1/25/19 Newsletter

January 28, 2019

First Grade Sea Otter News

Catholic Schools Week is here! Please remember to join us at 10:30 Mass on Sunday (in dress uniform or cultural attire) and then at the Open House, following immediately after where you can visit our classroom and check out second grade. Also be sure to stop by Egan Hall to visit the cultural fair. To celebrate this special week, each day is scheduled to represent something different.

Catholic Schools Week Schedule

Monday: free dress day and bring in a can of food for St. Vincent de Paul food drive

Tuesday: say thank you to volunteers

Wednesday: wear cultural dress or dress uniform

Thursday: dress like a teacher day and bring in a flower

Friday: free lunch for students and purple and gold day: bring sunglasses, baseball cap, St. John sweatshirt for 1st grade dance J

100 Day Project: The 100th day of school is fast approaching. To celebrate, students are asked to collect 100 words from magazines, newspapers, etc. Students will record their words on the homework grid and then use them to design a poster. Words can be arranged in a word, picture, pattern, or design of your choosing. Posters should be no larger than 35” x 25”. Posters and word lists are due February 21st. (assignment description was sent home last week)

STAR Assessments

STAR test results will be sent home today in your child’s folder. The STAR reading assessment is a computer-based test that helps determine level of books your child should read in order to make the best progress, this range is called the zone of proximal development (ZPD). Please keep in mind that these scores are approximate, but can offer you a guide for helping your child choose good fit books. Please keep STAR reports at home for your reference. Let me know if you have questions!

Reading Bags: Please remember to tell your child to bring their reading bag to school on Mondays. It is okay if you didn’t get to read to him/her on the weekend. We need the books back so we can use them for reading groups each day. Thank you!

Questions to Ask

– What is one of the beatitudes?

– Name a material that was used to create a classmates musical instrument?

– What is your favorite thing about St. John School?

Special Notes

– Star Sea Otter for the week of January 28th is Grant.

– Open House and Catholic Schools Week Mass Sunday, January 27th at 10:30 a.m.

– 100th Day Project due Wednesday, February 21st

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

 

1/18/19 Newsletter

January 18, 2019

First Grade Sea Otter News

This week first graders learned about several subtraction strategies- counting back, using a number line, and using doubles fact families to find the difference. We predicted and observed how rice can be moved by sound vibrations and how water level effects pitch. We also wrapped up our unit on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and shared our dreams for positive change in the world.

100 Day Project: The 100th day of school is fast approaching. To celebrate, students are asked to collect 100 words from magazines, newspapers, etc. Students will record their words on the homework grid and then use them to design a poster. Words can be arranged in a word, picture, pattern, or design of your choosing. Posters should be no larger than 35” x 25”. Posters and word lists are due February 21st.

Catholic Schools Week: Catholic Schools Week is coming up. Please be sure to join us for 10:30 Mass on Sunday, January 27th and for the open house immediately following. I am asking for any parents who are interested/available during the last week of January to talk to the class about their vocation to please contact me. We would love to hear from as many of you as possible about what you do and why you love it. Help us expand our horizons and learn about all the different things we can be when we grow up!

 

Catholic Schools Week Schedule

Monday: free dress day and bring in a can of food for St. Vincent de Paul food drive

Tuesday: thanks to volunteers

Wednesday: wear cultural dress or dress uniform

Thursday: dress like a teacher day and bring in a flower

Friday: purple and gold day- free lunch for studnets

Questions to Ask

– Write an addition and subtraction fact that are in the same “family”.

– What is something you learned from Martin Luther King Jr.?

– How do we hear sound? How does thunder shake the ground?

Special Notes

  • No Star Sea Otter for the week of January 21st
  • Class Mass with 8th Grade Buddies on January 23rd– parents are welcome!
  • January 28th– February 1st is Catholic School week

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

 

 

 

1/11/19 Newsletter

First Grade Sea Otter News

1/11/19

Happy New Year and Happy Epiphany! I hope you all had a blessed Christmas and some peaceful family time together. Your children have enjoyed sharing vacation stories with their classmates and me. This week the first graders identified The Holy Family and learned about Epiphany. In math, students are continuing subtraction to 20. We also did good fit book check-ins and I am so impressed with everyone’s reading growth!

During the month of January, we celebrate Catholic Schools Week. Please join us for 10:30 Mass on Sunday, January 27th.   Following the service, teachers will be in their classrooms for an all school Open House. I hope you will be able to join us. During that week I would like to invite several parents to come talk about vocations with the class. If you are interested in visiting the class to share a little about what you do, please let me know.

Comfort Kits

In the New Year we are reviewing safety procedures and want to make sure we are prepared for all potential events. Comfort kits are an important part of this preparation for your child. If you have not yet sent one in, please do so as soon as possible. Thanks!

Comfort Kit Contents:

socks, beanie, cup, flashlight, wipes, family pictures, letter from parents

Questions to Ask

– Who is in the Holy Family?

– What is your new years resolution?

– Name a subtraction fact family.

Special Notes

– Star Sea Otter for the week of January 14th is Liam.

– No school on Monday, January 21st (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

– As your child is becoming more independent, please check that he/she can tie his/her shoes and zip up his/her jacket and remembers to pack a snack and water bottle daily. These are all things we want them to do on their own in first grade! J

 

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