My name is Betsy Albert. This is my fifteenth year at Little Flower School and my eighth year teaching 1st grade. I have been in education for twenty-one years. I have taught kindergarten, first, third, and fifth grades. After a brief survey of intermediate grades, I realized that I enjoy working with 1st graders the most. I received my B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Colorado and my Master's in Elementary Education from the University of Nevada. In addition to teaching 1st grade, I will be teaching general music to grades K - 5. I live in Reno with my family and puppies, George and Genevieve.
Mrs. Josie Griggs will be our first grade aide this year. This is her sixteenth year at Little Flower School; thirteen of those were spent as the kindergarten aide. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education while in her native country, the Philippines. She taught there for four years prior to moving to the States. She has lived in Reno with her family for the past twenty-one years. Her daughter is a Little Flower alumnus.
Mrs. Marika Horwood will be splitting her time between 1st and 3rd grades this year. She will be helping us in the mornings with reading and math, and she will be teaching religion at the end of each day. This is her 3rd year at Little Flower School. For the past thirteen years, her experience has mainly been in primary grades. She completed the requirements for her K - 8 License at Sierra Nevada College. Prior to that she earned a BA in French from the College of William and Mary. She also took courses in Spanish and Italian. She spent several years in Europe where she met her husband. They moved to Reno in 2003.
We are looking forward to a fun-filled year! If you have any questions or concerns about 1st grade, please feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At Little Flower we use Journeys to deliver literacy instruction. This week we will begin Unit 4. Students will practice words with the long o sound, study be verbs, and write to narrate. We will read the informational text "Let's Go to the Moon!"
At Little Flower we use Math in Focus to deliver math instruction. This week we will finish Chapter 8, Addition and Subtraction Facts to 20. We will also begin Chapter 9, Length.
We will take the Chapter 8 Math Test on Wednesday, January 29, 2020.
We will take the Lesson 16 Spelling Test on Friday, January 31, 2020.
We will also take the Lesson 16 Reading Test on Friday, January 31, 2020.
Homework folders will be coming home on Monday this week. Please return them on Thursday.
Spelling Lesson 16
Practice Book - Lesson 16 (pp. 1 - 4)
Math Facts (6) - 0+6, 1+5, 2+4, 3+3, 4+2,
Spelling - 5 Simple Sentences
Math - Chapter 8, Lesson 3 (pp. 133 - 134)
Spelling - Three Times Each
Math - Chapter 9, Lesson 1 (pp. 135 - 136)
Reading - A decodable book will be coming home. Have your child read it to you or other family members twice and then sign the back. Please return it by Monday.
2nd Quarter Ended
The second quarter ended on Friday, January 17, 2020. Report cards went home on January 24, 2020. Please sign the envelope and send it back to school. Keep the report card for your records.
Our weekly school mass is on Thursdays at 10:00am. Families are welcome to join us. Please get a nametag in the school office at 9:45am.
Our School Day
School begins at 8:20am and ends at 3:15pm, Monday through Friday. Students will be marked tardy at 8:30am. At pick up, be prepared to show identification before signing your children out. Students who are not picked up by 3:30pm will be walked to the after school program.
FOR THE HEALTH AND SAFETY OF OUR STUDENTS, 1ST GRADE IS A NUT-FREE CLASSROOM.