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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


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.

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