First Grade News

elcome to 1st Grade, Room 113

September 28th, 2020

We will have our first math fact test this Wednesday. Be sure to practice the double facts for the test.

Reminder:  All homework is counted towards grades, including any online assignments. Please be sure to complete any online assignments by Friday of each week. If you have not gone on and completed any assignments be sure to do so this week. I only assign one activity per week. 

I sent home everyone's user names and passwords for Raz-kids, IXL, Seesaw, and Boomcards. 

Please label any SCA clothing since all the children are wearing the same clothes. We tend to find sweatshirts on the floor with no names on them.  

September 21st, 2020

The children did an awesome job on their tests this past week. This week I will still read the tests to them but will not help with any answers.

Thursday is Pediatric Cancer Day and we will have a dress down day for $1.

We will not have school on Friday. The teachers will be doing on line professional development classes.

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September 7th, 2020

Homework begins this week. Be sure to check the weekly newsletter and the homework tab on this page. 

Reminder:  School pictures are on September 16th. The children may wear their Sunday best.

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August 31, 2020

Well, we survived our first week of school and the children did a wonderful job. We are practicing social distancing and wearing our masks as well as working hard. AND thank goodness for the new air conditioners!!


If you have not sent in an extra mask please do so. We have already had to change out some masks this week for various reasons.

Friday, is a short day, 11:30 dismissal. We will not have lunch but will still have a snack. 

Continue to pray for everyone's health and safety. We all want to stay in school.

August 21, 2020

Welcome to first grade. I am so excited to be back to school and to be working with your child. Our goal this school year is to become awesome readers, know our addition and subtraction facts, continue to be kind and loving students, and to stay safe. 
Myself and the rest of the school staff will do our best to keep your child safe in our building. Please keep in mind this is all so new to us so if we have to change a few things please bear with us. We are in the learning stage and trying to find what works best for everyone. 

Just a few reminders:  Be sure to check your child's take home folder every night. Some days they will have papers in it to show you and other days there might not be much in it. 

After being in school one day so far we noticed that the children who did not bring their backpacks and were just carrying their folders had a difficult time using the hand sanitizer they are given as they walk into the building in the morning. With that being said it is probably a better idea to send them with their backpacks every day. They did fit into their milkcrates and should not be a problem. Thanks for understanding. 

Please send back the Student Information sheet as soon as possible. It is important that I have everyone's email addresses and phone numbers in the event we end up going back home for elearning. 

You can always reach me at sduh@scaoaklawn and I will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Keep praying for a healthy and safe school year and that we can stay in our classrooms. 

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June 6th


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Friday, May 29th


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Well, we all made it! Today is the last day of first grade. Thank you to all the parents who
turned into at home teachers. You were wonderful!! I can't thank you enough. I look forward to seeing everyone as they drop by school on Monday to pick up a few last things that were left in the classroom and to get report cards. 
Take care and Stay Safe!!

Thursday, May 28th

I hope you were able to see the 8th grade parade yesterday. It was awesome and it looked like they had a blast. 

Joke of the day:
When do you go on red and stop on green?
When you are eating a watermelon.

Tuesday, May 26th

Well, here we are. The last week of E-learning. Back in March when we first left the building and were told we are going into e-learning mode I wasn't sure how it would go and how we were ever going to do this through the end of the year but we all did it!!
 A huge THANK YOU to all the parents who turned into teachers!! I could not have done this without all your help. You all deserve to earn your teaching degree. 
Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

It looks like field day 2020 was a success. Click on the link below and watch the video Mrs. Franks put together with pictures from the day.


Joke of the day:
What school supply is the real King of the classroom?


Thursday, May 21st

I want to thank everyone who joined us on Zoom yesterday. I hope you enjoyed your virtual field trip to Disney World and riding the roller coasters. 

Joke of the day:
Where do cows go on their summer vacation?Moo York!
Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, May 20th

I scheduled a zoom meeting at 12:30 today. The invite was sent last night. I hope you can join us.

