Mrs. Gemino's First Grade Classroom

Embrace God's Universe!


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        Welcome to 1B!

         First Grade Embraces God’s Universe!

Welcome to first grade! I am so excited to be starting the 2017-2018 school year with your little ones! It will be a fantastic year filled with so much growth and fun! If you should have any questions, please feel free to email me at c.gemino@stjoansk-8.org.

Below, you will find information about what is going on in your child’s classroom! Once the school year starts coming along, you will also find nightly homework. I will update this webpage every day so be sure to check back frequently! I appreciate and thank you in advance for your cooperation!

Looking forward to a wonderful year with you and your first grader!

Mrs. Gemino


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 Specials

Monday- Spanish             Tuesday- Computers           Wednesday- Art  

                     Thursday- Music and Library                Friday- Gym


     Events

     Monday, October 9 – School Closed – Columbus Day

Friday, October 13 – School Pictures

Wednesday, October 18 – School Liturgy – 9 am

Thursday, October 19 – Confirmation – 12:30 dismissal

Saturday, October 21 – SJA 5K Fun Run and Walk

Friday, October 27 – Theater Week Performances, 1:15 pm & 7 pm

Tuesday, October 31 – Great Pumpkin Mission Walk


Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Happy Half Day!

Today we learned the consonant sounds Y and W and started our new chapter in math on subtraction! We’ve also officially started counting down the days until Halloween and we made it to our 30th day of school today! The children were very excited.

Homework:

Spelling: Copy Spelling words (Lucia’s Neighborhood) 2x each!

Math: pg. 16 (Subtraction Stories)

Have a great night!

Mrs. Gemino


Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Good Afternoon!

Today we had a wonderful day at church! We took our Math test on Chapter 2 today and will be starting Chapter 3 tomorrow on Subtraction. We also started our new story today called Lucia’s Neighborhood where we will be covering the short /e/ sound.

REMINDER: Tomorrow is a 12:30 dismissal. If your child is going to be in After Care, please send them in with a lunch. Your child will also still need a snack tomorrow!

Homework:

Reading: Reader’s Notebook page 47. (Words to Know Sentences)  Read and sign Blend-it-Book “Meg”.

Have a great night!

Mrs. Gemino


Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Good Afternoon!

Today we took our Reading and Spelling assessments for Curious George Goes to School!  After we completed them, we did a fun “create-your-own” George and practiced our drawing skills! You will find this in the green folder. We also learned about grace before meals today and created a prayer card. What a nice chance to say a prayer before you eat tonight using the prayer card they made! 🙂

Reminder: We have Mass tomorrow at 9am. We would love to see you there if you are able to come!

Math: We will be having our Math assessment tomorrow on Chapter 2: Addition. Please review pages 8-15 in the Math Homework book and go over the Quick Check Review page sent home today in the green folder. Your child will need to solve “part and whole” problems, simple addition problems, “turn around” facts, facts with zero, and solve simple story problems.

Have a great night!

Mrs. Gemino


Monday, October 16th, 2017

Good Afternoon!

Today we reviewed for our Reading and Spelling tests for Curious George Goes to School! We reviewed all of our short /o/ spelling words while playing spelling board game and our Words to Know words. Please review these tonight with your child!

Homework:

Reading: Reader’s Notebook page 45 (Verbs – Grammar)  Review Curious George Spelling Words and Words to Know words and re-read story in reader. (Pay special attention to order of events in the story. Ex: What does Curious George do first? After he mixes the paints? etc.)

Math:  No homework tonight! Test Wednesday. Be sure to keep practicing that vertical and horizontal basic addition!

Have a great night!

Mrs. Gemino


Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Happy Thursday!

Today we continued our story Curious George Goes to School! We even did a fun “character and setting” craft and created our very own Curious George scenes. We also continued to work on addition and did some word problems today. Our Reading and Spelling assessment will be next Tuesday and our next Math assessment will be next Wednesday on addition. Test folders went home today. Please sign and return in the YELLOW FOLDER tomorrow. Thanks! 🙂

Tomorrow is picture day. Please wear regular school uniform with sneakers and return all forms tomorrow. Thanks!

