Homework Grade 1-B 

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Necessary Stationery for parents to purchase at the store of their choice!

2021 -2022

Grade:         Teachers Names:      Miss Denise Britt and Miss Maura Gifford


Quantity Item Description
1 Pack of crayons (no larger than a 24 pack)
Many #2 Pencils (no mechanical pencils, please)
2 Erasers
1 Zippered pencil case
1 t-shirt or smock for messy art activities
1 Activity book or coloring book for rainy day recess
1 or 2 Picture/story books
Clear contact paper (enough to cover about 8 workbooks)
1 Pack of markers (fat or skinny)
1 Elmer’s White School Glue
2 or 3 Elmer’s Glue Stick  -2 Large or 3  Small
3  Pocket Folders (pockets should be on the bottom, not the sides)
1 Child Safety Scissors
1 Child’s headphones with auxiliary plug
***An art box will be provided in school.  Thank you.



*In addition to your child’s written homework, please read to your child and/or have your child read to you for at least 20 minutes each night.

**Please remind your child to empty his/her completed and corrected papers from the H folder each night.  Any “fix-its” should be sent back to school completed and corrected.  If “fix” is not written on the page, please just review at home.  Thank you.

***Parents, in order to get on to the Go Math and Journeys websites (our math and reading series), please go to www-k6.thinkcentral.com.  Our district is: Arch of Phil Ed Office, Philadelphia.  Our school is:  St. Helena School-blue Bell.  The following children’s user names are their first and last names together: James, Luke Erwin, Sienna, Jordan, Michael, Cole and Maeve. Alexxa, your user name is advargas.  The rest of the children’s user names are the first initial of their first name and complete last name together.  Everyone’s password is 12345.

**** Parents, if you would like to sign in to our Scholastic Weekly Readers we receive, please go ton. Please sign in as a student.  The password is WVV2WVZ. Enjoy! Thank you.


Scholastic Book Order Directions-

Shop Online: scholastic.com/readingclub
One-Time Class Activation Code: MGGKF

Dear Families,
You can shop and submit your order online ONLY .   Please do not send checks to me.  Every purchase you make earns FREE Books and educational supplies for our classroom.
The arrival of the book box is always a highlight. Thanks for making it happen!
Happy reading,

If This Is Your First Time Ordering Online:
– VISIT scholastic.com/readingclub
– ENTER the one-time Class Activation Code (top of this letter)
– SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books, value packs, and Story eBooks
– SUBMIT your order and earn FREE Books for our classroom
– All book orders will be shipped to our classroom so we can celebrate the joy of reading together!

Thank you.

Denise Britt


*Please submit your book order online by .

Thank you.






Special Schedule

Monday- Computer/Library

Wednesday- Music

Thursday- Gym


Summer Reading List

Grade 1

Miss Denise Britt and Miss Maura Gifford


Please read at least 4 of the following books:


*The children are not expected to read these books independently.  Parents, you may read the books to your child.


  1. Bedtime for Frances – Russell Hoban
  2. The Alphabet Tree – Leo Lionni
  3. My Many Colored Days– Dr. Seuss
  4. A Bad Case of Stripes – David Shannon
  5. The Kissing Hand – Audrey Penn
  6. Swimmy – Leo Lionni
  7. The Stray Dog – Marc Simont
  8. Henry in Love – Peter McCarty
  9. The Dot – Peter H. Reynolds

10.If Kids Ran the World – Leo and Diane Dillon



Reading Vocabulary Words

Unit 1- Around the Neighborhood

Friendship                                                                           Neighborhoods

all                                                                                            and

does                                                                                       be

here                                                                                       you

me                                                                                          help

my                                                                                          play

who                                                                                        with

Weather                                                                               At the Zoo

for                                                                                          friend

have                                                                                       full

he                                                                                           good

look                                                                                        hold

too                                                                                          many

what                                                                                      pull









Unit 2 – Sharing Time

Traditional Stories                                                                        Writing

away                                                                                      after

call                                                                                          draw

come                                                                                      pictures

every                                                                                     read

hear                                                                                       was

said                                                                                        write

