Welcome to 1st Grade!

Summer 2022

A Message from Your 1st Grade Teachers!

Dear Parents,

Congratulations to you and your child on the completion of his/her kindergarten school year! We are looking forward to working with your child in September!

In order to maintain the skills that the children have acquired during the school year, as well as prepare them for first grade, we would like your child to complete these activities during the summer months. It is very important for our future first graders to read regularly during the summertime. This should include your child reading aloud to you, reading alone, and you reading to your child. If you are looking for suggestions, a list of book recommendations can be found below in this newsletter.

Continuing to write over the summer months is also very important. We ask that your child write a weekly journal entry. This journal entry should be written in a bound copybook. These can be purchased at Staples, Target or any school supply store. These entries could be a sentence, paragraph, or possibly a story written by your child about their Summer months. This could include writing about camp, vacation, special family events, a day at a park, museum, etc. The children should do a weekly entry, but could write daily, if they would like!

We are also asking that the Summer Math Skills Sharpener Book - K to 1 be completed as well. This book is set up with a mixture of Kindergarten math skills on each page! The book includes an answer key for parents and math flash cards for practice. We suggest that the children work in this book several times each week, for best results! Please return the Journal Copybook and Summer Math Skills Sharpener Book to school with your child on Book Day in September.

As our summer vacation comes to a close, please review your child’s high-frequency words learned in kindergarten. The word list is also included in this newsletter. Have a very safe and relaxing summer!


Mrs. Cannon and Ms. Ginesi

First Grade Teachers

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Gwynedd-Mercy Academy Elementary has bundled tuition which includes field trips, school pictures, yearbook, and most student school supplies. In addition, copy books, folders, rulers, and student planners will be distributed to students. Below is the list of supplemental supplies students will need for 1st Grade:

  • Colored Pencils - Crayola - 12 Ct
  • 2 Packages of Crayola Twistables - Minis - 24 Ct
  • 4-Color Pack of Dry Erase Markers, Chisel
  • 2 Magic Rub Eraser - White - 3 Pk
  • 1 Blue Pocket Folder
  • 1 Yellow Pocket Folder
  • 4 Elmers Glue All Purpose Sticks
  • 1 Elmers Glue - 4 oz
  • Markers - Washable - Crayola - Classic - 08 Ct - Thick
  • Markers - Washable - Crayola - Classic - 08 Ct - Thin
  • 2 Packages of No. 2 Pencils - Sharpened - 12 Pk
  • 1 Ruler - 12 in/30 cm - Plastic - Transparent
  • Pencil Sharpener - Canister - 2 Hole
  • Scissors - Fiskar - Kids - 5 Inch - Pointed
  • Sharpie - Black - Fine Tip
  • 1 large roll or several small rolls of clear contact paper to cover all books and folders

  • 1 set of earbuds in a case

  • 1 pencil case - vinyl with top zipper 6” X 11”

  • 1 reusable water bottle

  • “Sharpie” permanent marker to label EVERYTHING with your child’s name

  • Individual or pocket-sized hand sanitizer

  • Individual tissue packets

Gwynedd-Mercy Academy is an environmentally friendly school. Please be sure lunches are packed in reusable lunch bags with two cloth napkins for use. Snacks may be in their original packaging or in reusable containers/bags. We appreciate your attention to this as we all work together to care for the Earth.

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Click on the PDF to practice your sight words!

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Each year, Mrs. Phiambolis, our Librarian, creates an *optional* reading challenge for students. This is separate from the grade level summer assignments and a great way to keep children reading. Recommendations are below. Have fun!

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