August 15th- Welcome To First Grade!

A Note from Ms. Smith:

Greetings! Parents and 1st Graders,

The first day of school is approaching! I hope you are excited to learn and to grow in faith together.   This year, I will encourage you to constantly try your very best and to believe in yourself.   During the first week of school, we will learn about school and classroom rules, routines, and what it means to be a good student.  We will also learn about  each other. On August 21st-22nd, students will participate in an in-class “All About Me- Brown Bag” activity.  During this activity, you will have the opportunity to share 3 special items with the class.  I encourage you to start thinking about what you would like to share.  (A separate note will be sent home in student take home folders with details).

I am looking forward to seeing you soon!

First Grade Reading List & Supply List

A Note From Mrs. Marsha

Hello rising first grade families,

Welcome to first grade where your child will enhance their reading, writing, and math skills, learn to be more independent, and make wonderful friends 🙂 First grade is a big transition for children, but with guidance, support, and positive reinforcement from their family and school family- they will do just fine! Please take time to spend time together this summer and read read read! Here are a few suggestions and list links to make sure your child’s brain stays active and continues to practice skills learned in Kindergarten;

Summer bridge workbook- purchased at target, barnes and noble, or amazon

ABC mouse

Banana Math

Starfall *free

High frequency word flashcards

Addition and subtraction family flashcards

Rising-First-Grade-Reading-List & Supply List

Have a wonderful summer!



May 28th-June 1st

And that’s a wrap!! I can not believe that this is the last week of first grade. Thank you for sharing your precious children with me this year, and for some of you two years 🙂 My oh my have they all come a long way; autonomy in their school work, stamina in their reading and writing, and love and joy in their faith. I am beyond blessed to have been their teacher and watch all of them grow as little people.

Field day was so much fun and the rain did not stop us from having a blast. All of the St. Peter’s students displayed teamwork. On the last day of school, June 1st, there will be a awards ceremony, please join us in the church at 10am. Their report cards will also go home with them June 1st with their 2nd grade supply and reading list.  Also, please be on the look out for your child’s belongings being taken home bit by bit this week. They will be my busy little helpers cleaning the classroom.


Mrs. Marsha

In Class This week

Spelling words- look, book, good, brook, took, shook, wood, hood, foot, hook *Test Tuesday May 29th

Phonics skill- short and long oo, ow, ou

Comprehension- fluency rate and why questions when reading

Writing- finish personal narrative

Math- cumulative review

Religion- sacraments

 Important dates & Reminders

May 28th- Memorial day, no school

June 1st- Report cards issued, Last day of school- 11:30 dismissal

May 21-25

A Note From Mrs. Marsha

This week the students will finish up our two-digit subtraction unit. They greatly impressed me with their excitement and motivation to regroup! WOW! Although they still need guidance with this multi-step problem solving skill, they are applying their knowledge of place value and subtraction like second graders! On Friday St. Peter’s will have field day. The students can wear their P.E. uniform. Have a great week!

In Class This Week

Religion- The sacraments, unit 4 assessment

Language Arts: The students will:

Spelling words- look, book, good, hook, brook, took, shook, wood, hood *Test May 29th

Phonics skill- short oo

Comprehension- Story elements

Writing- I can write a personal narrative

Math- Students will apply subtraction strategies to subtract two digit numbers

Science- Students will identify light and how it passes through objects

Homework- Practice spelling words every night choosing a spelling activity from spelling board. Decodable phonics reader.

Important Dates & Reminders

May 25th- Field Day

May 28th- Memorial Day, No school

June 1st- Last day of school for students

May 14-18

A Note From Mrs. Marsha

The kids and I had a great time at the zoo, some of them knew their way around better than I! This week we will dive into double digit subtraction. The students will also be reading and summarizing the well known best friends Frog Toad. Have a great week!

In Class This Week

Spelling Words- bar, yarn, barn, art, far, arm, bark, card, jar

Phonics skill- r controlled words, ar

Comprehension-  story elements

Writing- I can write to inform

Grammar- pronouns

Math- Students will apply a subtraction strategy for two digit subtraction

Science- Students will identify how to care for a garden and insects and animals that are beneficial


Practice spelling words in spelling journal.

Spelling Menu

Decodable phonics reader.

Animal research project- presentations April 21st.

Important Dates and Reminders

May 14th- 2pm Dismissal

May 15th- Music Practice, USC Band Hall

May 17th- USC Spring Concert, USC Band Hall

May 25th- Field Day

June 1st- Last day for students


May 7-11

A Note From Mrs. Marsha

This Tuesday the students will take MAP Math. They did so well with their reading test, I am  so proud of them! Again, please make sure they have a good breakfast and arrive to school on time! Thank you for your partnership in their school success.

May is a very busy month. On Friday the students will be going to the zoo. Please make sure to pack your child’s  lunch and apply sunscreen on them. Your child can wear their PE uniform – like they always do on Fridays. The students are very excited about this trip and the first hand experience will only help them with their animal research project, due May 21st.

In Class This Week

Spelling words- her, fern, girl, sir, stir, bird, hurt, turn, third

Phonics skill- controlled r; ir, ur

Comprehension- drawing conclusions, text evidence

Grammar- Pronouns

Writing- I can write to inform

Math- double digit addition with regrouping

Science- Students will identify an animals habitat, life cycle, and adaptions

Religion- Mary says yes to God, Sacraments

Important Updates & Reminders

May 11th- PTO Family Picnic 5:30-7:30

May 14th- 2 pm Dismissal

May 17th- Music Program, USC Band Hall

May 28th- Memorial Day, No school

April 30-May 4

A Note From Mrs. Marsha

It’s that time of year again! Please donate to our last fundraiser of the year Midlands Gift. The online donations will begin on Tuesday, May 1st. Our goal is to have 165 donations to celebrate 165 years of St. Peter’s School! If we reach our goal we receive $3,300 bonus from generous St. Peter’s donors. You can donate online to ;

Please don’t forget to donate to our charity Birthright this month. Thank you for those who have, you have given a big gift to a very grateful mother in our community.

