December News

Mrs. Stone & Mrs. Palmieri's First Grade

Wishing you a Happy December, Joyful Holidays, and a pleasant Winter Break!

December is another busy month in first grade! The children will be busy learning about many different cultures and traditions. We continue to be impressed with the progress so many students are making with their reading and writing. It is definitely apparent that many of them are reading nightly at home. That would not be possible without your much-appreciated support!

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Chesterbrook Academy Presents: Old Man Winter’s Icicle Follies

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

4:00 p.m. @ Chesterbrook Gymnasium


Students in grades 1st thru 5th will remain at school for the performance.


All students will wear the designated clothing as stated BELOW to school the day of the performance. NO UNIFORMS ARE REQUIRED


A small snack will be provided for the children before the performance.


The performance will begin promptly at 4:00 p.m. Parking information will be forthcoming


1st Grade-

Girls & Boys


  • Non-skid shoes
  • Black or navy pants, leggings, or sweatpants
  • White LONG sleeved shirt (t-shirt) or (button down blouse)

Family Cultural Sharing

In addition to the First Grade Team teaching the children various cultural celebrations, and because we are fortunate to have a culturally diverse school, we would like to invite YOU to be a part of our studies. If you or your child would like to present something special you do for the holiday, please contact us and we can set up a date and time.

Christmas Break

Christmas vacation begins on Thursday, December 24th ; school will resume on January 4th, 2016. May you have a very, merry Christmas filled with much joy and laughter. We look forward to an exciting, prosperous, and healthy new year!

Important Dates in December

Friday, December 11, 2015
Junior Kindergarten Winter Show 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Kindergarten Winter Show2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

1st-5th Grade Winter Show4:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Friday, December 18th, 2015

Dress Down Day
Classroom Holiday Parties 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Holiday Tips

Math Tip: During the holiday shopping season, it is a good time to work applying on math skills to real life situations. Ask your child how much two items cost together, have them figure how much change you will get, or problem solve what they can buy with the money they have.


Literacy Tip: Have your child make their own holiday shopping lists. You can also work on writing skills by have them write thank you notes for the gifts they have received.

Below you will find a list of topics that we will be learning this month as well as additional information for you to make note of.

Holidays Around the World

In December, we will be celebrating “Holidays Around the World.” Students will learn about how different cultures celebrate the Winter Holidays.

Reading Workshop

In December, we will be doing a unit on all of the kinds of gingerbread stories. We will be reading The Gingerbread Man, The Gingerbread Girl, The Gingerbread Boy and Gingerbread Cowboy. We will be comparing the characters of the stories as well as the events of the stories. We will be working on sequencing the events of the stories. We will even vote on which story is our favorite!

Writing Workshop

We will use our gingerbread theme for many writing activities. We will also be doing several different holiday creative writing projects and sharing in the author’s chair.

Math Workshop

In math this month we will wrap up our unit on Operations and Algebraic Thinking.

  • Relate counting to addition and subtraction (1.OA.5).
  • Add and subtract to 20. By the end of the year, demonstrate fluency for addition and subtraction facts within 10. (1.OA.6).
  • Understand the meaning of the equal sign, and determine if equations involving addition and subtraction are true or false (1.OA.7).

"What are the “Common Core Standards?"

They are standards designed to create clear, consistent expectations for what all students should learn at each grade level to prepare them for college and career. These standards help ensure that all students are receiving a high quality education consistently, from school to school and state to state. These MATH standards stress conceptual understanding. This "new" way of teaching and learning builds a strong foundation for our students.


Resources *Google/YouTube – search the standard number (ex. 1.NBT.2) in Google or YouTube to locate videos, examples, worksheets, etc.

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Thank you for all of your continued support! As always, please let us know if you have first grade questions or concerns!​