3/31/17 Newsletter

March 31, 2017

First Grade Sailor News

 

Goodbye March, hello April! The first graders are becoming independent learners. This week they learned about the miracles of Jesus and began their habitat unit on temperate forests. Do you know the difference between a deciduous and a coniferous tree? Ask your children if they can tell you. We are so fortunate to have both kinds of trees in our beautiful state! The students finished up double-digit addition and subtraction (without regrouping). Next week I will send home their math workbooks. As always, you are more than welcome to review lessons and complete pages at home to practice skills learned.

 

Family Literacy Night: Please join us on April 5 from 6:30-8:00 in Egan Hall for a wonderful night where you can visit different stations (iPad literacy games, a “book walk”  (like a cake walk, but you win a free book,) games like Scategories and Bingo and more)!

 

Lenten Service Project: Don’t forget to bring in your favorite book (new or gently used) with a homemade bookmark for a patient at Children’s Hospital! We are collecting until Holy Week (coming soon!). Thank you for your generosity!

 

Rice Bowl: This week we focused on families from Mexico. CRS helped them learn how to plant using greenhouses. http://www.crsricebowl.org/stories-of-hope/week-4

Here is a recipe to try out! It is called Arroz Rojo

  • 2 c rice
  • 1 T fair trade olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, diced
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 4 c vegetable broth
  • 1 c peas
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 chili pepper, chopped
  • Salt to taste

Add oil to a large pan on low heat. Add rice and toast until golden. Add garlic, tomatoes and onion; cook until mixture is soft. Add the broth, peas, carrots, chili pepper and salt. When it begins to boil, reduce the heat and cover until rice is fully cooked.

Makes 4–6 servings

Questions to Ask:

-What did you see at the Science Fair?

-What is a temperate forest?

-What was one miracle Jesus performed?

 

Special Notes

-First Mate for next week is Oliver

-Please bring in baby wipes/wet wipes if possible-our supply is running low!

-Book Donations can be brought to the classroom until April 11

-Family Literacy Night is April 5-save the date!

-Here’s a link for the Lent activity website mentioned in this week’s homework packet: http://flamecreativekids.blogspot.co.uk/p/family-lent-ideas.html

 

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

-find the main topic and details in a section of nonfiction. RI.1.2

-make and describe connections between two people, evens, or ideas in nonfiction. RI.1.3

-use words and pictures to help me understand nonfiction. RI.1.7

-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

-read texts and materials to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive. 1.LS1.2

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

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

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

-compare two-digit numbers using <, >, and =. 1.NBT.3

-subtract multiples of 10 under 100 and explain what I did. 1.NBT.6

 

 

3/24/17 Newsletter

March 24, 2017

First Grade Sailor News

 

Happy first week of spring! The first graders are learning with so much excitement. This week they learned about the 5 layers of the ocean. I bet you’ve probably already seen the “ocean in a jar” project we worked on today! Our exploration of the ocean zones has led to many interesting questions like, “How far down can a human swim? What layer can he/she reach? What does the trench zone look like? I would encourage your children to research these questions at home to empower them as scientists! Then they can share with the class their findings.   As scientists this week they made a model of the 5 layers of ocean using household items. Then they compared fresh water to salt water in an evaporation experiment. They are becoming ocean experts!

 

Rice Bowl: This week we focused on families from El Salvador. CRS helped them with their education in areas like business to help their families. http://www.crsricebowl.org/stories-of-hope/week-3

 

Here is a recipe to try out! It is called Pupusas de Queso with Curtido and Salsa Roja

Pupusas

  • 2 c maseca
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1½ c water
  • 1 c queso fresco or farmer’s cheese, grated
  • 1 T fair trade olive oil 

Curtido

  • ½ head of cabbage, shredded
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • ½ medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ c vinegar
  • ¼ c water
  • ½ t salt
  • 1 t dried oregano
  • ½ to 1 t red pepper flakes 

Salsa Roja

  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped, or 1 15-oz can of tomatoes
  • ¼ c onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
  • ¼ c cilantro, chopped
  • 1 t dried oregano
  • ½ c water

Pupusas: Combine the maseca, salt and water in a mixing bowl. Knead to form a smooth, moist dough with a playdough-like consistency. If the mixture is too dry, gradually add more water. If it is too sticky, gradually add more maseca.

Using wet hands, form the dough into 8 balls about 2 inches in diameter. Using your thumb, make an indentation into one of the balls, forming a small cup, and fill with 1 tablespoon of cheese. Wrap the dough to seal the cheese. Pat the dough to form a round disk about a quarter inch thick. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Heat a lightly oiled skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the pupusas on each side until golden brown. Serve warm with curtido and salsa roja.

