Miss McDannels' First Grade Class 


            Welcome to St. James Elementary First Grade Class


I aim to motivate my young learners by encouraging confidence and by promoting positive behavior. 


Our classroom is happy, supportive, caring and respectful.


We will be undertaking exciting new activities in our learning journey.


My goals for the students include, encountering many new skills that help to promote greater independence, developing social skills and building strong relationships.





We hope you enjoy looking at all the exciting things we are doing!


 Rules of Our Community Classroom 

1. Respect yourself and others.

2. Use kind words and manners.

3. Try your best.

4. Keep your hands and feet to yourself.

5. Pay attention and listen.






Graded work will be sent home on Wednesdays!


Spelling:  2 days a week

Math:  a math worksheet 2 days a week

Reading:  20 minutes a day


Students who fail to hand in their homework will recieve a note home.


Important Dates


Please join us on Saturday, May 7, from 11:00 - 3:00pm for our First Grade Jumble Sale Fundraiser! The Fundraiser will take place in the school field. Proceeds will benefit the first grade classroom library. Students are encouraged to donate unused toys. There will be face painting and a bounce house. All are welcome! Please see my contact page for more details.



Families and members of the community please sign up for Virtual Career Day! Friday May 14, from 9:00 - 2:00pm 

We will be using Skype to facilitate career day. The students will visually explore a professional’s place of work. A may Physician can take the students on a tour of the clinic whilst the students are in the comfort and safety of their very own classroom! The possibilties are endless. Help us make Virtual Career Day 2019 a huge success! Please see my contact page for more details.



                                                                    Virtual Career Day 2018



We will also use Skype to communicate with classrooms from different countries when we learn about different cultures.




World Day for Cultural Diversity
for Dialogue and Development 21 May




Diversity makes our class special. We learn about different cultures when we celebrate each other. On May 21st our class will observe this day to honor the world’s different cultures. Students are encouraged to bring something unique to class for show and tell that describes their own culture.


Celebrating diversity gives us the ability to work together, to listen to each other and to respect each others opinion.





                                                                         The thistle is the Scottish national emblem.


This year I will present a thistle at show and tell for cultural diversity day.


I am Scottish/American and I am proud of my Scottish birth place and roots.




During circle time we will read a book about Robert Burns, the famous Scottish Poet. Rabbie's Rhymes: Robert Burns for Wee Folk by James Robertson. 





There will be plenty of opportunities for volunteers to participate in story time. Story time with volunteers will be held every Friday from 11:00 - 12:00pm


Families and members of the community are welcome to come and see what we have been doing on special days.



Our Class News

Stay up to date with the latest happenings in our class by checking our weekly news page.


Class Pet!



My nephew’s guinea pig just had babies! Our class will be meeting an additional student very soon, Mac the Guinea pig. He is very friendly, but too small to come to class just yet. Mac will need to be fed and watered daily. He loves to eat carrots, hay and will need to have his cage cleaned at least once a week. I will assign students as weekly helpers to assist with these tasks.


Our class will happily accept donations of hay and bedding. 



Our class collects Box Tops! 

If you have some please send them our way!



Classroom Supplies

We are always in need of classroom supplies.

Here is a list of items we use daily:

  • Glue sticks
  • Lysol wipes
  • Newspapers
  • Markers




we have been especially lucky to receive materials and school supplies courtesy of local businesses. We have made thank you cards this week, to share our appreciation to our new friends in the community. 


I would like to personally thank:

Scottish Ventures LLC

Let Nadia Design it


Please bring all of your donations to the front office. 

Please see my contact page for more details.