4/27/18 Newsletter

April 27, 2018

First Grade Sea Otter News

We had a busy week with an Author and Illustrator visit, Poem in Your Pocket Day, and planting potatoes with Mrs. Aguila for next year’s first grade to enjoy. In math, first graders wrapped up graphing and continued learning about 3-dimensional shapes. In science students completed their second week of study on the ocean habitat with a water layers experiment.

Thank you Mrs. Aguila for helping us plant and teaching us about potatoes!

Habitat Day

Last week information was sent home regarding Habitat Day. Please make sure to read the pink “To Do List” all the way through. Please make sure to return the green habitat-planning sheet ASAP so that teachers can approved/not approved the animal choice. Please do not begin research or building your habitat until you get approval from your teacher. On May 23rd, parents are invited to tour habitat projects at the end of the day from 2:30 – 3:00. A detailed schedule of the day will be posted with other available visiting times.

ZOO Field Trip on May 29th!

We will leave for the zoo around 9:15 on May 29 and return by 1:00. We will have lunch there so please cancel any hot lunch orders for this day by today (4/27) at 11:58pm! Field Trip Permission slips will go home next Friday, May 4th. Please fill out both sides and return it by Friday, May 11th.  Please let me know if you would like chaperone. 🙂

Author Visit and Book Fair:

We thoroughly enjoyed our Author and Illustrator visit this week. There are still 2 copies left of What If, so if your looking for one please get in touch with Mrs. Bodmer at mbodmer@st-johnschool.org

Scholastic Book Fair will also be running after school from May 16th-18th!

Questions to Ask:

-What habitat do you have for habitat day?

-Which ocean is your favorite and why?

-Tell names of some 3-dimensional shapes.

Special Notes:

– Star Sea Otter for the week of April 30th is Mila

– Wear dress uniform on Monday, May 1st for Crowning of Mary (please a flower)

– Spring Concert is on Tuesday, May 8 at 7:00 (Egan Hall) 

I CAN…

-read first grade words. RF1.3

-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

-organize and understand data. 1.MD.4

-ask and answer questions about data. 1.MD.4

 

 

4/20/18 Newsletter

April 20, 2018

First Grade Sea Otter News

This week we dove into exploring the Ocean Habitat. We discussed the layers of the ocean, focusing on really amazing animal adaptations such as bioluminescence and camouflage. We wrapped up a math focus on data and graphing and began a unit on three-dimensional shapes! We also enjoyed watching some amazing jump ropers at our Jump Rope For Heart assembly. To learn more about the program see the information packet sent home in folders on Thursday.

A huge THANK YOU to Mr. Turner, Cullen’s dad, for presenting amazing pictures and information about his work in Antarctica to the whole first grade!

Habitat Day

Today information was sent in your homework packet regarding Habitat Day. Please take a moment to read the pink “To Do List” all the way through. The green habitat-planning sheet will be sent home with a note if it was approved/not approved. For example if our child chooses a dolphin, this would not be approved because there are many types of dolphins. If you child chooses a spinner dolphin it will be approved. Please do not begin research or building your habitat until you get approval from your teacher. On May 23rd, parents are invited to tour habitat projects at the end of the day from 2:30 – 3:00. A detailed schedule of the day will be posted with other available visiting times.

Poem in Your Pocket Day: It is National Poetry Month and there is a great Nation Wide Event called Poem in your Pocket Day that we would like to participate in. On April 25th, we will all select a poem, carry it with us, and share it with others. It will be so fun if everybody on campus participates and shares poems throughout the day with the kids and the kids can share with one another.

Thank You for Care Bags: The care bags were delivered this week to those in need and because there were so many given, the residents were able to cover Ballard and give to people downtown too. See the website for pictures of the distribution!

Special Notes:

-Class Mass on April 25th is canceled due to a funeral

-Star Sea Otter for the week of April 23 is Adam

– Remember to read Book Bag assignments over the weekends!

I Can…

-read first grade words. RF1.3

-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

-organize and understand data. 1.MD.4

-ask and answer questions about data. 1.MD.4

 

 

4/13/18 Newsletter

April 13, 2018

First Grade Sea Otter News

Welcome to the wonderful season of Easter. The Church celebrates for the next 50 days! Alleluia! The students came back rested and ready to learn. See prayer card below on Divine Mercy from this week. In math, first graders wrapped up geometry and began their new unit on fractions. In science we continued our habitat unit on the Polar habitat with a focus on Antarctica. Our culminating activity was a polar watercolor scene, either arctic or Antarctic depending on the student’s opinion of which was the best polar region.

Habitat Day and Project: Save the date! May 23 will be Habitat Day in First Grade. To prepare for this day your children will create their very own 3D habitats and write animal reports. I will send home a Habitat Planning Sheet for your child to complete next week!

It’s Auction time! Get your bids ready for a wonderful night! Remember to be on the lookout for these items!

“Afternoon at the Cinema”

Spend the afternoon at school with the Primary teachers making ice cream sundaes and watching a movie!  Remember to bring your pillow and sleeping bag.  This will be on Friday, May 18 from 4:30-6:00. 

 

Mrs. Peoples’ 1st Grade Project

“Ink Drop Tiles”

Each student in Mrs. Peoples’ 1st grade class created a tile using vibrant ink drops. When placed together, the individual tiles create one cohesive piece of are that will brighten up your home for years to come.

Value=Vibrant Abstract

Questions to Ask:

-In your opinion what polar habitat do you think is the best?

-What is a composite shape?

-What is your favorite geometric shape?

Special Notes:

– Star Sea Otter for next week: Riley

– April 25th Class Mass CANCELLED due to funeral

-Friday, April 20th School Auction: Denim and Diamonds

 

I CAN…

-read first grade words. RF1.3

-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

-compose two-dimensional shapes to create a composite shape.1M.1.G.A.2

-partition circles into two and four equal shares.1.G.A.3

 

Divine Mercy Prayer

From the diary of a young Polish nun, a special devotion

began spreading throughout the world in the 1930s. The

message is nothing new, but is a reminder of what the

Church has always taught through scripture and tradition:

that God is merciful and forgiving and that we, too, must

show mercy and forgiveness. But in the Divine Mercy

devotion, the message takes on a powerful new focus,

calling people to a deeper understanding that God’s love is

unlimited and available to everyone — especially the

greatest sinners.

The message and devotion to Jesus as The Divine Mercy

is based on the writings of Saint Faustina Kowalska, an

uneducated Polish nun who, in obedience to her spiritual

director, wrote a diary of about 600 pages recording the

revelations she received about God’s mercy. Even before

her death in 1938, the devotion to The Divine Mercy had

begun to spread.

The message of mercy is that God loves us — all of us —

no matter how great our sins. He wants us to recognize that

His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon

Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to

others. Thus, all will come to share His joy. It is a message

we can call to mind simply by remembering ABC.

A — Ask for His Mercy. God wants us to approach

Him in prayer constantly, repenting of our sins and

asking Him to pour His mercy out upon us and upon

the whole world.

B — Be merciful. God wants us to receive His mercy

and let it flow through us to others. He wants us to

extend love and forgiveness to others just as He does

to us.

C — Completely trust in Jesus. God wants us to know

that the graces of His mercy are dependent upon our

trust. The more we trust in Jesus, the more we will

receive.