Dear 1st Grade Families,
What another fun and busy week which included our St. Valentine’s Day celebration.
For our long i spelling test, the sentence contained a comma. If the comma was added and had the correct placement (not up in the air like an apostrophe and after the word ‘bike’), I gave a bonus point. The comma did not count against anyone. I know that the difficulty level on the tests has increased and the contraction one specifically was challenging which is why I might randomly throw in another bonus point in a future sentence.
During handwriting, we have been working on the correct letter formation. We have practiced the letter D (d). We will get to the letter B (b) later this school year. Below is a picture with the sayings and images used to help with the d and b mix-ups. For the lower-case letters, it is very important that your child forms them in the correct order otherwise the sayings and images will not be helpful. These should help with the reading and writing of those two tricky letters.
January 28th: Open House 10 am – 12:30 pm
January 29th – February 2nd: Catholic Schools Week
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.