First Grade Homepage

Welcome to our First Grade homepage!

We had such a fun week experimenting with magnets, reading and retelling The Snowy Day, playing math games, as well as learning about what it means to be a follower of Christ. It is hard to believe that we are approaching the midpoint of our school year. We will be celebrating our 100th Day of school on Friday,  January 28th. See below for details. Your precious children have grown so much this year, and it is a blessing to teach them. Thank you for your continued support and prayers! We are so thankful for each day we have together at school!

First Grade Weekly Highlights

Weekly Highlights

100th Day Celebration- Friday, January 28th

The 100th day of school is on Thursday BUT we will be celebrating our 100th Day of School on Friday, Jan. 28th. Students are welcome to dress up as a 100 year old. Have fun and be creative with glasses, canes, hair and outfits.  We will have so much fun! As always this is a completely optional activity.  Please let us know if you have any questions!

Magnet Test on Wednesday, January 26th 

A study guide for our upcoming magnet test is inside of your child’s Friday folder. 

Unit 5 Math Test on Thursday

A study guide for our upcoming math test over Unit 5 will be attached to your child’s homework sheet. Please have your child complete this to prepare for Thursday’s test. We will post an answer key on Seesaw. 

What We're Learning


We are all important to Jesus. Jesus loves the little children. Jesus can heal the sick and raise the dead.  This week’s Bible verse comes from Matthew 6:21 ESV. Our Bible verse test over Matthew 6:21 ESV is on Friday.  


We will have the Unit 5 Math Test on Thursday. A study guide for our upcoming math test over Unit 5 is inside of your child’s homework folder. Please have your child complete this to prepare for Thursday’s test. 


Retelling - Ask your child to retell The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats. 

A great way to practice retelling at home is to have your child tell you five important details, in order,  from a book they have read.

Questions to encourage retelling:

  1. Who is the main character in the story? What can you tell me about the main character?

  2. Where does the story take place?

  3. What is the problem or goal in the story?

  4. How does the main character solve the problem or accomplish the goal? 

We will be assessing the skill of retelling on Wednesday, January 26th. 

We are practicing fluency in first grade! Fluency is defined as the ability to read with speed, accuracy, and proper expression. In order to understand what they read, children must be able to read fluently whether they are reading aloud or silently. When reading aloud, fluent readers read in phrases and add intonation appropriately. Their reading is smooth and has expression. 

Ways to help your child practice fluency at home: 

  • Reading aloud and having your child match his voice to yours

  • Having your child practice reading the same list of words, phrase, or short passages several times - use phonics work sent home in the homework folder

  • Reminding your child to pause between sentences and phrases

  • Read aloud to your child to provide an example of how fluent reading sounds.

  • Give your child books with predictable vocabulary and clear rhythmic patterns so the child can "hear" the sound of fluent reading as he or she reads the book aloud. Dr. Seuss books and nursery rhymes are great for practicing fluent reading. 



Introduction to vowel teams (ai and ay) 

We will have a spelling test on Thursday. 


Author’s Purpose

We are learning the differences between fiction and nonfiction. An author writes a fictional story to entertain the reader. The purpose of nonfiction is to inform the reader. This week your child will continue identifying nonfiction text features in a text. They will also compare and contrast fiction and nonfiction. 



We will wrap up our magnet study. Our magnet test is on Wednesday, January 26th. A study guide is inside of your child’s Friday folder.


Bible Verse

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21

Spelling Words

away, said, again, say, may, where, pretty, please, think, play

Calendar graphic for important reminders.

Important Reminders

Remember our uniform standards!  Our Lower School kids are uniquely made and known and we enjoy seeing them shine in their own way each and every school day.  However, we have a set uniform standard which can be found HERE that outlines specific details to help keep us in uniform. Some areas to review include jeans, outerwear, and leggings. 


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