Welcome to Quigley's First Grade Champs!
 
Home of the Most Exciting and 
Fun Group of Learners Around!

When I ventured into teaching over 23 years ago, I would have doubted people had they said I would still be excited to come to school everyday this many years later. But I do! My hope is that my passion for teaching and learning is instilled in my students.

 I have a Bachelors and Masters degree in education.  I have taught Kindergarten through 4th grade. I have taught 1st/2nd/3rd grade (as one class) for many years. It is not as crazy as it sounds!
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I teach based on ability, instead of chronological age, whether I have one grade or many. That is, I teach based on where a child is in his/her learning, instead of what the grade level curriculum states. Some students needs more remedial work while others need to be challenged beyond the grade level curriculum. I find out your child's individual needs through assessment and observation and customize my instruction. This philosophy allows me to better meet your child's learning by individualizing my teaching.

I am firm believer in building relationships with my students and their families. For this reason, among many, I choose to stay with my students for two years, when it is possible. That is, I follow them up to the next grade. (Sometimes the number of students at a given grade level does not allow for me to stay with my students for two years.)  I can proudly state parents have always chose to keep their child with me for both years.

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We can all learn from each other, thus we are ALL teachers. I can learn as much from the students, and they can learn from each other, as they do from me. Your child can best reach his/her potential when we, the parent and teacher, work together. I am thrilled at the possibilities of expanding your child's knowledge and capabilities!

 


A Typical Day in Room 14:

Your child begins each day with a morning meeting. This is typically a community building time. Next, the children participate in Writer's Workshop and Reader's Workshop. In the afternoon, the students participate in Math Workshop, then social studies or science activities.





Snacks:

The students have an opportunity to bring in two snacks each day. Snacks that are healthy and able to be eaten with fingers are acceptable. The students usually eat while they are working. This is why simple snacks work best. The students have one snack in the morning and one in the afternoon. Both snacks are very important. The morning snack helps hold your child over until lunch. The afternoon snack is eaten near the end of the day. I hope this snack will tide your child over until dinner.

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Sampling of acceptable snacks: fresh fruit (grapes, apples, bananas, cut-up oranges, plums), peanut butter crackers, goldfish, dry cereal, graham crackers, pretzels, raisins, fresh veggies (no dip please), granola bars, cereal bars, bagels, cheese, Pop Tarts, etc.
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Sampling of unacceptable snacks: candy, chips, chocolate, donuts, cookies, juice boxes, anything that needs to be eaten with a spoon, fruit roll-ups, Doritos, Cheetos, etc.



Our Schedule for Specials:

Tuesday:  LMC
Wednesday:  P.E.*
Thursday:  Music
Friday:  Art


*Your child may want to leave a pair of gym shoes in his or her locker.

 

Water Bottles:

Research has shown that drinking water frequently helps increase the ability for the brain to learn. For this reason, water bottles are allowed in class. Be certain that it is a spout water bottle and not a twist off cap. Also be sure it is labeled with your child's name. Please remind your child to periodically bring it home to be cleaned.


 

Homework:

There are 3 parts to the homework:


1. Literacy books will be coming home with your child approximately 3-5 times a week. I ask that you read the assigned book(s) with your child the evening they come home and sign the accompanying literacy sheet. The books and literacy sheet need to be returned the following day so that I can send home more books for your child to practice his or her reading strategies with. If by chance you and your child are unable to read his or her assigned books one evening, please jot a note on the literacy sheet and return the books anyway. Many times I use the familiar books I send home the following day during reading group time. Don't be alarmed if your child brings home the same books a few days in a row. Rereading the same books helps to build fluency and comprehension especially in developing readers.
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2. As part of our math program, quite frequently "homelinks" pages will be sent home to complement math skills learned in class.
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I will mark the current homework page by coloring in the house icon at the top of the Homelink page. The directions to complete the page are usually quite clear. However, if you have any questions, as always, let me know.

3. Occasionally there will be an extra homework assignment related to some topic we are studying in class. When this happens, I will send a note home explaining it and give plenty of time to complete it.


 

Other Bits of Information:

Home Folders: These folders are my way of communicating with you each day. Any information that is sent home should be in your child's home folder. I ask that you look through and sign the folder daily, whether there are notes or not. This gets you and your child in the habit of opening the home folder every day.

Appropriate Clothing: Please be aware of daily weather conditions and dress your child appropriately. Students do go outside for recess as often as possible.

 


 

 

Parent Involvement:

Please feel free to visit the class and help out whenever you can. Parent involvement is ALWAYS welcome! I encourage your participation in whatever way is comfortable and convenient for you.

 

 



Message to Parents:

Thank you for all of your support!  TOGETHER we can make this an unforgettable year for your child!  I am certain this will be a year of growth, discovery, and significance to your child.  You can help by providing me with any information you feel will deepen my understanding of your child.  If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions, please feel free to contact me anytime.

Yours Truly, 

Michele Quigley 
Developer of Potential

mquigley@livoniapublicschools.org