12/20/17 Newsletter

12/20/17

Thank you to everyone who participated and helped with making the International Luncheon so amazing! We couldn’t have done it without you. And a huge THANK YOU for all the thoughtful delicious gifts and script. I am so blessed to have such wonderful and generous students and families this year.

Over break it is a great idea to read and practice math daily. Here are some first grade goals to easily practice at home: Fluently add and subtract to 20 (not counting on fingers), skip counting by 1, 2, 5, or 10 from 1-120, and mentally finding 10 more or 10 less than any number.

Are you in need of another stocking stuffer idea?  It is always good to start the New Year with a new plastic folder with bottom pockets, new pencil, or an amazing bookmark!

Blessings on your family during this joyous time of year!

12/15/17 Newsletter

December 15, 2017

What happened to December? The students have completed almost four months of first grade! The students sang like angels in Thursday’s Christmas Program. We also wrapped up learning about 20 countries in our Christmas Around The World Unit. Now we are ready to celebrate at our International Christmas Luncheon!

Christmas Luncheon on Monday- Free Dress of Christmas Best

Please bring your food (labeled with name of dish and country) to the classroom by 10:30. If your child has any allergies, please bring a special dish for him/her. If your dish is: peanut free, tree nut free, palm oil free, coconut free, and pumpkin free, please put a note on your dish. We will eat our special lunch in Miss Feeney’s room and the food will be set out in Mrs. Peoples’ room. We would like the parents who volunteered to set up to come to the classroom by 10:15. This is a big undertaking and we appreciate all of your help to make it possible! This lunch will take the place of regular lunch/hot lunch of the day. Please still send a separate snack for later in the day.

Christmas Read In

We will be having a “Christmas Read In” this Tuesday. Have your child bring their favorite Christmas books (please label with your name) and their favorite stuffed animals for a special cozy Christmas reading time!

Absence Notification

Please notify me if you know your child will be absent during any of the days before Christmas break. We have lots of Christmas activities, gifts, and celebrations and I want to plan accordingly to make sure as many students as possible are included. Thanks!

Questions to Ask

– What are two strategies that help you find the difference between numbers?

– How can you show generosity during this time of year?

– What can you tell me about Christmas in Taiwan? Mexico? U.S.A.?

Special Notes

– Star Sea Otter for the week of January 8th is Grace

– Christmas Luncheon Monday, December 18th

– Noon dismissal Wednesday, December 20th

I Can…

– spell first grade words. L.1.2

– 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

– help my class write. W.1.7

– revise and edit my writing. W.1.5

– publish my writing. W.1.6

– understand how words in a story can tell about feelings and the senses. RL.1.4

– 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

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

– subtract facts within 20. 1.OA.6

– 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

-tell about people, places, and things. SL.1.4

-engage in discussions to learn about how families live around the world. 5.3.

S.L.E.s

– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.

 

 

12/8/17 Newsletter

December 8, 2017

This week students continued learning subtraction strategies, made holy cards for St. Nicholas and listened and wrote about Christmas Around the World. Students learned about Christmas customs and even made ornaments to represent the different places they studied. On Wednesday, first graders put their shoes outside in hopes that St. Nicholas would make a stop by St. John School. They were excited to find little candy canes! We celebrated the Immaculate Conception at a beautiful Mass Friday morning and primary students prayed together every morning. After Mass Mrs. O’Leary shared with us about Christmas traditions in her home country Ireland. Thank you for sharing Mrs. O’Leary!

Christmas Luncheon

The First Grade International Christmas Luncheon is set for Monday the 18th! Please bring your food (labeled with name of dish and country) to the classroom by 10:30. If your child has any allergies, please bring a special dish for him/her. If your dish is: peanut free, palm oil free, coconut free, tree nut free, and pumpkin free, please put a note on your dish. We will eat our special lunch in Miss Feeney’s room and the food will be set out in Mrs. Peoples’ room. We would like the parents who volunteered to set up to come to the classroom by 10:15. This is a big undertaking and we appreciate all of your help to make it possible! This lunch will take the place of regular lunch/hot lunch of the day. Please still send a separate snack for later in the day.

