First Grade News

elcome to 1st Grade, Room 113

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September 18, 2023

School pictures will be on Wednesday. Be sure to order on line or send in your order forms with your child on Wednesday.

On Thursday this week we will take all our weekly tests- spelling, sight words, vocabulary and comprehension.

There will be a pep rally on Thursday afternoon in the gym at 1:30.

No school on Friday!


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September 11, 2023

Just a reminder that Wednesday, September 13th is our first 1:00 dismissal day. Extended care will still be available.

School pictures are on Wednesday, September 20th.

September 5, 2023

Homework begins this week. Please be sure to have your child complete it and return it the very next day.

1:00 Dismissal on Wednesday, Sept. 13th 

Picture day is Sept. 20th.


happy september

August 28, 2023

We had a great first week of school. The kids seem to be getting into our class routines.

Wednesday, August 30th is Meet the Teacher Night beginning at 6:00 in the church followed by classroom visits. I look forward to meeting you and going over how our first grade class works. 
August 17, 2023

have a good week


I am looking forward to working with your son/daughter this school year. 

Monday, August 21st is supply drop off day from 1:00-3.00. Please consider dropping by with all school supplies. This is a huge help and it makes the first day go smoother.

First day of school is on Tuesday August 22nd. I will be on the parking lot looking for all my students. Dismissal is at 11:00. 

If you have any questions feel free to email me at [email protected]

June 6, 2023
Enjoy your summer!!

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April 3, 2023

We finally made it to the week before spring break. It is a short week. 

On Thursday we will attend the Holy Week prayer service and dismissal is at 11:30.

Wednesday will be another SCA spirit day and the kids can wear any SCA clothes they have.

There will not be any tests this week, we are just reviewing all skills so far. 

Have a Wonder Easter and relaxing break!

March 13, 2023


We will be reviewing all reading/phonics skills up to this point this week. Because of the short week we will not have a reading or spelling test. Please continue to read every night at home.

On March 3oth our school will be hosting a family literacy night with many fun activities planned. It runs from 6:00-7:30. Mark your calendars.

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March 6, 2023

This Wednesday, the 8th is 1:00 a dismissal day. The children can wear any SCA spirit wear clothes or their gym clothes.
Extended care is available.

Thursday reports cards go home. Please be sure to send back the empty envelope. 

Thursday, March 16th is St. Baldrick's Day. The children can wear their St. Baldrick's t-shirts or anything else green. 

We do not have school on Friday, March 17th.


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February 13, 2023


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The kids can bring in Valentine cards to pass out to the whole class. We have 21 in our class. Just have them sign their own name and not address the cards. This helps alleviate confusion. They may also bring in treats to pass out but they are not required to. We will have a small party in our classroom.

Since we have a short week there will be no tests this week. Please continue to read at home and practice math facts. 

The president research project is due on Tuesday, February 22. The kids are excited about their project and have been telling me about their presidents they picked out. 

Have a great week!!

Happy New Year!

January 9, 2023
I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! The children all had a lot to tell us when they came back on Thursday.

Just a reminder that this Wednesday, January 11th is a 1:00 dismissal day and extended care is available.

First grade will be doing the readings at mass this Friday, January 13th. Feel free to join us.

Catholic Schools Week will begin on Sunday, January 29th at 9:00 mass followed by open house. Be sure to stop by our class to see what we have been up to.

The 100th day of school is on Monday, January 30th. Our class may come to school dressed like they are 100 years old. 

Have a great week!

December 12, 2022
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We are entering our last week before Christmas break. Please remind your child we still have work to do and to be sure to do their best. 
We also have a fun week planned. 

Our Christmas music program is Tuesday night at 7:00. I will be there to open the classroom doors no earlier than 6:45.
Coats can be left in the classroom because the children will be dismissed from the classroom after the program is over. 

Just a reminder that Wednesday is a 1:00 dismissal day and there won't be any after care available.

Our class party will be on Monday, December 19th.

First grade and kindergarten are celebrating Grinch day on Tuesday, December 20th. The children may wear anything green or they can wear their pj's.

