January 17th, 2020 Newsletter

First Grade Sea Otter News

Let it snow! Let it snow!  Let it snow!  Due to the late arrival days, our school days were short but productive.  The first graders continued subtraction to 10 and set goals for 2020. Today the first graders did an engineering lesson with their eighth-grade buddies. They were following the engineering process to make a sled- drawing, redesigning, and testing. Students used recycled materials to create sleds and tested them on a track with their buddies. You can check them out on Catholic School Sunday!

NOTE: I realize I told students that they could bring their sleds home today. If your child would like their sled displayed for Catholic Schools Week Open House, please have them bring it back to school next week. Thank you!!

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 19th.

Catholic Schools Week: Catholic Schools Week is coming up. Please be sure to join us for 10:30 Mass on Sunday, January 26th 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! You are welcome to speak any day of this week.  Thank you!

Catholic Schools Week Schedule

Sunday, January 26, 2020 – Open House, Cultural Fair

    • Mass is at 10:30, followed by Open House until 1:30
    • Pray for Australia—Bring $1 or $2 to save the animals in Australia due to fires. Give donation to your teacher (primary grades are doing this!)

Monday, January 27 – Service & Outreach Day

    • Students may wear free dress- the colors of the flag of their Unbound country (Peru for first grade)
    • Students encouraged to bring $1.00 to support their Unbound student

Tuesday, January 28 – Volunteer Appreciation Day-

 Thank you, Parents!

    • Uniform for students

 Wednesday, January 29 – Celebrate the Dignity of the Human Person

    • Uniform for students

Thursday, January 30 – Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day.  Vocation Day

    • Students encouraged to bring a flower to their teachers today
    • Parents are encouraged to talk about their vocations/jobs in our class!
    • Dress like your favorite teacher/staff member or uniform

 Friday, January 31 – Student Appreciation Day

    • Free spaghetti lunch for all students
    • Students dress in purple and gold (have fun with this!) 

Did you Know…

Do mental mathematics and written problem-solving after they’ve mastered the necessary skills with counters.

Questions to Ask

– Write a subtraction fact.

– Why did we make Koalas?

-What happened today when you built your fast sled?

Special Notes

    • Star Sea Otter for the week of January 21st is Esme.
    • No School on Monday, January 20 (MLK day)
    • STAR testing is Tuesday, January 21
    • Class Mass is Wednesday, January 22 at 8:30 (You are welcome to join us)
    • January 26th– January 31st is Catholic Schools 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

 

 

January 10th, 2020 Newsletter

First Grade Sea Otter News

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. They also learned about the journey the Holy Family took from Nazareth to Jerusalem, and the story of Jesus getting lost and being found at the temple. In math, students are learning subtraction strategies to 10.  Great work this week, first grade!

In first grade beginning in January, students will be taught using the mind+heart social and emotional learning curriculum. It helps students to develop emotional literacy, self-control, and social competence. The ultimate goal is for primary-aged children to develop a healthy sense of self and positive peer relations, that will continue throughout their lives. Children will learn to express their emotions appropriately, solve problems, develop a “growth mindset”, build relationships, and be thoughtful citizens who take responsibility and show respect.  This week the first graders learned that their brains control their emotions and began a feelings journal after reading “The Color Monster.”

This month the fruit of the Holy Spirit is Self-Control. They learned that self-control means we can control our thoughts, words, and actions.  The Saints that show us this fruit are St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (started Catholic schools in America!) and St. John Bosco (had magic shows to entertain orphans and then taught them about God).

During the last week of January, we celebrate Catholic Schools Week. Please join us for 10:30 Mass on Sunday, January 26th.   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!

Questions to Ask

– Who is in the Holy Family?

– What is your goal to work on for first grade?

– Name a subtraction fact.

 

Special Notes

– Star Sea Otter for the week of January 13th is Reese P.

– No school on Monday, January 20th (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

– Class mass on January 22nd.

– It’s starting to get colder! Please send a warm jacket to school with your child. Hats, scarves and gloves are also great way to keep warm on colder recess days.

– 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! 🙂

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

 

December 20th, 2019 Newsletter

December 20, 2019

 

First Grade Sea Otter News

The first graders sang like angels last night!  Today we had a Christmas cozy party where students read Christmas books to their stuffed animals.  We also visited our buddies and delivered Christmas cards.   

Thank you to everyone who participated and helped with making the International Christmas Luncheon so amazing!  We couldn’t have done it without you.  And a huge THANK YOU for all the thoughtful gifts, cards, and Scrip. I am so blessed to have such wonderful and generous students and families this year.

