October 16th-October 20th

A Note From Mrs. Marsha

This week we will be doing lots of fun Fall hands on activities. Please practice the high frequency words flash cards that should stay in your child’s book bag. There will not be a Journey’s book going home this week. Instead there will be a leveled reader going home to practice every day entitled Fall.  Please read together and discuss events and the main idea. Encourage tracking of words too!

In Class This Week

Religion: St. Luke and St. John Pope 11

Language Arts: The children will:

Practice high frequency words: many, friend, full, pull, hold, good

Spelling words: pull, full, nut, bug, fun, rug, cut, run, one, spin

Phonics skills: short u, constant qu, and z

Comprehension: Main idea, Retelling (characters, BME, problem, solution, setting, and identifying text features of an informational text

Writing: I can write a narrative

Grammar: Adjectives, synonyms

Math: Students will identify greater than less than or equal to with 2 digit numbers. Students will order numbers from least to greatest.

Science: Students will discuss the characteristics of Fall


Monday: Spelling sheet, Fall book

Tuesday: Greater than less then, Fall book

Wednesday: Fill in the blank sentences with spelling words, Fall book

Thursday- Draw and write a sentence to tell what the main idea of the Fall book is

Important Dates & Reminders

October 23rd: Early dismissal, 2pm

October 26th: PTO Halloween Party 5:30pm-7pm

October 27th: In service, No School

October 10th-13th

A Note From Mrs. Marsha

Dear Families,

Grandparent’s Day was such a success! The children were full of excitement having their loved ones in their classroom. I think your child’s grandparent or special person were very impressed on how “grown-up” they behaved and how much learning they do too!  And to top it all off, the Three Little Pigs play sponsored by Porkchop Productions, was a wonderful way to end our morning filled with laughter.

We have a very busy week ahead. On Wednesday the Pet Blessing will be at 2:30 pm on the soccer field. You may bring your pet or a picture of your pet.

On Thursday K-5, 1st, and 2nd grade will be walking to the Firefighter parade located downtown on Main Street. We will leave the school at 10:30 am. Your child’s permission slip will go home in their Tuesday folder- PLEASE PLEASE sign and return on Wednesday.

On Friday at 9:30 am on the soccer field St. Peter’s will be a living rosary, feel free to join!  

In Class This Week

Language Arts-  The children will…

Practice high frequency words- friend, many, good, pull, full, hold

Practice spelling words- up, bug, mud, hut, nut, pull, full, hug, tub

Phonics skill- short vowel e

Comprehension- Main idea, retelling a story (BME, characters, setting, problem, solution), fantasy

Grammar- adjectives

Writing- I can write a narrative, students will be finishing their narrative piece this week!

Math: Students will use a number line to 12 to count on and count back to any given number. Students will identify a number that is just before, between, and just after. Students will compare numbers to 12 using math vocabulary and signs greater than, equal too, or less than.

Social Studies: Students will illustrate and discuss the different elements of community life.

Religion: Prayers of the Rosary and mysteries of the Rosary

Important Dates & Reminders

October 9th- No School, Columbus Day

October 11th- Pet blessing, 2:30 pm

October 12th- Firefighter Parade 10:30 am-12 pm

October 13th- Living Rosary, 9:30 am on the soccer field

October 18th- Picture Day

October 20th- 7:30am-9am “coffee break” for grades 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, located in the Library

October 23rd- 2pm Dismissal

October 26th- 5:30pm-7pm PTO Halloween Party

October 27th- In-service Day, No school




October 2nd-6th

A Note From Mrs. Marsha

Happy Fall Families! October tends to be a very busy month in school. During these busy times it can be overwhelming. I have to remember to stop and appreciate the little things. Grandparent’s Day will be on Friday! Your child’s grandparent(s) or special person may come to our special school as early as  7:30 till noon.

