Degrees and Certifications:
Auburn University Master's degree in Elementary Education - 2017 Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education - 2016
Mrs. Celeste West
Welcome to 1st Grade!
My name is Celeste West, and I love being a part of the Saraland Early Education Center’s first grade team! More importantly, I am THRILLED to be your child’s teacher. It’s going to be a year full of excitement, learning, and new adventures. I cannot wait to see what this year has in store for us! Below, I have outlined some of our classroom policies.
I believe that a good parent-teacher relationship is necessary for maximum school success. I will communicate with you in many ways throughout the year; notes, telephone calls, weekly newsletters, e-mails, quarterly progress reports, parent-teacher conferences, and Remind. I encourage you to contact me if you have any questions or concerns. Please feel free to call me at the school, send a note in your child’s daily folder, or e-mail me at my school e-mail address email@example.com. I am also available for conferences regarding your child’s progress before or after school. Keeping the lines of communication open between home and school will insure your child’s school year is a great success!
Attendance and Transportation
Your child’s regular and prompt attendance at school is very important for his/her academic success. Most learning activities are group oriented and involve interaction with classmates. Therefore, it is next to impossible to make up the work at home. Please make sure that your child is present at school unless there is a case of illness or family emergency.
In order for an absence to be considered excused, a written excuse from the parent or guardian, or doctor’s excuse explaining the absence must be received by the classroom teacher.
School hours are from 8:15 to 3:00. Students who arrive after 8:15 a.m. are considered tardy and must be escorted by a parent to the office for a tardy slip. If you would like your child to eat breakfast in the mornings, please make sure they arrive before 8:00. They stop serving breakfast at 8:05.
Afternoon dismissal starts at 3:00p.m. If your child is a car rider, please do not signal to them to come to you until the load sign is visible. This is very important for keeping your child safe.
***If the way your child gets home changes at any time, PLEASE send me a note. This way, I can make sure the changes are made in my classroom and in the office.
Almost weekly, it will be necessary to send money to school. If you are sending money, please send each amount in separate labeled envelopes whether it be for lunch, breakfast, snack, field trip, etc. Please put the information below on each envelope. This way, I can make sure I get the money to the correct places.
1. Your child’s first and last name
2. The amount of the money
3. The purpose for the money
4. Your child’s lunch number, if it is for lunch or breakfast
5. My name (Mrs. West)
Your child’s red folder will go home each day. Papers on the inside front pocket will be papers that need to be signed and sent back to school each day. Papers in the back pocket will need to stay at home. Since I will check these folders daily, you can place money (in an envelope of course!), notes, comments on work, etc. in this folder. Please do your best to make sure this folder comes to school each day. It is an important form of communication between school and home.
We will have a short snack each afternoon. I encourage you to send a small, healthy snack (apple, animal crackers, goldfish, fruit roll-ups, raisins, etc.) each day. You are welcome to send a juice box for snack time as well. If you are unable to send a snack for your child, chips or ice cream may be purchased from the school for $1.00. Snack money cannot be prepaid, and you must send exact change daily. Once we begin Cooking Club, we will create a fun snack to eat in class every Friday. Students will not need an additional snack on those days. If you have any questions, please let me know.
You will find a copy of my disciple plan in your child’s red folder. Please take a moment to read and discuss the policy with your child. Behavior reports will be sent home each day on the back of your child’s folder. Please check this report (the color on their calendar) daily and offer your child praise and encouragement. You will also need to initial the behavior report each day.
Smarties/ Starburst/ Skittles!
Please help me encourage your child to make good choices at school. Most importantly, let your child know that you are PROUD of his/her accomplishments. Students are given the opportunity to work as tables to achieve goals. Individual students and tables will be rewarded with Smarties, Skittles, and/or Starburst for making good choices, following directions, being a good friend, and being respectful throughout each day. I always tell my students that I give them Smarties for making smart choices!
As a first grade student, your child has a unique opportunity to experience two cultural and informational field trips. These trips are educational and will provide your child with a wealth of knowledge hard to duplicate in a classroom setting alone. More information on these trips will be sent home at a later date.
This year, homework (all homework) is optional. Homework assignments will be noted in the Weekly Newsletter. Homework is always a review of things covered in the classroom. Encourage your child to do his/her best on all assignments. Please remember these assignments are optional and are available as a resource for you to help your child practice skills at home. These assignments should only take about 20 minutes to complete. If it is taking your child more than 45 minutes to complete all of his/her optional homework activities, please let me know.
We will begin our Cooking Club activities very soon. Please see the Cooking Club Letter for more information.
Parent participation is essential to the success of our children. I encourage adult family members to be involved in our classroom. There will be a variety of special classroom activities and celebrations throughout the year. I encourage you to attend these functions when possible. Your support of school activities makes your child feel important.
Birthdays are special occasions for young children. You are welcome to send a special snack for our class to celebrate your child’s birthday. Please send me a note a day or two in advance, so that I can give you the exact number of children in the classroom. I will set aside class time for our class to celebrate!
I am so looking forward to getting to know and working with you and your child. Again, if you have any questions at all, please let me know. First grade is a lot of fun, but it will be busy busy. You are going to be amazed at how far your child will have come by the end of this year! Thank you in advance for your concern and support throughout the school year.