2/22/19 Newsletter

February 22, 2019

First Grade Sea Otter News

Another short yet productive week in first grade! We learned to use a hundreds chart to add tens to a two-digit number. We discussed and planned how we could observe the way light illuminates objects in our home. And we contemplated how prayer is God’s gift to us and a way to communicate with Him.

Grandparents’ and Friends’ Day: Grandparents’ and Friends’ Day is Thursday, March 14th. 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 is light? What are some objects the emit light?

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

Special Notes:

– Star Sea Otter for the week of February 25 is Ben

-Grandparents Day is March 14th

-School will be in session on March 15th

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

 

2/14/19 Newsletter

February 14, 2019

First Grade Sea Otter News

This week was short, sweet, and slushy! We enjoyed sharing snow day stories with one another and celebrating St. Valentine’s Day with fun math, heart artwork, and exchanging cards. We continued reviewing strategies to add/subtract 2-digit numbers and identifying place value.

100th Day of School:

As of today, February 27th will now be our 100th day of school.  Please still bring your 100 word poster project to school on Thursday the 21st.

 

There will be no homework packet this upcoming week. But please continue reading everyday and use the resources below to review this past week’s spelling list and math concepts.

Spelling:

-Label spelling words: noun, verb, adjective

-Color code the sorts on the poem page attached to today’s homework

-Write sentences with two spelling words in them- bonus for three words in a sentence!

-Hunt for words in any book that have your spelling sort pattern

Reading:

– Use reading activity resources listed here https://grade1.st-johnschool.org/important-links/

-Read a good fit book 15 minutes a day!

Math:

– Make flash cards of addition and subtraction math facts 0-10

– Roll dice or flip playing cards and add them numbers then list the complete fact family

-Ms. Gudaitis’ math resources: https://math.st-johnschool.org/important-links/

Questions to Ask

– How many tens are in 58? How many ones?

– What did you learn about St. Valentine?

Special Notes

– Kate is Star Sea Otter this week

– No school Friday, 2/15 – Tuesday, 2/19 for faculty retreat and mid-winter holiday.

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

 

 

 

 

2/8/19 Newsletter

February 8, 2019

First Grade Sea Otter News

We had a snowy but busy short week. First graders learned about Chinese New Year and found out that on Groundhog’s Day Punxsutawney Phil did not see his shadow… 6 less weeks of winter??? We shall see! We discussed this month’s virtue, Cheerfulness, and how we can spread that to others. In math, students began learning about adding and subtracting two digit numbers.

Supplemental School Work:

In anticipation of potential snow days next week I have listed activities below that you can have your child work on during the down times between playing in the snow.

Spelling:

-Label spelling words: noun, verb, adjective

-Color code the sorts on the poem page attached to today’s homework

-Write sentences with two spelling words in them- bonus for three words in a sentence!

-Hunt for words in any book that have your spelling sort pattern

Reading:

– Use reading activity resources listed here https://grade1.st-johnschool.org/important-links/

-Reread assigned pages or read ahead 15 pages in book bag and use comprehension strategies

Math:

– Make flash cards of addition and subtraction math facts 0-10

– Roll dice or flip playing cards and add them numbers then list the complete fact family

-Ms. Gudaitis’ math resources: https://math.st-johnschool.org/important-links/

100th Day of School: As of today, February 25th will now be our 100th day of school.  Please still bring your 100 word poster project to school on the 21st.

Valentine’s Day: Valentine’s Day is coming up soon! 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 to last week’s homework as well as our weekly email to help you. I encourage your children not to bring candy on this day if possible because of the multiple allergies in our class. Thank you!

Questions to Ask

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

– What did you learn about Chinese New Year?

Special Notes

– Kate is Star Sea Otter this week

– Dress Uniform for St. Valentine’s Mass this Wednesday, 2/13

– Valentines Day in this Thursday, 2/14

– No school Friday, 2/15 – Tuesday, 2/19 for faculty retreat and mid-winter holiday.

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

 

 

 

 

2/1/19 Newsletter

February 1, 2019

Catholic Schools Week was a huge success!  On Monday, the students thanked their community by making cards for the construction workers at our school.  On Tuesday, the students thanked you for being amazing parents/volunteers with cards.  On Wednesday, students were part of an all school flag and learned how to be a good citizen and appreciate the diversity in our country.  On Thursday they brought flowers, dressed like teachers, and spent the day making thank you posters and cards for many of the school staff.  And today is Student Appreciation Day! In honor of all their hard work the students enjoyed a flatbread pizza lunch, performed a dance at the Spirit Assembly, and enjoyed Fun Friday at the end of the day.

Thank you to Mrs. Jorris, Mr. Kindrick, and Mr. Wei for coming to our class to talk about their jobs for vocation day. The students had a lot of great questions answered. J

Also, thank you so much for the beautiful flowers this week. I am so blessed to be able to teach your wonderful children.  

 

Valentine’s Day: Valentine’s Day is coming up soon! 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 to the homework today. I encourage your children not to bring candy on this day if possible. Thank you! We will celebrate Thursday, February 14th.

Questions to Ask

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

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

– What is a subtraction strategy you like to use?

Special Notes

– Star Sea Otter for the week of February 4th is Shea.

– 100th Day Project due Monday, February 21st

-No School February 15-19 for Mid-Winter Break

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