Habitat Project

Habitat Project Topic

Please select your first, second and third choices for your Habitat project. In the comment section for each choice, please write what animal you plan to study that lives in that habitat. For example, 1st choice: Polar, Arctic hare

 

Thank you! 🙂

 

Distance Learning Welcome

Sea Otter Distance Learning

 

Welcome Sea Otter Parents! Please check out this video for a welcome message from me to you and your first grader. I will begin our Distance Learning on Monday. See below for a form for you to fill out that will help my lesson planning for the next several weeks.

Please feel free to reach out to me via email: mcosta@st-johnschool.org with any questions you might have. Thank you!

 

Distance Learning Parent Questionnaire

Please answer the following questions to help me with my lesson planning over the next several weeks. Thank you!

March 13th, 2020 Newsletter

March 12, 2020

First Grade Sea Otter News

This week the first graders “visited” the rainforest and learned about the four layers and what animals live in each part.  They continued to count by tens using place value blocks and dimes.  Students prayerfully colored the Stations of the Cross in their booklet as they learned how much Jesus loves them.

As you can see from the email sent to you today, St. John School will be closed until April 25.  My plan for helping you and your child continue to learn and grow is to send a daily email with assignments.  The goal is to work 1-2 hours each weekday. You will be using the materials sent home today (math workbook, printing book, science book, Stations of the Cross, Ocean Log, Lent path, and reading bag).  Each day I will send something like this (with more specific information to help you guide them).

Monday

  1. Ocean Log
  2. Daily 5:  Choose read to self, use the Balloon retelling page.
  3. Spelling: Sort your words today. Then label with the pattern.
  4. Religion: Complete Station of the cross #6
  5. Math: Workbook page…
  6. Science: Habitat Reading
  7. PE and Music: See links

My hope is that I can record myself teaching lessons like Calendar time, read alouds, reading groups, and Science.  Stay tuned for more information soon.  Please let me know if you do not have access to a printer.  If I scan assignments by email and you can’t print them out, we can schedule a pick-up time at school as needed.

Many students were upset about what is happening around them.  They shared today that they are worried about grandparents getting the coronavirus, how school will work at home, who will be there at home if you are working etc. They act out when this happens because they don’t know how to tell you.  They feel our nervous energy.   This weekend, develop a plan that includes a structured routine for each day.  This will help their anxiety and let them have control of something in their lives.

Questions to Ask:

-What is a layer in the rainforest?

-What animal did we learn about today?

Special Notes

-We will resume Star Sea Otter April 26

– Sunday Masses have been cancelled. If you tune in to EWTN or go to the Archdiocese of Seattle, they will have links to Masses you can watch online/TV.

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

March 6th, 2020 Newsletter

March 6, 2020

First Grade Sea Otter News

 We are sailing through March and the second trimester is coming to an end! The first graders attended Mass on Wednesday with their 8th grade buddies.  On Thursday they got to see the middle schoolers perform in Beauty and the Beast Jr.! On 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 footprints.  Check out the bulletin board in the hallway for these promises.  This week the first graders learned about a temperate forest where deciduous and coniferous trees live.  They labeled a brown bear and wrote 3 interesting facts.  Did you know that bears have their cubs in the winter when they are in hibernation?  Next week we travel south to learn about the rainforest!

The first graders learned the best way to wash their hands so we don’t spread germs.  Thank you for keeping any sick children home.  Remember the school will keep you updated with any additional information to help us!

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 classroom by April 6. Thank you for your kindness!  See flyer in your child’s folder.

Questions to Ask:

-What is the fruit for the month of March? (faithfulness)

-Name something you learned about the forest habitat.

-What are you doing for Lent?

 

Special Notes

-Star Sea Otter for the week of March 9 is Adrian.

Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day has been cancelled for next week.  There is no hot lunch on Thursday.

– There is no school this Friday, March 13.

-Report cards go home on March 19

 

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

February 28th, 2020 Newsletter

February 28, 2020

First Grade Sea Otter News

Welcome to the end of February and the beginning of Lent. Students attended Ash Wednesday Mass and received blessed ashes. In class, they discussed their Lent promises focusing on prayer, fasting, and helping others (almsgiving). The first graders began their unit on Habitats.  In this unit, they will learn 5 habitats (forest, grassland, ocean, polar, and desert).  This unit will take us to the end of the year! The first graders finished their math unit on subtraction to 20 using different strategies (make 10, doubles, fact family, related facts, count back, and number line). They will take a chapter math test next week.

Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day (March 12):  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! 

