Kimberley Reddan, First Grade

Newsletter for the week of September 15th-19th

Quote of the Week:

"Let us read and let us dance;  these two amusements will never do any harm to the world."

Voltaire

 

Homework:

Monday-Math workbook 1.3 and 1.4;  Simple Solutions Lesson#1

Tuesday-Back to School Night at 7pm;  Simple Solutions Lesson#2

Wednesday-Strega Nona Sequencing;  Simple Solutions Lesson#3

Thursday-Study Spelling words;  Simple Solutions Lesson#4

Friday-Read a story with someone

 

Spelling words:

am, ham, had, bad, bag, rag, cap, mad, up, and go

Bonus: squirrel, acorn, pencil

 

Our story for the week is "Sam and the Bag".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, September 15th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, September 19th.  Our words this week have the short vowel sound a as seen in th vowel families -am, -ad, and -ag.  Elsewhere in Language Arts we will be celebrating Tomie dePaolo's birthday by reading "Strega Nona".  For Math we continue Chapter 1 on number sense by looking at ordinal numbers and interpreting data from a graph.  Religion finds us finishing Chapter 1 with a test on Thursday.  Science is all about our five senses as we complete our Apple Lab.  Social Studies finds us learning about School Days. 

 

Reminders:

Back to School Night is Tuesday, September 16th at 7pm.

Don't forget to send in $17 for the notebooks and homework book.

Gym is now on Mondays.

 

Apple Trivia:

In Ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage;  catching it was acceptance.

Pomology is the science of apple growing.

Apples are a member of the rose family.

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Newsletter for the week of September 8th-12th

Quote of the Week:

"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Homework:

Monday-Make a birthday card for Mary

Tuesday-Hearing worksheet

Wednesday-Short a ice cream cone

Thursday-Study Spelling words

Friday-Read a story with someone

 

Spelling words:

at, hat, cat, can, cap, tap, map, mad, a, the

Bonus:  apple, teacher, September

 

Our story for the week is "The Hat".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, September 8th and our first Spelling test will be on Friday, September 12th.  Our Spelling words this week have the short a vowel sound as seen in the vowel families -at, -an, -ap and -ad.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we will be looking at story elements of plot, character and setting as well as determining whether a group of words is a complete sentence.  For Math we begin Chapter 1 on number sense.  Religion finds us learning about Mary on her birthday and Mother Teresa.  Science is all about our five senses.  Social Studies finds us learning about school days.

 

 

Reminders:

Gym is on Wednesday.

Show and Tell is on Friday.

$17 is owed for the cost of the planners and notebooks.

Red folders go home every Wednesday and should come back to school every Thursday.  Anything with a star should be signed and returned.  All other papers may remain at home.  (In this week's Red folder, I am sending home two copies of the First Grade Grading Policies.  Please sign one where indicated and return to me. The other copy may remain at home.  Thank you.)

 

 

Birthday Trivia:

Over fifteen million people have the same birthday as you.

Many years ago only kings had birthday celebrations because no one else was thought to be important enough.

August is the most popular birthday month accounting for about 9% of all birthdays.

 

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Newsletter for the week of September 1st-5th

Quote of the Week:

"He who opens a school door, closes a prison."

Victor Hugo

 

Homework:

Monday-Labor Day

Tuesday-Tell someone about your first day of school

Wednesday-Vowels and consonants

Thursday-Lunchroom rules

Friday-Read a story with someone

 

Our first week of school will help us to get acclimated to the procedures and rules of First Grade.  In Language Arts, we will review the short vowels as well as differentiate between vowels and consonants.  For Math we will begin Chapter 1 on number sense and review some skills from Kindergarten.  Religion finds us learning about Mother Teresa on her feast day on Friday as well as discussing proper church behavior.  Science is all about our five senses.  Social Studies finds us learning about school days.

 

Reminders:

Tuesday is a half day.

Wednesday is Gym day.

Friday is Show and Tell.

Homework books are $5 and notebooks are $12 for eight, so please send in an envelope with $17 this week.

Mass is on Friday at 9am.  Boys should wear shirts and ties.

Every Wednesday I will send a red folder home containing any important papers.  Please return the red folder every Thursday.

 

School Trivia:

The oldest school in the USA-Boston's Latin School- was founded in 1635 and 5 of the signers of the Declaration of Independance graduated from this school.

High school was not really part of school until the 1930's.  Prior to that time, most people only had eight years of school. 

Of the ten largest gymnasiums in America, nine are in Indiana.

 

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August Newsletter

"In summer the song sings itself".

William Carlos William

 

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. 

 

Here are a few back to school tips:

 

Homework books($5.00)and first grade notebooks($1.50 each so $12 for 8) may be bought on the first day of school.  Just send in an envelope with your child's name.

You do not have to write your child's name on all school supplies.  We will take care of that in school.

Lunchboxes and backpacks should be marked with names though:)

Send in an old shirt for a smock.

Tuesday, September 2nd is a half day with no lunch.

I would prefer the students to have plastic or vinyl folders.  They tend to last longer.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at first@mtregional.

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Kimberley Reddan, First Grade

Born in California, I grew up in New Jersey. In 1987, I graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a BA in English.  I began teaching Grades 5-8 English, by way of the Alternate Route System, in September of 1989 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Highlands, NJ.  Upon Completion of the school year in 1990, I received dual certification in English and Elementary Education.  From 1990-1993 I taught First Grade followed by Fourth Grade from 1993-1997.  After taking a short break, I returned to Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in September 2003 as a Second Grade teacher until it closed in 2006.  Now residing happily at Mother Teresa Regional School in the First Grade classroom, I also run the Before Care Program as well as head the Drama Club.



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