Welcome to 1A


Hi Parents of incoming students to 1A!

I'd like to ask that when you purchase your child's school supplies that you add an item to the list.  I've purchased individual white boards for the children and also made some games that require a dry erase marker.  I do have broad tip Expo markers, however, I am asking that you purchase FINE POINT BLACK Expo dry erase markers.  Your child can keep one in his/her pencil case (provided in class) and then you can replace with others from the pack as needed.  If you could pass this info along to anyone else you may know in our class, I'd appreciate it.  Also, it would help me get a head start if you could email me with your child's full name in the subject line. My school email is m.donohue@olcalvaryschool.org.   That way I can begin setting up a group email for all 1A parents.  Thanks so much and enjoy the last month of summer!

 I again ask that you please have your children to class by 7:45 (10 minutes prior to the bell) to allow sufficient time to unpack and copy homework.  Children should be ready to say prayers when the bell rings between 7:55 and 8:00.  Many children are just walking in at that time.  We begin work promptly at the conclusion of prayers and are falling behind due to waiting.  Some days we need to be at a special by 8:15 in the morning.  Starting the day behind causes undue stress on your child. Your cooperation is appreciated more than you can know : )


Our Full Special Schedule has begun.  It is as follows:
Reading Lab - 
Gym - 
Computer/Technology - 
Spanish - 

Brown Bag Express Orders and Ice Cream Orders (please use your own envelope) are due Friday for delivery the next week.

Hot lunch, Brown Bag, and ice cream orders and payment are due on Friday for the following week.  Our actual hot lunch day is Monday.  If you have ordered your child a hot lunch, or a brown bag lunch, it would be very helpful if you put a note in your child's lunchbox on that day indicating that a lunch was ordered.  That way, the lunchmom and I both know to be on the lookout for a delivery.  I DO NOT receive lists of who ordered brown bag.              


Reading tests are given weekly and can include all or some of the following:  story vocabulary (past & present), phonics vowels sounds that have been worked on (spelling tests practice current vowel sound), comprehension of the story being read in class, a cold-read story (that is, reading and answering questions about a current level story that has not been read in class prior).  Not every test is given every week. Each week at home, please review the story vocabulary, the spelling words, and discussion of the story. 

When tests are sent home in the Yellow Test Folder, please review the tests with your child.  Sign the tests and return them in the Test Folder the following day.  Please do not put notes on the test, I don't see them right away.  I file when I have the opportunity.  First Grade receives letter grades based on the following percentages:
O (Outstanding) = 98-100
VG (Very Good) = 92-97
G (Good) = 85-91
S (Satisfactory) = 76-84
I (Improvement Needed) = 70-75
U (Unsatisfactory) = 0-69
Please keep in mind that your child may need time to adjust to the various testing formats, listening and following directions, and getting in the habit of checking his/her work.




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