1st Grade B

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Class 1-B

Room 15

E-mail: xgallego@stathanasiusacademy.org

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Please take a moment to look at the ELA + Math Parent Matrices for Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of New York below:

  • Laminating pouches 8.5 x 11
  • White card stock
  • Colored copy paper 
  • Magnets
  • Velcro
  • Large Ziploc bags (brand Ziploc)
  • HP 63 Black Ink Cartridge XL and/or color

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Posted on September 9, 2019


  • Gym on Monday! Please wear appropriate uniform  and footwear. 
  • Please return all books from book baggies. If students don’t bring back the books, they will not be able to book shop this week and won’t be allowed to take baggies home. 
  • Please send in Scholastic money by Wednesday, September 25th ($6.50 in an envelope with your child’s name and number). 
  • I am noticing some students are still having trouble writing their numbers correctly and letters. I will be sending home some extra practice with certain students. This packet will be optional and can be kept at home for extra practice. I will also be sending students home with some cutting homework to practice their fine motor skills with scissors before I start cutting activities in the class. These worksheets DO NOT need to be returned and are to be kept at home to practice cutting. 



  • Please bring in pictures, stickers, magazines etc. by Friday to decorate our Writer’s notebook.
  • I am sending some scholastic magazines if you want to order books for your child. Feel free to use the link in the Book Club section of the page.
  • Don’t forget the Monthly Mission Money of $1.
  • Scholastic Magazine Money  due $6.50. Please put it in an envelope with your child’s name and number (they should know their #’s), sealed!
  • Please don’t forget to cover the texts books if you haven’t done so already with CLEAR CONTACT PAPER.


  • Students have gym on Mondays. Please send them in appropriate uniform and sneakers.
  • Please wrap your child’s math text book in CLEAR contact paper if you have not already.
  • I will also be sending your child’s HOMEWORK notebook home on 9/16. Please staple the reading log to the back of the book. 
  • Scholastic Magazine Money  due $6.50. Please put it in an envelope with your child’s name and number (they should know their #’s), sealed!
  • If you’d like to place a book order for your child, the deadline is 9/18/19 (make sure to use our class code with the scholastic link provided)
  • VIRTUS training class on September 23 in the auditorium starting at 6:30 PM. If you would like to be a parent volunteer for trips, recess, etc. you must take this class and present the certificate to the office.


Gentle reminder that Meet the Teacher is on Thursday 9/12 at 7 PM in the auditorium. Hope to see you all there!


Students have art tomorrow. The following students have smocks: 

  1. Kazja 
  2. Natalie
  3. Lena
  4. Uriel

There are six smocks with NO name. Please make sure you bring in a smock to keep for Art class. 


Posted on September 5, 2019


Sight Words:

  1. DAD
  2. SAD
  3. NAP
  4. TAP
  5. SACK
  6.  BACK
  7.  MAN
  8.  CAT
  9. IT 
  10. TOO


  • Monday: Write words 5 times each in RED SPELLING book | In your HOMEWORK notebook, write an addition number sentence with a sum of 5 and 6. Draw a picture to go with your addition sentence.  Please add the reading log to the back of the HOMEWORK notebook. | Read the story of Genesis booklet with a parent/guardian. Bring it back to school tomorrow!!
  • Tuesday: Write a sentence for each word. | Sadlier page 14 #’s 1-7 | **Creation of the World test on Thursday. Students will have a review on Wednesday. Reread your Creation booklet with a parent/guardian to prepare for the test.
  • Wednesday: Write words in ABC order. | Sadlier page 18 #’s 1-8 & #10 | Please study for your Creation exam using the review booklet. | Math quiz tomorrow. Please study adding sums up to 10.
  • Thursday: Study for sight word quiz. | Adding 2 single-digit numbers handout. | Please bring in $6.50 scholastic money. | $1 Monthly Mission money | Please make corrections from Religion test on loose-leaf and STAPLE it to the test. Please sign test and return.
  • Friday: Do corrections for any misspelled words 5x in RED SPELLING BOOK. Read for 20 minutes each night and fill out reading log. Do book report handout (in H.W. folder)| Math- using CUBES strategy, complete ADDITION PROBLEMS TO 10 (work sheet 2)


Sight Words: 

  1. MAN
  2. RAN
  3. CAN
  4. CAT
  5. HAT
  6. MAT
  7. NOT 
  8. UP

Friday 9/13

  • Do corrections for any misspelled words 3x in RED SPELLING BOOK.
  • Math- Sadlier page 10
  • Please try to attend Mass on Sunday with your family.

Thursday 9/12

  • Please study for Spelling test on Friday!
  • Math- Sadlier page 6
  • ** Please wrap the Sadlier math textbooks in contact paper. Thank you!

Wednesday 9/11

  • Write your words in ABC order in your RED SPELLING BOOK.

