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Welcome to 1st grade!!
     My name is Helen Braddock and I am so excited to be teaching your child! I am originally from Columbia, South Carolina where I attended Columbia College. Go Koalas!  I graduated in December of 2016, Magna Cum Laude with my BA in Early Childhood Education and a certification in Elementary Education.  This is my second year of teaching and as much as I learned during my first year; I am sure I will learn double the amount during my second! I have been very blessed to be a part of the Howard Gardner Community school family, as my experience here has been nothing short of incredible and life changing. I am a firm believer of Howard Garnder's Multiple Intelligence theory and I try to integrate it as much as possible into my instruction. No two students are alike and therefore instruction should not be a one size fit all approach. Here in first grade we will explore various academic subjects with a hands-on approach, all within a supportive community atmosphere.  I am excited to see what this year holds! If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

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Student Led Conferences!

Dear Parents: I hope you've enjoyed a marvelous vacation. I wanted to remind you that this week we are on a special schedule because of STUDENT-LED CONFERENCES.
Monday, January 14th NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, January 15th 8:25 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 16th 11:20 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Thursday, January 17th 8:25 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Friday, January 18th 8:25 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
I coordinated the day of each conference with each child's sibling(s) if applicable, but am keeping the time loose. Just show up any time during open hours with your child on the day of their conference.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask me! Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Holiday Show

The students have been working hard for months and are excited to perform in their annual holiday show this Thursday.  


Please make sure they are at the theatre no later than 5:30 p.m.   If you have any questions about 'costumes' please talk with your child's teacher.


Los estudiantes han estado trabajando duro durante meses y están emocionados de actuar en su espectáculo anual de vacaciones este jueves.

Por favor, asegúrese de que estén en el teatro a más tardar a las 5:30 p.m. Si tiene alguna pregunta sobre los 'disfraces', hable con el maestro de su hijo.


When: Thursday, December 13th

Where: O'Farrell Charter School, 6130 Skyline Dr., 92114

Free Parking
Student Call Time: 5:30 p.m. 

General Seating: 5:45 p.m.
Showtime: 6:00 p.m.  


In regards to the Holiday Show, student attire is as follows for 1st grade
Female Students
  •  Holiday Dresses
  • Holiday Skirts
  • Holiday Shirts
  • Dress shoes
Male Students
  • Holiday Dress shirts
  • Holiday Dress Pants
  • Dress shoes
Please no jeans, shorts, or tennis shoes.
Thank you for your time and consideration.

Starlight Parade!

Good afternoon parents and guardians!
This year our school is going to participate in the Starlight Parade in Chula Vista! Each class is looking for 5 students to participate in the parade. If you would like your child to participate please let me know ASAP. Thank you!  

¡Este año nuestra escuela va a participar en el Starlight Parade en Chula Vista! Cada clase está buscando a 5 estudiantes para participar en el desfile. Si desea que su hijo participe, hágamelo saber lo antes posible. ¡Gracias!

Fall Festival

November 16, 2018 is our school's Fall Festival!
If you have offered to donate food items please be sure to donate them no later than Wednesday, November 14, 2018 to Mrs. Laura Gonzales. Additionally, below is a link to the sign up sheet to run the 1st grade booth. Please see which times work for you and send them to me. If you are not able to donate you time, please consider donating prizes for the 1st grade booth. These do not need to be expensive or big prizes. Thank you for your time and consideration!