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Welcome to Room 15!

Hi! I’m Mrs. Curby! It is my pleasure to work with you and your child. I am a CSUN alumni with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts and a multiple subject teaching credential. I am passionate about teaching and finding fun and creative ways to engage my students while maintaining high academic expectations. I love all things STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering,  ARTS and Math. I implement a multidimensional approach to provide an effective educational experience. I love to include a variety of learning modalities such as video, auditory, kinesthetic for whole body learning and collaborative learning. Given that every student learns differently, embracing a variety of learning modalities will help fit the need of every student. My ultimate goal is to instill a love of reading and for each of my students to reach their academic success. First grade is close to my heart. There are so many wonderful and new challenging things your children will learn this year. They will grow as readers, writers, and thinkers! It’s going to be an exciting year full of fun, learning and lots of adventures. As long as we work together we can handle anything that comes our way. Remember, kindness and respect are the keys to success!


A Little About ME:

My loves include my sweet husband, two teen boys, my family and friends, our fluffy apricot poodle, and our sweetheart pug. I love spending time with my family on hikes, movie watching with popcorn and relaxing at home. I also love all things Disney and Disneyland, Dreamwork Trolls, favorite colors are purple and blue, love snuggling up to read, Target and Starbucks runs are always a blast, yoga for strength, relaxation and mindfulness, and creative art projects such as drawing and painting.


Goals for this year:


  • To make learning meaningful, challenging, and engaging.
  • To promote a classroom community of inclusivity and kindness.
  • To maintain open communication between parents and teacher


Academic Expectations:


  • Students will come prepared to class and have good digital citizenship.
  • Students will complete daily class assignments with their best effort.
  • Students will meet or exceed the Common Core State Standards for first grade in all areas by the end of the year.


Behavioral Expectations🐬: 


  • Be respectful.
  • Be safe.
  • Be responsible!
How Parents can Help:🏡
The loveliest flowers usually have the best gardener -- and that’s you! Our relationship is vital!  Staying involved in your child’s education is the key to a successful year. Engage your child in conversation about his/her day. Another way to stay involved is to check your child’s homework folder given out on Monday's to be returned on Friday morning. Folders may be packed with school assignments, homework, projects, flyers, notices from the office, as well as notes from their teacher. Please stay informed and consider volunteering your time in our classroom and at our school . Become a member of Darby PTA. I will have more information in the first few weeks of school on how to become involved in the classroom as well. Be sure to sign in to your PARENT PORTAL account too.
Supplies for First grade to be brought from home with their name clearly labeled on the first day of school: 
  • fiskars scissors Sample scissorsplease label with a sharpie
  • personal headphones in a large ziploc bag with their name and room number clearly labeled on the outside. Will be kept at school for computer lab and ipad time in class for the school year. (Please do not send bluetooth or wireless ear buds. Headsets are preferred for computer lab and ipad time.)
  • 1 - 90-100 page subject wide ruled spiral notebook
  • 2 dry erase markers (black and blue)*****(I will provide pencil boxes for all students)
Other items below may be brought in after the first day: (see supplies list for First grade in our Darby Website for this information as well
  • 1 box of sharpened pencils
  • extra black wipe erase markers
  • extra black sharpies for art
  • 1 ream computer/copy paper
  • colored construction paper for copier 8x10 * ASTROBRIGHTS paper preferred (cards stock or regular works!)
  • Tissue boxes
  • glue sticks JUMBO size 
  • Purell Hand sanitizer and/or Clorox wipes (Personal hanitizers should be attached/kept in their lunch box

1st Grade

I can't wait for us all to Dive🐬 into First grade!💦 I am so glad you are here! I embrace technology and love using ClassDojo to stay in touch, keep you updated on Room 15 events and class learning, as well as keep communication open. You can also always send me an email if you would like to meet in person as well. Looking forward to a great year!