10/21/16 Newsletter

It was a great week in first grade! Students learned about adjectives, rewrote Sheila Rae, The Brave with adjectives reflecting themselves, and used adjectives to describe pumpkins. In science, first graders continued to learn about earth’s place in the universe by studying stars and the moon. Thursday, students participated in the Great Washington Shake out, a statewide earthquake drill. The drill was followed up with a disaster drill to assess our emergency preparedness. Everything went smoothly and the students were fantastic! For more information about the Great Washington Shake Out, please visit www.shakeout.org/washington.

Book Bags

This weekend your son or daughter will bring home a book bag. Each book bag should contain one or two books to read over the weekend. (Some book bags will contain a green folder with additional work from Mrs. McCarthy.) Please return book bags Monday with the books enclosed. Students who have practice pages in green folders should keep the printouts at home and return the empty green folders with the book bags on Monday.

Volunteer Opportunity

Mrs. Dahlgren is in need of parent volunteers during lunch recess from 11:00 – 12:15, particularly on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Your help is needed especially on rainy day recess days to supervise individual classrooms. If you are interested, please click here to sign up.

Conference Note

These are parent, student, teacher conferences. Your child needs to attend. Each conference is 15 minutes with a 5 minutes passing period between. Parents and child will meet with Mrs. Todd to discuss the Thinking About Me form and an SLE (Schoolwide Learning Expectation) assessment teachers completed. Students will set a goal for the year and then listen to a story on the iPad while parents continue the conference. I look forward to meeting with each of you!

 

Questions to Ask

– What can you tell me about the sun? The moon?

– What is an adjective?

 

Special Notes

– No First Mate next week.

– Youth Group Halloween Carnival October 21st 6pm – 7pm

– Conferences October 26th – 28th.

– Scholastic book orders due October 31st

– Seattle Art Museum (11/18) field trip permission slips will come home after conferences.

 

I Can…

– use common nouns, verbs, and adjectives. L.1.1

– punctuate sentences. L.1.2

– spell first grade words. L.1.2

– use context clues to help me understand a new word or words. L.1.4

– sort words into categories and tell why they belong there. L.1.5

– follow rules for discussions and talk with others. SL.1.1

– speak and write in complete sentences. SL.1.6

– write to tell a story. W.1.3

– help my class write. W.1.7

– tell who, what, when, where, why and how after reading. RL.1.1

– tell the characters, setting, and what happens in a story. RL.1.3

– use words and pictures to help me tell about the characters, setting, and plot. RL.1.7

– read and understand first grade fiction. RL.1.10

– tell the number of syllables in words. RF.1.2

– use digraphs and vowel pairs to help me read. RF.1.3

– use strategies to solve addition word problems. 1.OA.1

– use the commutative property of addition. 1.OA.3

– count to help me add and subtract. 1.OA.5

– add facts within 20. 1.OA.5

– know what an equal sign means. 1.OA.7

– tell how many tens and how many ones are in a number. 1.NBT.2

– use manipulatives and pictures to help me solve problems within 100. 1.NBT.4

– find 10 more or 10 less in my head. 1.NBT.5

– use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted. 1.ESS1.1

– make observations at different times of the year to relate the amount of daylight to the time of year. 1.ESS1.2

 

S.L.E.s

– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.

 

10/14/16 Newsletter

Congratulations! We exceeded our jog-a-thon goal. Thank you for all of your hard work and support for St. John School. This week students attended class mass with their eighth grade buddies. They harvested potatoes, learned about earth’s place in the universe, observed the position of the sun, made characters think, move and feel, and continued to learn addition strategies.

A special thank you to Mrs. Aguila for helping with the garden and making our potatoes for our potato party so students could taste their harvest. Thank your Mrs. Glassburn, Mrs. Masterson, and Mrs. Beck for creating a fun art lesson! 

Conference Note

These are parent, student, teacher conferences. Your child needs to attend. Each conference is 15 minutes with a 5 minutes passing period between. Parents and child will meet with Mrs. Todd to discuss the Thinking About Me form and an SLE (Schoolwide Learning Expectation) assessment teachers completed. Students will set a goal for the year and then listen to a story on the iPad while parents continue the conference. Thank you to everyone who has scheduled conferences already!

Questions to Ask

– How was class mass?

– What were your favorite potatoes?

– What does the earth move around? What moves around the earth?