Homework Note

The first graders have finished their math facts units so the next few units focus on place value, geometry, and measurement.  I don’t want them forget their addition and subtraction math facts to 20 so have them keep practicing in different ways.  You could use the website prodigy, make flashcards, play games, or use the extra workbook pages I sent home.  Looking for games that are fun but also teach math skills for your children?  Check out this link below.

  https://www.thespruce.com/best-dice-games-4164423

 

Special Notes

 

-Star Dolphin for the week of March 2 is Mila

-Class Mass is Wednesday, March 3 at 8:30

-Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day is March 12= Dress Uniform

-No school on Friday, March 13th

 

Did you know…

If you want to practice a social or emotional skill, books are the best way!  If you use storybook characters to “practice scenarios” on how to be a good friend or how to solve recess issues, then your child can feel safe to tell you if there are any problems.  Here is a great website for books that deal with different issues.  I chose the friendship books since we’ve been learning what makes a good friend!  https://booksthathealkids.blogspot.com/search/label/friendship?&max-results=20

 

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

 

 

 

February 21st, 2020 Newsletter

First Grade Sea Otter News

Another short yet productive week in first grade! The 100th Day of school was a big celebration with activities like “Beat the 100 second clock for math games” and pictures that show the students as 100 years old. They read 119 books with their buddies! The 100 word posters look awesome! The first graders can read so many words and showed off their creative side.

The first graders learned about fact families and making ten.  They finished their Beatitude Books.  There is a parent information sheet attached to the book so you can find out more about the flowers that symbolize the beatitudes!

Homework Note:  Please keep the Lenten calendar at home during the 40 days of Lent.  The Crown of Thorns activity is a nice family project to help children show kindness for Jesus.

 Questions to Ask:

– What does it mean when something is opaque?

– Tell me one thing you did on the 100th day of school.

-What is one way to make 100?

 

Special Notes:

– Star Sea Otter for the week of February 24 is Bryce

-Ash Wednesday Mass is February 26 (wear dress uniform)

-Grandparents Day is March 12th

-School will be in session on March 13th

 

Did You Know…

Play is an important part of your child’s development?

  • Give kids ample, unscheduled time to be creative, to reflect, and to decompress
  • Encourage your children to engage in active play (running around or playing tag) in lieu of passive entertainment (video games or television)
  • Buy your children toys such as blocks or dolls, that encourage imagination and creativity
  • Spend unscheduled, unstructured time together with your kids
  • Ask your child regularly whether he feels overly tired, burned out, or over-scheduled
  • Allow your children to have a say in which extracurricular activities they are involved in

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

February 13th, 2020 Newsletter

First Grade Sea Otter News

This week was short, sweet, and busy! The first graders enjoyed celebrating St. Valentine’s Day with pajamas, decorating envelopes, and exchanging cards.  They continued to learn different subtraction strategies like doubles and make 10 to subtract.  We will begin experimenting with flashlights next week to find out what objects are opaque, translucent, or transparent.  Then they will experiment with reflections using light beams (flashlight) and objects. The first graders learned about Mary’s appearance in Lourdes, France.  She appeared to St. Bernadette (our saint of the month).

Homework Note:  There is a homework packet for an exciting project to conclude our Sound and Light unit. There is no spelling due to the short week.  Remember to bring your 100_word poster on Wednesday, February 19.

 

Questions to Ask

– How many doubles can you name?

-What did you do for art this week?

– What did you learn about St. Valentine?

 

Special Notes

No Star Sea Otter next week (due to short week).

-Bryce will be Star Sea Otter for the week of February 24.

– No school Friday, 2/14 – Tuesday, 2/18 for faculty retreat and mid-winter holiday.

-100th Day of School is Wednesday, February 19

-Ash Wednesday All School Mass (parents are welcome to join us!) is February 26

 

Did you Know…

7 year olds are anxious to do well and can be extremely sensitive.

 

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

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

1.PS4.1 – plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sound can make materials vibrate.

1.PS4.2 – make observations to construct and evidence-based account that objects can be seen only when illuminated.

1.PS4.3 – plan and conduct an investigation to determine the effect of placing objects made with different materials in the path of a beam of light.

February 7th 2020 Newsletter

Sea Otter News

Happy first week of February! The first graders began learning about the Beatitudes by making a book of flowers to help them remember.  For example, the mourning glory flower blooms and dies in a day to help them remember “Blessed are those who mourn, they shall be comforted.”  Our Fruit of the Holy Spirit for the month of February is Love/Charity. They talked about how they can be loving this month. In math, students continued to learn different strategies to subtract like counting back, using a number line (they made their own), and using doubles.  In science, they experimented with sound vibrations by making “guitars” with cups and rubber bands. Next, they will watch how loud sounds can make glitter jump from a bowl wrapped in plastic. After our unit on sound, the first graders will experiment how light helps us see in the dark.

100th Day of School:

Please bring your 100-word poster and 100 word grid project to school on the 19th.

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 encourage your children not to bring candy on this day if possible because of allergies in our class. We will have a popcorn party on February 13 at 2:15. Please let me know if you can bring Skinny Pop bags of popcorn for this day.  Thank you!

Lost and Found

We are working with the first and second grade students to take care of the hallway.  If a teacher finds a coat, backpack, or lunch bag on floor, it goes into the tub by Mrs. Jessup’s door.  The first time they can get it back for free.  The second offense they can get it back but they need to wash the kindergarten tables for one day at lunch.  If your child is missing a coat, it may be in the tub.  Please come and check it out.

