Grade 1B

To the 2019-2020 class of 1B
You have officially completed the first ever year of virtual learning. You are incredible and I am blessed to have been your teacher. Remember everything you learned in first grade and don't forget ... always be the nice kid!
I love you all very dearly! Have a GREAT and SAFE summer!
Love, Mrs. Tortorici




Tentative Virtual Learning Experience
Dear Parents, 

I want to thank you in advance for your cooperation and patience with all of us at STA while we try to navigate through this new experience. My goal through these next few days is to make your child’s learning experience as easy as it can be in the circumstance we are in. I am not expecting you to become “the teacher,” however, I do hope that you will assist in the teaching process as this is going to be much different than a regular classroom environment. Students will be expected to complete virtual assignments and complete online assessments. Some assessments we would take during the school year will have to be altered, however, students should continue to practice spelling words, reading for comprehension and fluency, as well as studying math facts.  

Below can be a tentative schedule for you to do each day of our Virtual Learning Experience:
As per our first morning meeting, all lessons will post at 9 AM each day, after our 8:30am morning meeting. 

8:30am            Morning Meeting using the Zoom App/Website
o   I will send an email to students at around 8 AM each day to their STA email account that will invite them to our morning meeting. Here, I will discuss the assignments for the day, as well as take attendance on who is participating for the day.

  9:00am            Reading using Reading Wonders Website (
o   You will use Google Classroom, the Reading Wonders website, and you’re your Turn book to complete the assignments for the lessons in reading.

  10:30am          Math using Go Math Website (
o   You will use Google Classroom, your little math book and the Go Math website to complete the assignments for the lessons in math.  

12:30pm          DEAR Time
o   Utilize this time to read for 15-20 minutes from a book of your choice, as we would in class.  

1:00pm            Religion
o   You will use Google Classroom and your We Believe book to complete the lesson in religion.

  1:30pm            Daily Write
o   You will use Google Classroom to complete the Daily Write assignment for each day. 

** There will still be specials for   digital technology, spanish, and art  .   There is a code to join the google classrooms for digital technology and art below.  As for  gym  , please see Mr. Small's class website for activities your child can do each day. **

Each day you should be checking our class website, class dojo, google classroom, and the reading wonders website for updates and assignments. 

Thank you, again, for your cooperation. We ask that you please be patient while we work together to figure out the best way to continue your child’s learning.

Stay safe and healthy,
Mrs. Tortorici, 1-B
Mrs. Martino

Google Classroom Codes:
1B: f6zae3k
Art : rj2eq4l (that should be a lowercase L - not a 1)
Digital Technology: cgta4sh



Please note:

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! My name is Pam Tortorici (pronounced tor-tor-ee-see) and this is my ninth year teaching first grade teacher at St. Thomas the Apostle for class 1-B! Your child is about to set off on journey through an amazing year, but it will be a little bit different from what you may have known from Kindergarten. 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 .   All of the first grade homework will be written in their  homework notebook and posted on our class webpage.   If your child is absent or you are unsure of the homework for the day, I will be updating our class website with the daily assignments by 2:30pm. Please sign the appropriate HW page, so that I know that you have viewed what your child’s homework was for that day. Even if your child attends After Care, please check to make sure the homework is completed and signed. Whether or not your child completed writing their homework assignment in the morning , please double check our website for any last minute updates or changes.
  • 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  nut-free  snack  to enjoy during the day. Remember: nut-free means not 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!  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. 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 occassions such as with dress down, no homework passes, or a prize from the principal. 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.
  • 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!​

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 -  Digital Technology with Ms. Delfino

​*Tuesday - Gym with Mr. Small

Wednesday - No Special

*Thursday - No Special

​Friday - Spanish with Mr. Tobin (AM), Art/Music with Mrs. Frank (PM)

  • Students eat lunch in the classroom on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Students in 1B should NOT purchase ice cream or ice pops for snack on these days as it is difficult to clean up and cannot be "saved" if the students do not finish them. Thank you for your cooperation.

  • **Please bring a washcloth for them to eat on **






Gym tomorrow. Wear gym uniform and sneakers.






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