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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 have a new reading series, Into Reading and a new guided reading program. 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. 


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:


 2022-23 Specials Teachers and emails

Allen updated Schedule 2022-2023.pdf

Class Roster 2022-23

Back to School 2022-23


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 qya5z2a(all lower-case).


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