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March News


Your're loud. You're noisy.

A blustery old chap!

You whistle, you moan

you tear at my cap!

You blow, you scowl.

But March, you are fair.

Part lion, part lamb,

Now Spring's in the air.

This month we will focus on Lent, and St. Patrick's Day.  We will also be learning and doing a lot of fun things.  Thursday, March 9th is our school wide STEM Fair!  1A has been busy working on their experiment testing which brand of popcorn pops and tastes the best.  Come and find out which popcorn is the best tasting  and which one you get more for your money.


Religion-We will read about and discuss how the Apostles led and cared for the church, learn  the roles of bishops, and the pope.  That Lent is a time to prepare for the celebration of Jesus' Death and Resurrection, and The Three Days.


Math will focus on recognizing and knowing the value of the penny, nickel, dime, and quarter. We will count coins to find the value of a group of coins, word problems involving money, identifying groups of coins that show the same amount, equal amounts and compare an amount of money to the price of an item.  We will also learn to tell time to the hour and half hour, recognize and identify the minute and hour hand, and elapsed time.


Phonics will review long o, and identify and isolate medial sounds, recognize and write long o in words, matching medial sounds, recognizing long u rimes, word families, reading and writing long u words, and identifying syllables in a word.

Reading/ Lanuguage Arts, and Writing- We will focus on the vowel sounds of the letter y, High Frequency Words, Sequencing in a story, we will discuss features of a realistic story, syllable pattern cv, action verbs, consonant patterns ng, nk, compare and contrast, compound words, verbs that add -s, plural endings with -es, fact and opinon, and we will continue working on our letter formation.

Science/Social Studies- We will  read Life in a Pride and discuss attributes of lions, and their habitat. Next, we will explore engineering, by reading about and discussing how houses are built to fit a certain place. Then, we will explore weather by reading What is the Weather like? and discuss the many parts that make up weather? We will learn about Dr. Seuss and read many of his books, and I will be reading about George Washington Carver, and then we will be writing facts,  an opinion and the authors purpose on the story.


February News

Happy Valentine's Day to My Students!

I'm happy you're my students,

I hope you can see,

I'm really glad to have you as my 1A family.

The month of February we will have a lot to learn and do!  Some of what we will be doing is:


Religion-learning how the Holy Spirit helps the church grow, that the church began on Pentacost, the apostles led and cared for the church, the role of bishops in the church, and that the pope  leads and cares for the whole church

Phonics- long a,i, o, and u short o, and i, identify and isolate medial sounds, distinguish rhyming words from non-rhyming, identify long o and u words in sentences, recognize and read long o words, and identify and count syllables in a word

Math-place values of two digit numbers, add and subtract numbers horizontally and vertically, fact families, adding three addends, using addition and subtraction to find the missing part of a number sentence, choosing appropriate strategies to solve a problem and to recognize the value of the penny, nickel, dime and quarter, to find the value of a group of coins, and identify two groups of coins that show the same value

Reading/Language Arts, - We will be working on and reviewing long and short e sounds,  nouns in sentences, High Frequency Words, segment and blend words with long e, read words in isolation and in context, we will compare and contrast two or more things in a passage, review expository text and writing, identifying topics, vowel sounds of y, sequencing, action verbs,

Social Studies/Science- The presidents, the White House, Groundhogs Day, St. Valentine, Dr. Martin Luther King, George Washington Carver, Rosa Parks, sharks and their environment

Handwriting- We will continue to work on letter formation, writing sentences, stories, and opinions


Dates to Remember

Feb. 1 Tiger Anti-Bullying Program, Spirit Day, No Homework for entire school

Feb. 2 Beach Day- Wear your favorite summer outfit and bring a beach towel

Feb. 5 Pajama Day, movie with our 6th grade buddies

Feb. 17 Progress Reports


Feb. 22 Progress Reports due back to school



Welcome 2017


January opens

The box of the year

And brings out days

That are bright and clear.

And brings out days

That are cold and gray,

And shouts, "Come see

What I brought today!"

We are back from a nice Christmas Vacation, and I am sure we are all well rested and ready to take on the New Year!  We will be very busy as we usually are each month with activities, such as Mass with Bishop and Christian, Catholic Schools Week.

Some of what 1A will be learning this month are as follows:

Religion- We will focus on Jesus' love for us, and that he died on the cross for us,  that Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to his followers and how the Holy Spirit helped Jesus' followers

Math- place values, writing two digit number and number words, determine the value of a designated number, expanded form of 2digit numbers, identify and write numbers one less and one more of two digit numbers, write numbers just before, between, and just after a given two digit number and to compare 2 digit numbers using the symbols for greater than, less than and equal to.

Phonics-leanring long vowel a, i and o, reading and writing long a, i  and o words, identify and isolate medial sounds, and to discriminate between long and short vowel a, i, and o

Language Arts and Reading- reading and writing long vowel words, High Frequency Words, cause and effect, sounds of soft and hard G and C, proper nouns, author's purpose, digraphs, wh, ch, tch, special titles, sequence and contractions and the Daily 5

Handwriting- We will continue to build on our hand writing skills, by writing stories, and sentences, unscrambling words and writing them, focusing on letter formation, and sitting in our best handwriting position.

Social Studies and Science- We will read and write about Dr. Martin Luther King, our new president, polar bears and their habitats


Dates to Remember

Jan. 16 NO SCHOOL - Dr. Martin Luther King Day

Jan. 30 Catholic School Week Mass 9:15am


Happy New Year!!



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