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Posted Wed Aug 18 12:58:13 PDT 1999 by Colleen:)k-3 ().
Silver Ridge, Silverdale,WA

Welcome To Page Two of a Compiled List of Various
Back to School Ideas!!!
If you see an idea here or on page one that
was your and I did not give you credit, email me
and I will give you credit for it. Thanks To everyone for the idea!

101 Things You Can Do
the First Three Weeks of Class
Fourteen Great Activities for the First Days of School!
Room Arrangement
Name Review
Give the Teacher A Back To School Kit
Time Capsule Activity
Hints For The First Day
Me Boxes
Various Activities
A School Tour
Lots Of Ideas
First Day Checklist
More Poems and Activities
Beginning of the year Assessment
Setting Up your Room
How to Beat Those First Day Jitters
First Of Year letter To Parents
Another Sample Letter to Parents
And another

We Have Rules
We have rules.We have rules.
Rules to keep us safe at school.
We use inside voices and walking feet,
(point to mouth, then to feet).
We don't touch or bother the friends we meet.
(Hug self and shake head)
And when we're eating we stay in our seats,
(sit and pretend to eat)
'Cause we have rules
At our school.
Priscilla M.. Starrett
Warren Pa.


Two little hands go clap, clap, clap.
Two little feet go tap, tap, tap.
One little body turns round and round,
And then sits very quietly down.
Open, shut them.
Open, shut them.
Now give a little clap.
Open, shut them.
Open, shut them.
Now hide them behind your back.


This was on the T Net Primary Board thought someone might be able to use it.
Re: Looking for beg yr. poem & kit
Posted by Dana,, on 7/13/99

This is one I got online last year.....I have another version, email me if
you want me to send it too! Hope this helps....

The Kit is assembled by teachers or students, depending on the grade
level, to welcome back students to an exciting, creative, and rewarding

cotton ball
movable eyes
rubber band
chocolate kiss
apple, orange
gold thread/yarn/ribbon
happy face sticker
Lifesaver (single, individually wrapped)
penny (get current year from a bank)
small flower
I Owe You Note
lunch bags (brown/colored)
decorative stickers

1.Place all items in lunch bag, staple a welcome note and include the
following meanings:
cotton ball-this room is full of warm feelings and
kind words
movable eyes-keep "an eye out" for each other
toothpick-pick out the good qualities in yourself and others
rubber band-to remind you give a little "hug" when needed
button-to remind you to "button your lip" and don't tattletale
star-always shine and try to do your best
clothespin-"hang in there"; we are all here to help each other
chocolate kiss-to comfort you when you are sad/for a special treat
eraser-everyone makes mistakes and it is OK
apple-you're the apple of my eye
orange-orange you glad you're in this class
bandaid-heal hurt feelings
gold thread-friendship ties our hearts together
happy face sticker-keep smiling ;wear a smile everyday
tissue-dry the tears of friends
Lifesaver-you can come to me if you need to talk
pipecleaner-we all have to be flexible; bend a little
penny-because you are special and valuable to this class
small flower-our class will see you bloom and grow
I Owe You Note-this year I owe you the opportunity to read, listen,and
speak in a creative, active room where books are valued as friends
(thanks to Donna of Grand Island, Nebraska) 2.Decorate with stickers and
names of students and place on desks the first or second day of school


Re: First Grade Welcome Bag

This one is called The First Grade Welcome Bag
Welcome to your new classroom community. The items in this bag
have special meanings.
The cotton ball is to remind you that our room is full of kind
words and warm feelings.
The chocolate kiss is to comfort you when you are feeling sad.
The sticker is to remind you that we will al stick together and
help each other.
The gem is to remind you that you are valuable and special.
The star is to remind you to shine and always try your best.
The tissue is to remind you to help dry someone's tears.
The toothpick is to remind you to pick out the good qualities
in your classmates and in yourself.
The bandage is to remind you to heal hurt feelings in your
friends and yourself.
The gold thread is to remind you that friendship ties our
hearts together.
The eraser is to remind you that everybody makes mistakes and
that it is okay.
The Life Saver is to remind you that you can come to any adult
in our school community if you need someone to talk to.

I make a card from Print Shop with Mrs. ______First Grade
Welcome Bag with the poem on the inside of the card, and I
gather the items together and place them in a zip lock baggy
with the card and pass them out to the parents on Back To
School Night.


I put this on a card from Print Shop and fill a ziploc baggy with a tea
bag, tissue and cotton ball and give to parents who can't seem to break
away. Pat

Dear Parent,
Thank you for entrusting your child to me. I promise to
do my best every day to be your child's companion in learning.
After you have wiped your tears, make yourself a nice
warm cup of tea. Put your feet up and relax. Then hold the
cotton ball in your hand. The softness will help you to
recall the gentle spirit of your child. I will work
alongside you this year to help your child grow.

In the plastic bag is the above letter, a kleenex, a cotton
ball, and a tea bag.


My beginning year version is much more simple than this great one!!

I include a hug (hershey's candy), smartie, small pack of life savers,
tissue, eraser, starburst (candy) and a soccer ball sticker. I place all of
these in brown paper bags with an apple painted on the front. I fold down
the top and punch two holes then tie them with a ribbon.

