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Welcome to First Grade!


I hope that this year opens up a new world for my students.


The emphasis is on language arts- with reading, phonics, writing, and spelling. Word recognition, phonemic awareness, and writing are important developing skills in first grade. We will continue to use Into Reading and Fountas and Pennell. We will also continue to use Fundations for phonemic awareness.


Our focus in math is on our basic skills: number recognition, addition, subtraction, beginning place value, and shape recognition. We continue to use Envision, which has been updated for the 2023-2024 school year. 


We will be using our online science and social studies program, TCI. Emphasis is on communities and our place in the world for social studies. Science involves basic biology (plants and animals), physics (light and sound) and astronomy (the planets). Yes, everything you ever needed to know, you probably learned in first grade and kindergarten!


I would also like to include some very basic financial literacy as part of our first grade curriculum. It never hurts to have a basic understanding of money.


I hope that my classroom will provide a safe, accepting place for my students to learn and have fun. Providing a clean environment with outside time when weather permits is optimal.



Please do not hesitate to contact me at school through email, Google Classroom, and Class Tag.


My school phone number is (973) 827-7570, extension 404


Included on my website are links to the information provided at Back to School Night:


  2023-2024 Specials Teachers and emails

Class roster 2023-24

Back to School 2023-2024

Allen Schedule 2023-2024


If we should move from in-person to remote, I have set up a Google Classroom where a daily schedule and assignments will be posted.


Our Google Classroom class code is yakjrs5 (all lower-case).


Please let me know as soon as possible if you are unable to print materials. I will provide printed materials.