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Mrs. Gilligan's First Grade


Updated: Friday, March 15th
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 *Monday is the start of Spring Uniform!*

Wow! Thank you so much to everyone who has signed up for the DASH! We have 94% participation for our class- which is amazing. Let's get to 100%!!

Last Tuesday, Reading camp flyers were sent home. Reading Camp with Mrs. Gilligan and Mrs. Leboff will be June 12th-18th. Half and Full day options are available. Please sign and return the form to reserve your spot!! It will be a blast!!!

Welcome to the fourth quarter of First Grade! Can you believe how fast this year has gone? I am so proud of all the progress this wonderful class has made. Thank you for making this such a wonderful year thus far! Report Cards will be sent home with your child on Friday. Please sign and return the empty Report Card envelope. 

This week we are learning about the 5 senses. We will be having a nature walk and doing blindfolded taste/smell/sound checks. There will be another ALICE training for parents on Tuesday night. Please make sure to go, especially if you have not attended this year. We want to be prepared and keep the children safe. Trade Books are back! Please read the book with your child and return to school next day.


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This week we will learn...

Religion: The Way of the Cross Stations Book

Math: Chapter 11, Ordinal Numbers

Reading: Unit 6, long vowels

Spelling: Unit 25, Mixed Long Vowels

Language Arts: 5 Senses

Social Studies: Goods and Services

Science: Weather


  • Math, Religion, Phonics, Reading, Handwriting, Spelling, and Language Arts

  • We switch for Social Studies (Rm.1) and Science (Rm.2) twice a week

  • We have Music, Computers, P.E., Art, and Library once a week



TUESDAY: Computers

WEDNESDAY: Church Music, P.E.


FRIDAY: Library


Every night children should read his/her Trade Book and study weekly Spelling Words

MONDAY: Math: 76; Grammar: 77

TUESDAY: Math: 77; Grammar: 78

WEDNESDAY: Math: 78; Grammar: 79

THURSDAY: Math: 79; Grammar: 80; Study Spelling Words

FRIDAY:  None :)

**Trade Books are a part of daily homework. Your child will bring home a different school library book in a plastic envelope each day. Please read the book with/to your child, sign your name next to your child's name on the list and return to school the following day. If you do not have time to complete the reading, please send back the book so that it can be passed to the next person. The children are so excited to have a new book every night- enjoy!


Tests will be every Friday (or Thursday if there is no school on Friday). We work with these words every day in our spelling unit, but they should also be studied at home. The bonus word is just for fun, it does not count for or against the grade.  

**Visit for practice. Our weekly lists can be found here.  Spelling List # and date of test will appear.   There are many fun activities to play! Please note- Room 1 also uses "eleboff"

SPELLING WORDS: Next Test on 3/22

same      stone 

note      wake

line        wide

smile      side

woke        wave

Bonus word (just for fun!): nature


Kindergarten review - i, a, the, for, you, like, to, of, no, was, said, put

Unit 1 - I, my, he, she, his, her

Unit 2 - who, what, where, when, which, why

Unit 3 - do, have, show, how, me, a

Unit 4 - look, your, the, was, are, for

Unit 5 - there, from, be, we, or, to

Students make reading word cards that they keep in their desk in an index card box for practice as we learn them. You can practice at home by making word cards, playing memory, or creating simple sentences.


Things to Know:

*Wednesday is PE day.  Please send untied PE sneakers in the backpack or separate PE bag, do not wear them to school.  The Polo shirt and Bermuda shorts are the PE uniform in Spring and Fall. In the Winter, your child comes to school in the jumper or long pants and they must wear the PE uniform under their clothes. They may bring sweatpants to put on over their shorts. Please consider sending in an extra bag for when we change out of the winter uniform for PE. *No one changes in the bathroom.*  **Be sure to put names in all clothing, shoes, belts, lunchboxes, and backpacks.**

* Please make sure your child has a snack every day with a cloth place mat and a bag for the lunch box trash (ex: newspaper sleeve).

* Please note that we are PEANUT/TREE NUT FREE in the classroom.  Snacks are eaten in the classroom and must be nut free.  Nut free birthday treats should be sent in with your child in the morning and we will celebrate at snack time. Please be sure birthday treats are labeled "Peanut/Tree Nut Free".  Thank you! 

* Homework pages will be circled in the Math and Grammar workbooks.  Please do not go ahead.  Sometimes a loose Math sheet may also be included as homework.  There is no homework on Fridays!  Please use any extra time to practice reading words and I Can Read Books, as well as memorizing math facts.

* The red folders go home daily with notes and graded work.  If you have any questions for me or the office, please e-mail or write a note and send it in your child’s red folder.

* First Grade goes to mass on the first and third Tuesday of every month. Parents are welcome to join!

* Thank you to everyone who volunteers their time to be Lunch Angels.  I truly appreciate the break. Please arrive at 12:05 Monday-Friday.  First Grade goes out to recess first. They come inside and go to the cafeteria for lunch at 12:25. A teacher will come down to pick up both first grade classes at 12:45, and lunch angels leave from the cafeteria. 

* All school volunteers must be VIRTUS certified.

* The First Grade supports the Christ Child Society's Layette Program by supplying diapers. We have talked about this with the students in religion.  We encourage the children to find chores around the house that they can do to earn the money to pay for the diapers. We want them to feel invested in the giving.  You may send in diapers at any time throughout the year. There will be several pick-ups throughout the year.  Thank you for your help!


*Play fun games online at home! (username and passwords are coming) (username is child's first initial and last name @dechantal - For example: agrant@dechantal; password is dukes)


  • March 22 - 3rd Quarter Report Cards go home (please return signed folder)
  • March 24 - Mother Son Bowling
  • March 28/29 - 6th Grade Play
  • April 13 - DeChantal Dash

Have a wonderful week! 

Love, Mrs. Gilligan