First Grade

Ms. Courtney Krupsky

Things Parents Can Do At Home To Help Your Children Prepare for First Grade

  • Read to your children and allow them to read to you.
  • Ask your children about school and take an interest in what they are learning.
  • Help them make good nutritional choices and get adequate rest to fuel growing minds and bodies.
  • Set limits on the amount of television they watch, hand-held electronics they play, and exposure to any flat-screen viewing.

Highlights of First Grade

  • Reading Program Supplements include:
  • Daily reading homework review to help parents monitor child’s Reading progress
  • Frequent teacher assessments
  • Formal testing every 3 weeks
  • Writing program to reinforce skills
  • Additional phonics program
  • Math program supplemented daily with Math Their Way skills & use of Math manipulatives and MobyMax computer program.
  • Religion curriculum enhanced through use of additional crafts, bible stories, songs, & traditions.
  • Reading, Social Studies, and Science curricula enhanced with field trips, including:
  • a Live Performance at a theater
  • Local Community: historic Wallaceville School, Police Station, Post Office, Public Library, & City Hall
  • The Detroit Zoo
  • Classroom holiday celebrations
  • Student of the Week
  • Frequent & open communication between teacher & parents
  • Whole group, small group, and individual instruction

Core Curriculum & Activities

  • Daily
  • Catholic Religion
  • Mathematics
  • Language Arts
  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Weekly
  • Computer Class, emphasizing practical use of Microsoft Word
  • Art
  • Spanish
  • Physical Education
  • Music
  • Library
  • Faith-Based Activities
  • Weekly Mass
  • Mass ‘Buddies’ with a 5th grade student
  • Children’s Liturgy of the Word
  • Seasonal Devotions
  • Vacation Bible School
  • Epiphany Play
  • Saturday Activity Days based on the Liturgical Calendar
  • Jesus Adoration Club
  • Family Mass
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Winter Intramural Basketball & Cheer
  • Summer T-Ball / Coach Pitch
  • Chess Club
  • Engineering Club
  • Drama Club


Homework is viewed as an opportunity to reinforce newly-mastered skills and more fully absorb knowledge presented during the school day.

Students can anticipate an average of 10-15 minutes of work per evening per grade level.

  • Students can anticipate an average of 10-15 minutes of work per evening per grade level.
  • If there is an evening of “no homework”, we suggest home reinforcement of basic skills, such as reading and math.
  • Guidelines for each grade level and ideas for reinforcement opportunities are communicated at the beginning of the school year.


Parents tell us that they appreciate the quick response and many ways we stay in touch as we partner in your child’s growth.

We welcome your phone call, e-mail, or notes about daily happenings or specific concerns.

  • “The Monday Mailing” carries the weekly school newsletter, flyers for special events and information about school, parish, and community activities.
  • has the handbook, upcoming meetings and events, contact information, and useful links.
  • Additional informational resources are provided regularly.

Opportunities for Family Involvement

  • Assist with daily lunch periods
  • Assist in classroom activities
  • Assist in religious education program
  • Attend & participate in a Field Trip
  • Provide review and enrichment activities for skills learned throughout the school day at home
  • And many, many more!


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