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Welcome to our First Grade Family! 

Happy September!  It's hard to believe that we have been in school for almost 4 weeks.  The students have been learning the rules and procedures of our first grade classroom.  September is a busy month full of fun-filled activities.

The students have been presenting their SMART T-shirt to their classmates.  I have really enjoyed hearing everyone share their special and unique interests and abilities.  We will display these special projects in the classroom for everyone to see.

Founder's Day Festival is Friday, September 30th.  This will be a fun-filled evening with games, rides, and fellowship with friends and family!  I appreciate everyone that signed up to volunteer for our booth which is called The Sweet Tooth.  I will be sending home a note soon that will tell you more about our booth, as well as an opportunity to send in items that could earn you PI time.  If you would like to volunteer to help with our booth, then please send me a note in your child's agenda or an email.  We still have several slots to fill.  Thank you again for your help!

First grade Parent Night will be Thursday, September 15th from 6-7 p.m. at the Primary Center.  This is a wonderful opportunity to hear more about our curriculum, educational resources that can be used at school as well as at home, and our standard based report card.  Not only will this night be beneficial to you, but you will also earn PI time as well.  I hope to see you there!   

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


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me through email (

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
August Math Homework -
August Newsletter -
Behavior Plan 2016-2017 -
Class Schedule -
HFW (Unit 1) -
HFW (Unit 2) -
HFW (Unit 3) -
HFW (Unit 4) -
HFW (Unit 5) -
HFW (Unit 6) -
High Frequency Words - High Frequency Words
Orange County History Museum Field trip (Form 1) -
Orange County History Museum Field trip (Form 2) -
September Math Homework -
September Newsletter -
SMART T Project -
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) -

 September 2016
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Labor Day (No School)

Quarter Mid-point (1st Nine Weeks)
Buffalo Pride Meeting (TVMS Gym 6-7 p.m.)









First Grade Parent Night (6-7 p.m.)















Founder's Day Festival (5-9 p.m.) VHS Football Field

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