I hope you are planning on doing the field day events that Mrs. Franks has planned out and sent everyone. It looks like a lot of fun activities.

Joke of the day:
Why is a baseball game a good place to go on a hot day?
Because they have a lot of fans!

Tuesday, May 19th

Joke of the day:
What do you give a really hot puppy?

Monday, May 18th

I hope everyone had a great weekend. We are down to the last two weeks of e-learning. Hang in there, we can all do this!

This Thursday should be field day. Please consider completing the activities that Mrs. Franks put together and sent to all the families. It will be a nice break from the computer. 

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Our next zoom meeting will be on Wednesday at 12:30. I will send the invite.

Joke of the day:

Why are mountains the funniest place to go on vacation?

Thursday, May 14th

Just a reminder that tomorrow is a professional development day so there will be no school. Have a wonderful day off!

Joke of the day:

What do you get if you are allergic to pasta?

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Wednesday, May 13th

Today is a good day to have a good day!

Thank you so much for all your help in sending me your child's work. The kids are doing awesome! I especially love reading their journal entries.

Joke of the day:
What do you get when you cross an elephant and a skunk?
A smelly-phant!

Tuesday, May 12th

Joke of the day:
What do you call singing insects?

Monday, May 11th

Thank you so much for the beautiful teacher appreciation video. It was so nice to see and hear all kids. It sure made my day!!

Joke of the day:
What does an octopus wear when he gets cold? 
A coat of arms!

Have a wonderful day!

Friday, May 7th

Thank you to all the awesome homeschooling moms. You're the Best!!

Thursday, May 6th

A big thank you to all the parents for helping your child yesterday with the zoom meeting and with printing the Mother's Day paper. 

Joke of the day:
Why was the pony sick?
He was a little horse!

Wednesday, May 6th

Joke of the day:
What has a face and 2 hands by no legs?

A clock!

Tuesday, May 5th

2 Zoom invites will be sent out today. You only need to join one of them. Choose the best time that works for you. I will be doing the same thing on both of them. Please print the two sheets I emailed to use during the zoom meeting. Thank you so much for your help!

Joke of the day:
Why are frogs always happy?
They eat whatever bugs them!

Monday, May 4th

I hope everyone had a great, warm weekend!!

We will have our next zoom meeting on Wednesday morning. I will send you an email with 2 sheets attached to it. Please print it and have it ready for the zoom meeting on Wednesday morning. The zoom invite will be sent on Tuesday.  

Joke of the day:
Why did the teacher wear sunglasses?
Because her students were so BRIGHT!

Friday, May 1st

I am thrilled with all the fun pictures you are sending me of our adventures together. It looks like you are having as much fun as I did making the 'mini me'. Keep the pictures coming and be sure to check them out on the pictures tab on the this web page.

It is also good to see several of you have been on Boom Cards. Check it out if you have not had a chance to.

Wednesday, May 6th will be our next zoom meeting. I have scheduled 2 different times so you can join which ever one is a good time for you. 

Joke of the day:
What is a duck's favorite snack?
Cheese and quackers!

Thursday, April 30th

Yesterday we began using Boom Cards. I received a few email saying they like it. If you have not yet given it a try please do so. There are fun activities on it. 

Joke of the day:
What happened when the whole class tied their shoes together?
They went on a class trip!

Wednesday, April 29th

Happy Birthday, Cecelia!!

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Today I will send an email invite for a zoom meeting on Thursday at 11:00. If the time says anything different than this please let me know. 

Joke of the day;
Where does a king keep his armies?
In his sleevies!

Tuesday, April 28th

Today is a good day to have a good day!
Enjoy the sunny warm weather.

Thursday at 11:00 we will try another zoom meeting for Cecelia's birthday. I will send the invite on Wednesday. Hopefully this one will work better. Thank you for your patience.

