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Franklin Borough School
Grade 1


Teachers can be contacted by calling (973)-827-9775 and entering the extension next to their names.


Teaching Staff

Mrs. Bridget Campana - ext. 468

Mrs. Laurie Black - ext. 444

Mrs. Melissa Fanuel - ext. 452

Mrs. Michele Fuzia - ext. 458

Mrs. Kelly Snyder - ext. 455

Ms. Melissa Storch - ext. 427


Mrs. Black, Mrs. Fanuel, Mrs. Snyder
lblack@fboe.org | mfanuel@fboe.org | ksnyder@fboe.org


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First Grade

March Update

February proved to be an exciting month for our first grade students.  We hope your child shared all the wonderful details about the fun we had learning together.  Social studies and science topics include: Dr. Seuss, animal characteristics, St. Patrick’s Day, and weather.  We will welcome spring and the arrival of daylight savings!  

rainbowLanguage Arts:

Through implementation of our Reading Wonders program, students meet the common core curriculum standards.  Our reading instruction includes many elements:  Guided reading, literacy centers, shared reading, independent reading, shared writing, grammar, independent writing, and a read aloud component.  We continue to lay the groundwork for literacy success in the years to come.  First Grade Unit 4 and Unit 5 components include key foundational skills and practice of high-frequency words and phonics.  Spelling tests are given most Fridays.   Students will learn to make connections while reading as a comprehension strategy.  Look for the weekly communication sheets that are sent home for extra practice and reinforcement in spelling and vocabulary.  We are also reviewing basic words, completing our school-wide sight words assessments, and growing our individual word lists.

          Please record nightly reading on our “Shamrock” Reading Log.  Return this sheet at the end of the month to earn an incentive.  Be sure to write any titles of books that your child loved.

          Children engage in various methods of the writing process, including sequencing stories, and responding to literature.  They also complete journal assignments and creative writing activities as prompted.  

Please follow the spelling routines homework sheet for suggested methods for word building practice.  It is important to build a strong foundation of spelling skills.

shamrockGO MATH:  Look for the family letter in your child’s folder with details about Chapter 8 concepts.  We will work  with two-digit addition and subtraction  strategies.  Thank you for your support with homework completion and assistance reinforcing daily concepts.


    We encourage you to use the Think Central - Go Math! link and password at home.  Your child has assignments available in the

Personal Math Trainer, and the library has entertaining and familiar practice games such as Mega Math and Curious George.


     Folders need to be returned each day with completed homework assignments.

     Help your child to return his/her library book on the day it is due.

     March is Read-aloud month.  If you would like to volunteer to read in the classroom, please send a note. 


Mrs. Campana

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With a pot of gold sitting on the classroom whiteboard, the students are feeling quite lucky for some things that they have. March is our "lucky month" because we have family members, pets, toys, and things in our environment that make us feel very lucky! One lucky upcoming event involves a little, green, mischievous character that visits on "Green Day." 

This month the students will continue to strengthen their reading skills by reading books about time passing by and about the life cycles of various animals. The students are already familiar with signs (American Sign Language) for several animals. Ask them to tell you and show you one or two.

Along with the Dr. Seuss theme, our reading time will include several Dr. Seuss books. After coloring one of  Dr. Seuss' characters,  our class will  watch an illustrated book movie of one Dr. Seuss treasures.   

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Mrs. Fuzia

March News

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Spring is just around the corner, and our lessons and activities will be surrounded by the sights, sounds, and tastes of the season! Celebrations of Dr Seuss’ birthday and St Patrick’s Day will also be noted with books, literacy activities, and crafts. March will prove to be a fun and exciting month for all your children!


Important Dates:

March 9- 12:30 p.m. dismissal

March 12- Daylight Savings Time begins (Turn your clocks ahead 1 hour!)

March 17- St Patrick’s Day (Wear green!)

March 20-22- Scholastic Book Fair


Why fit in when you were born to stand out?     ~Dr Seuss 


Ms. Storch


Kindergarten students will work on beginning and ending letter sounds. We will work in a variety of centers sorting words by their beginning and ending sounds. Students will also focus on consonant vowel consonant (CVC) words. Our sight word wall is growing each week, and the students are so excited when we add new words.  

First grade students will explore long vowel spelling patterns through sorting activities. The students will continue to strengthen their reading skills during independent reading time. We will discuss the story elements of our fiction books and answer comprehension questions. Students will practice their weekly high frequency words through word building activities. 

The second grade students will focus on r-controlled vowels. Students will practice words with r-controlled vowels through sorting activities. The students will work with a partner to practice their high frequency words by completing mystery word activities. We will continue to focus on using a variety of strategies to improve reading fluency. 






Last update March 13, 2017