• Welcome

     Dear First Grade Families,

    Welcome to First Grade!  This year promises to be filled with new educational experiences that will foster curiosity and excitement for learning.  We know the beginning of this school year is not a typical one, but we are all in this together and are excited to build a strong classroom community no matter where we are learning from.

    Please note that school is beginning REMOTELY, but we hope to be in person shortly.  This means that all students will be expected to be online daily.  A detailed schedule that your child will follow is listed below.  Please keep in mind the first week of school is meant to build relationships, get to know one another and establish routines.  Therefore, we will not follow the schedule as strictly during that time.  Once we return to school, your child will attend on his/her assigned cohort days, and will be following the same schedule.

       On the following pages, you will find the first grade supply list as well as some useful information.  You may have already ordered your child’s supplies through the PTA. There is also an additional list of supplies that we are asking hybrid students to bring in so that our classroom runs smoothly.  If your child is a hybrid student, he or she can bring in these additional materials when in-person school begins.  The only supplies needed for the first day of school are pencils, crayons/markers, blank paper and a device.  Some lessons may include an option to print activities if you have access to a printer.  

    On Thursday, September 10th, from 1:30-2:30, the first graders will come to Hillside for a “Meet and Greet” and supply pick up (Chromebook device, math manipulative bag, writing paper, etc.).  We hope to see everyone there!

    One of the main platforms we will be using this year is SeeSaw.  This platform will work as a communication tool and a way of delivering assignments and providing feedback to students.  You will receive a separate email with your child’s login information.  In the meantime, please review this tutorial with your child. SeeSaw 

    Communication between home and school is imperative.  I encourage you to email me (kmurray@livingston.org) anytime you have questions or concerns.  I will keep you informed of your child’s progress throughout the year.  You can also access my class website and stay current with what your child is learning in school each month.


    Enjoy the last few days of summer.  I look forward to meeting you soon!



    Kristen Murray


    Click here to download the complete  Welcome Packet


Last Modified on September 5, 2020