5/31/19 Newsletter

May 31, 2019

First Sea Otter News

We had a great shortened week. We wrapped up learning about the Rosary, making 3 dimensional composite shapes and began our final habitat focus on Oceans! Please remember to check your child’s folder daily; there are lots of important items that will be coming home over the next few weeks of school. Thanks!

Habitat Day

On Monday, June 10th, students will meet in Egan Hall first thing in the morning. Please bring your 3D model and report to Egan Hall. Mrs. Jessup and I will be there at 8:05 to help students get set up. Students who are coming from XDC will be escorted to Egan Hall. Parents are invited to tour habitat projects at the end of the day from 2:30 – 3:00. If you are unable to make it at the end of the day, we will be showing our habitats to visiting classes from 10:00 – 11:00, 1:00-1:45, and 2:00 – 3:00. At 3:00 you can take the habitat models home!

Field Trip:

Friday, June 14th the first grade is headed to Brackett’s Landing in Edmonds for a Ranger Beach Walk at low tide from about 9:00am-12:30pm. Your child may be in free dress this day, but will need to wear rubber boots and please make sure they are otherwise dressed appropriately for that day’s weather. We will go rain or shine and will be wading in tidepools!

We will eat lunch there so please send a disposable sack lunch with your child. (also pack a separate snack for your child to eat when we return to school) Please drop off booster seats (if your child requires one) in the hallway near our classroom in the morning and make sure your booster is labeled with your name!

If you have not already done so, please turn in permission slips ASAP, thanks!

 

Convention List For Habitat Project

 

Labels – It helps me name a picture and its parts.

 

Photographs – It helps me understand exactly what something looks like

 

Captions – It helps me better understand a picture.

 

Comparisons – It helps me understand the size of one thing by comparing it to the size of something I know.

 

Cutaways – It helps me see something from the inside.

 

Maps – It helps me find where something is in the world.

 

Types of print – It helps me by signaling, “Look at me! I’m important!”

 

Close-ups – It helps me see details in something small.

 

Tables of contents – It helps me identify key topics in the order of the book.

 

Index – It helps me find important things in the book in ABC order.

 

Glossary – It helps me know the meaning of the words from the book.

 

Questions to Ask

-What is a composite three-dimensional shape?

-Why did we celebrate Mass this week?

-What was your favorite part of the class Ranger visit?

Special Notes:

-All Library books due Friday, June 7th

Habitat Day is June 10th in Egan Hall

-Field Trip to Brackett’s Landing Beach Ranger Walk, June 14th

-Last Day of School, Wednesday June 19th – 10:30am dismissal

I Can…

-read first grade words. RF1.3

-use what I know about phonics to spell new words. L.1.2

-spell first grade words. L.1.2

-use conjunctions and determiners. L.1.1

-capitalize dates and names of people. L.1.2

-punctuate sentences. 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

5/24/19 Newsletter

May 24, 2019

First Grade Sea Otter News

It’s hard to believe that we have just over 3 weeks of school left. Everyone seems to be feeling it with a lot of excitement and anticipation! We thoroughly enjoyed participating in Tuesday’s Spring Sing concert and wrapping up our unit on Polar habitats this week.

Field Trip:

Friday, June 14th the first grade is headed to the Brackett’s Landing in Edmonds for a Ranger Beach Walk at low tide from about 9:00am-12:30pm. Permission slips were sent home today, please complete both sides and return Permission Slips by next Friday the 31st. Also, please remember not to buy hot lunch for that day- Friday, June 14th. Thanks!

We need your artwork for the 2019 Jog-a-thon!

The deadline to submit artwork for the 2019 Jog-a-Thon has been extended! All students grades PK-7 are encouraged to submit artwork to Señor Pablo or the school office by Friday, June 7thTwo designs will be chosen to represent the 2019 Jog-a-Thon (t-shirt and poster).

·         Winners will receive a Scrip card of their choice for $25!

·         Artwork should be hand drawn by the student in one-color ink.

