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Greetings Parents,

Our next town meeting is Friday, February 8th at 10:00 for PreK-1. We hope to see you there. I have had a few requests for Raz Kids and Lexia logins. I'm putting them together for all students and hope to have them sent home by Friday. I'm also sending home the February reading log. Please have your child return the January reading log by Friday. If you have any questions, please email me.

Thanks, Mrs. Canalori


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Some reminders:

  • Our annual Ziti dinner is Tuesday, December 11th. First grade will be putting together a Tools for School themed raffle basket. If you would like to donate any items, please have them in no later than December 5th. Thank you in advance!!
  • The 8th graders will be selling holiday gifts during each lunch wave. The prices range from $0.10 to $8.00.
  • The Scholastic Enchanted Forest Book fair will begin this week. Homeroom 162-Mrs.Canalori is scheduled to go on Monday, December 10th. It will be open 5:30-7:00 during the ziti dinner too.

If you send in money with your child to purchase something from the store or the book fair, please place the money in an envelope and write your child's name on the outside and specify if it is for the book fair or store.



English Reading: 

I will be collecting the November reading logs this week. They were handed out in a gallon size zip lock bag with reading books at the end of October. I have attached a new reading log for the month of December. Students can read books, use RAZ kids or Lexia towards the reading log.

We still have a paper shortage. The reading log and practicing the sight words until mastered is English reading homework. I sent home the sight word lists in the beginning of November. If you need another copy, please email me. The more your child reads and practices these words at home, the better reader and writer he/she will become.

I will be sending home math homework this month for homeroom 162. We are starting chapter 5-plane and solid shapes

Mrs. Canalori


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  • Wednesday, November 14th is an early dismissal day. Parent/teacher Conferences will be held 1:00-5:30. Please email me if you are not signed up. 
  • Thursday, November 15th is picture retake day. Please email your childs homeroom teacher if he/she will getting their picture taken. 
  • Friday, November 16th, is our first town meeting. Prek-1st grade performs at 10:00. We hope to see you there!
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Our chapter 2 math test is Friday 10/5/18.

Homeroom 162 will take it in English 

Homeroom 161 will take it in Spanish

Chapter 2 is all about number bonds. (part, part, whole)

Students will be asked to:

  • find a missing number
  • how many more to make a number
  • complete the number bond by looking at a picture
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First grade math:


We have finished chapter 1- numbers to 10


Chapter 2-Use a number bond (part, part, whole) to add and subtract numbersImage result for number bond

Reading: Continue to practice the weekly sight words in both English and Spanish. This will help your child become a better reader and writer. We are working daily on our early reading strategies.


Some First Grade Reminders:




  • Breakfast begins at 8:20. If your child is going to eat breakfast in school, please have him/her arrive at 8:20 to ensure there is enough time to eat. Instruction begins promptly at 8:45.
  • Your child will be marked tardy if he/she arrives after 8:35.
  • Please label all clothing. We have several sweatshirts that are unclaimed.
  • All sweatshirts and sweaters must be blue or your child will be asked to remove it. If a student is not wearing a sweatshirt properly, they will be asked to hang it up.
  • Mr. C will be placing all PE uniform orders soon. If you would like to place an order, send in the order form and money tomorrow.

The First Grade Team

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Our Mission

At John C. Daniels Interdistrict Magnet School of International Communication students are taught to be creative thinkers who understand and appreciate the diversity in their communities and in the world. Students learn to communicate in different languages enhanced by technology and infused with the arts.  Students are inspired to excel in their studies, to be healthy and active and to contribute to a global society.

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It is the policy of the New Haven Public Schools district that no person shall be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of or otherwise discriminated against under any program, including employment. Protected classes include Age, Ancestry, Color, Gender Identity or Expression, Genetic Information, Learning Disability, Marital Status, Mental Disability, Intellectual Disability, National Origin, Physical Disability, Race, Religious Creed, Sex, Sexual Orientation, equal access school facilities and school premises to Boy Scouts for America and other designated youth groups.

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Contact Us

Interim Principal: Mr. Pedro Mendia-Landa
Assistant Principal: Ms. Tianko Ellison

569 Congress Avenue
New Haven, CT 06519

Main Office: 475-220-3600
Magnet Office: 475-220-3604
Fax: 475-220-3605



School Hours: 8:35am - 2:50pm

Pre-K Program: 7:30am - 5:30pm