3/29/19 Newsletter

March 29th, 2019

First Grade Sea Otter News

We had an awesome week in science learning about Temperate Forests and Rain Forests. We also enjoyed participating in a STEM project on Thursday with our 8th Grade buddies. The goal was to create the tallest free standing object with straws, tape, paper clips, and index cards. The highest the students built was 117cm!  Students also enjoyed publishing and illustrating their Vacation Narrative to completion this week.

Report Cards: Please remember to sign and return the YELLOW copy of the report card ASAP.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Thanks!

Lent CRS Rice Bowl week 3:

This week we heard of a story of hope from Sri Lanka.   Below is the link to the story and a simple recipe from Sri Lanka that your family is encouraged to try- Coconut Dhal.

https://www.crsricebowl.org/stories-of-hope/week-3

https://www.crsricebowl.org/recipe/coconut-dhal

 

Questions to Ask:

-What types of trees do Temperate Forest’s have?

-Name 3 animals that live in a Temperate Forest.

-What strategy do you use to find values from a bar graph?

Special Notes

-Star Sea Otter for the week of April 1 is Katherine

– Thursday, April 11th is the deadline for the Teddy Bear Giveaway

-Easter Holiday- April 22nd-26th

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

-find the main topic and details in a section of nonfiction. RI.1.2

-make and describe connections between two people, evens, or ideas in nonfiction. RI.1.3

-use words and pictures to help me understand nonfiction. RI.1.7

-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

-read texts and materials to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive. 1.LS1.2

-tell how many tens and how many ones are in a number. 1.NBT.2

-find 10 more or 10 less in my head. 1.NBT.5

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

-compare two-digit numbers using <, >, and =. 1.NBT.3

-subtract multiples of 10 under 100 and explain what I did. 1.NBT.6

 

 

3/22/19 Newsletter

March 22, 2019

First Grade Sea Otter News

Happy first week of spring! The first graders are learning with so much excitement. We continued our study of what is a Habitat and began learning about Temperate Forests. In math we began a unit on graphing. We are continuing our Lenten journey by joining in prayer each morning with Mrs. Oines’ class and attending Stations of the Cross Friday afternoons.

Primary Grades’ Lenten Service Project: Teddy Bear Patrol

We will be collecting new or gently used teddy bears or small stuffed animals no bigger than 12 inches in length for children in need. Please bring your donation to the your classroom by April 11. Thank you for your kindness!

 

Rice Bowl: This week we focused on families from Uganda. CRS helped them build a home as refugees.  Check out the story and recipe here: https://www.crsricebowl.org/stories-of-hope/week-2

https://www.crsricebowl.org/recipe/bamia

Report Cards: Report cards came home yesterday- Thursday, March 21st. Please take a moment to review your child’s report card. Remember that these are goals for the end of year. If they are progressing, it means they are on their way to meeting the standard or benchmark. If your child is meeting a standard you can continue practicing that skill. Please sign and return the YELLOW COPY of the report card and ENVELOPE.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Upcoming Events: Hope you can make it!

March Crabness, March 23. An event for the entire family. 

Family STEM Night, March 28- 5:30pm-7:30pm.

Questions to Ask:

-Name 2 things that a Habitat needs.

-What is a way you can use Tally Marks at home?

-What is a living and nonliving thing in a Temperate Forest Habitat?

Special Notes:

-Star Sea Otter for the week of March 25 is Elsa

-Stem Night Thursday, March 28th

– Spring Break is April 22-26

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

-find the main topic and details in a section of nonfiction. RI.1.2

-make and describe connections between two people, evens, or ideas in nonfiction. RI.1.3

-use words and pictures to help me understand nonfiction. RI.1.7

-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

-read texts and materials to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive. 1.LS1.2

-tell how many tens and how many ones are in a number. 1.NBT.2

-find 10 more or 10 less in my head. 1.NBT.5

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

-compare two-digit numbers using <, >, and =. 1.NBT.3

-subtract multiples of 10 under 100 and explain what I did. 1.NBT.6

 

 

3/15/19 Newsletter

March 15, 2019

First Grade Sea Otter News

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This week students continued learning about the Stations of the Cross where they walk with Jesus each Friday. They studied landforms, maps, and globes; we will use these skills during Habitat identification. We had a wonderful time with our Grandparents and Special friends and cherished the time at our class mass on Wednesday with our 8th grade buddies. This week marks the completion of our 2nd Trimester. Look out for report cards/instructions next week Thursday the 21st.

THANK YOU!

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to bake, set up, serve, and clean up at Grandparents and Special Friends day. It was a huge success and we couldn’t have enjoyed such a wonderful lunch and program without your help!

Report Cards: Report cards are coming home next Thursday March 21st. Please take a moment to review your child’s report card. Remember that these are goals for the end of year. If your child is progressing, it means they are on their way to meeting the standard or benchmark. If your child is meeting a standard you still want continue practicing that skill. Please sign and return the YELLOW copy of the report card.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact me. Thanks!

 

 Upcoming Events: Hope you can make it!

March Crabness, March 23. An event for the entire family. 

Family STEM Night, March 28- 5:30pm-7:30pm.

 

Lent CRS Rice Bowl week 1:

This week we heard of a story of hope from Guatemala.   Below is the link to the story and simple recipe from Guatemala that your family is encouraged to try- Black Bean Soup.

https://www.crsricebowl.org/stories-of-hope/week-1

https://www.crsricebowl.org/recipe/black-bean-soup

 

Questions to Ask:

-What is something you learned about maps or landforms?

