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 26 years, and have two amazing boys and the most loving Siberian Husky. This is my fifth year at Saint Zachary School. When I’m not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, watching Lifetime movies, shopping, and watching my older son play baseball at college. 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.  


May 30th- Memorial Day (No School)

May 31st- Glow Run pledge sheets are due.

June 1st- Glow Run

June 2nd- Field Day

June 3rd- Last Day of School (10:30am Dismissal)

*Have a safe, fun, and relaxing Memorial Day weekend!

*There will not be any more spelling tests OR homework this year!

*I have been sending home completed books, and will continue to send home more books and supplies next week so backpacks aren’t so heavy on the last day.

*Students took the third and final iReady Reading and Math diagnostic tests at school this week.  

*Be sure to check our A-Z Countdown to Summer Calendar each day to see what we are doing!

Here are some things we’ve been working on…


We identified story elements and lessons learned in various texts.

We have been editing sentences for capital letters, correct spelling, and punctuation.  We are also working on adding details to our writing and illustrations.


Students reviewed past skills we have worked on.

Students have been taking addition and subtraction time tests to improve fact fluency.

Please keep the orange 120 chart that was sent home in a safe place.  It is great for adding, subtracting, 1 more, 1 less, 10 more, 10 less, skip counting, patterns and more.  We are using the same one at school.  It is a valuable resource.


We discussed how God has given us all of creation to use and enjoy.  The world is God’s gift to us.  It is full of beautiful places and wonderful plants and animals.  God asks us to take care of his creation.  The gifts of creation are for all people.  God created each one of us.  No two people in the world are exactly alike.  We enjoy different things, have different gifts and talents, and look different from one another.  Jesus wants us to treat other people the way we want to be treated.  We should show kindness and respect.  


We learned that sound is a kind of energy that we 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 identified that an immigrant is a person who goes to a new country to live.  Immigrants want a good job and a good life for their families.  They bring their music, food, stories, and traditions to their new communities.

We identified folk tales and legends as traditional stories that are passed down through time.  Many of these stories teach people lessons about life.  These life lessons are called morals. 

We identified needs as things people must have to live (food, water, clothes, a place to live).  We identified wants as things people would like to have (toys, games).

We identified goods as things that people grow or make.  We identifies services as tasks that people do to help others.

We learned about bald eagles in our Scholastic Magazine this week, and how they are a symbol of our country.


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 at least 15-20 minutes of iReady math AND at least 15-20 minutes of iReady reading each week.