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Welcome to our First Grade Family! 

We have a lot of exciting news for the month of February.  The students have been working very hard on our new concepts and I am very proud of them.  Thank you for your help and support at home!  Here are a just a few reminders of important things going on this month.

Monday, February 8, we will be starting a new fluency homework activity.  The instructions will be in your child's baggie envelope along with the passage that they will be practicing for the week.  Please have your child read the passage once a night and record their time and wcpm on the recording sheet.   The passage and recording sheet are also placed in your child's baggie envelope.  Please keep all this information in your child's baggie envelope.  Each week there will be a new passage for them to practice for the week.  If you have any questions, please don't hestiate to ask.

Our field trip to the Orlando Science Center is scheduled for Friday, March 25th.  The cost is $25.00.  If you would like to chaperone, your form must be turned in by Thursday, February 25th.  The drawing will be February 26th.  Your volunteer application and a copy of your driver's license must be submitted before February 25 in order to eligible for the drawing to be a chaperone.  The application is available for you to print on my webpage.  There are 2 forms to submit.  The parent cost is $11.00.  This field trip will be fun and educational for everyone!

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
100th Day of School Hat Project -
Class Schedule -
Classroom Behavior Plan -
February Math Homework -
February Newsletter -
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 (Orlando Science Center)

Buffalo Pride Meeting



3rd Nine Weeks Mid-term




Florida Wildlife Presentation



Valentine exchange today
Dental Health Presentation



President's Day (No School)










Chaperone information due by today (Volunteer Applications/Driver's license must be turned in by today to be eligible)

Chaperone Drawing today




Literal Translation