In Class This Week

Religion- Parts of the Rosary, Saint Francis of Assisi

Language Arts- The children will:

Practice high frequency words; all, does, my, me, here, who

Spelling words; yet, web, pen, wet, leg, hen

Phonics skill: short vowel e

Comprehension: Main idea, characters

Writing: I can write a narrative

Grammar: nouns and verbs

Math- Students will solve problems by finding and eliminating information. Students will recognize and draw greater with one fewer and one more. Students will order #’s to 12. Students will use a number line to count on. Vocabulary- one fewer, one more, count on, number line

Social Studies- Students will illustrate the different elements of community life


Monday- Spelling practice sheet

Tuesday- Spelling practice sheet

Wednesday- number line sheet

Practice HF words, read, and math facts

Important Dates & Reminders

Oct. 2nd-6th- Book Fair

Oct. 3rd- Progress Reports

Oct. 6th- Grandparents Day

Oct. 9th- Columbus Day, No School

Oct. 13th- 9:30am Living Rosary

September 25-29

A Note From Mrs. Marsha

Dear Families,

Happy Fall! I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend with families. As our lives become increasingly hectic it becomes difficult to slow our minds, body, and heart down and give thanks to God for the many blessings in our lives. This is something that we have been practicing in First Grade with Christian Meditation. The kids and I embrace our spiritual growth just like our academic growth!

Just a side note- the spelling list that I send home on Monday stays at home.  Please practice nightly with your child. Also, practice math facts with your child; doubles, doubles +1, addition patterns, etc.. I think flashcards are always a good tool to help with memorization. If your child begins practicing math facts now, this will only help him/her when we begin two digit addition.

In Class This Week

Religion- Celebrating Ordinary Time and the liturgical year

Psalm 118:24 calls us to rejoice and be glad for the day the lord has given to us

Language Arts- The students will…

    Practice high frequency words: do, find, funny, sing, no, they

     Spelling words: log, dot, top, hot, ox, lot

      Phonics skill: short vowel /o/

       Comprehension: Sequence of events, characters, main idea

      Grammar: Actions verbs

      Writing: Narrative writing

Math- The students will use cubes to add three addends with sums to 12. The students will practice math strategies finding doubles and counting on to add three addends with sums up to 12. The students will take a Math test.

Social Studies- The students will demonstrate an understanding of home, school, and other settings around the world


Mon- Spelling handwriting

Tues- Spelling sheet

Wed- Adding three addends

Practice Math facts nightly

Read nightly

Important Dates & Reminders

Mon., 9/25- 2 p.m. Dismissal

Tues.10/3- Progress reports

September 18th-22th

A Note From Mrs. Marsha

Dear Families,

I hope everyone had a great weekend! This week we will continue our social studies unit Me on the Map. In math the students will continue addition to prepare for the test next week. The students have fully begun all of the reading stations too! I hope to see everyone on Thursday evening at 5:30 for our PTO meeting.

In Class This Week

Religion: God is our Father

Math: Students will use manipulatives to figure out different ways to make numbers up to 12. Students will use a number line to count on. Students will identify addition patterns using cubes. Students will use cubes to add doubles addition sentences.

Language Arts: The children will….

Practice High Frequency words- too, have, for, what, he, look

Practice Spelling words – if, is, him, rip, fit, pin

Phonics rule- short /i/

Comprehension- Main idea, character

Grammar- Nouns (common, proper, possessive)

Writing- Narratives, Labels

Social Studies- Students will demonstrate an understanding of home, school, and other settings around the rule


Mon- Spelling practice sheet

Tues- Number line addition

Wed- Spelling practice sheet

Read every night and practice HF words

Upcoming Dates & Reminders

Sept. 21st- PTO Meeting, 5:30pm, Neglia Hall

Sept. 25th- 2 pm Dismissal


School Delay, September 12th

Dear Families,

St. Peter’s school will have a two hour delay tomorrow, 9/12. The school will open at 9:30 a.m. and instruction will begin 10:00 a.m.

Have a safe night,

Mrs. Marsha

September 11th-15th

A Note From Mrs. Marsha

Dear Families,

The first grade did an awesome job on Friday during MAP testing. The students had so much stamina and focus- I am so proud of them. Due to MAP testing and the weather delay, the spelling test has been postponed till September 15th. I pray that each family stayed safe and had little or no damage from hurricane Irma.

In Class This Week

Religion- Jesus tell us that God is his father and is our loving father too

Language Arts- The students will..

Practice high frequency words- and, you, be, play, with, help

Spelling words- am, at, sat, man, dad, mat

Comprehension- main idea, poetry

Writing- labels, narratives

Grammar- nouns

Math- Students will use counters and ten frames to add vertically and horizontally. Students will identify related addition facts. Students will show different ways to make numbers up to 12. Vocabulary- addend, sum, addition sentence, plus, equal

Social Studies- Students will demonstrate an understanding of home, school, and other setting around the world


Tuesday, Spelling practice

Wednesday, Me on the Map

Nightly Reading

Important Dates & Reminders

Monday, 9/11- No school due to Hurricane Irma

Thursday, 9/21- PTO meeting 5:30, Neglia Hall

Monday, 9/25- 2pm Dismissal


September 5-8

A Note From Mrs. Marsha

Happy September First Grade families! Thank you for filling out the learning inventories. I enjoy getting to know your children- and some a little better! These inventories only help me  to become a better teacher for your child so I can fit their needs in the classroom.

