Welcome to 1st Grade


Dear Parents and Guardians,

This is a very special time in your child’s life.  He or she will be learning many new things this year - academic skills, organizational skills, social skills, self-confidence, and responsibility. You play a major role in helping your child reach the maximum of his or her potential.  Research in the area of child development points out that most of a child’s intellectual development takes place outside the formal classroom.  This means that children spend a great deal of time with their first and most important teachers - their parents.  Indeed, as parents, your involvement in your child’s learning experiences will have much to do with how well your child succeeds in school and in life.  By working together, we can all help your child become the best person possible - socially, emotionally, and scholastically.

I want to tell you a little about myself and some of the things that will be happening in first grade this year.  My name is Darci Rice and I grew up on a farm in Fennimore, Wisconsin.   I worked in Verona, Wisconsin, for a little over four years teaching preschool and kindergarten.  I also am a huge Packers fan.  I taught at Dover-Eyota seven years as a sixth grade teacher and then moved to teach first grade fourteen years ago.  I am looking forward to working with you and your child.  I live in Elgin with my husband, Sean, and soon to be eighteen-year old son, Noah and fourteen-year old daughter, Taylor.  It is easiest to contact me before school starts between 7:30-8:00, when the students are at special from 12:00-12:50, after school or you can email me at darcirice@deschools.org. ;

We started a new reading curriculum program last year by Fountas and Pinnell.  There are eight parts to this new curriculum:  Interactive Read-Aloud and Literature Discussion, Shared and Performance Reading, Writing About Reading, Writing, Oral and Visual Communication, Technological Communication, Phonics, Spelling and Word Study, and Guided Reading.  There will no longer be spelling tests on Friday if you have an older child in your family who has done first grade at Dover-Eyota. At the end of the first grade, students should be able to read approximately seventy-one words per minute.  I am always amazed at the gains in reading that students make in first grade.  In math, students will learn a strong sense of a number’s size and relationships to each other with numbers to 120.  In science, we will be studying insects and spiders, living organisms, engineering, and pebbles, sand and silt.  In social studies, students will learn about other people, places, environments and cultures.  The curriculum in first grade contributes to the students’ beginnings of independence and expanding their view of the world.

Changes to Student Handbook and Reminders

*Every attempt should be made to schedule medical and dental appointments when school is not in session.  If you need to make an appointment early in the morning 8-8:30 and at the end of the day 2:30-3:00 works best with our schedule.  Early Wednesday morning would be a great time to schedule appointments.

*If your child is planning an event (birthday party, end-of-the-year celebration etc.) and you would like other students to ride the bus home with your child, please check in advance with the bus driver to make sure there is enough room for additional passengers.

*Students should remain at home until they are fever free for 24 hours.

*Students will be assigned after-school detention for receiving a fourth discipline (pink) slip, a fifth pink slip is in-school suspension and sixth pink slip is out-of-school suspension.

*Breakfast service begins at 7:30 am Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.  Breakfast will be served at 8:30 am on Wednesday morning due to the one-hour late start.

*Dismissal change arrangement must be made with your child prior to his or her coming to school each day.  I don’t always get to my email during the day and problems have occurred for some families when a sub has been present for teachers in the building.  If emergency situations arise, please call the main office and speak with one of the secretaries. We will always accommodate emergency situations, but on a daily basis, we are unable to accommodate dismissal changes that do not come with your child in the morning.  Therefore, please send a note to school in the morning with your child giving permission for the end of the day dismissal changes. If the change involves a bus change, please make sure the note includes the new address where your child is to be dropped off. I will copy the note and give the note to the bus driver.  

*Dover-Eyota Public Schools will provide lactose-free milk for children with lactose intolerance.  Parents can request lactose-free milk for their child by submitting a written request. Please note that the request must be kept current and submitted yearly.  Special Diet Statement and Request for Lactose-Free Milk forms can be found on the Food and Nutrition or Health Services website or by contacting Carrie Frank, Food and Nutrition Director at 507-585-8242 or carriefrank@deschools.org.

*Parents with Various Custody Arrangements – Parents please let me know if you wish to have copies of school information and copies of report cards.


To help parents, and since teachers can buy things in bulk, we decided to charge parents $10 for school supplies plus $5 for party money.  All students need to bring a container of anti-bacterial wipes, box of Kleenex, headphones or earphones in a ziplock bag with your child’s name on it, tennis shoes that your child can fasten independently and a durable backpack without wheels.  Boys bring the following items: one roll of paper towels and a box of quart, sandwich, or snack bags. Girls bring the following items:  a 3 oz. box of cups and napkins.  

If you and your child want to buy your own supplies and don’t want to pay the $10 you are welcome to, the list is provided below: 

2-Box of 24 crayons          12-Pencils sharpened           1-Pencil bag

2-Notebooks                       1-Box of Crayola markers

12-Pencil top erasers         1-Scissor

1-One inch binder               8-Small glue sticks   

3-Dry erase markers           1-Poly Folder


Like kindergarten, your child will be assigned a day to bring a snack for 21 students.  Some parents send juice or a water bottle to school instead of having milk for snack break.  Milk for snack is $78 for the year and a separate fee than lunch money, this is different from kindergarten.  

Show and Tell- Will begin September 9th

Show and tell is every week and we will work students in if it isn’t a full week.  Your child can bring one item or a couple of smaller items.  Please don’t send something valuable or breakable.  If a student forgets to bring show and tell he/she can just tell something to the class that he/she was going to bring or bring it the next day.


Monday        Tuesday        Wednesday

Caleb            Lucas           Jacob

Alex              Braxton        Colton

Jayla            Shiva             Olivia

Chloe           Charlotte       Ali


Thursday           Friday

Sam                    Carson 

Landon              John

Kinsley              Brecken

Emma                Karter


Parents, your help and presence in your child’s classroom are always welcome.  Whether you are interested in helping with class parties, preparing materials, one-on-one tutoring, sharing hobbies, interests, or occupations, or just dropping in to say “Hi!”


Mrs. Rice