Miss Chelak's First Grade

Welcome to first grade! Mrs. Senia and I have many exciting things planned for your children this school year. This website will be the place to find announcements (in new posts) and upcoming events (in the calendar below). We're looking forward to a terrific year! 

School Calendar

September 5, 2016

posted Sep 5, 2016, 11:51 AM by Kate Chelak

Dear First Grade Parents,

Happy Labor Day! I hope you and your families are enjoying the beautiful weather we've had this weekend.

Homework will begin this week! Please check your child's backpack Monday-Thursday for his/her homework folder. All homework (as well as any explanation pages for you) will be in the folder. You should expect one page of math homework and 15 minutes of reading each night. As the school year progresses, there may occasionally be an additional page of homework.

Last Week
Last week I introduced the students to the concept of "Read to Self." While this is self-explanatory, I would like to share with you the terminology I am using in the classroom in case you would like to do the same at home.

First, we discussed the three ways to read a book: read the pictures, read the words, retell the story. Next, we discussed the five things students do during Read to Self:
1. Stay in one spot.
2. Get started right away.
3. Read quietly.
4. Read the whole time.
5. Build stamina.
As soon as a student becomes unable to focus, "Read to Self" stops. The goal is to build stamina so students are reading silently for longer and longer periods of time. Right now our class record is 2 minutes, 3 seconds.

This is a great way to encourage students to read while stopping them before they reach a point of frustration. If you would like to try this at home during your child's 15 minutes of reading and you have any questions, please feel free to e-mail me!

Next Week
Next week in first grade we will continue to review school and first grade routines. In math we will finish reviewing basic kindergarten skills and begin learning first grade material (different ways to make 6, 7, 8, and 9). In reading we will continue to work on basic reading skills.

Kate Chelak and Pat Senia

August 26, 2016

posted Aug 8, 2016, 9:41 AM by Kate Chelak   [ updated Sep 5, 2016, 10:22 AM by Tresse Chipres ]

Dear First Grade Parents,

Welcome to first grade! It was so nice to see you and your children yesterday morning. As you may know, I taught fifth grade here at Blessed Sacrament before moving down to first grade this year -- I am very excited about the move! Mrs. Senia has been the first grade aide for many years and knows so much about first grade. We are both looking forward to a fun and exciting year with your children!

I plan on sending an e-mail with updates about the first grade every so often; please let me know if this is the best e-mail to use for you. The announcements will also be posted on the first grade website (https://sites.google.com/a/blessedsacramentcc.org/grade1/).

  • This year PE will be on Mondays and Thursdays, so please have your children wear their PE uniforms on those days. We will NOT have PE on the first day of school, so your children should wear their regular uniform on Monday.

  • There will be a morning and an afternoon snack each day in first grade. Please send in a morning snack on the first day of school. To help things run smoothly (and so both snacks aren't accidentally eaten at the same time or for lunch), please send the snacks in two separate bags. We will collect the snacks each morning. Please do not send in nuts or anything with peanut butter for snack.

  • Please let us know if your child has any allergies.

Next Week
Next week in first grade we will spend some time easing back into the routines of school and learning about first grade. We will also review basic math and reading skills from kindergarten.

We will have more information about first grade available at our Back to School Night on Thursday, September 15, but if you have any questions before then, please feel free to contact us!

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