Welcome to 1st Grade!

1st Monkey BarsWelcome to our Fantastic 1st Grade Classroom where your child will continue to develop a lifelong love of learning!



My name is Peggy Kennel and I began teaching at SFC in 2003, teaching fulltime for 10 years and currently job-sharing in 1st grade. (I job-shared my first year here in Kindergarten.) Previously, I taught in the Michigan public schools for 10 years. I hold a Masters in Special Education-Learning Disabilities.



St. Frances Cabrini School has high expectations for all its students and I set high goals for my 1st graders, actively engaging them in learning. Using positive motivation and constant encouragement, the students consistently reach their goals and continually “reach for the stars." God wants us to always be the best that we can be! Upon entering the classroom, there is a visual reminder of how we should always begin our school day: “Love God and Love Others." Each child is unique in God's eyes and will bloom and grow at his/her own rate with help from both actively involved parents and school staff teaming up for your child's successes.


Child Development



The main focus of 1st grade is that God is our Father who created us and loves us and we praise God’s goodness. It’s a wonderful time to remind them of how special they are and how each person is a precious child of God.

  • Prayer comes naturally; enjoys ceremony and ritual
  • Interprets Bible and other stories literally but cannot derive symbolic meaning
  • Comfortable with formal and spontaneous prayer
  • Awareness of Church is limited to his or her experiences at home and in the parish
  • Imagines God as a human person


  • Becomes more adept at paying attention, following directions; develops better techniques for exercising self-control.
  • Continues to prefer structured activities; predictable routines are sources of security.
  • Learns how to work together with classmates although conflicts among peers may occur frequently. Friendships are being established and become more aware of others and sensitive to others' feelings
  • Enjoys taking on new roles and responsibilities but still requires much direction from adults and frequently asks questions to ensure that they are completing the tasks the right way.
  • Becomes more attuned to the concept of fairness and justice; needs to win and will change rules to fit own needs.
  • Finds it difficult to accept criticism, blame, or punishment; child may be center of own world.


Although far from proficient in motor skills, it doesn’t dampen their enthusiasm for trying new activities. Hand-foot-eye coordination is developing, so skills like throwing, catching, kicking are still emerging. Sedentary children will not mature as quickly as those who participate in activities like team sports or backyard play.

First Grade Highlights

1st Grade is an exciting and busy time for learning, exploring, discovering, and growing. One of our beginning-of-the-year activities is our Apple Orchard field trip (actually a trip to my home which has lots of apple trees). This is a great community builder for both students and parents attending this hands-on approach to learning. We take part in the 1st Apple EyesChristmas pageant, the school-wide Learning Fair, attend children’s plays at the Olympic Junior Play Production, and set personal goals to become members of a variety of 1st grade clubs.


Students are highly motivated in all subjects. We strive to become members of the Kennel Club (300 Fry words), some master membership in the Chapter Book Club (500 Fry words), and the Purple Bracelet Club (mastery of all 1000 Fry words). Flat Stanley loves to travel the world, and we enjoy learning from his adventures. 1st grade is magical.

Service Activity

Our service activity focuses on actively supporting our U.S. military men and women. The students will reach out to show love, support, and appreciation to our presently 1st Parentsdeployed soldiers through frequent letters, drawings, and thank you notes.


In a joint community service project, the PreK, Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade classes will come together to pick apples, make applesauce as a group activity, create placemats, and serve our Seniors at the Catholic Community Services luncheon in October.







Religion: In the tradition of the Catholic Church, children will grow in understanding through following the Archdiocese of Seattle Catholic Schools standards to include The Six Tasks of Catechesis.

  • Knowledge of Faith
  • Liturgical Education
  • Moral Education
  • Prayer
  • Life, Community, and History of the Church
  • Missionary Spirit

Reading/Literature: In first grade, it's exciting when students transform into true readers. They apply their knowledge of how print works and practice strategies to decode unfamiliar words. They learn to …

  • Read aloud with fluency, accuracy, and understanding.
  • Read for pleasure - stories, informational texts, poems; develop a love for books and reading!
  • Identify parts of a story and use character setting, conflict/problem and main idea.

Language Arts: Common Core Standards to include:

  • Reading literature
  • Reading informational text
  • Reading foundational skills
  • Writing

Mathematics: Common Core Standards to include:

  • Operations and algebraic thinking
  • Numbers and operations in Base Ten
  • Measurements and data
  • Geometry

Social Studies: Students will…

  • Use maps, charts, and other geographic tools
  • Read the Pledge of Allegiance, learn patriotic songs/poems and recognize national symbols
  • Recognize traits of responsible citizenship; what it means to be a member of a community

Science: Students will explore and learn about…

  • Plants and animals
  • The earth, weather, sky, sound, light, and heat
  • The human body- the senses, growing and changing, personal health, personal safety

Technology: Students will…

  • Understand how computers/technology work and practice safe, legal behavior
  • Learn beginning keyboarding skills
  • Select and use common applications

PE, art, enrichment programs: Specialists teach these subjects