Homework:

Reading: Reader’s Notebook pg. 40

Math: Homework book pg. 14

Have a great night!

Mrs. Gemino


Wednesday October 11th, 2017

Good Afternoon 1B Families!

Today we learned two new big kid Math words, vertical and horizontal to describe different ways of adding. We were very excited to use these big kid words! This morning we had so much fun going to a “Fire Prevention” puppet show. Your child has a coloring book in their green folder. Make sure to go over those emergency fire drills at home and come up with a meeting place!

Reminder: Picture Day is Friday, October 13th. Please send in forms as soon as possible. Remember to wear your regular school uniform with gym sneakers.

Homework:

Reading: Copy Spelling words 2x each in Homework copybook. Please encourage neatness and accuracy in spelling!

Math: Homework book pg. 14 (Vertical Addition)

Have a great night!

Mrs. Gemino


Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

Good Afternoon!

I hope everyone had a wonderful day off yesterday! Today we started our new story Curious George Goes to School and learned about the short /o/ sound. We also continued working on addition in math and did some “spring cleaning” in our red folders. Please empty your child’s green folder tonight from the clean out.

Note: Picture Day is Friday, October 13th. 1B has Gym on Friday but the REGULAR SCHOOL UNIFORM must be worn with sneakers. The form went home today for Picture Day. Please return this to school ASAP. Thanks!! 🙂

Homework:

Reading: Reader’s Notebook page 32 (Words to Know Sentences)

Math: Homework book pg. 12 (Adding Both Ways)

Have a great night!

Mrs. Gemino


Thursday, October 5th, 2017

Good Afternoon!

Today we finished our centers for The Storm and reviewed for our Reading and Spelling assessments tomorrow. Please go over the Words to Know words tonight as well as the Spelling words for “The Storm”.

Test folders and Scholastic forms for October have gone home today! Please review all tests with your child, sign them, and place them back inside the yellow folder to return to school tomorrow. I file all of the tests so please make sure they are sent back.

Homework:

Reading: Read The Storm. Review Spelling and WTK words.

Math: Homework book pg. 11 (Adding with 0)

Have a great night!

Mrs. Gemino


Wednesday, October 4th, 2017

Good Afternoon!

Today we had our first day of centers for our story “The Storm”! The children were so excited to do Play-Doh spelling with their spelling words, write about how they would react to a storm in our Writing Center, and complete a Short I/Short A word sort in our Phonics center!

We will be having our Reading and Spelling test on “The Storm” on Friday since we will not have school on Monday. I have sent home the reader tonight so they can read the story.

Homework:

Reading: Read The Storm. Go over “Words to Know” and Spelling words on the sheet under “The Storm”.

Math: Homework pg. 10 (Basic Addition)

Have a great night!

Mrs. Gemino


Tuesday, October 3rd, 2017

Good Afternoon!

Today we continued to read our story called “The Storm” and learn about the Short I sound. We also continued our study of other consonants n, h, r, and s /z/. We also learned about Jesus’ love for children and learned the song “Let the Little Children Come.”

Homework:

Reading: Complete page 19 in Reader’s Notebook (Spelling Word Sort)  Practice reading new Blend-It-Book We Can Play.

Math: Complete homework book page 9 (Part-Part-Whole Charts)

Have a great night!

Mrs. Gemino


Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Happy Monday!

Today we started our new story “The Storm” which focuses on the Short I sound. We will also be covering some consonant sounds along the way. You will find a Blend-it-book in your child’s green folder. This is meant for practice throughout the week.

We also started Chapter 2 in Math which is all about addition! Today we worked with counters to demonstrate basic addition stories. This hands-on practice really helps your first grader fully see what addition means.

