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Welcome to First Grade! 

I hope everyone had a wonderful Fall break and a Happy Thanksgiving!  It's hard to believe there is only 15 days left until Winter Break.  There are several upcoming events in the month of December.

The First grade Christmas Musical is Thursday, December 17 at the VCMS from 6-7 p.m.  The students need to be there by 5:30. I look forward to seeing everyone in their festive Holiday outfits and hearing them perform.  The Primary Book Fair is from December 7-11 in our Media Center.  This is a wonderful opportunity for parents to purchase some Christmas gifts for their child.  Our classroom will participate in Holiday Centers on Wednesday, December 16 from 1:15-2:15.  If you would like to volunteer, then please let me know.  I would greatly appreciate your help.  First grade will also participate in Polar Express Day on Friday, December 18.  Students can wear their pajamas that are appropriate for this fun filled day.  You will receive more information about this fun day very soon.

First grade is an exciting time as children embark upon new adventures in the world of learning.  I am looking forward to a very exciting and productive year working with your child.  I will strive each day to make learning a fun and enriching process for your child.  However, I need your help in making this 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
Buffalo Basket Benefit note -
Class Schedule -
Classroom Behavior Plan -
Heritage Doll Project -
Heritage Doll Writing activity -
November Math Homework -
November Newsletter -
Orange County Regional History Center Field trip#1 -
Orange County Regional History Center Field trip#2 -
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) -

 November 2015
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Buffalo Pride Meeting








Mid-point 2nd Nine Weeks (Progress Reports sent electronically)

Holiday Pictures


Buffalo Basket Benefit




Orange County Regional History Center field trip





Fall Break (Nov.23-27)



Happy Thanksgiving





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