Welcome to First Grade!
I would like to take a moment to introduce myself. I received my B.S. from BYU in Provo in Early Childhood Education and my M.S. from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN in Curriculum and Writing instruction. I have taught kindergarten for 15 years and this is my fourteenth year teaching first grade. I am currently starting my thirteenth year here at Wasatch Elementary. I love teaching at Wasatch!
This is an exciting year here at Wasatch. This is our tenth year of the dual immersion program in Mandarin Chinese. The program has been a great success! Many of our first year DLI students took the Chinese language AP exam in ninth grade last year and passed with flying colors. I am thrilled to once again be teaming with Mrs. Xu from Beijing, China. She is a wonderful partner with which to work. What an amazing opportunity to be able to have children here in Provo, Utah, learning how to speak and write Mandarin Chinese at such a young age! I am always astounded at how quickly the children pick up the Chinese language during the course of the year. I truly believe in the statement made by Gregg Roberts, our past State Dual Immersion specialist with the Utah State Office of Education, that "monolingualism is the illiteracy of the 21st Century." How privileged I feel being able to aid the children of Wasatch in receiving the gift of a second language!
Backpack (please label with child’s name)
- 8 Glue Sticks
- 2 Boxes 16-24 count crayons
- 1 box Gallon-sized baggies
- 8-10 #2 pencils
- One regular box of facial tissue
- One package of 8-10 count “thick” colored markers
- A 2” three ring binder (please also label with child’s name)
- $20.00 donation (helps cover part of class field trips and science activities)
"NOTICE: THE ITEMS ON THIS LIST ARE OPTIONAL. NO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENT MAY BE REQUIRED TO BRING ANY OF THESE SUPPLIES TO SCHOOL. THIS LIST IS COMPILED SOLELY TO PROVIDE INFORMATION TO PARENTS OR GUARDIANS WHO WISH TO VOLUNTARILY FURNISH SUPPLIES FOR STUDENT USE. EQUIVALENT SUPPLIES WILL BE FURNISHED BY THE SCHOOL TO ALL STUDENTS FREE OF CHARGE AS NECESSARY."
Please do not label the above items, except for the backpack and the binder, as they will be communal in the classroom. No school box or pencil case is needed.
What will we do?
We have a lot of fun in first grade! We like to put on plays, have read-a-thons, study projects like learning about our bodies, animals, and continents of the world. We also have a day where you can dress up like what you want to be when you grow up, take fun field trips to the BYU duck pond and the Orem SCERA theater, and bring a favorite stuffed animal for a "Teddy Bear" picnic. We also like to draw and dance and listen to music. Check out my website https://sites.google.com/a/provo.edu/julieporterimagination/ to see more of what it is like in my classroom. Are you ready for some fun? I am!