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Ms. Nadya Martinez » Welcome to 1st Grade!

Welcome to 1st Grade!

Miss Martinez was born and raised in St. Helena, California. She comes from a Catholic family and grew up going to the St. Helena Catholic Church and attended their CCD religion classes. She is proud of being a Napa Valley native and feels blessed to call it her home.

Miss Martinez attended Santa Rosa Junior College and received her Child Development Teaching Certificate, as well as her Associate’s Degree in Social and Behavioral Science. She then transferred to California State University, Sacramento, where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Ethnic Studies. One of the Ethnic Studies view is the equality of education, regardless of a person’s background. During her undergrad program, Miss Martinez volunteered in an elementary and middle school. The elementary school was classified as a “Title 1” school, where majority of the children were considered low-income. She motivated the students to do well in school and opened their eyes to the benefits of being a good student.

For the past four years, Miss Martinez has been working at Montessori preschool in St. Helena. She began as a substitute, then a teacher assistant and soon after graduating from Sacramento State; she was offered a job as a lead teacher. She believes that every child can succeed academically with the right help and guidance. She gets joys from seeing her students overcome a challenge and continues to encourage them to do their best. Miss Martinez looks forward to completing her California Teaching Credential soon. Fun Fact: Miss Martinez is first cousin to Mr. Gallegos!


Recent Posts

A Few Reminders....

Hello First Grade Families,
I would like to start by saying how proud I am of the progress each first grade student has made thus far. This is truly a wonderful class and group of parents!
A few reminders....
If you are tardy to school, please check in with Mrs. Garcia, this way she can correct your attendance. 
Please make sure your child is following our school dress code. Our guidelines can be found in the student handbook. Thank you!

Family Mass-Sunday 1/29

To open up our “Catholic Schools Week” we will host a family mass this Sunday, January 29th at 10:00am. Please have your child wear his/her school uniform. I hope to see you all there!

Happy New Year!

Welcome back and Happy New Year!
I hope you all had a wonderful, restful winter break. I was very happy to see the class this morning and look forward to the remaining of the school year. It's important for your child to continue reading and practicing addition/subtraction math facts 1-20. We will continue to work hard and achieve our academic goals! 

Advent Program

This year our advent program will be held on Thursday, 12/15. Students will meet in their classroom at 6:15pm. 
Advent Program Attire:
White Shirt
Black Bottoms
Black Shoes

Christmas Mug Exchange

On Wednesday, December 14th the first grade class is having a Christmas mug exchange!

Please have your child bring a Christmas mug, wrapped or in a bag. Children will have a chance to pick out a mug and enjoy delicious hot chocolate.

Christmas Caroling

We will be caroling downtown this Wednesday, 12/7. Please make sure your child is wearing good walking shoes and coats to school. I also encourage your child to wear Santa hats, reindeer headbands, ect... to wear while caroling! 

Happy Thanksgiving!
Thank you parents for bringing in food and helping out during our feast. We appreciate you! 

Canned Food Drive

Our school is collecting canned food all this week! This is such a great service project and I encourage all families to bring in an item. Thank you! 

Field Trip Update

Thursday 10/27- Willy Wonka from 9:30-12.
Friday 10/28- Stanly Lane Pumpkin Patch (rain or shine!) 12:15-2. 
This is the last Friday of the month, which means it's free dress for those who haven't exceeded tardies this month. I encourage rain boots and coats on this day for Stanly Lane! If your child doesn't get free dress, they must come to school in uniform, but I will let them change into boots for the field trip. Any questions, please email me. 
*Don't forget booster seats for any field trips! 

Field Trip Dates

We have many field trips coming up this month! Please make sure all permission slips are signed and returned. Also, your child must bring in his/her booster seat on field trip days. Please email me with any questions. Thank you!
Friday 10/14-School of Rock in Sonoma (10:15am-2pm)
Thursday 10/27-Willy Wonka in Yountville (9:30am-12pm)
Friday 10/28- Stanly Lane Pumpkin Patch (12pm-2pm)
Monday 10/31- Mont La Salle-Trick or Treating (8:40am-11am) We will be back from this trip in time for our Halloween carnival. 

School of Rock Musical

On Friday October 14th, the 1st and 2nd grade classes will be attending the School of Rock Musical in Sonoma. This show is put together by the Sonoma Broadway Bound Kids (BBK). The show begins at 11:15am and is about 1 hour and 35 minutes long. The cost for each student is $6.
Our plan is to eat a big snack before driving to Sonoma, then having lunch after the performance. Seats are limited, so please let me know if you would like to drive on this field trip. I will take the first 4 parent volunteers.  
Our departure time is schedule for 10:00am and arriving back to school around 2:15pm. 

Kermes Donation

Our Kermes is coming up next month. If you are able to help, we are asking for a $10 donation per student.
Thank you for your support! We appreciate you! 

Zumba Class!

We are excited to announce that Zumba class will begin tomorrow! Listed below is our Zumba class schedule. Please keep in mind that children must still be in full uniform, but can wear black shorts underneath with either black or white sneakers/tennis shoes. We are asking for a $1 donation per student for each session. I will collect the money in the mornings. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. Thanks!
September 21 (this Wednesday)
October 19
November 16
December 14 (half day)
January 18
February 15
March 1, 15, 29
May 17, 31

Back to School Night

"Back to School Night" is this Wednesday at 5:30pm. We will begin in the parish hall, then come into the first grade classroom. See you then!