Dismissal on Wednesday, December 21st will be at 1:00 and after care will not be available. 

Have a Wonderful Christmas!!

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November 28, 2022

It was nice talking to everyone at parent conferences. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. 

The children may dress down on Wed, Nov. 30th for Juvenile Diabetes. For $1 they can dress in anything blue. 

Our class will attend Santa's Secret Shop on December 6th. More information will be sent home.

Our Christmas concert in church will be on Tuesday, Dec. 13th. More information will be sent home, also. 

November 7, 2022

Happy November

Parent conference sign up is open now. Be sure to sign up for a time slot. I would love to see everyone in person if possible. Conferences are on Tuesday, November 22nd.

This Friday, November 11th is Veterans Day. All Veterans are welcome to join us for 8:30 mass this week followed by a short reception in Kane Hall.

Our class will attend the book fair this Thursday the 10th at 8:30. If you want your child to purchase a book please send the money with them. If they don't have money with them they can still attend and they can fill out a wish list to bring home. 

We are running short on Kleenex. If you can send in a box I would really appreciate it. We have a lot of runny noses in class. Please remind your child not to put their fingers in their mouths. We are trying our best to stop that in the room. 

Have a wonderful week!!

October 24, 2022


We have a lot of fun activities planned for the week. Tuesday the kids can wear their red, white, and blue. Wednesday they can wear their crazy sock, crazy hat and gym shorts. There will be raffles called throughout the day on Thursday. 

Monday, Halloween Day, the kids can wear their costumes to school. Please be sure they can take their costume off easily throughout the day. 
Our class party is from 10:30-11:30 followed by an all school parade at 1:00. Feel free to come out and watch the parade. The kids love to see you out there. 

We will be doing a review week in phonics and reading. Please be sure to continue to read a little bit each night as well as practice math facts. 

Have a great Fall week!!

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September 26, 2022

Beyond the books continues this week. It is the last week for September.

On Thursday, September 29th the children may wear anything gold or yellow for $1 to help support childhood cancer. 

Don't forget to return library books every Thursday. 

Have a wonderful first full week of Fall!!

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September 12, 2022

All the children did great on their very first spelling, vocab and sight word tests. They will be sent home this week. This week's test will also be on Friday.

Beyond the Books begins this week. We will make sure each child gets to the right classes they signed up for. Dismissal for this is at 3:50 from the parking lot doors. 

This Wednesday, September 14th the children will be dismissed at 1:00. They may wear any SCA clothes they have. After care is still available for those who need it. 

School pictures are on Wednesday, September 21st. Wear your Sunday best.
have a good week

September 5, 2022

This week we begin unit 1 in our reading and phonics program. On Friday we will have all our tests; spelling, sight words, and vocabulary words. We will also test each child on how to do the Sign of the Cross. Please help your child practice at home. 

Thank you for ordering Scholastic books this month. Our order was just under $200. The children will be excited when their books come in. 

Reminder: Wednesday, September 14th will be a 1:00 dismissal day and school spirit day. The children may wear any SCA clothes they want. Extended day will be available. 

School pictures will be on Wednesday, September 21st. 

Have a great week!


August 29, 2022

Thank you for coming to meet the teacher night last Wednesday. It is always nice to meet the parents. 

Just a reminder, this Friday, September 2nd the children will be dismissed at 1:00. We will still have snack and lunch. There will not be aftercare available. 

The children can continue to wear their gym clothes every day for a few more weeks. 

Scholastic book orders are due this Friday and then I will place the order Friday night. 
Thank you for ordering books. The kids get so excited when the order comes in. 

Have a great Labor Day Weekend!!

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August 21, 2022
Welcome back to school! I am so happy to be back to school and working together with you and your child. We have a lot planned for the year and you will be amazed at how much your child will grow academically this school year.

Thank you for sending in all the school supplies we will use throughout the year. 

Every Monday your child will take home a weekly newsletter. All the skills we will cover for the week will be on it along with any school news you may need to know. Be sure to check out the back of the paper for all the weekly reading and phonics skills and sight words, spelling words, and vocabulary words. 

