11/30/18 Newsletter

November 30, 2018

First Grade Sea Otter News

This week students learned about heredity and how offspring (plants, animals, and humans) are like, but not exactly like their parents. We also talked about other kinds of families – families where dads carry babies by reading Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle and learned about offspring names in Does Kangaroo Have a Mother? By Eric Carle.

We continued to practice our Saints in Training virtues and spent time reviewing place value and the Thanksgiving story’s place within the past, present, and future.

Advent Prayer

Beginning this Monday, December 3rd 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 2nd grade 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!

Christmas Around the World

On Thursday, December 20th, first graders will celebrate learning about Christmas around the world with an international luncheon. Each family is asked to participate either by making a dish from a special country or donating supplies and/or your time. A sign up will be sent out next week.

Primary Advent Service Opportunity:  New Toy Drive for Foster Kids

The Kim family is collecting new toys for Treehouse, a local nonprofit, dedicated to closing the achievement gap between youth in foster care and their peers.  Please consider donating a new toy starting November 16th and ending Dec. 10.  The Kim family will be delivering the toys December 12th. Thank you!

Special Notes

-Class Mass was rescheduled to this Wednesday, December 5th at 8:30am.

-Submit Scholastic Book Orders by Wednesday, December 5th

-Remember Dress Uniform on Friday, December 7th for Immaculate Conception Mass

-Star Sea Otter for the week of December 3rd is Marlo.

-Christmas Concert is Thursday, December 13th at 7:00pm

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.

 

 

 

 

11/20/18 Newsletter

November 20, 2018

 

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

This week students trained to be like saints through their actions and by learning about the saints below. We also reflected on who and what we are thankful for and discussed the first Thanksgiving.  I am so thankful for each of you and wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Pray for the living and the dead like St. Cyprian– Each student wrote names of family and friends and prayed for them.

Clothe the naked like St. Vincent dePaul– Each student made clothes for his/her person.

Feed the Hungry like St. Elizabeth of Hungary– Each student decorated two paper muffins.

Build the church like St. Francis-Each student used blocks to build a church.

 Teach the faith like St. Patrick- Each student made shamrocks and wrote the persons of the Trinity.

Give to the poor like St. Nicholas – Each student made money and their own chimneys.

Special Advent Note

Beginning Monday, December 3rd 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.

Also, please take note of the volunteer times during December. Sight words will begin at 8:30 to allow for primary advent prayer Tuesday – Friday in the second grade classrooms.

Special Notes

-Homework and new spelling words will come Monday, November 26th.

-Star Sea Otter for the week of November 26 is Rhyan.

 

 

 

11/16/18 Newsletter

November 16, 2018

First Grade Sea Otter News

Field trip success! First graders had an amazing time at the Seattle Art Museum learning about different cultures (families) around the world. They made their own “fine porcelain” dishes to bring home and share for a special occasion. The students were well behaved and represented St. John School incredibly well.

Thank you to all the wonderful chaperones who made the field trip possible!

The first graders continued to learn place value by practicing regrouping. They finished their unit on Space: Patterns in the Sky by creating a solar system map and writing about their favorite seasons. Next week they will begin studying Heredity and creating family timelines.

I love seeing students earning “Saint-in-Training” badges! They are helping each other out in the class and being good friends at recess. Mrs. Rousso will be coming in next Tuesday to teach them about Kelso’s Choice.

Remember that Tuesday is the last day of our food drive.  Thank you for sending in donations!

 

Primary Advent Service Opportunity

New Toy Drive for Foster Kids

The Kim family is collecting new toys for Treehouse, a local nonprofit, dedicated to closing the achievement gap between youth in foster care and their peers.  Please consider donating a new toy starting November 16th and ending Dec. 10.  The Kim family will be delivering the toys December 12th. Thank you! (See flyer in folder for more information)

Christmas Around the World

On Thursday, December 20th, first graders will celebrate learning about Christmas around the world with an international luncheon. Each family is asked to participate either by making a dish from a special country or donating supplies and/or your time. Planning/sign up forms will come home after Thanksgiving. Please do not order hot lunch on Thursday, December 20. If you want a country represented for our unit on Christmas around the world, please email me. So far we have heard from parents about Norway and Japan.

Questions to Ask

– Name a star constellation.

– How can you regroup 43 ones?

– What was your favorite part of the museum?

 

Special Notes

Dress uniform Monday, November 19th for Thanksgiving Mass.

– Food drive donations are welcome through November 20th.

– Thanksgiving Break November 21st– 25th.

– Do not order hot lunch for Thursday, December 20th.

I Can…

– use singular and plural nouns. L.1.1

– 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.

11/8/18 Newsletter

November 8, 2018

First Grade Sea Otter News

We were very busy during this short week! We finished our unit on the moon by making our Oreo Moon Phases with our 8th grade buddies, focusing on the four main phases. Check out the sky to see what phase the moon is in the next few weeks. In math we have been working on making ten from a group of ones to demonstrate place value. We have been practicing being a Saint in Training and you will begin to see the students come home with badges as they exemplify this. We ended the week observing Veteran’s day. We discussed what a veteran is and how we can show appreciation to those who have served.