This is the note that I include-
This is your reminder bag. Please read this note with your parents and
discuss each thing in the bag. Mrs. F

The hug is to remind you that everyone needs a hug from time to time (even
Mrs. F) If you need one please let the teacher know.

The Smartie is to remind you that everyone in our class will be learning a
lot and getting smarter everyday.

The Life Saver is to remind you that you can come to any adult in our school
if you need someone to help you.

The Tissue is to remind you to dry the tears of a friend if they need it.

The eraser is to remind you that we all make mistakes and it is okay.

The starburst is to remind you that each student in your classroom is a star.

The Soccer sticker is most important. It reminds us to stick together and
work as a team to reach our goal.

Hope this helps. --------------------Hilda


Dear Missy,

One thing I do on the first day of school is provide each student with a
Homework Folder. We do not have allot of homework but this folder helps with
notes and papers to take home. I buy Yellow 2-pocket folders. On the
outside I write Elizabeth's Homework Folder. On the inside I write on the
left Papers to keep at home and on the right Papers to return to school. We
practice reading these 2 sentences all day. Their home work that first day for
school is to go home and read the sentences to their parents. The first day
of school the parents always have many papers to fill out and return. This
folder has really helped me over the years. I make sure to stress that each
student bring the folder to school every day. This year I'm gong to purchase
a few extra folders for the ones that get lost. It is nice to say get out
your homework folder and see all the yellow folders and spot the one who do

Back To School

These are ideas I have collected from all over...

A Letter To Send Home With Students On the First Day
The Wheels On the Bus Song
A Back To School Poem
A Poem to Introduce the Calendar
Friendship Quilt
The Name Poem
Fuzzy Poem


Today I did my math and science,

I toasted bread.

I halved and quartered.

I counted, measured, used my eyes,

and ears and head.

I added and subtracted on the way,

I used a magnet, blocks and memory tray.

I learnt about a rainbow and how to weigh.

So please don't say, anything in your bag today?

You see I'm sharing as I play.

I learned to listen and

speak clearly when I talk,

to wait my turn, and when inside to walk.

To put my thoughts into a phrase,

to guide a crayon through a maze.

To find my name and write it down,

to do it with a smile and not a frown.

To put my pasting brush away,

So please don't say, what, nothing in your bag today?

I've learnt about a snail and a worm,

remembering how to take my turn.

Helped a friend when he was stuck,

learnt that water runs off a duck.

I looked at words from left to right,

agreed to differ, not to fight.

So please don't say, did you only play today?



Wheels on the Bus
The wheels on the bus go 'round and 'round
As i travel through the town
To ________________ school I'm on my way,
I'm learning more and more each day.
( put your school name on the line)



Off to it
Today I hurry off to school,
To work and learn and play.
I'm in a brand new grade this year.
What a happy day!


My Calendar
My calendar is fresh and new
And you will have a new one too
For a brand new year has just arrived,
And each month will bring a new surprise.


I do colors and shapes. I do it by constructing a rainbow of little
children that the children have cut out of perfect squares. The square of
each color of the rainbow is folded diagonally. They hold on the fold.
They cut a triangle from the top edge and a larger triangle from the bottom
edge. They open it. They cut a triangle in one clip across the pointed
head. The cut two cuts to meet at the fold at the bottom section where the
legs are to be. They will have cut out a quadrilateral. If they had kept
holding on the fold, they will have a little person before them.
We have a Rainbow song as we build our Rainbow on the wall:
Rainbow Children
They are red, (purple)
They are yellow, (orange)
They are blue. (and green too)

Rainbow Children,
They are special
They are me
They are you

Rainbow Children
Sing this song
Rainbow Children
Get along.

We count, and tally mark how many children we have made in each of the
different colors.

This is what I have done to start out the year with my first graders over
the first few weeks. Gh



An activity that I do during the first weeks of school is a friendship
quilt. They do their square for homework. I got the quilt pattern piece
from the blackline portion of the book "Alternatives to Worksheets". In
each quilt square, I ask them to illustrate and write about a certain part
of themselves. In the middle is their name and a picture of them. One
other part has their favorite acitivity, another part has their family
members names, and another part has their favorite book. You could modify
the favorites to meet the needs of your children. (I had second last
year). Next, the children glue these onto construction paper squares of
different colors ( or wallpaper works great). Then I have a parent helper
or cadet teacher hole punch all four corners of each square and 'quilt"
them together with yarn. This is great for read the room. Also really
helps us get acquainted.



Everybody Has a Name
Has a name.
Some are different,
Some, the same.
Some are short,
Some are long.
All are right,
None are wrong.

My name is Anastacia,
It's special to me.
It's exactly who
I want to be!



Everybody has a lot
Of fuzzies deep inside.
And when you're nice to others,
Your fuzzies cannot hide.
Pretty soon they pop out
Into your open hand.
Then they start to jump out_
Where will fuzzies land?

Everyone loves fuzzies,
Because they come from you,
And loved a whole lot too.

Don't worry about your fuzzies,
They tend to multiply.
Everytime you give one,
You get lots more indeed.

Fuzzies are so special,
They feel so good to you.
Just remembered to help your friends,
So they'll have fuzzies too.

Jean Warren