Hispanic Heritage Month Assembly

We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 - October 15 each year. Hispanic Heritage Month honors people from the Latino community and the important contributions they have made to the world. It is also a time to honor our diverse cultures.

At St. Mary’s, we concluded Hispanic Heritage Month by having a school wide assembly the morning of October 15. Each class had a special person to present to the school. First grade honored Jorge Ramos in our presentation. Jorge Ramos is a famous newsperson in the United States. He is a Mexican - American man, and we are inspired by his accomplishments.

Everyone worked very hard on our presentation. The presentation was truly magnificent. Check out the pictures below of our presentation of the life of Jorge Ramos.



Compare Numbers

We have been learning a lot in Math class. Last week, we learned how to compare numbers. When we compare numbers, we look to see if one number is greater than, less than, or equal to another number. We learned a song called “Hollabaloo” to help us learn which way the signs should face when writing greater than or less than. Check out the pictures below which show us using unifix cubes to compare numbers.



Attack of the Four Foot Teddy Bear

In Science, first grade has been learning about shadows. In addition to our classroom learning, on Thursday, September 27, we completed a science experiment involving shadows. Our task was to use a flashlight to turn a small teddy bear or stuffed animal into a four foot long shadow creature. We had fun experimenting with the placements of our flashlights relative to our stuffed animals to try to accomplish our task. We had fun testing the scientific method and learning about shadows! Check out the pictures from our experiment below.



Jesus is My Best Friend

We have been learning all about creation and how God created us all as good. We learned that God shows his love for us by giving us His only Son, Jesus. Jesus is our best friend in heaven, and He is with us on Earth. We learned a song to sing about our friendship with Jesus. The song is called “Jesus is My Best Friend”, and a link to it is here: .



Language Arts Centers

This week we have started working in our Reading Groups. We are learning different activities that we can do by ourselves to help us practice our reading and phonics skills. We enjoy working together. Check out the pictures below from Tuesday, September 18.



The Left vs. Right Song

We have been diving into our Mathematics skills. We enjoy watching movies that help us reinforce our learning in a fun and energetic way. One of our favorite movies that we learned last week is “The Left vs. Right Song” by Scratch Garden. This silly song helps us learn the difference between our left and right hands with a silly talking circle and a dancing salamander. The link to the video is below if anyone wants to watch it at home:



Welcome Back to School

First Graders are excited to be back in school. We are ready to tackle the new academic challenges and adventures this year will bring us!

 Our Bulletin Board in the Hallway with our goals

Our Bulletin Board in the Hallway with our goals

 Our “Back to School” Glyphs which tell how old we are, our favorite food, and our favorite color

Our “Back to School” Glyphs which tell how old we are, our favorite food, and our favorite color


Watkins Park Field Trip

On Friday, June 8, our class took a field trip to Watkins Park in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.  We visited the Nature Center and learned about animals who have made their habitats in Prince George's County.  We took a train ride through the woods.  We also got to play on the new Wizard of Oz themed playground.  After lunch, we returned to the Nature Center to read their amazing books about animals and the environment.


Class Plays - The Little Red Hen and Squirt the Squirrel

On Wednesday, June 6, the first grade class proudly presented our two class plays - The Little Red Hen and Squirt the Squirrel.  We have worked very hard since the beginning of May to put on these plays.  We especially thank Ms. Dirksen for all her help with our costumes and set design.  We would also like to thank all our parents and family members who came pout to support our performance.  Thank you!


End of Year Bingo

On Monday, June 4, we had fun playing Bingo in the Burgundy Room.  We played for all kinds of cool prizes.  Thank you to our parent volunteers for making this event possible!


Field Day

First Grade enjoyed our Field Day, which was May 30, 2018.  Thank you to Ms. Wright for organizing such fun games and activities for us.  We played Kangaroo Relay, Water Relay, Basketball Relay, Knock Them Down, Jump Rope Relay, Steal the Bacon, Target Practice, Scooter Relay, and Tire Roll.  In the afternoon, we watched the 8th Grade vs. Faculty Kickball game.  Thank you to our parent volunteers who helped make this day possible.  We had so much fun, and we couldn't have done it without you!


Field Day Shirts

First grade had a blast decorating our Team T-shirts for Field Day.  Our class color is green.  We used fabric paint to create our own unique designs.  We are very excited to wear them on Field Day!  Thank you to our Parent volunteers who helped make this day possible!


Poetry Slam and Book Release Party

First grade is now a class of published authors!  In partnership with Studentreasures, we have published our very own book of poetry!  Our books arrived late last week, and on Wednesday, May 23, we had a poetry slam and book release party to honor our accomplishments.  Students read their poems from the book, and we celebrated afterwards with cookies and fellowship.  We are proud of all our hard work!


Dance Party

On Friday, May 11, 2018, First Grade filled up their marble jar for good behavior.  This means we have earned a special treat.  We held a vote and used our Math skills to create a tally chart with the results.  We ultimately voted to have a Dance Party, which we held on Monday, May 14, 2018, after Math class.  We had a lot of fun!  We learned that we can be rewarded for good behavior.  We hope to be able to fill our jar up one more time before the end of the school year.


Mother's Day Craft

Last week, First Grade partnered with our Sixth Grade prayer buddies to make a nice gift for our mothers in honor of Mother's Day.  We love our mothers and appreciate all that they have sacrificed to keep us healthy, safe, and loved.


Poetry Book Update

Hello Parents and Friends!

As you may be aware, First Grade is partnering with Studentreasures to publish our own book of poetry.  We spent the month of April learning about different types of poems and writing different kinds for our book.  We wrote and illustrated our poems and mailed off our kits on April 27, 2018.  Currently, our books have been received by Studentreasures and they are being published!  We expect to have the final product at the end of May or the first week of June.  We are excited to see our final product!

Outer Space Visit with Dr. Kogut and Sparky

On Monday, April 30, 2018, first graders welcomed a special guest.  Dr. Alan Kogut, of NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland came to our classroom to talk to our students about outer space.  We learned about how wide and empty outer space is.  Did you know that if we made a model of the solar system with the sun the size of a gum ball, only the planets Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, and Jupiter would fit in the classroom?  The planet Saturn would be down the hallway from our classroom, while Uranus and Neptune would be in the church.  We also learned about how scientists are able to study objects in space, such as other planets, stars, and galaxies.  We learned about Dr. Kogut's project, a balloon mission PIPER designed to study the Big Bang, scheduled to launch in the summer of 2018.  We also met the lab's mascot, a stuffed St. Bernard named Sparky.  In the afternoon, we wrote letters and stories, which will be fly on the PIPER mission.  When we get our letters back, we will own something that has gone to outer space!


Poetry Writing

First Grade is partnering with Studentreasures to publish our very own book of poetry!  In honor of National Poetry Month, we have been learning about all types of poems.  We have been reading silly poems, by funny poets such as Shel Silverstein, Karma Wilson and Nick Cannon.  We have learned to write several kinds of poems, including haikus, acrostic poems, biography poems, pyramid poems, cinquains, and concrete or shape poems.  We will be turning these poems into a book.  Parents and other friends may order our book by visiting the website:  Even if you order online, you must turn in the paper order form with your online confirmation code.


Vowel Bat

First grade has been learning about differentiating vowel sounds.  One favorite video of ours to watch is Vowel Bat ( ).  

Eric Energy In School Field Trip

Right before Easter vacation, the PK3 - 3rd grade classes enjoyed an in-school field trip presented by Eric Energy.  Eric Energy taught the students all about different ways science affects our everyday lives.  We learned about wind, states of matter, and so much more.