First Grade Homepage

Welcome to our First Grade homepage!

Fall break is upon us! Time flies when you are having fun, and we are having a lot of FUN in first grade! Thank you parents for helping us host a beautiful fairy tale ball!  The kids had so much fun and looked adorable!  We hope you have a wonderful fall break.  Your sweet children are working so hard and learning a lot. We pray that over the break our students will have opportunities to play outside, ride bikes, and explore the beautiful world God created.  Rest, relax, and refresh!

Book It

Reading is so important, and through the Book It program, our classes will continue to grow their reading skills over the next six months.  Beginning October 1st through March 31st, First Grade classes will participate in the “Book It” reading program.  The mission of the Book It Program is to encourage reading outside of the classroom.  The program is easy and fun!  When your child has reached the required monthly goal, they will be rewarded with a certificate for a free personal pizza at Pizza Hut. Each month your child can read toward our grade level Book It goal.  Our grade level goal is 200 minutes for each month.  The monthly goal sheet for October is inside of this week’s Friday folder. Your child can color in one owl for every ten minutes he/she reads. Children can read more than ten minutes in a given time period and color in the number of owls accordingly (i.e. 30 minutes of reading one night = 3 owls).   Time spent reading for the 100 book challenge may be counted toward this program as well.  When the required reading is finished, send the form back to school, and your child’s teacher will send home the pizza certificate.  A new monthly tracker will be distributed each month in the Friday folder. We are excited that we are participating and know your child will enjoy receiving a free pizza. This is OPTIONAL but highly encouraged to promote reading.    Any student who completes ALL six months of reading will participate in a pizza party hosted by the first grade teachers.  We hope you will join us in our mission and encourage your child to read every day.



First Grade Weekly Highlights

Weekly Highlights

Learning Expedition to Bartow History Museum- Wednesday, October 5th

Our first graders will visit each continent, explore maps, and use map skills to find pirates’ treasure! Please click here to fill out the permission form.

What We're Learning


Colossians 3:23 ESV; The Life of Abraham- God had a special plan for Abraham. Abraham trusted God. We can trust God and know that he has a special plan for our lives, too. 


Addition and Subtraction- Unit 2 Assessment will be on Tuesday, October 11th. A review sheet will be sent home. 


The Elements of Tall Tales; Story Elements (characters, setting, problem, solution)

We will be reading about Johnny Appleseed, John Henry, Annie Oakley, Davy Crockett, and Pecos Bill.


L blends (words beginning with -sl, -pl, -fl, -gl, -cl)


Expository Writing


Social Studies: 

Continents and Oceans 

There will be a study guide inside sent home with the upcoming homework sheet to review for our upcoming map test on the location of the seven continents and four oceans on a map. 

We will have this test on Wednesday, October 12th. Please check out the Student Bookmarks for fun ways to study the continents and oceans. 

Your child will be asked to identify and locate:

The major oceans on a map: 

Arctic, Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian Ocean.

All of the continents on a map: 

North America, South America, Africa, Europe, 

Asia, Antarctica, and Australia.

Bible Verse

Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”

Spelling Words

blue, black, play, please, fly, what, was, with, when. has 

Calendar graphic for important reminders.

Important Reminders

September 26-30 - FALL BREAK!!!

October 5 - Learning Expedition to Bartow History Museum

October 7 - S'mores the Merrier at 7:00 p.m.

October 10-14 - LS Book Fair

October 14 - Grandparent’s Day

October 24 - Red Ribbon Safety Day

October 31 - LS Orange Day

First Grade Quick Links

Class Schedules


Mrs. Nelson | First Grade Lead Teacher
Mrs. Attard | First Grade Teacher
Ms. Ringwalt | First Grade Teacher
Mrs. Van Horn | First Grade Teacher

Lower School Office 
Wendy Titus | Lower School Principal
Patrick McDonald  | Lower School Assistant Principal
Jeanie Foster | Lower School Admin.
770-975-0252, ext. 532