Anna Hurley – 1st grade teacher

  • St. Michael School teacher: 21 years
  • Previously: 7 years in Preschool/Pre – K, Current 1st Grade
  • Colleges attended: Mercyhurst College BA Special Education; Nazareth College Masters in Early Childhood Education.

I worked in Rochester for 10 years with adults with developmental disabilities and 7 years at Keuka Lake School in Penn Yan. I’m married to Kayo Hull with 2 adult step children.

Community involvement: Involved in Our Lady of the Lakes Catholic Community as Eucharistic Minister bringing communion to folks at S&S hospital and nursing homes. Member of the OLOL Liturgy Committee.

Grade 1 News

September 9, 2018

Dear Parents, What a great start to the school year! The students did well considering the heat and all the adjustments to 1st grade.

I would prefer to send emails rather than hard copies of class updates. If you want a hard copy, please let me know. Ms. Holland emails school information weekly, so my class updates will be sent as needed. If you are not getting Ms. Holland’s weekly emails, please let her know.

Classroom supplies: I sent home reminders on last Friday with the students who still need a few things.

Scholastic Book Club: orders are due Friday 9/14. If you are not ordering online, please send cash or a check made out to Scholastic.

Library: I do not send the library books home with the students. They read them in class during DEAR time.

Show and Tell: We don’t do Show and Tell. If there is something special (that’s educational/Science or Social Studies related, rather than a toy) – your child wants to share with the class, we will try to find time.

Home folders: home folders should go back and forth every day. Please check them daily and take out papers. Papers I have checked will either have a grade or a star on top.

Agendas: We will start using them on Monday. Each week we write the activities for the week. Once we start homework and spelling words (probably in early October) they will also be in the agenda. Agendas should come back and forth everyday.

Handwriting: At Open House you will be given a copy of the Handwriting/Letter Formation method we use. We are beginning with correctly printing first names.

Hand Sanitizer: I forgot to put hand sanitizer on the supply list. If you could send some in over the next few weeks that would be helpful. Thanks.

Here’s what we’ll be learning about during the months of September and October:

Social Studies: Culture – Families and Neighbors; Johnny Appleseed and School Rules

Math: i- ready assessment; review of Kindergarten Skills and Addition and Subtraction within 20

ELA: i-ready Assessment; review of Kindergarten Skills; short and long vowels; printing letters correctly; writing sentences; for Literature we will be using “Stellaluna” and “Time To Sleep” and Reading A-Z for individual reading.

Religion: Early Old Testament stories of Creation and Noah’s Ark and being good stewards of the Earth. First graders are the prayer leaders on Thursday. The first school Mass is September 21st at 11:00.

Science/Health: The 5 Senses – we will be reading the biography of Helen Keller as well as learning some Braille and Sign Language; Scholastic News topics are Pumpkins/Autumn and Spiders.

Technology: We use Moby Max and Spelling City.

Any questions, please email me at