First Grade Updates

Second Quarter News Update

First Grade


We have been working hard to learn first grade routines and are finally into the swing of things!  Here are some things to keep in mind as we head into third quarter:


·     Progress Reports for second quarter will be sent home on December 21st.  Report cards for second quarter will be sent home on February 3rd.  Please take some time to review them with your child and discuss any areas for improvement, as well as your own expectations.  The white envelope should be signed and returned to school.  You can keep all contents inside.

·     Winter Break begins on December 26th.  Students will return on Monday, January 2nd.


Students are progressing with their spelling.  Now that we have spent ample time on writing expectations and handwriting, please hold your students to the same high expectations at home as we do at school!


In language arts, we will practice writing personal narratives and writing about our reading.  We have also introduced nouns, verbs and adjectives.  For writing, we will continue to revisit expectations for forming sentences, such as including a capital letter at the beginning and a punctuation mark at the end of each sentence. Don’t forget to read with your child each night and turn in the log at the end of each month.


In math, we have had a great start to our second quarter.  Please continue to practice math facts that have been sent home.  For second quarter, students are expected to master their addition and subtraction facts. Students must be fluent in both addition and subtraction facts. Please continue to complete and document math homework on the monthly sheet.


In content, we have been covering many different topics including a science unit about earth and space where the students are studying the phases of the moon and the appearance of the moon’s shape over time. 


In social studies, our unit is titled “Our Communities of Cultures” where one of the main focuses will be learning to read maps.  In health, our unit will be disease prevention and control where we discuss the definition of germs and how they are spread as well as how to prevent the spread of germs through healthy hygiene habits.


As the chilly weather brings cold/flu season, please continue to encourage your students to practice thorough hand washing and sneezing/coughing into elbows.  Glue sticks, crayons, tissues and hand sanitizer are still greatly appreciated in all classes. We look forward to the busy weeks ahead.  And as always, we thank you for your support at home!   


Important Dates

December 21   2nd quarter interims issued

December 26-30 School closed for winter holiday

January 2   School reopens

January 16   School closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 26   End of 2nd quarter marking period

January 27   No school for students

February 3   2nd Quarter Report Cards Sent Home

February 20   President’s Day (School closed)

February 21   School Closed for Students