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 second 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

The following concepts were covered throughout the week:


Language Arts:

- continued to work on reading comprehension

- read in guided reading groups

- identified the differences between free verse and rhyming poem

- identified how poets use alliteration, repetition, and onomatopoeia

- identified the central message of a poem

- learned how to visualize a poem by using the five senses for better understanding



- reviewed writing in complete sentences

- completed our star book

- continued with opinion writing



Phonics and Grammar:

- reviewed our sight words

- reviewed vowel sounds and vowel patterns

- discussed plural nouns

- spelled words with the "ed" and "ing" endings



- added and subtracted tens from multiples of 10

- added tens and ones to a two-digit number

- added ones and ones or tens and tens


Social Studies:

- read and discussed our "Time For Kids" and "Scholastic News" 

- third and final visit from the fireman

- began our discussions on where the students live (city, state, continent)

- discussed Earth Day




- completed our discussions on animals that are extinct







Extra Information

* Please do not forget to label your child's winter coat, hat, gloves, mittens, boots, and snow pants.


* Please have your child dress appropriately for the winter weather.


* The school nurse is asking for donations of old clothes for the school office.


* Library books are due on Monday.  


* Red folders should be brought to school each day.


* Please contact me if you would like to read to the class.


* Daily snacks should be placed in the backpack.





- phone number and address


- tying shoes


- zipping and buttoning winter coats


Specials Schedule

Art  - Thursday ~ 1:55-2:55

Library - Tuesday ~ 1:55-2:25    

Music - Wednesday ~ 2:25-2:55

             Friday ~ 1:55-2:25

P.E. - Tuesday ~ 2:25-2:55

          Wednesday ~ 1:55-2:25

Math Resource

Class Size

We have 21 students in our classroom.


Boys ~ 11


Girls ~ 10


April Birthdays

Savannah 4~5


John 4~21


Makenzie 4~24




Isaac did an excellent job as our classroom star.  He enjoyed sharing his poster with the class and filling the estimating jar with pennies!  The boys and girls enjoyed learning that Isaac likes to play soccer, play with his friends at school, and go on vacation to Mexico.