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.
My husband, Brett, and I 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!
7th- 1st & 2nd trip to the Butterfly House
9th- Buddy lunch- 11:00
10th- 1st grade Good-Bye Buddy mass- school picnic
23rd- last day of school- awards day
MATH – we continued working on double digit addition to 99(no carrying) this week. It will continue to be practiced next week, and we will start working on 2-digit subtraction facts to 99(no borrowing). Please continue to have your children practice counting coins and telling time to the hour and half hour when possible. Also, drill basic math facts to 18 as often as possible. The answers need to come quickly for the students.
PHONICS/READING/WRITING – we have been practicing compound words this week and will continue to do so after Easter, then on to contractions!! Please continue to have your child read on a nightly basis to keep skills sharp.
Be sure to have your child practice their reading stories more than once if they are not fluent the first time through. Please ask questions about what they just read, and summarize the story when done.
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- We learned about the events of Holy Week. The class made a scene about Good Friday to Easter that can be set up.
On Wednesday the Buddies will be acting out the Stations of the Cross. We may be in the gym if weather is unfavorable. Your child needs a robe or a large t-shirt with a rope belt, or any kind of simple costume you can put together. Brown, green or dark t-shirts work well. Red if they are a soldier.
Test- Our next test is May 15th
Test words– can’t, don’t, wasn’t, doesn’t, hasn’t, you’ll, I’ll, we’ll, they’ll, she’ll, I’m, you’re, we’re, they’re, he’s, she’s
BONUS WORDS- graduation and vacation
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!
Our field trips are now planned. If you have not completed all of the child training components by now you will not be allowed to chaperone or meet the class at our destinations. Check with Mrs. Dougherty if you have any questions.
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.