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Welcome to 1A

 My name is Mary Beth Allen.  I am originally from New Jersey.  I have been teaching for over 20 years.  I have taught Kindergarten, Pre-K, Second Grade and now First Grade!  I live with my husband in Merrimack, with our 4 cats, Sam, Asia, Sasha, and Coco. I have a son Troy who lives in NJ and works at Antonio's Hair Salon, his wife Theresa is a Second Grade teacher, and I have a beautiful FIRST grand child Giovanni. I love the New York Yankees too!
Thank you for choosing St. Christopher School to educate your child both academically and spiritually.  This is my 11th year at this school and I just love working here. The faculty and staff are truly amazing.  We are all a team working at making our school the best place to learn and work.  

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December News 2018

Merry Christmas
Loving God, Help us remember the birth of Jesus,
that we may share in the song of the angels, 
the gladness of the shepherds,
and worship of the wise men.
The Christmas Season is upon us , I am so excited for all the things we will do and learn this month. We will also be celebrating Christmas, on Tuesday, December 18th. 
In RELIGION we will focus on Advent, a time of preparing for Jesus' birth, and Christmas , when we celebrate the birth of Jesus.  We will go to church on December 8th for the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.  We will also learn how the Holy Spirit helps Jesus' followers, and Pentecost, the day the Holy Spirit came to Jesus' followers.  
MATH -This month we will continue to work on our Fact Families, basic math facts, and related subtraction and addition facts. We will also work on word problems, graphs, identifying sets of tens, count by ten, number words, place value of digits and finally we will begin Math Olympics this month. 
PHONICS- We will focus on short  E, short vowel sounds, high frequency words, long A sound, and long A word families.
READING/ ENGLISH- This month we will focus on short vowel U, high frequency words, cause and effect, final blends, exclamatory sentences, digraphs, sequencing of a story, and common nouns. 
SOCIAL STUDIES /SCIENCE-  We will learn about Saint Nicholas, Christmas, St. Juan Diego and the Advent Wreath. We will also learn about birds, clouds, and changes in Fall.
HANDWRITING- We will continue to work on our letter formation by writing our letters and words.  
I'd like to wish all my First Grade Parents a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS  and a HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR!
Mrs. Allen


Thanksgiving Day
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!
This is one of my favorite months of the year.  We will learn about  the Pilgrims, Wampanoags, Veterans, and Thanksgiving! So many interesting topics to discuss, read about and learn why each are so important to us as Americans!  Some of the other things we will be learning are:
Religion-We will learn about the church year/yearly cycle of the church, the people who followed Jesus and what they learned from him, Jesus taught his followers to pray, the Lord's Prayer and the meaning of the words. 
Math- We will be working on addition strategies to find the sums through 20, addition strategies with three addends, word problems, and I will introduce subtraction and using the number line to find the difference.
Phonics- We will review short vowel sounds of a, e, i, o, and u, blend, read and write short u words.
English/Reading/Handwriting-The focus will be on: recognizing and identifying short i and o words, High Frequency Words, the plot of a story, compare and contrast  stories, plurals-s, predicates of the sentence, inflected ending- s, -ing, declarative sentences, and we will continue to working on letter formation by writing our letters, spelling words, and sentences.  


M is for Mother, Mother of God
A is for affectionate, loving and kind
R is for righteous, one of few
Y is for youthful, youthful at heart
It will be a busy month in 1A.  We will spend time learning about the rosary, praying a decade of the rosary each week, and learning about Mary the Mother of God. 
Our class will be going on our first field trip with our 6th Grade Buddies, and we will celebrate Halloween on Tuesday, October 30.
Religion-We will continue to learn about the Holy Family, that Jesus had a family just like us.  Our class will read and learn about John the Baptist, how Jesus shared God's love with ALL people,the Great Commandment, and that Jesus taught us to love God, ourselves and others.
Math- I will introduce : addition strategies and facts to 12, addition sentences, review the plus and equal signs, related addition facts, number line addition, adding doubles, doubles +1, and word problems.
Phonics- Our class will blend, read, and write short a, i. and short o, words. We will continue to listen to the Vowel Bat song, and review rhyming words.
Reading/English/Handwriting- We will learn about writing simple sentences, and sentences, ABC Order, High Frequency Words, short vowels, the plot of a story, identifying stories that are realistic and fantasy, adjectives, comprehension skills, using the 5 Finger Retell Hand to check for understanding, we will review nouns and verbs, and continue to work on learning the next part of the Daily 5 which is Read to Someone and build on our writing skills by practicing our letter formation when writing words, letters, or sentences.  
Social Studies/Science- We will learn about Christopher Columbus, different kinds of leaves, and bats.  


We are off to a great start in 1A!  The Meet and Greet went very well.  I got to meet almost all of my parents and students.  This is going to be an exciting, and fun school year.  We will focus on learning to be First Graders, getting used to our class rules and routines.  
Some of what we will be learning this year is:
In Religion we will learn about foucs on god's Creations and living and non living things.
Phonics- We will learn about initial, medial, and final consonants, high frequency words, and review short and long vowel sounds.
Math- Our class will learn about associating numbers and number words, math vocabulary, more, less greater, fewer, before, after, in-front and behind. I will also introduce adding numbers to find the sum.  And finally we will begin using Xtramath.com.
Reading/English/Handwriting- We will focus on our short and long vowel sounds, nouns, print awareness, characters, setting and plot in a story ,and high frequency words. The genre this month in reading is realistic fiction and fantasy stories.  We will discuss the difference between them and identify the differences.  My students will be writing simple sentences using spelling and high frequency words. We will practice our handwriting skills each day working to improve our letter formation skills.