Joke of the day:
What is a sheep's hairdresser called?
A baa-baa shop!

Monday, April 27th

Happy Birthday Steven!!

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It's hard to believe it's already the last week in April. Everyone is doing a great job with their e-learning. Keep up your hard work!

This week look for something fun to come in the mail.

Joke of the day:
What is green and can jump a mile a minute?
A grasshopper with hiccups!

Friday, April 24th  

Another week down of E-learning and it was an awesome week.

On Monday, April 27th I will have another zoom meeting to honor Steven's birthday. I'll send the invite on Sunday night. Hope everyone can join us.  
Have a great weekend!!

Thursday, April 23rd

Thank you to all the parents for helping your child with all their school work and for sending pictures of their completed workbook pages. It is a huge help!!  

Keep an eye out for some emails I will be sending today some really fun at home activities, such as making a variety of paper airplanes and seeing which one goes the farthest, and more.  

Joke of the day:
What falls in the winter but never gets hurt?

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Wednesday, April 22nd


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Tuesday, April 21st

We are back in the swing of school work. It is very important that the assignments are completed. Please email me pictures of their completed phonics and math pages and journal entries. I will be taking grades on these as well as assignments on Classkick, IXL, and Raz-kids. 

I will be having another zoom meeting on Wednesday. It will be a lunch bunch meeting so bring your lunch and we will have a virtual picnic. 

Joke of the day:
Why was 6 afraid of 7?
Because 7,8,9!

Monday, April 20th

It was so good to see everyone today on the parade route. We had a great time doing the parade and I am sure there were a few tears shed by students, parents, and teachers. 
Thank you for all the awesome posters along the route. They were so cute!!

Now that all the students have their workbooks I will be assigning pages in them. You can send me picture of the completed work. I will also still be using Classkick, IXL and RAZ-KIDS. Keep up all your hard work. I am so proud of each and every one of you!!

Joke of the day:
How can you make a tissue dance?
You put a little boogie in it!!

Sunday, April 19th

It's so good to be back working with the kids. We are celebrating getting back to elearning by having a parade. All the teachers will be driving around the neighborhood to cheer on our Chargers. We should be starting about 10:00. Be sure to watch for us and give us a shout out! We are excited to see everyone.

If you are looking for something fun to do over break check out these live animal webcams.

Holy Thursday, April 9th
Today is a good day to have a good day!!

We all made it to spring break. Time to relax and regroup before coming back on the 20th. I will be sending out emails with some fun activities to do during break as well as posting some on here too. Keep an eye out for them and be sure to check in here during the next week or so.  

Have a WONDERFUL Easter!!

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April  8th
Riddle of the day:
What do you call a dinosaur with bad vision?
A do-you-think-he-sarus?

Have a wonderful day!!

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April 7th
It was good to see everyone yesterday on zoom. Our next zoom meeting will be after break. 

Riddle of the day:
Why was the math book so sad?
He had too many problems!

April 6th
I will host another Zoom meeting on Monday, at 10:00. Please bring your favorite stuffed animal and pick 3 describing words for it. We will be working on adjectives. I will email the invite to you. Hope to see you!!

Since this is a short week we will be reviewing skills we have already covered. We will not have a spelling test and there won't be any new phonics skills introduced. 

On Tuesday, Doug, on Mystery Science, will have a livestream at 12:00. He will be answering real kids' questions about the current situation we are all dealing with, as well as sharing a few fun surprises.

Riddle of the day:
What do you call a dinosaur that is sleeping?
A dino-snore!

Have a great week!!

April 3rd

Yay!! We made it to the weekend. Week 3 of E-learning is done (after the spelling test) and everyone did a wonderful job of getting their work completed. Take a break from the computer and assignments. I will be hosting another Zoom meeting on Monday at 10:00 and will be sending you the invite on Sunday night. Have a great weekend!!

