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March News

Winds of March

Winds of March, we welcome you,

there is work fo you to do.

Work and play and blow all day,

blow the winter cold away.

Here is a peek into what will be happening in 1A in March.


Religion-We will continue to learn about Lent, attend Stations of the Cross each Friday, we will continue to do acts of kindness and or make sacrifices, giving up something we love, tv, video games, etc.   Our class will also learn about the importance of the Three Days, and Easter.

Phonics- The focus this month will be on: discrimating between long and short vowel words, writing long vowel words, identifying sounds of the final y as a vowel, r controlled vowels, high frequency words, initial l, r, s-blends and final blends, digraphs, th, ch, sh, and wh.

Math- We will continue to learn about money, recognizing coins and their values, and finding the value of a group of coins and continue to learn to tell time to the hour and half hour on a digital and analog clock, estimate time, ordinal numbers, and word problems.

Reading/English/Handwriting-We will focus on consonant patterns, ng, nk, high frequency words, compare and contrast, compound words, verbs that add -s, verbs for past and for future, endings -es,ed, ing, fact and opinion, r controlled vowels, or, ore,ar,  author's purpose, and contractions. We are continuing to work on our writing skills, checking for letter formation and neatness.

Social Studies/Science- In Social Studies, we will learn about St. Patrick and Dr. Seuss.  In Science we will focus on weather, and nutrition.


Dates to Remember

8 STEM Fair 5:30

9 Early Release 12:30  NO AFTERCARE

16 St. Patrick's Day free dress down

21 Life Touch Spring Pictures



February News

Jesus is God's Valentine, Sent to you with Love.


I can't believe we are in our 3rd marking period.  The year is flying by, however there is still much to do and learn.  Read about SOME of the things we will be doing this month!

Religion We will talk about and read how Jesus' words and actions celebrated God's love, and ways we celebrate God's love. I will introduce the 7 Sacraments and discuss their importance to our Catholic faith. That the church welcomes new members at Baptism, and we will learn what is said and done on the day of our baptism!  Lent begins on Wednesday, February 14th, we will learn and read about Lent, and we will attend stations of the cross each week during Lent.

Phonics- We will continue to review the long vowel sounds focusing on long u and e, by writing, reading and recognizing long u and e in words.  We will write long e word families, identify and isolate medial sounds.  I will introduce final y as a vowel and we will learn the long e and i sound of the final y and read and write words with final y as a vowel.

Math We have started Math Olympics and we are off to a great start! This activity helps to build basic math facts in a fun way.  Our class will continue to add numbers with sums of 20 or less.  I will introduce money and time and addition and subtraction to find the missing part of a number sentence. My students will learn to recognize and identify the penny, nickel, dime, quarter and a dollar bill and their value. They will count coins to find their value, recognize groups of coins that show the same amount, and identify coins equivalent to a dollar.  Our focus on time will be learning the difference between an analog and digital clock, telling time to the hour, half hour and elapsed time.

Reading/English/Handwriting Our class will continue to work on fluency and accuracy in our reading.  We will continue to build on our reading strategies (C.A.F.E) to help us improve on our reading skills.  My students will identify, read, and write long u and e words, they will learn about the Author's Purpose for writing a story, inflected ending -ed, singular and plural nouns.  I will introduce comparing and contrasting of characters and stories, syllbles vc/vc, the vowel sound of y, sequence in a story, syllable pattern cv, and review verbs, nouns, and adjectives. In handwriting, we will continue to work on letter formation, and sitting in our best handwriting position.

Science and Social Studies We will learn about groundhogs, the difference between a solid, liquid and a gas, maps, St. Valentine and presidents.


Happy Valentine's Day!



Happy New Year 2018

Happy New Year!

Welcome back to school today.

I'm so glad that you are here!

We will start the New Year off,

with a little cheer.

I love school!  I'll try so hard!

This New Year will be great!

We'll learn so much and work so hard,

I can hardly wait!

Look at what we will be doing this month!

Math-place value of digits, expanded form, identifying numbers before, between, after, comparing numbers using symbols >, <, and =, ordering numbers, word problems, even and odd numbers, counting by 2, 5 and 10, basic addition and subtraction facts.

Reading/English/Handwriting/Phonics- long a,i,o, High Frequency Words, cause and effect, soft and hard c and g sound, proper nouns, author's purpose, digraphs, wh, ch, tch, special titles, sequence of a story, and contractions. We will continue to practice our writing skills improving letter formation, and writing words with the letters, p, w and t.

Religion-That the church began on Pentecost, the Holy Spirit helped the Church to grow, Apostles led and cared for the Church, the role of bishops to lead and care for the church, the pope leads and cares for the Church, ways the church serves others, the parish joins together to celebrate God's love, is like a family, and works together to help people.


Science/SocialStudies- We will read and explore wild places and wildlife the rain forest, desert, ocean, and the praire, dolphins, hare and weasel,  explore force and recognizing a push is a force and maps. In Social Studies we will read, discuss and learn about Dr. Martin Luther King.

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