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. Remeta
I am happily married to my high school sweetheart Richard. We are both graduates of the University of Tennessee, here in Knoxville, and we are both HUGE Vol fans! We have two children, both of whom went to St. John Neumann for K-8th grade. Our son Andy graduated from UT in Supply Chain Management. He commissioned into the Air Force four years ago. He and his wife Emily live in California and are assigned to Beale Air Force Base. Andy’s wife is a UT graduate and is also in the Air Force. Our daughter Lindsay graduated from UT with a Masters Degree in Child and Family Studies Grades PreK through 3rd Grade. She is engaged to her Catholic High sweetheart Aaron and will get married in September. They live in Peachtree City, GA. Richard and I are now true empty nesters! We have a boxer named Maggie and two parakeets named Kiwi and Gertrude.
I have taught first grade for 29 years… this will be year 30!!! I taught for 6 years in Perry, GA, in the Houston County School System right out of college. My husband worked at Robins AFB as an engineer in Warner Robins, GA, at the time. After being away from TN for about seven years, we decided to return to Knoxville. For the last 24 years, I have taught first grade here at St. John Neumann Catholic School. I have been here since the doors opened in August of 1997. I love first grade and I love teaching in a Catholic school! I love to read, garden (plants and flowers), take care keeping up with all my bird feeders outdoors, and collecting vintage/antiques.
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.