Hawthorne Elementary School

Ms. Renee Gaston

Welcome To First Grade - Room113

Welcome to the exciting, adventurous journey I call first grade!  This is my thirty third year teaching first grade at Hawthorne, and I am looking forward to a year filled with friendship, fun, growth, and development with your child.  In my classroom, I recognize each student as a unique person with individual needs and learning styles.  My main goal is to find the strengths in every child and build on them.  I believe that it is my responsibility to provide the students with the tools they will need to become lifelong learners.  I hope to instill in the children a love of exploration and discovery.  I want the learning process to be a positive experience.

Weekly News

* Please do not forget to sign up to be a guest reader


  Guest reading time is on Tuesday afternoons from 2:25-2:50.


* Thank you for sending in so many extra classroom supplies!


The following concepts were covered throughout the week:


Language Arts:


- described inside and outside character traits

- identified the beginning, middle, and end in two fictions stories 

- identified the central message in a fiction story

- reviewed high frequency words

- introduced the long "a" sound 

- continued to write small moment stories

- wrote in our weekend journals

- wrote special thoughts for our classroom star





- solved problems with common addends

- counted on to find the unknown part

- practiced solving problems using an addition chart

- worked in our math journals and application booklets



Social Studies:


- discussed the changing seasons







Extra Information

~  Please check red folder each night.


~ Library books are due every Friday.


~ Please pack a fruit or vegetable each day for a snack.


~ "Sharing Time" is every Friday.  Please bring in something to share with your classmates (an item or a thought).




Specials Schedule

Art  - Wednesdays

Library - Fridays   

Music -  Monday and Thursdays       

P.E. - Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays


Math Resource

Class Size

We have 21 students in our classroom.


Boys ~ 10


Girls ~ 11


October Birthdays

Eleanor ~ 10-7

Julijana ~ 10-9

Nicholas ~ 10-11

Dylan ~ 10-25




We are looking forward to having Brinkley as our next classroom star!