Wednesday, August 24th is Back to School night. Be sure to stop by our room to see where your child will be all day. 

Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have at 
[email protected] 

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Enjoy your summer and we will see you on August 18, 2022!

May 16, 2022

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The end of the school year is coming fast and we still have so much to accomplish.

Wednesday, May 18th is our Spring Concert.
The children may come to the classroom no earlier than 6:45. The are asked to wear their Sunday best. When the concert is over the children will wait back in the classroom for a parent to pick them up. 
They are so excited about performing their Disney songs for everyone.

We are start to learning double digit addition/subtraction without regrouping. It is so important that they know their math facts. Please take some time every day to practice the facts with your child. 

We are finished taking reading, spelling and sight word tests. However, we will continue to learn new spelling and sight words.

If you have any questions as the rest of the school year approaches please contact me and I will be sure to get back to you.  

March 22, 2022

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Thank you for stopping by our classroom today for open house. It was nice to see everyone and I know the children were excited to show you their room.

We will have all our tests on Thursday this week because of no school on Friday. 

Have a wonderful week!

March 14, 2022

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This week our first grade will be doing the readings and petitions at 8:30 Mass on Friday. Feel free to join us if you would like to.

Open house begins on Sunday with 9:30 Mass followed by classroom visits. 
Be sure to stop by our room to see all the work our class has been doing. 

Thursday, St. Patrick's Day the children may come to school dressed in their green. 

Have a great week!!

March 7, 2022

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Another busy week coming up at SCA.
 Tuesday is a $1 dress down day to support Ukraine. Wear your blue and yellow and continue to pray for the people of Ukraine and all who are affected by the war. 

Wednesday is a 1:00 dismissal day.

Thursday report cards go home. Please send back the empty envelope.

Friday and Monday the 11th are days off. 

Enjoy your long weekend!!

February 14,2022

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Happy Valentine's Day

So, our first day of no masks went well. Please remind your child not to put their fingers in their mouth (they all want to wiggle their loose teeth) and to be sure to cover their mouths when sneezing. We do sanitize their hand a lot during the day.
Also, if your child is more comfortable wearing their mask they are more than welcome to. We did have a few still wearing them and it was not an issue in our room.

Thank you for all your help regarding masks.

Another short week ahead so we will have all our tests on Thursday this week.

February 7, 2022

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The children did an awesome job completing all their on-line assignments. Thank you for helping them.

This is a short week coming up. Wednesday and Thursday will be 1:00 dismissal days and no school on Friday. Teachers will have professional development classes to attend.

Monday, February 14th we will celebrate Valentine's Day in our classroom. I have a few fun activities planned for the day. The children may bring Valentine cards to pass out as well as individually wrapped treats if they wish too. Please do not have your child address the cards, just sign their own name. It is so much easier to pass out like that. 

Have a Great OLYMPIC Week!!

February 3, 2022
Today is another snow day. Be sure to check your Seesaw page for the assignments for the day.

AND Be sure to cheer on the USA WOMEN'S HOCKEY TEAM DURING THE OLYMPICS. Our own neighbor, Abbey Murphy, is on the team. 

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January 31, 2022

Catholic Schools Week
Monday- $1 dress down donation for the Ronald McDonald House

Tuesday- Student Appreciation day, dress down, no homework 
100th Day of school- you may dress up like you are 100 years old and don't forget you 100 collection of something.

Wednesday- Teacher Appreciation Day

Thursday- Parent's Appreciation Day

Friday- 8:30 Mass, Spirit Day- dress down in any SCA clothes you have

January 24th, 2022
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Just a reminder that Friday, January 28th will be a 1:00 dismissal day. No after care available.

Our 100 day of school is fast approaching us. It is on Tuesday, February 1st. The children in kindergarten and first grade may come to school dressed up like they are 100 years old. However, this is optional for the boys and girls. 

This part of the school year first grade starts to push reading fluency and math facts. Please be sure your child is reading the decodable books that come home most days. They can even reread the books from the past. 
The same goes for math facts. Please make sure your child is practicing their math facts every night. It is difficult for us to move ahead with them when the children don't seem to know their facts without counting on their fingers. I always suggest to them to have someone aske them the facts while they are riding in a car, during tv commercials and maybe right before bedtime. The more they practice the better they will know them. 
Thank you for all your help!