MAP testing will begin this week. MAP is a great tool that will support each child in the classroom. MAP will help teachers and families set obtainable goals to master for their child for the year. First grade will be testing this Friday, Sept. 8th, at 8:30 in the morning.  So please get lots of rest and a good breakfast!!

Due to MAP testing on Friday the students will take their spelling test on Monday, September 11th. I want all the children to only focus on MAP this week and not stress about any other testing. We will still be practicing the words in class.

We have a snack every mornings around 9:30. Please have a small snack in your child’s lunchbox.

In Class This Week

Religion- Jesus tells us that God is his Father and that he is our father too

Reading- HF words; and, you, be, play, help, with

Spelling words- am, at, sat, man, dad, mat

Phonics rule- short vowel /a/

Comprehension- main idea, identify and summarize non-fiction text

Grammar- Nouns

Writing- Labeling

Math- Students will join two groups through addition math stories and creating addition sentences vertically and horizontally.  Vocabulary- sum, addition sentence, addend, equal, plus

Social Studies- Rules & procedures


Tuesday- Spelling practice

Wednesday- Domino math

Important Dates & Reminders

Sept. 5th-15th- MAP testing

Sept. 21st- PTO Parent Meeting, Neglia Hall 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 25th- 2 p.m. Early Dismissal



August 28-September 1

A Note From Mrs. Marsha

Happy second week of school! This week the students will be practicing our classroom and school rules and procedures. In reading and math the students will be reviewing Kindergarten skills.

In Class This Week

Religion: God created everything out of love for us. We care for God’s creation by loving others.

Language Arts: The children will:

Practice high frequency words: I, like, to, a, see, the

Spelling words: *First test will be September 8th

Phonics skill: short vowel /a/

Math: Review of Kindergarten skills. Students will use manipulatives to join two groups through math addition stories

Social Studies: Rules and procedures practice and classroom community building


Read 10 min nightly

Monday- Stair step spelling with high frequency words

Wednesday- Patterns

Important Dates & Reminders

Tuesday, 8/29- Back to school night 6:30 pm

Monday, 9/4- Labor Day, No school


March 20th – 24th

Classroom News

Religion: The children will understand that Jesus taught us to Share. We will explore ways that we can share Jesus’ love with others. We will relate these ideas to our Lenten discipline of Giving Alms.

Language Arts: The children will:

   Practice high frequency words: first, food, ground, right, sometimes, these, under, your

   Spelling words: (words with ai, ay) play, grain, sail, mail, may, rain, way, day, stay, pain

Phonics skills: Vowel pairs (ai, ay); Contractions -‘ll,   –’d

   Vocabulary strategy: Multiple-meaning words

     Comprehension skill: Author’s Purpose; Conclusions; Summarize    

     Grammar:  Names of Months, Days, Holidays

Math: The children will:

– Identify a variety of closed figures as we begin work on concepts of Geometry

– Begin to use attributes such as sides, corners, and vertices to identify and describe closed figures

– Extend addition and subtraction facts through sums of 20

– Use the vocabulary: doubles fact, sum, difference, related facts, fact family, part vs. whole

– Practice telling time to the hour and half hour using   analog and digital clocks  

             Science/Social Studies:

             – Where does food come from? We will begin our study of plants.

Dates to Remember

Monday, 3/20 – 2:00 Dismissal

Tuesday, 3/21 – picture orders due; re-registration deadline

Wednesday, 3/22 – return Tuesday folder; Mass, wear dress uniform.

Thursday, 3/23- PE Day; wear PE uniform

Friday, 3/24 –end of third quarter; Knights of Columbia Lenten Fish Fry from 5 pm – 8 pm


Monday, 3/27 – 4th Quarter begins


  • Study high frequency words and phrases each night
  • Read 10 min. NIGHTLY
  • Math fact practice nightly

A Note from Mr. Thigpen

New bag books are going home this week. Thank you for continuing to read for ten to fifteen minutes each night with your child. Even this small amount of practice, done consistently, is very helpful to your child’s development of reading skills. Just as important, it also demonstrates that you value the work your child is doing at school and encourages him or her to continue to work hard every day.