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December News





For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"  -Luke 2:11-14



This month will be filled with MANY fun and exciting activities! We will focus on Advent , as a season to prepare for Christmas when Christ's first coming to us is remembered, and Christmas when the Church celebrates the birth of Jesus.

In math we will be reviewing our basic addition and subtraction facts, and learning to choose operations and a strategies to solve word problems, identifying tens as a set of 10 ones, read and write numbers and number words for decade names ten to one hundered, and estimating quantities in a set up to 60.

Reading/English/Phonics/Handwriting-We will continue to work on the main idea, details and retelling of a story.  I will introduce initial blends, short e words, interrogative sentences, identifying topics, writing short e words, short u, High Frequency Words, cause and effect, final blends and exclamatory sentences. We will also continue to work on our handwriting, writing sentences and stories in our journals.

Science and Social Studies-We will explore animals and their habitats, solar system, the human body (bones) and map skills, symbols of the country


Dates to Remember

Dec. 1 Hot Lunch Ordering for January begins

Dec. 2 Christmas shopping for 1A and 1M

Barnes and Noble Free Dress

Dec. 8 Immaculate Conception Mass 9:15am

Dec. 9 Christmas Shoeboxes Due

Progress Reports

Christmas Tree Lighting Festival 5:30 Church Hall and Tree Lighting at 6:15pm back parking lot

Dec. 14 Progress Reports Due back

Dec. 15 PreK-Grade 2 Christmas Concert 10:00am (church doors open at 9:30)

Dec. 21 Christmas Free Dress  Red, Green and White

Prayer Service 9:15am

Early Release 12:30pm NO AFTER CARE

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of my 1A parents, families and students!


November News

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!


November will be filled with many fun activities which include learning about the saints, getting together with our 6th grade buddies, Barnes and Noble Night, and Crazy Sock Day!


Some of what we will be learning this month :

Religion- Saints, Great Commandment, growing as a disciple of Jesus, the church year, apostles, the Lords Prayer and it's meaning,

Math- We will begin a new unit which will focus on subtraction facts, recognizing the minus (-) and equals (=) signs, subtraction sentences, identifying the difference when subtracting, add and subtract with zero, subtracting in both horizontal and vertical form, counting back using a number line, subtraction patterns, related subtraction facts, and to recognize the relationship between addition and subtraction.

Phonics-recognize and blend words with short vowel o and u,writing short vowel o and u words, read short o and u words and high frequency words in context, reviewing short vowel a, and i,

Reading/English/Handwriting- We will learn about the plot of a story, practice reading with fluency and accuracy, segment and blend words with short i, final x/ks, decode words in context and isolation, review past and present High Frequency Words, subject and predicate of the sentence, declarative  and interrogative sentences, key features of a fantasy story and short poem, initial blends,  Daily 5 read to self, read to someone and listen to reading, plurals, character and setting. In handwriting we will continue to work on letter formation, which include the letters l, x,.

Science/Social Studies- The food groups, trees in winter, Native Americans, the Wampanoags, Thanksgiving, and Pilgrims.





September/October News

The leaves are yellow, red, and brown,

A shower sprinkles softly down

and the air is fragrant, crisp and cool,

And once again, I'm back at school.

We have been working hard at learning how to be First Graders!  My students have made new friends, learned and are learning classroom rules, expectations and to live by the "Golden Rule".

Some of what we will be learning :

Religion-God created the whole world, and people, God promises to love us always, Blessed Trinity, Jesus is God's greatest gift, teaching the sign of the cross, God chose Mary to be the mother of her son, the story of Jesus' birth, Holy Family, John the Baptist, and the Great Commandment

Math-ordering numbers 1-12, using a number line to 12 to count on, and count back, identify and write numbers to 12 that are just before, between, and just after,comparing numbers through 12 using terms equal to, less than, and greater than, ordinal numbers, addition sentences, introducing the (+)plus and ( -)minus sign, related addition facts, identify patterns and complete additon patterns, add doubles

Phonics-sound symbol recognition, initial and final consonant sounds, medial consonants, High Frequency Words, short vowel a, i,  blending cvc words with short a, i

Reading-We will focus on High Frequency Words, nouns, verbs, adjectives, descriptive words, the plot of a story, characters, setting, identify syllables in words, realistic fiction and non fiction stories, realism, fantasy, "Good Fit Books", Daily 5, C.A.F.E, simple sentences, and handwriting

Social Studies/Science-Johnny Appleseed, parts of an apple, north, south, east and west, neighborhoods, pumpkins, parts of a pumpkin, plant life, maps, earth, and globe


We will be celebrating Johnny Appleseeds birthday on Monday, September 26, by making delicious apple sauce.

Our FIRST party will be Monday, October 31, to celebrate Halloween!! Yeah!

Hot Lunch begins on Monday, September 26!!!  :)



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