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Each week the black homework folder will come home on Monday and should be returned on Friday. Homework every week will include the following:

Reading- 100 book challenge- Read books with or to your parents and record the books you read on the pages in this folder that say “book Title”. Try to read for at least 15-20 minutes each night. Students will receive a certificate for every 10 books they read or read with parents.

Math/Writing/Art/Science/Social Studies- Math will usually include a concept we are working on in class or math fact practice. If this work is too easy or too difficult for your child, feel free to modify the work or supplement with alternative math work.  We will focus on informational writing in the next couple months. Remember to put in capital letters, spaces between words, a period at the end, and make sure your writing looks neat. You might be asked to include a drawing with your writing.  Color your drawing if you can. Science or Social Studies work might include a writing activity that focuses on the science/social studies theme we are learning about.

Sight Word Work- Sight word work includes cutting out sight word flash cards and practicing to read and write these words as well as lightning practice- reading sight words quickly to increase reading fluency.

**If you need more time, folders may be kept over the weekend and returned on Monday. If your family is having a hectic, busy week, don’t worry about skipping some or all the homework for the week. Homework should be meaningful, not stressful.

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Mary French

Welcome to Mrs. French's 1st Grade Class! Here we are at our field trip to Wilder Ranch and our Lego Epic Build!

Class Calendar

Room 29 Update

March 15, 2019


Dear Parents,


We had a really fun field trip to Wilder Ranch last Friday! Thanks to the parents who drove for this field trip! I will be sending home a schedule of special days happening on some weekends at Wilder Ranch. I’m sure your children would like to go back with you and show you what we saw!


Our class did an amazing job on our Project 222! All of your children ended up doing a total of 118 chores and made $191 plus about 3 large bags of pet toys and treats! Our entire 1st grade at Valencia made over $700 to donate! The people at the Santa Cruz Animal Shelter were so happy with our donation!


Next week on Friday March 22nd we have Epic Build #2. Our class has been working on an engineering project with Legos. Hopefully you can come and see the community your child helped to create. This will be from 10:00 to 11:30 am next Friday. It will start in the cafeteria and then move back to our classroom. 


You might have noticed a couple weeks ago a notice from the Home and School Club about donating items for a 1st Grade Beach Basket that will be auctioned off at the Valencia Spring Auction on April 27th. If you're interested in donating items for this basket the Amazon Wishlist link is:


You many also donate any other beach, cash or gift card items to this gift basket. These should be sent in with your child or dropped off at the office labeled “1st Grade Beach Basket”. This fund raiser will help Valencia pay for reading, technology and safety at Valencia.

If you have questions about the basket or donating other items/services for the silent auction call Lizzy Anderson 831-247-5983 or email her at


We have another field trip scheduled for April 16 at Seacliff Beach with Save Our Shores. If you have not turned in permission slips/driver info, please send this in soon. If you need another copy of the permission slip, please let me know and I’ll send home another copy. We are also asking each family to donate $5.00 for this field trip which will go towards Save Our Shores.


We have finished up with our unit on American symbols and have moved into a unit on The Wizard of Oz. We’ll be comparing a couple different versions of the book, looking at all the interesting characters, and also learning about various concepts about weather that show up in this story- wind, storms, tornadoes, rainbows, etc. After reading, discussing and doing many activities with this book, we’ll be having a Wizard of Oz Day where your children can dress up as their favorite character and we’ll watch the classic movie.


We are also starting the study of time to the hour and half hour, adding/subtracting with larger numbers and 2-digit numbers, as well as surveys and graphing. We’ll be focusing on opinion writing and will also learn more about nouns, adjectives and verbs.


We have finished up all of our assessments and report cards will be coming home  Friday March 15. You should be proud of the academic progress your children are making! Please keep the report card and send the yellow envelope the report card comes in back to school.



Mary Ann

Meet our class mascot- Midnight the Cat! Midnight gets to come home with a different child every weekend.
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Thanks to all the students who did chores to earn money for the Santa Cruz Animal Shelter!

Upcoming Events

April 1-5 Spring Break 


Tues. April 9- Save Our Shores Presentation #1


Tues. April 16- Field trip- Seacliff Beach with Save Our Shores


Fri. April 19- No School for students- Teacher Work Day


Tues. April 23- Save Our Shores Presentation #2


Mon. May 27- Memorial Day- No school


Wed. May 29- Field Trip- Long Marine Lab


Fri. June 7- Last Day of School!

Wish List

If you would like to donate specific items to our classroom, here are some things we can use at this time:


Kleenex Tissues

Paper Towels

Glue Sticks


Thank you!