First Grade - Mrs. Portillo

First Grade - Mrs. Portillo

We are two weeks away from Christmas break, this means our schedule is going to be very full with lots of learning and holiday fun! I know that many families like to leave on vacation for the holidays but I would like to encourage you to try to limit the amount absences. They are learning so much every day I would hate for them to miss out and fall behind. With such a busy schedule I will send out updates and reminders for things that may not be posted on the website through group me and email.  Please as always please let me if you have any questions.


Virtue of the week: Determination 



Reading-  Each student is required to read at least 20 min a night and record it on their reading log ( the kids are working at filling a reading chart in class for every book read.)  I also ask that the kids return their reading logs daily filled out with their nighly reading. Reading practice is one of the best way to help your student be a successful reader. If you have an concerns or questions regarding the reading please let me know. High Frequency words: I will send an updated list monthly of the words we have covered so far this year. Please practice these words as much as possible, this will help with your childs fluency. practice, practice and more practice.

Math Homework- Students will only take math homework home when they are struggling with the lesson. If they show proficiency on their own, in class, they will not be assigned homework. If they show they are struggling, I would like them to spend no longer than 20 minutes on their homework. If they do not complete their homework in 20 minutes, that is okay. This shows me where their trouble area is. 

Spelling words-I sent home each students spelling words taped to the inside of their folders. You may notice it titled either orange group, blue group, and green group spelling. This is a way for me to have differentiated work based on each students abilities. Spelling test will still happen on Fridays and your student will be tested according to the list that I sent home on Monday. 

Please make sure to be sending the homework folders back every day so I can fill them with their daily work and their homework. I will also be checking reading logs and for homework daily in class. These folders also really help the students not have a wild mess of loose papers in their backpacks. 


Spelling Words: ( lists are also taped to the inside of their homework folders every Monday)

Orange Group- came, game, make, take

Blue Group- make, take, came, game, gate, late, chin, graph, some, today

Green Group- make, take, came, game, gate, late, chin, graph, some, today, page, space


High Frequency Words: read it, write it, and spell it. ( All students will be tested on the spelling of these words in their spelling test on Friday.)

1. away            My dog ran away, but it came back.

2. now              Can we play the game now.

3. some            I see some snakes in the grass.

4. today            I had fun at camp today.

5. way                Is this the way to school?

6. why               Why are the ducks quacking at me?



Reminder on dress code: shirts are always supposed to be tucked in. Socks, legging and tights need to be white, blue or red. 


Friday our brown paper bag filled with some suggested snacks is due by Friday this week. These will go to military men and women who will not be able to be home for Christmas.  


Jackets/ gloves/ hats: Winter is offically here please make sure you are sending your student to school with a warm jacket/gloves/hats. If they only have a thin sweater, they will not be able to stay outside if it is too cold. We ask that you please write their name inside their jacket so that our Lost and Found pile does not become a tower. We also ask that you check our Lost and Found pile at the entrance of the school to make sure your student has not lost anything. 


This week’s events:

Math homework will be assigned, as needed, to students who need a little extra practice. 

Reading and spelling homework should take no longer then 20 minutes combined. ( example: Spelling practice 5-10 minutes and reading for another 10-15 minutes)

Monday- Reading Homework and spelling practice

Tuesday-  Mass celebrating the feast day of Saint Nicholas (Please wear RED uniform tops) Reading Homework and spelling practice

Wednesday-Christmas Concert at Minico Highschool at 6:30 (Please have students wear Sunday best, no jeans please. Please be at Minico High school by 6:15) Reading Homework and spelling practice

Thursday- Mass celebrating the immaculate conception (Please be sure to wear red.)  Reading homework and spelling practice

Friday-  Spirit Day ( students can wear their spirit shirt and jeans) Spelling test and end of week reading quiz.  (no busses) Please read every night through the weekend.



Annual Christmas Program- December 7th at Minico High School at 6:30 p.m. Please have students to Minico by 6:15 p.m. and dressed in their Sunday best (No Jeans Please) We are excited to share what our students have been learning in music. 


Christmas movie and pajama day December 14th 


Classroom Christmas Party- December 16th


Christmas break December 19th-January 2nd school will resume January 3rd.


That’s all for this 15th week of school, one more week until Christmas break!  As always please let me know if you have any questions.

Teacher Contact

Charity Portillo
First Grade Teacher
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