• Welcome to First Grade! We are excited for you to be a part of the Belville Family!

    First Grade Team

     First Grade Teachers

    Karen Farrell

    Laura Moore

    Rebecca Stewart

    Alex Szalkiewicz

    Jana Kisskalt

    Kristen Allen

    Mackenzie Greenhill

    Brooke McIlwaine

    Laura Watson

    Welcome! We are excited to start a new year in 1st grade! We know we will have a wonderful fun filled year. We look forward to spending time with the students and getting to know our new 1st grade friends! The information below consists of two parts: general information and our behavior policy. Please read over the information carefully. If you have any questions, feel free to contact us. Click on your teachers name to the left side of the screen to attain their contact information.

     (Please go to the top/left side of this webpage to click on weekly homework news, weekly newsletters, and individual 1st grade teacher pages!)  


    Students will have homework Monday through Thursday evening.  Students need to read 20 minutes each night as part of homework. Students will have a reading log to record their reading this year. Reading logs are due at the end of each month. Students that turn in a completed reading log will receive a prize! Students may read either independently or with someone else.  Students will begin their reading log Tuesday, September 3rd.

    Also, throughout the week, students should study for their spelling test. Spelling words for the week will be sent home the first day of each school week. The students have the rest of the week to study for their spelling test (typically on Fridays). There will be a spelling test at the end of each week when we have 4 or 5 days in a week. Since students did not have spelling tests in Kindergarten, we will start with a practice spelling test the first full week of school for students to adjust to taking spelling tests. 


    If your child misses school, please send in a note explaining the absence on the day they return. A note is the only way to have an absence excused. If you do not send in a note, the absence will be marked unexcused by the office.

    Students may be dropped off at school beginning at 8:15, and students may begin coming down the hall at 8:30 a.m. each morning. Students are marked tardy at 8:45 a.m. It is important that students arrive to class on time, so they can begin completing their morning work. Also, it is important that students stay the entire school day, so they do not fall behind or miss instruction. Instruction takes place right up to the end of the school day.






Story of the Week

  • Hello everyone! While we are out of school, the first grade team has created a to do list of activities for home that reflect our daily schedule!

    Week of 3/16-3/20

    Practice Spelling Words 

    1. kind    2.  old    3. child    4. climb    5. most   6. find    7. hold    8. mild    9. both   10.  roll

    Tricky Words

    1. himself   2. look   3. wind


    1. Look at the wind blowing the trees.
    2. Mr. I did not mind standing by himself.

    Week of 3/23-3/27

    Practice Spelling Words

    1. blue    2.  new    3. true    4. suit    5. threw   6. fruit    7. drew    8. juice    9. few   10.  chewing

    Tricky Words

    1. how   2. house   3. put


    1. Their new house is just up the road.
    2. How do I put the lid on this juice?

    Week of 3/30-4/3

    Practice Spelling Words

    1. funny    2.  easy    3. tiny    4. snowy    5. puppy   6. baby    7. pretty    8. sleepy    9. lucky   10.  windy

    Tricky Words

    1. story   2. work   3. here


    1. The story was abut a baby bunny.
    2. Does that lady work here?

    Suggested Spelling Activities

    1. Rainbow Write! Write your words and sentences with different colors.

    2. Write your words in a sentence.

    3. Look-say-cover-write (copy your words, read them, cover them up, write wtihout peeking!)

    4. Write words 3 times each.

    5. Practice test.


    Reading Comprehension Activities

    1. Log in to Raz Kids, read a book and answer the comprehension questions!

    2. Choose any book at home, ask your students to do an oral/written retell of the story!

    3. Try Epic Books, read a book and answer the comprehension questions!


    Writing Activities (Students should be able to write an introduction sentence with three details and a closing sentence!)

    1. How to catch a leprechaun writing 

    2. What I want to be when I grow up writing

    3. My favorite place to visit writing

    4. Which ice cream flavor is the best? Writing

    5. Fantasy Writing-Once Upon a Time

    6. Fantasy Narrative-One morning, I woke up and I was a bunny!

    7. Opinion-My favorite game

    8. Sequencing-(teach your teachers! Choose something you are great at and teach us how to do it!) How to...

    9.Personal Narrative-Write about a time you helped someone.


    Phonics Activities

    1. Try Teach Your Monster to Read!

    2. Write your spelling words on flash cards and sort into categories!

    3. Read these stories and record all of your spelling words!Letterland Decodable Stories (Page 24, 25, 26)


    Math Resources

    1. Splash Math

    2. Prodigy

    3. Create addition or subtraction flash cards for your student! Practice often!


    Time Resources-Students should be able to tell time to the hour and half hour!

    1. Telling Time Packet

    Fraction Resources- Students should be able to identify halves and quarters/fourths.

    2. Fractions Packet 

    Money Resources-Students should be able to identify coins by their attributes and value.  (Want to take it to the next step?  Teach your student how to add coins together!)


    Science and Stem at Home!

    Stem Activities

    Stem Challenge Week 1

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  • Folders

    Your child will receive a daily folder. They should take this folder home and return it each day. This folder holds everything the students and parents need to keep updated on classroom and school events!  I will also included resources that will be helpful for you as parents to correlate your child’s learning at school to his/her learning at home along with other useful reference items.

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  • Grading System

    Students in first grade will receive the following as grades on report cards. Your child will receive grades for reading, communication skills (which includes writing, spelling, grammar, and handwriting), math, science, social studies, and conduct.


    1st Grade Grading System:


    N=Needs improvement



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  • Change of Transportation

    Anytime your child will have a change in transportation, please send in a note stating the child’s full name, teacher name, and change that morning. If you realize that you have forgotten to send a note, please email the school right away and let them know about the change. The office will then let me know of the change. We cannot take a child’s word of a change in transportation and will send him/her their regular way home if we have not heard from you.

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  • Money/Notes/forms

    Many times throughout the year you will be sending in money for various things (lunch, pictures, fundraisers, book order etc.). It is very important that any money sent in should be places in the zipper pouch in your child’s folder. The money should be labeled with its purpose. If money is not labeled it will be sent back.  Please do not send money in your child pocket, book bag, or hand it to me in the morning. This also applies to any notes or forms being sent to school. Please place all items in your child’s folder in the designated spot. Mornings can be a very hectic time and when a parent or student comes in and hands me money or a note is can get lost easily.



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