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June News

Great Expectations

It's time to say good-bye,

our year has come to an end.

I've made more cherished memories and many more new friends.

I've watched your child learn and grow and change from day to day.

I hope that all the things we've done have helped in some small way.

So it's with happy memories

I send them out the door.

With great hope and expectations,

for what next year holds in store.


Another year is coming to end, and what a FANTASTIC year it has been.  I have seen my students grow accademically, socially, emotionally and mature so much.  I am very proud of each and everyone of my students.

For the last two weeks of school, we will continue to work, learn and grow together as we have all year.  We will also have two days of End of the Year Fun, Spelling Bee's and a Religion Bee.!  These are so much fun and my students LOVE them.

With summer right around the corner I want to remind my students that they should continue reading for comprehension, practice their math facts, keep in mind xtramath.com and IXL will be available over the summer too!  My students are all wonderful Fairy Tale and Expository text writers so continue to write wonderful stories and don't forget to circle your nouns, verbs and adjectives!!

Have a wonderful summer!

Thank you for allowing me to be your child's teacher!  Your children have made each day special for me, and I hope I have made MOST of their days special to them!!!Wink

Be Safe over the summer and don't forget to come and visit me next year!


Love, Mrs.Allen


May News

The Memorare

Remember, most loving Virgin Mary,

never was it heard

that anyone who turned to you for help

was left unaided.

Inspired by this confidence,

though burdened by my sins,

I run to your protection for you are my mother.

Mother of the Word of God.

do not despise my words of pleading

but be merciful and hear my prayer.



We are in our final full month of school. Wow! I can't believe this school year will be coming to an end so soon.  Luckily, we do have one full month of school to do all the things I've planned. Please read below to see SOME of what we will be doing this month.

Religion-We will focus on the Sacrament of Baptism, we will learn ways members of the Church follow Jesus and share the light of his love, what it means to be a peacemaker, Mother Mary, Saints, and God's forgiveness.

Phonics-r-controlled vowels, ur, er, ir, ar, or, ore review, identify and isolate medial sounds, high frequency words, listen to and discuss non-fiction text, initial blends, and recognizing and writing initial and final blends.

Math- We will continue to review and practice counting money, recognizing and identifying the value of coins, telling time to the hour and half hour.  I will introduce measurement using nonstandard units, estimate and measure length and height, finding the perimeter of different shapes, compare lengths, identify inches, estimate and measure length and height in inches and feet.  And we will begin learning to add double digits with no regrouping, and rounding to the nearest 10.

English/Reading/Writing-As a group we will learn to segment and blend two-syllable words, compare endings -er and -est, draw conclusions,learn about contractions with not, consonant pattern -dge, build fluency, review r-controlled er, ir, ur and contractions, 's, 've, and 're. We will read aloud for fluency and with expression, blend and read words with the vowel digraphs, ai, ay, identify singlular and plural possessives, and we will learn to write a friendly letter. My class will also review nouns, verbs, and adjectives in their writing and in isolation.  Finally, we will continue to build on our handwriting skills focusing on letter formation, and neatness.


Dates to Remember

May 11   Used Book and Uniform Sale 3:30-5:30 Church Hall

May 12   Used book Sale-- All students visit, parents welcome 9:00-2:00 Church hall

May 12   Progress Reports sent home

May 16   Diocesan Convocation- Delta Dental Stadium

May 17   Progress Reports due back to school

May 19   May Crowning 9:15am

May 21   Parish/School Mass 10:00am Church

May 24   Walk to School  8:0am Greeley Park

May 26   Hot Lunch ENDS

May 31   Grades Pre-Kto 2 Spring Concert 10:00am  (doors open at 9:30)



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

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