Room 1

Mrs. Gilligan's First Grade


Updated: April 27, 2020

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 Welcome to First Grade at St. Jane de Chantal! 


Check out our Google Classroom for this week's assignments and announcements!  



  • 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











**Trade Books are now 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"


car   far

star  card

hard   born

corn   horn

short   sport


Bonus word (just for fun!): Easter



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

Unit 1 - I, my, she, her, he, his 

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

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

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

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

Unit 6 - said, only, you, out, of, here

Unit 7 - oh, any, day, good, very, want

Unit 8 - would, could, some, one, new, were

Unit 9 - boy, girl, two, four, about, over, before

Unit 10 - down, too, work, many, first

Unit 11 - their, now, always, because, been

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:

Room 1 has P.E. every Wednesday. First Graders do not wear their P.E. uniforms to school. Students will bring untied sneakers in his/her backpack or a separate P.E. bag.  Students will not be changing out of their fall/spring uniform for P.E. – they will only be changing into sneakers. In the winter, your child comes to school in their regular winter uniform and must wear the P.E. t-shirt and shorts under their uniform.  They should bring deC sweatpants and sweatshirts to school in the winter.  Be sure to label your child’s name in all clothing, including shoes, belts, and ties. Thank you!

* 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 Superkids workbooks.  Please do not go ahead.  Sometimes a loose Math sheet or other worksheet 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 12:50, 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 they are looking for size 3 and 4 diapers. 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 16: Spring Uniform begins
  • April 8: Noon dismissal; Start of Easter break


Have a wonderful week!

Love, Mrs. Gilligan