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November News

Thanksgiving Day

Thanksgiving Day will soon be here

it comes around but once a year

if I could only have my way.

We'd have Thanksgiving every day!

This is one of my favorites months of the year!  We will learn about Pilgrims, Wampanoags, Veterans, and Thanksgiving! Wow! So many interesting topics to discuss, read about and learn why each are so important to us as Americans! We will of course be learning all kinds of other things too this month like:

Religion--We will learn about the church year or the yearly cycle of the church, the people who followed Jesus and what they learned from him, that Jesus taught his followers to pray, The Lord's Prayer and the meaning of the words.

Math--We will use addition strategies to find the sums through 20, addition strategies with three addends, word problems, subtraction, to add and subtract horizontal and vertical form, and use a number line to count back to find the differnece.

Phonics-- Blending, writing and rhyming with short o and u, short a, i, and o review, sing the Vowel Bat and Q and U Stuck Like Glue songs.

English/Reading/Handwriting- The focus will be on: recognizing and identifying short i and o words, High Frequency Words, the plot and summarizing of a story, final x in words, key features of fantasy stories and poems, subjects of the sentence, compare and contrast, consonant (x/ks) read for fluency, characters and setting of a story,predicates of a sentence, plueral -s, and consonant s/z and we will continue working on letter formation by writing stories, our letters and spelling words.

Social Studies/Science- We will learn, read and talk about Veteran's Day, Thanksgiving, Wampanaogs, and Pilgrims. We will also learn about animals that hibernate, and the food groups.

Dates to Remember


1   "Winter" Uniform Dress Begins

Hot Lunch Ordering Begins

All Saints Day Mass 9:15

7    Barnes and Knoble Night  6-7:30


15  Lifetouch Photo Retakes

16  Parent Teacher Conferences

21  Crazy Sock Day

Prayer Service 11:30


29 Christmas Shopping



Outstanding October


M is for Mother, Mother of God

A is for affectionate, loving and kind

R is for righteous, one of few

Y is for youthful, youthful at heart

It will be a busy month in 1A.  We will spend lots of time learning about the rosary, praying a decade of the rosary each week, and learning about Mary the Mother of God.  Our class will be going on our first field trip with our 6th Grade Buddies and we will have a Halloween Party on Tuesday, October 31!


In RELIGION as a clas we will learn that God chose Mary to be the Mother of his Son, the story of Jesus' birth, Jesus lived in Nazareth with Mary and Joseph (the Holy Family) John the Baptist,

In MATH our focus will be on word problems, reviewing the + plus , = equal, and - minus signs, adding sums, related addition facts, addition patterns,doubles through 12, doubles + 1, addition strategies,  adding 3 addends,

In PHONICS we will continue to sing our Vowel, and Vowel Bat songs, review rhyming,  introduce short a, i, and o, read short a, i, and o  words in context, and write short a, i, and o words.

Language Arts and Handwriting, -We will read and write High Frequency Words, work on our comprehension skills, using the 5 fingure Retell Hand, simple sentences, verbs and adjectives, sort nouns and verbs,  We are slowly getting familiar to the Daily 5, we are working on building our stamina, learning to read to self for 5  minutes. In HANDWRITING we will practice our letter formation for the following letters, J,W, D, K, R, L, H.

Social Studies and Science-This month we will learn about Christopher Columbus, different kinds of leaves, bats, and pumpkins





18    Lifetouch Portraits


31    HALLOWEEN FREE DRESS / 1A Halloween Party


Aug/September 1A News

The 2017-2018 School year has begun!  The Meet and Greet went VERY well as I got to meet all of my new students and parents.  I am so excited to begin our school year.  We will focus on learning to be First Graders, getting familiar with rules, routine and work!  This is going to be an exciting year as we learn and grow together.


Some of the things we will be learning:

Relgion- God is our Father, the Blessed Trinity, Jesus grew up in a family,  that God chose Mary to be the Mother of his Son, the story of Jesus' birth and that we are growing as disciples of Jesus Christ.

Phonics-  We will focus on initial, medial and final consonants reading high frequency words and review short vowel sounds.

Math- Review numbers 1-12, solving word problems by finding and eleminating extra information, recognizing and drawing groups with one fewer and one more than the given group, ordering numbers 1-12, using a number line, numbers that are just before, between and just after a given number, ordinal numbers and positions, introduce the (+) and (-) signs, and explore the concept of addition as the joining of groups of objects with sums of 6 or less.

Reading/English/Handwriting- We begin the year reviewing and learning about vowels long and short, nouns, verbs, adjectives, parts of a book, print awareness, characters, setting and plot of a story.  HIgh Frequency Words, realisitic fiction and fantasy, simple sentences, building on our letter formation to improve on pennmenship

Social Studies/Science- School community, rules, routines, friendship, recognizing and identifying different kinds of leaves , Johnny Appleseed,  and parts of an apple.


Dates to remember


Sept. 5  1st Day wearing uniforms

Sept.10-15 Scholastic Book Fair- Library

Sept. 13 Parent Information Night 6:45pm

Sept. 22  Corpus Christi Brown Bag Collection begins

Sept. 25  1st School Mass(Mercy Day Mass) 9:15am

Hot lunch begins

Sept. 28  Corpus Christi Brown Bags due at 9:00am


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