1-2/Mrs. Christine Leabo


Welcome to 1-2's Class Page!

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 -
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 - Class Trip to Old Bethpage Village.         Band Concert - 7:00pm
Thursday, May 30 - Ascension Thursday - No School
Friday, May 31 - No School
Friday, June 7 - First Friday Mass - 10:45
Friday, June 14 - 12:00 noon dismissal NO AFTER-CARE is available
Monday, June 17 - 12:00 noon dismissal After-care is available
Tuesday, June 18 - 12:00 noon dismissal After-care is available
Wednesday, June 19 - 12:00 noon dismissal NO AFTER-CARE
Thursday, June 20 - 12:00 noon dismissal NO AFTER-CARE
Friday, June 21 - 10:30AM dismissal NO AFTER-CARE
**Last Day of School!  Have a Great Summer!**
What We Are Learning in Class 1-2
Math - Chapter 10 Represent Data
In this chapter, the students will learn to read and create picture graphs, bar graphs and tally charts. They will learn that a picture graph uses pictures to represent data and each symbol may stand for a "set number of things."  The children will use a bar graph to determine the number of data points, by looking at the length of bars. They will also learn how to use tally charts to record the results of a survey.  Throughout the chapter, the children will ask and answer questions about the total number of data points, how many are in each category and how many more or less are in one category than another. 
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 6 - Week 3
Essential Question - What traditions do you know about?
Books - "A Spring Birthday", "Lissy's Friends", and "Making Paper Shapes".      
Skills - Three Letter Blends /spl/, /scr/, /spr/, /str/, /thr/, and /shr/, pronouns I and me, use of commas, inflectional endings -ed and -ing.     
Comprehension Strategy - Theme
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 - Mary the mother of Jesus

May brings the blossoming of spring flowers and for centuries has been celebrated as Mary’s month.  In religion we have been learning all about Mary, the mother of Jesus and how the Church honors Mary.  As a school, we celebrated Mary this past Friday with a May crowning ceremony.  The practice of May crownings dates back to 1837.  Since then, it has been traditional for people to hold a ceremony in which a statue of Mary is “crowned” with a wreath of flowers. The ceremony also consists of traditional hymns, the recital of the rosary and prayers to Mary.  The children with be making a Mary craft, a bracelet with the Mary medallion and we will say the Hail Mary prayer each day as we ask Mary to help us and watch over those we love.  

We will begin Unit 10 in our science book Forces and Energy.  In this unit, the students will learn that forces change the way objects move.  They will also learn that sound is energy that you hear.
The Life Cycle of a Frog
The first grade classes have adapted a tadpole and we are so excited to observe and learn all about our new friend! We have spent time this week studying the stages of a frog's life cycle and have learned they begin as eggs, hatch into tadpoles, become froglets and eventually hop out of the water into a frog.  Our class tadpole has already grown hind legs! We are also looking forward to learning more about frog's during a video conference schedule for Tuesday, May 21 titled, "It's Not Easy Being Green."    
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. 
The children have completed a Then and Now sort along with a writing activity describing a change in the way of life from the past to the present.  We are looking forward to our class trip to Old Bethpage Restoration Village on May 29! 

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. 



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