Did you Know…

Kids at this age love to color, paint, read, and write; experience an artistic explosion; learn the most when teacher value their efforts and encourage risk-taking.

Questions to Ask

– How do you find 18-4 using a number line?

-Explain how you made your “guitar” with a cup and rubber bands.

-How will you be loving this month?

Special Notes

– Mia is Star Sea Otter for the week of February 10.

– Dress Uniform for St. Valentine’s Mass this Wednesday, 2/12

– St. Valentine’s Day will be celebrated this Thursday, 2/13

-Pajama Day will be Thursday, 2/13

– No school Friday, 2/14 – Tuesday, 2/18 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

NGSS

Plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sounds can make materials vibrate. 1-PS4-1

 

 

 

 

 

January 31st, 2020 Newsletter

January 31, 2020

First Grade Sea Otter News

Catholic Schools Week was a huge success!  On Monday, the students dressed with the colors of the Peru flag, brought donations for our Unbound friend Neil, and made birthday cards for him.  On Tuesday, the students thanked you for being amazing parents with cards.  On Wednesday, they were part of an all school Benediction and learned how to be a good citizen.  On Thursday they brought flowers, dressed like teachers, and spent the day making posters for their teachers. We also had some parents come in to visit and talk about their vocations! Thank you, Mrs. Yoshimura and Mr. Quiaoit for coming in and teaching us about your jobs!

I wanted to say a big thank you 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 to help you.  I encourage your children not to bring candy on this day if possible (due to allergies).  Thank you!  We will celebrate Thursday, February 13th.

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. 

Questions to Ask

– Name a subtraction fact that is true/false.

-What experiment did we do with beakers and water to make sound?

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

 

Special Notes

– Star Sea Otter for the week of February 3rd is Nicholas

– 100th Day Project due Wednesday, February 19

-No School February 14-18 for Mid-Winter Break

Did You Know…

You will be gratified to learn that, with the increase in cognitive development, your 6 and 7 year old children are developing longer attention spans. Kids will be much more likely to stick with a project until it is done, or to stick with a problem until it is solved. Also in response to changes in cognitive development, first graders may develop something of an obsession about finishing things. They really, really hate being interrupted in the middle of working on something. It is, in fact, one of the main causes of emotional explosions in this age, so be sure to give kids plenty of time to finish a task, and to finish it well.

Given their need for structure and for finishing things, it is a happy circumstance that first graders also respond extremely well to a daily schedule and to routine. This year, they have a much more developed sense of time, and they may worry about getting things done on time and not getting into trouble. Other organizational strategies help as well: regular daily routines, predictable family or class gatherings, ways of organizing backpacks and homework, etc. 

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

 

 

January 24th, 2020 Newsletter

January 24, 2020

First Grade Sea Otter News

The students had a wonderful week of learning! They made ice skates and shared what they hope to accomplish in this new year.  They continued to work on subtraction to 10.  They wrote a rainbow poem with words that describe themselves and made 3D rainbows.  They drew pictures of our school and wrote about what they love about St. John!

Catholic Schools Week is here! Please remember to join us at 10:30 Mass on Sunday and then at the Open House, following immediately after. Be sure to stop by Egan Hall to visit the cultural fair, the second floor for some tasty treats, and check out the second-grade classrooms. To celebrate this special time, each day will represent something different.

Catholic Schools Week Schedule

Monday:  Free dress day with colors from the Peru flag.  Bring $1.00 to support our Unbound                child Neil.

Tuesday: Say thank you to volunteers (regular uniform day).

Wednesday: Day to honor human dignity with an activity with our 8th grade buddies (regular uniform day).

Thursday: Dress like a teacher day and bring in a flower.

Friday: Purple and gold day- free lunch for students:  Bring sunglasses or baseball cap/hat for our dance!  Here is a link to the song if you want to practice!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAhXfcm_v40

Parent Vocations: The class would love to learn about what you do! So far, I have two parents coming in next week to share about their vocations with the class (thank you!). If you have any time to stop in, whether it’s for 5 minutes or 15, we would love to have you. Please email me if you would like to schedule a time to come in to share with the class. This invitation will also go beyond Catholic Schools Week if you find that this week doesn’t work out for you. Thank you so much for your consideration!

100th 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 19 (assignment description was sent home last week).

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!

Snack: Just a reminder to please make sure to send in a healthy snack for your child each day. Thanks!

Questions to Ask

– What is an adjective that describes you?

– What did you draw this week for Catholic Schools Week?

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

Special Notes

– Star Sea Otter for the week of January 27th is Jimmy.

– Open House and Catholic Schools Week Mass Sunday, January 26th at 10:30 a.m.

– 100th Day Project due Wednesday, February 19th

Did you Know…

A way to practice mathematical skills is by playing games that require counting and estimating to move board pieces (Parcheesi, Sorry, etc.).

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