Homework:

Reading: Reader’s Notebook pg. 17 (Words to Know Sentences)

Math:  Homework book pg. 8. (Addition Stories)

Have a great night!

Mrs. Gemino


Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Happy Thursday!

Today we took our first Reading and Spelling assessments for first grade! The children are very excited to be making applesauce tomorrow and to be watching the Disney Johnny Appleseed movie with 1A!

Homework:

Math: Review Math homework pages in homework book for tomorrow’s assessment. Complete pages 4 and 6 in the green Math Homework book.

Have a great night!

Mrs. Gemino


Wednesday, September 27th, 2017

Good Afternoon!

Today we reviewed for our Reading and Spelling assessments. Our assessments will be tomorrow. Please go over the Spelling Words and Words to Know words on the hand out in the green folder.

Tomorrow is Library day. Please return your Library book tomorrow!

Homework:

Reading: Complete only page 13 in the Reader’s Notebook. One last re-read of “What is a Pal”. Please be sure your child can read the “Words to Know” words and knows how to spell the Spelling Words.

Math: Sign Chapter Review page in green folder. We did a short review page to go over the skills covered on the test. Go over this with your child and please sign and return tomorrow. Thank you!

Have a great night!

Mrs. Gemino


Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

Happy Tuesday!

Today we continued to work on the short A sound and read our final Blend-it-Book for this story called “We Can” which focuses on the “n” sound. Please read through this book in the green folder and return it to school tomorrow signed. The children keep these in the green folder until we have the test. These books are good for practice which is why I have them keep them in there.

Inside the green folder, you will find two papers. The first is our Spelling and Words to Know list for every story in Unit 1. Please hold onto this so you can have it to study for the next stories. The refrigerator is a GREAT place to hang this so you can study.  You will also find a letter from me about online access to Journey’s; our Reading curriculum. Use the log-in and password to check out the awesome resources!

Note: We will be having our first Math test on Friday, September 29th. I will send home our Review page tomorrow so you can begin to study with your child. Concepts include: Greater Than, Less Than, Equal to, Counting Objects, Ten Frames, etc.

Homework:

Reading: Complete Reader’s Notebook pg. 10 (circled in crayon). Study Spelling words and Read story “What is a Pal” in hard black reader. Test Thursday.

Have a great night!

Mrs. Gemino


Monday, September 25th, 2017

Good Afternoon!

Today we continued with our story What is a Pal? in our reader and got a new Blend-it-Book to practice reading words with the “short a” sound. We will be learning all about Johnny Appleseed this week as his birthday is tomorrow. We will finish off the week with some applesauce making on Friday! If your child is unable to have applesauce, please email me and let me know!

We will be having our first Spelling and Reading test on Thursday. Please review these words throughout the week to prepare: dad, sat, man, at, mat, am. Children should practice spelling these words.

Our “Words to Know” are: be, help, and, play, with, you. Your child does not need to know how to spell the “Words to Know” words. They just need to be able to read/identify them.

Homework:

Reading: Read Blend-it-Book “Cat! Cat! Cat!” in your child’s green folder. Please sign it on the bottom and return to school!

Math: pg. 5 (Greater Than or Less Than). Please only complete page 5. We will be completing page 4 later this week in class!

Have a great night!

Mrs. Gemino


Friday, September 22nd, 2017

Happy Friday!

Today we earned our extra free play for the afternoon! Great job 1B! Thanks so much for everyone who came to Classroom Visitation. It was so nice meeting you all and I look forward to a great year!

I have sent home any remaining books that need to be covered. If you have a free moment, you can absolutely cover these and send them back to school Monday. If not, I will send them home again periodically. Thanks so much!

Have a great weekend!

Mrs. Gemino


Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Happy Wednesday!

