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April News


Spring, spring is coming soon,

Grass is green, and flowers bloom,

Birds returning from the south,

Bees are buzzing all about,

Leaves are budding everywhere,

Spring, spring is finally here!


Here are SOME of the things we will be doing and learning about this month.


Relgion-Our focus will be on -Jesus the light of the World, what it means to receive the light of Christ and to be a peacemaker, the choices we make can show our love for God, Jesus's teachings about God's forgiveness, that God is ALWAYS ready to forgive us, we will learn more about the Sacrament of Penance, and the importance of forgiving others.

Phonics-We will continue to learn about -r controlled vowels, initial and final blends, high frequency words, digraphs, and compound words.

Math-I will introduce two digit addition without regrouping, measurement using non-standard units of measurement, inches on a ruler and we will compare lengths of objects.  We will also learn about temperature and how to read the temperature on a thermometer.

Reading/English/Handwriting-This month we will learn about adding -ed and -ing to the end of words, high freuency words, Author's purpose, r controlled vowels, verbs for past and future, fact and opinion, contractions, comparative endings -er and est, drawing conclusions, consonant pattern dge, and we will continue to work on our writing skills focusing on letter formation and neatness

Science/Social Studies-We will learn about weather and weather words, Recycling and plant life and Mother Theresa.


Dates to Remember

April 2   NO SCHOOL Easter Monday

5    Mass 9:15

13    Report Cards Sent Home

14    Family Dance

16    Report Cards due back

20    Earth Day - Free Dress Down

23  Spring Vacation Begins

Have an Awesome Month!

Love,  Mrs. Allen


March News

Winds of March

Winds of March, we welcome you,

there is work fo you to do.

Work and play and blow all day,

blow the winter cold away.

Here is a peek into what will be happening in 1A in March.


Religion-We will continue to learn about Lent, attend Stations of the Cross each Friday, we will continue to do acts of kindness and or make sacrifices, giving up something we love, tv, video games, etc.   Our class will also learn about the importance of the Three Days, and Easter.

Phonics- The focus this month will be on: discrimating between long and short vowel words, writing long vowel words, identifying sounds of the final y as a vowel, r controlled vowels, high frequency words, initial l, r, s-blends and final blends, digraphs, th, ch, sh, and wh.

Math- We will continue to learn about money, recognizing coins and their values, and finding the value of a group of coins and continue to learn to tell time to the hour and half hour on a digital and analog clock, estimate time, ordinal numbers, and word problems.

Reading/English/Handwriting-We will focus on consonant patterns, ng, nk, high frequency words, compare and contrast, compound words, verbs that add -s, verbs for past and for future, endings -es,ed, ing, fact and opinion, r controlled vowels, or, ore,ar,  author's purpose, and contractions. We are continuing to work on our writing skills, checking for letter formation and neatness.

Social Studies/Science- In Social Studies, we will learn about St. Patrick and Dr. Seuss.  In Science we will focus on weather, and nutrition.


Dates to Remember

8 STEM Fair 5:30

9 Early Release 12:30  NO AFTERCARE

16 St. Patrick's Day free dress down

21 Life Touch Spring Pictures



February News

Jesus is God's Valentine, Sent to you with Love.


I can't believe we are in our 3rd marking period.  The year is flying by, however there is still much to do and learn.  Read about SOME of the things we will be doing this month!

Religion We will talk about and read how Jesus' words and actions celebrated God's love, and ways we celebrate God's love. I will introduce the 7 Sacraments and discuss their importance to our Catholic faith. That the church welcomes new members at Baptism, and we will learn what is said and done on the day of our baptism!  Lent begins on Wednesday, February 14th, we will learn and read about Lent, and we will attend stations of the cross each week during Lent.

Phonics- We will continue to review the long vowel sounds focusing on long u and e, by writing, reading and recognizing long u and e in words.  We will write long e word families, identify and isolate medial sounds.  I will introduce final y as a vowel and we will learn the long e and i sound of the final y and read and write words with final y as a vowel.

Math We have started Math Olympics and we are off to a great start! This activity helps to build basic math facts in a fun way.  Our class will continue to add numbers with sums of 20 or less.  I will introduce money and time and addition and subtraction to find the missing part of a number sentence. My students will learn to recognize and identify the penny, nickel, dime, quarter and a dollar bill and their value. They will count coins to find their value, recognize groups of coins that show the same amount, and identify coins equivalent to a dollar.  Our focus on time will be learning the difference between an analog and digital clock, telling time to the hour, half hour and elapsed time.

Reading/English/Handwriting Our class will continue to work on fluency and accuracy in our reading.  We will continue to build on our reading strategies (C.A.F.E) to help us improve on our reading skills.  My students will identify, read, and write long u and e words, they will learn about the Author's Purpose for writing a story, inflected ending -ed, singular and plural nouns.  I will introduce comparing and contrasting of characters and stories, syllbles vc/vc, the vowel sound of y, sequence in a story, syllable pattern cv, and review verbs, nouns, and adjectives. In handwriting, we will continue to work on letter formation, and sitting in our best handwriting position.

Science and Social Studies We will learn about groundhogs, the difference between a solid, liquid and a gas, maps, St. Valentine and presidents.


Happy Valentine's Day!


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