Tuesday 9/10

  •  Write a sentence for each word in your RED SPELLING BOOK.
  • Draw a picture of your neighborhood. With help of a parent, list or label the things around your neighborhood. Do this on a blank piece of paper.

*We are still pre-assessing for Math so when this is complete, we will start the math curriculum. 

Monday 9/9

  • Write sight words 5 times each IN RED SPELLING NOTEBOOK.
  • If you haven’t yet, please send in a picture of your child, along with the emergency contact letter.


  1. Please remember to bring in a PHYSICAL copy of a photograph of your child (no emails). Make sure it is a picture that they are allowed to cut and can keep in their classroom all year long.
  2. I sent home their Literacy books and Religion text books. Please have the students wrap these in contact paper and return back tomorrow. 
  3.  A gentle reminder to return the Emergency Contact paper and the handout stating that you have read the handbook. 
  4. When sending students with their art supplies for art, make sure it is in its own separate gallon sized zip-lock bag. 

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at XGALLEGO@StAthanasiusAcademy.org. Thank you! 


First Week of School

Posted on September 3, 2019

Hello First Grade Families,

Please be advised that the first day of school (9/4/19) is HALF A DAY. Dismissal is at 12:30PM.

Thursday 9/5 + Friday 9/6 will be regular full days (DISMISSAL AT 3PM)



Reminder #1!


Please have students bring in a picture of themselves by Friday September 6th. Please make sure it is a picture that they can cut, and keep in the classroom for the whole school year. The area where they will be putting the picture in is 4 inches long and 2.5 inches wide. We are going to be making our door decor with these pictures in time for Parent Night on September 12th, 2019 at 7 PM. 

Reminder #2

Please return the Emergency Contact Form and the Parent/Student Handbook handout signed by Friday 9/6. Thank you! If you need the Handbook, it can be found online: https://stathanasiusacademy.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/final-2019-2020-student-parent-handbook.pdf

The last page is what is being returned to school.


Thank you!

Welcome to First Grade!

Posted on September 2, 2019
Dear First Grade Families,
Welcome! My name is Mrs. Champion and I am so thrilled to be your new first grade teacher! It is going to be a fun year full of lots of learning and new adventures. I cannot wait to show you what this year has in store for us. I want to know all about you, but first, I’m going to tell you a few things about me.

I was born and raised in Queens, New York and I am the second youngest of FIVE! I have two elder sisters, Natalia and Paula, an older brother, Willy, and a younger sister, Alondra. We come from a big family in Colombia, and although my parents were born in Colombia, they now live in New York. The good news about this is that I’m bilingual and speak fluent Spanish. I can assist with Spanish-speaking parents!

After High School, I went to Queens College and graduated with a double major in Anthropology and Media Studies. I had a change of heart once I graduated and decided to get my Master’s of Science in Childhood Education from Hunter College. I’ve taught Kindergarten, 1st grade and 4th grade.

We’re going to have a fun year where we would embark in exhilarating lessons and we will be learning at the same time! My ultimate goal this year is to challenge you and have you give me your best effort in order to overcome any academic endeavors. But no need to worry, I will be there every step of the way, guiding you. I also wish to infuse a passion for learning to the extent that you don’t even realize you’re learning!

I am so excited to be your teacher and for you to be a part of this AWESOME class, 1B. This is going to be an awesome year!




FAVORITE FOOD: Italian/Mexican

FAVORITE DRINK: Selzter + Dr. Pepper

FAVORITE SPORT: Baseball/Football


FAVORITE BOOK: Wicked by: Gregory Maguire

FAVORITE SONG: “Happy Together” by The Turtles

FAVORITE MOVIE: The Wizard of Oz/Roman Holiday



Please see the list below for school supplies:

  • 5  wide- ruled notebooks *NO SPIRAL*
  • 6 folders  *BLUE, RED, GREEN, YELLOW, ORANGE, and one of your choice (for homework)
  • 1 pencil box
  • 1 pack of pencils     
  • 1 pair of scissors
  • 1 box of crayons
  • 1 pack of markers
  • 2  glue sticks     *preferably Elmer’s disappearing purple glue stick
  • 1 pack of colored pencils
  • 2 erasers
  • 1 sharpener 
  • 2 packs of index cards  (3X5)
  • 1 ruler
  • 1 pack of dry erase markers
  • 2 boxes of tissue
  • 1 box of baby wipes
  • 1 pack of Lysol wipes
  •  1 roll of Bounty 
  • 1 bottle of hand sanitizer
  • clear contact paper to keep at home – all soft workbooks must be covered as distributed.

These are items that will be shared among the students and will be greatly appreciated, but not required:

  • 1 pack of construction paper
  • 1 pack of large Ziploc bags
  • 1 pack of copy paper  
  • 1 pack of HP 63 Black Ink Cartridge XL
I look forward to meeting you in September!
Best Regards,
Mrs. Champion 
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