9/28/18 Newsletter

First Grade Sea Otter News

September 28, 2018

It was a great week in first grade! We started spelling groups this week and settled in to the format of our spelling instruction. In religion we discussed how God is love and the many ways that we can show love to others. Today was our first spelling test and students gave their best effort! All tests will be sent home the following Friday in your child’s folder.

 

Reminders for everyday:

Please send a water bottle with your child everyday!

Please send in your child’s daily folder everyday!

Please send in a snack for your child each day!

 

Be an angel!

On October 2, we will celebrate our guardian angels.  Be an angel and bring food for those in need.  Our St. Vincent de Paul food bank is empty!  We need angels to bring items such as cereal, pasta, crackers, and tuna to school.  Please bring something on Tuesday.  Thank you!

Field Trip – Chaperone Request

Please let me know via email if you are interested in chaperoning/driving on our Field Trip on Friday, November 16th for our field trip to the Seattle Art Museum. We are still in need of several more drivers/chaperones!

MAP Testing

We will be doing MAP testing on Tuesday and Thursday. We want everyone to put forth their best effort, so please make sure your child gets a good night sleep and a healthy breakfast!

Mass

On Wednesday, October 10th we will celebrate St. Francis at our first all school liturgy. First graders are in charge of leading mass with their eighth grade buddies. You are welcome to join us in the church at 9:00 a.m.  Please make sure your child is in dress uniform!

Questions to Ask

– What is a way you can show love to others?

-What are 3 ways to make ten?

– Define True and False.

Special Notes

– Star Sea Otter for the week of October 1st is Isabella

– Dress uniform Wednesday 10/10 for Mass

– No school 10/22 and 10/29 for Conferences

-Please send in emergency kits for your child ASAP, thank you!

 

I Can…

– print my uppercase and lowercase letters. L.1.1

– punctuate sentences. L.1.2

– spell first grade words. L.1.2

– use context clues to help me understand a new word or words. L.1.4

– 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

– write to tell a story. W.1.3

– help my class write. W.1.7

– 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

– 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

– use strategies to solve addition word problems. 1.OA.1

– use the commutative property of addition. 1.OA.3

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

– add facts within 20. 1.OA.5

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

– 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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

9/21/18 Newsletter

First Grade Sea Otter News

September 21, 2018

It was a busy week in first grade! Students practiced how to write vertical math problems with dominoes. We also thoroughly practiced 3 of 5 of our Daily 5 activities. All the first graders ran hard at the Jog-A-Thon. Donations are still very welcome; we are so close to our $80,000 goal. We can do it Eagles!

Homework Note

Remember the second box on the weekly homework packet is always optional. If you have questions about the beginning of spelling homework please let me know. I am happy to help. Remember homework should not take more than 20 minutes per night (including reading).

Field Trip – Save the Date

Please let me know via email if you are interested in chaperoning/driving on our Field Trip on Friday, November 16th for our field trip to the Seattle Art Museum.

Special Notes

-Star Sea Otter is Anika for the week of September 24.

-Remember to sign your child’s homework so I know you looked over it before he/she turns it in.

– During the first week of October all first graders will take the MAP test. A parent letter will be sent home next week with more information.

-Volunteers in the classroom will start the second week of October after MAP testing. I will send the Sign Up Genius link for volunteering next week.

Questions to Ask

– What did you like most about the Jog-A-Thon?

– Can you show me a vertical math problem?

-What are two ways to make 5?

– What symbol did we color to show the idea of the Trinity?

 

I Can…

– print my uppercase and lowercase letters. L.1.1

– use context clues to help me understand a new word or words. L.1.4

– follow rules for discussions and talk with others. SL.1.1

– write to tell a story. W.1.3

– help my class write. W.1.7

– retell a story. RL.1.2

– 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

– use strategies to solve addition word problems. 1.OA.1

– use the commutative property of addition. 1.OA.3

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

– add facts within 20. 1.OA.5

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

– 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.

 

 

Curriculum Night Packet

Mrs. Peoples’ First Grade Sea Otters

Curriculum Night

Specialists

Mondays and Wednesdays

1:45-2:15 Music

2:15-2:45 PE (wear proper shoes)

Tuesdays

1:45-2:15 Spanish

Thursdays

12:50-1:20 Art (every other week)

Fridays

Library begins in late fall due to construction

Parent Led Art

Please contact me if you are interested in leading or volunteering approximately one Thursday a month.

