Academics

First Grade

Meet Our First Grade Teachers

Special Events

*Due to the current health conditions, there are no field trips/events scheduled through December, 2020.

Academic Events

  • Annual Math Bee in June

  • Annual Spelling Bee in June

Traditional Field Trips

Hunter Farm:  First graders learn that our food comes from the farm, either by

animals or plants.

Children’s Theater:  First graders learn to appreciate the arts by attending a live 

theatrical performance.

Mint Museum: First graders experience art exhibits depicting different cultures.

 

In-house field trips:

  • Discovery Place: First graders will learn about animal groups and their different characteristics.

  • Raptor Center:  First graders will learn about birds of prey and their different characteristics.

  • Children’s Theater:  First graders experience a live performance depicting a fairy tale.

 

Holiday Events

  • Thanksgiving: Students rotate to the first grade classrooms to learn about Native Americans and Pilgrims.

  • Christmas:  Students rotate to the first grade classrooms to learn about Christmas customs in different countries.

  • Mother’s Day: First graders honor their mothers with special activities.

Performances

  • The Littlest Pumpkin:  In October, first graders rehearse and perform this play for parents.

  • Christmas Caroling:  Ms. V, our Music teacher, orchestrates this performance with kindergarteners and first graders for their parents.

Service Projects

Homeless Shelter: Students collect supplies for the homeless as a Christmas

project.  

 

Special Masses and Related Events 

  • Birthday Party for Jesus

  • All School Mass prepared by First Grade

Resources

LITERACY

Many on-line HMH components are available to students including:

  •  Articulation Videos

  •  Sound-Spelling Cards

  •  Start Right Readers

  •  Guided Rigby Leveled Readers (assigned by teacher)

  •  My Book

 

Read to your child every day. If your child is reading, take turns reading the pages!

Talk to your child about the characters, settings, and major events of the story.

MATH

  • On-line HMH components are available to students, including: Interactive Games and Math on the Spot Videos

  • Sunshine Math:  An additional math resource that the teachers may utilize in their classroom.

Practice basic facts with flash cards. (addition and subtraction)

Practice skip counting in the car. (Count by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s)

Use dominos to make addition and subtraction sentences.

DIGITAL LITERACY

Policies

Communication Policy

  • The Take-Home Folder contains important information, homework, and completed classwork that will be sent home daily. Please review your child’s work as needed.

  • Newsletters informing parents of curriculum topics, as well as important reminders, are emailed weekly. Monthly calendars are also sent home.

  • Concerns may be initiated and addressed by either parents or teachers.

  • Absences should be communicated in advance, if possible.

Discipline Policy

Students are expected to:

  •  Follow class rules

  •  Listen and follow directions

  •  Be kind and respectful

  •  Do your best!

 

Teachers may have a specific discipline system suited to their teaching style.

 

Homework Policy

Homework is assigned Monday through Thursday and is intended to be a review of skills already taught in class, with an emphasis on daily reading, phonics, and math skills.  Students may need assistance in reading or understanding directions, but are encouraged to complete independently. Homework in first grade is as much about establishing responsibility and work ethic, as it is about the assignment.  Choose a consistent time and place for homework each night.

 

Prayers

First graders are expected to recite the following prayers aloud each morning or afternoon: The Lord's Prayer, Hail Mary, Blessing Before Meals, and The Act of Contrition.

St. Gabriel Catholic School

3028 Providence Road

Charlotte, NC 28211

704.366.2409

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St. Gabriel is a co-ed, K - 5th grade,
Catholic school in Charlotte, NC, open to students of all faiths and backgrounds.

St. Gabriel belongs to the Mecklenburg Area Catholic Schools (MACS) system.