1-1 Mrs. Gloria Asaro

Mrs. Asaro's 
First Grade Class!

Reminder...if your child goes to Aftercare on a half day, hot lunch is not available.  You must send in a lunch and drink from home.

Important Dates -
Monday, April 15 - Lenten Prayer Service 8:20am
Wednesday, April 17 - Shadow Stations of the Cross 1:15pm
Thursday, April18 - April 26 - Easter Recess
Tuesday, April 30 - Eighth Grade Bake Sale
Friday, May 3 - 12:00 Noon Dismissal After-Care is available
Tuesday, May 7 - Flynn & O'Hara (uniform company) will measure students for September.
Thursday, May 9 - Spring Boutique
Friday, May 10 - May Crowning     PAVE Auction - Please join us at Verdi's for a great evening supporting our school!
Friday, May 17 - Emergency Dismissal
Tuesday, May 21 - Eighth Grade Bake Sale
Thursday, May 23 - Spring Show - 1:00pm
Friday, May 24 - Notre Dame School Annual Picnic
Monday, May 27 - Memorial Day - No School
Wednesday, May 29 - Band Concert - 7:00pm
Thursday, May 30 - Ascension Thursday - No School
Friday, May 31 - No School
What We Are Learning in Class 1-1

Math - Chapter 8 Two-Digit Addition and Subtraction 

**Chapter 8 Math Assessment - Wednesday, May 1**

In this chapter, the students will expand upon their basic knowledge of addition and subtraction.  They will learn to add and to subtract multiples of ten using models and place value strategies.  During this chapter the children will add a two-digit number with a one digit-number using a hundred chart, base-ten blocks and quick pictures.  They will then use these skills to solve addition word problems explaining the method and the reasoning they used to solve the problems  

It is very important for the children to keep practicing their addition and subtraction facts within ten!  Knowing these facts will help them immensely. There are many math apps where the children can practice these facts or you can simple make flashcards for practice.  We have been playing many different games in school to help the students with fluency of addition facts within ten.   


Wonders - Unit 5 - Week 4

Essential Question - How is life different than it was long ago?  How the same?

Books - "Life at Home", "Long Ago and Now", "School Long Ago", "Communities in the Past" and "The Keeping Quilt"       

Skills - Ou sound spelled ou & ow, inflectional endings -er & -est, using the articles and an.   

Comprehension Strategy - Compare and Contrast

Respond to Reading - 
It is so important that the first grade students are able to respond to their reading.  We have been working hard to pay attention to the details in each and every story we read as well as answer questions about the text.  In school, the children are always encouraged to go back in the story and find the answer to the question being asked.  You can support your child at home by always asking them questions after each story you read together.  They can also write and draw about a part of the story they liked, favorite character, story events...the ideas are endless!    

Writing - Students will become authors and illustrators! As always, they will continue to write stories using complete sentences that include a capital letter in the beginning, spaces between each word and punctuation at the end. At this time of the year, the students will begin to be encouraged to write three sentences on one topic.  This will help them build stamina during writing time! 

Religion - Chapter 5 - Jesus Teaches Us About Love

In this chapter, the students will learn that many people wanted to follow Jesus.  People followed Him because they needed Jesus to make them better, teach them to pray, tell the Good News about God's love and to tell them how to live a better life.  

The children will also learn that Jesus taught us the Great Commandment.  Commandments are laws or rules given to us by God.  The Great Commandment says “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” (Matthew 22:37,39)  
Students will listen to the scripture story The Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-35).They will learn what it means to be a good neighbor.  We will discuss the good Samaritan cared for and helped the hurt man.  The students will learn that Jesus told this story to help us understand that all people are our neighbors and we are to be good neighbors to everyone.  
Lent and Holy Week

The students will learn that Lent is a time of preparation for Easter, the holiday that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Lent lasts for forty days and it is an opportunity to change your daily lives and become closer to God. We will be completing many lessons and activities as Holy Week approaches.  We will read scripture stories and discuss Palm Sunday, The Last Supper, Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday.  The children will do a special activity on the stations of the cross and Jesus's resurrection on Easter Sunday.


We will begin Unit 9 in our science book All About Matter.  In this unit, the students will learn that all objects are matter and matter can change in different ways.   We will be observing different objects, learning about solids, liquids and gases and also discussing how matter changes.  

Social Studies - Then and Now

Students will be learning about life long ago.  They will learn how life was the same and life was different at home, at school and at play.  The children will be able to learn about, see and touch some real life items that people used in their daily lives. We will be observing a wash board, hand blender, meat grinder and hand drill as well as some games children played.  

Please be sure that your child is reading each night.  It is so important that they practice reading each and every day to develop the skills learned in school.  Like anything else, mastery requires practice!! Please remember to complete your child's reading log each night.

Raz-Kids.com is an excellent resource for building reading skills.  Each student works at his/her level to read books and answer comprehension questions.  They can earn stars as incentives that they can use to build robots and rocket ships.  Please take some time to sit with your child and explore this great resource.  The children are all very excited about this! 

Please check your child's folder regularly as there are important notices going home with the children daily.

Please make sure to send a snack in to school each day. 

Students are to wear their gym uniform as well as white or black sneakers on gym days.  
Please make sure to write your child's name on the tag of his/her gym sweatshirts.  The students often take these off and mix them up!

If your child is absent, it is important that you send an absent note to school on the day he or she returns.  

Our Specials:  


Monday- Music and Italian
Tuesday- Gym
Wednesday- Library and Italian
Thursday-  Art
Friday- Technology

Students are to wear their Gym uniform as well as white or black sneakers on Gym days.

Please note:
*Please be sure to check your child's folder regularly as there are constantly important notices going home with the children
*Please clearly label all of your child's school supplies and clothing that comes to school.
*Please send in a note if there will be a change in your child's dismissal
*If you child is absent, please be sure to send a note with your child the following day. 
*Please provide your children with a 'light and healthy" snack for the morning.

I am always happy to hear from parents and can be reached through email or phone.  I will be sure to respond in a timely fashion and will be happy to meet with anyone who has any questions or concerns. 

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to email me at gasaro7211@ndsnet.org

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