I hope you enjoy your special gift from your first grader!  Students worked hard on a gift that is from around the world 🙂

Over break it is a great idea to read and practice math daily. Here are some first grade goals you can practice at home: Fluently add to 20, skip counting by 1, 2, 5, or 10 from 1-120, and mentally finding 10 more or 10 less than any number.  There will be no reading homework assigned over break but please encourage your child to continue reading every day.  Christmas break is perfect for reading with different family members and friends.

Are you in need of another stocking stuffer idea?  It is always good to start the New Year with a new plastic folder with bottom pockets, new pencil, or an amazing bookmark!

Blessings on your family during this joyous time of year!

Special Notes

– Star Sea Otter for the week of January 6th is Arella.

– Christmas Break December 21-January 5th

– School Resumes on Monday, January 6th

December 13th, 2019 Newsletter

First Grade Sea Otter News

We are about to begin our final school week of December and students have completed almost four months of first grade! This week the first graders began their unit on subtraction using part-part-whole strategy. First graders participated in Coding week on Thursday by learning to code with their 8th grade buddies (https://hourofcode.com/us/learn). We are wrapping up learning about 20 countries in our Christmas Around the World Unit. The first graders learned about Christmas in Colombia, Honduras, Great Britain, Italy, Ireland and Peru. We will be ready to celebrate all these cultures next week at our International Christmas Luncheon!

Absence Notification

Please notify me if you know your child will be absent during any of the days before Christmas break.  We have lots of Christmas activities, gifts, and celebrations and I want to plan accordingly to make sure as many students as possible are included. Thanks!

Christmas Luncheon on Wednesday- Free Dress of Christmas Best

On Monday, I will send home a form with what you will bring to the luncheon. We have a few parents who signed up for the same items so I may assign you something else we need. Thank you for being flexible! On Wednesday, please bring your food (labeled with name of dish and country) to the parish administration building (kitchen) by 10:00. We will have outlets available if you need to keep something warm in your crockpot.  If your child has any allergies, please bring a special dish for him/her. Please label “Contains Nuts” if your dish does so.  If you are bringing beverages, decorations, or plates/napkins/silverware, please bring them to your child’s classroom. We will eat our special lunch in my classroom and food will be set up in the West hallway. We would like the parents who volunteered to set up to come to the classroom by 10:00. This is a big undertaking and we appreciate all of your help to make it possible! This lunch will take the place of regular lunch/hot lunch of the day. Please still send a separate snack for later in the day.

Christmas Concert

First and second graders will perform on Thursday, December 19th at 7:00pm in Egan Hall. We will meet in the classroom between 6:40 – 6:50 pm. Please do not drop your child off before 6:40 p.m. teachers will not be there to supervise. If you are late (arriving after 6:50) please meet us in Egan Hall. The first graders take the stage first, followed by the second grade performance of the Nativity story. Your child will be directed to come sit with you following the first grade concert. You are welcome to stay for the second grade performance.

Report Cards

Please remember to sign and return the purple copy in its envelope by Friday, December 20st.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s grades feel free to reach out to me.

Thanks!

Christmas Read In-December 20

We will be having a “Christmas Read In” next Friday the 20tht. Have your child bring his/her favorite Christmas books (please label with your name) and their favorite stuffed animals for a special cozy Christmas reading time before break!

Questions to Ask

– How can you show patience during this time of year?

– What can you tell me about Christmas in Italy? Ireland? Peru?

Special Notes

– Star Sea Otter for the week of December 16 is Oakes

– Christmas Luncheon Wednesday, December 18

-Christmas Concert is Thursday, December 19 at 7:00 in Egan Hall

– Noon dismissal Friday, December 20

Did you Know…

when your child can see groups instead of counting one by one, he/she can add past 10.  For example, if you roll dice and your child can tell you the number without counting, she is using the skill called subitizing.  Need help? Play games (dice games, dominoes, Mexican train dominoes, tensies, and card games)

I Can…

– spell first grade words. L.1.2

– sort words into categories and tell why they belong there. L.1.5

– follow rules for discussions and talk with others. SL.1.1

– speak and write in complete sentences. SL.1.6

– read and understand first grade fiction. RL.1.10

– tell the number of syllables in words. RF.1.2

– use digraphs and vowel pairs to help me read. RF.1.3

– count to help me add and subtract. 1.OA.5

– 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

-tell about people, places, and things. SL.1.4

-engage in discussions to learn about how families live around the world. 5.3.1

S.L.E.s

– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.