Field Trip Note

Next Friday, November 16th is our field trip to the Seattle Art Museum. Please keep in mind the following to help things run smoothly:

  • Send your child to school in his/her DRESS UNIFORM (especially St. John sweatshirts)
  • Bring a booster seat (if your child requires one) to the outside of the classroom. Clearly label each booster with your child’s name.
  • We will provide graham crackers as a snack to all the children while we are at the museum. If your child cannot eat this for dietary reasons, please send in a small, comparable and disposable snack Thursday, 11/15. Please do not send in anything that requires a spoon.
  • Students will eat lunch in the classroom when they return around 12:30. Students will miss hot lunch in Egan Hall. Since this is later than our normal lunch, please be sure your child eats a big breakfast Friday morning.

Saint Report

First graders will complete their first mini research project this month. Students are asked to research and create a prayer card for a saint of their choice. Projects are due Friday the 16th. Please see the “To Do” list in the homework packet for more information.

Here are websites to help you!

http://www.catholic.org/saints/fun_facts_arch.php

http://www.loyolapress.com/saints-stories-for-kids.htm

http://www.holyspiritinteractive.net/kids/saints/default.asp

Christmas Around the World

In December, the children will celebrate Christmas around the world! They will learn different names for Santa, see countries on a map, color each country’s flag, and discuss how families live and celebrate Christmas around the world. They will end the unit with the annual 1st grade Christmas International Luncheon! If you would like us to celebrate your country of origin, please email me by Wednesday, November 14th.

Questions to Ask

– What are some of the phases of the moon.

– How many tens are in 83? How many one are in 57?

– What is a Veteran?

Special Notes

– The Star Sea Otter for the week of November 12 is Colette.

– Food drive donations are welcome through November 20th .

-Saint Holy Card is due November 16

I Can…

– use common nouns, verbs, and adjectives. 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.

 

 

 

11/2/18 Newsletter

November 2, 2018

First Grade Sea Otter News

November is here! First graders welcomed November with All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, and they participated wonderfully at Mass. On November 2nd the first graders had prayer in the classroom where they prayed for family members who have died. In math, first graders used cubes to show and identify place value. This week we had safety focus lessons and reviewed fire safety, Halloween safety, and watched the “Safe Side” video about safe adults.

 I look forward to seeing the remaining families at conferences on Monday, remember conferences are in our classroom and your child does attend.

Conference Agenda:

  1. Discuss the student self-reflection and parent comment form.
  2. Parent, Student, and Teacher formulate a behavioral and academic goal.
  3. Parent and Teacher discuss MAP, other test scores, and any concerns or questions.

Please turn in Field Trip Permission Slips ASAP, thank you!

Thanksgiving Service Opportunity: Skagit Valley & make a big meal! 

Here’s a service opportunity for us, St. John.  The Tri-city Food Bank that hosts our kids for the youth migrant camp trip every summer is looking for help on Saturday, November 17 (note date correction).  The plan is to leave St. John around 7:30 am, drive to Burlington, help prepare a Thanksgiving meal for some 400 needy people, and return home around 4 pm.  Jose, the dynamic leader of the Youth Migrant Project, is looking for anywhere from 5 to 30 volunteers.  So we’ll take the first 30 who sign up.  It’s bound to be a beautiful and meaningful Saturday.Please email Kristin Kent if you’re interested:   kkent@stjohnsea.org

State of the School: Don’t forget to go to the State of the Parish this weekend! The State of the Parish will be shown at all 3 masses the weekend of November 3rd & 4th.  School families in order to be eligible for, and remain eligible for Parish Fair Share tuition each family must attend the State of the Parish

Christmas Around the World

In December, the children will celebrate Christmas around the world! They will learn different names for Santa, see countries on a map, color each country’s flag, and discuss how families live and celebrate Christmas around the world. They will end the unit with the annual 1st grade Christmas International Luncheon, PARENTS WELCOME! SAVE THE DATE: Thursday, December 20th

Service Ideas

St. John sixth graders are collecting food for their annual St. Vincent DePaul food drive.  Donations are welcome anytime until November 20.  One idea is to have your child earn money by doing extra chores.  Then he/she can buy food for the poor.  The fifth graders are collecting any extra candy or candy you don’t want from Halloween to give to the homeless as well.  The 4th graders are collecting items for homeless care kits as well (flyer sent home last week). Your children can bring all these donations to the classroom. Thank you!

Questions to Ask

– What is a saint?

– Name a fact about the sun.

-How much is 5 tens? How much is 9 tens? How much is 4 tens and 7 ones?

Special Notes

– NO Star Sea Otter because of the short week!

– NO SCHOOL: Monday, November 5th– Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences

– NO SCHOOL: November 9th-12th -Fall Break

– Seattle Art Museum Field Trip: November 16th

I Can…

– use common nouns, verbs, and adjectives. 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.