1S Carmen Schneidmiller

Welcome to 1S!!!

The Teacher…

I was born and raised right here in Bonnyville, Alberta. I attended Duclos School myself and have many fond memories of my time here as a student.  I am now making many wonderful memories here as a teacher.  I began teaching at Duclos in 2004 and after a short stint in grade four, I taught grade one for 8 years, Kindergarten for 4 years, and this is my second year back in grade 1.     

I am looking forward to working with you and your child over the next year and helping them to achieve their full potential. Through the remainder of this handout, I will share some of our school/classroom beliefs and policies.

I am excited for our year together to begin!  I hope you are too!  If you ever have any questions or concerns, please contact me anytime through the school at 780-826-3992, email, and please make sure to add yourself to my Remind app (see attached page on sign up info).  The Remind app and your child's agenda is where most information  will be relayed.  The Duclos School website also has vast amounts of information updated at all times.   

As per our school policy, student supplies and agendas will be given to students as soon as payment has been made using school cash online.  Please see the school website for more information. 

The school day officially begins with the first bell at 8:40. Please ensure that your child arrives at school on time. It is very disruptive when students arrive after class has already begun. Students are welcome in the building at approximately 8:15 am as this is when supervision begins.  If your child is going to be late please call the office to let them know. Then, please let them come into the class quietly on their own to avoid disruption.

Please be advised that all outside doors will be locked from 9:00am until 3:00pm. The only doors that will remain unlocked during the day are in the main entrance. Please stop at the secretary’s desk and check in if you are at the school for any reason during the school day. If you are picking your child up for an appointment the secretary will call me and I will send him/her down to the office.  Students will NOT be dismissed from class at the end of the day until the bell rings at 3:20 unless I am informed that you will need to pick your child up early for an appointment.

If you drop off or pick up your child, please be aware that the parking lot behind the school is designated for staff parking only.

Please inform me ASAP on your child transportation methods to and from school.  FOR TRANSPORTATION CHANGES - If you plan to pick up a child that normally rides the bus or you wish for your child to ride a different bus than usual, you must call the school or send a written note in advance. Please do not rely on your child to tell me this information, because children often become confused and relay messages incorrectly. If no phone call or written note is received, your child will be sent home by his/her usual method of transportation.

Communication routes include student agendas, Remind 101 and emailPlease read and initial your child's agenda each night. This is also where any homework assignments will be listed that were not finished during the day. Feel free to write a note and slip it into the agenda as I usually check them in the morning.

Another form of communication that I will use is a monthly class calendar. This will be sent home at the beginning of each month to keep you informed on upcoming events in the class and around the school. 

 There is NOT a microwave available for student use so please send only lunch items that do not require heating. Students are welcome to bring water bottles to drink water from during class time.  No nut products or anything that “may contain” nuts are allowed in Duclos School to protect those students with severe allergies. Any items found in your child’s lunch that do contain nuts will be sent home.

Your child will be bringing home a form to order books once a month. These orders are provided as a convenient way for parents to buy quality books at a low price. As an added bonus, for every dollar that is spent, I earn bonus points, which are used to purchase books and resources for classroom use. Of course, you are never under any obligation to order.

Please do not send your child if he/she is ill as germs spread quickly.  If your child becomes ill at school, you will be called to come and get them.  Please ensure we have your daytime numbers so that you can be contacted in the case of emergency or illness.  If a child is well enough to attend school they are well enough to go outside, even in the winter!

Writing your child’s name or initials on everything (mittens, jacket, shoes, backpack, lunch bag, etc) helps in returning lost items quickly.

Our classroom will be participating in a "Just Read" program encouraging students to read at home.  Every Monday a "Just Read" bag will be sent hoe with your child.  Each Just Read book bag contains 10 multi-levelled books for you and your child to choose from. Every week your child will be expected to return the Just Read bags Monday morning. They will be given a brand new Just Read bag to take home as long as all the books in the previous one are returned. Please ensure there are 10 books before you return the bags to school.  In the school agenda there is a monthly calendar for each month where students are asked to color in two books per night they have read.  We will go over this in class and the students will be able to record this information themselves.

We use the school library once a week on Thursday and the children must return their book before they will be allowed to borrow any others.  Children will receive a bag to keep their library books safe.  We will have a tub on one of the shelves and returned books can be placed in there at any time when they have been read. There is a fee for any missing library books.

Weather permitting, we go outside multiple times every day. Please ensure that your child has appropriate clothing and shoes/boots to run around in. Children also need indoor shoes to change into in order to keep our school clean, especially since we gather on the carpet daily. We also go to the gym every day so indoor running shoes are a must. Please make sure your child is able to put on/take off their shoes independently.

Every day, one student will get an opportunity to be the class Power Name for the day.  If your child is the power name, it means that they will get to be a special helper in the class (help with calendar, line leader, help with morning message on the smartboard, etc.)  The Power Name will also be used as a way for students to learn about literacy and our language.  For example, we make a graph of how many syllables are in each name, we make rhymes for each name, find a special sound/chunk in each name to help us with our reading, etc.  Also attached to the Power Name is show and tell so please check the calendar to ensure your child brings an item on their specified day.   The monthly calendar will specify what type of item they should bring (toy, book, etc.). 

We encourage all parents to become involved by attending our Parent Council Meetings.  Dates for these will be in our school newsletter. Your opinion is valued at our school!

 We ask that students not bring personal items and toys to school (unless a show and tell item). We have very busy days and plenty of toys and activities for the children to do while at school. Personal toys can be very distracting and they may become lost or broken. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding! J

Please bring in an extra set of clothes for your child.  They come in handy in case of a bathroom accident or if your child decides to go swimming on the playground!

Your child will be reviewing the Zones of Regulation program they were introduced to last year.  In this program we learn how to identify how we are feeling as well as the feelings of those around us.  We practice how to manage these feelings and how to return to a calm and positive feeling when required.  Your child will be color coding these feelings into green, blue, yellow, and red.  Please ask them to explain these colors to you.

Grade 1 holds a special place in my heart.  Your child will make huge leaps in academics, maturity, and relationship building.  I am so proud to be making this journey with them!  However, your child will make the most gains if we (child, family, and teacher) can work together as a team to love and support them and encourage them to be brave, bold, and their best!