First Grade News

Fourth Quarter 2020

Hello Parents and Guardians-

We hope this newsletter finds you well! This will be our last newsletter of the year! Can you believe how fast time has flown by? The first grade team and students are striving to end this year with much rigor, and perseverance. With our focus on our studies, we are also going to make sure that we stop and enjoy our time together, so we are planning special activities in the last part of the school year. Please make sure to check our "Upcoming Events" section below for dates. We will make sure to update those dates, as we schedule more activities as well.

Thank you for all that you do as parents and guardians! The first grade team has appreciated your ongoing support, and look forward to finishing up this school year with your child.

What are we learning?

Language Arts:

  • Asking/Answering questions while reading
  • Being able to state the Character/Setting/Important Events
  • Being able to retell Beginning, Middle and End of a story
  • Stating main idea
  • Poems
  • Working on fluency
  • Being able to point out text features


  • Calendar
  • Graphing
  • Basic facts up to 20
  • Counting objects to 110
  • Skip counting by 5's
  • Growing Patterns
  • Time
  • Place Value
  • Magnitude

How can you help at home?


  • Practice addition/subtraction facts up to 20.
  • Continue going over coins and their value.

Language Arts:

  • Please read to your child, or have them read for at least 10-15 minutes each night.


Upcoming Events

03/13- End of the 3rd Quarter/ Spring Pictures/ Wizard of Oz performance from 7-8 pm

03/16- Teacher Workday (NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS)

03/19- Parent Teacher Conferences from 2:45-7:00

04/16- Literacy Night from 5:30-7:30 pm

04/23- Art and Science Night from 5-7:00 pm

04/29- School Apple Blossom Parade

04/30- Early Dismissal for Apple Blossom Holiday

05/01- No School- Apple Blossom Holiday

05/25- No School- Memorial Day Holiday

05/29- Early Dismissal- Last day of School! =)

Character Counts

At John Kerr, our students are learning how to be good citizens. We are focusing on six pillars of good character. These would include respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, caring, citizenship, and fairness. Talk with your children about what it means to show respect or be responsible for their actions, and what they can do to be trustworthy. We hope that these words will become part of their everyday language and be demonstrated in the choices they make at home and at school.

Here is your first grade team!

Mrs. Glavis (left)-

Mrs. Kucinich (right)-

two teachers