Email the Jog-a-thon Team at fundraising@st-johnschool.org if you have any questions.  See the examples of last year’s winning artwork above. We look forward to seeing your creative designs!

 

 

Questions to Ask:

-What was your favorite part of the Spring Sing Concert?

-Name several 3-dimensional shapes.

-What did you learn about the Polar habitat this week?

 

 

Special Notes:

-Garden Party, May 25th 8:00-2:00

-No School Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day

-All School Mass, Dress Uniform Thursday, May 30th

-Optional Summer Conferences 5/29-6/7

-Habitat Day, Monday June 10th

-Field Trip to the Tide Pools is June 14th

-School’s Out Grill’s Out, June 15th

 

 

I Can…

-read first grade words. RF1.3

-use what I know about phonics to spell new words. L.1.2

-spell first grade words. L.1.2

-capitalize dates and names of people. L.1.2

-punctuate sentences. 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

-put three objects in order from longest to shortest. 1.MD.1

-tell the length of an object using whole numbers. 1.MD. 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5/17/19 Newsletter

May 17, 2019

First Sea Otter News

We had a great week! We began learning about the Rosary, identifying and creating equal parts in two-dimensional shapes and wrapping up our grasslands habitat unit with a watercolor scene. Students also gave their best effort on the MAP test this week. We are so proud of all the progress they have made this year!

Habitat Project Information

This week the first graders picked their habitats.  Now they are ready to begin their project.  The first task is to fill out the green Habitat-Planning Sheet by MONDAY, May 20.  Check the attached list (homework) to know what habitat your child is studying.  Your planning sheet needs to be approved by your teacher.  For example, if a student chooses a dolphin, it would be not be approved because there are too many types of dolphins.  If a student chooses a spinner dolphin it will be approved.  Please do not begin research or building your habitat until you get the approval from your teacher!  Please keep the pink TO DO list at home.  It gives important due dates and goals to help keep your child on track for the project

Spring Sing Concert:

The primary spring concert will be Tuesday, May 21st at 6:00pm in Egan Hall. Please dress up in Spring Concert Attire, for example: dresses, skirts, boys should wear a shirt with a collar (uniform shorts ok too). 1st and 2nd graders please meet in your classroom between 5:40-5:45 pm. Please email Mrs. Tsagalakis if your child is not able to join us for the concert. ptsagalakis@st-johnschool.org

Field Trip:

Friday, June 14th the first grade is headed to the Brackett’s Landing in Edmonds for a Ranger Beach Walk at low tide. The walk will be from 9:45-10:30am. We will also eat lunch there after the walk.  Permission slips will be sent home next week. The complete field trip should be from about 9:00am-12:30pm.  We are still in need of a few more chaperones; please let me know if you would like to come! Please don’t order Hot Lunch this day!

 

Jog-A-Thon Art Contest:

All students grades PK-7 are encouraged to submit artwork to Señor Pablo or the school office by Friday, May 31st Two designs will be chosen to represent the 2019 Jog-a-thon (t-shirt and poster).  Winners will receive a Scrip card of their choice for $25!

Artwork should be hand drawn by the student in one-color ink.

Email the Jog-a-thon Team at fundraising@st-johnschool.org if you have any questions.

Questions to Ask

-What are equal parts?

-How many quarter parts are in whole?

-What is one of the prayers in the Rosary?

Special Notes:

-Primary Spring Concert, Tuesday May 21st at 6:00pm

-No School Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day

-All School Mass, Dress Uniform

-Habitat Day, Monday June 10th

-Field Trip to the Tide Pools is June 14th

I Can…

-read first grade words. RF1.3

-use what I know about phonics to spell new words. L.1.2

-spell first grade words. L.1.2

-use conjunctions and determiners. L.1.1

-capitalize dates and names of people. L.1.2

-punctuate sentences. 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

5/10/19 Newsletter

May 10, 2019

First Sea Otter News

Happy Mother’s Day to all you amazing moms! We hope you will enjoy the gift your children created this week. Enjoy this special day! This week we wrapped up our study of the Grasslands and look forward to exploring the Polar Habitat over the next two weeks.

