1/27/17 Newsletter

Catholic Schools Week is here! Please remember to join us at 10:30 Mass on Sunday (in dress uniform or cultural attire) and then at the Open House, immediately after. Be sure to stop by Egan Hall to visit the cultural fair and the second floor for some tasty treats. To celebrate this special time, each day will represent something different. 

Monday: Free dress – Celebrating Our Community – Please bring 1 can of food for our St. Vincent de Paul food bank. Primary students will make a special thank you for our local Fire Station 21.

Tuesday: Crazy sock day – Celebrating Our Volunteers – Thank you for all that you do!

Wednesday: Choose your own sweatshirt day – Celebrating Our Nation – Students will sing America songs, review history of our beginnings, and talk about America.

Thursday: Crazy hat day – Celebrating Vocations/Teacher Appreciation Day – Students will learn about vocations from guests. If you are available to come speak to the class, please let me know. Students are invited to bring one flower for their teachers today. Be extra nice to Mrs. Todd and Ms. Brown! J

Friday: Purple and Gold day – Celebrating Our Students –Free nacho bar lunch and dessert for all students. The Homecoming assembly will take place at 1:30. First graders will be honored during opening ceremonies and then return to class for the remainder of the afternoon.

Field Trip Note: On Friday, March 3rd, first graders will attend Polar Weekend at the Pacific Science Center. We anticipate the field trip lasting from about 9:30 – 1:30. Please let me know if you are interested in chaperoning.

Musical Instrument: First graders completed their unit on sound and light waves. To celebrate what we learned, all students are asked to create their own musical instrument. Instruments should be homemade by the first graders. Parents may guide and assist where necessary but I really encourage the kids to be the designers and builders as much as possible. There are details included with the homework packet. Projects are due Monday, February 6th. The first graders will bring their instruments to share and perform during music class.

STAR and MAP Assessments

The STAR reading assessment is a computer-based test that helps determine level of books your child should read in order to make the best progress, this range is called the zone of proximal development (ZPD). Please keep in mind that these scores are approximate, but can offer you a guide for helping your child choose good fit books. Please keep STAR reports at home for your reference. 

MAP tests are unique in that they are adaptive tests your child took online. That means that the test became more difficult the more questions your child answered correctly. When your child incorrectly answered a question, the test became easier. Therefore, your child took a test specifically created for his or her learning level. Students who already scored in the high range may have slower growth rates as the test becomes increasingly more difficult. All students will continue to have the opportunity to learn the information presented on the tests because the assessments are aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

Your child’s MAP results are reported in RIT scores. This is a different type of score than a typical test that provides a percentage correct. It is also different from many tests that provide results based on your child’s score compared to others in his or her grade. Instead, the RIT score is an equal-interval scale, like feet and inches, that is independent of grade level. As a result, we can easily measure growth in learning. This type of score increases the value of the tests as a tool to improve student learning because it enables teachers to recognize where to focus attention on for your child’s learning. As you review the score, please keep in mind that these tests give us just a glimpse of a child’s ability and do not tell the complete story of their learning progress. For more information on resources for parents, download A Parent’s Guide to the MAP.

Library Note: Please remember Thursday is library day. Encourage your child to return their books. Often, books go missing between school and home. If you are not sure whether or not you have an overdue book, please contact Mrs. Bodmer at mbodmer@st-johnschool.org.

Questions to Ask

– What was Jesus’ first miracle?

– What is your favorite thing about St. John School?

Special Notes

– First Mate for the week of January 30th is Lilly.

– Open House and Catholic Schools Week Mass Sunday, January 31st at 10:30 a.m.

– Musical instrument project due Monday, February 6th

– 100th Day Project due Wednesday, February 10th 

I Can…

-read first grade words. RF1.3

-use adjectives. L.1.1

-use what I know about phonics to spell new words. L.1.2

-spell first grade words. L.1.2

-sort words into categories. L.1.5

-read and understand first grade fiction. RL.1.10

-read and understand first grade non-fiction. RI.1.10

-tell about the main ideas and details after I listen or read. SL.1.2

-follow rules for discussions, talk with others, and ask questions during discussions. SL.1.1

-speak and write in complete sentences. SL.1.6

-revise and edit my writing. W.1.5

-plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sounds can make materials vibrate. 1-PS4-1

 

1/20/17 Newsletter

This week first graders lived our mission – love the lord with all your heart, mind, and soul, love one another. Students walked over donations to our own St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank and saw the impact of their contributions. First graders wrote acrostic poems describing St. John, took MAP tests in reading and math, and wrapped up our unit on sound and light waves.

Special Visitors: On Monday, January 23rd St. John kicks off accreditation. The visiting team, comprised of fellow Catholic school educators and administrators, will journey to the St. John campus for the first time. Students are asked to wear dress uniform to represent our school in the best way possible. This includes a navy sweatshirt. We have a 2:00 dismissal to allow time for the faculty to meet the visiting team. 

Musical Instrument: First graders completed their unit on sound and light waves. To celebrate what we learned, all students are asked to create their own musical instrument. Instruments should be homemade by the first graders. Parents may guide and assist where necessary but I really encourage the kids to be the designers and builders as much as possible. There are details included with the homework packet. Projects are due Monday, February 6th. The first graders will bring their instruments to share and perform during music class.

100 Day Project: The 100th day of school is fast approaching. To celebrate, students are asked to collect 100 words from magazines, newspapers, etc. Students will record their words on the homework grid and then use them to design a poster. Words can be arranged in a word, picture, pattern, or design of your choosing. Posters should be no larger than 35” x 25”. Posters and word lists are due February 10th.

