First Grade

Classroom Teachers

Mrs. Joanne Hutton | 1A | Teacher Page | Bio & Email
Mrs. Kerry van Doorn | 1B | Teacher Page | Bio & Email

Instructional Assistants

Mrs. Jodi St. George | 1A
Mrs. Catherine Mica  | 1B

“Specials” Teachers

ART: Mrs. Alicia Bradley
COMPUTER: Mrs. Therese Green
LIBRARY: Mr. Christopher Davis
MUSIC: Mr. Mike Stockman
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: Mrs. Fran Shayka
SPANISH (K-5): Mrs. Gabriela Venero

Basic Curriculum

The curriculum for all schools in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington can be viewed here.

In Religion, students are introduced to the Church’s faith and come to an awareness of God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The life of Jesus, the work of the Holy Spirit, and the life of prayer are explored. Students are acquainted with Mary, the angels and the saints.

The first grade language arts program incorporates the receptive language arts and the expressive language arts. Integration of listening, speaking, reading and writing activities occurs daily. Students develop listening skills, use strategies of phonics to decode words and increase vocabulary, apply grammatical rules when writing and use reading strategies to read with fluency and expression.

The first grade math curriculum builds on those skills introduced in kindergarten. Students count, sort and compare sets of objects; recognize and describe patterns; add and subtract one and two digit numbers; draw, sort and describe two- and three-dimensional figures; use nonstandard and standard units to measure; organize and interpret data; and recognize fractions.

In Social Studies, students explore neighborhoods and communities; develop map skills; study the lives of important American leaders; and learn about history through the study of holidays. In Science, students discover the characteristics of living and non-living objects; identify and describe the basic needs and structures of plants and animals; identify the basic characteristics and needs of the human body; discuss ways living things affect and are affected by the environment; and explore and investigate the basic relationship of the sun and the earth.

School Supplies

The first grade supply list is available here. Preordered Innisbrook school supplies may be picked up at Meet the Teacher day. The following additional items need to be purchased separately: art smock, Fiskars scissors, clear contact paper,headphones and a backpack (not rolling). Teachers will provide instructions about labeling supplies and bringing supplies to school.

School supplies can be ordered through Innisbrook at the end of each school year.  These school packs can be picked up at “Meet the Teacher” day.  Any school packs that are not claimed will be delivered to the student’s classroom.  The school supply list is can be viewed here. ( I have attached the document; this can also replace the two supply lists under supply lists –elementary and middle.  Also please remove the Innisbrook order sheet)

Volunteering

Room parents will be in contact with each family regarding volunteering in the classroom, in computer class and in the library. Room parents will also coordinate with the PTO regarding school-wide activities. Thank you, in advance for getting involved! Diocesan Policy for the protection of children requires all parents wishing to volunteer for their students’ classes, activities and field trips be VIRTUS certified.

Room parents will be in contact with each family regarding volunteering in and outside the classroom for special events and during Art, Computer, PE and library.  St. Theresa School families are asked to complete the volunteer interest form each school year.  You may access it here.

According to the Diocesan Policy, all volunteers are required to submit the necessary Diocesan paperwork prior to volunteering. Paperwork should be processed and “cleared” before anyone can begin his/her service in the School. If you are not compliant, parents will not be allowed into the school to interact with children in the classroom, cafeteria, playground, field trips, field day, parties, coaching, special classes, science fair, etc.

School Policies and Protocols

Please refer to the current Parent/Student Handbook for questions on school policy and procedures. Each family must sign and return the handbook agreement form.

Food

Please pack a nutritious snack and lunch for your child each day. Hot lunches are available in the cafeteria on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Information about preordering milk and preordering hot lunch is available under the Hot Lunch and Milk. Depending on allergies in your child’s classroom, special attention may be required as to food permitted during snack time.

Communication

Please check the contents of your child’s blue folder each evening. If you have paperwork for the teacher or the school office, please send it to school in your child’s blue folder. You may correspond with your child’s teacher through email or a note in your child’s blue folder.

STS uses email as its primary means of communication.  STS also utilizes the school website and the weekly newsletter emails.  Emergency and last minute announcements may occur via our school messaging system.  Please make sure you check your email account daily to get the latest news and information.  Updates to email address, home address, phone number, etc. can be made using Family Information Update form here.

Uniform

St. Theresa students will have P.E. once a week.  They are required to wear their P.E. uniform for the entire day on P.E. days, including sneakers.  Notifications for spirit wear days and dress-out days are noted on the school calendar and noted in the weekly newsletters.  Winter uniform dates are also announced in the newsletter.  Please refer to the current Parent/Student Handbook for specific uniform requirements.  There is a used uniform sale in the spring.

Summer Reading

Summer reading assignments can be viewed on the school website under Parent Resources/Summer Reading .

 

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