First Grade

Dear Parents,

Welcome to FIRST grade!  My name is Nicola Beard and I am going to be your child’s first grade teacher this year!  I am so excited that your child is in my class!

September 2019 NEWS


Dear Families,

We had a wonderful second week of First Grade! The students are getting back in the swing of things and practicing all our classroom routines. This week we jumped into our curriculum and have also reviewed some important concepts.

For English Language Arts, the students have begun literacy rotations. During this time the students are split into small groups and are working in various areas in the classroom, working on new concepts or reviewing content. This is also the time when I will be pulling students for small group reading time. This week we reviewed the letters/sounds m, s, and short a. The students practiced their penmanship in their handwriting notebooks. We have practiced spelling, writing, and using the word “can”. During writing time we have discussed how to add details to a picture, and brainstorming sentences to describe pictures. The students practiced adding more details to their sentences by using adjectives and nouns. In math, the students have been reviewing writing and representing numbers 1-20, and focusing on addition concepts within 15. We will continue to build on addition next week. This week during religion we have been focusing on the Holy Trinity. We have focused on God being made of three parts, while there still only being one true God. We also introduced our virtue for the month of September; faith. Directions for the take home project were sent home on Monday. These are due on the 20th. We will continue to focus on the important of strengthening our faith, and also learning about Saint Martha. In science, the students have been introduced to engineers and technology. We have discussed the engineering design process, and began brainstorming solutions to common problems.

Many of the students presented their “All about Me” bags this week! It was wonderful to see how proud they were to present their work. If your child has not done so already, next week will be the last week to create and present a bag. Just as a reminder, please be sure to keep checking your child’s yellow folder to see if there are any papers to be returned. Picture day forms, emergency information, photo permission slips, and collection envelopes for St. Vincent de Paul have been sent home so far.

I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

God Bless You,

Ms. Beard