Be Respectful * Be Responsible * Be Safe

Welcome to First Grade! 

We are excited to work and learn with your children!

                Home of the Cougars!
   Contact Information
  • Mrs. Aileen Hannigan
    • (630) 428-6165
    • aileen_hannigan@ipsd.org
  • Mrs. Molly Mackey
    • (630) 428-6095
    • molly_mackey@ipsd.org
  • Mrs. Ann Hendrix
    • (630) 428-6085
    • ann_hendrix@ipsd.org

        March Madness!

We continue to grow our ability to work independently in our Literacy Centers. This is a challenging step toward independence for first graders to take and they are working hard on using their time wisely and working quietly. Each week we are also looking to grow our understanding of what "quality" work looks like. We like to say "extra effort is extra special"!
We appreciate your support in looking over classwork that arrives home and discussing quality effort with your students.

We conclude our study of the Solar System in Science this week! We are looking forward to sharing our Planet Newsletters with you at Open House! Friday we visit the Planetarium! 

During the month of March we have focused on adding details to our writing and forming strong topic sentences and conclusions. In addition, first graders demonstrated their ability to use research tools to complete an informative news letter in Google Classroom as part of our Solar System Unit. We conclude work on our Narrative Writing Project by adding illustrations to our published books! Come see our publications at Open House!

Please look for daily math homework in Take Home Folders. We encourage parents to assist their students with homework and we ask that students return completed homework the next day. This helps build responsibility! Friday homework is optional. Remember that you may use the Zearn Math Site to review lessons that we have taught and Front Row Math for leveled learning!

Practice weekly 
high frequency words that you will find written in your student's planner. Each Friday we will check to see if student's are able to read these words and spell them correctly in their writing. Click on the Word Study tab to the left for some fun ideas of ways you can practice!

In December, First Graders were introduced to beginning coding skills in the computer lab! Ask your student where they can explore this exciting topic on the Clow School Bag! In January we introduced our students to Google Drive!

Click on the Newsletter tab to the left for more detailed information regarding curriculum and special activities happening each week!


Upcoming Dates

April

3rd - School Resumes

4th - PTA Meeting (9:15 am)

11th - Spring Pictures

14th - No School

17th - No School (School Improvement Day)

19th - Spring Chorus Concert

25th - Kindergarten Parent Preview Night (6 pm)