Grade One

Note of Welcome

2020-2021

Dear parents and guardians,

I would like to take a moment and welcome your children to First Grade at Trinity Catholic School. This year marks a very unique time in education. As we plan to return to the classroom for in-person instruction some students will be learning remotely online. Although these changes pose challenges, they offer opportunity to continue to grow and learn together. I welcome these changes and wish to work with you to help make this a productive, rewarding and memorable year for your children. It is one of my goals that years from now your children will look back fondly on their experience at TCS. I will do my very best to help instill in them a love for learning. Please do not ever hesitate to contact me regarding your child's education. Wishing you all a safe and healthy year, I am

yours sincerely,
Ms. Fisher

Ms. Fisher
rfisher@syrdiocese.org
315-343-6700

OUR MISSION

We are Trinity Catholic School.
We follow the teachings of Jesus Christ
and the mission of the Diocese of Syracuse
to develop the minds, bodies, and souls
of the students of Oswego County.


Core lessons and Daily Homework




RELIGION
Grade One Religion exposes students to the Christian way of life. First Grade students at TCS are given the special privilege of learning the mysteries of the Rosary so they can guide the school in prayer during the months dedicated to the Virgin Mary: October and May. In addition to reciting and learning the meaning of the Rosary, students will learn about the seven Holy Sacraments, the meanings behind the seasons: Advent and Lent, Jesus' life and role on earth, the fourteen Stations of the Cross, and the seven Joys and the seven Sorrows of Mary. They will also learn about the features seen at Mass as well as the significance of Mass and prayer in their own lives.




ELA
The ELA program in Grade One expands on the skills that students learned in Kindergarten. Each week students will learn new spelling words that will target specific phonics patterns in words, which will help in their decoding skills of unknown words. They will also read and reread stories at their instructional level to work on their comprehension and fluency skills. For writing, students will learn and apply basic conventions in written assignments, including capitalizations, punctuation, spacing between words and writing from left to right and top to bottom.


SPECIAL NOTE: I will email weekly messages on either Friday, Saturday, or Sunday informing you of the ELA skills, spelling words, and high-frequency words that will be taught for the week. Every Friday, students will be tested only on the spelling words so it is recommended that they practice these words at home as well.


MATH

In Grade One math, students learn the basic operations of addition and subtraction. They learn how to setup math problems using number sentences and learn a variety of strategies using hands on math manipulatives to solve one and two-digit addition and subtraction problems. Other topics explored in Grade One math include standard and nonstandard forms of measurement, time, and two and three-dimensional geometry.



SCIENCE
Much of science in Grade One focuses on observing through the senses living and nonliving things. Students will learn about the lifecycle of certain plants and animals and will also learn about the different habitats animals live in as well as the classification of animals: birds, fish, insects, amphibians, reptiles, and mammals.




HISTORY
Grade One social studies centers on teaching students how to be good citizens in the classroom, in the school, and in their community. Students will learn about their placement in the world and will be exposed to the themes of geography that focus on location, place, human/environment interactions, movement, and regions. They will learn about some ancient civilizations and the key components that makeup a civilization: form of government, writing system, religion, and art. Students will also learn about the history of the First Thanksgiving during the holiday season. In addition, they will learn the basic features seen on a map and will be able to identify the continents and the oceans on a globe.



READING homework
It is recommended that your child reads with you for at least 20 minutes every night to help with their reading skills. Please document each book that is read on their reading logs, which you will find in their reading bags. When your child reaches 100 books, s/he will receive a free book from me.





MATH homework
The GO Math series that is used at TCS is Common Core based. Every lesson comes with a homework assignment. Each day students will learn a new lesson and will be required to complete the homework assignment that night and return their completed homework to school the next day.





SPECIAL NOTE: Sometimes our schedule may change depending on activities going on in school. If and when this happens where a math lesson may have to be cancelled, then there will be no math homework for that night. I will inform you of these changes when they occur.


A Healthy Snack

Everyday students will be allowed to have a healthy snack in the morning from 10:30-10:45am, while they silently read at their seats. This will be DEAR time for them where they will be expected to stay in their seats while eating and reading a book of choice. Please have your child bring a healthy snack such as fruit, vegetables, dried fruit, nuts, pretzels, crackers, or popcorn. Water bottles are allowed but I ask that they are only filled with water so that in case of spills this would be an easy clean. Thank you for your cooperation!

Specials Schedule

Monday- Music
Tuesday- Physical Education and Technology (sneakers)
Wednesday- Physical Education (sneakers)
Thursday- Art
Friday- Language

EMAIL COMMUNICATION


Much of my communication with parents in the past has been done through email. Because of the way things are currently, I would like to continue using email as a main form of communication with parents. Every week I send emails regarding the skills and content that will be planned for the upcoming week. To recieve my weekly emails please send me an email with your name and child's name so that I can add you to my contacts. You can email me at rfisher@syrdiocese.org. Thank you in advance for your time and cooperation!