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Reading Street Unit 1.4 Week 3 A Trip to Washington, D.C.  (genre: expository text) Skills –  facts and details, important ideas Phonics - vowel digraphs oa, ow, three-letter consonant blends

Writing: writing trait: focus/ideas, writing a descriptive poem, compare/contrast, adjectives for size

Spelling Test on twelve spelling words at right -  Monday 4/10

Math - Topic 13 Telling Time TEST on  Friday


Our Library book checkout day has been changed to Wednesday. School library books now need to be returned by Wednesday morning.



Board of Ed Meeting - April 12 at 7pm


Scholastic Book Fair April 23-27

Library Book Checkout - Wednesday

Practicing the words on the Fry lists sent home will help increase your student's known sight words. Working on addition and subtraction facts through 20 will increase fluency.

April showers bring May flowers...let's hope that most of it is just rain!


HELP WANTED Please review


Sight Word List


found      mouth


once       took




Amazing Words


nation      symbol


tourist      abandon


splinter     sunken


harbor      statue




boat      road


snow     row


yellow    loaf


coat       soap


blow      pillow


High frequency words to know


once     wild


TEST 4/10


Spelling tests will be given on the fifth day of our Reading Street week.  Please practice the weekly SPELLING words above with your child.



Thank you again to the parents that made the time to attend their scheduled conference. It was a pleasure to speak with you about your child's progress. If you had to miss your time, please let me know if you would like to arrange a meeting before or after school. Please remember to return the report card envelope to school if you took it home.


Thank you for the donations of tissues! Spring allergies are upon us. We also appreciate any donations of hand sanitizer for lunchtime.





Dear Parents/Guardians, 

            At the beginning of this school year, I would like to introduce myself and make you aware of some of our classroom policies. Our first grade class consists of 19 students and we look forward to a most successful school year.  

            My name is Nancy Sasso Janis and I will ask the children to call me Mrs. Janis. I was co-valedictorian of the 1981 graduating class of Sacred Heart University in Fairfield where I received my BA in Spanish and Elementary Education Certification. I student taught in a first grade in a public school in Stratford and then taught first grade for two years and six months at St. Gabriel School in Milford. During the 1986-1987 school year I taught full-day kindergarten at St.Vincent Ferrer Primary School in Naugatuck. The next year I began my career in the Naugatuck system at Prospect Street School where I taught morning kindergarten and remedial students. The next year I taught morning kindergarten and Chapter I remedial reading at Salem School and I received my MAT from Sacred Heart. I taught first grade at Maple Hill School since it opened in 1989 and I moved to Andrew Avenue three years ago. 

            As to classroom procedures, I will allow the children to have a snack during the afternoon. I recommend snacks such as fresh fruit, crackers, cheese, fresh vegetables, and popcorn. Snacks to avoid include candy, cake, and cookies. Please send in a small dishtowel or cloth placemat that your child can use to cover his/her table top. 

            A birthday is an important event for first graders and it will be treated as such in our class. If you would like to send in a special treat for each child, please let me know on which day they would like to celebrate. All foods must be checked by the school nurse for any possible allergens and no home-baked goods are allowed.  

            Please dress your child simply so that they can be comfortable in school and handle their clothing as independently as possible. Outerwear and lunchboxes should be plainly and permanently marked with your child’s name.  I also recommend that students have a backpack in which to carry papers back and forth to school. They usually insure safe arrival and can easily hold our homework folder that must be returned to school daily.  

            When your child returns to school after being absent, please send in a note explaining the reason for the absence, even if you telephoned the school on the day of the absence. Also, please send in a note when your child loses a tooth—we have a graph on which to record such milestones. Please put any money sent to school in a sealed envelope marked with your child’s name and the purpose of the money. 

            A few basic rules are posted in the classroom and I have explained them to the children. These classroom rules are: 

1.      Follow directions.

2.      Never hurt anyone or anything.

3.      Raise your hand.

4.      Walk, don’t run.

5.      Use an “inside voice.”


            Please review daily behavior on the "Weekly Scholar Sheet." Praise good behavior days and discuss areas in need of improvement. Your assistance with behavioral expectations is critical for maintaining a positive learning environment for your child. My goal is to reward good behaviors in hopes of diffusing inappropriate behaviors and I appreciate your support. 

            Please look for our weekly newsletter every Monday.  It will keep you abreast of what we are studying in class, events happening at school, and other important information. This same information and much more will also be found on our classroom web site. You will be able to access my site by going to the site at Click on Staff Listing under News & Events and then click on my name under Teaching Staff. 

            Thank you so much for your help. I look forward to meeting you. If you ever have a question about your child’s progress or anything else, please contact me via e-mail at school at 



Our specials schedule is:

Art - Mondays

Gym - Tuesdays

Library - Wednesdays

Gym and Computers - Thursdays

Music - Fridays 


Board of Education Dress Code Policy for students in grades K-6 prohibits the following: shorts or skirts above mid-thigh, tank tops with spaghetti straps, halter or strapless tops, low cut or midriff tops, flip flops and sunglasses (unless prescribed by a doctor)


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