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We’re so excited you’re here.  Scroll down to see our weekly updates and special class announcements.  

My goals for this school year are:

  • —To foster an environment of learning and exploration
  • —To grow the children’s faith foundation and relationship with God
  • ——To provide opportunities for technology usage, creativity, and literacy growth
  • —To encourage a love of learning through literacy, math skills, science experiences and social studies

Open communication is crucial to a child’s education and the foundation for any positive working relationship.  Should you ever need to reach me there are quite a few ways! Below is a short list with expected turn over times:

  • —Class Dojo
    • Before end of day
  • —Email –
    • Within 24 hours
  • —Notes in folders
    • Response gets sent home same day
  • —School Phone
    • 718-629-9330
    • By end of day

I hope this helps to set us up for success this school year! We’ll be doing as much as we can to be happy healthy and holy here in the first grade! 

Kind Regards, 

Ms Werfelman

Hello November!

Posted on November 5, 2019

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Classroom Updates: We are moving on from our short vowel sounds and pressing more into social studies and science! We had a lot of fun over the last few weeks with our Pumpkin Series of experiments! We did a taste test, a sink and float experiment, we planted some seeds and most importantly we tracked observations of each of these.  

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In social studies, we are focusing on how to use maps and what it means to see the world.  So many of our friends have been on airplanes and been to different places and we’re having fun finding them on the big map! What we’re reading right now is directly related to our lessons and we’re having a lot of fun with these stories! 

Our Faith: Our Rosary Rally was a huge success! The first graders were so

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excited to not only have their own rosaries but did you know each child actually made their own! We encourage you to continue to use these rosaries at home and pray with the children as the school year continues! We’ll be doing a little bit here each day as well! 

What we’re reading: “The Arrival” Shaun Tan; We’ve got the Whole World in our Hands” Rafael Lopez; “Whoever you are, Quienquiera que seas” Mem Fox; “Pickle and Squeak World Traveler Series” 

Reminders: we are still accepting donations of paper towels, Clorox (or similar) wipes, baby wipes, and tissues – flu season is nearly upon us and we need to remain vigilant in classroom cleanliness! 🙂 


Ms Werfelman

Week of October 7

Posted on October 23, 2019


Classroom Updates: Fall is finally here and we are ready for it! We are doing math using apples and fall leaf counters and feeling pretty good about our early reading skills.  Our class has a fun way of remembering our spelling words too – by saying them all out loud we are able to hear the word and practice saying it while spelling it too! We’re continuing to learn about living things and will be learning more about what they need over the next few weeks.  In social studies, we’ve been talking about families and different traditions that families have. Our classmates shared beautiful posters and talked about their various family celebrations at home. #soblessed 

Our Faith: October is Rosary Month. We learned about the decades and how to say the other prayers, the Apostles Creed, the Glory Be & Oh my Jesus, (Our Father and Hail Mary we already know!)  This morning we

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said 1 decade of the Joyful Mysteries and 2 of the students helped lead the prayer.  If you have a rosary at home share it with your child – It’s a beautiful prayer that really 

brings us closer to Christ through His mother.  Additionally it’s something we’ll be doing more throughout the month here culminating with the diocesan Rosary Rally at the end of the month!

What we’re reading: “Beautiful” by Stacy McAnulty; “The Pigeon has to go to School” by Mo Willems; “Tomorrow, I’ll be BRAVE” by Jessica Hische; “Lubna & Pebble” by Wendy Meddour & Daniel Egneus; “Sitting like a Saint: Catholic Mindfulness for Kids” by Dr Gregory Bottero & Barbra Bottero

Shout-out to everyone who has helped us with our classroom supplies so far! With cold and flu season coming in quick we’re still looking for… tissues, baby wipes, clorox (or similar wipes) and paper towels.  Of course we’re also reminding everyone to wash their hands as well! Thank you again! 


Ms Werfelman


October Updates – Week 1

Posted on October 7, 2019

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Classroom Updates: October is here and we are moving right along.  First grade is hard at work learning about all sorts of things! We’re learning about living and non-living things in science, families and traditions in social studies, addition using fall themed manipulatives, and focusing on short vowel sounds in phonics.  We have been using puppets to tell stories and have been learning about Johnny Appleseed too!

Our Faith: October 1st is the Feast of St Therese.  We visited the church and had a tour with Fr Mendes, he showed us the various art work and features within the church.  We especially loved the stained glass over the front door with all the roses! We’ll also be making good deed counters to practice our good deeds like St Therese who showed us how to do “little things with great love!”

What we’re reading: ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson; ‘Here We Are’ by Oliver Jeffers; ‘Harold and the Purple Crayon’ by Crockett Johnson; ‘We Found a Hat’ by Jon Klassen; ‘Sitting like a Saint: Catholic Mindfulness for Kids’ by Dr Gregory Bottero and Barbra Bottero

Shout-out and THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the Dress Down day to benefit Catholic Charities in support of Bahama Hurricane Relief! Almost our whole class participated!


Ms Werfelman


Posted on June 4, 2019

Thanks to all who supported First grade in their penny drive. We came in first place. 



Homework Week: June 10th – June 14th 2019


  • Walk-a-thon


  • Rye Playland Trip
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  • Write Spelling words 3x each
  • Reader’s and Writer’s Notebook P. 457
  • Math WorkBook Page P15-2
  • Bring your library book!!!!


  • Reader’s and Writer’s Notebook P.  458
  • Math Workbook Page R 15-3
  • Study for spelling test


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