 

 

December 6th, 2019 Newsletter

December 6, 2019

First Grade Sea Otter News

Welcome to December!  We are busy as elves in first grade.  One of the main Social Studies standards in first grade is to celebrate different family traditions.  The students are learning how different countries celebrate Christmas.  This week they learned about Australia, China, and Germany.  Did you know that in Australia, Santa comes by boat and kangaroos help out so reindeers can rest?

The first graders finished their unit on addition to 20.  The workbook packet will come home next week.  We will start subtraction to 10 next week.  Do you know that first graders love games?  Tensies is an exciting dice game that develops math skills.  Dominoes (Mexican Train) helps with number sense and enhances addition skills (adding past 10). Both games are great Christmas stocking stuffers.

The new fruit of the Holy Spirit is patience.  The first graders learned that patience is waiting without complaining. We talked about how we wait in lines, for special events like birthdays and Christmas, and that we have patience when learning a new skill like basketball.  St. Nicolas and Juan Diego are our saints of the month because they had patience as they spread the good news of Jesus in their countries.  Today we celebrated St. Nicolas and made holy cards with a prayer asking to help us be patient.

Report Cards

On Thursday report cards went home in your child’s folder.  Please sign the purple copy and turn it in with the envelope as soon as possible.  The white copy and SLE rubric are for you to keep at home.

International Christmas Luncheon

Our luncheon will take place on Wednesday, December 18 in the first grade classrooms.  This year we will use the hallway to serve our delicious food and then turn our classrooms into restaurants.  I need your help to make it special and amazing! Please return completed Luncheon sign up forms (in child’s folder) by next Friday, December 13th.  Mrs. Jessup and I will review the forms, see what is needed to round out the list, and send home a confirmation next Monday, December 16th. Thank you in advance for your contributions!

Please keep an eye out for a volunteer sign up genius from the room parents for the day of the luncheon. We will have about 18 volunteer jobs total for both classes.  Set up Jobs require you to help decorate the tables and classroom, as well as get the food ready to serve (10:15-11:00).  Serving Jobs require parents to help serve food (buffet style) and drinks (11:00-11:30).  Clean up Jobs require parents to put the classroom back and clean up the food area, as well as help supervise students in the playpit for recess.

Christmas Concert

First and second graders will perform on Thursday, December 19th at 7:00pm in Egan Hall. We will meet in the classroom between 6:40 – 6:50 pm. Please do not drop your child off before 6:40 p.m. teachers will not be there to supervise. If you are late (arriving after 6:50) please meet us in Egan Hall. The first graders take the stage first, followed by the second grade performance of the Nativity story. Your child will be directed to come sit with you following the first grade concert. You are welcome to stay for the second grade performance. 

Advent Service Project for First Grade

Hello St. John school parents,

We are so grateful to the administration and teachers for agreeing to sponsor one child per classroom through the Unbound program.  It’s a gorgeous addition to our student body and our global awareness.

Thank you to all of you who have been contributing to your sponsored friend.

In order to ensure that each child gets adequate support, we need every child in the school to bring in one dollar every month.  I will be going to each classroom on the last day of school before Christmas break to collect the December dues.  Please make sure your child brings one dollar to class before December 20 (or $2 if you missed last month).

Thank you for your participation!  If you have any questions, I am always happy to answer them.

Happy advent and blessings on you and your families,

Kristin Kent

Coordinator of Faith Formation, St. John Parish  

 

Absence Notification

Please notify me if you know your child will be absent during any of the days before Christmas break.  We have lots of Christmas activities, gifts, and celebrations and I want to plan accordingly to make sure as many students as possible are included. Thanks!

Questions to Ask

– What country began the tradition of decorating trees in homes?

-Tell me about the Advent wreath.

-What is our fruit of the month?

– What is one cool fact about Christmas in Australia?

 

Special Notes

– Star Sea Otter for the week of December 9 is Van

All School Mass is Monday, December 9 (wear dress uniform)

– Christmas Luncheon Thursday, December 18th

– Christmas Concert Thursday, December 19th.

– Noon dismissal Friday, December 20th.

 

Did you Know…

Muscles sometimes are tense; often hold pencils near the point with three-fingered, pincer-like grasp that they find difficult to relax.  This is why they complain of being tired when they start writing a lot.  What can you do?  Check and see if they have tight grips and tell them to hold it like a feather.