Animal Communications                                                            Feelings       

animal                                                                                   eat

how                                                                                        give

make                                                                                      one

of                                                                                            put

some                                                                                      small

why                                                                                        take









Unit 3 – Nature Near and Far

Marine Habitats                                                                goes

blue                                                                                        green

cold                                                                                        grow

far                                                                                           new

little                                                                                        open

live                                                                                          yellow

their                                                                                       Citizenship

water                                                                                     four

where                                                                                    five

Jungle Animals                                                                   into

been                                                                                       over

brown                                                                                   starts

know                                                                                     three

never                                                                                     two

off                                                                                           watch

out                                                                                          Animals

own                                                                                        bird                            or

very                                                                                        both                           those

Seasons                                                                                eyes                           walk

down                                                                                     fly

fall                                                                                          long


Unit 4- Exploring Together

Astronauts                                                                          ground

around                                                                                  right

because                                                                                sometimes

before                                                                                   these

bring                                                                                      under

carry                                                                                      your

light                                                                                        History

show                                                                                      done

think                                                                                      great

Ways to Travel                                                                   laugh

about                                                                                     paper

by                                                                                           soon

car                                                                                          talk

could                                                                                      were

don’t                                                                                      work

maybe                                                                                   Feelings

sure                                                                                        door                           use

there                                                                                      more                          want

Agriculture                                                                          mother                      wash

first                                                                                        old

food                                                                                       try


Unit 5 – Watch Us Grow

Gardens                                                                    began

few                                                                             boy

night                                                                          father

loudly                                                                                    house

window                                                                     nothing

noise                                                                          together

story                                                                          Life Cycle

shall                                                                           ready

world                                                                         country

Animals                                                                    soil

baby                                                                           kinds

begins                                                                        earth

eight                                                                           almost

follow                                                                                    covers

learning                                                                     warms

until                                                                            Learning about Our Country

years                                                                          buy                 please

young                                                                                    city                 school

Pets                                                                           family                        seven

again                                                                          myself

along                                                                          party


Unit 6 – Three Cheers for Us!

Visual Arts                                                               cried

above                                                                                    head

bear                                                                           heard

even                                                                           large

pushed                                                                      second

studied                                                                      should

surprised                                                                  Insects

teacher                                                                      caught

toward                                                                      took

Trying Hard                                                             listen

always                                                                       thought

different                                                                   minute

enough                                                                      beautiful

happy                                                                                    idea

high                                                                            friendship

near                                                                           Teamwork

once                                                                           brothers                   only

stories                                                                       everyone                  people

Weather                                                                   field                            sorry

across                                                                                    loved

ball                                                                             most


Sadlier We Believe – Grade 1

Grade 1- Religion Facts


Chapter 1- God is Our Father

  1. Creation is everything God made.
  2. The Bible is the book of God’s Word.
  3. God created all people to know and love Him.
  4. God did not create everyone to be exactly alike.
  5. God promises to love us always.
  6. Saint Francis of Assisi took care of God’s creation, especially the animals.

Chapter 2- We Believe in the Blessed Trinity

  1. The Blessed Trinity is One God in Three Persons.
  2. The Sign of the Cross is a prayer to the blessed Trinity.
  3. Prayer is listening and talking to God.
  4. We pray to God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit when we pray the Sign of the Cross.

11.There is only one God.

  1. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Chapter 3- Jesus Grew up in a Family

  1. We call Jesus, Mary, and Joseph the Holy Family.
  2. Jesus was born in Bethlehem.
  3. When Jesus was growing up, the Holy Family lived in Nazareth.
  4. We celebrate the birth of Jesus on Christmas.
  5. Mary always did what God asked her to do.
  6. Mary is the mother of God’s only Son, Jesus.

Chapter 4- Jesus Works Among the People

  1. Jesus’ cousin is John the Baptist.
  2. John was getting the people ready to welcome Jesus into their lives.
  3. Zacchaeus was a man who lived in Jericho and climbed a tree to see and listen to Jesus.
  4. Jesus told Zacchaeus about God’s love when he came to his house.
  5. When we believe in someone’s love for us, we trust them.
  6. Jesus taught everyone about God’s love.

