Mrs. Ressler

First Grade Room 101



Dear Parents,

I did not make an updated weekly newsletter for this week due to the continuation of the reading selection and spelling list for the second week. The only change I would have made was to Religion.  Please make note of this change:  In chapter 11, we reflect on the gifts of the three Wise Men.  Our only gift we have that we can generously give to Jesus is our love.  How can we do this today?  Our vocab words for this chapter are Wise Men and king.

The Advent Season is upon us.  This is a very special time in first grade because we talk about the true meaning of our Christmas celebration~ the birth of our Savior, Jesus.  We will be saying the St. Andrew Novena three times each day to sieze the moment we patiently wait. Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born Of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother.

Please take some time and read your child’s chosen scripture passage for the Jesse Tree.  I ask that after it is read, discuss what might be a good symbol for the reading and make an ornament with that idea.  Please send it back to school prior to the day it is expected.  Thank you for taking time to make our morning devotions special.

Gingerbread House Day is Friday, Dec. 15th.  Please look for the RSVP in your child’s yellow folder.  We look forward to seeing everyone.

Here is the gingerbread sign-up:

Check out  a quick link to all the calendar events for school activites:

I sent home a mini math booklet for extra math practice. Please use as you wish.  This week I have asked the students to sneak onto IXL and complete C.6, C.7, C.8 and C. 9. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Please use the writing paper I sent home on for practice.  It cleverly shows the student where to put the hand that is not writing. I encourage my students to tilt the paper and have the lower corner tickle the belly. This makes a pie shape near the writing hand.  I tease the kiddos that their elbows are sitting in the pie. Feet flat and bumper in the chair continues to help with proper writing postition.  Thank you for supporting me on this venture of creating good posture and handwriting!

If for any reason you need to contact me, please feel free to email me at any time or call before school or after school). You may leave me a message on my voicemail, also. Again, I want to welcome everyone back to school and I hope that we will have a blessed year.


Mrs. Ressler

D.O.G.   (Depend On God)


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Dear parents,

You will find all the useful weekly information in the following picture.  If you have any questions, please let me know.

If you are interested in a direct link to Math IXL: IXL Math
This is the link to our Spelling City page: Spelling City
This link is a list of the weekly spelling sentences to be tested with the words.   Spelling sentences

**EachTuesday and Thursday your child will bring home reading homework. Please read the books together and return them to the folder as soon as you are finished.   Please sign the folder indicating thatyour child read to you or another. Return the signed folder and book the very next day. Your child will receive a punch on his/her reading card. Once your child has 8 punches, a reward will be given.

Tuesday reading- decodable reader featuring a specific genre and the vocabulary words (not spelling words).

Thursday reading-featured weekly story.

Please find time to read each day! Be sure your child is reading to his/her level.












Specialists’ Schedule:

Monday: Computer 8:00, Art 11:35-12:20 (This is a change)

Tuesday: Mass 8:00 (Please no shorts), Music 11:30, *PE 12:00

Wednesday:  Spanish 1:00

Thursday:  Library 12:00, *PE 1:00

Friday:   Music 11:35

Lunch: 10:35 (recess) 11:00-11:25 (lunchroom)

Outreach: ♥Fourth Grade Reading Buddies will be on the first Tuesday of the month 1:30-2:00.  

* Please remember to bring PE shoes on the assigned days.

Mrs. Dawn Ressler
101 First Grade
St Francis of Assisi
Epiphany Catholic School
11001 Hanson BLVD
Coon Rapids, MN 55433
(763) 754-1750 ext. 420

These are a few websites to check in on….

Simply cut and paste the link.

Math websites:

Addition Facts:

Coin Math:

Counting Coins:

Counting Money:

Fun School Games:

Garage Sale:

Harcourt Math Games:

Matching Money:

Math Baseball:

Money, Money:

Second Grade Math Games:

Stop the Clock:

Sum Sense- Addition:

Sum Sense –Subtraction:

What time is it?

Reading and Writing Websites:

Favorite Reading and Writing Links Book Adventure:

Dictionary for young children:

Grammar Gorillas:

Magic Key Adventures:

PBS Kids:

Scholastic Book Leveler:

Spelling City:


Writing your name:

Religion Websites:  Please enjoy these with your child


1 Comment

  1. Dawn Resssler

    During this Advent season, please take some time to talk with your child about being silent in prayer. We can work on this anytime we are in transition in school. It is like being able to quietly escape with Jesus. Could you find time in your day to do this, too?

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