Welcome to First Grade!

August 30, 2018

Hello 1B Families

Welcome to 1B everyone! First grade is an exciting time as children embark upon new adventures in the world of learning. We are looking forward to a very exciting and productive year working with your child and will strive each day to make learning a fun and enriching process. However, we need your help in making this year as successful as possible! We believe that teachers and parents are a team working together to help your child develop emotionally and academically. You are the most important person in your child’s life, and you are also a teacher in your child’s life. We are your child’s first grade teachers: Angela Park and Alexandra Copeland. Here is some information about us -

Teacher Intro: Angela Park

I am very excited to start my sixth year here at Brooklyn Prospect...wow time flies! As some of you may know, I taught Kindergarten at BPCS for the past four years and First Grade last year. I truly enjoyed building strong relationships with many students, as well as amazing families. Originally from Queens, I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology from Stony Brook University. After realizing my true passion for teaching, I went on to pursue a dual Masters degree in Early Childhood Education and Special Education with a Bilingual Extension in Korean at Teachers College Columbia University. Prior to BPCS, I have experience with a wide age range of students, starting from being the head teacher of a toddler class to teaching SAT English and private tutoring high school students. In my spare time, I enjoy exploring museums and cute cafes, researching skin care and beauty products, solving Sudoku problems, and spending quality time with family and loved ones.

Teacher Intro: Alexandra Copeland

I am thrilled to start my first year at Brooklyn Prospect! This is my fifth year as a First Grade teacher and I am still in awe of the developmental milestones students will accomplish this year. I received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Relay Graduate School of Education and have taught in a variety of settings in New York City. I have a passion for educating students in gender inclusivity, mindfulness, and advocacy. I treasure my relationships with families and am truly grateful for the opportunity to be a part of your Little Prospector's team! In my free time, you may find me baking cupcakes or reading a YA fiction.

First Grade Questionnaire

We are so excited to begin this year of learning and growth with you and your child. As we begin our time together, we would like to learn about your child’s interests and unique personalities. Please write us a brief email about your child. We will forward your response to your child’s new teacher should he/she switch classes. We have included the following questions for your consideration:


  • What does your child love? Please tell us what your child is passionate about or share a topic on which he or she is an expert.

  • What are your hopes for your child this year?

  • As a family member, what supports do you need? How can we work as a team to create the best school experience for your child?

  • Is there anything else that you would like us to know about your child?


Our classroom email is dtes1b@brooklynprospect.org. Please send this information on or before September 15, 2019.


Also, please note that as a team, we are getting to know your children as individuals and as a classroom community. Mr. Saunders reserves the right to switch a student's classroom based on student's needs and the needs of the classroom as a whole. We can’t wait to meet you and your child!

First Grade Birthday Celebration Policy

Starting in First Grade, students celebrate their birthdays as a collective group. To do this, we will have a once-a-month classroom celebration for ALL students with a birthday occurring in that month. Besides promoting the idea of community, we feel that this will allow us to meet and better manage the diverse dietary needs, schedules, and cultural backgrounds of our school families. We, of course, will still recognize your child’s birthday on his or her special day.

This monthly birthday celebration will take place on the last Friday of every month. The celebration will usually occur during lunch time from 12:20-12:55 pm; however, we will email to inform you if there is a change. We will reach out to you with an invitation and ask if you will be bringing any food items. Families are welcome to bring in treats. While sweets are allowed, we encourage the size of them to be kept small and also encourage healthy snacks, such as pre-washed fruit or fruit snacks. If you do bring in sweets, mini cupcakes are a great option as well as cookies (one per student). We have 30 students in our class. Other items, such as goodie bags or balloons, are not allowed. Please reach out via email if you have any questions or concerns about the First Grade birthday policy.

Food Allergies

As a reminder, our school follows a nut-awareness policy. If your child has any food allergies, please be sure to fill out the necessary forms in order to inform the school so that we can ensure a safe and healthy school environment for all children. If you have any further questions, please email Avery at escoordinator@brooklynprospect.org.

School Supplies

Below is a list of items that we are requesting from each family for our classroom. All supplies will go towards providing a safe, clean and fun learning environment for our students. Please provide what you can and only label designated items.

  • A regular-sized backpack/roller pack. Students will bring home books and items that
    may not fit in a mini-backpack.

  • A change of clothes for your student in a plastic zip-bag, remember to include a
    change of underwear and socks. Please clearly mark the zip-loc bag with your child’s name.

  • 1 reusable water bottle. Please clearly mark with your child’s name.

  • (12) Thick No. 2 Pencils with erasers, no designs.

  • (1) 7 oz bottle of Elmer’s Washable School Glue or similar item.

  • (2) .24 oz Elmer's Washable School Glue Sticks or similar item.

  • (2) Black whiteboard fine point markers

  • (1) Pair of student scissors

Classroom Materials

Please note that all families with last names beginning in A-M will provide classroom supplies in September. Families with last names beginning in N-Z will provide classroom supplies in January.

  • 2 rolls of paper towels

  • 2 boxes of baby wipes

  • 2 boxes of Kleenex or similar item

  • 1 20 oz. bottle of hand sanitizer

  • 2 containers of Clorox wipes or similar item

Amazon Wishlist

We have created an Amazon wishlist of classroom items we would love to have. If you choose to donate something, we want to thank you in advance and would really appreciate if you could tell us the itemized list in order to ensure that we receive the items. Thank you so much everyone!

Announcements

  • Remember that in First Grade, regular student dismissal is at 3:45pm every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday and early dismissal is at 1:30pm every Wednesday!

Important Dates to Remember

  • Monday 9/2 - Labor Day (No school)
  • Tuesday 9/3 - New Student Orientation (12-1pm)
  • Wednesday 9/4 - First Day of School (1:30pm dismissal)
  • Thursday 9/5 - First Day of Bus
  • Friday 9/6 - Specials Classes start
  • Wednesday 9/11 - First Day of Afterschool Program (Grades 1-5)

Contact Us!

Please feel free to reach out to us if you ever have any questions or concerns!