April First Grade News

Mrs. Barrios

What's Happening

Hello First Grade Parents,

April is full of special activities for first grade. We have been very busy delving into everything from insects to shapes and even time and money. We will continue to explore money and time in math. We will begin to focus on planes, solid figures, and explore geometric transformations in math. Our exploration of social studies will be tying into Earth Day as we look at our planets resources, recycling, and preserving habitats for plants and animals.

Our scientific study of insects will continue in the month of April as we take a closer look at insects, arachnids, and other arthropods. The children are very excited to continue looking at insects and learning how they benefit from our gardens and, more importantly, our planet.

As we continue into the season of Easter, I am working with the children on the importance of prayer during this time--praying not only as away to thank God for all he has given us but as a way to become closer to God and understand his great love for us. The children understand that God sacrificed his only son for us to show how much he loves us and that small sacrifices we made during Lent, like giving up any incentives for good deeds, bring us closer to God. The focus of our study in religion will begin to concentrate on Jesus‘ time with the disciples after the Resurrection and on the arrival of the Holy Spirit to help the church grow.

Our reading skills are continuing to improve as we work our way through our reading series’ focusing on plants and animal life. We are also going to be focusing on creating acrostic poems with descriptive words. The children are very excited to begin to look at and create poetry. We have continued our weekly writing and will, in the coming quarter, be working on our spelling.

At the end of the month, I will be introducing a weekly spelling list of eight words. The words will be from our last 8 stories in our reading series. The children will be given the words every Monday with homework form the list on Tuesday and Thursday. The class will be assessed every Friday, although the focus is to strengthen the children’s spelling. It is also to ensure they are ready for the weekly spelling list and test in second grade. In order to diminish test anxiety, I will give the children a variety of assessments for each list along with the traditional written test.

As we come closer to the end of the year, there will be many memorable and exciting activities for first grade. A few things to remember! Please make sure your children have a water bottle with water only. No juice, Gatorade or lemonade are allowed in the classroom. Please remind your child to wear a belt if their uniform requires it. I want to thank you all in advance for all your help and support. I truly appreciate every one of you.


Mrs. Barrios

Wish List

April Words

total, events

pattern, calendar

year, month

pound, length

inch, weight

centimeter, liter

centimeter, liter

thermometer, Earth Day

regroup, harvest

faith, share

learned, growing

connection, gather

meal, priest

Gospel, altar

church, saints

created, volume

spring, season

flowers, rabbit

cave, lady bug

insect, head

antennae, thorax

legs, abdomen

April Birthdays

No birthdays this month!

Upcoming Events

  • Morning Assembly led by 8th grade: Monday, April 4
  • Early Dismissal: Wednesday, April 6 at 12:00pm
  • Hawk P.R.I.D.E. Spirit Wear Top Day: Thursday, April 7
  • Stations of the Cross led by 3rd grade: Thursday, April 7 at 11:30am
  • All School Mass: Friday, April 8 at 9:00am
  • Community Send-off Prayer: Friday, April 8 at 2:35pm
  • HT Campus Clean-Up Day: Saturday, April 9 10am-12pm
  • Morning Assembly led by 7th grade: Monday, April 11
  • Deposit Day with Inland Federal Credit Union: Tuesday, April 12
  • Stations of the Cross led by 8th grade: Wednesday, April 13 at 11:15am
  • Early Dismissal: Wednesday, April 13 at 12:00pm
  • Easter Break: April 14-22
  • STAR Testing begins: Monday, April 25
  • Morning Assembly led by 6th grade: Monday, April 25
  • Disciple of Christ Monthly Recognition: Monday, April 25
  • Pizza with the Principal (Disciples of Christ): Tuesday, April 26
  • Deposit Day with Inland Federal Credit Union: Tuesday, April 26
  • Early Dismissal: Wednesday, April 27 at 12:00pm
  • Hawk P.R.I.D.E. Spirit Wear Top Day: Thursday, April 28
  • All Jog-a-thon Money due: Thursday, April 28 3rd Trimester Progress Reports Distributed in Parent Envelope
  • All School Mass led by 5th grade: Friday, April 29 at 9:00am
  • Annual Jog-a-thon: Friday, April 29
  • First Eucharist Mass with the parish: Saturday, April 30 at 10:00am

Disciple of Christ

Congratulations to Melvin J.! He was the Disciple of Christ for the month of March. The virtue for the month of April is curiosity.


Please only water in the classroom!

No soda on campus!

Belts are a uniform requirement please be sure your child has one!

Thank you!

Thank you for donating to our classroom!

Mansour Family

Hana Family

Radovich Family

Attisha Family

Jabrial Family