As the year winds down, I encourage you to check in with your child to ensure he/she is able to work independently. Can he/she tie shoes? Work alone for 15 minutes? We are working hard to be sure we are ready for second grade.

Summer Solutions:

Summer Solutions books are available for order! Each book costs $13.00. See the attached to order using the code listed. Orders will be shipped to Miss Gudaitis and delivered to students before school dismisses for holidays. Please be aware – the Code for ordering expires Sunday, May 12th!

Summer Conference Sign Ups:

At this time of year I like to offer optional conferences.  These are meant to discuss concerns, progress, and preparation for second grade over the summer in partnership with your child’s summer contract.

Every first grader will make a summer contract in class that includes a plan for reading, writing, math, and student choice. They will bring it home to you to use as a tool for summer growth.

If you don’t wish to schedule a conference or are unable to find a time slot please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.

The Sign Up Genius Link is here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508054fafa922aaf94-optional

Save the Date:

We will be having our final Field Trip on Friday, June 14th. Please save the date if you would like to chaperone- we will need at least 5 parent chaperones as we explore the tide pools on a ranger walk at Edmonds Brackett’s Landing Park.

Questions to Ask:

-What is something helpful you can do for Mother’s Day?

-What is a composite shape?

-What is something interesting you learned about the grasslands?

Special Notes:

-Primary Spring Concert, Tuesday May21st at 6:00pm

-No School Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day

-Field Trip to the Tide Pools is June 14th

I Can…

-read first grade words. RF1.3

-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

-tell about shapes and build and draw shapes. 1.G.1

-make two and three-dimensional shapes. 1.G.2

-use shapes to make new shapes. 1.G.2

-divide shapes into parts. 1.G.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

5/3/19 Newsletter

May 3, 2019

First Grade Sea Otter News

May is here! We are officially 32 school days away from second grade! Second grade is a big jump for some students. Students are expected to be independent, self-directed, make good choices, and display proper classroom behavior. Take time to check in with your child and assess their readiness and feelings about this big accomplishment.

This week students participated in the crowning of Mary. First graders brought flowers for Mary and beautifully helped lead one decade of the rosary at church. Students also began their study of the grasslands habitat and complete our 2-D shape unit by comparing and creating composite shapes.

Along with the habitat unit, students are learning the conventions or features of nonfiction books.  Mrs. Longton had the first graders check out nonfiction books as their second book for the week. Have your child check out their nonfiction books for any conventions! See below for the list of conventions they have learned the past few weeks.

Labels – help the reader identify a picture of photograph and/or its parts

Photographs – help the reader understand exactly what something looks like

Captions – help the reader better understand a picture or photograph

Comparisons – help the reader understand the size of one thing by comparing it to the size of something familiar

Cutaways – help the reader understand something by looking at it from the inside

 Maps – help the reader understand where things are in the world

Types of print – help the reader by signaling, “Look at me! I’m important!”

Close-ups – help the reader see details in something small

Tables of contents – help the reader identify key topics in the book in the order they are presented

 Index – an alphabetical list of almost everything covered in the text, with page numbers

Glossary – helps the reader define words contained in the text

Student Photo Essay Contest (optional): In your child’s folder today you will find an information sheet about the school wide photo contest. All students are invited to participate, but it is not required. Student submissions are due no later than Friday, May 24th. This contest will coincide with Mrs. Kay’s art show the following week!

Summer Conference:

Keep and eye out in the next week for a summer conference sign up. These are optional conferences that are meant to discuss concerns, progress, and preparation for second grade over the summer.

Questions to Ask:

-What prayers do we say in the rosary?

-What define a shape’s vertex and side?

-What are 2 different names for a grassland habitat?

Special Notes:

  • MAP testing during the mornings of 5/14 and 5/16
  • Memorial Day: No School Monday, May 27th

I Can…

-read first grade words. RF1.3

-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

-tell about shapes and build and draw shapes. 1.G.1

-make two and three-dimensional shapes. 1.G.2

-use shapes to make new shapes. 1.G.2