 

I Can…

– spell first grade words. L.1.2

– sort words into categories and tell why they belong there. L.1.5

– follow rules for discussions and talk with others. SL.1.1

– speak and write in complete sentences. SL.1.6

– help my class write. W.1.7

– revise and edit my writing. W.1.5

– publish my writing. W.1.6

– understand how words in a story can tell about feelings and the senses. RL.1.4

– read and understand first grade fiction. RL.1.10

– tell the number of syllables in words. RF.1.2

– use digraphs and vowel pairs to help me read. RF.1.3

– count to help me add and subtract. 1.OA.5

– subtract facts within 20. 1.OA.6

– use manipulatives and pictures to help me solve problems within 100.

-tell about people, places, and things. SL.1.4

-engage in discussions to learn about how families live around the world. 5.3.1

 

S.L.E.s

– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.

 

 

November 22nd, 2019 Newsletter

Sea Otter Newsletter

Happy Thanksgiving! This week the first graders learned from their unit on Sun, Stars, and the Moon. They made phases of the moon with Oreos and next week they will make star constellations on black paper. They finished their unit on addition to 20 using strategies like adding addends in different order and adding 3 numbers.   The holy Saint cards your students created are now part of our prayer time.  They are a beautiful addition to the prayer table.

Saints-in-training!  This week students trained to be like saints through their actions. We played “act like a saint” in stations to remind us how to be saint-like in our everyday lives.

Pray for the living and the dead like St. Cyprian– Each student wrote names of family and friends and prayed for them.

Clothe the naked like St. Vincent dePaul– Each student made paper clothes for his/her person.

Feed the Hungry like St. Elizabeth of Hungary– Each student decorated two paper muffins.

Build the church like St. Francis-Each student used blocks to build a church.

Teach the faith like St. Patrick- Each student made shamrocks and wrote the persons of the Trinity.

 Give to the poor like St. Nicholas – Each student made money and their own chimneys.

I am thankful for each of you and wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

Special Advent Note

Please take note of the volunteer times during December. Sight words will begin at 8:30 to allow for primary advent prayer Tuesday – Friday in the kindergarten classroom.

Scholastic Book Orders:

It is still not too late to submit an order for the month of November! I will be submitting our class order on November 26th. Please see the Scholastic Book Order page on our classroom website for more information about ordering books!

Special Notes

-Homework and new spelling words will come Monday, December 2

-Star Sea Otter for the week of December 2 is Jake.

-Dress uniform for Mass on November 25

 

I Can…

– punctuate sentences. L.1.2

– spell first grade words. L.1.2

– sort words into categories and tell why they belong there. L.1.5

– follow rules for discussions and talk with others. SL.1.1

– speak and write in complete sentences. SL.1.6

– help my class write. W.1.7

– revise and edit my writing. W.1.5

– publish my writing. W.1.6

– tell who, what, when, where, why and how after reading. RL.1.1

– tell the characters, setting, and what happens in a story. RL.1.3

– understand how words in a story can tell about feelings and the senses. RL.1.4

– use words and pictures to help me tell about the characters, setting, and plot. RL.1.7

– read and understand first grade fiction. RL.1.10

– tell the number of syllables in words. RF.1.2

– use digraphs and vowel pairs to help me read. RF.1.3

– count to help me add and subtract. 1.OA.5

– subtract facts within 20. 1.OA.6

– 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

 

S.L.E.s

– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.

 

 

 

 

 

November 15th, 2019 Newsletter

Sea Otter Newsletter

Field trip success! First graders had an amazing time at the Seattle Art Museum learning about different cultures (families) around the world. They made their own “fine porcelain” dishes to bring home and share for a special occasion. The students were well behaved and represented St. John School incredibly well. Thank you to Shannon, Tracy, Rachel, Cammie, Jeff, Craig, Andrew, Jen, Amy, Catherine, and Madeline for helping out today!

The first graders continued to learn different strategies to help add to 20.  They learned their doubles facts and how make 10 to add bigger numbers.  In science, the students studied the sun and moon, and next we will learn about the moon phases and a new song to help them remember.  Check out the homework where they get to observe the moon for the next few weeks! Next week they will finish their unit on space with star constellations and begin studying Heredity and creating timelines of early America.

Students are writing small moment narratives as well as information about their favorite seasons this week. They are learning to brainstorm ideas that they can organize into stories.

I love seeing students earning “Saint-in-Training” badges!  They are helping each other out in the class and being good friends at recess.