Stay Warm!

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January 17, 2022

We will be celebrating the 100th day of school on Tuesday, February 1st. The children may come to school dressed up like they are 100 years old. They will also bring in a collection of 100 of something. I will give the kids a lunchbag to put their collection in. Their collection must fit in the bag and no larger ( m&m's marbles, cards, cotton balls, etc.)
This week we will be doing our Iready diagnostics. It will be interesting to see how much our children have improved. 

Have a great week and stay warm!

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Happy New Year!

January 5, 2022

Welcome back to school. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. Let's all pray that 2022 brings a lot of peace and good health for everyone!

I will not send out a newsletter this week. We will review skills we have already covered, long vowels, counting coins, and math facts. 

We will not have any tests this week however, we will cover new spelling, vocabulary, and sight words.

Just a reminder, Wednesday, January 12 is a 1:00 dismissal day with extended care available.

We will continue to go outside for recess as long as it is not too cold. Be sure to bring hats and gloves and girls will need some kind of leg coverings. 

I look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday and hearing about their time off. 

December 6, 2021

Happy December!!

This is going to be a busy week for us.

Please remind your child that they must keep up their masks so it covers their nose and mouth. We are trying very hard to keep all the kids safe and in school. Thank you for your help.

Our class will be going to Santa's Secret Shop on Tuesday this week. If you want your child to purchase items be sure to send them with some money and a list of who to buy for. Please include whether they can buy something for themselves.

Wednesday we will have our math fact test, attend mass for The Immaculate Conception, and we will be dismissed at 1:00.

Friday first grade will be doing the readings, petitions and bringing up the gifts at 8:30 mass. You are always welcome to join us

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November 22,2021

Dismissal on Tuesday will be at 11:00 followed by parent conferences.

Have a Wonderful Thanksgiving!!

November 8, 2021

Our class will go to the book fair this Thursday, November 11th at 9:00 in the morning. 

This Wednesday, Nov. 10th, is an early dismissal day - 1:00. It is also a dress down day.

The children are all excited about our upcoming field trip to Beverly Arts Center. Be sure to send in the permission slip by Friday, November 12th.

Our family turkeys started coming in to the class. They are so cute. I will post pictures on Seesaw as soon as they are all turned in.

Happy Veterans Day and Thank You to all our Veterans out there!! 

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November 1, 2021

Halloween was a blast! The kids seemed to have a great day and all the costumes were amazing. Thank you to all the moms who helped make the class party a success!!

Monday, November 1st is All Saints Day and we will be attending 10:00 mass. 

This week all our tests will be back to Friday.

Our class will attend the Book Fair on Thursday, November 11th. 

Please be sure your child is practicing their math facts a little each night. It is so important that they know the facts as we learn them so we can move on to the next set.

We are planning a fieldtrip to Beverly Arts Center on Thursday, November 18th. More information will be sent home.

I will not be ordering any Scholastic books until after the holidays. 

October 25, 2021

Halloween and Red Ribbon Week!

Tuesday is Breast Cancer awareness day- Wear you pink for a $1 donation

Wednesday is Sock it to drugs day!- Wear crazy socks with you uniform

Thursday is Put Drugs to sleep and wear you pajamas to school 

Friday is our Halloween celebration - wear your costume to school, class party, and all school parade at 1:00

October 11, 2021

This week we will be reviewing all the skills we have covered so far in reading and phonics. We won't have a spelling or vocab test this Friday.

October 4, 2021

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This week all the reading and spelling tests will be on Thursday  because of the walkathon on Friday.

Wednesday we will have our first math test. It will be on the double facts which we have been working on for the past two weeks.

Friday is our walkathon. The kids will be dismissed at 1:00 but still need a snack and lunch. 

No school on Monday. Thank you Mr. Columbus!

September 27, 2021

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School pictures are on Tuesday. The children may wear their Sunday best for the pictures.

