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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



June News

Great Expectations

It's time to say good-bye,

our year has come to an end.

I've made more cherished memories and many more new friends.

I've watched your child learn and grow and change from day to day.

I hope that all the things we've done have helped in some small way.

So it's with happy memories

I send them out the door.

With great hope and expectations,

for what next year holds in store.


Another year is coming to end, and what a FANTASTIC year it has been.  I have seen my students grow accademically, socially, emotionally and mature so much.  I am very proud of each and everyone of my students.

For the last two weeks of school, we will continue to work, learn and grow together as we have all year.  We will also have two days of End of the Year Fun, Spelling Bee's and a Religion Bee.!  These are so much fun and my students LOVE them.

With summer right around the corner I want to remind my students that they should continue reading for comprehension, practice their math facts, keep in mind xtramath.com and IXL will be available over the summer too!  My students are all wonderful Fairy Tale and Expository text writers so continue to write wonderful stories and don't forget to circle your nouns, verbs and adjectives!!

Have a wonderful summer!

Thank you for allowing me to be your child's teacher!  Your children have made each day special for me, and I hope I have made MOST of their days special to them!!!Wink

Be Safe over the summer and don't forget to come and visit me next year!


Love, Mrs.Allen


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)


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