Chapter 5- Jesus Teaches Us about Love

  1. Commandments are laws or rules given to us by God to help us live as God wants us to.
  2. The Great Commandment is: “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
  3. Jesus taught us that all people are our neighbors.
  4. The Good Samaritan helped someone who was hurt.
  5. We show God our love when we love ourselves.

Chapter 8- Jesus Had Many Followers

  1. Jesus invited people to be His followers.
  2. The Apostles were the twelve men Jesus chose to lead his followers.
  3. Jesus taught His followers the Lord’s Prayer.
  4. We also call the Lord’s Prayer the Our Father.
  5. Lord is another name for God and Jesus.
  6. Jesus often prayed to God the Father.

Chapter 9- Jesus Died and Rose to New Life

  1. Jesus is our Good Shepherd.
  2. Hosanna is a word of praise we pray at Mass. It is the word people used to praise Jesus as he entered Jerusalem.
  3. Jesus taught in the Temple in Jerusalem.
  4. The Temple was the holy place in Jerusalem where the Jewish people prayed.
  5. Jesus died so all people could live in God’s love.
  6. Easer Sunday is the special day we celebrate Jesus Christ rose to new life. We pray Alleluia, another word of praise.

Chapter 10- Jesus Sends the Holy Spirit

  1. We celebrate Pentecost fifty days after Easter Sunday.
  2. Pentecost is the day the Holy Spirit came to Jesus’ followers.
  3. Glory to the Father is a prayer to the Blessed Trinity.
  4. Jesus returned to God the Father.
  5. The Holy Spirit helps Jesus’ followers to teach about Jesus.
  6. A picture of a flame or a dove reminds of the Holy Spirit.

Chapter 11- The Holy Spirit Helps the Church to Grow

  1. The Church began on Pentecost. It is the birthday of the Church.
  2. The Church is all the people who believe in Jesus and follow His teachings.
  3. On June 29, the Church honors Saint Peter and Saint Paul. We remember that Peter and Paul helped the Church to grow.
  4. The Church is all the people who believe in Jesus and follow His teachings.
  5. The Holy Spirit helps us to live as Jesus taught us.

Chapter 12- The Church Serves

  1. The name Peter means Rock.
  2. The apostles were the first leaders of the church.
  3. Saint Peter was our first Pope- the leader of the whole Church.
  4. Bishops take the place of the apostles today.
  5. Bishops lead and take care of the people in their diocese.
  6. The Pope is the Bishop of Rome in Italy. He takes care of the whole Church all over the world.
  7. The Pope lives in the Vatican in Rome, Italy. The Vatican is called Saint Peter’s.

Chapter 15- We Belong to a Parish

  1. A parish is a group of Catholics who join together to share God’s love.
  2. Our parish joins together to celebrate God’s love and to worship Him.
  3. The leader of our parish is called the pastor.
  4. Our parish is like a family.
  5. Worship means to give God thanks and praise.
  6. Other leaders in the parish work with the pastor, too.

Chapter 16- We Celebrate the Sacraments

  1. Jesus gave us seven special signs of God’s life and love called sacraments.
  2. A sacrament is a special sign given to us by Jesus.
  3. The seven sacraments are Baptism, Reconciliation, Eucharist, Confirmation, Matrimony, Holy Orders and Anointing of the Sick.

We use the gifts of God’s creation during the celebration of the sacraments.:

  1. We use water and oil to bless us.
  2. Light reminds us that Jesus is with us.
  3. Bread made from wheat and wine made from grapes are used.