-What was your favorite part of Grandparents/Special Friends Day?

 

Special Notes

-Star Sea Otter for the week of March 18 is Julian

– 3rd Trimester begins on Monday the 18th

-Easter Holiday- April 22nd-26th

 

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

-find the main topic and details in a section of nonfiction. RI.1.2

-make and describe connections between two people, evens, or ideas in nonfiction. RI.1.3

-use words and pictures to help me understand nonfiction. RI.1.7

-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

-read texts and materials to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive. 1.LS1.2

-tell how many tens and how many ones are in a number. 1.NBT.2

-find 10 more or 10 less in my head. 1.NBT.5

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

-compare two-digit numbers using <, >, and =. 1.NBT.3

-subtract multiples of 10 under 100 and explain what I did. 1.NBT.6

 

 

3/8/19 Newsletter

First Grade Sea Otter News

We are sailing through March and second trimester is coming to an end! The first graders attended Mass on Ash Wednesday to begin the holy season of Lent.  Friday they participated in Stations of the Cross where we walk with Jesus.  They made beautiful promises for Lent like praying for their families, limiting TV, reading the Bible, and going to Mass on hearts.  This reminds them that Lent is a time to change our hearts and become closer to Jesus. The first graders finished their units on Sound and Light.  Next, they will begin learning about Habitats!  This is a huge unit for first grade that will take us to June.

Lent Rice Bowl: Rice bowls were sent home last week to help Catholic Relief Services or CRS. It is a faith-in-action program that helps families experience Lenten spirituality by living in solidarity with people in need around the world. One way to bring Lent to life in your home is to place your CRS Rice Bowl in a prominent place in your home and use it to collect your Lenten sacrifices. (For first graders, this may look like doing acts of kindness at home to earn collections for others in your Rice Bowl.) We will be collecting Rice Bowls at the end of Lent.

Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day (March 14, Dress Uniform):  Remember if your child does not have a family member or friend coming, please email me and I will place him/her with a friend.  Your grandparent or special friend should come to the classroom to pick your child up and walk together to Egan Hall. Lunch begins at 11:00. Students should provide a sack lunch for themselves and their guests.  I will be there to bring your children back to the classroom when lunch and the performance are over.  They will need to find me in Egan Hall at the end! 

Questions to Ask:

-What is the virtue for the month of March? (temperance)

-Name something you learned about light and how it travels.

-What are you doing for Lent?

Special Notes

-Star Sea Otter for the week of March 11 is Ellie

-Class Pictures are Tuesday, March 12-Wear Dress Uniform (blue St. John Sweatshirts, no red shirts, no shorts, no navy pants!)

-Class Mass at 8:25 on Wednesday, March 13th

– There is school this Friday, March 15.  There is no hot lunch so all students must bring a lunch to school.   They are welcome to accessorize with green on this day!

-Report cards go home March 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 who, what, where, when, why, and how after reading nonfiction. RI.1.1

-find the main topic and details in a section of nonfiction. RI.1.2

-make and describe connections between two people, evens, or ideas in nonfiction. RI.1.3

-use words and pictures to help me understand nonfiction. RI.1.7

-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

-read texts and materials to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive. 1.LS1.2

-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

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

-subtract multiples of 10 under 100 and explain what I did. 1.NBT.6

3/1/19 Newsletter

March 1, 2019

First Grade Sea Otter News

Welcome March! We are back into the swing of things with our first full week of school in a while. We studied how shadows are created in light and discussed St. Francis of Assisi’s “Prayer in Praise of God”. We also celebrated our 100th Day of School with reading well over 100 books, solving 100 math problems, and drawing and writing about what the students thought they would be like when they were 100 years old!

Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day (March 14): Remember if your child does not have a family member or friend coming, please email me and I will place him/her with a friend. Your grandparent or special friend should come to the classroom to pick your child up and walk together to Egan Hall. Lunch begins at 11:00. Students should provide a sack lunch for themselves and their guests. I will be there to bring your children back to the classroom when lunch and the performance are over. They will need to find me in Egan Hall at the end!

Our music teacher, Mrs. Tsagalakis, would appreciate any extra practice of the Grandparent’s Day songs at home, follow this link to the music! https://musicpat.st-johnschool.org/k-1st-grade-grandparents-special-friends-practice/

Homework Note:

You will find in today’s homework the March Activity Calendar and a Lenten Calendar. Please keep both of these at home to complete and return at the end of the month. Thanks!

Special Notes

-Star Sea Otter for the week of March 4 is Audri

-Dress Uniform on Ash Wednesday 3/6/19

-Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day is March 14= Dress Uniform

– School is in Session on Friday, March 15th, NO school lunch available

-Report cards go home March 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 who, what, where, when, why, and how after reading nonfiction. RI.1.1

-find the main topic and details in a section of nonfiction. RI.1.2

-make and describe connections between two people, evens, or ideas in nonfiction. RI.1.3

-use words and pictures to help me understand nonfiction. RI.1.7

-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

-read texts and materials to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help    offspring survive. 1.LS1.2

-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

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

-compare two-digit numbers using <, >, and =. 1.NBT.3

-subtract multiples of 10 under 100 and explain what I did. 1.NBT.6