In December, the first grade will study how different countries celebrate Christmas around the world. I like to include all the different cultures of our class.  For example, we will learn about how Greece celebrates Christmas because my grandparents were from Greece.  You will not need to come in and talk to the class (unless you want to).  I will have a special book the first graders will complete that will celebrate our families!  So far two parents have emailed me to include the countries of India and the Philippines.  Please email me if you would like for us to include the country of your ancestors.  Thank you!

Questions to Ask

– Name a fact about the moon.

– How can you add 6+7=___ using doubles?

– What was your favorite part of the museum?

 

Special Notes and Dates

-The Star Sea Otter for the week of November 18 is Hannah.

-4th Grade Homeless Kit Drive donations are welcome through November 15

-Grandparents Day for 2-5 is November 21 (No hot lunch today and we eat in our classroom)

-Help the Homeless (assemble kits) is November 19 at 6:30

– Food drive donations are welcome through November 25

-Thanksgiving Mass is November 25 (wear dress uniform)

-No school due to Thanksgiving Break is November 27-29

-International Christmas Luncheon for first grade is Wednesday, December 18 (cancel hot lunch for this day).

 

Did you Know…

7 year olds need security, structure, and stability; can be upset by changes in room arrangement or scheduling.  This is important as November and December have a lot of special events that can cause anxiety which comes out as misbehavior.  Use the Special Notes section of the newsletter to write down upcoming events on a family calendar so they can be aware of changes.

 

I Can…

– use singular and plural nouns. L.1.1

– punctuate sentences. L.1.2

– spell first grade words. L.1.2

– sort words into categories and tell why they belong there. L.1.5

– follow rules for discussions and talk with others. SL.1.1

– speak and write in complete sentences. SL.1.6

– help my class write. W.1.7

– revise and edit my writing. W.1.5

– publish my writing. W.1.6

– tell who, what, when, where, why and how after reading. RL.1.1

– tell the characters, setting, and what happens in a story. RL.1.3

– understand how words in a story can tell about feelings and the senses. RL.1.4

– use words and pictures to help me tell about the characters, setting, and plot. RL.1.7

– read and understand first grade fiction. RL.1.10

– tell the number of syllables in words. RF.1.2

– use digraphs and vowel pairs to help me read. RF.1.3

– count to help me add and subtract. 1.OA.5

– subtract facts within 20. 1.OA.6

– 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

 

S.L.E.s

– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.

November 7th, 2019 Newsletter

Sea Otter Newsletter

 We were very busy during this short week! The first graders learned about the sun and how it “seems” to move in the sky. Today we made a project to help show this. In math, the students have been working on addition strategies to 20.  They learned a new song called Doubles to help them add bigger numbers.  Here is the link. In the month of November, the first graders have been practicing being a Saint in Training. To earn their badges, a classmate or teacher can nominate them for showing saint like behavior.  We have seen students pray for others, become friends with new classmates and take care of the classroom.  The fruit of the Holy Spirit is generosity which goes perfect with all of our service projects taking place in the school.  We listened to this story and learned a new song called “Giving is Better”. Click here to listen to the story and song. See special notes section for more information on how to help our community this November.

Field Trip Note

We have enough parent chaperones! Thank you so much for offering to help out. Next Friday, November 15th is our field trip to the Seattle Art Museum. Please keep in mind the following to help things run smoothly:

  • Send your child to school in his/her DRESS UNIFORM (especially St. John sweatshirts)
  • We will provide graham crackers as a snack to all the children while we are at the museum. If your child cannot eat this for dietary reasons, please send in a small, comparable and disposable snack Thursday, 11/14. Please do not send in anything that requires a spoon.
  • Students will eat lunch in the classroom when they return around 12:30. Students will miss hot lunch in Egan Hall. Since this is later than our normal lunch, please be sure your child eats a big breakfast Friday morning.

Saint Report

First graders will complete their first mini research project this month. Students are asked to research and create a prayer card for a saint of their choice. Projects are due Friday the 15th. Please see the “To Do” list in the homework packet for more information.

Here are websites to help you!

http://www.catholic.org/saints/fun_facts_arch.php

http://www.loyolapress.com/saints-stories-for-kids.htm

http://catholicsaints.info/

Comfort Kits

I still have some missing kits for the classroom.  Here is what you need:

  • Small working flashlight
  • Stocking cap
  • A small package of Wet Wipes
  • One or two family photos not larger than 4”x6”
  • One page letter to your child to comfort him/her while awaiting your arrival
  • One pair of tube socks
  • One small plastic drinking cup – 5- or 6-ounce size

Place all items in a one-gallon ziplock bag labeled with your student’s name.