Chapter 17- The Church Welcomes New Members

  1. Baptism is the sacrament in which we become children of God and members of the Church. It is the first sacrament we receive.
  2. Some people are baptized when they are babies. Others are baptized later. Older children or adults are usually baptized at a celebration on the night before Easter Sunday.
  3. Water is a sign of life God gives us. It is an important sign of Baptism. Water is poured on us or we are placed in water.
  4. At Baptism God gives us a share in His life called grace.
  5. Grace helps us grow as followers of Jesus.
  6. The priest baptizes us in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
  7. We wear white at Baptism to remind us to live as a follower of Jesus.
  8. A candle is used at Baptism to remind us to always walk in the light of Christ.

Chapter 18- We Are Followers of Jesus

  1. Jesus is the Light of the World.
  2. When we were baptized, we received the light of Christ. We became followers of Jesus.
  3. Jesus wants us to be peacemakers. A peacemaker is someone who works for peace. We say and do kind things for others.
  4. God made us so that we can make choices. We can choose to make loving choices or choose to do wrong.
  5. Pope Pius X was a peacemaker. When he found out countries were going to be in a war, he met with the leaders of these countries to try and stop them from fighting. He wanted all countries to get along.

Chapter 19- We Celebrate God’s Forgiveness

  1. God is like the forgiving father in the story of the Prodigal Son.
  2. God always forgives us if we are truly sorry.
  3. Jesus wants us to follow God’s laws.
  4. In the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation we receive God’s forgiveness and peace.
  5. It is important to forgive others.
  6. We usually celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation in our parish church.

Chapter 22- Jesus Gives Us the Eucharist

  1. We call the last meal Jesus shared with His Apostles in Jerusalem the Last Supper.
  2. Jesus gave His Apostles the gift of Himself at the Last Supper. The bread and wine became the Body and Blood of Jesus.
  3. The Eucharist is the sacrament of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. The bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.
  4. The word Eucharist means to give thanks. We thank God for His many gifts.
  5. The Mass is another name for the celebration of the Eucharist. The Mass is the Church’s greatest celebration.
  6. Every Saturday night or Sunday we gather as a parish to celebrate Mass. The priest leads us in the celebration of the Mass.

Chapter 23- We Celebrate the Mass

  1. The most important time our parish comes together is for Sunday Mass.
  2. The Bible is the book of God’s Word.
  3. At Sunday Mass we listen to three readings from the Bible.
  4. We stand for the Gospel reading read by the deacon or priest.
  5. The Gospel is the Good News about Jesus and His teachings.
  6. The altar is the table of the Lord.
  7. Amen means Yes, I believe.
  8. We get ready to receive Jesus in Holy Communion by praying the Our Father.

Chapter 24- We Share God’s Love

  1. Jesus showed us how to love and serve God and others. We do this when we share God’s love with our families and friends.
  2. Prayer is listening and talking to God.
  3. Singing is praying twice.
  4. We grow closer to God when we pray.
  5. We can use our own words to pray.
  6. Jesus wants us to pray often.

Chapter 25- We Honor Mary and the Saints

  1. Mary is the most important Saint. She is the Mother of the Church.
  2. We honor Mary in different ways to celebrate her feast days.
  3. The special prayer to honor Mary is the Hail Mary.
  4. Saints are followers of Jesus who have died and now live forever with God.
  5. Saint Anne was the mother of Mary.
  6. Saint Katherine Drexel began schools for Native American and African American children.
  7. Saint Francis Xavier taught the people of India to know God.
  8. Saint Teresa of Avila wrote books and letters to help people love Jesus.
  9. We honor all Saints on the Feast of All Saints- November 1.

Chapter 26- We Care for the Gifts of God’s Creation

  1. When God created people, He told them to watch over the animals.
  2. God created each one of us. No two people in the world are exactly alike.
  3. We can show God our thanks for the gift of life by taking care of ourselves.
  4. The world is God’s gift to all people.
  5. Jesus told us to treat others the way we want to be treated.
  6. All of us are important to God so we should respect all people.


First Grade Opening Newsletter                                                                                                                                            September 2, 2020

Dear Parents,


Welcome back to school!  I hope your summer was very enjoyable.  I am looking forward to working with your child this year.  I hope to make this school year a very challenging and exciting one. I am looking forward to welcoming the children back to school after the extended stay at home.

