Posted by monica.gallagher | Uncategorized | Posted on March 29th, 2011

Hello! A mid-week note about our CLASS BASKETBALL GAMES on Saturday. First, a big THANK YOU to Ms. Shelly for finding us a bargain on the t-shirts. Several parents have volunteered to pay, but I split the cost with her, so no payments needed. I thought it would be so wonderful if everyone let their child wear the shirt on Friday-we want to look like a team and get everyone fired up for the games. A revised schedule was sent home on yellow paper today, I hope everyone received a copy. We will meet in the lobby 15 minutes before the start of your child’s game. Because some classes did not have enough students to form a team, our girls could be playing two games. I hope to see everyone on Saturday–go Bulldogs of Room 104! (At least we can all cheer for a similar team once in awhile! ūüėČ

New Test Procedures and Report Cards on Thursday!

Posted by monica.gallagher | Uncategorized | Posted on March 28th, 2011

Testing and assessments have all been complete and we all are ready for our last units of study. Report cards will be sent home on Thursday. Please be sure to sign a copy and return to school on Friday. Students received their new hardback books today. Please look under the Reading section to see new test procedures.

Here is what First Grade will be studying this week:

READING- Unit¬†5.1-¬†“Tippy To Chick, Go!”¬†¬†¬†As we begin our last reading unit, we will have another advance in our test-taking and homework procedures. Instead of giving the students a spelling worksheet on Thursday, students will now be given a blank writing paper and¬† asked to write 5 sentences with their choice of the spelling words. This means there will also be no study guide provided for the tests of this unit. I think students are ready for this next important step towards second grade.

SPELLING- lists for every story can be viewed on the SPELLING LISTS  tab on the S.E.E. homepage

WRITING-¬†We began a new unit of study today:¬† POETRY! ¬†Now, lots of people think young students can’t write poetry, but that is just not true. The students are absolutely excited and made a great first effort today. I can’t wait to see how they develop!

MATH-Chapter 5- “Number Patterns to 100” This week, we will work on ordinal numbers, 10 more, 10 less, 1 more, and 1 less. We will take the chapter test this Friday.

SCIENCE-We will reflect back on a previous unit of study as we plant seeds for the herbs Basil and Parsley.

Hope everyone has a great week–leave a comment!!

Room 104 will have a Guest Teacher this week!

Posted by monica.gallagher | Uncategorized | Posted on March 20th, 2011

Room 104 charges into the first week of Spring! Please remind students that Mrs. Nancy Sanders will be a guest teacher this Thursday as I attend a professional development program. This week we will focus on assessments and finishing current units of study in order to¬†complete the grading period this Friday. Please refer to last week’s post for other¬†import calendar dates and information. Plesase let me know if you have any questions or concerns. I hope everyone has a wonderful week!

Here is what First Grade will be studying this week:

READING- Unit¬†4.6-¬†“Henry and Mudge”¬†¬†

SPELLING- lists for every story can be viewed on the SPELLING LISTS  tab on the S.E.E. homepage

WRITING- We will have a week of review of genres as we assess for the end of the grading period.

MATH-Chapter 5- “Number Patterns to 100” (Place Value)

SOCIAL STUDIES-We will reflect on our treasures as we end this unit. What does your child treasure?

First Grade Schedules a Field Trip to Kentucky Down Under

Posted by monica.gallagher | Uncategorized | Posted on March 13th, 2011

Room 104 has Sprang Forward after a wonderfully warm weekend of sunshine and is ready for a great week of learning. An important date has been added to the list at the bottom, we have scheduled a field trip to Kentucky Down Under on Friday, April 29. I hope everyone can make plans and go with us. 

Here is what First Grade will be studying this week:

READING- Unit¬†4.5-¬†“Peter’s Chair”¬†¬†and an author study of Ezra Jack Keats

SPELLING- lists for every story can be viewed on the SPELLING LISTS  tab on the S.E.E. homepage

¬†WRITING-¬†Literary Stories-We¬†finish our study of¬†writing fiction stories. Ask your child to write you a story that begins “Once upon a time….”¬† We¬†are still¬†working on developing ¬†problem/solution.

MATH-Chapter 5- “Number Patterns to 100” (Place Value)

SOCIAL STUDIES-We focus on the family once again, as our stories focus on sibling jealousy and family.

Please be informed of¬† fundraisers that will be happening! ¬†First, I am proud to work as captain for SEE’s Relay for Life Team. We have a great team this year and efforts are in full swing to raise money for the American Cancer Society.¬†We all have¬†families and friends that have¬† been¬†touched by cancer in one way or another.¬†¬†Please support our team and participate in these upcoming events!


  • **MARCH 7-16 GORDON FOOD SERVICE Dessert Orders-Our PTO is sponsoring this¬†Spring fundraiser that offers free PE passes to any student who sells 10 dessert items. All orders and money¬†are due ¬†March 16. We must have all orders in by¬†3:oo on that date, so we may place our order with GFC. Sorry, no late orders can be taken. Please put your child’s teacher’s name and room number on every order form. ¬†These orders will be¬†available for parent’s to¬†pick up on Saturday, April 2. Mark your calendars for that date, which is Class Basketball Tournament Day, too!
  • **Thursday, March 17th–St. Patrick’s Day Treats-Our Relay for Life Team is now¬† taking orders for large twister pops that cost $2.00 and will be delivered on St. Patrick’s Day!
  • **Friday, March 25 is PAJAMA DAY! Donate $1.00 and wear your pajamas to school.
  • Also, look for our 2nd Annual PENNY WARS coming in April!


  • Thursday, March 17th-5:30-7:00 “Math in Motion” a freeevening¬†program, sponsored by our Family Resource Center, P.T.O. and¬†Title¬†I, ¬†for parents and students to explore the fun world of math!
  • Friday, March 25th-Third Grading Period Ends
  • Thursday, March 31st-Grade Cards Go Home
  • Saturday, April 2-Class Basketball Tournaments and GFS Fund Raiser pick-up
  • ¬†**April 7-10-SPRING BREAK**
  • Friday, April 22-Earth Day
  • Friday, April 29-First Grade FIELD TRIP to Kentucky Down Under-more details to come!

Hope everyone has a great week! Leave a comment, suggestion or snide remark. =)