A First Grade Day

Mornings

8:15-Students arrive

8:20-Morning Work/Calendar

8:30-ELA hour

9:45-Recess

10:00-Math hour

11:00-Recess/Lunch

Afternoons

11:55-Religion/Writing

12:20- Social Studies/Science

12:45- Spelling

1:15- Snack/Recess

1:45-Specialists

2:45- Pack Up

3:00 Dismissal

Classroom Expectations

You OTTER love one another!

-Raise your hand to speak

-Always be prepared

-Follow directions the first time given

-Work and play safely

-Respect God, His people, and His stuff

Each student has a clip with their number on it. After two reminders about a specific behavior their clip will be moved down from “blue” to “green”.   If the behavior or interruption continues after two more verbal warnings their pin will then be moved to “yellow” and so on down to red. Here are the consequences that correspond with each color:

Green: 5 minutes lost from recess

Yellow: 15 minutes lost from recess and a note or call home

Red: call home with the principal, possibly sent home

Positive Reinforcement

Our positive behavior reinforcement in the classroom includes a class marble jar and individual sticker charts for students who are going above and beyond in their behavior. After a student has filled up their sticker chart they have the choice of one of the following rewards; no homework that night, bring in a show and tell the next day, or play learning games on iPads during seatwork.

 

SLEs(Schoolwide Learning Expectations)

These expectations are the goal for a graduate of St. John School. Primary grades focus on the three main headings: Active Learners, Empowered Disciples, and Christ-centered people. We will refer to these expectations throughout all of our lessons. We will evaluate these expectations each trimester, through student reflection and teacher evaluation. Please familiarize yourself with the SLE’s.

Virtues in Practice

Virtues in Practice is a program for children in grades pre-k through eighth to grow in virtues and see the virtues as concrete expressions of their Catholic faith. The Year of Hope focuses on God’s plan for us in this life since we know that He loves each of us uniquely and has a particular plan for us to glorify Him and find our way to heaven.  This provides an opportunity for the students to focus on discovering their talents, and strengthening these talents through practice, so that they are prepared for the vocation to which God calls them. It is a great idea for parents to reinforce the virtues and saints as heroes by asking their children to tell them about the saints and virtues they are studying each month.

Second Step

We will be using Second Step program in the classroom. Here are the skills the first graders will learn this year:

1-Skills for Learning: Students gain skills to help themselves learn, including how to focus their attention, listen carefully, use self-talk to stay on task, and be assertive when asking for help.

2-Empathy: Students learn to identify and understand their own and others’ feelings. Students also learn how to take another’s perspective and how to show compassion.

3-Emotion Management: Students learn specific skills for calming down when experiencing strong feelings, such as anxiety or anger.

4-Problem Solving: Students learn a process for solving problems with others in a positive way.

For more information about the Second Step program please visit www.secondstep.org.

School Counselor

Mrs. Denise Russo works closely with classes and individuals on Mondays and Tuesdays. She will be teaching problem solving strategies using Kelso and Second Step. She will also focus on self regulation skills in the first grade classroom.

Star Sea Otter

Please see my website for Star Sea Otter dates and look for your child’s name in the weekly newsletter and reminder email. When your child is Star Sea Otter they will complete an “All About Me” poster (provided by teacher) and bring a show and tell everyday to share with the class. As well as take home the class pet “Elizabeth” for the week and journal about all the fun they had together.

Daily Schedule

Please see my website for a detailed weekly schedule under “Class Schedule”. 

Snack and Water Bottles

Please send a filled water bottle and a healthy snack everyday. Keep snack separate from lunch. Remember the classroom is a “Nut Free” zone due to allergies.

Daily Folder

The students are responsible for bringing their Daily Folder everyday. Please check the folder for any notes or announcements as well as daily work. Homework will be sent home every Friday. If an item is on the “KEEP” side of the folder please keep it at home, if it is on the “RETURN” side please complete and return to school. Thanks!

Homework

First grade homework is sent on Friday of each week and due the following Friday. This allows families time to work on homework during the week and weekend. According to the St. John Family Handbook, no more than 20 minutes of homework each night is expected.

Homework Expectations:

-Read for 10 minutes per night (this includes parents reading to their children and children reading to their parents)

-Work on any activities/worksheets (math, phonics, or spelling) for 10 minutes per night.

-If the family is spending more than 20 minutes per night on homework during trimester 1, please contact me

-Reading bags will be sent home on Fridays to review stories read and strategies learned from the week. Mrs. McCarthy’s reading group will be given special reading folders to practice skills (keep papers at home).

