October 18th, 2019 Newsletter

First Grade Sea Otter News

What a week in first grade! Today was the Jog-a-Thon prize assembly, where we learned that we reached our school’s fund-raising goal!! Thank you to all of our amazing donors! We got to watch the fun silly string showdown between the 7th graders and Mrs. O’Leary and Senor Pablo. This week we also practiced our earthquake disaster drill, called the “Great Shake Out.” First grade did a great job covering their heads under their desks, and then exiting the building to the holding area. On Wednesday, we had the Fulcrum Foundation visit our school and attend mass, led by the first graders and their eighth grade buddies. The first graders did a great job! In religion, students continued to learn about creation. In math, first grade finished their first chapter about addition within 10. We ended the chapter with a test today. We continued our social studies unit on Needs and Wants. During Daily 5, we added a new choice this week: Listening to Reading. When we have extra helpers, first graders can take turns listening to a reading program on the iPads. Thank you for our volunteers this week who helped with Listening to Reading! This week I met with book groups but we did not have a lot of time to practice our new skills due to our schedule this week. Because of this, I will be sending home book bags next week. If your child meets with Mrs. McCarthy, they will be bringing home a book bag today from her.

STAR Test

Next week we will be taking the STAR standardized test. 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 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.  For more clarification on the terms in the test results please see: http://doc.renlearn.com/kmnet/r001316312gb442f.pdf

Conference Notes

Thank you to those who have already signed up.  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 listen to a story on the iPad while parents continue the conference. Click here to Sign Up: https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/5317fd70fa2c3e95-studentparenttea

For more information about signing up for conferences, please click here: https://st-johnschool.org/2019/10/10/save-the-date-student-teacher-parent-conferences-2/

Touching Safety

If you would like to “opt your child out” of the Touching Safety Program that will be presented to the first grade students on October 24th, please sign the form attached to the email this week.  Our lesson focus will be on Boundaries—the limits that define one person as separate from another or from others. There are boundaries you can see (like a fence around a yard) and boundaries you can’t see with your eyes (like the comfort zone around us that we call our “personal space”). Boundaries vary depending on the relationship with the other person. For example, a boundary between a child and a grandparent is different than the boundary between a child and a teacher or coach.

Unbound

St. John School and Parish are very excited to announce a partnership with Unbound-a charity that allows us to directly help children in need. The first grade will sponsor Neil.  He is from Lima, Peru and speaks Spanish!  He is 7 years old and loves to build with blocks, draw, watch movies with his family, and ride on a motorcycle to school.  I attached a photo of Neil in my last newsletter. Senora Blanca will incorporate lessons where she will create a class letter in Spanish to send to Neil throughout the year.  Every first Friday of the month your child is welcome to bring in a $1 donation and make cards or write letters to Neil.  If you have any additional questions, please let me know.  Thank you!  Your support will help Neil get a wonderful education and new pen pals from Seattle.

Volunteers

Thank to those who have signed up to volunteer in the classroom! We could still use volunteers for our morning Daily 5 time, we well as weekly library time (Wednesdays from 2:10-2:55). Please see the sign up genius created by our class room parent. Thank you!

Questions to Ask

-What does peace mean to you?

– Name a true or false addition fact.

– What new Daily 5 choice did we add this week?

Special Notes

– Star Sea Otter for the week of October 21 is Lucy

– Picture day: October 22nd (free dress or uniform)

  • 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. Please see attached flyer for more details: Halloween Carnival Flyer

 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 11th, 2019 Newsletter

First Grade Sea Otter News

It was a busy week in first grade! The first graders took the Reading and Math MAP tests this week and did their very best! In religion, students learned about the saint of the month, St. Francis of Assisi, who is the patron saint of animals and the environment. The first graders also learned about creation. In math they practiced ways to make ten and started to use a ten frame to help them solve addition problems. We also started a new social studies unit on Needs and Wants. The Fruit of the Holy Spirit for the month of October is Peace. First graders get the opportunity to nominate each other to have their name put up on our Kindness tree in the hallway. Next week, reading groups will begin and reading bags will come home each Friday.

