Welcome to 1st Grade!

Summer 2021

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 the activities below 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, we have attached a list of books. 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 copybook. Your child may just use the rest of his/her Kindergarten copybook, or you can purchase a new Manuscript Copybook. Staples or any school supply store carries these copybooks. 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 Bridge Activities Book - K to 1 be completed as well (https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/summer-bridge-activities-grades-k-1-summer-bridge-activities/1112938104). This book is divided into monthly practice and review of kindergarten skills in preparation for first grade, along with some bonus activities! We suggest that the children work in this book several times each week for best results! Please return the Journal Copybook and Summer Bridge Activities 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 that are included in this newsletter. We hope you have a very safe and relaxing summer!


Sincerely,

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
  • 2 Magic Rub Eraser - White - 3 Pk
  • 1 Blue Pocket Folder
  • 1 Yellow Pocket Folder
  • 4 Elmers Glue All Purpose Sticks
  • 1 Elmers Glue All - 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
  • 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

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Click on the PDF to practice your sight words!

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Use IXL to practice your math facts!

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Keep your child reading with some of these recommended titles!

The following list of books will help you select reading material that has been highly rated by reviewers, librarians, and children. Hopefully, they will provide alternatives for reading pleasure.


Selections from the Best of the Best PA School Librarians Association

Kindergarten-3rd Grade


Author/Title/Grade Level

Barnett, Mac How this Book Was Made: Based on a True Story; K-4

Beck, H.W. Glow: Animals with their Own Night-Lights; 1-3

Brown, Lisa The Airport Book; K-3

Carbon, Elisa Diana’s White House Garden; 1-3

Chabbert, Ingrid & Guridi The Day I Became a Bird; 1+

Drummond, Alan Green City; K-3

Macy, Sue Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story of Sportswriter Mary Garber; 1-4

Pak, Kenard Goodbye Summer, Hello Autumn; K-3

Rex, Adam School’s First Day of School; K-3

Schwartz, Corey Rosen and Rebecca J. Gomez Hansel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks; K-3

Seeger, Laura Vaccaro I Used to Be Afraid; PreK-1

Verde, Susan and Peter H. Reynolds The Water Princess; K-3

Wenzel, Brendan They All Saw a Cat K-3



Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Awards Program

Kindergarten-3rd Grade


Author/Title

Corey, Shagins, Ryan T. Mother Bruce

Kennedy, Anne Vittur Ragweed’s Farm Dog Handbook

Kleber, Dori More-igami

Macy, Sue Miss Mary Reporting: The True Story Of Sportswriter Mary Garber

McCloskey, Kevin We Dig Worms!

Miller, Pat The Hole Story of a Doughnut

O’Neal, Shaquille Little Shaq

Rockliff, Maria Anything but Ordinary Addie: The True Story of Adelaide Hermann, Queen of Magic

Schnell, Lisa Kahn High Tide for Horseshoe Crabs

Torrey, Richard My Dog, Bob

Urban, Linda Weekends with Max and His Dad



Caldecott Medal Winners


Author/Title

Steptoe, Javaka Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

Mattick, Lindsay Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear

Santat, Dan The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend

Floca, Brian Locomotive

Klassen, Jon This Is Not My Hat

Raschka, Chris A Ball for Daisy

Stead, Philip C. A Sick Day for Amos McGee

Pinkney, Jerry The Lion & the Mouse

Swanson, Susan Marie The House in the Night

Wiesner, David Flotsam



Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Award Winners

Kindergarten-3rd Grade


Author/Title

Dutcher, Jim & Jamie Dutcher A Friend for Lakota: The Incredible True Story of a Wolf Who Braved Bullying

Bloom, C.P. The Monkey Goes Bananas

Rubin, Adam Dragons Love Tacos

Reynolds, Aaron Creepy Carrots

Scillian, Devin Memoirs of a Goldfish

Barton, Chris Shark vs Train

Watt, Melanie Chester

Watt, Melanie Scaredy Squirrel

Levine, Ellen Henry’s Freedom Box

Stevens, Janet & Susan Stevens Crummel The Great Fuzz Frenzy

Gottfried, Maya Good Dog

McCarthy, Meghan Aliens Are Coming

Schachner, Judy Skippyjon Jones

Buehner, Caralyn Super Dog: the Heart of a Hero


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Suggested Titles for Students Entering 1st Grade


Chapter Books/Series

Adler, David Young Cam Jansen series

Arnold, Ted Hi! Fly Guy series

Bottner, Barbara Pish and Posh

Brown, Marc Arthur Chapter Books

Byars, Betsy Brother Ant books & The Golly Sisters

Delacre, Lulu Raffi and Rosi

DiCamillo, Kate Mercy Watson series

Minarik, Else Holmelund Little Bear Books

Moore, Shelley Good Night, Good Knight series

Osborne, Mary Pope Magic Tree House series

Parish, Peggy Amelia Bedelia series

Park, Barara Junie B. Jones series

Rylant, Cynthia Henry and Mudge series

Sachar, Louis Marvin Redpost series

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