How Can I Help My Child?

Spelling- Word Study

Word study teaches students to look critically at words so they can build deeper understanding of spelling, sounds, and meanings, rather than simply memorizing (then forgetting) a list. This is accomplished by sorting words into categories based on shared features.

I will give spelling assessments each trimester to determine student spelling levels: letter-name-alphabetic (short vowels/blends), or within word pattern (long vowels/patterns). Students will be given leveled, weekly spelling tests from these spelling stages.

Math

Math can also be practiced daily. It can be something simple as counting cheerios by 2’s or solving problems on your way to school like how many ways can you make 8? How many years older is your sister?

There are also several math websites we will use this year that can also be accessed at home for additional practice (XtraMath, Mathletics, and Prodigy)

Reading

Students will learn how to choose “good fit” books. Please see the handout in the parent packet for more information on “The Daily 5”. For homework students will read for about 10 minutes each night. This can include them reading you, you reading to them, or taking turns reading alternating either sentence by sentence or page by page (depending on reading ability and type of book). When your child is struggling with a word, ask them if they would like time or help. If they say “time”, give them a chance to sound out the word with one of the strategies learned. If they say “help”, then you can tell them the word.

Other Information

Volunteers in the Class

I love having parent volunteers in the classroom. I will have a Sign Up Genius link on my website beginning in October. The times will be either during our ELA block, in which you will practice reading or sight words with students, and Science/Social Studies and Art block. Before you volunteer, you will need to have a background check, go through Safe Environment training (VIRTUS), and sign the policy agreement. Please see Mrs. Q for more information (especially if you are new to the school). Volunteers, please remember to check in at the office and wear a Visitors badge while in the school. Thank you for following these procedures to keep our children safe!

Please let me know if this is something you are interested in and/or you have talents you would like to share with the class. Any help is greatly appreciated!

Communication

EMAIL: The best way to contact me is by email at speoples@st-johnschool.org

WEBSITE: My class website is accessed by clicking on Classrooms, then Peoples/1 on the St. John School homepage. The weekly newsletter will be posted there each week as well as the Star Sea Otter, Class Schedule, and other amazing resources for reading, writing, spelling, religion, and math for you.

PHONE: (206) 783-0331 phone x334 I am usually unable to answer the phone during the school day but will return messages after school.

 

 

9/14/18 Newsletter

First Grade Sea Otter News

September 14, 2018

Run happy! Please continue to send pledges and donations in through September. Thank you for all of your donations, pledges, and school spirit.  We are over half way to our school goal of $80,000!!!

This week students learned about addition. They used various manipulatives to help them understand parts and whole. They also learned about our Virtue of the Month: Hope. We practiced letter formation and in science the first graders learned how sea otters hunt, eat, sleep and live. We enjoyed our first week with specialist classes: Music, PE, and Spanish.

Thank you to all the parents who attended Curriculum Night on Thursday.  Please look over the file of information you received and email me with any questions.

Field Trip – Save the Date

Please let me know via email if you are interested in chaperoning/driving on our Field Trip on Friday, November 16th for our field trip to the Seattle Art Museum.

 Homework Note

This week is the first week of homework. Your child’s homework is a student survey asking them about the best ways they learn. As well as parent homework: an online parents survey found on my webpage.

https://grade1.st-johnschool.org/getting-to-know-your-child/

Please take a moment to visit this link and to fill out the “Introducing Your Child” form. The form can be found under “Announcements” on the left hand side. Your responses are sent directly to me. Any information you provide is greatly appreciated and helpful in getting to know your child.

Questions to Ask

-What is the name of your shape group in class?

-What is one thing you learned about sea otters this week?

– What is the sum in addition?

-Is this correct? 6=4+2? Can you write a number sentence like this? (YES!)

Special Notes

– Students will need them for MAP testing the week of October 1st. Please bring in headphones if you haven’t already!

– Blessing of the Backpacks Sunday, September 16th at 10:30 a.m. Mass (free dress).

Star Sea Otter for the week of September 17th is Indy!

I Can…

– print my uppercase and lowercase letters. L.1.1

– use context clues to help me understand a new word or words. L.1.4

– follow rules for discussions and talk with others. SL.1.1

– write to tell a story. W.1.3

– help my class write. W.1.7

– retell a story. RL.1.2

– 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

– use strategies to solve addition word problems. 1.OA.1

– use the commutative property of addition. 1.OA.3

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

– add facts within 20. 1.OA.5

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

– 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.