Curtido: Combine the cabbage, carrot and onion in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix in remaining ingredients. Pour over the cabbage mixture and stir. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably 1 day before serving.

Salsa Roja: Combine all ingredients except water in a blender. Add half a cup of water and blend until smooth. Add more water as needed to make salsa smooth.

 

Questions to Ask:

-Name all 5 layers of the ocean.

-What is 25+4? 75+2? 12+24?

-What was one station of the cross you learned about this week?

 

Special Notes

-First Mate: Audrey

-Book Donations can be brought to the classroom until April 11

-March 29 is Class Picture Day-wear dress uniform

-Family Literacy Night is April 5-save the date!

 

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

-find the main topic and details in a section of nonfiction. RI.1.2

-make and describe connections between two people, evens, or ideas in nonfiction. RI.1.3

-use words and pictures to help me understand nonfiction. RI.1.7

-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

-read texts and materials to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive. 1.LS1.2

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

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

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

-compare two-digit numbers using <, >, and =. 1.NBT.3

-subtract multiples of 10 under 100 and explain what I did. 1.NBT.6

 

 

3/17/17 Newsletter

March 17, 2017

First Grade Sailor News

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This week students began learning about the Stations of the Cross where they walk with Jesus. They studied ocean habitats where they identified what plants and animals live by identifying pictures, writing vocabulary words, and illustrating ocean books. Thank you to all the wonderful grandparents, special friends, and parents who attended Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day on Thursday. The first graders were excited to spend time with you and sing their hearts out!

 

Please consider donating any small jars/baby food jars/plastic jars for our ocean science experiment next week. You are welcome to drop them off any time. Lids are not needed. Thank you for your kindness!

 

Report Cards: Report cards came home Thursday. Please take a moment to review your child’s report card. Remember that these are goals for the end of year. If they are progressing, it means they are on their way to meeting the standard or benchmark. If your child is meeting a standard it does not mean they do not need to continue practicing. Please sign and return the WHITE copy of the report card.  The SLE rubric was also sent home. The students reflected on how they are Christ-centered, active learners, and empowered disciples. I also gave my thoughts on how they are progressing in these areas on the back. Take time to go over this rubric and check in with your children on how they can live out the SLE’s!

 

Lenten Service Project: The first graders and their eighth grade buddies are teaming up to help the patients at Children’s Hospital. We will collect new or gently used books for the patients during the season of Lent. The patients are given books to keep when they visit the hospital. We will be collecting books until Holy Week. See flyer for more information! This is a great chance for your children to take money they earned (chores around the house) and save up to buy a favorite book to share. They are also welcome to make special bookmarks to add to their books.

Thank you!

 

Rice Bowl: This week we focused on families from Zambia. CRS helped them grow and cook healthier meals for their children. http://www.crsricebowl.org/stories-of-hope/week-2

Here is a recipe to try out! It is called Ifisashi.

  • 2 c water
  • 1 c peanuts, chopped
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 bunches spinach or collard greens, washed and chopped
  • Salt to taste

 Bring water to a boil in a medium pot. Add the peanuts, tomatoes and onion. After a few minutes, add the chopped greens. Stir occasionally and continue cooking until peanuts are soft and mixture has become a thick buttery sauce—about 15 minutes.

Serve hot over polenta or rice.

 

Questions to Ask:

-What is something you learned about ocean habitats?

-Who was your special visitor this week?

 

Special Notes

-Our First Mate for the week of March 20 is Zoe B.

-Book Donations can be brought to the classroom until April 11

-March 29 is Class Picture Day—please wear dress uniform

-Family Literacy Night is April 5

 

 

 

 

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

-find the main topic and details in a section of nonfiction. RI.1.2

-make and describe connections between two people, evens, or ideas in nonfiction. RI.1.3

-use words and pictures to help me understand nonfiction. RI.1.7

-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

-read texts and materials to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive. 1.LS1.2

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

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

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

-compare two-digit numbers using <, >, and =. 1.NBT.3

-subtract multiples of 10 under 100 and explain what I did. 1.NBT.6

 

 

3/9/17 Newsletter

March 9, 2017

First Grade Sailor News

 

We are sailing through March! This week first graders wrapped up units on polar habitats and place value. Students compared and contrasted the Arctic and Antarctic, conducted an iceberg investigation, wrote about what they learned, and created polar artwork. First graders also continued to learn about the Beatitudes. A final highlight of the week was going to see Alice in Wonderland, the school musical, this afternoon. What a fun way to end the week!

