WELCOME TO 1st Grade
Phone: (845) 868-7451 x2222
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Dear Parents and Students,
Welcome to 1st Grade! This year promises to be an exciting, yet unusual, year in your child's school career. We will continue to build on the skills learned last year in reading, writing and math, as well as integrate some science and social studies through themes.
A very important element that was learned last year in Kindergarten was socialization. While first grade typically continues to develop these social skills, we will have to be creative about how to do that this year. Much of the first few weeks will be spent on trying to get to know each other through our Google meets and doing the best we can to build a trusting and nurturing community.
A little about myself…I have been teaching in the Pine Plains School District since 1995. This is my ninth year in a row as a 1st grade teacher, although I did teach this grade for four years 21 years ago! I have also taught kindergarten, pre-first, second, and fifth grade. I feel this is an advantage to my students, since I am well aware of what the students learned last year and what will be expected of them in later grades. I received my master’s degree in elementary education with a reading concentration from New Paltz, and my undergraduate degree from Chester College, England where I received dual certification in elementary education and math. I live in Red Hook with my husband and youngest daughter, Renee. My oldest daughter is pursuing her masters degree at Stony Brook, and my middle daughter is going to SUNY Cortland. I have a very rambunctious puppy named Beaumont, who I am positive will disrupt my Google meet at some point. I apologize in advance for his barking or antics of stealing things he shouldn't have! I have a lovely cat named Luna and we have a class pet turtle named Terry, who has been living in my house since March.
I am excited to be teaching such a great group of children. We will certainly have our challenges this year in this very unusual COVID-19 climate. We will need to take a deep breath often, as we struggle with technology and frustrated children. But I want to assure you that I will do my utmost to make this year productive, fun, and hopefully memorable in a good way. I am here not only to support your children, but you as parents too. Never before this spring, have we all had to face the challenge of trying to juggle work, family and teaching our own children. Pine Plains' teachers have been looking into best practices over the summer and trying to find ways to make it as easy as possible on parents, while satisfying the requirements of delivering curriculum from the state. There will certainly be a learning curve as we navigate these uncharted waters. But together we can do it! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns at T.Kubsch@ppcsd.org