Morning Paper Homework

Monday: 3/9/2020

Word of the day: upon

Number of the day: 120

Time: 1:00

Tuesday: 3/10/2020

Word of the day:wish

Number of the day: 121

Time: 2:00

Wednesday: 3/11/2020

Word of the day: yes

Number of the day: 122

Time: 3:00

Thursday: 3/12/2020

Word of the day: after

Number of the day: 123

Time: 4:00

Friday: 3/20/2020

Word of the day: full

Number of the day: 128

Time: 9:00

In the event that I do not update this information; pick your own simple word to write a sentence about. The number of the day will be the next number in counting sequence. (for example 66, 67, 68…) The time will be the next hour/half hour on the clock. (for example, if we have been doing to the hour it would be 12:00, 1:00, 2:00…. If we have been doing to the half hour it would be 1:30, 2:30, 3:30….

Winter Gear

During the winter months, please send in:

Winter coat

Winter Hat


Snow Boots

Water Proof Gloves

(vinyl coated, not cloth)

These items are needed for your child to play in the snow when we have the opportunity to do so.  


Practice Math Facts: 

Subtract 4

(4- 4=, 5-4 =…)

(We test on Wednesdays.)


 *20 minutes a day*

Weekly skills information sheets go home on Monday, 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. At the end of the month, I will collect them.

IXL practice:

20 min. per week

You received your username and password at the beginning 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.


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 an assignment in class and your child is unable to finish during school time, their work may be sent home for completion. Keep in mind that every attempt to complete this work will be made so that is need not 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. I hope 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 you may contact me at: tgroenke@sienacatholicschools.org





Important Dates

Link to the School Calendar:







Rainbow of Expectations

This year we will use a colored “clip chart” to monitor our behavior and classroom choices. I have used this system before in class and find it to be very effective in helping students learn to make good behavior choices at school. Your child will have a clip that they will physically move up or down the chart, depending on their choices. Every child starts every day on the green “Ready to Learn” section of the chart. If they are showing good behavior that goes above and beyond what I expect of them, they will get to ‘clip up’ on the chart. Students being disruptive in class, not completing work, being unkind to classmates, disrespectful to adults, or any other unacceptable school behavior will ‘clip down’ the chart. I like this system because if a student starts off with a rough morning, they can improve their behavior during the day and clip back up. Please keep in mind that your child’s clip may not move every single day! To move up, students must go above and beyond in their behavior choices. The chart on the left explains how the clip chart works. I believe that this system will be a positive way for students to monitor their choices and will give them behavior goals to strive for! As always, if you have questions, please contact me.

I also use Class Dojo, an App used in classrooms to share progress, communication, photos and videos. Look for the sign-up sheet with your parent code.

Book Mobile

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


Following these guidelines will ensure our opportunity to have a healthy snack time option.

The first graders eat a snack every day. 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 continually bring in unhealthy snacks, I will have to re-evaluate having snack time. This is a time for a nutritious snack to nourish their bodies. No chips, candy, soda, cookies, 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 is clear/translucent. It would be a delightful bonus if their water bottle is insulated and did not sweat. We will keep the water bottle 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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First Grade Mass Day

(parents are welcome to join us)

Image result for velcro sneakers clip artGym &  Art


Art & Music Image result for music note clipart


Music Image result for music note clipart

Friday: Wear sneakers.

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Class Information

There are 22 students in our class this year.

There are10 boys and 12 girls.