Christmas Around the World

In December, the children will celebrate Christmas around the world! They will learn different names for Santa, see countries on a map, color each country’s flag, and discuss how families live and celebrate Christmas around the world. They will end the unit with the annual 1st grade Christmas International Luncheon!  If you would like us to celebrate your country of origin, please email me by Friday, November 15th.   We will have our Christmas Around the World International Luncheon on Wednesday, December 18.  Save the date and don’t order hot lunch.

Questions to Ask

– What is a fact about the sun?

– Name a double.

-What is our fruit of the Holy Spirit for November?

Special Notes and Dates

-The Star Sea Otter for the week of November 12 is Simon.

-Field Trip to the Seattle Art Museum is Friday, November 15

-4th Grade Homeless Kit Drive donations are welcome through November 15

-Grandparents Day for 2-5 is November 21 (No hot lunch today and we eat in our classroom)

-Help the Homeless (assemble kits) is November 19 at 6:30

– Food drive donations are welcome through November 25

-Thanksgiving Mass is November 25 (wear dress uniform)

-No school due to Thanksgiving Break is November 27-29

-Christmas Program for 1st grade is December 19 at 7:00 in Egan Hall.  Drop off your child in Christmas best in the classroom at 6:45.

-International Christmas Luncheon for first grade is Wednesday, December 18 (cancel hot lunch for this day).

Did you Know…

When your child turns 7 he/she changes in different ways.  Seven Year Olds may become quieter, more sensitive, self-conscious, and self-absorbed as they figure out how to manage new feelings and cognitive structures.  They move forward craving security and structure while avoiding risk and uncertainty.

What can you do?  Provide consistent schedules and routines.  Listen to their concerns and offer support for your perfectionists.

I Can…

– use common nouns, verbs, and adjectives. L.1.1

– punctuate sentences. L.1.2

– spell first grade words. L.1.2

– use context clues to help me understand a new word or words. L.1.4

– sort words into categories and tell why they belong there. L.1.5

– follow rules for discussions and talk with others. SL.1.1

– speak and write in complete sentences. SL.1.6

– write to tell a story. W.1.3

– help my class write. W.1.7

– tell who, what, when, where, why and how after reading. RL.1.1

– tell the characters, setting, and what happens in a story. RL.1.3

– use words and pictures to help me tell about the characters, setting, and plot. RL.1.7

– read and understand first grade fiction. RL.1.10

– tell the number of syllables in words. RF.1.2

– use digraphs and vowel pairs to help me read. RF.1.3

– use strategies to solve addition word problems. 1.OA.1

– use the commutative property of addition. 1.OA.3

– count to help me add and subtract. 1.OA.5

– add facts within 20. 1.OA.5

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

– 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

 

S.L.E.s

– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.

November 1st, 2019 Newsletter

First Grade Sea Otter News

What a fun week in first grade! First graders welcomed November with All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. They participated wonderfully at Mass!  On Monday, November 4, the first graders will have a prayer service in the classroom where they pray for family members who have died.

Unicorns, witches, super heroes and more! We had a great time celebrating Halloween on Thursday. We went to the Halloween carnival hosted by 8th grade, followed by a movie in our classroom. In math, students continued to practice the strategy called “counting on.” In religion this week, we continued to learn about creation and started to learn about how to be saints-in-training! Today the students colored their own saints-in-training badges that they will get to earn during this month. This week, we also watched the “Safe Side” video about safe adults.

I will be meeting with families for conferences on Friday next week. I enjoyed meeting with so many of you on Monday for conferences!

Conference Notes

Conferences will be held in the classroom for primary grades. These are parent, student, teacher conferences. Your child is requested to attend. Each conference is 15 minutes with a 5-minute passing period between. Parents and child will meet with Mrs. Costa to discuss the Thinking About Me form and an SLE (Schoolwide Learning Expectation) assessment teachers completed. Students will set a goal for the year and then get to color or read while parents continue the conference. Conference Agenda:

  1. Discuss the student self-reflection and parent comment form.
  2. Parent, Student, and Teacher formulate a behavioral and academic goal.
  3. Parent and Teacher discuss MAP, other test scores, and any concerns or questions

State of the School: Don’t forget to go to the State of the Parish this weekend!