To help make this school year a successful one, I list below some opening day instructions.  Please keep this newsletter throughout the year for reference.

* Wednesday, September 9 – First Day of School – 3:00 Dismissal

**Thursday, September 10- No School for Children in Grades 1-4

***Friday, September 11- 3:00 Dismissal


School Supplies

Please bring your school bag, pencil case with 4 sharpened pencils, eraser, 3 labeled (please write your child’s first and last name and letters H,T, or S) pocket folders, markers, safety scissors, crayons, Elmer’s glue, glue sticks, water bottle, 2 masks, in case one breaks or gets dirty, and a beach towel on Wednesday, September 9.  The rest of the supplies may be brought in on Friday, September 11.  We need each child to have their supplies on the first day of school since we will not be able to share supplies.  Please be sure to put your child’s name on all of the materials.  Thank you.


– 1 zippered pencil case containing extra already sharpened pencils- *Please do not send in mechanical pencils. **Please do not send in pencil boxes.  Please make sure your child’s name is on the pencil case.

– Magic Markers – Please write your child’s name on the markers.

– 3 bottom pocket folders- Please write your child’s name on the folders and clearly label them. One folder is H, the other T, and finally, S.

– 1 pair of child safety scissors- Please write your child’s name on the scissors.

– 1 box of crayons – Please, no more than a 24- pack.  Please write your child’s name on the box.

– Elmer’s Glue Bottle- Please write your child’s name on the bottle.

– 2 large or 3 small Elmer’s Glue Sticks – Please write your child’s name on the

glue sticks.                                                                                                                                                            –Water Bottle- Water fountains will not be used at this time. I have found it is a good idea to place the water bottle in a Ziploc bag or some other plastic bag to protect the books if you are putting the water bottle in your child’s school bag.  The best of water bottles have leaked. Please label the bottles with your child’s name.

*-Beach Towel- to be used at lunch

– 3 Masks- 1 to be worn, 2 backups kept in child’s schoolbag. It is best to store the masks in a brown paper bag. Please label the masks with your child’s name. The children are required to wear a mask while in the building.


– Extra sharpened pencils- We won’t have use of the classroom pencil sharpener at this time.

– 1 old T-shirt for messy art activities- Please write your child’s name on the shirt.

– 2 Individual tissue packs -We shall not have a classroom tissue box at this time.

– 1 Activity book- for use during rainy day recesses. Please write your child’s name on the book.

– 1 or 2 picture books – Your child should always have an extra book in his/her

desk everyday.  There will be a silent reading period during the school

day. Please write your child’s name on their personal books.  Please send

in new books frequently to replace books the children have finished.

We shall not use the classroom library at this time.

-Roll of Paper Towels.  We will need paper towels to clean the children’s desks

and chairs each day. The desks will be cleaned often throughout the day.

-1 Package of Brown Paper Bags – for the children to store their masks.

*Thank you to the Home and School Board for providing break-away lanyards for every student to wear so they don’t lose their masks.

-Clear Contact Paper- Please do not send these rolls to school.  You need the contact paper to cover your child’s workbooks.  Thank you so much.

Thank you!


Fee for School Supplies Already Provided


Please send $20.50 in an envelope marked “School Supplies” with your child’s name on it by Monday, September 21.  This will cover the cost of 5 copybooks, an art box, subscription to scholastic news, subscription to Science Spin, and a Scholastic Election Skill Book which have been provided for your child’s use.   In addition, please send in $20.00 in a separate envelope marked “Art Fee”.  All checks should be made out to Saint Helena School.  Please be sure the envelopes sent in with your child have my name on them also, so they are not mistakenly sent to the office.  I record your name when the money has been sent to school.  Thank you.


-$1.00 – art box already purchased for your child’s use in the classroom

-$9.25 – 5 copybooks at $1.85 each (2 of these books will be saved for the second     half of the year)

-$10.25- subscription to Scholastic News (a weekly current events newsletter) and

Subscription to Science Spin. This year we shall also get a Scholastic Election Skill Book.

