Dear Families:

Welcome back to school!  I had a wonderful summer full of travel, rest and relaxation! I’m excited to meet your child! I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte with a BA in Elementary Education.  I graduated from Appalachian State University with a MA in Reading Education.  Two years ago, I earned my National Board Certification. I previously taught first grade for 5 years in North Carolina.  This is my third year at Dora Moore.

I believe that all children learn differently.  By using Howard Gardner’s learning styles (logical mathematical, spatial, linguistic, bodily-kinesthetic, musical, interpersonal, intrapersonal, naturalistic and existential) I adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of all students. 

Reading and Writing Workshop are taught based on what YOUR child needs, although explicit lessons are taught every day. For instance, the whole class may be learning about making predictions while some students are working on forming letters, while other students are working on writing beginning, middle and end.  Some students are at the very beginning stages of reading, while others are reading chapter books.  I will work toward creating a positive classroom atmosphere, where the students respect each other’s learning.  They know and understand that you have to start at the first step to get to the top. The math program we are using is called Everyday Math.  Homework will be sent home every night (except Friday’s or Holidays). 

Your children receive the best education when you and our dedicated teachers work as a team. It's a parents enthusiasm, support and involvement that inspires children to do their best; and a teacher's ability to teach what they need to learn. Together we can achieve wonderful things.

There's a lot of excitement ahead of us, including new books to read, new friends to meet and new skills to master...and I look forward to you sharing in those exciting times. One year your child's in 1st grade and seemingly in the blink of an eye they're in middle school, or in their senior year of high school for that matter.

I encourage you to fully embrace the moment and urge you to take the time from your busy schedule to become familiar with our school, as well as create a homework-friendly home environment that will allow your children to excel.

I also encourage you to come and volunteer in our class. 

I do allow students to bring water bottles (as long as it is a pop top-NOT a cap).  Only water is allowed due to spillage.

Our classroom blog is  Check it often for updates!

You may contact me at Dora Moore before or after school at (720) 424-5300. You may contact me on my cell phone before or after school at (336) 577-0315.  My school email is
Thank you for your commitment to your child's education and I look forward to seeing you in the very near future.
Ms. Feinman
1st Grade Teacher, Dora Moore


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