Today we made it to our tenth day of school! The children were so excited to put our counting sticks in the tens place of our “Days of School” counting chart!  Tomorrow is Library day. Please remember to have your child pack his/her Library book tonight! I have sent home the Purple Math workbook tonight to be covered. Again, if you cannot cover tonight, no worries, but please send it in tomorrow no matter what.

Side Note: Please remember to only complete the homework assigned! We had many friends come into school today without homework completed or with more than pages 1 and 2 complete. Please also check for accuracy! Thanks for your cooperation.

Homework:

Math: Only complete page 3 in the Math Homework book.

Have a great night!

Mrs. Gemino


Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

Hello 1B Families!

Thank you so much to everyone who came out last night to check out our classroom! It was so nice meeting you all! I look forward to meeting the rest of you on Thursday at 7pm for the first session or 7:30pm for the second session!

Tonight is our first night of homework! I have assigned pages 1 and 2 that are circled with a red crayon in the green Math Homework book. These pages focus on counting and number sense. I have also sent home the Religion and Math homework book to be covered with clear contact paper. If you cannot cover them tonight, NO WORRIES! Please just return them to school tomorrow since we will be using them for instruction.

Homework:

Math:  Complete pages 1-2. Please check your child’s work for neatness and accuracy.

Parents: Cover Religion and Math Homework Book with contact paper.

Have a great night!

Mrs. Gemino


Monday, September 18th, 2017

Good Afternoon!

Let me first start out by apologizing for not sending books home on Friday! In the busy-ness of the afternoon, I completely forgot to send the books home! Instead, I will be sending them home periodically during the week starting Tuesday (we cannot give any form of homework today or Thursday due to Back to School Night).  If you cannot cover books the night I send them home, NO WORRIES! Just please be sure to send them back in the following day as we will be using the books in class.

I look forward to seeing many of you at Back to School Night tonight or on Thursday  starting at 7pm. You can either come to the first session (7:00-7:30) or the second session (7:30-8:00). Come see what your little ones have been doing in 1B and learn all about our classroom routines!

See you soon!

Mrs. Gemino


Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Happy Thursday!

Today we had both Music and Library. We read all about the Library Mouse in preparation for our trip to the Library this afternoon! The children really loved how he wrote his very own books! Please remember to return your child’s Library book every Thursday as they cannot take out a new book if they have no returned the first one.

As a reminder, our PTA meeting is tonight at 7pm in the Cafeteria. I hope to see you there! We will also be having our first school Liturgy at 9am. Hope you can come see our SJA school family in action at Mass!

Have a great night!

Mrs. Gemino


Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Good Afternoon!

Today we had our first Art class of first grade! We also took a field trip down to the church to practice how we sit in church for our first school Liturgy on Friday. The Mass is at 9am if you would like to attend!  Please also note that our first PTA Back to School Night is tomorrow night at 7pm in the Cafeteria. Sr. Pat asks that all families have at least one representative to attend.

Over the weekend, I will be sending home our Math book and our Religion book to be covered with clear contact paper. This helps make our paperback book become sturdier in an effort to stop them from bending and ripping. If you cannot cover them this weekend, please be sure to send the books back in on Monday COVERED OR NOT because we will be using them for instruction on Monday. Thanks in advance!

Reminder: Gym day is Friday. We will also be having our first Music class tomorrow and Library!

Have a great night!

Mrs. Gemino


Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

 Today was a busy day in 1B! We took a tour of our school, learned all about our classroom Library, and all about God’s creation. Ask your child what they chose as their favorite thing God created! Just as a reminder, please remember that pretzels are ONLY 25 CENTS.  Many children are coming in with dollars and more and if possible, please only send in a quarter that is in a SEPARATE bag from your child’s lunch token.

If you are choosing to have your child buy lunch, please make sure their token is either in a labeled wallet or labeled sandwich bag. This makes it much easier when it’s time to put our tokens in our lunch bin. Thanks for your cooperation!  As a reminder, our Gym day is on Friday. Please refer to the above specials schedule for more information.

Have a great night!

Mrs. Gemino