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Phone: (812) 462-4307

Welcome to first grade!  My name is Ms. Cardinal. I have been a teacher since 2006. Prior to that, I was a substitute teacher while being a stay at home mom. My first year of teaching was at Hoosier Prairie Elementary as a kindergarten teacher. I have been a first grade teacher at Rio Grande since the fall of 2007.  I have three adult children and two amazingly perfect grandchildren.  I am a Colts fan, I love spending time with my friends and family and enjoy traveling.

Student Supplies

  • 2 boxes of crayons
  • 1 pair of scissors (blunt)
  • 2 large boxes of tissues
  • 1 plastic school box (not the large one)
  • 48 or 2 boxes of 24 (number 2) pencils
  • 4 packs of Twistable colored pencils
  • 6 glue sticks
  • 1 large pink eraser
  • 1 small box of pencil top erasers
  • 2 plastic purple folders with prongs
  • 8 dry erase markers (fine-tip, black)

Chromebook Supplies

  • Ear Buds or headphones
  • (optional) Wireless Mouse
  • (optional) Keyboard Cover

Extra Supplies

  • Donations of post-it notes, zip lock bags and Band-Aids are appreciated.

Classroom Supplies

These are items we use and need throughout the year.  If you would like to help out by donating these items it would be aprreciated.

  • paper towels
  • dry erase markers
  • baby wipes

Classroom Snacks

  • big bag of Skittles
  • Juice boxes
  • individual packaged snacks ( pretzels, cookies, snack bars)

Items Needed for _________

Info will be added for special events or classroom activities at the time of the need.

Ms. Cardinal’s First Grade Rules

  • Follow Directions
  • Raise Your Hand For Permission To Speak
  • Raise Your Hand For Permission To Leave Your Seat
  • Make Smart Choices
  • Keep Your Dear Teacher Happy

Super Improver’s Team

We will be using the ” Super Improver’s Team” Behavior Program in the classroom to encourage good behavior.  This Program consists of 10 levels.  Students can move up a level by earning 10 stickers. When a student completes a level, he/she will bring home their sticker chart, receive a prize and move to the next level.  Some students may not make it all the way to the 10th level and that is okay! the point of this system is to allow students to progress at their own pace. Students can earn stickers by showing improvement in academics, character, and behavior.


Level 1:  Rookie                                            Level 6: Whiz Kid

Level 2: Learner                                           Level 7: Pro

Level 3: Leader                                             Level 8: Expert

Level 4: Captain                                           Level 9: Master

Level 5: MVP                                                 Level: 10 Legend

Weekly Encore Schedule

Monday:  P.E.  ( Wear Sneakers)

Tuesday: Computer Lab And Miss Eup

Wednesday:  Music

Thursday:  Art

Friday:  Library

Daily Schedule

8:00-8:15 :  Morning Work

 8:15-8:30 : Calendar Time

8:30-9:30 :  Math

9:30-11:00 : Reading  

11:00-11:40 : Lunch/Recess

11:45-12:00 : Read Aloud

12:00-12:40 : Encore

12:45-1:15: Reading Intervention/Enrichment

1:15-1:45 : Writing/Spelling/Grammar

1:45-2:00 : Recess

2:00-2:30 : Science/Social Studies/ Health

2:30-2:40 :  Prepare to Dismiss

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