First Grade,
Ms. Anna Wanner

“To be understood as to understand,
To be loved as to love, For it is in giving that we receive. . .”
~ from The Prayer of Saint Francis


My name is Anna Wanner and I am the first-grade teacher at Holy Cross for the 2021-2022 school year. We welcome Ms. Jackie Wang as the incoming first grade teacher for the 2022-2023 school year!

As my time at Holy Cross comes to a close, I find myself full of immense gratitude and joy. I could never say thank you enough to the faculty, students, and families that form this special community. I have been truly blessed to spend the last two years at Holy Cross, growing first as a student-teacher and then as the first-grade teacher. Holy Cross Catholic School will always hold a special place in my heart and will continue to be in my prayers.

Contact Miss Wanner

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him." ~ Romans 15:13

What can you do over the summer?

  • Keep on reading! Read 10 books for your Holy Cross Summer Reading. Make sure to write down the titles!
  • Practice addition and subtraction facts within 20.
  • iReady math:

Top Ten Ways to Keep the Brain Engaged

  1. Read, read, read!!! (and record your minutes for the scholastic challenge too!)
  2. Keep a special writing journal
  3. Read, read, read to your parents, sisters, brothers, cousins… anyone
  4. Practice adding, subtracting, and using numbers to 100
  5. Write a story to give to friends or family
  6. Read, read, read non-fiction articles, kid magazines or books
  7. Practice counting change (money)
  8. Play learning games on the computer (websites like abcya, starfall, or pbskids)
  9. Do art, craft, and music activities
  10. Play hard (get lots of exercise) and most importantly, have fun

Websites for Learning:

  • has a free video of the week and accompanying quiz and activities.
  • has many free features for early readers and some math for first and second grade levels.
  • has some online features but I like their free apps. There are several apps that are online versions of math learning aids -- Rekenreks, numberlines, number pieces for place value, pattern shapes and more.
  • This International Children’s Digital Libarary website also has online children’s books but these are international stories in many different languages. There is no audio feature but the stories are much more interesting and international than the usual fare.
  • There are math drills, daily trivia questions, sudoku, puzzles and more.