• Mrs. O’Brien’s First Grade Class Information 2020-2021


    It is very important that your child is in school each day to avoid missing crucial material. If an absence is unavoidable, please be sure to call the attendance line at 480.279.7812 as soon as possible.

    Morning Line-Up

    The gates will open at 7:45. Students may not enter and play on the playground until the bell rings at 8:05. Our class will line up in front of the 300 building by the #  . The numbers are spray painted orange and/or black on the sidewalk. I will walk the class to the building when the bell rings.


    The agenda, website, telephone calls, notes back and forth, and email are all forms of communication to keep you updated on what is happening at school with your child. Email is my main form of communication. I will always return emails as promptly as possible. A weekly newsletter will be sent home that will contain spelling lists and upcoming events. I am also happy to make appointments with you as necessary. My email address is donna.obrien@husd.org


    I am a big proponent of family time in the evenings. I also understand that children need to be well rounded and sports and other activities are important too. Homework will usually consist of spelling practice, math fact practice, and reading. Occasionally, I will send home additional assignments. There will also be several projects throughout the year.

    Home Folders

    A home folder will be sent home daily. Folders should be returned every day. This folder is a great way for children to become organized and responsible.


    Meal prices are $2.85 for children. Please identify all payments with your child’s name and student ID number. Students may also bring lunch from home. Please label all lunch boxes, lunch bags, water bottles, etc. Students will be eating lunch before recess this year, starting at 12:17-12:47. Students will have lunch cards that will be scanned in the lunchroom when items are purchased.


    1st Grade will have a 15-minute recess from 2:15-2:30. This time may change due to scheduling conflicts that may arise. If the temperature is too hot, we will have indoor recess. Please label everything with your child’s name (water bottles, balls, hats, etc.). PLEASE SEND WATER BOTTLES DAILY!!!


    We will be having snack every morning.  Please feel free to send a HEALTHY SNACK for your child to eat. Please be on the lookout for more information about allergy notifications and being a NUT-FREE classroom.

    Specials @ 10:44-11:29  Monday- Friday

    For PE, please remember to wear proper shoes (tennis shoes with laces or tennis shoes with Velcro and socks). Please do not wear hiking boots, sandals, boots, or anything where their feet are showing. Also, please do not wear shoes with heels and wheels. These rules are in place for safety reasons. Girls need to wear shorts under dresses if they wear a dress or skirt on the day we have PE. Jewelry is best left in the classroom/backpack or at home on PE Days.