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Welcome to our First Grade Family! 

Hello April!  It's very hard to believe that we have less than 30 school days left!  This month is very busy for us.  Please read below at the exciting things planned for this month.

The students will be taking the third and final DEA test this month.  They will be taking the reading portion of the test the week of April 17 -21 and the math portion the week of April 24-28.  This is such an important time for the students to show what they have learned this year in first grade.  I am very excited to see their growth!  Please make sure that your child gets a good night's sleep and a healthy breakfast these weeks.  This will definitely help them to do their best.

The students will bring home their last home project this year on Thursday, April 6th.  The students get to create their own Garbage Monster using recyclable materials.  The note explains the project, as well as gives you examples and guidelines to follow.  I have placed a copy of the note on my webpage for you as well.  The students also have a form to fill out that will go along with their project.  They will present these wonderful creations to their classmates, so you may want to practice at home.  This project is due on Friday, April 21st.  I look forward to seeing these fabulous creations! 

Our class has taken over 2,000 AR test and has earned over 1.000 points.  I am very proud of them!  Every student has met their goal of 25 points and some students are on their way to the 100 point club!  The last day for AR testing is May 5th.  Please continue to read!

First grade is an exciting time as children embark upon new adventures in the world of learning.  I am looking year as successful as it can be!  I believe that you and I are a team working together to help your child develop emotionally and academically.  You are the most important person in your child’s life and you are also a teacher in your child’s life.  I know if we work together and communicate, your child will have a very successful year! 

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have during the year (  


Mrs. Melissa Danford


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Mrs. Melissa Danford

First Grade Teacher

The Villages Charter School

Spelling City (practice Spelling words on this fun website)


Accelerated Reader Program (AR)

The Accelerated Reader (AR) program is a computer program that provides teachers and children with a fun and exciting way to boost reading skills. This program also serves as an assessment tool that allows me to monitor both the quantity and quality of reading practice that your child is engaged in.In my classroom we use Accelerated Reader in order to help students improve reading comprehension as well as to help them develop a love for reading. Accelerated Reader is an independent reading program based on the principle that practice improves reading.  to view your child's progress in the AR (Accelerated Reader) program you can visit the website listed below. It is easy to get signed up and use this great service. You will receive emails to your personal email address when you child has tested. It is a valuable tool to use keeping in touch with your child's progress. Please take advantage of this resource offered to you. We are already racking up AR points so that we can earn as many AR points as possible.  The first grade goal is 25 points by May.  All first graders earning 25 points will get to attend the annual pancake breakfast.  I have also encouraged students to aim higher towards the 100 point club.  Students who earn 100 points will get to attend the annual pizza party.


PDF documents
April Math Homework -
April Newsletter -
Behavior Plan 2016-2017 -
Class Schedule -
Garbage Monster Project note -
HFW (Unit 5) -
HFW (Unit 6) -
High Frequency Words - High Frequency Words
March Newsletter -
Orlando Science Center Consent form -
Spelling Words (2nd Nine Weeks) -
Spelling Words (3rd Nine Weeks) -
Spelling Words (4th Nine Weeks) -
Volunteer Application (pg.1) -
Volunteer Application (pg.2) -

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