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My name is Ms. Gillis. I am so excited to meet all of you! This will be an exciting year filled with lots of new friends, adventures, and learning. This will be my 1st year teaching 1st grade at St. Therese –St. Catherine Academy but I use to each kindergarten for 3 years at the Academy. Overall in my teaching career I’ve been teaching for 5 years and I look forward to growing alongside of you.

In this classroom the students are cared for. My goal is to encourage the students to be the best person they can be and support them in every way. I promise to do my best to help them learn and grow both inside the classroom and outside the classroom. The students have wonderful gifts, strengths, and talents and I can’t wait for them to share them all with their classmates and I.

Contact Info

Please feel free to contact me throughout the school year. I want to be your partner in supporting your child in any way. ClassDojo is the easiest and fastest way to contact me however, feel free to email me at any time as well.

Email –

School Website – I encourage all parents to check the school website, Google classroom and option c for any updates and alerts.

Posted above is the actual footage of my classroom set up. Desks were arranged six feet apart and the middle desk (marked with the X ) will be assigned to each individual student on which they will place their school bags, jackets, coats, belongings, etc..

**Daily Home Screening for Students checklist must be submitted each morning

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Week of June 14th – June 18th






  • Wednesday 6/16 – Last day of in person classes
  • Thursday 6/17-  Remote classes (8am-10am) Independent work (10am – 2pm) 
  • Friday 6/18 – Normal remote classes
  • Monday – Thursday (6/21 – 6/24) – Remote half days (12:00pm Dismissal) 
  • Thursday 6/24 – Last remote day/ last day of school 
  • Zoom Meetings are scheduled for cohort students that are home and on Fridays.
  • Students must be in full gym uniform while attending the zoom classes. 

Important Information:

  • Students arrive at 7:45 and assemble in the large school yard.
  • Attendance for remote days is taken between 8 and 8:15

Cohort Schedule: 

  • Cohort A – Monday and Wednesday in school
  • Cohort B- Tuesday and Thursday in school
  • Cohorts A and B Remote on Friday:  daily attendance post between 8:00-8:15. Students must be in their gym uniform.  

Classes Schedule:                           

8:20-9:05  Morning Routine/Calendar       

9:15-9:55  Class Story/ELA via zoom

10:30-11:10  Math via zoom

11:30-12-20 LUNCH

1:0o -1:40- Art/ Religion/Science/Social Studies via zoom

1:45 prepare for dismissal


Gym Schedule:

Cohort A: Monday gym class

Cohort B: Tuesday gym class

Distance Learning Expectations & News

Posted on June 26, 2020

Hello Families,

Thank you all for the hard work you have been putting in while we’re away.   Please continue to pay attention to any OptionC alerts that may come directly from the school.

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Attendance: Each day, a photo is posted to our ClassDojo page.  Parents must ‘like’ the photo between 8am and 9am.  This will count as attendance and each family will be held responsible for completing daily work.  I will keep a written record of this each day as well.

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Communication: All announcements, assignments and communication can be done thru ClassDojo and email.  Please don’t hesitate to email me during the day if need be at  I will answer questions within 24 hours.  Daily assignments will be posted within our Google Classroom. Please be sure to follow along with any OptionC alerts that may be posted from Mrs Charles.

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Classwork: Assignments will be based on the work that was distributed and will be supplemented with Google Classroom and other electronic means.  Please check your Dojo each day for the specifics regarding each subject area.  There will be videos, interactive lessons and opportunities for live interaction from time to time. 

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Google Classroom:  Google classroom is set up like many social media sites with a wall and opportunities for users to interact with each other in the digital space.  In an effort to maintain as much normalcy as we can, we can continue to recognize things like birthdays or a tooth falling out.  Share those moments with us so we can celebrate them together! Students will be able to complete some of their work directly in the Google space and some will be a little more hands on where photos will need to be submitted per the assignment.  I will do my best to make this as straightforward as possible. 


Students will have work that engages each subject, Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies, and Religion,  the same way that they would if we were in the classroom.  Please be aware that every subject may not be specifically addressed each day, and  some assignments may take several days to complete.  We’ll be making great use of the black notebook that was sent home and full headings are still expected!

Again, please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions.  I’d like to make as much of this as straightforward as possible.  

Kind Regards, 

Ms Werfelman

March-ing on

Posted on March 2, 2020

Hello Everyone!

January seemed to take so long and then we blinked and here we are in March!  We’ve been fighting cold weather and little colds in our class… don’t forget to wash your hands! 

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Classroom updates: We celebrated Dr Seuss’s birthday on March 2nd and made striped hats with rhyming words to match the Cat in the Hat! We are learning about different habitats and have been working on a unit about oceans. We talked about keeping the oceans safe and how to protect them.  We are also learning about using a hundreds hundred to find patterns in math.

Image result for lent journeyOur faith: Our school and classroom have been converted to reflect the season of Lent. There is a lot of purple as we prepare ourselves and our spirits during this solemn time. We’re practicing more reverence as we make more visits to church and participating in Stations of the Cross and learning more about the Eucharist in Adoration.

What we’re reading: ‘Sulwe’ Lupita Nyong’o; Dr Seuss’s  – Oh the Places You’ll  Go, The Cat in the Hat, The Foot Book; ‘Harry the Horseshoe Crab’ and ‘Pearlie Oyster’ both by Suzanne Tate;  ‘Maybe Something Beautiful’ by F Isabel Campoy; ‘My Heart Fills with Happiness’ by Monique Gray Smith ; and the ‘Little Leaders in History’ Series by Vashti Harrison

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Reminders: Report Cards will be distributed Wednesday, March 18th. On Thursday March 19th, students will have a half day of school and we will be closed on Friday March 20th. We are still accepting donations of paper towels, Clorox (or similar) wipes, baby wipes, and tissues – flu season is upon us and we need to remain vigilant in classroom cleanliness!  We are also aware of the potential effects of the coronavirus in NYC. We will continue to update you as things progress

Posted on January 7, 2020

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Hello Everyone! 

I am so happy to be back and can’t wait for all of the exciting things planned for the new year.  

Classroom Updates: We jumped right into new material and caught up on a little bit of the old stuff… We’re working with adding doubles to make math facts easier, we’re going to be learning about graphing and using pictures to show information.  Our reading is getting better too! Some of our friends will be reading to the class over the next few weeks.  We are also moving to long vowel sounds and practicing writing letters to our penpals! We’ve been learning about seasons and will be doing a lot of decorating in our classroom to make it look like a blizzard! Don’t worry – it’ll be nice and toasty in our room even with all the snowmen! 

Our Faith: January leads us from the Christmas season and into ordinaryImage result for mary, fiat time in the church.  We will be learning some of the stories and parables that Jesus shares during his ministry here on earth.  We’re also going to be learning about Mary’s “fiat,”  her yes to God, and how she became Jesus’ mother!

What we’re reading: “The Book with No Pictures” BJ Novak; “There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow” and “There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell” Lucille Colandro; “Be Brave, Little Penguin” Giles Andreae; “Llama Destroys the World” Jonathan Stutzman

Reminders: School will be closed be closed to students from K-8 on 1/17 from and 1/20 for observance of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. 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

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