First Grade

First Grade
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Mrs. Speshyock Mrs. Svensson


Welcome to First Grade!

Mrs. Amy Speshyock
  • California native
  • Graduate of Cal Lutheran Universtiy
  • 19 years of service with Goleta Union School District
  • Taught at Ellwood School, El Camino School, and La Patera (for the past 10 years)
  • Married with 2 children (son in 7th grade and daughter in 11th grade)


Mrs. Tara Svensson:
  • California native
  • UCSB graduate
  • 22 years of service with Goleta Union School District
  • All years at La Patera (teaching 4th, 2nd, and 1st)
  • Married with 2 sons (9th grade and 11th grade at Santa Barbara High)



Ways you can help your child prepare for first grade:

• Make sure your child has a backpack

• Send a healthy snack for your child to eat at recess

• Send a healthy lunch with your child or send $3.00 for a hot lunch

• Check your child’s Friday folder weekly and remove papers *Check that your child has completed their homework and returns it on Fridays




Bridges in Mathematics, second edition, is a comprehensive K–5 mathematics curriculum developed to fully implement the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics in a manner that is rigorous, coherent, engaging, and accessible to all learners. The curriculum focuses on developing students’ deep understandings of mathematical concepts, proficiency with key skills, and ability to solve complex and novel problems. Bridges blends direct instruction, structured investigation, and open exploration. The program taps into the intelligence strengths of all students by presenting material that is as linguistically, visually, and kinesthetically rich as it is mathematically powerful.

Language Arts

Your child will build important reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Students will continue to learn the letters and sounds that make up words. They will think, talk, and write about what they read in stories, articles, and other sources of information. In their writing, students will work on putting together clear sentences on a range of topics using a growing vocabulary. Activities in these areas will include:

• Reading stories and showing they understand the lesson or moral of the story

• Asking and answering questions about a story, including characters, settings, and major events

• Comparing and contrasting the experiences of different characters

• Identifying the reasons an author gives to support a point

• Explaining differences between texts that tell stories and texts that provide information

• Learning and using new words

• Participating in class discussions by listening, responding to what others are saying, and asking questions

• Describing people, places, things, and events, expressing feelings and ideas clearly

• Learning basic rules of spoken and written English

• Working with others to gather facts and information on a topic

• Writing to describe an event, provide information on a topic, or share an opinion


Students attend the La Patera Science Lab with Mrs. Santoro using the “Foss” Curriculum (Full Option Science System). Focus areas: Physical – sound and light, Earth – air and weather, Life- plants and animals

Social Studies

“Reflections” Curriculum Units: Rules and Laws, Where People Live, We Love Our Country, Our Changing World, All About People, The Marketplace


Students receive a packet of Language Arts and Math homework every Monday. Homework is to be completed and return to school on Friday morning. All 1st graders receive the same homework assignments. Students should be reading nightly with a parent, adult, or older sibling. Time requirements: approx. 20-30 minutes


Field Trips:

Lane Farms Pumpkin Patch – Fall

Theater Outreach programs – through out the year

Santa Barbara Zoo – May/June

School Outreach Programs-

“Kids on the Block”

“Sprout Up” Science

“Kids In Nutrition”


School Supply List:

$20 donation is requested for field trips and necessary supplies.

quart size ziploc bags

sandwich size ziploc bags

Gift cards: Staples/Office Max/Bennett’s Educational Supply

Crayola Supertips – 20 or 24 pack


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