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Welcome to First Grade! 

I hope you will be able to attend the Open house on Monday, August 18 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Primary Center.  I will share some important information about first grade that will help make this year a success.  I look forward to seeing you!  

Your child has brought home a SMART T Project to complete at home.  Students need to decorate their T-shirt with 2-3 Smarts that best represents themselves.  They need to label each Smart and show examples of each Smart through drawings, magazine pictures, photographs, or writings.  This is a wonderful opportunity for them to be unique and creative in their creations.  This project is due no later than Friday, August 29.  If your child finishes early, then they may turn it in before the due date.  If you have misplaced your SMART T note/directions, then I have a copy of it available for you to see/print on my webpage.  If you have any questions about this project, please don't hesitate to ask.  I look forward to seeing all the creative creations!  

I encourage you to get involved and become a partner in your child's education. I welcome parent involvement and strongly encourage it. I know that is not always possible to do everything all the time, but helping with your child's homework or checking out my webpage is a wonderful start.  This is going to be a wonderful year! I am honored to have the opportunity to assist in your child's education by providing an exciting, engaging and safe experience for them. Thank you for sharing your beautiful children with me for this school year.  I look forward to a very rewarding year and working with each of you to ensure that your child will have a successful year!

As always if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!  You can contact me through email, a note in your child's agenda or a phone call.  I will get back with you as quickly as I can and will be happy to answer any questions that you might have.


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
120 Math Chart -
Behavior Plan 2014-2015 -
Open House note -
SMART T Project (Multiple Intelligences) -
SMART T Project note -
Volunteer Application pg. 1 -
Volunteer Application pg. 2 -

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