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Homework Schedule                                                                            

Weekly Schedule


  1. Math – pgs. 547-548
  2. Spelling – activity #1
  3. Read for 15 mins (use reading log)
  4. Religion – bring in picture(s) from Baptism


  1. Math – pgs. 553-554
  2. Spelling – activity #2
  3. Read for 15 mins


  1. Math – pgs. 559-560
  2. Spelling – sentences
  3. Read for 15 mins (use reading log)


  1. Math – pgs. 565-566
  2. Read for 10-15 mins (use reading log)
  3. Spelling – study words for tomorrow’s assessment

Weekly Schedule
Monday – Gym

Tuesday – Computer

Wednesday – Spanish

Thursday – Art

Friday – Music

Helpful Links
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Weekly Letter for April 1st

Posted on April 5, 2019

April 1, 2019

Dear Families,

Reading – Next 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. 

Math – We will start our chapter on measurement this week as well.  The students will learn how to measure objects using non-standard units of measurement.  The concept of telling time will also be introduced next 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”. 

Religion – Next week we will start the chapter on Baptism.  If your child was baptized, please send in one or two pictures from that day that they can share with the class.



  • Friday, April 5th is a noon dismissal. After School is available.
  • The first grade will be visiting the Queens Botanical Gardens on May 7th. We will also be going to the Queens Zoo on May 15th.   Permission slips will be sent home soon.
  • If you have not sent in the permission slip and payment for the Pizzeria Uno trip, please so ASAP.

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. V

Weekly Letter for March 11th

Posted on March 14, 2019

March 11, 2019

Dear Families,

          This week is a very full and busy one for the students in class 1-1.  Read on to find out what’s happening!  

** Be sure to sign up for a report card conference using Sign Up Genius, found on the school website.

Reading – This week we are continuing our Geography unit.  Next week we will learn about the seven continents and the five oceans that make up our planet.  This week we will focus on identifying all the different places we call home: our continent, country, state and community.  We will be reading a book called Me on the Map and each student will write their own “me on the map” book.

Spelling/Phonics – This week our spelling focus is the vowels team oa and ow. The students learned that these two vowel teams make the long o sound. Please review these words each night.  There will be a formal assessment on Friday.

Math – This week we began Chapter 8 Two Digit Addition and Subtraction.  We started out reviewing addition and subtraction strategies and then practiced adding and subtracting tens using models.  We also learned how to use a hundred chart to add ones and tens to a number.  I think having all these different strategies available is helpful to the students.  Next week we will use models to add ones and tens and explore how to make a 10 to add.

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Van Buskirk

Weekly Letter for February 11th

Posted on February 11, 2019

February 11, 2019

Dear Families,

          This is an especially busy week in Class 1-1! We are celebrating the 100th Day of School and Valentine’s Day.  We will be learning more about Abraham Lincoln and starting a new chapter in Math.  Time is really flying by!!

Reading – This week we are learning about Abraham Lincoln.  The students will learn that President Lincoln was a smart and kind leader who believed that all people should be free.  They will learn that he worked to end slavery in our country.  The students are also learning to use their Reader’s Response notebooks.  We will be practicing a lot in class and then following the break, I will start assigning a Reader’s Response as homework once a week.  An information letter will be sent home to you at that time.

Spelling/Phonics – This week our spelling words focus on comparative suffixes –er and –est.  We will discuss adjectives and how we use them to describe nouns.  The words are in the spelling packet.  Please review them each night with your child.


Math – There will be an assessment on Chapter 6 on Tuesday.  A study guide was sent home on Friday.  We will start Ch.7 Compare Numbers on Wednesday.  This chapter is about greater than, less than and equal numbers.  We will practice using the correct symbols.


  • School is closed from 2/18 – 2/22. Classes resume on 2/25.
  • Please review the uniform policy and make every effort to follow it.
  • If you are going to be picking up your child early or their after school plans change, please notify me so that I can have them ready for you. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

Have a wonderful week!

Mrs. Van Buskirk

Weekly Letter for February 4th

Posted on

February 5, 2019

Dear Families,

          Thank you all for encouraging your children to participate in last week’s Catholic School’s Week activities.  They seemed to enjoy every day!

Reading – This week we are beginning our next unit: American Symbols. We will be learning about the Pledge of Allegiance and several patriotic songs this week. This ties in nicely with our class trip on Wednesday.  The students will also be learning about Abraham Lincoln and George Washington this month.

Spelling/Phonics – This week the class will continue to learn about bossy r.  Our words will focus on ar and or.  Please study these words each night as well.  There will be an assessment on Friday.

Math – This week we are continuing our work with tens and ones.  The students will be learning how to read, write and model numbers up to 120.  I will also continue reviewing how to find numbers on a number chart, how to count forward and how to count by 10’s. 

Valentine’s Day – On Thursday, February 14th we will have a small Valentine’s Day celebration in class.  The students will have the opportunity to give out valentines to their classmates.  My only rule is that there must be a valentine for every student. During this week, the students will have a chance to decorate a “mailbag” to hold their valentines.


  • School is closed for Winter Recess from Monday, February 18th – February 22nd. Classes resume on Monday, February 25th.
  • Please follow the uniform policy stated in the Student Handbook.

Have a great week!


Mrs. Van Buskirk


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