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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.


December News 2017

Merry Christmas

Loving God, Help us remember the birth of Jesus,

that we may share in the song of the angels,

the gladness of the shepherds,

and worship of the wise men.



Thanksgiving and Christmas two of my MOST favorite times of the year!  I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with good food, family, friends, and REST!  Now that the Christmas season is upon us, I am so excited for all the things we will do, and learn.

In RELIGION we will focus on Advent, a time of preparing for Jesus' birth, and Christmas, when we celebrate the birth of Jesus. We will attend church as a school for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on  Friday, December 8.  Then we will read, and talk about the Holy Spirit and how the Holy Spirit helps Jesus' followers, Pentecost, the day the Holy Spirit came to Jesus' followers and that the Holy Spirit is the Third Person of the Blessed Trinity.

In MATH we will continue to work on our Fact Families, basic math facts addition and subtraction.  We will review tally marks in charts, I will introduce graphs, identify sets of tens, count by ten, write number words 11-100, estimate, and place value of digits, finally  we will start Math Olympics this month.

In Phonics we will continue to read and write High Frequency Words, match medial sounds, discriminate between words that do and do not have a long vowel sound, write and read words with a long vowel sounds.

In READING/ENGLISH we will learn about initial consonant blends, interrogative sentences, plot of a story, identifying main idea and details of a story, cause and effect, High Frequency Words, reading with fluency and accuracy, final blends, exclamatory sentences, sequence of a story, digraphs, and review common nouns and writing a friendly letter.

SOCIAL STUDIES/SCIENCE- We will read and write about the Rain Forest,  Desert, Ocean and Prairie.  We will learn about Christmas, Saint Nicholas, St. Juan Diego and the Advent Wreath.

Dates to Remember in December

8    Immaculate Conception Mass at 9:15

Progress Reports go home

Christmas Tree Lighting at 5:30

12   Pre-k to Grade 2 Christmas Concert 10:00am

13   Progress Reports Due Back

15   School Field Trip --9:15

21   Christmas Prayer Service 11:30

Red, White and Green Christmas Free Dress




Wishing every one a Very Merry Chirstmas and a Happy and Healthy 2018.

Love, Mrs. Allen

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