Room 2 - Mrs. Leboff


Updated: January 27, 2020


Welcome to First Grade

at St. Jane de Chantal!


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Happy Catholic School's Week! This week, we celebrate a different group of our community each day. Monday is Parent Appreciation day- we hope you liked the donuts at morning carpool and please enjoy a night off from helping your children with homework! We really do appreciate all you do to make our year run smoothly and for choosing de Chantal. Thank you! 

Tuesday is Student Appreciation day! Students may come to school in "cozy clothes." This can be pajamas, sweatpants, sweatshirts or whatever they would find cozy to curl up in front of a fire wearing. Please no shorts or flip flips since we will still be going outside for Recess. There will be no homework Tuesday to appreciate the students. 

The rest of the week we have Principal Appreciation, Helpers Appreciation and Teacher Appreciation. We will celebrate Mass with the whole school and have a few other surprises. 

Although there is no homework Monday or Tuesday, we will still be having a Spelling test on Friday. Report Card envelopes should be signed and returned ASAP. There are many, many spots available to be a Lunch Angel. I truly appreciate having a break to eat lunch and recharge and your child LOVES to have you visit. First Grade plays outside and eats lunch together, so if a Room 2 spot is filled but Room 1 is open, you are welcome to sign up for Room 1. Thank you!!!  


This week we will learn...

Religion: Jesus Shows God's Love

Math: Chapter 8; Give and Follow Directions; Create Patterns

Reading: Superkids Unit 8 

Spelling: double vowel and memory words

Language Arts: Thank You Letters

Social Studies: Chinese New Year & Groundhog Day

Science: Arctic/Antarctica



  • 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





WEDNESDAY: Church Music; Computers





MONDAY: No Homework

TUESDAY: No Homework

WEDNESDAY: Math p.52; Superkids p. 66 ; Trade Book

THURSDAY: Math p. 53; Superkids p. 68+69 ; spelling test tomorrow; Trade Book

FRIDAY:  Have a good weekend! :)

**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!

SPELLING: Test January 31st

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"


blue     tie

heat     keep

would   could

some    one

new      were

Bonus word (just for fun!): Catholic


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

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 2 has P.E. every Tuesday. 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. There will be several pick-ups throughout the year.  Thank you for your help!

*De Chantal follows Montgomery County Public Schools for decisions regarding inclement weather closings, delays and early release. If there is a delayed opening, there is no "Morning Care". If there is an early school closure, there will be no "Extended Day". If school closes at the normal time, but Montgomery County cancels after school activities, Extended Day will be open. 

*Play fun games online at home! Just for fun :) (username and passwords are in the front of red take home folders) (username is child's first initial and last name @dechantal - For example: agrant@dechantal; password is dukes)



  • Sunday, January 26: Beginning of Catholic Schools Week
  • February 14: No School
  • February 17: No School


Have a wonderful week!

Love, Mrs. Leboff