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  Welcome first graders to our class web page. My name is Ms. Regina Bhagwandeen and I will be your child’s first-grade teacher this year. I am so excited that your child is going to be in my class. I am honored to be the first-grade teacher at St. Athanasius Catholic Academy.

Parents, THANK YOU for choosing St. Athanasius

 Catholic Academy. We appreciate you for placing a value on the importance of raising your children in the Catholic Faith.

  First grade is an exciting time as the children embark upon new adventures in the world of learning. I will strive each day to make learning fun and provide an enriching and nurturing classroom for your child.

    I strongly believe that you and I are a team working together to help your child develop emotionally and academically.  As parents, you are the most important person in your child’s life and you are also a teacher in your child’s life. Therefore, I kindly request your help in making this year as successful as it can be! I know if we work together and communicate your child will have a very successful year. 

  My aim is for my students to become “SUPER READERS ”, flourish, and do the best that they can while learning compassion and respect for all through my guidance. I look forward to an amazing new school year filled with learning and spiritual growth. 

 

 

 

Please contact me with any questions or concerns you may have during the school year  at :

                                                             rbhagwandeen@st.athanasiusacademy.org
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

                                                                                                                                                                     September 20, 2022 

Dear Parents of First Grade, 

 The children are slowly adjusting well in the classroom. A big change does take place from kindergarten to first grade. Learning is different but also taught with love. 

A  few events are beginning to take place in First Grade. One of them is a Reading Recording which begins on September 26. Each child is to read aloud with the guidance of the parents. Please only submit the reading recording. All other homework will be checked in the classroom. As a teacher, reading is very important, especially because it’s a different form of learning. It is also special quality time spent with a parent. Please do not post any images of other homework. If your child needs a book, please do not hesitate to ask me. Reading is part of the grade as the letter stated that I distributed during meet the parent night.

Here are 7 facts about why reading is important :

1. Reading Improves Brain Development

3. A Love Of Reading = A Love Of Learning 

3. Reading Has A Positive Effect On Child/Parent Bonding 

4. Reading Leads to Improved Communication Skills 

5. Reading Promotes Self-Confidence And Creativity

6. Early Reading Encourages Child Independence 

7. They’ll Literally Never Ask You If You’re There Yet On Long Trips

  • Your child’s  First Spelling Test is on September, 26. The words are:

  • 1. school

  • 2. could

  • 3. does

  • 4. not

  • 5. what 

  • The Children will be learning about Noah’s Ark.  I would like for the children to create their own Ark out of a paper plate. Allow them to choose the animals they would like to include in their Ark. Please put two of each animal. Example: 2 giraffes,2 snakes, etc. An image will be enclosed so you get to see an example of what I would like. Please do not copy the same plate. We love to see creativity. One favor I kindly request, no humongous Ark, please. I have 29 children and would love to proudly display all the Arks.

    This is due on Monday, October 3, 2022. Please put this date on the calendar so your will not child feel left out when he/she does not do a presentation on what they created.

Best Regards,

Ms. Regina 

 
 

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

 
 
September 6, 2022
 

Dear Parents,

Welcome back to a new school year. I’m looking forward to meeting each and every one of you alongside your children. 
Enclosed is the log-in information to Google classroom 

Sign in to Google Classroom and view all information on the stream. Please check it daily.

To join a Google class:

  1. Google Classroom Code:  27x7qip

Enclosed is the class code for Google Classroom:   27xqip

 

Important Dates:

Thursday, September 8, and Friday, September 9 are full days of school.  We start at 8 and end at 3. All students must bring lunch 
 
Thursday, September 15,  is Individual class photos, students are to dress up in their choice of school-appropriate attire.  
 
Important: Thursday, September 15 – parents Back to School Night- General school meeting in the auditorium at 6:30 pm, followed by meet the teacher information meeting. Grades k-5 will go to the student’s classroom and grades 6-8 will meet in the auditorium.  
 
Friday, September 16,  All class pictures- all students must be in full school uniform with proper school shoes and ties. 
  • 9/29/22 – First Spelling Test
  • 10/3/22 -Noah’s Ark Project is Due. 
 
If you need to reach me, please contact me at my school email: 
 
Thank You in advance.
 
Sincerely.
Ms. Regina 
 
 
 

Student’s Supplies: Please be sure to label all items with the student’s name. Please note that supplies can be brought in a little at a time during the first week of school. Thank You!!