-$20.00 – Art Fee



Please have your child wear a nametag for the first 2 weeks of school stating his/her way of transportation home.  If your child takes a bus home, please remember to include the district (ex. Wissahickon) and the bus number.  There are many buses for each district.



Books will be sent home to be covered the next few nights and week.  Please cover all workbooks with clear contact.  Please label each workbook on the front cover with your child’s first and last name.  Please note- there are two Reading Workbooks which look identical (Volume 1 and Volume 2).  Copybooks do not need to be covered, although they do seem to last longer when covered. The books are easily recognizable and well protected in this manner.  As we receive additional workbooks for the children, they will be sent home to be covered as well.


Backpacks and Lunch Boxes

The closet will not be used at this time. Your child’s backpack and lunchbox will be kept at his/her desk.  Please do not allow your child to bring any kinds of toys to school.  Please monitor your child’s backpack for items which could be a distraction in class.



All children must be dismissed in line.  Please do not come into the building at dismissal time. Please be sure to read the Task Force’s guidelines for dismissal.  When families are involved, the children will follow the youngest child’s instructions.  All Kindergarten children and their siblings will be dismissed from the back parking lot when traveling by car.

Children will not be permitted to take alternate forms of transportation than what you have stated on the bottom portion of this letter, unless I receive a note stating a change in transportation.  If you forget a note, please call the office and I will get the message.

If your child is visiting someone else after school, I would like a note from both children’s parents.  Please include the transportation to be used.  This is for your child’s protection.  Please note- a child may not ride on any other district’s bus than the one in which he/she lives.  (ex.  If your child lives in the Methacton School District, he/she may not ride on a Wissahickon bus.  These are the districts’ rules.)




Virtual Learning

I am so happy to still have the opportunity to teach some children even though they cannot be with us in person.  They will still be an important part of our class.

Please make sure your child has a quiet place, free from distractions, for their virtual school day.  Our goal is to Live Stream whenever we are giving direct instruction for ELA, Math, and Religion.  Sessions will range in time from 10 minutes to 40 minutes.  During each session, the goal is to give your child a chance to participate answering questions, and asking questions when needed.

A virtual schedule is still being created at this time.  Teaching/learning in a blended learning environment is complex and will have its challenges.  Please be patient as we work together on any timing and technical issues we may encounter.


Zoom Expectations/Rules

  1. Your child must be sitting at a desk or table.  They may not be lounging in bed, on a couch, in a car, etc.
  2. Your child should not have any distractions around them- no animals toys, electronics, etc.
  3. Your child needs to use the bathroom, eat, and drink BEFORE each session.
  4. Your child must have all materials ready BEFORE entering the session- the correct books, sharpened pencils, etc.
  5. When your child enters the Zoom session, he/she has to enter as his/her own name or a family name.  For the safety of your child, I will not allow anyone in the Zoom unless it is a first grade name.
  6. While I am teaching, your child’s microphone needs to be muted.
  7. They may NOT unmute themselves until they are instructed to do so.
  8. They may not type in the chat.
  9. If they have a question, they can raise their hand.

Thank you for your cooperation with all of this.




The T-Folder is what I use to send home classroom information, notes, tests, etc.  Please make sure the T-Folders are returned to me, along with all tests and quizzes signed by you, by the next day.


H- Folder

The H- Folder will be sent home every night.  Worksheets completed during each day will also be contained in the H- Folder.  The completed pages may be kept at home.  Homework should be returned by the next day.



Homework Procedures

Homework for the week will be posted on our class’ page on the SHS website.  Any loose homework sheets your child needs to complete will be placed in the H folder by your child.  All homework must be completed every night.  Your child’s homework will provide reinforcement of daily work and will nurture a sense of responsibility in your child.  Please sign your child’s homework every night.  Your signature on all homework is an indication to me it has been supervised and done neatly and completely.  If you observe your child having a problem with his/her homework, please inform me with a note.  Your child is responsible for turning in their homework each day.

Homework should take about 30 minutes to complete each night.


