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Grade 1 News

Friday, April 12th, 2019
Dear Parents,
We had a terrific week in First Grade.  Below you will find some important reminders.
We will be wrapping up our unit of English Settlers. In class we will review
The Lost Colony, Jamestown, Pocahontas, Pilgrims and the Puritans. We will then begin our next unit, From Colonies to Independence!
In Science next week, we will be continuing our unity on Heredity. We will discuss Dominant and Recessive Genes. Students will get to take a survey to see if they inherited more dominant or recessive genes from relatives.
Next week in Literacy we will continue to practice the parts of speech. Students will focus on the difference between common and proper nouns. Ask your child if they can name you a common noun and then a proper noun to match (example: school, American Academy).
Mrs. Valentine’s homeroom class has been crafting hard! They are in need of extra glue sticks. If you would like to donate glue sticks please send them in with your child. We would greatly appreciate it!
A Note from the Principal

Join us on April 17 for a Parent Forum with renowned speaker, Brooks Gibbs on Building Resiliency in our Kids.    
Just as physical fitness is important to our health, mental fitness aids in our overall well-being.
Resiliency, one of the main components of positive mental health, allows students to stand in the face of challenges and persevere through times of disappointment or frustration.
Brooks Gibbs is a well-known expert on the topic of resiliency, and we are excited to welcome him to American Academy mid-April! His upbeat presentation is fun and relatable, as he delivers a message that empowers students to feel in control of their responses to feelings. With special attention paid to the issue of social conflict, Brooks Gibbs provides practical techniques that instill confidence in students and their ability to bounce back.
Our students will be hearing Mr. Gibbs speak during school day assemblies, so you can decide if you would like to bring them for this evening assembly. Let us know you're coming with an RSVP  so we can have enough seating.
If you are interested in learning more about Brooks you can check out his website at or watch a short video clip at
Parent Forum
April 17, 2019
6:30 PM
Backpack and School Supplies Drive
The Rebel Service Club is collecting backpacks and school supplies to be given to families in need here at AA and in Douglas County.   Please consider donating any of the following items between Monday, April 8th and Friday, May 10th:
- New or “like new” backpacks (any size, color, or style)
- #2 pencils
- Crayons (24 pack)
- Markers (8 or 10 pack)
- Colored Pencils (12 pack)
- Folders (any color)
- Spiral Bound notebooks (wide ruled)
- Bottled glue
- Glue Sticks
- Pink Erasers
- Tissue Boxes
There is no limit to how much you can donate & the grade level that donates the most total items will win a popsicle party during the last week of school! J Thanks for helping our kids grow in their character traits humility, and generosity by being an active part of this end-of-year supply drive!
Mrs. Fisher is getting ready for the end of the year Art Show.  Please use the sign up below if you would like to volunteer to help.
Volunteer Sign Up for the end of the year American Academy CP Art Show:
CP Specials Updates:
Please visit the respective links below to see what your child is experiencing in specials programming!

If you have any questions, please ask your child’s homeroom teacher. Have a great weekend!
Sincerely, the 1st Grade Team

Mrs. Anthenien, Mrs. Curl, Mrs. Miller, and Mrs. Valentine