Grade 1


Mrs. Noreen Hancheck

Lake Ronkonkoma, New York

Education & Degree:

BA in Early Education (Cum Laude) from Dowling College, NY

Undergraduate plus 18 Master level credits

Total Years at St. Andrew: 16

Total Years of Experience: 21

Philosophy of Catholic Education:

“Children are living messages we send to a time we will not see. We, as teachers and parents, need to prepare them for the future. We need to nuture the entire child. Reading, writing, arithmetic AND a strong belief in God, will help the child be prepared to face what lies ahead. This is an unpredictable world, but we as Christians know that God is with us during these uncertain times. ‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in times of trouble. Therefore, we will not fear.’ (Psalm 46:2) Our children must know and rely on God if they are to succeed in life. I am privileged to be able to help the children become the messages that the world will want to hear.”

What’s Happening in Class:

Welcome to First Grade! The children are beginning to learn the routines and procedures of the classroom. They are also learning the rules and what is expected. I believe the year is off to a wonderful start.

This is a quick preview of what we are learning for the month of September.

Religion: We are learning about our church community. Remember to bring your child to church on the weekends. This will reinforce what they are learning at school. Go to to review for tests.

Social Studies: We are learning about school rules and the routines of a school day.

Math: We are finishing up ordering numbers from 1-120. Our next unit of study will be addition facts up to 10.

Reading: We use the Open Court Series. Right now we are focusing on segmenting words into syllables, and distinguishing onsets and rhymes. This is the basis for any phonetic program. The children must be able to hear and decipher the different sounds in words.

Writing: We are beginning to write in our “First Grade Journal.” We are learning to break up words into syllables in order to become better writers. At this time of the year, the children are writing how they hear it. It may not be written perfectly, but they will become better writers as the year progresses and they learn more skills.

Spelling: We are learning word families to help with our rhyming and spelling. The words will become more challenging as the year progresses.

Homework: Please check your child’s homework each night. Check for accuracy and neatness. If your child is taking more than ½ hour for their homework, please let me know. I want to make sure your child has downtime in order to relax, play, and rejuvenate. They work very hard in school and they need to still be “children.”

Accelerated Reader: We will begin testing children who are ready to begin this reading program in mid-September.

APPS/WEBSITES: I am in the process of collecting educational APPS and Websites that I will share with you. Please check back for further information.

This website will be updated monthly.