Welcome to First Grade

Welcome to first grade at St. John Neumann Catholic School. Many parts of first grade are very similar to Kindergarten: whole group lessons, art activities, partner and group activities, etc. First grade incorporates those same activities but also starts working towards more independence in regards to reading and writing especially.

First grade is a huge year of academic growth. Your child will learn spelling patterns, vocabulary words, begin reading longer texts, and will write more detailed sentences. First graders will also have the opportunity to read up to four different times at mass this year!

Meet Mrs. Chiaro

Mrs. Chiaro was born and raised in a small town in southwestern Virginia. After graduating from The University of Virginia’s College at Wise, with a degree in Elementary Education, she knew she wanted to move to an area with a larger and more active Catholic population. She was  blessed to accept her first teaching position at Saint Anne Catholic School in Bristol, Virginia, as their Pre-3 teacher in 2013. Even though she loved SAS and her wonderful students there, she did not like living so far away from her family. She moved to Knoxville to be closer to her dad and sister in 2014. Shortly after moving to Knoxville Mrs. Chiaro worked for Knox County Schools for a year, teaching first grade. In 2016 she was offered a position as a teaching assistant at Saint Joseph School and spent the last three years there in a variety of roles .In 2018 she obtained her M Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from Lincoln Memorial University. She loves and misses her SJS family but is ecstatic to become a part of the SJNCS family this year. Mrs. Chiaro loves teaching as a whole, but her favorite part is building meaningful relationships with her students, as well as sharing her faith and love for learning with them.
When she is not teaching, Mrs. Chiaro loves spending time with her friends and family, especially her husband Vince and their dog, a maltese poodle mix named Linus. She enjoys curling up with a good book and nice hot cup of coffee, crocheting projects for loved ones, traveling to new places, almost anything Disney, the color pink, group fitness classes, watching sports, and having family and friends over for dinner to try new recipes from her small collection of cookbooks. She and her husband are parishoners at Saint Albert the Great Catholic Church in Knoxville where they serve as co-leaders of the high school faith formation program.

What We're Learning This Year

In first grade, your child will have reading (both whole group reading instruction and small reading groups for guided reading), writing (both creative writing and penmanship), math, science, social studies, spelling, religion, and health! Grades are assigned in each of these areas, as well as conduct and learning effort.

Homework is assigned Monday through Thursday. There will not be homework on Fridays or weekends. Our Superkids Reading Program has “backpack” pages that go along with our spelling words. I try to choose a little math, grammar, etc. to go along with the spelling practice to provide a good reflection of what we are studying in class. Please do not use ink pen or markers on any classwork, homework, or assignments (only pencil, crayons, or colored pencils).

Friday Folders come home each Friday. please check and clean out your child’s Friday Folder each week.

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