Mrs. Conry

First Grade Room 102

Dear 1st Grade Families,

What an eventful week we have had! St. Nicholas came around to all of the classrooms and gave every student a candy cane, our classroom has been visited by an elf on the shelf (Jingles), and we’ve been busy creating Christmas gifts and learning about the Advent season.

This month we are diving head-first into writing. Since we have an elf on the shelf visiting, we are writing in a daily journal about what Jingles is up to and any questions we may have for him. I’ll write some key words on the board every day, but the rest is independent writing and illustrating time.

My favorite Advent activity to teach with is ‘The Giving Manger’. We read the book in class and then have a small wooden manger in the classroom. Whenever we perform an act of kindness, we can quietly put a piece of hay in the manger to prepare it for Jesus. The goal is for us to focus on giving and not receiving, being kind to others, doing good things from the goodness of our hearts (and not for a thank you but to feel good about yourself and knowing that God is aware of the kind things you are doing), etc. It is an incredible tradition that I would highly recommend in any household. Here is the link with a minute and a half video explaining the concept:

Our gingerbread day is on Friday, December 15th. Every child will need to bring a brown paper bag with their name on it to bring the gingerbread home in. If parents are able to take it home, that is preferred just so that it doesn’t get ruined on the way home at the end of the school day. Otherwise, we will keep the houses as safe as possible until the end of the school day 🙂

Spelling Test Update: Any letter reversals in a spelling test will be counted wrong from here on out. I will continue to give reminders during the test to check which way our letters are facing.

Cough Drops: Tis the season of coughing 😉 If your child has a cough and you would like them to use cough drops, please send a note along with the cough drops giving your child permission to use the cough drops. The nurse holds on to the cough drops and students can be sent to her when they need to use a cough drop.

As usual, please e-mail me when your child is absent so that I know not to expect your child that day or am aware of any illnesses that may spread throughout the classroom (so I can keep an eye out for symptoms in other students). You will still need to call the Health Office, but I always send the Health Office the e-mails I receive when students are gone just in case 🙂

Important Reminders

  • Please make sure that homework is always completed in pencil unless if coloring is requested.
  • Please no fidget spinners, Pokemon cards, or pencil sharpeners
  • If your child is sick and will not be attending school or is gone for any other reason, please e-mail me ( AND call the Health Office. It is important to contact both as if I am not contacted, I have to ask the Health Office if they have heard from families yet. Thank you!

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Sight Words: blue, far, line, water, lives, where, means












Spelling Sentence

This little bath is thick with bubbles.

1 pt. for capitalization

1 pt. for punctuation.

1 pt. per spelling word in the sentence.









December 15: Gingerbread Day (8:00 a.m.)

December 21: K-8 Christmas Concert at 12:30 pm and 6:00 pm (Mandatory)

December 22 – January 1: No School — Christmas Break











Phone: 763.754.1750 ext. 431







A Little Bit about Myself

There is nothing better than growing up in a house in the country covered with trees and a creek running through the backyard. Peace and privacy….Well, except for when the occasional car drives down the dirt road. I am a country girl through and through. I loved playing with all of the animals and insects: dead or alive. An imagination thrives when you have an outdoor palate to create and explore.

I grew up in a loving household with my parents and two older sisters. We attended mass together as a family and my mom taught our 2nd grade religion classes for many years. I sang in the youth choir, was an altar server from 4th grade – 10th grade, and then became an Eucharistic Minister after my Confirmation in 10th grade. Attending Catholic Youth Camp (CYC), Discipleship Week, multiple Steubenville retreats, TEC retreats, and mission trips were some of the best memories I had growing up. This is all thanks to a strong faith and a family who openly shared that faith.

Family is my life. My supportive family is such a blessing. I look up to each person for different reasons.

Mr. Conry: My husband has taught me how to relax and enjoy life all while being unafraid to try new adventures and to follow every single one of my dreams. He is my support and comfort. I’ve learned how to look at the world in so many different and positive ways due to his career and constant drive to further educate himself.

Dad: My dad just retired after teaching for 33 years. I’ve gone to his classroom almost every year since I was a little girl. It started off with ‘Bring Your Daughter to Work Day’ and morphed into me assisting in his classroom. Every time I go into his classroom, I just sit there and watch him transform into such a caring, supportive, loving, joking, serious, everything kind of teacher. Hands down, he is the teacher I hope to be someday.

Mom: A mother is a figure of love without a doubt. Besides that, my mom is a figure of selflessness. She has always gone out of her way to help those in need and to go above and beyond to make sure that every person she comes across realizes how important they are. In a world filled with so much negativity, it is a blessing to have that ray of sunshine at all times. She exudes God’s love and lives his message.

Sarah: My oldest sister is strong. She is a protector. Standing up for what is right is not always easy, but she makes it look that way. I have always admired her confidence and wished for that strength myself. As the little sister, I always looked up to her as the leader of the pack, and that hasn’t changed. Sarah is my rock.

Alison: Being the middle sister probably isn’t that easy. However, I know what skill-set it gave her: intent listener. You know how difficult it can be to find that one person you can trust and tell anything to? That one person who won’t judge you? That is Alison. She sits and listens patiently to everything you have to say and knows just what to say to make everything better. She may be gifted in words, but it is her ears that truly do the talking.

I have been blessed to have my family expanded with two brother-in-laws, two nieces, and two nephews. 

All of these people have changed me for the better. My hope is to take what each of them has gifted me with, and bring each of those gifts to your child.

God Bless,

Mrs. Conry

1 Comment

  1. Laura Conry

    Updates for the week of Dec. 11.

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