Math Facts

Please review the assigned work each night.  I strongly suggest you purchase or make flash cards review with your child.  Mastery of these math facts is very important.



A note must be brought in the day of your child’s return stating the date of absence and the reason for absence.  This letter is in addition to calling the school on the day your child is absent.

If you foresee your child being absent for a long period of time, please contact me well in advance.

Missed work will be sent home, on the day your child returns, to be completed with you at home.



Your child’s Gym day is on Thursdays.



I will give you a call or write you a note to inform you if I find your child is having difficulty or if their work is not being completed.

Please let me know if your child is going through something unusual at home so I am aware and may act accordingly.


Scholastic Books

Scholastic Book orders are placed online only.  Please do not send in a check.  A certain deadline date will be given for each order.  Directions to place an order are written for you at the end of the homework site.



Lunch will be a new experience for some children.  A note in their lunch box can make this easier for some children.  Please remember, our school is COMPLETELY NUT FREE at this time.

Please be sure your child is able to open anything you pack for lunch independently.  Capris Suns, gogurts, lunchables, some fruit snacks, and some plastic containers for food can be difficult for children to open by themselves.  Of course, if your child is able to open up these food packages, feel free to send them with your child for lunch. At this time, they need to be able to open up their own lunches and snacks.

Children should have a beach towel to sit on at lunch time.  Please remember to put your child’s name on the towel.  Sitting on the beach towel will remind the children to remain socially distanced while they eat.  We will be eating outside whenever we are able.  Beach towels will be sent home each week to be washed.



Children are welcome to bring in their own nutritious snack each day.  Please remember all snacks must be completely NUT FREE. The water fountains are not being used at this time. Soft pretzels will not be sold at this time.



Birthdays are always welcome.  At this time, I will announce on the Homework Site when a child will be celebrating his/her birthday.  I will assume the celebration is on the exact day, unless you tell me otherwise.  If your child’s birthday is on a Saturday or a Sunday or on a day off from school, please let me know what day you would like your child to celebrate. The birthday child will bring in his/her own special treat that day.  The other children in the class are welcome to bring in a special treat from home to eat on the day of the celebration.  Birthday children will not bring in treats for the whole class at this time.  We shall all sing “Happy Birthday” to the birthday child and enjoy our own special treat from home.


School Website

Please check our school website for calendar changes and events happening at SHS.  Please check our class page for homework and other helpful reminders.


Show and Tell

Please do not allow your child to bring any kinds of toys to school.  There will not be a show and tell period in first grade.



Please place your child’s name on everything, especially all of the gym clothing and school sweaters.



My email is dbritt@sainthelenaschool.org.

My grade partner is Miss Maura Gifford.  If you ever need to reach Miss Gifford, her email is mgifford@sainthelenaschool.org.

Please keep this newsletter for future reference.


Thank you so much for taking the time to read this.  This year will be a little different, but we can all make it a great year together!




Denise Britt


Grade 1-B Homeroom List

Alexxa Dominguez

Luke Delaney                                        Sienna Fay

Luke Erwin                                            Hadley Hanks

Ashton Esbensen                                  Senna Krause

Noell Garvey                                         Maeve Moser

Jordan Kashub                                      Grace Sherrick

Michael Lagreca                                    Natalie Young

Jaxon McMaster

Cole Moore

Derek Sanders

Ryder Waldowski







Scholastic Book Order Directions


Shop Online: scholastic.com/readingclub
One-Time Class Activation Code: MGGKF
Dear Families,

You can shop and submit your order online ONLY .   Every purchase you make earns FREE Books and educational supplies for our classroom.

The arrival of the book box is always a highlight-thanks for making it happen!

Happy reading,

If This Is Your First Time Ordering Online:
– VISIT scholastic.com/readingclub
– ENTER the one-time Class Activation Code (top of this letter)
– SHOP from a carefully curated selection of the best books, value packs, and Storia eBooks
– SUBMIT your order and earn FREE Books for our classroom
– All book orders will be shipped to our classroom so we can celebrate the joy of reading together!


Thank you.