Last but not least, this week begins our MAP testing. First grade will begin MAP Reading Tuesday, May 1st and May 2nd. Then finish strong with MAP Math Tuesday, May 8th. These tests are  helpful to begin your child’s next year with quality data, and to be proud of all of their hard work this past year.

In Class This Week

Religion- Morality our good faith, Sacraments our way of life

Language Arts- The students will:

Practice high frequency words; on, was, when, said, put, his, them

Spelling words: show, row, grow, low, blow, snow, boat, coat, road, toad

Phonics skills: oa & ow

Comprehension- Story elements

Writing- I can write to be creative

Math: Students will add 2 digit numbers with no regrouping and regrouping

Science: Students will describe how animals change and grow. Differentiate between animals in different habitats.


Monday-Thursday; Spelling choice board, decodable reader

Tuesday- phonics page 12

Wednesday- phonics page 13

Thursday- Addition with regrouping

Important Updates & Reminders

April 30-May 11- MAP testing

May 1st- Midlands Gives

May 8th- Progress reports

May 8th- May Procession/Rosary

May 8th- Art show 3:30-7:30, Neglia Hall

May 11th- Family Picnic, 5:30-7:00, St. Peter’s Campus

May 17th- Music Program 6:30 pm, USC Band Hall


April 23-27

A Note From Mrs. Marsha

Dear Families,

This week the students will end our measurement unit and begin 2-digit addition. The students will have phonics and a fluency passage homework based on the vowel pair ai and ay spelling rule. This is more difficult so please encourage them to do their best!

In Class This Week

Religion- Morality, Our lived faith

Language Arts: The students will-

Practice high frequency words: is, when, then, and, he, see, she

Spelling words: play, grain, sail,  mail, may, rain, way, day, stay, pain

Phonics skills: vowel pairs ai & ay

Comprehension: summarizing, author’s purpose

Writing: I can write a narrative- letters (date, intro, conclusion)

Grammar: punctuation

Vocabulary: chocolate, favorite, paddies, vegetables

Math: Students will apply measurement skills for an assessment. Students will appy an addition strategy to solve 2-digit addition problems.

Science- Students will identify and understand where food comes from


Monday- spelling menu, fluency passage Gray Paint 

Tuesday- spelling menu, phonics page 12

Wednesday- spelling menu, phonics page 13

Thursday- spelling menu

Important Dates & Reminders

April 23- 2pm Dismissal

April 26- PTO Meeting 5:30pm, Neglia Hall

April 30-May 11- MAP Testing




April 16-20

A Note From Mrs. Marsha

Dear Families,

Happy Earth week! This week the students will continue our space unit and extend further with learning about the Earth and the special gift it is from God. The students will also continue the measurement unit. Please make sure your child is being responsible for their spelling journal to practice their spelling words, a spelling choice board link is below. Have a wonderful week!

Spelling Menu

In Class This Week

Religion- God’s creations

Language Arts-

Spelling words- me, be, tree, mean, these, read, see, feet, keep, sea,

High frequency words- these, are, too, this, may, she, his

Phonics skills- long e, ee, ea

Comprehension- main idea, author’s purpose

Grammar- punctuation , questions words

Vocabulary- moon, stars, earth, planet, landform, resource, pollution, reduce, reuse, recycle

Math- Students will apply measurement tools to figure out measurement in inches, centimeters, and capacity.

Science- Students will identify how to care for the earth and its resources.

Homework- practice spelling words every night and read leveled reader

Important Dates & Reminders

April 23rd- 2 p.m. Dismissal

April 26th- PTO Meeting, 5:30 p.m. in Neglia Hall

April 30th-May 11th- MAP Testing

April 9-13

A Note From Mrs. Marsha

Dear Families,

I hope you had a relaxing Easter break. Everyone should be well rested and ready to tackle the 4th quarter. The students will be finishing up their plant observations this week. They will begin our space unit. On Tuesday report cards will be sent home along with a field trip form to Publix on April 20th. This field trip is a great connection to our goods and services unit back in 2nd quarter.

In Class This Week

Religion: Jesus has risen, ALLEUIA! Symbols of Easter

Language Arts: The students will:

Practice high frequency words- go, no, so, our

Spelling words- my,cone, rode, bring, code,rose, cry, try, those, why

Phonics skills- long vowels, long y, when two vowels go walking the first one does the talking

Comprehension- main idea, author’s purpose

Writing- I can write to inform

Grammar- question words; who, what, when, where, why, where, how

Vocabulary- around, because, light, carry, before, bring, think, Earth, moon

Math- Students will identify, estimate, and apply non standard units of measurement, standard units of measurement, and perimeter

Science- Students will recall the motion of the moon and stars, position, rotation, and phases of the moon


Monday- spelling choice board, leveled reader

Tuesday- spelling choice board, leveled reader

Wednesday- spelling choice board, leveled reader

Thursday- spelling choice board, leveled reader

Spelling Menu

Important Dates & Reminders

April 10th- Report Cards issued

April 23rd- 2pm dismissal

April 26th- PTO meeting, 5:30pm, Neglia Hall

April 30th-May 11th- MAP testing