First Grade

Mrs. DiBello and Mrs. Hart (Ms. Duff)

Welcome to FIRST GRADE! We hope you are as excited about this upcoming school year as we are! You are the most important person in your child’s life and we ask that we work together to ensure their success in the classroom. Working together as a team, we are confident we can help your child achieve success! Here are a few things that we think you will find helpful to start the year.


Lake Par Procedures

School starts at 8:55am and ends at 3:25pm each day. 1st Grade classrooms are in the 200 wing. In the morning, you will gather in the gym (remember do not come to school before 8:40am).  Dismissal will take place from the Kindergarten door.


Snack Time

Each morning we will provide a “working snack time” for your child.  We encourage you to please send healthy food items (such as 100 calorie snack packs, pretzels, carrot sticks, apple, etc.) that can be easily eaten at your child’s desk while he or she is working.  Please remember that it is a quick snack and students will eat lunch at 12:30.  We will also provide students with a snack time on early dismissal days. 

New this year the whole school will be “peanut free” during snack time.  So, please do not send any peanut products.  Just so you know we are aware of all allergies within our classrooms.  There will also be times when special treats are distributed as part of a unit of study and all allergy restrictions will be adhered to at this time.



Birthdays are always an exciting time for our students.  To keep our school safe, we are participating in a no-food policy.  Birthday students can bring in a non-food item to pass out such as pencils, erasers, bookmarks or read a favorite book to the class.  Additionally, students will only be allowed to pass-out birthday party invitations if there is one for each student.   


Take Home Folder

Our P.T.A. has generously supplied each student with a take home folder, which is to be brought home and returned to school daily.  If you have any messages for the school or myself, please put them in this folder and it will be monitored daily.



Students will have homework Monday through Thursday and will be homework free on “Fabulous Friday”.  Please make sure your child completes their homework each night. 

Here are some helpful homework tips, which would be beneficial to read with your child, as we will also be discussing them in school.

Homework Tips:

  1. Bring home everything needed.

  2. Plan a daily homework time.

  3. Choose a quiet place to work.

  4. Write your name on all papers.

  5. Read and follow all directions.

  6. Do work neatly and carefully.

  7. Ask for help if needed, but do the work alone.

  8. Check your work.

  9. Put your homework back in your take home folder.

  10. Return your homework on time and be sure to hand it in.



During the school year we will have the following specials schedule:

  Mrs. DiBello Ms. Duff
Monday PE (wear sneakers) PE (wear sneakers)
Tuesday Music
Wednesday Art (B week) Media
Thursday Media Art (A week)
Friday PE (wear sneakers) PE (wear sneakers)


Thank you for your cooperation.  If you need to contact either of us for any reason, please feel free to do so at school at (973) 428-7572 or via e-mail at or Once again thank you for all of your help in making this the best school year for our students.

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