Mrs. Julie Willett


Hi!  I’m Mrs. Willett, and I’m the First Grade teacher. I graduated from Roosevelt University with a BA in Education. I taught First Grade for seven years, and then stayed home to raise my boys. I’ve been happily married for 28 years, and have two amazing boys and the most loving Siberian Husky. This is my seventh year at Saint Zachary School. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, watching Lifetime movies, and shopping.  First grade is an exciting year where friendships blossom, children build self-confidence, expand their knowledge, and foster their independence. It is my hope that my students become lifelong learners, and learn not to be afraid of making mistakes. I look forward to getting to know each of my students and their families, as we grow and learn together.  


Important Dates:    

May 21st– Field Trip to Legoland Discovery Center

May 27th- Memorial Day (No School) 

June 5th– Last Day of School  (10:30am Dismissal) 

*Be sure to ask your child about all of the fun facts we learned on our trip to Capannari’s!

*Be sure to check the ABC Countdown Calendar each day to see what we are doing!

*Library books are due on Tuesday.

*If your child wears gym shoes with laces to school, please be sure to practice tying the shoes at home.  Thank you!     

*iReady cards were sent home with login information so that lessons can be completed at home if needed.  Please be sure to keep them in a safe place.  If your child does not complete 2 math lessons and 2 reading lessons each week, I will be sending you an email.  Extra lessons can also be done at home throughout the week.  

*Please contact me if you would like to be a Mystery Reader OR if you would be interested in coming in and sharing information about your job.   

Here are some things we’ve been working on…

Reading/Writing/Spelling: Students identified basic similarities and differences between the illustrations and words in two texts.  

*We are done with our spelling tests for the year.*

Students took the iReady Reading Diagnostic.

Students have been working on forming their letters and numbers correctly, putting capital letters at the beginning of sentences and punctuation at the end, and sounding out words as they write. 

Math: Students reviewed telling time to the hour and half hour using analog and digital clocks.  We worked on telling time to the quarter hour and minute as well.

Orange 120 charts were sent home for students to use when doing math.  Please keep them in a safe place, as they will be a valuable tool/resource to have and use throughout the school year.

Religion: We learned that the Church honors Mary.  When we honor people, we show them how special they are to us.  We honor Mary because she is the mother of Jesus.  We honor Mary in different ways.  One way is to celebrate her feast days.  The Church also has prayers to honor Mary.  One special prayer that we say is the Hail Mary.  We reviewed that saints are followers of Jesus who have died and now live forever with God.  The saints tried to live the way Jesus asked.  They loved God very much.  

Our virtue for this month: Temperance 

Science: Students learned that sound is a kind of energy you hear.  Sound is made when an object vibrates.  To vibrate is to move quickly back and forth.  Loudness is how loud or soft a sound is.  Pitch is how high or low a sound is.  Sound is important to everyday life.  Some sounds give you information.  Sounds can warn you, too.  

Social Studies: We learned that goods are things that people grow or make.  Services are tasks that people do to help others. 


Homework will be given every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  It will reinforce the skills we are working on in class. 

Reading logs will be sent home every Monday, and will be due every Friday. 

New spelling words will be sent home every Friday, and should be practiced at home for our Friday tests.

Students should complete and pass 2 iReady math lessons AND 2 iReady reading lessons each week.  Any iReady lessons that are not completed in class will be assigned for homework.