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Welcome to First Grade!. Welcome to First Grade!. About Us. 1A -Mrs. Katheryne Ghinaglia and Ms. Andrea Herrera 1B -Mrs. Tianna Loeffler and Ms. Andrea Luger 1C -Mrs. Mariana Morrill and Ms. Gabriella Vanososte. General Philosophy. “Every Child Achieves”

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welcome to first grade1
Welcome to First Grade!

About Us

1A-Mrs. KatheryneGhinaglia and Ms. Andrea Herrera

1B-Mrs. TiannaLoeffler and Ms. Andrea Luger

1C-Mrs. Mariana Morrill and Ms. Gabriella Vanososte

general philosophy
General Philosophy

“Every Child Achieves”

  • Meet every child’s needs, differentiated instruction across the curriculum by having groups for reading and writing and math centers.
  • Children work individually, in small groups and as a whole class
  • Our curriculum is based on subject-area standards vertically aligned from grade to grade.
  • The first grade teachers meet weekly to plan all areas of the curriculum.
  • We also meet or stay in close communication with ELL teacher, Resource teacher, Science coordinator, Technology teacher, Elementary Librarian, Music Teacher and Art Teacher to integrate the curriculum.
literacy by design reading program
Literacy By Design Reading Program
  • This program is firmly planted upon research and filled with best practices. Strong digital components directly linked to ThinkCentral.
  • Program is based on Rigby Literacy program.
  • LBD is based on the nine instructional strategies highlighted through the work of Robert Marzano.
  • Includes the five fundamental elements of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension.
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Literacy By Design Reading Program
  • It is a comprehensive K-3 program to ensure a strong transition for Early Childhood students coming to first grade, and fits perfectly to ensure a smooth transition for grade three students moving to the Reader’s Workshop model in grade four.
  • Students will be applying skills learned to books at their instructional level guaranteeing all students are challenged yet engaged.


Writer’s Workshop

  • Lucy Calkins Writing Workshop: Small Moments-Personal Narrative, Realistic Fiction, Procedural Writing, Opinion Writing, Authors, Informational Writing, Cross Genre Writing and Poetry
  • Presentation and Handwriting
spelling and handwriting
Spelling and Handwriting
  • Words Their Way Spelling program + No Excuse Words
  • D’Nealian Handwriting
  • Go! Math
  • Math + 10:Mad Minutes
  • IXL.com
  • Math Homework
first grade secure skills
First Grade Secure Skills

Numeration and Operation

  • Counts to 130
  • Larger/Smaller(3 digit number)
  • Add/subtract with 10 and multiples of 10
  • Read/write 3 digit numbers
  • Complete missing numbers in a sequence
  • Before/after number concepts


  • Recognizes and names basic polygons


  • Telling time to the hour and ½ hour
  • Uses tally marks
  • Writes telephone number


  • Order Objects by weight
  • Draws length measurement
  • Homework should take no more than 20 minutes, this includes writing, reading and math.
  • Use a pencil formath homework and a pen forwriting or reading homework.
  • Always color the pictures.
  • Reading books go home in the Reading folder every day. Students must read on a daily basis. Make sure and sign the Reading Homework Sheet every day.
  • Read with/to your child every night.
  • Reading homework will go home only on days when assigned.
  • Math homework will go home on a daily basis in the regular homework folder.
  • Spanish homework goes home once a week.
  • Homework and Literacy Folders
  • Email
  • Wiki Page
  • Report Cards
  • Parent Chat-Online learning
  • Social and Emotional development
  • The Campo Way and Give me 5
  • Kelso and Second Step
  • Class meetings - complements and problems
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Snack(Classroom10:15-10:25) & Lunch(Cafeteria12:15-12:35 )
  • We have three designated tables for 1st grade in the cafeteria.
  • Students are responsible for warming up their food at lunch time.
  • Students are responsible for picking up after themselves at snack time and at lunch time.
  • Make sure your child has a healthy snack and a healthy lunch every day and plenty of liquids.
  • Birthdays
  • Birthday Celebrations can only take place during snack or lunch time.
tardiness attendance
  • School starts at 8:15 A.M. and ends at 3:30. Except on Wednesday when dismissal is at 2:00
  • Arrival after the National Anthem at 8:30 is considered a tardy.
  • Please let us know in writing of any changes in transportation or if your child is being picked up early on a specific school day.
You are part of this great team, we will work together to give your child an amazing and very successful year in First Grade!