• Welcome to 1st Grade

    Mrs. McElwee's Class

    Welcome to the 2023-2024 School Year!

    My Email: dmcelwee@jacksonsd.org

    The Night Before First Grade

    Use the link above to hear a fun story before our school year begins. Enjoy!

    I am so excited about meeting everyone on September 6th! All the students will need for the first day of school is:

    A backpack to transport their work to and from school. 

    A lunch if they are not purchasing one from the cafeteria

    A water bottle each day. 

    A simple snack each day.

    I will provide them with a folder, pencils, crayons, glue, and scissors.  I recommend establishing an area where they can complete their homework.  Pencils, crayons, scissors, and glue will be needed at home. I am looking forward to meeting you at Back to School Night on September 18th at 7:00 P.M. to go over our First Grade Curriculum. We are going to have a Fantastic Year!!

    Headphones are recommended, but not required.  

    Class Dojo:

    I use Class Dojo to help keep you informed about important news and updates.

    Please use this link to join our class.




    If you need to change your child's dismissal procedure for the day, you need to send a note with the date, stating how your child will be dismissed.  Please do not email me. If you forget to send a note, call the office and they will notify me. 

    Chromebook Information:

    Please be sure your child brings their CHARGED school issued chromebook to school each day.

    Our Specials Schedule

    Monday - Gym (Wear sneakers.)

    Tuesday - Computers

    Wednesday - Art

    Thursday - Library

    Friday -  Music

     We Are Learning About:


    We are reviewing the letters and sounds of the alphabet as well as Kindergarten Trick Words.  

    Kindergarten Trick Words    


    Topic One: Understanding Addition and Subtraction

    Addition and subtraction cards can be found at a Dollar Store.  Practicing and playing games with these would be beneficial.

    Social Studies

    We are learning about rules and laws.


    Birthday Party Policy

    Birthdays will be celebrated at lunchtime in the cafeteria.  If you choose to send in a snack, please be sure that it can easily be distributed to classmates. Ice-cream cakes and whole cakes cannot be accommodated by the food service staff.  You can deliver your item and/or treat to the receptionist or send it in with the birthday child.  Visitors are not permitted in the cafeteria.  Birthday party invitations cannot be handed out in school. However, parents are invited to join the class “party list” which will be distributed to parents that join the list.  We have 25 students.



    "Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can."~ Arthur Ashe