1-2/Mrs. Christine Leabo

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Welcome to 1-2's Class Page!
I am looking forward to a great 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.

If you are planning to send your child to the after-care program, you must make sure that you have sent in the appropriate paperwork.  More information can be found on our school website.

Important Dates:

​Monday, November 12 - Veteran's Day (School Closed)
Wednesday, November 14 - 8th. Grade Ring Day - The first grade will sing a special song to their buddies as a part of their ring ceremony. 
Thursday, November 15 - Individual Picture Day
Friday, November 16 - *Class Picture Day 
                                 *Family Project Due - Please send to school your child's completed leaf and writing.  Thank you!
Wednesday, November 21 - 12:00 Dismissal
NO AFTERCARE  Second Grade Pageant in the Church.  All are welcome.  
November 22 & 23 - No School 
Tuesday, November 27 - Eighth Grade Bake Sale
Saturday, December 1 - Christmas Breakfast
Friday, December 7 - 12:00 noon dismissal.  After-care is available.
Monday, December 10 - Eighth Grade Bake Sale
Tuesday, December 11 - The First grade will be going on a field trip to The Performing Arts Center at Queensborough to see The Enchanted North Pole Workshop - The Magic of the Holiday.  We will leave Notre Dame at 9:15am and return to school around 12:00 noon. The students will be eating lunch when we return to school. Please be sure that your child has a big breakfast because they will not be having their usual morning snack.  Also, please send in a bagged lunch for your child.  Hot lunch will not be available for First graders on this day.
Students should wear their gym uniform to ensure that they are comfortable throughout the day.  The cost of the trip is $18.00 per child.  Money must be turned in with the permission slip provided by Thursday, November 8, 2018.
Thank you to all the parents who showed interest in chaperoning on our trip. We are only able to take 2 parents per class.  You will be notified if you will be accompanying us on this day. 
Wednesday, December 12 - 12:00 noon dismissal.  P/T Conferences
Thursday, December 13 - 12:00 noon dismissal. P/T Conferences
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 1-2

We are finishing Chapter 3 - Addition Strategies.  Our Chapter 3 assessment will be on Thursday, November 15.   In this chapter, the students have been working hard to solve addition problems within 20.  They have been learning many new addition strategies that will help them solve addition problems using bigger numbers.  We learned the strategies of "counting on," "doubles," and "make a ten."  The children have also learned how to add 3 addends.  They have been applying these strategies to a variety of addition sentences as they analyze the addends to determine which two might make sense to add together first.     

It is very important for the children to practice their addition facts within ten!  Knowing these facts will help them immensely.  The children learned a rap to help them remember the doubles facts.  Ask them to sing it to you! 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 2 - Week 4  

 Essential Question - "How do people help out in the community?"

"The Story of Martin Luther King Jr.," " Thump, Thump Helps Out," "Nell's Book's, " and "Kids Can Help."

Genre - Information Text/Nonfiction & Fantasy

Skills - isolate sounds in words, blend words with th, sh, -ng, common and proper nouns, capitalize proper nouns, and closed syllables

Comprehension Strategy - Main Topic, Key Details and Reread

Writing - Students will become authors and illustrators!  This week, the students will be writing stories about people in a community helping each other.  They will be writing about a make -believe event.  Their stories will include characters, and a beginning, middle and end.  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

We are beginning a small unit on families and family history.  The children will be learning more about their family history, traditions, immediate family, family trees, family homes, wants and needs.
We would like to make a First Grade Family Tree.  A special project will be sent home on Monday, November 5.  We ask that you complete the project with your child and return it to school Friday, November 16.  Thank You!


The children are finishing up their first chapter in science called Technology All Around.  We have been discussing how engineers use a process to design and build something new.  During this chapter they have been learning how engineers work, how they solve a problem by using a design process and how we can solve a problem.  The students have also been studying what materials make up everyday objects and how these materials can be sorted.  They have been using their five senses to observe the many different materials in our world.   


Chapter 3  - Jesus Grew Up in a Family

In this chapter, the students will learn how Jesus grew up as part of a family. 
We will discuss that God chose Mary to be the Mother of his Son and the children will listen to Gospel story of Jesus's birth (Luke2:7).  The students will make front page headlines for a newspaper announcing the birth of Jesus.
The Children will learn that Jesus was born in Bethlehem and grew up in Nazareth with his Mother, Mary and His Father, Joseph.

Please send in all supplies labeled with your child's name if you have not done so already. Thank you!

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. 


Monday - Music 9:10,  Italian 1:00
Tuesday - PE 1:40
Wednesday - Library 9:10 , Italian 12:30
Thursday - Art 1:00
Friday - Technology 9:10

Lunch/Recess - 11:30-12:20

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If you have any questions or concerns, I can be reached at cleabo7211@ndsnet.org

You can find the New York State Learning Standards at: http:/www.engageny.org/resources/new-york-state-p-12-common-core-learning-standards