If you need me to do the homework helpline phone message please let me know. 

Wednesday, August 28, 2018
Ms. K (reading): link to webpage for reading homework:
Mrs. Groenke:
 Weekly skills information sheets go home on Friday, look for it in the blue folder. Also in the blue folder, is their monthly behavior calendar. Please review it and leave it in the folder for our continued use throughout the month.
The spelling words can be found on the Weekly Skills Sheet that is sent home on Fridays. (There are some instances that they will go home on Monday instead.) Spelling tests are on Fridays unless otherwise noted. Please practice the spelling words throughout the week. Most weeks, I send home two practice pages for you to use to practice the spelling words.You do not have to use it, I just thought it might help. It is not homework, it does not get turned in to me.You can also use the paper I sent home that gives you over 70 ways to work with words, many of these are hands on options. (Request a copy at any time if you can not find yours.)
Spelling re-tests are given on Mondays.
I re-test on the words they missed. The student should practice with those words over the weekend, before the re-test.
 I only re-test if the original test has been signed and returned Monday morning.

IXL practice: 20 min. per week

You receive your username and password at the begining of the year in the students’ blue folder.

Direct link to IXL:

Make sure you are working in the First Grade field. There are tabs to the left, you want number 1 for first grade.



Students should spend 20 minutes per week working in first grade IXL. The topics/area are skills we are currently working on. Topic/area: C, will be worked on all year. Those are our addition facts which students need to master with fluency. The topics/areas are not assignments you must finish each week, they are suggestions of topics/areas to work in.

As their parent, you have some information on your child’s strengths and weaknesses. You may use this knowledge to work on additional topics/areas as you see fit. I list what we are currently learning/working on so that you can practice those skills. Time/3D shapes/place value/Money, these topics do not come up directly till 3rd or 4th quarter so I do not expect that if you work in that area your child would fully grasp the concepts.

Work on your semester goal.
The website to verify your AR book is:  http://arbookfind.com
There is an Iphone app called “Book Scanner” that is quick and convenient as well.
AR tests will be given on Mondays and Thursdays during lunch recess.
Assigned and calculated by Ms. K, the reading teacher.
Below you will find the link to webpage of Ms. K .
Below is a link to contact  Ms. K by email:
Administered by Mrs. Gibson the computer teacher & parent volunteers.

You may view your child’s AR activity by clicking  here.

To access, you will need their username and passwords, which are written in the AR folders.  If you need your child’s AR log-in information, please contact Mrs. Gibson via email: agibson@stlucysschool.com 

Research shows that reading something of interest to or with your child for the enjoyment of reading is beneficial. We are blessed to be participants in the Accelerated Reading (AR) program.  Ms. K requires that first graders participate in the program as part of their reading grade. AR is tracked by points per semester. Your child will be given an AR paper in their reading folder by Ms. K, when your child has finished their book you will fill out this paper and send it to school with your child. Upon arriving at school the child will put their reading folder, including their AR paper, in the AR basket and I will know to send them to take the AR test. The AR test is a reading comprehension test based on the story they read.  Your child may raise their hand and ask a question during the test. They may also bring in headphones to plug into the computer because some of the lower leveled books have a read aloud option. Once the test is complete, Ms. K will receive the test results and update the AR paper in your child’s folder. Ms. K sets these goals for your child each semester.  Please remember that this reading should be enjoyable.  If your child is having a lot of trouble with the book then you should pick an easier book, one that has a lower level. The goal is to make them life long readers, we don’t want them frustrated. I want this to be a positive experience. Cuddle up with a good book and enjoy this experience together, this is a great bonding time.

The following website is a place to look and see if books you have at home or at the public library are Accelerated Reader books, not every book is. Your child may also check out AR books from our library on their library day. The librarian does not make them check out AR books, so let me know or send a note if you want your child to check out a book specifically for AR.

The website to verify your AR book is:  http://arbookfind.com
There is an Iphone app called “Book Scanner” that is quick and convenient as well.


If your child is ever absent, their school work will be sent home for completion. (See the student/parent handbook for time frame.)

If we are working on assignment in class and your child is unable to finish during school time for one reason or another, their work may be sent home for completion. Keep in mind that every attempt to complete this work will be made so that is does not need to go home. If your child is having difficulty understanding or grasping the assignment I will plan for extra time to work on the assignment/concept with your child. My hope is that you take notice that this assignment has come home for a reason. Maybe you could talk to your child about why it came home.

*Is It because it is something that just takes them a little more time to do?

*Is it because they do not understand the concept and a conversation with you could better communicate that to me?

*Is it because they were not on task during class? (Work habits could be discussed.)


There will be a few projects throughout the year, for example: a Personal Timeline Project, Good Citizen Project, Creation Project, and a Ten Commandments Project.

If you have questions or concerns you may contact me at: tgroenke@stlucysschool.com






Important Dates

Link to the School Calendar:







 Rainbow of Expectations
Everyone starts at green, they can move up or down based on happy/sad choices they make during the day.

Book Mobile

In order for your child to check out books you will need to get them a Racine library card.I have been informed that the child must have their own library card not their parents card.


We have snack everyday. Please send in a HEALTHY snack each day. (This is an individual snack for your child only, there is no sharing.) Some examples are; cheese, sausage, crackers, cheerios, yogurt, fruit, veggies, hummus, raisins, granola bars, pretzels, popcorn, and applesauce.  If children bring in unhealthy snacks, I will cancel snack all together. This is a time for a nutritious snack to nourish their bodies. No chips, candy, soda, pudding, etc.. I will have plain Cheerios available for those who forget. There is also a water fountain in our classroom. The First Graders will be well hydrated. You may also send in a water bottle that will be kept on the back counter throughout the day. Your child will have opportunities to use it during the day.

Special Schedule

Monday: Wear sneakers.

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Tuesday: Wear sneakers.

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First Grade Mass Day

(parents are welcome to join us)

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Friday: Wear sneakers.

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