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Homework Schedule


  1. Math – worksheet
  2. Spelling – activity #1
  3. Read for 20 mins
  4. Reader’s Response – Gavin, Austin, Sy, Nicholas and Caitlin


  1. Math – worksheet
  2. Spelling – activity #2
  3. Read for 20 mins
  4. Reader’s Response – Madeline, Ryan, Noah, Devin


  1. Math – worksheet
  2. Spelling – sentences
  3. Read for 20 mins
  4. Reader’s Response – Sofie, Danny, Brian, Kelsey, Owen, Nicky 


  1. Math – worksheet
  2. Spelling – study words
  3. Read for 20 mins
  4. Reader’s Response – Cayla, Sofia, Ben

Weekly Schedule
Monday – Spanish

Tuesday – Art

Wednesday – Computer

Thursday – Gym and Music

Helpful Links
Scholastic Book Wizard
Scholastic Reading Club
Go Noodle
Doubles Rap

Weekly Letter for May 7th

Posted on May 8, 2018

May 8, 2018

Dear Families,

It seems Spring has finally arrived!  Please note that students may wear their gym uniforms if the temperature will be over 80 degrees.  Only DWCA gym uniforms are allowed.

Last week we started our Plants and Animal Adaptations unit with a trip to the Queens Zoo.  The students enjoyed the STEM Gone Wild program and seeing all the animals there at the zoo.  Moving forward, we will be studying the different classes of animals and explore the adaptations that specific animals use to survive in their environments. 

This Friday we will be taking a trip to the Queens Botanical Gardens.  We will return in time to eat lunch in school.  Students should wear their gym uniforms and sneakers.  Thank you to Mr. Lesseraux, Mrs. Yoon, Mrs. Shin and Mrs. Elias for being chaperones for this trip.

On Wednesday, May 9th, there will be a math test on Chapter 10.  A study guide was sent home on Monday to help your child review and study for the test.

If you have any question or concerns, please contact me.

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. V

Weekly Letter for April 9th

Posted on April 11, 2018

April 9, 2018

Dear Families,

Welcome back from Easter break!  I hope you had a lovely week despite the weather….

Reading – This week we are beginning our new unit: Engineering Design.  This is a fun, hands-on unit.  First, the students will be introduced to the five main simple machines: wheel and axle, inclined plane, pulley, lever and screw.   They will learn how we use these simple machines in our daily lives to make certain jobs easier.  Over the next several weeks, the students will be challenged to design and create a bridge, a home and a vehicle.  Be sure to check out Class DoJo for photos of their creations!

Math – Our chapter on measurement is going very well.  The students have learned how to measure objects using non-standard units of measurement.  The concept of telling time will also be introduced this week.  Students will be taught how to tell time to the hour and to the half hour.  Talk to your children at home about what time your family normally does things.  For example: “We usually eat dinner at 6:00” or “Your bedtime is 8:30”. 

Spelling/Phonics – The focus this week is words that have “ow”.  There will be a formal assessment on Friday.  Please be sure to review the spelling words and sight words each night.

Religion – This week we are working on Chapter 18 We Are Followers of Jesus.  In this chapter the students will learn that Jesus is the Light of the World and that we are called to be peacemakers.  We will talk a lot in class about the ways that we can be peacemakers in school and at home.


  • Friday, April 13th is a noon dismissal. After School is available.
  • Consider signing up for a Gala Event. Information was sent home on Monday in your child’s folder.
  • The first grade will be visiting the Queens Zoo on May 1st. We will also be going to the Queens Botanical Gardens on May 11th.  A permission slip will be sent home this week.

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. V

Weekly Letter for March 26th

Posted on March 27, 2018

March 26, 2018

Dear Families,

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a wonderful weekend.  Yesterday was Palm Sunday, marking the beginning of Holy Week.  This week at school is a short one but a busy one.

As I am sure your child has mentioned, we are lucky to have a student teacher in our class for the next several weeks. Ms. Sydney Shrinivas comes to us from St. John’s University, where she is working towards earning her degree in Education.  Ms. Shrinivas spent her first week with us observing our routines and getting to know your children.  She has now taken on more responsibilities in the class including running Morning Meeting, administrating spelling assessments, teaching Math, and supervising the Word Work group during Reading Workshop.  I am confident that Ms. Shrinivas will learn a lot from working in class 1-1!


  • If you have not handed in the permission slip/payment for our trip to the Queens Zoo, please send it in tomorrow.
  • The students will be attending Mass at 10:00 in St. Anastasia Church. NUT cards may not be used on this day.
  • There is no school Thursday, March 29th – April 6th for Easter Break. Classes resume on Monday, April 9th.

Reading – The class will finish the Geography Unit this week.  They will be working on a Mapping My Word Project in class.  This is a group project, that will measure their understanding of the cardinal directions, parts of a map and their ability to follow directions.   The completed maps will be displayed in the classroom.

Spelling – Due to the short week, there will not be a spelling packet this week.

I hope you all have a very happy and blessed Easter.  Enjoy the time off with your family! 


Mrs. V

Weekly Letter for March 19th

Posted on March 26, 2018

March 20, 2018

Dear Families,

          Thank you so much for meeting with me last night to discuss your child’s progress.  I am very proud of the student’s work and I know you are as well.  The last remaining months of this school year promise to be exciting ones!

Reading – This week we are starting the second part of our Geography unit: Map Skills. The students will be learning about the different parts of a map such as the compass rose, the map key and the title.  We will take a look at different maps and even make one of our own!  Students will also be taught  vocabulary such as city, state, country and continent.  Please review your address with your child!

Spelling/Phonics – This week we are working with words that have the suffixes “ly” and “ful”.  Please use the spelling packet to study the spelling and sight words each night.  There will be a formal assessment on Friday.

Math – This week we are taking the assessment for Chapter 8 Double Digit Addition. 

The following chapter is Ch. 9 Measurement.  The class will be learning how to measure objects using non-standard units of measurement such as a paper clip or snap cube.  They will also learn how to compare lengths using the terms long, longer, longest, short, shorter, and shortest. 

Religion – The class will be spending the next week and a half learning more about Lent and about Holy Week leading up to Easter Sunday.  When we return from break, we will begin talking about the next sacrament: Penance and Reconciliation.

If you have any questions or concerns please let me know.


Mrs. Van Buskirk

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