Welcome to 1st Grade!  
    first grade
    1st Grade
    Teacher:Mrs.  McCarthy
    email: cbmccarthy@wsfcs.k12.nc.us 
                                              Instructional Assistant:
    Ms. Brown

    Getting into a Routine   
      It seems we are getting used to things in Room #209.  I am happy to report most students are coming in ready to start the day.  As we move along, Ms. Brown and I expect students to follow the procedures for unpacking, breakfast, and morning work to get ready for a great day.  It is important for students to be on time, ready to complete morning work, and to use the classroom time allowed to them to complete all assignments.  I allow sufficient time for late buses and breakfast, therefore, students are expected to complete morning work.  Students who follow classroom procedures and use their time wisely are setting themselves up not only for academic success, but for a fun day of learning! 
    High Frequency Words  
    Thank you Parents!
     Thank you for coming to Curriculum Night! If you were unable to attend, we missed you.  Don't worry though, Ms. Brown and I enclosed a copy of Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade High Frequency Words in your child's Tuesday folder to practice each night.  Students should spend at least 10-15 minutes a night practicing these words.  
    Fast Facts About High Frequency Words Every Parent Should Know!
    • 12 Sight Words make up 25% of those we read and write.

    • 100 Sight Words make up 50% of those we read and write

    • About 300 Sight Words account for 75% of those we read and write

      This table gives an estimated reading level based on the number of High Frequency Words a child knows!

      Number of Words/Reading Level

      0 - 75
      76 - 120
      121 - 170
      1st Grade
      171 - 210
      2nd Grade
      Above 210
      3rd Grade

      Thank you for helping your child SOAR!  You are making a difference and we appreciate all of your hard work!


      "High Frequency Words Amazing Facts!" atozphonics.com. atozphonics n.d. Web Sept. 2011

    Dear parents,
           Every Monday students will have homework assigned each night due the following day.  The gallon bag with take home readers is not due back until Friday.  Ms. Brown and I want them to practice reading each night for at least 15 minutes and rereading the books will help them with fluency.  
          We will have a spelling test on Friday each week and the words are highlighted on the Spelling sheet.  If your child would like to play online games using these spelling words, we upload them each Monday (using Monday's date example-Sept. 12 spelling words) to spellingcity.com.  The username and password are listed at the top of the homework sheet.  Further, we keep all the spelling lists students have practiced thus far on the site so that they may practice all the words they have learned.  Another great place for students to practice their reading strategies, fluency and just reading for enjoyment is on wegivebooks.org.  We often use this site in class during Read Aloud and they really love the fact that each time they read a book, they give a book to another child!  
     Please do not hesitate to email or call either one of us with any questions or concerns.  Thank you again for sharing your children with us!
    Mrs. McCarthy  and Ms. Brown

     Petree Eagles
    1st Grade Petree Eagles will SOAR together and follow classroom rules
    because we believe we are:
    Bold enough to believe, strong enough to achieve! 
    Classroom Expectations 
    We have gone over rules and expectations as a class.  The class rules are as follows:
    1. Use time wisely
    2. Show respect to yourself and others.
    3. Walk quietly in the halls.
    4. Keep hands, feet, and objects to yourself.
    These rules are used in addition to SOAR (Petree Elementary expectations).  
    Attendance is one of many factors required to achieve academic success.  This means being on time for the full school day unless they are sick or have other excusable issues that would result in them being absent, tardy, or leaving for early dismissal.  Ms. Brown and I love seeing their smiling faces everyday ready to learn! 




Last Modified on September 14, 2011