need to contact me, please write a note or send an email.  Please do not leave a message on my voice mail at school, as this is not the most time efficient method to reach me!  My email address is: kshell@henry.k12.ga.us



    First graders recognize common words by sight and develop strategies for decoding larger words as they read.  Reading and writing go hand in hand by helping to strengthen both skills as each are practiced. These tips will help your child become better readers and writers.

    • Read and read again.  Have your child read and reread books they enjoy so they become familiar with words.  Building word banks helps them recognize words more quickly in different contexts.
    • Take turns reading a page
    • When your child is familiar with a book, have them read it to a sibling
    • Illustrate a favorite page or part of a book and write about it
    • Ask your child to help you make “to-do” lists or grocery lists.  You can also have them write a letter to a relative or friend.
    • If a word is difficult, use an index card to cover up part of the word at a time until it is all sounded out.
    • Ask questions about the story as you are reading to strengthen comprehension


    Topics in Reading/Language Arts include:

    • Fiction-answer key questions about details in a text; describe character, setting, major events in a story; compare/contrast adventures of characters in a story.
    • Non-fiction- answer key questions about details in a text; describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text; determine meanings of words in text; use text features (headings, glossaries) to locate key facts.
    • Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding words
    • Demonstrate understanding of spoken words, syllables, and sounds (phonemes).
    • Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension



      Encourage your child to go on the First In Math website (www.firstinmath.com) every night to practice math skills. Each student will have a user ID and password issued to them at the beginning of the school year.

    Ways you can help your child succeed in math:

    ·         Count everything! Count steps, fruit, flowers, etc.

    • Look for shapes and patterns all around us
    • Have your child measure ingredients for a recipe
    • Compare- tallest? Smallest? Shortest? Heaviest? Fastest? Cheapest?
    • Explain how they solved a problem
    • Play a board game that involves counting or patterns
    • Practice skills with flash cards


    Topics of study in math include:

     counting to 120, add/subtract within 20, place value, measure length, tell time, graph data, distinguish shapes


    Science/Social Studies                                     

    Each nine weeks we will study new topics in Science and Social Studies. Science topics include:  Plants and Animals, Sound, Magnets, and Weather. Social Studies Topics include: Geography, Economics, Ben Franklin, George Washington Carver, Thomas Jefferson, Lewis and Clark, and Sacagawea


    Standards: To see the standards for each subject area, go the henry.k12.ga.us.  Click on the Instruction tab, Elementary Standards and Grading, then Elementary Standards.


    General Information

    Weekly folders will go home each Tuesday.  Please review papers, sign the weekly folder form, and return folder and graded papers by Thursday.


    Homework- I will try to keep homework to a minimum.  It should take between 10-20 minutes.  My suggestion is to allow for some “down time” immediately following school and then finish up homework, reading, and review in the early evening.

    Homework: look for sight words and word families on weekly newsletter, Math and Language Arts will be on-line and assigned weekly, read to and with your child daily.  


    Grade Reports are posted on Infinite Campus every nine weeks.  Check the school calendar for dates. 


    Transportation Changes - Students must bring in a note to change their transportation. Transportation changes cannot be made by phone or e-mail. If there is no note, they will be sent home their usual way.


    Medicine - Students required to take medicine must take it to the office where the nurse will distribute it at the appropriate time.  You must also complete a Medication Form. (Available on FLES website)


    Volunteers – If you would like to volunteer at our school, please see Ms. Webb (our school counselor) if interested.  You must complete a background check to volunteer.


    Daily Snack Time- Due to time constraints, we will not have snack this year.


    Handbooks-Please be familiar with the policies in the Henry County Student Handbook.  The handbook includes information concerning dress code, transportation, attendance, discipline, and much more.


    Absence- When your child is absent, please send in a handwritten excuse on the day they return to school (even if you call the school or are contacted by the school on the day your child was absent… Written documentation is needed to mark the absence excused.


    Class/School Rules-Classroom and school discipline is a very crucial part of education.  It is important that your child follows the rules so we can provide the best possible learning climate for all students.  Please see the BRAD chart for all school and classroom rules. We use a few different behavior management tools to encourage and reward positive behavior.  Class Dojo allows parents and students to see both positive and negative points earned each day, “gotchas” are given schoolwide when a student is caught being good, and students can earn tickets in class that may be used for our treat box.


    Parties- We will have two class parties this year: the day before winter break and at the end of the year.  We also have a few special activities planned throughout the year.  If your child has a birthday, and you want to bring the class a treat, i.e. cupcakes, we are required to pass them out at lunch. 

     New Flippen Policy regarding birthdays** - Due to a significant increase in allergies, parents are not allowed to bring cupcakes/treats to share with the class at lunch for a birthday celebration.




    Lunch Prices


    Breakfast - $1.15    Lunch - $2.40

    Extra Milk - $.40

    Ice Cream and Frozen Fruit Drinks - $1.00


    Breakfast - $1.75    Lunch - $3.25


    I look forward to a great school year!