Welcome to Saint Joseph the Protector School! I feel very blessed to be a part of this community! I look forward to working with you to make this year a memorable and successful one for your children.
On the first day of school, the students worked together to make a list of rules they thought were important for our classroom. We all signed pledges promising to follow the rules the best we could and displayed them in the classroom alongside the rules. Each student was given a sticker book on the first day of school. They have the opportunity to earn stickers for following the rules, being a good friend, etc. Once students earn ten stickers, they can choose a reward. Students who find themselves continually having difficulties following the rules could owe a sticker to the teacher.
Religion - This year, your children will be learning how to recite the Sign of the Cross, The Hail Mary, and The Lord's Prayer. We will be introducing the Holy Family and the life of Jesus. We attend a school liturgy monthly, and First Friday Mass in the Spring.
Reading - Reading is a big component of the first grade curriculum. We will be building reading skills throughout the year using our Pearson Reader, as well as, books from our classroom library. While we read books together as a class and in small groups, I also encourage the students to read independently. Developing skilled reading takes practice, and I encourage you to read with your children at home, whether it is a book, magazine, sign, recipe, etc. Students will have a list of vocabulary words each week that they will need to memorize.
Spelling - Students will have a list of ten spelling words a week. They are required to study every night in preparation for the spelling test on Friday.
Writing - The first grade will simultaneously use the writing instruction and format in the reading series along with the writing workshop. Students will work through the writing process and be jouraling frequently.
Penmanship- The first grade uses the Palmer method of straight lines and circles. It is VERY important that your child hold the pencil correctly and that they start from the top of the line and pull the letters down (research shows a connection to writing topdown and reading). Children are encouraged to be neat.
Math - This year, your children will be learning how to add and subtract. They will be able to solve problems using manipulatives, equations, and illustrations. We will also be learning about place value, how to tell time, and two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes.
Science - The science curriculum is aligned with our reading series. The first topic we will be diving into is pets and their needs.
Social Studies - The social studies outline also overlaps our reading series. We will be focusing on communities and the people, places, and things within them, as well as, national symbols.
Socialization- Saint Joseph the Protector School takes pride in its efforts to be bully free. Children are taught character development from the first day of school and are encouraged to make faith based decisions.
For many students, homework is a new experience. Please assist your child in forming a positive attitude toward homework and valuing its importance. First graders will receive anywhere from 5-15 minutes of homework per night. Please check your child's homework for accuracy. If you notice your child struggling with a concept, please email me so I can provide additional instruction. Please intitial all completed homwork and return to school the following day. I will check homework for completion. Homework does contribute to the final grade in all subject areas. Homework not completed will be finished during recess.
Your child will be assessed in a variety of ways during first grade. To eliminate testing anxiety, children are not notified of upcoming assessments except for spelling tests. I will be sending home test folders approximately every two to three weeks. Please review all test papers, initial, and move the papers from the right pocket to the left. Please do not remove any assessment from the folder. If you have any questions regarding an assessment, please contact me at your convenience.
The best way to contact me is through a written note or an email (firstname.lastname@example.org). I generally will respond quickly. Please send notes regarding line changes and absences as these must be kept on file.
School information will go home weekly in the family envelope. Please be aware of deadlines when returning forms. Please do not return any correspondence in the family envelope as it is not checked until the following week.
Updates can also be found on the school web page. Please check back often to keep informed.
Please check that your child has the necessary school materials in a zippered pencil case. The pencil case will go home weekly.
- glue sticks
- glue bottle
- 4 sharpened pencils
- Pink Eraser
Tuesday: Library and Technology
Thursday: Music and Spanish
I look forward to meeting you all!