Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Renee Palmer

Dear Families,

     Hi! I am Mrs. Renee Palmer and I am looking forward to great year as your child’s First Grade teacher.  I graduated with my Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education from SUNY Oneonta and my Master of Science Degree in Option in Reading from Western Connecticut State University. I taught preschool for 11 years in a private preschool in New Fairfield, Connecticut. I started teaching on the Full Day Preschool side in a 4's class. Later, as the Head Teacher of the Half-Day Preschool, I taught both 3's and 4's. For seven years I was the Assistant Director in charge of the KOTG (Kids on the Go) and the Teen Central programs and I taught the Half Day 4's Enrichment class. I had the pleasure in running the Universal Pre-K program here at Webutuck during the school year 2007-2008. From 2008 to 2016, taught Kindergarten and since 2017, I have been teaching First Grade here at Webutuck.  I am truly blessed with the staff that I work with and the children I have taught. I am very excited and looking forward to be your child's teacher this year. It is my wish that the upcoming school year be the best experience possible for your child. I would encourage you to feel free to contact me if any questions or concerns arise during the school year. I am most easily available before school begins and after the buses leave. I can be reached at (845) 373-4100 from 7:45 AM - 2:45 PM Monday – Friday or by email at  I will return your call/email as soon as possible.

  I would like to ask you to provide some special items for your child to bring to school with his or her name on them.   Please be aware that some of these items will need to be replenished throughout the year. Please do not send in Trapper Keepers, pencil bags or boxes, etc. Please save these items for your child’s workstation at home.

     The children will be receiving instruction in art, library, music and physical education. Please remember that for your child's safety, sneakers are appropriate on P.E. days. Smocks are stored in the classroom for use on messy art days.

     I will be assigning homework Monday – Thursday.  This will consist of one to two pages of homework a night, as well as, reading with your child (either you read to them or they read to you).  It is expected that homework will be completed, signed by a parent or guardian and returned in their folders the following day.  If homework is not returned signed and completed, your child will have an opportunity to make-up their assignment (s) during free time on Friday.  Reading books will be coming home with your child. The expectation is that this book will be read/practice, signed and returned to school.  When it is returned and correctly read to an adult, your child will get a sticker for this book.  Your child will need to read 25 books by the end of First Grade.

     I do set aside 15 minutes a day for snack. Children should bring their own snack and something to drink.  If they do not bring a snack in for the day, one will not be provided for them.  Water or a juice box and a piece of fruit, crackers, pretzels, etc. can fill those empty spaces.  My classroom will be a peanut-free classroom, therefore, please do not send in snacks that contain peanuts/tree nuts. 

     The classroom is equipped with many toys and games for the children to use. All children's toys must remain at home. This rule will prevent any issues that may arise.



Renee R. Palmer