Catholic Schools Week: Catholic Schools Week is coming up. Please be sure to join us for 10:30 Mass on Sunday, January 29th and for the open house immediately following. I am asking for any parents who are interested/available during the first week of February to talk to the class about their vocation to please contact me. We would love to hear from as many of you as possible about what you do and why you love it. Help us expand our horizons and learn about all the different things we can be when we grow up!

 

Questions to Ask

– What adjectives did you use to describe St. John?

– Who baptized Jesus?

 

Special Notes

– First Mate for the week of January 20th is Thomas.

– Monday, January 23rd – Dress uniform and 2:00 dismissal.

I Can…

-read first grade words. RF1.3

-use adjectives. L.1.1

-use what I know about phonics to spell new words. L.1.2

-spell first grade words. L.1.2

-sort words into categories. L.1.5

-read and understand first grade fiction. RL.1.10

-read and understand first grade non-fiction. RI.1.10

-tell about the main ideas and details after I listen or read. SL.1.2

-follow rules for discussions, talk with others, and ask questions during discussions. SL.1.1

-speak and write in complete sentences. SL.1.6

-revise and edit my writing. W.1.5

-plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sounds can make materials vibrate. 1-PS4-1

 

 

1/13/17 Newsletter

 

Happy Blue Friday! First graders have been busy at work. In science, students observed sound waves by imitating thunder and watching the vibrations. First graders listened to stories of Martin Luther King, Jr. and worked together to illustrate a class book about his life. Students retold and illustrated Jesus lost in the temple and the story of His baptism. First graders also continued learning about adjectives, similes, and poetry. They wrote their very own winter poems to display at the open house.

100 Day Project: The 100th day of school is fast approaching. To celebrate, students are asked to collect 100 words from magazines, newspapers, etc. Students will record their words on the homework grid and then use them to design a poster. Words can be arranged in a word, picture, pattern, or design of your choosing. Posters should be no larger than 35” x 25”. Posters and word lists are due February 10th.

New Year Assessments

Next week first graders will wrap up the STAR reading assessment, followed by our second round of MAP testing. We will share data results when they are available at the end of the month.

Questions to Ask

– Who was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Why is he so important?

– What is a simile?

– How do we hear sound? How does thunder shake the ground?

– What does translucent mean? Transparent? Opaque?

Special Notes

– First Mate for the week of January 17th is Henry.

– Please bring one can of food for our own St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank. Students will walk donations over on Wednesday, January 18th.

– No school on Monday, January 19th (Martin Luther King Jr. Day).

– Monday, January 23rd – Dress uniform and 2:00 dismissal.

I Can…

-read first grade words. RF1.3

-use adjectives. L.1.1

-use what I know about phonics to spell new words. L.1.2

-spell first grade words. L.1.2

-sort words into categories. L.1.5

-read and understand first grade fiction. RL.1.10

-read and understand first grade non-fiction. RI.1.10

-tell about the main ideas and details after I listen or read. SL.1.2

-follow rules for discussions, talk with others, and ask questions during discussions. SL.1.1

-speak and write in complete sentences. SL.1.6

-revise and edit my writing. W.1.5

-plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sounds can make materials vibrate. 1-PS4-1

 

1/6/17 Newsletter

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a blessed Christmas and some peaceful family time together. Your children have enjoyed sharing vacation stories with their classmates.

The year began with a review of school and classroom rules. This week the first graders reviewed the birth of Jesus and Epiphany. In math, students are wrapping up subtraction to 20 and problem solving. In science, first graders began a new unit all about sound and light waves. Students compared the sound of glasses filled with different water levels and built rubber band guitars to listen for pitch and vibrations. Students also learned about imagery and wrote color poems.

During the month of January, we celebrate Catholic Schools Week. Please join us for 10:30 Mass on Sunday, January 28th. Following the service, teachers will be in their classrooms for an all school Open House. I hope you will be able to join us. During that week I would like to invite several parents to come talk about vocations with the class. If you are interested in visiting the class to share a little about what you do, please let me know.

Thank you also to everyone who responded so quickly to the call for volunteers through Sign Up Genius!

New Year Assessments

This week students completed a spelling inventory. This assessment helps teachers ensure students are being met where they are and challenged appropriately. There may be slight changes in spelling groups to meet all students’ needs. Next week first graders will take the STAR reading assessment, followed by our second round of MAP testing. We will share data results when they are available.

Substitute Update

Miss Teresa Thornton is joining our classroom for half days throughout January. She will be here full days beginning in February. Please take a moment to introduce yourself if you see her!

Questions to Ask

– Where did Jesus live? Where was he born?

– What is your new years resolution?

– What is imagery? An adjective?

Special Notes

– First Mate for the week of January 9th is Frances.

– Please bring one can of food for our own St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank. Students will walk donations over on Wednesday, January 18th.

– No school on Monday, January 16th (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

– Middle school is collecting donations for the “Winter Drive” for United Way. Please send in any new or gentle used items until January 27th.

– As your child is becoming more independent, please check that he/she can tie his/her shoes and zip up his/her jacket and remembers to pack a snack daily.

I Can…

-read first grade words. RF1.3

-use adjectives. L.1.1

-use what I know about phonics to spell new words. L.1.2

-spell first grade words. L.1.2

-sort words into categories. L.1.5

-read and understand first grade fiction. RL.1.10

-read and understand first grade non-fiction. RI.1.10

-tell about the main ideas and details after I listen or read. SL.1.2

-follow rules for discussions, talk with others, and ask questions during discussions. SL.1.1

-speak and write in complete sentences. SL.1.6

-revise and edit my writing. W.1.5

-plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sounds can make materials vibrate. 1-PS4-1