Please send in a clean apple by Wednesday. We will be doing a short unit on apples this week. 

Reminder:  Regular school uniforms be on Monday, October 4th (however, we have gym on that day).

September 20, 2021

Happy Fall Yall!!

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Due to no school on Friday all our tests will be on Thursday this week.

Thursday is a yellow or gold dress down day for $1. The money collected will be donated to help support pediatric cancer. 

Beyond the books continues this week.

September 13, 2021

Just a few reminders for the week:

Tuesday- Beyond the Books begins

Wednesday - 1:00 dismissal, they still need a lunch and snack

Thursday- don't forget to return library books

Have a Wonderful Week!!

August 30, 2021

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Welcome to room 113! I am glad to be back in school and to be working with all the kids again. We have a lot of fun things planned this year. Be sure to check back here often to see what is planned for the week. 

You will find weekly spelling, sight words, and vocabulary words here as well as other important information and any homework assignments.

Be sure to check your child's take home folder for a small packet of information about our first grade class. 

May 24th

The children may wear their gym clothes starting Monday for the rest of the school year.

The next two weeks we will be doing a lot of reviewing skills we covered all year. Please continue to practice your math facts and read the decodable books that are sent home.

Friday, May 28th the first grade will attend 8:30 Mass.

Please return all library books this week.

Friday, May 28th will be a 11:30 dismissal day. No lunches are needed.

April 26th

Our class will have a dress down day on Thursday this week. They earned it by getting the most charge on tickets.

Our reading, sight word, and spelling tests will be on Thursday the week. 

No school on Friday.

April 19th

Please be sure your child has an extra mask as school and that their masks fits properly. The mask must cover their mouth and nose and not too loose. 

We are running out of hand wipes. If you could send in some we would appreciate it. We have plenty of disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer.

April 12th

Welcome back to school. I hope everyone had a wonderful spring break and is ready to get back in the swing of things. 

We are on our last stretch of the school year and have a lot more to learn. Don't forget to continue to practice your math facts. It is so important that you know your facts going into second grade. Also, continue to read every day. The weekly decodable books are a great reading resource as well as stories on RAZ-Kids. 

Have a great week!!

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March 22nd

Welcome Spring!!

We will have our regular schedule this week and have our reading, spelling and vocab tests on Friday. Wednesday we will have a math fact test.

Thursday is a dress down day. More information will be sent home.

Have a wonderful week!!

March 8th

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It seems like spring may have sprung!!

All week we are having a food drive. Please send in any perishable goods to help our sharing parish.

This week report cards go home on Thursday, March 11th. Please send back the empty envelope.

Have a wonderful week!!

February 22nd

This will be a quiet week and everything should be back to normal, hopefully no more snow days.  
Our fact test is on Wednesday, be sure to continue with math facts at home.

The second trimester ends this Friday, February 26th.

Have a great week!

February 15th

Welcome to the tundra!! It sure feels like we live in the tundra these days. I am sure the children are all enjoying this snow.

Lent begins on Wednesday. We will receive ashes in our classroom. Please ask your child what they can do during the season of Lent
( give something up or do something special). 

Please be sure to sign your child's math fact fluency sheet every night and send the folder comes back to school on Fridays for me to review and decide if they are ready to move on to the next fact level. 

Please continue to have your child read for about 15 minutes every night. 

~Stay Warm~

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February 8th

Today the children brought home their Math Fact Fluency folder. They are to be timed for 1 minute as they complete the addition side of the paper. Then record their score and then they turn it over and do it again with the subtraction side. This is to be completed every night and returned on Fridays so I can review it and give them new practice sheets on Monday. 
This is great fact practice for them and they seem to like the idea of timing themselves.
Thank you for your help with this.

Thursday we will celebrate Valentine's Day in our class. Please do not send in any treats or cards to be passed out. We have been making them is school for the kids to pass out to their friends. 

Thursday is also parent conference day so the school will be dismissed at 1:00. We will still have lunch but not snack.

Friday and Monday is a day off. Enjoy the long weekend. 

