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Weekly Schedule
Monday – Gym and Spanish

Tuesday – Computer

Thursday – Art 

Friday – Music

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Weekly Letter for April 26th

Posted on April 26, 2021

April 26, 2021

Dear Families,

Happy Monday!  The last week in April will be a busy one for us in 1-1!

Spelling/Phonics – This week our focus is on words with “ow” such as clown. The class will also learn that “ou” makes a similar sound like in the word around.  They will complete activities in class and on Seesaw to give them extra practice with their spelling words.  There will be a test on Friday.

Math – Last week we began Topic 10, Adding with Tens.  This topic will teach the students several strategies to help them with the concept.  For example, using a hundred chart, using place value and making a ten.  We will spend a little more time on this concept because it is so important.  Keep working with your child on the concept of 1 more, 1 less, 10 more and 10 less. 

Poetry Book – Our Poetry Unit is coming along very nicely.  So far, each student has written a cinquain poem and an acrostic poem.  This week we will learn how to write a color poem.  Our goal is at the end of our unit to publish our very own class book of poetry.  Each student will have one poem in the book and an illustration to go along with the poem they wrote.  A HUGE thanks to Ms. Guerrier (Joshua’s mom) who has volunteered her services to publish our book!!  More information will follow about how you can order your own copy

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

Thank you for all that you do!

Mrs. V

Weekly Letter for April 12th

Posted on April 12, 2021

April 12, 2021

Dear Families,

Welcome back from the Easter Break!  I hope you all enjoyed the time with your family and the lovely weather we had.  We’ve arrived at the home stretch here and it is so hard to believe.  The last months of school will be very busy ones for our first graders!

Spelling/Phonics – This week our spelling focus is on compound words.  The students will learn that a compound word is made up of two words. For example, butter + fly = butterfly.  The students will practice reading and writing compound words and identifying the two words in a compound word.  There will be a test on Friday.

Math – We are wrapping up Topic 9 and will review in class on Tuesday and Wednesday.  There will be a test on Thursday, Students have learned about comparing numbers using the terms greater than, less than and equal to.  Study guides will be sent home on Tuesday and Wednesday to help you review with your child. 

Poetry – As you might already know, April is National Poetry Month.  We will be looking at four different types of poems: cinquain, color, sensory and acrostic.  We are starting later than usual because of the break so National Poetry Month may spill over a little into May!  The students will be writing their very own poems and look forward to sharing them with you.

Religion – There will be a test on Lesson 8 next Tuesday.  This lesson teaches about the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist.  Today we learned that during Baptism we receive the Holy Spirit and grace.  At Confirmation we once again receive the Holy Spirit.  I will send the book home later this week and over the weekend so that you can take a few minutes to read over the lesson with your child.


  • Ask your child if they are in need of any new supplies, like crayons, glue sticks, dry-erase markers.
  • First graders should enter the school building through the door near the Statue of Mary no earlier than 8:00. If you need to drop off your child earlier, please contact the office regarding our Early Drop Off Program.
  • Book baggies, spelling notebooks and the green homework folder must come back to school each day.

If you have any questions, please let me know.  Thank you for all that you.

Be well,

Mrs. Van Buskirk

Weekly Letter for March 22nd

Posted on March 22, 2021

March 22, 2021

Dear Families,

          Happy Monday and Happy Spring!  It’s hard to believe it is near the end of March already.  Time certainly is flying by!

Parent Teacher Conferences – These will take place via Zoom on Thursday, March 25th.  I will send the link to you all on Thursday morning.  Be sure to sign up for a time slot!  Thank you to all who already have.  I look forward to speaking to you about your child’s progress so far this year. 

Spelling – This week we are highlighting two more ways to make the long i sound: “ie” and “igh”.  We will be practicing these words each day in class and completing word work activities.  There will be a test on Thursday.

Math – Last week, we began Topic 9 Compare Two-Digit Numbers.  The concept of I more, 1 less, 10 more and 10 less has proved to be a challenging one for the majority of the class.  Today we learned how to use a number chart to help us with this concept.  This tool seemed to help a lot. I will keep reviewing and practicing with those who need it. 

Social Studies – Our “Me on the Map” books are really coming along and are almost finished.  We will continue or geography unit with a look at map skills.  The class will learn about the different parts of a map and will compete activities that ask them to read a map.  We will also be learning about the four main directions on a compass: north, south, east and west.


  • It is very important that book baggies, homework folders and spelling notebooks come back to school each day. Make it a part of your child’s homework routine that your child put their belongings back in their school bags. 
  • Thursday, March 25th is a half-day. Dismissal is at 11:40.
  • There is no school on Friday, March 26th. Teachers are attending a Retreat Day.
  • Easter Recess begins on Thursday, April 1st. Classes resume on Monday, April 12th.

Have a wonderful week!

Be well,

Mrs. V

Weekly Letter for March 15th

Posted on March 15, 2021

March 15, 2021

Dear Families,

Happy Monday! Please read this letter to find out what we are working on in Class 1-1 this week.

Spelling/Phonics – We are continuing our work with vowel teams this week with the “oa” and “ow” teams. Both of these vowel teams make the long o sound.  There will be a test on Friday.

Social Studies – Our unit for March is Geography.  The students are learning about all the places they can call home from their room all the way to North America!  The students will be writing their very own “Me on the Map” books that I know they will want to share with you when they are complete. 

Math – There will be a test on Topic 9 on Wednesday, March 17th.  A study guide was sent home on Friday and another one is in your child’s folder today.  Please review the questions with them.  It is important that they can identify the tens and ones in a tw0-digit number.  They should also be able to draw a model of a given number using tens and ones. 


  • Students are invited to wear green on Wed. 3/17!
  • Several students are in need of new supplies like crayons and dry erase markers. Please ask your child if they need anything and send it is ASAP.

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. V

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