Grade 1B

All 1B students must join our Google Classroom using their

STA email address ...
Please click on the link below and join using the code:  p5hgf2t

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Due to the high of amount of severe food allergies in our school and in our classroom, it is very important that all ingredients are checked on the snacks before you send them in with your child . If the food is "made in a facility that processes tree nuts or peanuts" your child will not be permitted to eat it in school. Please check all of the labels that you purchase for school snacks or lunch. This is something we are taking very seriously.  Thank you for your kind consideration in this matter and the safety of all children. 


Hello Firstie Fams!
Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year!!

My name is Pam Tortorici (pronounced tor-tor-ee-see) and this is my 10th year teaching as the first grade teacher at St. Thomas the Apostle for class 1-B! Your child is about to set off on a journey through an amazing year, but it will be a little bit different from what you may have known from Kindergarten. Especially since we have been remote the last few months. I know times are difficult and we, in first grade, aim to make this year’s experience a positive one for all! Here are a few things to keep in mind to ensure that our year together is a successful one as a first grade leader at St. Thomas the Apostle …

  • Check  your child’s homework every night . First grade homework will be posted on our class website by 2:30pm each day. S tudents will not be required to write homework in a notebook, and because of that it is very important that a parent signs each individual written homework assignment. This will allow me to see that you are aware of your child’s learning and understanding of concepts taught. Students who attend After Care, will be informed of homework, but please check to make sure the homework is completed and signed for the next day.
  • Due to our new school policies, each student should have their own pencil case. There will be no communal supplies. Make sure your child has at least 3 sharpened   pencils   and an eraser for class each day. It's great to always  begin with the end in mind!   How can we plan and prepare our day without the proper tools? Be sure to check your child’s backpack for any supplies you may need to replenish throughout the week. It’s always good to keep a pencil case at home filled with the same supplies your child has at school, just in case!
  • Remember to bring a healthy,  nut-free  snack  to enjoy during the day. As shown at the top of this page, please remember that “nut-free” means no traces of nuts of any kind (almonds, hazelnuts, tree nuts, etc). Keep your body and mind clean with a balanced snack such a yogurt or fruit! Don’t forget to bring a washcloth, fork or a spoon if you need it for snack or lunch!  Again, due to the HIGH AMOUNT of allergies in our school, it is very important that ALL INGREDIENTS are checked on the snacks you send it. If the food is "made in a plant that processes tree nuts or peanuts" your child will not be permitted to eat it in school and it will be sent home. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

  • BIRTHDAYS — ** Due to the high amount of allergies in school and for the safety of our students, goodie bags for birthdays and holidays, both, inedible and edible, are not permitted unless authorized by the teacher. We will use an alternate way of celebrating these occasions such as with dress down and a prize from the teacher. Thank you! **

  • Please make sure your child’s name is labeled on anything that is to be brought back and forth to school. Try writing it on a tag or inside pocket of the item to ensure an easier find if lost. This includes envelopes, too!

  • Any money coming into school should have your child’s name on it, as well as how much money is being given and what it is for.   Please put any money in a labeled envelope.  Students (and teachers) are not always sure what the dollar bill in their folder is for if it isn’t labeled in an envelope...and post-its often fall off.

  • I will be checking your child’s homework folder each morning, however, please let your child know if there are any notes that need to be handed in so that no deadlines will be missed (notes for the teacher, main office, etc). This includes any change in transportation for the end of the day and monthly lunch forms. With that in mind, please be sure to keep me updated of your current and best way to contact you (including email address).

  • We are all a team! — Positive reinforcement is important in making sure that each child knows that they can accomplish anything!! Teachers and parents want the same thing for these children, and that is what is best for the child!  No two students are the same, so let's work together to make your child learn to the best of their ability!​ 

  • Remote Learning - With many students choosing remote learning, I will do my best to keep any parent information coming from me as digital as possible. We will be using Google as a main source of communications with tools including, but not limited to, GMail, Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Forms, Google Sheets, and Google Drive. Each child should have an STA email account that you can access these sites. If you have not received an STA email, please contact Mrs. Fritzen at  

I look forward to a fun and safe new school year!!

***REMEMBER: If you need to change your child’s mode of transportation,   please send a note in with your child,   call the office, or email me. ***

Monday -  Spanish with Mrs. Colangelo

​Tuesday - Art with Mrs. Frank

Wednesday - Art with Mrs. Frank
Art Google Classroom Code:

*Thursday - Gym Time
*(Your child should come to school in their gym uniform and sneakers)

​Friday - Digital Technology with Mrs. Delfino


First Grade Homework for the Week of January 25 - January 29

Monday, January 25
No School for the Bishop’s Holiday
Spelling - Study your spelling and sight words for test on Thursday.
Religion - Reread chapter 15 and study guide for test tomorrow.

Tuesday, January 26
1. Reading: Complete and return worksheet. Study all 10 words and sight words for test on Thursday.
2. Math: P77 and P78

Wednesday, January 27
1. Reading: Complete and return worksheet. Study all 10 words and sight words for test on tomorrow.
2. Math: P79 and P80
3. Gym tomorrow. Wear your gym uniform and sneakers.

Thursday, January 28
1. Reading: Study all skills from Unit 3 Week 1 for test tomorrow.
2. Math: P81 and P82.
3. Tomorrow is a FULL DAY of school.

Friday, January 29
1. Correct and return all tests in your test folders on Monday.
2. Reading: Read for 15 minutes each night from a book of your choice.
3. Math: Review your January math facts. New facts will go home on Monday for February.