Special Notes

– First Mate next week is Myla.

– Youth Group Halloween Carnival October 21st 6pm – 7pm

– Conferences October 26th – 28th.

– Scholastic book orders due October 31st

I Can…

– spell first grade words. L.1.2

– use context clues to help me understand a new word or words. L.1.4

– sort words into categories and tell why they belong there. L.1.5

– follow rules for discussions and talk with others. SL.1.1

– speak and write in complete sentences. SL.1.6

– write to tell a story. W.1.3

– help my class write. W.1.7

– tell who, what, when, where, why and how after reading. RL.1.1

– tell the characters, setting, and what happens in a story. RL.1.3

– use words and pictures to help me tell about the characters, setting, and plot. RL.1.7

– read and understand first grade fiction. RL.1.10

– tell the number of syllables in words. RF.1.2

– use digraphs and vowel pairs to help me read. RF.1.3

– use strategies to solve addition word problems. 1.OA.1

– use the commutative property of addition. 1.OA.3

– count to help me add and subtract. 1.OA.5

– add facts within 20. 1.OA.5

– know what an equal sign means. 1.OA.7

– tell how many tens and how many ones are in a number. 1.NBT.2

– use manipulatives and pictures to help me solve problems within 100. 1.NBT.4

– find 10 more or 10 less in my head. 1.NBT.5

– use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted. 1.ESS1.1

– make observations at different times of the year to relate the amount of daylight to the time of year. 1.ESS1.2

S.L.E.s

– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.

 

 

10/6/16 Newsletter

 

The first graders were amazing at mass Wednesday. They sang, responded, rang bells, and greeted the school with an outstanding first all school liturgy. This week students continued to learn and practice addition strategies but pushed sums to twenty. In social studies students discussed and sorted the differences between needs and wants. First graders continued to study nouns and verbs and wrote their own class version of Memoirs of a Goldfish.  

Conference Note

Conferences are coming up at the end of October. Each conference is 15 minutes with a 5 minutes passing period in between. Please remember that students are to attend conferences. Families are to schedule conferences during conference week. Send in your pre-conference forms no later than Friday, October 14th. I look forward to meeting with each of you! Please click here to sign up. Be sure to scroll across the top and click on the “Todd” tab to sign up for our class conferences.

Rosary Making Event

St. John is celebrating October as the month of the rosary with a special rosary making evening. Families are invited to come to Egan Hall Sunday, October 9th at 6:00pm to make their own rosaries. All materials and instructions will be provided.

Thank You

A huge thank you to all the parents who sent extra snacks to the classroom. We all appreciate it! Also, thank you to all the volunteers who filled up the Sign Up Genius. The first week has been a huge success. Finally, thank you for all the warm wishes and congratulations for Baby Girl Todd. You all are amazing!

Questions to Ask

– What is a verb? A noun?

– How was mass?

– What is a need vs. a want?

Special Notes

– First Mate next week is Zoe V.

– No school Friday, 10/7 for Teacher Excellence Day

– Individual student picture day is Tuesday, 10/11

– Conference forms due Friday, 10/14

– Conferences October 26th – 28th.

I Can…

– print my uppercase and lowercase letters. L.1.1

– punctuate sentences. L.1.2

– spell first grade words. L.1.2

– use context clues to help me understand a new word or words. L.1.4

– sort words into categories and tell why they belong there. L.1.5

– follow rules for discussions and talk with others. SL.1.1

– speak and write in complete sentences. SL.1.6

– write to tell a story. W.1.3

– help my class write. W.1.7

– tell who, what, when, where, why and how after reading. RL.1.1

– tell the characters, setting, and what happens in a story. RL.1.3

– use words and pictures to help me tell about the characters, setting, and plot. RL.1.7

– read and understand first grade fiction. RL.1.10

– tell the number of syllables in words. RF.1.2

– use digraphs and vowel pairs to help me read. RF.1.3

– use strategies to solve addition word problems. 1.OA.1

– use the commutative property of addition. 1.OA.3

– count to help me add and subtract. 1.OA.5

– add facts within 20. 1.OA.5

– know what an equal sign means. 1.OA.7

– tell how many tens and how many ones are in a number. 1.NBT.2

– use manipulatives and pictures to help me solve problems within 100. 1.NBT.4

– find 10 more or 10 less in my head. 1.NBT.5

S.L.E.s

– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.