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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


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

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