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Magnificent March

There is certainly a lot happening this month, STEM Fair, 3rd Quarter Progress Reports, St. Patrick's Day, Holy Thursday Paraliturgy, and Easter.  Wow!

This month we will  continue to learn and grow both academically and in our faith.  We made a Lenten Prayer Chain in our room. Each child wrote at least one persons name on each link.  At the end of each day as we remove a link and pray for that person  we focus not only on that person, but also that we are getting ready to celebrate Jesus' Death and Ressurection.

Here is some of what 1A will be learning this month:

Religion-  The Three Days, when we celebrate Jesus' dying and rising to new life.  What it means to be a peacemaker, our choices show our love to God, that God is always ready to forgive us, and the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.

Math-Place Value of two digit numbers, estimating the quantity of a set of up to sixty objects, we will determine the value of a designated number in a digit, write the expanded form of a two-digit number, identifying and writing numbers one less and one more than a given two-digit number, comparing and ordering numbers to 100, and even and odd numbers.

Phonics-Identify and isolate medial sounds, distinguish rhyming words from non-rhyming words, read and write long o and u words,  discriminate between long o and short o words, review long a, i, and o.

Language Arts -  Vowels r-controlled or, ore, ar,er, ir, ur,  fact and opinion, fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, High Frequency Words, verbs, summarizing stories, blend and read words with or, ore ar, er, ir, and ur, distinguishing between expository text and fantasy, compound words, we will use our strategies to monitor and clarify that we understand what it is we are reading, main idea and details, authors purpose, contractions, drawing conclusions, comparing endings with er, and est, and handwriting- letters Rr, Vv, Cc, Jj

Science and Social Studies-animal habitats, Ireland, leprechauns, St. Patrick's Day, how animals grow and change, Dr. Suess' Birthday

Dates to Remember in March

2   Spring Photos

4   Stations of the Cross 9:15

5   Family Dance 6pm

10  Stem Day

10 Stem Day Fair 6pm to 7:30pm

11 3rd Quarter Progress Reports

11 Early Release 12:30

11 Stations of the Cross 9:15

16 Progress Reports Due Back

18 St. Patrick's Day Mass 9:15

18 St. Patrick's Day Free Dress Down

24 Holy Thursday Paraliturgy

25 Good Friday NO SCHOOL

Happy Easter!

Love, Mrs. Allen


February Fun

We start the month of February celebrating Catholic Schools Week.  There are so many fun and exciting activities planned for February 1-5. Here are some of the following things instore for the first 5 days of the month.

Monday-  Spanish Rosary Service at 2:10
Tuesday- PJ Buddy Day- wear your pjs to school
Wednesday-Spirit Day! No Homework! Ice Cream Sundaes!  Wow!
Thursday- Beach Day! and Wild Life Encounters for Grades Pre-k to 3
Friday-A Day of Faith- Buddy Mass at 9:15

This month we will focus on the following areas:

Religion- We will be talking about Holy Week, Ash Wednesday and  Lent. The First and Second Grades will also be talking about Acts of Kindness.  We will be collecting and donating items for the Nashua Humane Society each week during the month.

Math- Math Olympics adding or subtracting 30 basic math facts in 3 minutes, place values of 2 digit numbers, word problems, odd and even numbers, estimating and we will continue to have Math Mania Mondays where my students get to choose many different math games and activities to play reinforcing skills in a fun way!

Language Arts- We will focus on nouns, singular and plural, action verbs, long and short vowel sounds, vowel sounds of y, syllable patterns cv/vc, author's purpose, sequence in a story, comparing and contrasting and the Daily 5.

Science -weather, states of matter, animals

Social Studies- We will focus this month on the Groundhogs Day, Presidents and elections

Other dates to remember in February:

8 1A Valentine Party
10 Ash Wednesday Mass at 9:15
12 Valentine Free Dress
12 Stations of the Cross 2:15
19 Stations of the Cross 2:15
20-28 Winter Vacation

Happy Valentine's Day!
Mrs. Allen

January News

Happy New Year!  It's 2016 and 1A is off to a great start!  We all enjoyed a much needed Christmas Vacation and everyone is eager to learn and grow not only academically but in our faith too!

This month we will be focusing on the followig:


Religion- We are reading and talking about the parish community and it's activities.  We are learning that the parish is a group of Catholics who join together to share God's love and to pray, celebrate and work together.  That the  parish celebrates God's love in the sacraments, Jesus' words and actions celebrated God's love, and that Jesus gave us the sacraments.

Phonics- We will be substituting iniitial sounds to make new words, blending, reading, and writing short vowel e and long a words to complete sentences, read and discuss nonfiction text, recognize facts and short vowels in context.

Math- I will introduce using subtraction facts to find the missing addened, to compare sets, choosing operations in order to solve problems, Venn diagrams, make and interpret tally charts, real graphs, picture graphs,  and bar graphs.

Reading/English/Handwriting-  We will read Who Works Here?, The Big Circle, and Life in the Forest. The focus will be on the Author's purpose for writing, distinguishing between short and long i and o words, cvc patterns, super e words, high frequency words, segmenting and blending words, consonant diagraphs, special titles, contractions, singular and plural nouns, expository text, fiction, sequencing the order of events in a story and proper nouns.  We will practice writing upper and lower case Pp, Ww,and Dd.

Science/Social Studies- parts of nonfiction books,winter  states of matter, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., where animals live.


Happy New Year!

Love, Mrs. Allen

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