Christmas Concert

First and second graders will perform on Thursday, December 14th at 7:00pm in Egan Hall. We will meet in the classroom between 6:40 – 6:50 pm. Please do not drop your child off before 6:40 p.m. teachers will not be there to supervise. If you are late (arriving after 6:50) please meet us in Egan Hall. The first graders take the stage first, followed by the second grade performance of the Nativity story. Your child will be directed to come sit with you following the first grade concert. You are welcome and encouraged to stay for the second grade performance.

Absence Notification

Please notify me if you know your child will be absent during any of the days before Christmas break. We have lots of Christmas activities, gifts, and celebrations and I want to plan accordingly to make sure as many students as possible are included. Thanks!

Questions to Ask

– Can you sing me a song for your concert?

-What math operation do you use to find the “difference”?

– What can you tell me about Christmas in Poland? Russia? Denmark? The Netherlands?

Special Notes

– Star Sea Otter for the week of December 11 is Maisie.

– Christmas Concert Thursday, December 14th.

– Christmas Luncheon Monday, December 18th

– Noon dismissal Wednesday, December 20th.

I Can…

– spell first grade words. L.1.2

– 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

– help my class write. W.1.7

– revise and edit my writing. W.1.5

– publish my writing. W.1.6

– understand how words in a story can tell about feelings and the senses. RL.1.4

– 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

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

– subtract facts within 20. 1.OA.6

– 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

-tell about people, places, and things. SL.1.4

-engage in discussions to learn about how families live around the world. 5.3.1

S.L.E.s

– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.

 

 

12/1/17 Newsletter

December 1, 2017

Our Christmas Around the World study is in full swing. Students learned about Christmas traditions in Great Britain, Ireland, Australia, Italy, Greece, and Portugal. We completed our math unit on place value and have now begun learning about subtraction strategies.

Advent Prayer

Beginning Monday, December 4th the entire school will gather for Advent morning prayer every Monday in the church at 8:20. First graders will head straight to the church at 8:15. Please do your best to be on time. If you are late, please come directly to the church. We will be sitting in the front on the right hand side facing the altar if you need to meet us there.

Tuesdays-Fridays we will meet in the Kindergarten classrooms for morning Advent prayer. If you are signed up to volunteer at any of these times please keep in mind where we will be and you are more than welcome to join us in prayer before you begin volunteering. Thank you

International Christmas Luncheon

Please return completed forms by Friday, December 8th. Miss. Feeney and I will review the forms, see what we need to buy to round out the list, and send home a confirmation next Monday, December 11th. Thank you in advance for your contributions! Also, a huge “thank you” to our volunteers! If you are able to attend on December 18th, please visit the signup on my website. Many hands make light work! 🙂

Report Cards

In reviewing report cards, remember that these are goals for the end of year. If they are progressing (P), it means they are on their way to meeting the standard (M) or benchmark. If your child is meeting a standard, please continue practicing as the year progresses. In spelling, our goal is for students to memorize specific patterns, rather than simply the list of words. Please keep spelling sorts at home after completing for homework. This will give you and your child an opportunity to review (make sentences, stories, etc.) and continue to use the words. Please sign and return a copy of the report card in the report card envelope as soon as possible. Please contact me with any questions you have!

Religion Journals

Your child is bringing their Religion Journals today. They are green to represent Ordinary Time in the Church Season. Please review what they learned about in Religion the last few months! We are now in Advent Season so the students have purple Religion journals.

Questions to Ask

– What color are the candles on the Advent wreath?

– What does finding the “difference” mean?

– What can you tell me about Christmas in Australia? Great Britain? Italy?

Special Notes

– Star Sea Otter for the week of December 4 is Noelle.

– Dress uniform Friday, December 8th for Mass at 9:00 a.m.

– Christmas Luncheon Monday, December 18th.

I Can…

– punctuate sentences. L.1.2

– spell first grade words. L.1.2

– 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

– help my class write. W.1.7

– revise and edit my writing. W.1.5

– publish my writing. W.1.6

– 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

– understand how words in a story can tell about feelings and the senses. RL.1.4

– 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

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

– subtract facts within 20. 1.OA.6

– 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.

REMINDER

1st and 2nd GRADE CHRISTMAS CONCERT, Thursday, December 14TH.

Drop off your children to their classrooms (not Egan Hall) between 6:40-6:50 PM.

Performance begins at 7:00 p.m. in Egan Hall.