  • 9 – composition notebooks (100 pages) Please label each with subject and name. (Math, Social Studies, Science, Reading/ELA,  Religion,  Spelling/Vocabulary,   Primary Writing/Journal,  Reading Log,  and Homework)
  • 2 – folders labeled, (Homework/Notices, and Classwork)
  • 2 – boxes of No. 2 pencils – at least 5 sharpened daily
  • pencil sharpener 
  • 1 – crayons (24 pack)
  • 1 – box of washable thin markers  and/or colored pencils
  • 1 – child-sized scissors
  • 2 glue sticks
  • 1 – 12-inch ruler (not metal)
  • 1 – soft pencil case (no hard plastic boxes or metal cases will be permitted).
  • 2 – Independent Chapter Reading Books
  • 1 – package of loose-leaf paper (wide ruled with margin)
  • 1 – pack colored highlighters
  • 1 – black sharpie
  • 1 – package of Expo dry erase markers, black and multi-color.
  • large stretch book covers for textbooks.
  • 1- pack of colored construction paper
  • 1 pack of lined index cards
  • 1 pack of sticky notes (large size)
  • Face mask, individual-sized hand sanitizer, pocket-size tissues, sanitizing wipes, and a water bottle with a lockable snap lid, (these personal items will be at the student’s own desk). 
  • Headphones/earbuds for the iPad will be needed – please place them in a zip lock bag with your child’s name for safekeeping.
    *Please label all items with the student’s name since no sharing will be permitted.  *
  • Classroom Supplies
    • 2- boxes of tissues
    • 1 hand sanitizer -large
    • 2 rolls of bounty paper towels
    • 1 – package of baby wipes
    • 2 large – Clorox/Lysol disinfectant wipes 
    • 1 Lysol disinfectant air spray
    • 2 box gallon size ziplock bags 
    • 1 pack of plastic utensils
    • 1 box sandwich size Ziploc bags 
    • 1 ream of white copy/printing paper
    • 1HP #64 printer cartridge 1black and/or 1 tri-color  (optional wish list :)
    • Home Supplies
      • 1  roll of clear contact paper to cover soft workbooks only, all workbooks must be covered. 
      • 1 box of envelopes (letter size white) 
      • 1 – package of loose-leaf paper (wide  ruled with margin)
      • index cards
      • 1 – ruler
      • Construction paper
      • Pencils, crayons, scissors, washable markers
      • Oak tag  
      • Please note that some of the above-listed cleaning supplies will be continuously used throughout the school year and may need to be replenished if requested. Thank you so much!
 

 

Attention parents, please click on the link below for the “Back to School Letter”, from our Principal, Mrs. Competello, for important information. 

English letter: Click the link below

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1g_GMww79qT-M4SJYVtP4MDihxEmVkcs12F4d5LpazPM/edit?usp=sharing

 

Spanish letter: Click the link below

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JfK1xfJrtx_qtbrvck-w9r4jUTYX_4_6I-yOixYktJo/edit?usp=sharing

  • Wednesday, September 7, is the first day of school.  This day will be a 12:30 P.M. dismissal.  All students must be in school between 7:50 A.M. and 8:00 A.M.  every day. We will meet in the schoolyard weather permitting. Please see the “Back to school letter”, posted above for details on arrival and dismissal procedures. 

  • Thursday, September 8, and Friday, September 9 – are full days,  3:00 P.M. dismissal – Please make sure to send your child into school with their lunch and snack for the day starting Thursday, 9/8.

Hold the dates: 

  • Important: Thursday, September 15 – Parents Back to School Night- General school meeting in the auditorium at 6:30 pm, followed by meet the teacher information meeting. Grades k-5 will go to the student’s classroom and grades 6-8 will meet in the auditorium.  I hope to see you there, academics, policies, and expectations will be discussed during this meeting.   

     

  • Thursday, September 15,  is Individual class photos, students are to dress up in their choice of school-appropriate attire. 

 

  • Friday, September 16,  All class pictures- all students must be in full school uniform with proper school shoes and ties. 

 

 

Sign in to Google Classroom and view all information on the stream. Please check it daily.

To join a Google class:

  1. Click on the following link: https://classroom.google.com/c/NTQ1NDM2MDM5OTk5?cjc=27x7qip
  2. Google Classroom Code:   27xqip

 

  • Accessing FACTS Management- Parent Log in/ Family Portal gives you, the busy parent, an opportunity to get more involved in your
    child’s academic progress and future success – all via the Internet!
    Parents Web from FACTS is a private and secure parents’ portal that will allow parents to view
    academic information specific to their children while protecting their children’s information from
    others. You may view your child’s grades, attendance, homework, and missing assignments, as
    well as other useful school information. You can also communicate with teachers and other
    school staff online whenever necessary. All you need is an Internet-capable computer.
    Here’s how to access our easy-to-use Parents Login/ Family Portal:
     In Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer go to http://www.factsmgt.com   and click
    Parent Login, then select FACTS Family Portal.
     Type the school’s District Code SACA-NY
     Click Create New Family Portal Account.
     Type your email address and click Create Account. An email will be sent which includes
    a link to create your Family Portal login. The link is active for 6 hours.
  • Select the Click to Create your Family Portal login link.
  • A web browser displays your Name and RenWeb Person ID.
  • Type a User NamePassword, and Confirm the password. 
  • Click Save User Name and/or Password.
    A message displays at the top of the browser, “User Name/Password successfully updated.”
  • You may now log in to Parent Login/FACTS Family Portal using your new Username and Password.
  • This website will be operational come the first day of school.  The teachers are still going through training and also becoming familiar with this new system, so I kindly request your patience.  Certain parts of the website will open slowly throughout the month, once FACTS finishes things on their end
Yours Truly,
Ms. Regina  
 

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