February 1st

I love winter

Happy Catholic Schools Week 2021

Monday- service day- we are collecting change for Beau's Buddies, a little boy and his sister who both are battling cancer

Tuesday-student appreciation day- dress down, pizza lunch, raffles all day, and NO homework

Wednesday- teacher appreciation day

Thursday- parents appreciation day

Friday- wear your SCA spirit wear clothes, all school bingo

This part of the school year we are really stepping up the math facts. The children should be practicing their facts every night at least 15 minutes. They can use flashcards or apps they may have on their devices. It is so important that the children know their facts in order to be successful in second grade math.

Have a wonderful week!!

January 17th

I want to thank everyone so much for all the help with elearning. The children did a wonderful job logging on and off, using the mute button and participating. They can bring back their elearning bags with everything back in it including the folder with their completed work. 

The 100th day of schools is on Friday, January 29th this year. We will not be parading around the school this year therefore the children will not be dressing up like they are 100 years old. We have many 100 day activities planned to do in the classroom.  

Have a great week and don't hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.


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I hope every had a wonderful Christmas and a great New Years! 

I look forward to hearing all about the children's break. 

We start remote learning on Wednesday, Jan. 6th at 8:30. I will post our schedule on Tuesday, Jan. 5th on Seesaw and I will email it to you. Please make sure your child has everything they will need for our first day. All supplies are in their elearning bags.
Please be patient with this round of zooming. We may have to switch things up as we go along and see what works best for our class.
Thank you again for all your help this school year. The children and I are so glad to be in the building . 

Week of December 14th

Wednesday, Dec. 16th would have been our school Christmas program. In place of it we will be video taping K-4th grade students singing their songs in the class and sending the link out for everyone to see. The children may come to school dressed up in Christmas clothes or their Sunday best. 

On Monday, the 21st we will be sending home all the books and supplies that will be needed for the 2 weeks of Elearning in January. Please put it in a safe place and don't complete any work until we meet on zoom.
Also, all the supplies sent home and any worksheets we do must come back to school on the 19th.Thank you for all your help. 

Monday, December 21st first grade will be having a Grinch day. The children can dress up like a Grinch or wear any green they have. We will do several Ginchy activities throughout the day. 

Tuesday, Dec, 22nd will be our last day before Christmas break. Everyone can dress down in any Christmas clothes they want. Dismissal is at 11:30 so the children don't need lunch or a snack.

Merry Christmas!!

Week of November 30th

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! It was so nice to see everyone for parent conferences, thank you for participating .

We have 3 1/2 weeks of school before Christmas break. Please remind your son/daughter that we still have to work hard and get a lot completed these few weeks. 

We will not be having a class party this year however, we will do special activities in the coming weeks. 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns feel free to email me and I will get back to you as soon as I can.

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November 16th

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This week we will learn about turkeys.

Please be sure to you are practicing your math facts a little bit every day. It is difficult to move on to the next facts if you do not know the previous facts we have done.

Don't forget to sign up for parent conferences when the sign up times open up.

Have a wonderful week!

November 2nd
Happy November!!

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It was so fun seeing everyone in their costumes. I am so glad it was able to give the kids some normalcy to their lives during these difficult times.  

Picture retakes are Wednesday, Nov. 4th

Parent conferences will be on zoom this year on November 24th. 

Report cards go home on the 19th. Please send back the empty envelope so I can use it for report cards for the second and third trimesters.

October 26th

The children may wear their Halloween costumes to school on Friday, October 30th however, they still must wear their masks to school.

Please do not send in any treats to pass out to the class on the 30th. We will have our own class celebration. 

We will have an early dismissal, 1:00, on Friday, October 30th.

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October 12th,2020

Reminder not to forget the online homework that is listed on the weekly newsletter each week.

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October 5th, 2020

A reminder that on Friday, October 9th we have early dismissal at 1:00.

Please make sure your child's mask fits them. Adult size masks are too big and we have been giving the children child size masks in school if theirs constantly falls down.

Every Friday all homework should be turned in and completed, that includes the reading fluency sheet that is stapled to the weekly newsletter. It also includes any online homework. 

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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 
[email protected]