Mrs. Arico's First Grade Jungle

Updated for the 2014-2015 School Year

Welcome to the First Grade Jungle!

Students and Families...

Welcome to First Grade!

My name is Mrs. Arico and I am so excited to be your child's teacher! This year we will travel on many exciting learning adventures together! Our classroom theme is "Jungle Fun in the First Grade." I am counting on each and every one of you to bring an explorer's mind to school, ready to learn and discover new things.

Like any good explorer, you should spend some time getting ready for your new journey.

This summer, I would like you to practice your letters and sounds, sight words, basic math facts, and always remember to read something everyday! It can be a picture book, a magazine, a story, or even a poem. Ask your family to read to you each day too!

I can't wait for the new school year to begin. It is an exciting year! I'd like to welcome those that are new to our school and a warm "welcome back" to our returning students, as you will be the "experts" of the school!

Enjoy the rest of your summer and I will see you at our Open House!

Here is a little video about First Grade! I hope you enjoy it!

Below you will find some of the exciting events that will be happening at

West Haverstraw Elementary School!

Open House at West Haverstraw Elementary School

Date: To be announced soon!

Time: TBD

Room: #11

I can't wait to meet all of my new jungle explorers! I have decorated the room especially for you!

All it needs is you!

I would love to meet you and have you explore your new classroom. It is a great way to start the year! You might even meet some of your new classmates too!


Supplies for School

First grade is an exciting year! We will be doing so many fun projects. One way to get off to a good start is to bring all of your supplies to school! You are welcome to bring them with you when you visit at our Open House!

Don't forget to label each item with your name!

First Grade Supplies
  • Crayons (a box of 24)
  • Scissors (Kid's Fiskar scissors)
  • 1 5x7 size plastic pencil box
  • One bottle of Elmer's White Liquid Glue
  • 6-8 LARGE Glue Sticks
  • 3 boxes of 12 SHARPENED pencils
  • 1 box of 8 Crayola Magic Markers
  • 1 pack of color pencils
  • 1 BLUE plastic folder
  • 1 RED plastic folder
  • 2 large pink erasers
  • 1 canister style cobered pencil sharpener
  • Elmer's white liquid glue
  • 12 sharpened color pencils

Other important things to bring to school on the first day!

  • a healthy snack and drink in a separate bag
  • lunch or lunch money
  • your bus pass
  • 2 photos of yourself
  • 2 emergency cards

In order to do their best each day, it is essential that they are prepared for school.


A letter to the ....

Families of Mrs. Arico's First Graders

Congratulations! You are the parent/guardian of a first grader at West Haverstraw Elementary School! You will be amazed at how much your child will grow this year! Most likely, your child has had the seeds of reading and writing planted, and during first grade, those seeds will grow and blossom, making your child more of an accomplished reader and writer! It truly is a year of tremendous growth!

You will see changes in your child's thinking, as he/she becomes familiar with abstract concepts and symbols. The change will be dramatic-- just compare a tiny seed with a full-grown sunflower. That's the kind of growth we are aiming for this year in first grade!

Observable growth occurs consistently when you and I work together. I am encouraging you to read daily with your child and to assist them when they need help. You can write a small note on their homework letting me know they had trouble completing it independently or if it was easy for them.

I am always available to speak with you or meet with you to discuss your child's progress. If you'd like to learn more about me please click on the box below.

Have fun exploring our class website!

I am excited and eager to begin the new school year! It is an exciting beginning for us all!



Just in case your little explorer forgot their homework, you can always find it on here!




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