Mrs. Parakilas

Welcome to Mrs. Parakilas's Class!

Specials Schedule:
A Day-Library       B Day-Music       C Day-P.E.      D Day-Art

         February First Grade News

Happy February!  The school days keep flying by as we are quickly approaching the 100th day of School!  Students continue to be actively engaged in the learning process and February will prove to be a busy month for first graders! 


In reading, the students are continuing to work with the various structures of fiction and nonfiction texts.  Story elements (characters/setting/problem/solution) are discussed during both whole group and small group lessons and the kids are digging deeper into the character’s traits and actions.  Both in class and in library, the students have been learning about the various nonfiction text features that help them maneuver through these texts and gain more information as they read. 

As your child is reading at home ask them about the characters they are reading about.  Ask what the character is like and why they think this.  Have your child tell you about the problem in the story and how it was solved or what events occurred in their book.  With nonfiction texts, ask your child what text features were in their book and what they learned about the topic as they read.  Have fun with this!    


Students will continue to work on writing informational piece about topics that they know a lot about.  Their stories cover many different topics and it is always fun to see what they think they are “experts” on!  The students have been working on teaching the reader about their topic, using story specific vocabulary, and compositing strong beginnings to introduce their topics and conclusions to wrap things up.  As they move through the unit, they will transition to researching a topic and composing a piece based on their research.


Students will continue to deepen their understanding of addition and subtraction operations as they play games and solve story problems. They will also be involved in collecting survey data from classmates, interpreting the survey data, and creating charts and graphs to represent the data.



In our science unit called Fish Lengths and Animal Jumps students will measure with a variety of non-standard units and investigate the idea that different-sized units result in different measurements. They are also working on comparison story problems, telling time to the hour and half hour, and investigating fractions (halves and fourths).


                            Strategic Plan

Our school strategic planning process is underway.  To support the process first graders will focus on the following high leverage skills to support higher order thinking:

         *clearly and logically communicate content that is well organized so that listeners and readers can follow line of reasoning

         *engage throughout the process, demonstrate respect, interact positively with others, and react appropriately to varying situations


*Children must have boots and snow pants to play in the snow.  As the temperature continues to drop, warm clothing is necessary (hats, gloves, scarf, etc.)

 *There is no scheduled recess on early dismissal or delayed start days.

Important Dates:

February 8th – 100th Day of School J

February 17 – Early Dismissal-Professional Development for Teachers

February 20th- No School-Presidents’ Day

February 21st & 22nd – Snowflake Days