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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


December In 1A


The Christmas Season is probably the most exciting time of year for children and children at heart!   Our class this month will focus on Advent, when we prepare for the birth of Jesus, Christmas Day when we celebrate Jesus' birth, and the importance of the  Advent Wreath.

I will also introduce subtraction using a number line, fact families, related subtration and addition facts.  In Phonics we will focus on short vowel u, write short vowel u words in context and reveiw all the short vowel sounds.  In Reading/English we will learn about Exclamatory sentences, review asking and telling senteces, common nouns, digraphs and cause and effect.

Some important dates to remember this month are: Friday, December 4, at 6pm for the Christmas Tree lighting, Tuesday, Decemember 8, Immaculate Conception Mass at 9:15 and Thursday, December 10, Pre-k-2 Christmas Concert at 10:00am.


I would like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy and HEALTHY New Year!!:)



Mrs. Allen




November News

My favorite time of year is finally here!  Thanksgiving is a time for each of us to think about all the blessings we have been given.  This month 1A will talk about things we are thankful for  big and small.  I am THANKFUL for being  able to teach first grade at St. Christopher School, my son, family and friends.  We will talk about about  Native Americans, Pilgrims, and making good healthy food choices.


We will also be learning about: In Religion The Church Year, Ordinary Time, Advent, Christmas, Three Days, Easter, Jesus had many followers called disciples, He taught his followers how to pray,  and taught us the Lord's Prayer. In Math we will focus on adding sums of 11 and 12, applying math vocabulary in order to understand and solve math problems, identifying patterns and completing addition patterns, adding doubles, doubles + 1, using addition strategies to find sums of 12, addign three addends with sums of 12, This month in Phonics we will be working on our short vowel sounds and writing them in context. In Reading/English/Handwriting we will be looking at short a, i, and o words,  writing sentences, High Frequency Words,the plot of a story, Fantasy story, final consonant x,  and subject of sentences.  In Science/Social Studies we will focus on the food groups, Native Americans, Pilgrims and maps.


Happy Thanksgiving!



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