The State of the Parish will be shown at all 3 masses the weekend of November 2nd & 3rd.  School families in order to be eligible for, and remain eligible for Parish Fair Share tuition each family must attend the State of the Parish

Scholastic Book Orders

I will be submitting another Scholastic Book order later this month! Please take a look online at the Scholastic Book Club website to take advantage of this opportunity to support your child’s love for reading. More information on my classroom webpage:

https://grade1.st-johnschool.org/scholastic-book-club-orders/

Service Ideas

St. John sixth graders are collecting food for their annual St. Vincent DePaul food drive.  Donations are welcome anytime until November 20.  One idea is to have your child earn money by doing extra chores.  Then he/she can buy food for the poor.

The sixth graders are collecting any extra candy or candy you don’t want from Halloween to give to the homeless as well.

The fourth graders are collecting items for homeless care kits as well (information sent home in Newsviews this week). Your children can bring all these donations to the classroom. Thank you!  

 Field Trip!

On November 15th we will be going to the Seattle Art Museum for a field trip! Permission slips will be sent home next week. We will be riding a school bus, so chaperones do not need to drive. I would love to have at least 6 chaperones to help supervise groups. Please email me if you would like to help chaperone. Remember, you need to have the Safe Environment training completed in order to chaperone.  Also, please remember to not order hot lunch on November 15th. We will be bringing our lunches to the museum. Thank you!

Book Bags

Students will be taking home a book bag today, along with a book and a folder with instructions. We will be using them for book groups during the week. Please return the book bag and its contents on Monday.

Questions to Ask

– What is a saint? Who is an example of a saint?

– How will you be a saint in training this month?

– Who is a safe side adult? Don’t Know? Kinda Know?

Did you know?

“Sevens notice everything . . . in detail. Their drawing, writing, and play construction is characteristically small, reduced to the microcosm, miniaturized to an intricate and controllable world they’re trying to make perfect.”

From this article: “The Seeing Seven-Year-Old”

Special Notes

– Star Sea Otter for the week of November 4th is Rory.

– No school on Friday, Nov. 8th for conferences.

– Field Trip on November 15th– please turn in your permission slips with payment.

 

I Can…

– print my uppercase and lowercase letters. L.1.1

– punctuate sentences. L.1.2

– spell first grade words. L.1.2

– use context clues to help me understand a new word or words. L.1.4

– sort words into categories and tell why they belong there. L.1.5

– follow rules for discussions and talk with others. SL.1.1

– speak and write in complete sentences. SL.1.6

– write to tell a story. W.1.3

– help my class write. W.1.7

– tell who, what, when, where, why and how after reading. RL.1.1

– tell the characters, setting, and what happens in a story. RL.1.3

– use words and pictures to help me tell about the characters, setting, and plot. RL.1.7

– read and understand first grade fiction. RL.1.10

– tell the number of syllables in words. RF.1.2

– use digraphs and vowel pairs to help me read. RF.1.3

– use strategies to solve addition word problems. 1.OA.1

– use the commutative property of addition. 1.OA.3

– count to help me add and subtract. 1.OA.5

– add facts within 20. 1.OA.5

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

– 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

S.L.E.s

– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.

 

October 25th, 2019 Newsletter

First Grade Sea Otter News

It was a busy week in first grade! This week, I met with first graders in their book groups. Students will be taking home a book bag today, along with a book and a folder with instructions. Please remember to return the book bags and its contents on Monday. We will be using them for book groups during the week. In religion this week, we started to learn about St. John Paul II. I also taught the Safety lesson on Boundaries this week. Students colored a sheet on boundaries.  The students will continue safety with a lesson on Halloween Safety next week. In math, students learned a new strategy called “counting on.” Students practiced starting with the largest number, and counted on by 1, 2, or 3. We also explored pennies and used coins to help us count on. Ms. Gudaitis helped teach math on Wednesday and she led the class in math centers. First graders had a lot of fun!

 Conference Notes

Homework Note: Please have your child fill out the Thinking About Me form in his/her folder and bring this to your conference on Monday.  If you don’t meet with me on Monday, turn it in on Tuesday.  Thank you!

I look forward to meeting with you at conferences! Conferences will be held in the classroom for primary grades. These are parent, student, teacher conferences. Your child is requested to attend. Each conference is 15 minutes with a 5-minute passing period between. Parents and child will meet with Mrs. Costa to discuss the Thinking About Me form and an SLE (Schoolwide Learning Expectation) assessment teachers completed. Students will set a goal for the year and then get to color or read while parents continue the conference. Conference Agenda:

  1. Discuss the student self-reflection and parent comment form.
  2. Parent, Student, and Teacher formulate a behavioral and academic goal.
  3. Parent and Teacher discuss MAP, other test scores, and any concerns or questions.

