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First Grade

Mr. Hersh
Mrs. Peters

Ms. Rosa
Mrs. Sclavounos
Mrs. Volpicelli

First Grade ~  October 2017 Newsletter

Our first grade classes are working hard and are very enthusiastic about learning.  Thank you to all who came to meet us at Back to School Night.  We look forward to working with you throughout the year.

ELA:  During this block, the students are learning about strategies that good readers and writers use.  We’ve also discussed the behaviors that strong readers and writers exhibit.  We have begun to implement these strategies and behaviors during our Reader’s and Writer’s Workshops.  In Fundations, we have been reviewing the letters, their sounds, and practicing our handwriting skills. This month, we will be working on blending and segmenting those sounds, spelling CVC words, and learning the digraphs.  To reinforce some of the skills we’ve been working on, please visit for some fun activities your child can do at home.  In addition, please continue to utilize for extra reading and comprehension practice.  By now, you should have received your child’s user name and password from his/her teacher.  If not, please contact the teacher.

Math:  This month, we are learning how to add and subtract numbers to 10.  They can review these skills using Dreambox.  This login information was sent home with your child.

Social Studies:  The children have been learning about the school rules and their rights/responsibilities as students at Van Cortlandtville.  The students are trying to earn “ROCKS” by following these rules and acting respectfully.

Science:  We are learning about what different scientists study and ways that we can behave like scientists.  We are beginning to explore the sun, moon and stars.

Please remember to review the classroom and school rules with your children. 

Also, completed reading logs are due the first day of each month.

First Grade Projects and Links

In order to insure that all of our young learners have the same experiences and opportunities to be engaged with 21st century learning, we have developed a number of curriculum projects that integrate existing curriculum with technology.  These projects were developed by teachers in district and regional workshops.  

Note: The Social Studies/ELA Integrated Curriculum sites are password protected.

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