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!


First Grade Weekly Highlights

Weekly Highlights

Upcoming Learning Expedition

Bartow History Museum, Thursday, October 14th 

A permission slip will come home after the break. 

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.


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


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 13th. 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

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

We will have our Bible verse assessment on Friday, October 8th. The students will be asked to recite the verse. 

Spelling Words

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

We will have a spelling test on Thursday, October 7th. 

Calendar graphic for important reminders.

Important Reminders

September 27 - Oct. 1 - Fall Break!!!

October 8 - Grandparent’s Day (optional half day)

On Friday, October 8, we look forward to welcoming our grandparents and grandfriends onto campus for a morning of celebration! If you are new to NCCS, Grandparents / Grandfriends Day is one of our most beloved annual traditions.

Doors will open at 7:30 a.m. We will start  with coffee and a continental breakfast in the gym, followed by our special program, which will begin at 8:30.  While we are excited to welcome our precious grandparents on campus, we will also be providing a livestream link for those who prefer to watch from home. We will share the link shortly. 

Following the program, grandparents/ grandfriends are invited to check their Lower School grandchild(ren) out to spend the day together! Go have lunch, play outside or maybe even take a nap in preparation to return for Fall Festival!  Please note that we will not have instructional lessons after the program that day due to the number of students who typically leave with their families.

For our students who are remaining with us on campus, please pack a lunch and snack (unless they pre-purchased the meal plan). 

Register HERE to attend!

October 18-22 - Homecoming Week (Monday - Pajamas, Tuesday - Dress Like Favorite Teacher, Wednesday - Jersey Day, Thursday - Throwback to any decade, Friday - Extreme Blue & White)

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
Jill Howell, Lower School Administrative Assistant
770-975-0252, ext. 532