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Welcome to First Grade! 

Our Award's Day Program will be on Tuesday, May 20th from 9:30 - 10:30 in our classroom.  This is a time to celebrate your child's accomplishments this year. This is their time to shine and I am very proud of them!  I look forward to seeing everyone there. 

The students will continue to bring home their baggy books each night to practice with mom or dad.  They need to practice reading their book several times and return them each day so they can get a new book. Parents please don't forget to initial the form in their bag to let me know that they have read it to you.   Students have also started bringing AR books from the Media Center. Please have them read it at least 2 or 3 times, then write me a note in their agenda to let me know when they are ready to test on it.   They are working so hard for me and I love hearing them read! Please continue to have your child complete the reading homework that comes home every Monday and answer the comprehension questions.  Please review over these with them. Remember this sheet is due every Thursday. 

You are able to see weekly spelling words and high frequency words (HFW)  in several places. They are available on the website calendar below and our monthly newsletter.  The spelling words are also in your child’s binder.  Students should be able to read and spell spelling words and read HFW.  Reading and spelling tests are on Fridays.

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

Important Dates/Events to Remember:

May 5-9  End of Course Exams (Special Area Classes)

May 6     Buffalo Pride Meeting

May 7    Florida Fish and Wildlife Presentation

May 13  Second Grade tour

May 14  Pancake Breakfast (25 AR points)

May 20  Award's Day Program (9:30 -10:30) Classroom

May 23  Last day of school


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
120 Math Chart -
April Math Homework -
April Newsletter -
Behavior plan -
Class Schedule -
Garbage Monster Project -
Orlando Science Center Field Trip consent form #1 -
Orlando Science Center Field Trip consent form #2 -
Spelling Words (3rd Nine Weeks) -
Spelling Words (4th Nine Weeks) -
Volunteer Application Form -
Volunteer Application Form 2 -

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