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April 2nd
Hello first grade, today is going to be a great day to get out and go for a walk. Get some
fresh air. 
Just a reminder, when you are on IXL the recommendations are on the top right hand side of the site, right by the yellow star. Be sure you are doing the recommended assignments and not the others. The other skills will be assigned at a later date. 

Also, when on RAZ-KIDS click on the My Assignments section. I am assigning certain books before you pick your own story to read. Those are the stories that I am grading. 

Have a wonderful day!! 

Riddle of the day:
Why did the cookie go to the nurse?
Because he felt crummy!

April 1st

Riddle of the day:
Knock, Knock
Who's there
Cargo Who?
Car Go "toot toot, 
vroom vroom!"

March 31st

Happy Tuesday!!  I want to thank everyone who is working very hard on all your assignments. You are doing an awesome job and you should be proud of yourself for keeping up with your work! I also love seeing pictures of you journal entries. I hope you are seeing the comments I send back to you. Keep them coming. I miss you all!!

Riddle of the day: 
Why did the teddy bear say no to dessert?
 (Check back tomorrow for the answer)

March 30th

Welcome Back!!  Today I emailed all the parents an IXL Code. Please ignore the email you received yesterday,Sunday. The one from today has all the correct information. This is a sight we will be using for math and phonics/reading practice. We will try some assignments on Tuesday. Please check your email and let me know if you did not get it.

I will be doing another Zoom meeting on Monday at 10:00. We will be playing one of their favorite math games, Around the World. I hope to see many of the children join us. In the mean time I hope everyone has seen the YouTube video of myself reading the rest of the Junie B. Jones book. I will continue reading more books this week. 

I want to thank all my students who are completing all their assignments on Classkick, their journals entries and on RAZ-Kids. I am very proud of all the work I see completed.
Feel free to send me pictures of journal entries or just a picture of them working hard. 

Riddle of the day:
Why wouldn't the shrimp share his treasure?
He was a little shellfish!!

March 27th

Well, we all did it. Week 2 is done so now enjoy your weekend. No Homework!!  It was so good to see the kids this week on Zoom. They also seemed to be happy to see each other. I am glad most of you were able to join us. Next week I will be hosting more Zoom meetings and we will be playing some math games. This seems the way we are going to be doing lessons these days.
Have a great weekend!!

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Riddle of the day:
Knock, Knock
Who's there?
Boo who?
Don't cry it's just a joke!!

March 26th
Hang in there. Everyone is doing awesome on their assignments. Friday is almost here and week 2 is just about done. Be sure to check back on your Classkick assignments. They are graded and there are comments on them. 

Riddle of the day:
What kind of key opens a banana?
A mon-key!!

March 25th

A big shout out to all the parents for helping the kids with all their assignments and navigating around the internet for them. I know it's not easy finding all these sites we are using. Everyone is doing a great job!!

Riddle of the day:
What does the ocean do when it sees it friends?

It waves!!

March 24th
Great Job, first grade!  Everyone seemed to get the hang of Classkick. Be sure to check back for comments on your work. Also, I love seeing your journal stories and pictures of you working at home. It warms my heart to see how hard you are working and are missing school. I too, am missing school. I will send another video today. Be sure to look for it. Have a great day and stay safe!!

Riddle of the day:
What animal can you always find at a baseball game?
A Bat!

March 23rd

Happy Birthday, Beckett! 

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We hope you have a wonderful day!!

Hi, First Grade, I hope everyone had a fun weekend with your families. I will be sending a video email to the parents today. Please keep an eye out for it. 

Riddle of the day:
What do you call a cheese that's not yours?
  Nacho cheese!

Sunday, March 22

Be sure to download the website/app Classkick so your child can complete assignments for the week on it. You don't have to send me their work through email. I see it at my end on the site.

Friday, March 20th
I set up an account for the students to go on to complete daily activities. It is called Classkick. It is an app you will have to download on an Ipad or on your laptop. 