Click here to Sign Up: https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/5317fd70fa2c3e95-studentparenttea

 

Scholastic Book Orders

I will be submitting another Scholastic Book order next week on October 30th! Please take a look online at the Scholastic Book Club website to take advantage of this opportunity to support your child’s love for reading. More information on my classroom webpage:

https://grade1.st-johnschool.org/scholastic-book-club-orders/

 Test Scores:

MAP and STAR standardized test scores are being sent home today, if you have questions please bring them to conferences.  Please keep all scores at home, they don’t need to be returned. Thanks! For more clarification on the terms in these results please see the pages below:

 MAP:  https://www.nwea.org/content/uploads/2016/06/Parent-Guide-to-MAP.pdf

 STAR:  http://doc.renlearn.com/kmnet/r001316312gb442f.pdf

 

Reading Assessments

First grade students are given a variety of reading assessments throughout the school year. One test students are administered is the STAR reading assessment, which is given to first and second graders. The STAR reading assessment is a computer-based test that helps determine the level of books your child should read in order to make the best progress, this range is called the zone of proximal development (ZPD). A report will be sent home today showing your child’s zone of proximal development, please keep in mind that these scores are approximate, but can offer you a guide for helping your child choose good fit books.

Field Trip!

On November 15th we will be going to the Seattle Art Museum for a field trip! Permission slips will be sent home next week. We will be riding a school bus, so chaperones do not need to drive. I would love to have at least 6 chaperones to help supervise groups. Please email me if you would like to help chaperone. Remember, you need to have the Safe Environment training completed in order to chaperone.  Also, please remember to not order hot lunch on November 15th. We will be bringing our lunches to the museum. Thank you!

Volunteers

Thank to those who have signed up to volunteer in the classroom! We could still use volunteers for our weekly library time (Wednesdays from 2:10-2:55), as well as reading stations. Click on the links below to see our current sign-up genius for volunteers. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our classroom room parent, Mrs. Tracy Smith.

Library: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084ea9a8283-library

Sight Words/Math Facts: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084ea9a8283-sight2

Reading Stations: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084ea9a8283-readingcomprehens

Book Bags

Students will be taking home a book bag today, along with a book and a folder with instructions. Please remember to return the book bags and its contents on Tuesday. We will be using them for book groups during the week. Typically, first graders should bring back their book bags on Monday when we have school.

Halloween!

Next week on Thursday, Oct. 31st, the 8th graders will be hosting a Halloween Carnival for the primary grades. Students are encouraged to come to school in their Halloween costume! Costumes must allow easy movement by the child (think about recess time and bathroom!). Please no scary costumes, which includes weapons and props. Makeup and masks not allowed. We plan to have our classes as usual up until the carnival at 1:00pm. After our class goes to the Halloween carnival (led by 8th graders), we will come back to the classroom to watch a Halloween movie!

Questions to Ask

-What is something you want to get better at this school year?

– Name a count on by 1, 2, or 3 problem.

  • Name one goal you have for yourself this school year.

Did you know?

Students at this age like doing things for themselves; ready to try taking on individual and group responsibility.

 

Special Notes

  • Star Sea Otter for the week of October 29th is Joseph
  • No school on Monday, Oct. 28th and Friday, Nov. 11th for conferences.
  • School will begin at 9am on October 29th.
  • Halloween carnival on Oct. 31st.
  • All Saints Day Mass on Friday, November 1st (Dress Uniform).

 

I Can…

– print my uppercase and lowercase letters. L.1.1

– punctuate sentences. L.1.2

– spell first grade words. L.1.2

– use context clues to help me understand a new word or words. L.1.4

– sort words into categories and tell why they belong there. L.1.5

– follow rules for discussions and talk with others. SL.1.1

– speak and write in complete sentences. SL.1.6

– write to tell a story. W.1.3

– help my class write. W.1.7

– tell who, what, when, where, why and how after reading. RL.1.1

– tell the characters, setting, and what happens in a story. RL.1.3

– use words and pictures to help me tell about the characters, setting, and plot. RL.1.7

– read and understand first grade fiction. RL.1.10

– tell the number of syllables in words. RF.1.2

– use digraphs and vowel pairs to help me read. RF.1.3

– use strategies to solve addition word problems. 1.OA.1

– use the commutative property of addition. 1.OA.3

– count to help me add and subtract. 1.OA.5

– add facts within 20. 1.OA.5

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

– 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

S.L.E.s

– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.