Ms. Patterson – 1st grade 

Office Hours: Grade 1 Math & Science – Thursday 2:45PM – 3:15PM 

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October 2021

September flew by!  I have enjoyed getting to know all of the wonderful first graders so far and look forward to continue to get to know them.

Religion: This month, we will discuss St. Francis in preparation for the Feast of St. Francis on October 4th.  We will also discuss why God made us and who Jesus Christ is this month.  In this lessons, we will learn that God created everything and that God tells us how we should live.  We will also learn that Mary was chosen to be the mother of Jesus.  Finally, we will learn that the Church is the people of God, not just a building.

Reading: We will finish Unit 1: My Neighborhood this month.  We will also begin Unit 2: I Spy.  In this unit, we will explore informational texts, poetry, and drama.  We will also begin to discuss consonant blends, the /k/ sound spelt ck, the consonant digraphs “sh” and “th,” and inflected endings -s, and -ing.

Please continue to work on spelling words nightly.  Your child can practice spelling words at

Math:   We will begin Topic 2: Fluently Add and Subtract within 10.  In this topic, we will learn addition and subtraction strategies including using a number line and drawing a picture.  This month we will also start our weekly math fluency tests.

Science: This month we will start Chapter 3: Living Things and Their Environments.  In this chapter, we will discuss living and nonliving things.  We will learn what living things need to live as well as where they live.

I am available for extra help in math on Thursdays from 2:45-3:15. All students are invited to attend.  Please let me know if your child will be attending extra help.

If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me at

Ms. Patterson

Mrs. Christine Fager – 1st Grade


Office Hours: Gr. 1 Language & Social Studies, Monday 2:45PM-3:15PM

Hello First Grade Families,

I am so excited to begin the 2021-2022 school year at St. Stans! My name is Christine Fager and I will be teaching English Language Arts and Social Studies this year. I hope everyone enjoyed summer with their families and friends. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome both you and your children to first grade. We are going to have a wonderful year together!

We will kick off the school year by going over all our classroom rules and expectations so your child will have all of the tools to be successful this year. Our classroom is our community, and we will treat one another with kindness and respect. The Golden Rule as one as being a good citizen are a couple of the things we are going to learn about in Social Studies. Your child will learn about rules and laws in our school, at home and in our communities and why it is important to follow rules. We will learn about our country, now and then, different cultures and learn how to navigate a map and globe!

In Reading, we will cover phonological awareness, phonics and fluency standards ensuring your child be the best reader they can be. In Writing this year, we will explore different genres, brainstorm ideas, learn how to develop characters and even conflict, organize sequence of events (first, next, then, last) and even how to revise and edit. This year, you child will be an author writing their own stories!

Our first grade Saint is Saint Francis of Assisi. Saint Francis of Assisi was dedicated to caring for all God’s people, animals, and nature. Your child will learn to expand their circle of love in this way. We will learn who is God, who is Jesus Christ and all about the parts of a Mass and appropriate responses when attending Liturgies. Finally, we will learn about the seasons and feasts of the church year.

We will begin each morning with a prayer and a smile that will carry us throughout the day. I have so many fun ideas and things planned. Remember, you are an important part of your child’s learning process. Please know that I am always here for you if you have any questions. My email is or feel free to call the school (413) 592-5135. Together, we can make this a successful year.


Mrs. Fager