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April News


Open the windows and open the door

And let the fresh breezes blow in,

Jack frost has gone to his home in the north

And all of a sudden it's Spring!


I can't believe there is only two and a half months left of school.  This year is going so fast and there is still so much left to learn and do. Some of the things we will be learning and doing this month are:


Religion-We will learn about the Three Days, Easter,and the 7 sacraments, Baptism, the 1st Grade will be preparing the Holy Thursday Paraliturgy

Phonics/Language Arts/Reading-The focus will be on long e, identifying and isolating medial sounds, discriminate long e words from short e words, sounds of final (y) as a vowel, base words and endings, High Frequency Words, Author's Purpose, r-controlled ar, or, ore,er,ir,ur, verbs for past and future, fact and opinion, contractions, verbs am, is, are, was, were, decode and read words in isolation and in context, spelling words with endings-ed,ing, use past and future tense verbs in context, reading fluency with paired buddies, segment and blend the sounds in words, plot of a story, retelling a narrative, rhyming words, key features of captions and pictures, and sequence.

Math- We will continue to learn about money, recognizing and identifying coins and their values, telling time to the hour and half hour on both an analog and digital clock, elapsed time, esitimate time, order of events, ordinal numbers, measuring length and height with nonstandard untis, compare lengths, inches, feet, perimeter, add multiples of ten, to add 2 digit money with no regrouping, rounding to the nearest ten.

Science and Social Studies-We will be exploring animals, habitats, wind power, earth,rain forest, Mother Theresa, and Ben Franklin

Writing- We will continue to work on letter formation, sentences, stories, and poetry


Dates to Remember

April 1  Family Dance at St. Patrick's Gym 6pm

7  Stations of the 1pm

7 Report Cards sent home

13 Holy Thursday Paraliturgy 9:15



21 Earth Day Free Dress

21 Poetry Slam  1:45 Church Hall


Have a wonderful Easter


March News


Your're loud. You're noisy.

A blustery old chap!

You whistle, you moan

you tear at my cap!

You blow, you scowl.

But March, you are fair.

Part lion, part lamb,

Now Spring's in the air.

This month we will focus on Lent, and St. Patrick's Day.  We will also be learning and doing a lot of fun things.  Thursday, March 9th is our school wide STEM Fair!  1A has been busy working on their experiment testing which brand of popcorn pops and tastes the best.  Come and find out which popcorn is the best tasting  and which one you get more for your money.


Religion-We will read about and discuss how the Apostles led and cared for the church, learn  the roles of bishops, and the pope.  That Lent is a time to prepare for the celebration of Jesus' Death and Resurrection, and The Three Days.


Math will focus on recognizing and knowing the value of the penny, nickel, dime, and quarter. We will count coins to find the value of a group of coins, word problems involving money, identifying groups of coins that show the same amount, equal amounts and compare an amount of money to the price of an item.  We will also learn to tell time to the hour and half hour, recognize and identify the minute and hour hand, and elapsed time.


Phonics will review long o, and identify and isolate medial sounds, recognize and write long o in words, matching medial sounds, recognizing long u rimes, word families, reading and writing long u words, and identifying syllables in a word.

Reading/ Lanuguage Arts, and Writing- We will focus on the vowel sounds of the letter y, High Frequency Words, Sequencing in a story, we will discuss features of a realistic story, syllable pattern cv, action verbs, consonant patterns ng, nk, compare and contrast, compound words, verbs that add -s, plural endings with -es, fact and opinon, and we will continue working on our letter formation.

Science/Social Studies- We will  read Life in a Pride and discuss attributes of lions, and their habitat. Next, we will explore engineering, by reading about and discussing how houses are built to fit a certain place. Then, we will explore weather by reading What is the Weather like? and discuss the many parts that make up weather? We will learn about Dr. Seuss and read many of his books, and I will be reading about George Washington Carver, and then we will be writing facts,  an opinion and the authors purpose on the story.


February News

Happy Valentine's Day to My Students!

I'm happy you're my students,

I hope you can see,

I'm really glad to have you as my 1A family.

The month of February we will have a lot to learn and do!  Some of what we will be doing is:


Religion-learning how the Holy Spirit helps the church grow, that the church began on Pentacost, the apostles led and cared for the church, the role of bishops in the church, and that the pope  leads and cares for the whole church

Phonics- long a,i, o, and u short o, and i, identify and isolate medial sounds, distinguish rhyming words from non-rhyming, identify long o and u words in sentences, recognize and read long o words, and identify and count syllables in a word

Math-place values of two digit numbers, add and subtract numbers horizontally and vertically, fact families, adding three addends, using addition and subtraction to find the missing part of a number sentence, choosing appropriate strategies to solve a problem and to recognize the value of the penny, nickel, dime and quarter, to find the value of a group of coins, and identify two groups of coins that show the same value

Reading/Language Arts, - We will be working on and reviewing long and short e sounds,  nouns in sentences, High Frequency Words, segment and blend words with long e, read words in isolation and in context, we will compare and contrast two or more things in a passage, review expository text and writing, identifying topics, vowel sounds of y, sequencing, action verbs,

Social Studies/Science- The presidents, the White House, Groundhogs Day, St. Valentine, Dr. Martin Luther King, George Washington Carver, Rosa Parks, sharks and their environment

Handwriting- We will continue to work on letter formation, writing sentences, stories, and opinions


Dates to Remember

Feb. 1 Tiger Anti-Bullying Program, Spirit Day, No Homework for entire school

Feb. 2 Beach Day- Wear your favorite summer outfit and bring a beach towel

Feb. 5 Pajama Day, movie with our 6th grade buddies

Feb. 17 Progress Reports


Feb. 22 Progress Reports due back to school


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