1-1 Mrs. Gloria Asaro

Mrs. Asaro's 
First Grade Class!

Wishing You and Your Families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 

The Winter Uniform has begun.  Please make sure the boys are wearing the uniform long pants and girls are wearing the jumper.  Thank You!   

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 - 
Wednesday, December 19 - Band Christmas Concert 1:00pm.
Thursday, December 20 - Please send buddy gifts to school.    Notre Dame Christmas Show 7:00pm.
Friday, December 21 - Buddy Christmas Celebration.  The first and eight grade buddies will get together to celebrate the holidays and the gift of friendship.  They will celebrate with hot chocolate, cookies, a craft and a gift exchange.  Please send to school your wrapped gift by December 20.  Please keep your gift in the price range of $15.00-$20.00.  Thank you for your help in making this a special day! 
Christmas Pageant, 10:30 in the Church.  12:00 noon dismissal.  No After care.
December 24 - January 1 --No School-- Christmas Recess 
Tuesday, January 2 - School Reopens
Friday, January 4 - 12:00 Noon Dismissal After-care is available.  First Friday Mass - 10:45.  All are welcome.
Tuesday, January 15 - Eighth Grade Bake Sale
Monday, January 21 - Dr. Martin Luther King Day - No School
Sunday, January 27 - Catholic Schools Week Mass, 9:00am. Open House 10:00 - 1:00.
Friday, February 1 - 12:00 Noon Dismissal After-care is available.  First Friday Mass - 10:45.  All are welcome.
Saturday, February 9 - Sweetheart Dance
Tuesday, February 12 - Eighth Grade Bake Sale
Raz-Kids passwords were given to each student.  For your convenience, the children have glued this information in their "Take-Home" folders. 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 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!!


 What We Are Learning in Class 1-1


This week we will be exploring addition and subtraction word problems using thePart, Part, Whole Strategy.  Students will represent and solve word problems with unknown parts.

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 - Review Week

 Essential Question - "How do people celebrate Christmas around the world?" 

Books - "Tree of Cranes" by Allen Say, "Christmas Wombat" by Jackie French, " Where is Santa - Wo ist der Weihnachtsmann? by Sujatha Lalgudi and "The Legend of the Christmas Pickle by Daniel Tararee.

Genre - Informational

Skills - nouns, verbs and middle sounds  

Comprehension Strategy - Key Details

Writing - Students will become authors and illustrators!  This week, the students will be writing a newspaper article retelling the story of Jesus's birth.  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. They will also be encouraged to write more than one detailed sentence to begin building stamina during writing time! 

Social Studies

The first grade students will be taking a trip around the world to learn that people celebrate Christmas in different ways. The students will be learning the different traditions, foods, songs and dance of people from different countries during this festive season.    

Religion - Advent 

This week, we will enter the second week of Advent.  Advent is a time to prepare and wait for Jesus's birth.  In anticipation, we have discussed the meaning of the Advent wreath and place in it our first candle.  The students have learned about the Holy Family- our Blessed Mother, St. Joseph and Jesus as an infant.  They have listened to the story of Jesus's birth.  We will doing many special activities in the next couple of weeks of Advent to prepare for Christmas. 


Students will continue their lessons on inquiry skills.  This week we will explore with "Scientist Doug" from our mystery science lessons.  



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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