2/23/18 Newsletter

February 23, 2018

First Grade Sea Otter News

 

What a short and productive week in first grade! We learned and drew the different levels of a pond, learned key terms in pond habitat, and sorted pond pictures. We discussed and planned how we can give during Lent and met for the Stations of the Cross on Friday.

Lent Rice Bowl: Rice bowls were sent home last week at the start of Lent. It is a faith-in-action program that helps families experience Lenten spirituality by living in solidarity with people in need around the world. One way to bring Lent to life in your home is to place your CRS Rice Bowl in a prominent place in your home and use it to collect your Lenten sacrifices. (For first graders, this may look like doing acts of kindness at home to earn collections for others in your Rice Bowl.) We will be collecting Rice Bowls at the end of Lent.

This week we heard of a story of hope from Iraq. Below is the link to the story; the page also has a simple Iraqi recipe for the week that your family is encouraged to try- Lablabi Soup.

 

https://www.crsricebowl.org/stories-of-hope/week-1

 

Attention Chaperones: Please make sure to complete the “Driver Information Sheet” that was sent home today in your child’s folder today. You will receive more detailed information about the field trip early next week. Thanks for volunteering!

 

 

Field Trip Note: Please pack a sack lunch in a disposable bag for the field trip. Please also send a disposable drink rather than a water bottle, as the chaperones will be in charge of carrying all the lunches. We will return to school around 2:00 to have snack. Please make sure to send a snack packed separate from the lunch for when we return. I will send out additional information for the volunteers next week!  If you haven’t already turned in your field trip permission slips, I need them by Monday, February 26!

Grandparents’ and Friends’ Day: Grandparents’ and Friends’ Day is Thursday, March 22nd. Lunch begins at 11:00 in Egan Hall. Cookies, coffee, tea, and water will be provided. Students are to provide a sack lunch for themselves and their special guest. Families are asked to RSVP and please limit guests to no more than 4 in consideration of others. Please tell your special guests that TEACHERS will walk students back to their classrooms after the luncheon. Do not escort your child back across the street! Teachers will take care of getting them safely back to class. Please let me know if your child does not have a family member or special friend coming so I can pair him/her up with a classmate.

Questions to Ask:

– What animal lives in a pond? What is one of the levels in a pond?

– What number has 9 tens and 9 ones? 5 tens and 2 ones?

Special Notes:

– Star Sea Otter for the week of February 26 is Elliott

– Field trip to the Pacific Science Center Friday, March 2

– 1st and 7th grades are hosting Stations of the Cross Soup Supper on Friday, March 2 at 7pm

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

-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

 

2/15/18 Newsletter

February 15, 2018

First Grade Sea Otter News

It was an exciting, productive week in first grade. Students celebrated the 100th day of school with games and 100 themed activities including drawing themselves at 100 years and writing about the future. Our eighth grade buddies visited and in 30 minutes they read close to 100 books. By the end of the day we had read 324! The first graders celebrated St. Valentine’s Day on Tuesday where they learned about practical ways they can pass love along, passed out cards, and had a party. Wednesday was Ash Wednesday were we gathered together at Mass to begin the Lenten season.

Field Trip Note: Please be sure to return permission slips by February 23rd. Make sure to complete both sides of the form. If you send a check, please put your child’s name in the memo line. If you send cash for payment, please send it in a clearly labeled envelope with your child’s name. Thank you!

Homework Note: Due to the short week next week there will be NO HOMEWORK or Book Bags sent home! 🙂

Questions to Ask:

– Tell me about St. Valentine.

-What is the virtue of the month?

-What is one way to make 100? What was your favorite 100th day activity?

Special Notes:

-No Star Sea Otter next week

– Field trip permission slips due February 23rd

-No school on February 16 – February 21

Please do not order hot lunch for March 2 (Field Trip day)

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

-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

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

 

2/9/18 Newsletter

February 9, 2018

What an amazing week! First graders began studying habitats in science. We discussed what a habitat provides for animals and made observations about the different categories of habitats. In math, students continued learning about place value. First graders also eagerly shared all of their musical instruments and described how they build the creations. We could start a band!

Lent starts next week.  Remember to have your child wear dress uniform on February 14 for Ash Wednesday Mass. For homework I sent home a Lent calendar of ideas for your family (2 sides).  Keep this in a safe place until April!  February 13 is when we will celebrate our Valentine’s Day.  If possible, please bring your cards by Monday in a bag labeled with your name.  February 11 is the 100th day of school.  Please bring your 100 word poster to school on Monday.

Field Trip Note: Friday, March 2nd is our field trip to the Pacific Science Center. Please DO NOT order hot lunch for that day. Permission slips are coming home today! Don’t forget to fill out both sides and turn in the $13 fee (check made out to St. John School or cash).  If you are volunteering for the field trip, please send in $9.50 fee.  If this is your first time volunteering for our field trip, please check to see if you have completed your Safe Environment Training.  Permission slips are due February 15! 

Questions to Ask

– How many tens are in 97? How many ones?

– What were some of the materials you saw used to create an instrument?

– What are the four things that a Habitat provides?

 

Special Notes

– No Star Sea Otter this week

– Valentines Day Party Tuesday, 2/13

– No school Friday, 2/16 – Tuesday, 2/20 for faculty retreat and winter holiday.

-Permission Slips sent home today for our Friday, March 2nd Field Trip

 

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

– count to 120. 1.NBT.1

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

2/2/18 Newsletter

February 2, 2018

 

Catholic Schools Week was a huge success! Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers this week. I am so blessed to be able to teach your wonderful children.

Happy Student Appreciation Day! In honor of all their hard work the students enjoyed a spaghetti lunch, performed a dance at the Homecoming game, and enjoyed Fun Friday at the end of the day.

Thank you Mrs. Feeman, Dr. Yanik, and Mr. and Mrs. Kindred for coming to our class to talk about their jobs on vocation day. The students had a lot of great questions answered.

Valentine’s Day: Valentine’s Day is coming up soon! We will be celebrating on Tuesday, February 13th.  Signing a name 20 plus times can be a big job for children. You may want to start early so that the activity is fun and not dreaded. I attached a class list for you to use of Miss Feeney’s and our class to the weekly homework packet. Having Valentines for Miss Feeney’s class is of course optional. I have encouraged your children not to bring candy on this day if possible, we will have snacks and treats at the party and we want to be mindful of allergies. Thank you!

Questions to Ask

– What do you want to be when you grow up?

– What makes St. John School a great Catholic school?

– Do you begin in the tens or ones place when adding a two digit numbers?

Special Notes

– Star Sea Otter for the week of February 5th is Peter.

– Musical instrument project due Monday, February 5th. The first graders will bring their instruments and have a chance to share and perform during music class.

– 100th Day Project due Monday, February 12th

-Ash Wednesday on Wednesday, February 14th, Dress Uniform please

-SweatHeart Dance on Friday, February 9th at 6:30pm in Egan Hall

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