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Welcome to our First Grade Family! 

Happy February!

We have many fun and exciting things happening this month! One exciting thing planned for this month is celebrating Valentine's Day.  We will exchange valentines on Tuesday, February 14th in our classroom.  I have sent home a list of the students in our class.  We have 17 students.  The students love receiving valentines from their friends.  

You should have received information about our next field trip which is in March.  It was sent home on Wednesday, February 1st.  We will be going to the Orlando Science Center on Tuesday, March 21.  The cost is $22.00 for students and $11.00 for chaperones.  We can have 9 chaperones.  If you are interested in being a chaperone, then please turn in your chaperone interest form by February 16th.  Also, please make sure that you have turned in your Volunteer Application along with a copy of your driver's license by February 16th. We will draw names for chaperones on February 17th and you will be notified either way.  The payment is due March 2nd.  I have the field trip forms available for you on my webpage. The students are super excited about our field trip!

The Florida Fish and Wildlife will be here Wednesday, February 8th to talk to us about different animals and their classification.  They always to do a wonderful job with their presentation and the students love it!  It also correlates with our Science unit on Living/Nonliving things. 

Monday, February 20th is President's Day and there will be No School.

February is Dental Health month.  We will receive a special visit from Village Dental on Friday, February 24th.  They tell us ways to take care of our teeth. They also give us wonderful goodies to help take care of our teeth.  

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
100th Day of School Hat Project -
Behavior Plan 2016-2017 -
Class Schedule -
December Newsletter -
Heritage Doll Project note -
HFW (Unit 1) -
HFW (Unit 2) -
HFW (Unit 3) -
HFW (Unit 4) -
HFW (Unit 5) -
HFW (Unit 6) -
High Frequency Words - High Frequency Words
January Newsletter -
Orlando Science Center Consent form -
Orlando Science Center Field trip -
Spelling Words (1st Nine Weeks) -
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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Field trip information sent home today







Florida Fish and Wildlife visit








Chaperone interest form due today/Volunteer Application due




No School (President's Day)




Dental Health visit