Welcome to 1st Grade

Mrs. Buchanan's and Mrs. Capps Class

All You Need to Know


Welcome to 1st Grade! We are so thrilled to have your child in our class! Meeting you all at meet the teacher was fabulous! Mrs. Capps and I know that this is going to be a great year! It is our goal that we make learning as fun as possible for your child!

We believe that all students can learn. In a classroom, there will always be a variety of learning styles and levels because every child is unique. We try our best to teach each student at their level and build on what they already know; therefore books and homework may be different for each student. Each student learns at their own pace, and we will inform you of their progress. I do ask that you listen to your child read every night. This is a small task that will help your child’s development.


Please remember open communication extremely important in order to ensure I am meeting all the needs of your child. If you have any questions or comments, never hesitate to email or give me a call. I will check my email throughout the day and reply as soon as possible. Please feel free to call me before or after school. We are all a team this year in ensuring your child has the best school year ever!

Lunch and Snack

We have lunch every day from 12:00-12:25.The price of lunch is $2.35. You are welcome to eat lunch with your child but you must check in through the office first. Students will be able to eat a snack in the morning from 10:30-10:40. We encourage you to send a healthy snack with your child every day. We will try to keep extra snacks incase a child is without one. If you are able to send in extra snacks for students unable to bring theirs, it would be greatly appreciated! We are a peanut free school! Please keep this in mind while packing lunch and snacks!

Birthday Treats

Birthday's are worth celebrating! Feel free to send a birthday treat with your child on their birthday. Their treat will be passed out after they have finished eating their lunch in the cafeteria. We will celebrate with a birthday song during our morning meeting.

Afternoon Dismissal

It is very important to us that we know how your child is getting home each day. If there is a change in their afternoon transportation please send a note with them to school. If it changes throughout the school day please call the front office. They will make sure we know the correct way your child is getting home. If you change their afternoon transportation during the school day please do not rely on email to communicate that with me. If we have not gotten a note or a phone call from you, he or she will go home their usual way.

PE Days

We will be going to PE every Thursday. Please make sure your child wears sneakers on Thursdays so they can stay safe in the gym. Also on PE days we will not have recess. The class will have a reward system that with each compliment they get a a whole they earn a piece of Mr. Potato Head. Once Mr. Potato head is filled they will earn recess on their PE day!

Library Days

We will be going as a class to the Media Center every other Friday. Students may check out two books each. Please make sure that your child has their library books ready to return on Media days.

Lexia Core 5 Reading Program

FES is lucky enough to have an awesome online reading program. Your child will attend Lexia Lab once a week for 50 minutes. Lexia is proven to improve student reading by pinpointing their strengths and supporting their weaknesses. I frequently check their growth and their data on Lexia. It helps me to be able to better support your child's every need, and really understanding where they are struggling! Since Lexia is an online program your child is able to access Lexia from home! I am attaching your child's user name and password to their homework folder. Please take advantage of this amazing program!

Class Instagram ( FES_buchananfirst )

They say pictures are worth a 1000 words and we have to agree. We get to spend every day with your babies, watching them learn, work hard, and make friends. With that being said, I am trying something new this year. Mrs. Buchanan's class will have a class Instagram. Social media is an easy and fast way to check on your friends and family, and all you have to do is look at your phone. I want to make it possible for you to see their day through our eyes. Please know that only parents or legal guardians will be accepted to "follow" our class Instagram. I will also not be using any #hashtags that could potentially link your child's picture for the public to see. It is my hope that through this class Instagram you will feel more connected to us throughout the school day.


Sign up for text message reminders from Mrs. Buchanan. This is an easy way for me to communicate quick reminders and messages to parents. To sign up all you have to do is text @g9f977 to 81010

Teacher Webpage

Buncombe county is changing their website domain. As soon as I have updated my staff webpage I will email the link to my webpage. This will have links for your student. Up to date newsletters, our schedule, and so much more!

Our Daily Schedule

8:00-8:10- Morning Meeting

8:10-9:15- Math

9:15-9:45- Launch (small group reading/Title I)

9:50-10:40- Block (Guidance, Art, Music, PE, Media, Lexia Lab)

10:40- Snack

10:40-12:00- Reading

12:00-12:25- Lunch

12:30-1:00- Recess

1:00-1:30- Science/ Social Studies

1:30-2:20- Writing/ Fundations (word work)

2:20-2:30- Dismissal

Mark Your Calendar

September 5: Memorial Day- No school!

September 6: All cars must have a car pass to pick up your child

September 12: Open House @5:30

September 12: Scholastic Book Fair

September 28: Early Release Day