 

Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day (March 16): Remember if your child does not have a family member or friend coming, please email me and I will place him/her with a friend. Your grandparent or special friend should come to the classroom to pick your child up and walk with them to Egan Hall. Lunch begins at 11:00. Students should provide a sack lunch for themselves and their guests. I will be there to bring your children back to the classroom when lunch and the performance are over. They will need to find me in Egan Hall at the end!

 

Report Cards: Report cards are coming home next Thursday, March 16. Please take a moment to review your child’s report card. Remember that these are goals for the end of year. If they are progressing, it means they are on their way to meeting the standard or benchmark. If your child is meeting a standard it does not mean they do not need to continue practicing. Please sign and return the YELLOW copy of the report card.

 

Rice Bowls: This week the K-2 students watched a video about a family in India. The Singh family worked with CRS to learn about to farm and feed their family during the wet season where their fields flood. Here is a recipe your family can try from India!

 

Dalma with Spinach

  • 1 c water
  • 1½ c pigeon peas or black eyed peas, cooked
  • 1 c pumpkin or butternut squash, cubed
  • ½ c potatoes, cubed
  • ¼ t salt
  • 1/3 t turmeric
  • 1 t fair trade olive oil
  • 3 dry red chilis, broken into bits
  • 1 t cumin seeds
  • ½ c tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 c spinach, chopped
  • ½ t cumin
  • ¼ t chili powder

Mix pigeon or black eyed peas, pumpkin, potatoes, salt and turmeric in a pan with water. Cook until vegetables are soft—about 15 minutes—and set aside. In a separate pan, heat oil. To the oil, add chilis, cumin seeds and tomatoes. Fry until tomatoes are soft. Add spinach and stir until soft. Combine both mixtures, adding cumin and chili powder (if a spicy dish is desired) and simmer for 2 minutes.

Serve hot over rice.

 

Questions to Ask:

-What is the virtue for the month of March? (respect)

-What did you make for the auction?

-How are you changing your heart for Jesus during this week of Lent?

Can you compare 22 and 42 using <, >, and =? What do those symbols mean?

 

Special Notes

-First Mate for the week of March 13 is Keane

-Grandparents’ & Friends’ Day is March 16 in Egan Hall

-Report cards go home March 16th

 

 

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 who, what, where, when, why, and how after reading nonfiction. RI.1.1

-find the main topic and details in a section of nonfiction. RI.1.2

-make and describe connections between two people, evens, or ideas in nonfiction. RI.1.3

-use words and pictures to help me understand nonfiction. RI.1.7

-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

-read texts and materials to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive. 1.LS1.2

-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

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

-compare two-digit numbers using <, >, and =. 1.NBT.3

-subtract multiples of 10 under 100 and explain what I did. 1.NBT.6

 

 

3/3/17 Newsletter

March 3, 2017

First Grade Sailor News

 

Welcome to Lent! The first graders attended a beautiful Mass on Ash Wednesday where they received ashes on their foreheads. They are working on having hearts like Jesus this Lent. The accreditation visiting team came by this week and saw a math lesson and joined us for library time. Amelia and Myla represented our class during the student interviews. The first graders are proud to be part of St. John School!

The students will wrap up their unit on place value next week. They are working on building numbers to 120, comparing numbers using > and < signs, and mentally adding 10 more and ten less from any number on the 200 chart. The first graders finished their Beatitude Books. They colored flowers to symbolize the Beatitudes. The books will come home next week.

Our field trip to the Pacific Science Center Polar Exhibit was amazing!  The first graders traveled from station to station where they listened to the scientists from UW and performed experiments about glaciers, salinity, sonar, and so much more. Thank you to the wonderful parents for helping out today!  It was an amazing experience because of you!

 

Questions to Ask:

-What was your favorite thing at the Polar Exhibit?

-What is ten more than 22? Ten less? Can you count by tens starting at 33 all the way to 103?

-What will you do to become closer to Jesus during Lent?

-Name one animal that lives in the Arctic.

 

Special Notes

-First grade will host soup supper tonight, March 3rd, in Egan Hall at 6:00pm. Please come join in this special Lent tradition.

-First Mate for the week of March 6 is Sophia.

-No school Friday, March 10th for teacher in-service

-Report cards go home March 16

-Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day is March 16

 

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 who, what, where, when, why, and how after reading nonfiction. RI.1.1

-find the main topic and details in a section of nonfiction. RI.1.2

-make and describe connections between two people, evens, or ideas in nonfiction. RI.1.3

-use words and pictures to help me understand nonfiction. RI.1.7

-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

-read texts and materials to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help    offspring survive. 1.LS1.2

-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

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

-compare two-digit numbers using <, >, and =. 1.NBT.3

-subtract multiples of 10 under 100 and explain what I did. 1.NBT.6