I am in my 36th year at Holy Childhood School. This has really been my home away from home, since I am a Holy Childhood graduate, as well as my father and daughter. I graduated from Blackburn College with a B.A. in Elementary Education and concentrations in Spanish and Psychology.
I am married to my husband, Brett, and have a daughter, Elizabeth, and son-in-law, Trevor. I am the proud grandmother of Liam and Samuel.
I enjoy reading, cooking, and spoiling my grandsons!
4th- St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
5th- St. John Neumann
6th- Feast of the Epiphany
6th- St. Andre Bessette
7th- Welcome Back to School!!
13th- The Baptism of Jesus
MATH – this week we will be reviewing counting by 2’s, 5’s, comparing numbers, 10 more, 10 less, and even and odd numbers. We will continue to have addition and subtraction drills. Please keep up the work on IXL.
PHONICS/READING/WRITING – this coming week we will work on words that have the long “e” sound. These words will have the spelling patterns of: -e-e, -ee-, -ea-, -ea, -ee, and -e. Be sure to have your child practice their reading stories more than once if they are not fluent the first time through. Continue to watch for proper formation and neatness of all letters/numbers as your child writes. Watch for reversals and correct them as they occur. Have your child “pinch” the pencil, not write with their thumb wrapped around their first finger.
RELIGION- The class will start on their saints for January and their chapter on “Jesus Died and Rose to New Life”.
SOCIAL STUDIES- We will be learning about Martin Luther King and our government, mayor, governor, and president.
Test- Our next test is January 9th.
Test words– five, dime, pine, wife, drive, slime, trike, my, try, fly, shy, dry, fry, cry
BONUS WORDS– January and reindeer
Please practice words nightly. Be sure your child practices writing letters the correct size and no reversals. Every quarter 2 more words will be added to the list.
Go to spellingcity.com for some fun ways to practice spelling words.
IXL will be up all year. Have your children practice during the week and over the weekend. It is their assigned homework over every weekend.
READING COUNTS- Library book check out is on Tuesday afternoon every week. They may also use my books all year long. The class is off to a great start with their test taking this quarter!! I am very impressed with their progress. Read the books several times. If you feel your child picked too difficult of a book just grab one you have at home. Check the library link to see if the book has a test. Do not wait until Sunday evening to read the book for the first time. Thank you!
PLEASE sign off in the planners only AFTER homework is COMPLETED. If there is a reason work could not be done please, please send me a note. If you need help with work let me know and it will be taken care of here at school. Help your children remember to bring back ALL of their work. Do not remove papers from their red folders unless you ask them if they should be brought back.
Set up a routine for your children to pack up their work, folders, planners, and snacks every evening. Make it part of their nightly chores. Do not wait to do it in the morning. Thank you!
Advent- we will be making a special nativity project during advent and need empty T.P. rolls. 14 paper towel rolls will be needed also.
13th- St Lucy Day- the 1st grade girls will be dressing up in a white outfit and delivering treats to the faculty and staff at HCS. I provide everything that is needed for this.
Buddy gifts- for the past several years the first graders bring in small treats or items to be shared with the 8th graders. There are 15 students in the 8th grade class this year. Each 1st grade buddy will bring in 15 pens, pencils, candy canes or cookies, etc., and every 8th grader will receive 14 different things from the 1st grade. You pick one item and send in 15 of the same thing, then they are divided up into 15 piles. I hope I’m not confusing you, if so, I can explain it to you in person. I will give the little ones stockings to use for this project.
First Grade Gifts- we haven’t done a gift exchange in many years. Instead, I have each child bring in $4 and we have a Buddy lunch to spread the holiday cheer.
www.spellingcity.com – try this out to practice spelling words in creative ways
www.apples4theteacher.com – this has a nice section to practice counting money
www.storyit.com – students can practice making and reading short and long vowel sentences for you in the word magnets section.
www.akidsheart.com – another neat site to explore.