September 4, 2018

Dear Parents,

Welcome to First Grade and the 2018-2019 school year! You will be amazed at just how much your child will grow this year. Most likely, your child has had the seeds of reading and writing planted, and during first grade, those seeds will grow and blossom, making your child an accomplished reader and writer! You will see changes in your child’s thinking, as they become familiar with abstract concepts and symbols. The change will be dramatic – just compare a tiny seed with a full-grown sunflower! That’s the kind of growth you’ll see this year!

The transition from kindergarten to first grade will take some time. Our first few weeks of school will involve many activities to help us get to know each other, develop caring and respectful relationships, establish a routine with procedures, and learn our school rules.

Throughout the year you may have questions or concerns. Please feel free to email me anytime at juliec@stthomasmore.org and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

OTHER NEWS and NOTES

This year, I will be using the website VocabularySpellingCity.com to help your child learn their weekly spelling words while having fun at the same time. I will put up my weekly spelling lists on VocabularySpellingCity and your child can review the words, and play spelling games with their words to reinforce the learning process.

FIELD TRIP: Our 1st Grade classes will be going on a field trip to the Denver Botanic Gardens on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. Additional information regarding the field trip will be coming home soon!!

Our 1st Trimester Specials are as follows:

*Monday: Music and Tech

*Tuesday:  PE and Art

*Wednesday: Art and Tech

*Thursday: Music and Second Step

*Friday: Library and PE

Please make sure your child has sneakers for PE! They will not be able to participate without them.