Each assignment has a special code to get into. I will post the code each day. If you would like to try it out there is a practice assignment I put up today and the code is UJD54K. The site also offers an introductory lesson and the code is 8IE2IQ.  Let me know how it works out for you. I can see the assignment at my end as they are doing it. 

Good morning, First Grade! I hope everyone is hanging in there. It has been a trying first week of e-learning for all of us. Just do the best you can and hopefully all this will get easier as we go along.  

Try to administer a spelling test today and if you want to screen shot it and email it to me that would be great. You can always email me pictures of any work they are doing at home, like their journal entries. 

Our class is rockin' RAZ-KIDS. So many have been on it, reading stories and taking quizzes. 

Journal entry:
Some activities I like to do in the spring are...

Riddle of the day:
Where do cows go on Friday nights?
To the Mooooo-vies!

Thursday, March 19th

 Happy First Day of Spring!

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Journal entry:
During Lent I am trying to...

Riddle of the day:
What gets wetter when it dries?
A Towel!

I have seen many of you have been busy on RAZ-KIDS. That is wonderful!! Keep up your great work you are all doing. I have sent several of you messages on RAZ-KIDS. Be sure to look for it. 

Be sure to click on the Class pictures tab to the left to see our smiling faces. 

Wednesday, March 18th,

Journal entry:
After school I like to ...

Riddle of the day:
Why did the kid cross the playground?
To get to the other slide!!

If you are looking for some physical activities to do other than running around the house GONOODLE is a class favorite. You can find them at
or you can find them on YouTube.

A reminder:  When going on RAZ-Kids your child's password is his/her first name. 

Tuesday, March 17th 

So, day 1 of E-Learning is done and over. I hope everyone survived. Just a few notes for today.

*We understand that all this work may seem like a lot. This is new to all of us and we will try to do our best to keep you updated with the curriculum. Just try to do your best and what you are able to do. 

*Every day we will be posting a journal sentence. If possible, get a spiral notebook to write and draw in. You can choose to complete the sentence or write how you spent the day. You can also draw a picture to go with it (like we do in school).It will be fun to hear your sentences and we will share some of them when we come back. 

Journal entry for Tues, March 17th;
If I caught a leprechaun I would.....

Monday, March 16th

While we are home for the next few weeks we will post some assignments so the children do not fall behind. A packet of work was sent home with each child and it is expected to come back once we return. We do not expect them to complete it all in one day. They should spread out the work and do a little each day along with any assignments that are posted on this sight. 

We suggest that your child follows this schedule;
Monday- Sight words, spelling words, and vocabulary words and reading fluency
Tuesday- Reading fluency and Math facts
Wednesday- Reading fluency, math facts, and Religion
Thursday- Reading fluency, spelling words,math facts and science
Friday- Try to administer a spelling and sight word test if possib

There are a lot of wonderful websites your child can go on while home. They are posted under each subject on our Week in Review tab. 

Please don't forget RAZ-Kids. It is a great resource for their reading fluency and comprehension ( I get a report every Sunday of who has been on it and how they did).

You can email us any time with questions and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Please pray that we are all back to school as soon as possible and let your children know that we will miss them and pray that they stay safe. 

Our first grade had a wonderful visit from the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. She brought in 3 different animals for us to see, observe, touch, draw, and learn about. Thank you FSA, for funding our visitor.  

If you are planning on doing the Great America Read to Succeed program don't forget to register. 

Even though the whole school did not attend mass on Friday our first grade did and they did an awesome job on the readings and petitions.

This part of the school year we step the reading fluency. Please be sure your child is reading every night to you. The more the read they better they will get. 

Don't forget, RAZ-Kids is a great way to build reading skills. The children should go on it at least once during the week and read a story, listen to it and take the quiz. When I get my weekly reports of who has been on it and I see how they did I will always inform you if I see that your child is struggling with certain reading skills so we can both help them. We want your children to be successful in reading and RAZ-Kids is a wonderful tool.


*If you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions you can always reach me at