Room 1

Mrs. Gilligan's First Grade


Updated: Friday, May 17th
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On Tuesday we will be having Spring Fling! Wednesday is the Candle Ceremony where the 8th graders pass the light of leadership to the 7th graders. Wednesday is also the last carpool for the 8th graders. Thursday is Graduation. Friday is a teacher retreat so school is closed. We are closed Monday for Memorial Day. Enjoy the long weekend- summer is near!!!

LAST CALL for Reading Camp! There are still spots available for First Grade Reading camp with Mrs. Gilligan and Mrs. Leboff. The dates are Wednesday June 12th- Tuesday June 18th. Full and half day options are available. Please email your teacher with any questions. We would love to have your child join in on the summer fun!!!


This week we will learn...

Religion: Blessed Mother

Math: Money

Reading: Unit 8 - CVVC words

Spelling: Long o

Language Arts: :Lady Bugs

Social Studies: Timelines

Science: Life Cycles - Butterflies


  • 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 page 96; Grammar page 102

TUESDAY: Math page 97; Grammar page 103

WEDNESDAY: Math page 98; Grammar page 104

THURSDAY: No homework! 

FRIDAY:  No homework :)

**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 5/23

slow  grow  show  blow  snow 

boat  coat  low  goat  road  


Bonus word (just for fun!): Lozupone


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

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

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

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

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)


  • May 23 - Graduation
  • May 24 - No School, Teacher Retreat
  • May 27 - No School, Happy Memorial Day!
  • May 30 - Variety Show
  • June 7 - Noon Dismissal
  • June 10 - Noon Dismissal
  • June 11 - Last Day of School! 10:30 dismissal
  • June 12, 13, 14, 17, 18- First Grade Reading Camp!

Have a wonderful week! 

Love, Mrs. Gilligan