Words Their Way Spelling

For the past two weeks, the first graders have been practicing their spelling sorts in class. By sorting pictures and words, students are practicing identifying word and vowel patterns. If your child is sorting pictures, they will be tested on the specific sound pattern, such as word families or digraphs. Students that bring home words will be tested on the vowel patterns and asked to spell the words. There will not be spelling lists sent home, but rather the word and picture sorts. I will choose 8-10 of those words to test on Fridays. If you have any questions about spelling, please feel free to reach out to me.

Touching Safety

St. John School will present a sexual abuse prevention program, the Touching Safety program, to our students on October 24th, 2019. The creators of the Protecting God’s Children™ program developed the Touching Safety program. This program is provided to us by the Archdiocese of Seattle and is a part of our ongoing effort to help create and maintain a safe environment for children and to protect all children from sexual abuse.

Below is an opt-out form if you do not want your child to participate in the lesson. Please sign the form and return it back to school in your child’s take-home folder. Thank you!

OptOutVIRTUS 2019

Conferences

Sign-ups for conferences are now open! (tab across the top to locate my name- Mrs. Costa Grade 1). Click here to Sign Up.

For more information about signing up for conferences, please click here. 

Mass

On Wednesday, October 16th we will celebrate our theme of peace (October fruit of the Holy Spirit) at our first all school liturgy. First graders are in charge of leading mass with their eighth grade buddies. You are welcome to join us in the church at 9:00 a.m.   Please make sure your child is in dress uniform!

Unbound

St. John School and Parish are very excited to announce a partnership with Unbound-a charity that allows us to directly help children in need. The first grade will sponsor Neil.  He is from Lima, Peru and speaks Spanish!  He is 7 years old and loves to build with blocks, draw, watch movies with his family, and ride on a motorcycle to school.  I attached a photo of Neil below. Senora Blanca will incorporate lessons where she will create a class letter in Spanish to send to Neil throughout the year.  Every first Friday of the month your child is welcome to bring in a $1 donation and make cards or write letters to Neil.  If you have any additional questions, please let me know.  Thank you!  Your support will help Neil get a wonderful education and new pen pals from Seattle.

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). Please see the sign up genius created by our class room parent, Mrs. Smith. Thank you!

Mrs. Dahlgren is still looking for playground volunteers to add to the daily roster of lunch recess monitors.  To keep your children safely monitored a total of 5 pairs of eyes, ears and arms are needed at each lunch recess, 11:00-12:15, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  Grandparents are welcome.  Younger children may come with you providing they aren’t a distraction from duty.  Please email Mrs Dahlgren if you’re able to help with this valuable ministry, floribunda51@yahoo.com.  Thank you!

Questions to Ask

-What is a way to make 10?

– What do you know about St. Francis of Assisi?

– How can you show peace this month?

Special Notes

– Star Sea Otter for the week of October 14 is Leo

– Dress uniform Wednesday 10/16 for Mass

  • No school on Monday, Oct. 28th and Friday, Nov. 11th for conferences. 

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 4th, 2019 Newsletter

First Grade Sea Otter News

It was a great week in first grade! They learned how to be better spellers in Word Work and practice their comprehension by checking for understanding when they Read to Someone (Daily 5 choices).  In religion, students celebrated feast days of St. Therese, Guardian Angels, and the three Archangels; St. Michael, St. Raphael, and St. Gabriel. Students made number bracelets to show the different ways to make 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10.

MAP Testing

The first graders will take their Reading MAP test on Monday and their Math MAP test on Wednesday. Homework will be light this week (no spelling) due to testing.  Here is a link for more information about the MAP tests.. https://www.nwea.org/parent-toolkit/

Words Their Way Spelling:

We have completed our second week of Words Their Way! For the past two weeks, the first graders have been practicing their spelling sorts in class. By sorting pictures and words, students are practicing identifying word and vowel patterns. If your child is sorting pictures, they will be tested on the specific sound pattern, such as word families or digraphs. Students that bring home words will be tested on the vowel patterns. There will not be spelling lists sent home, but rather the word and picture sorts. I will choose 8-10 of those words to test on Fridays. If you have any questions about spelling, please feel free to reach out to me!

Mass

On Wednesday, October 16th h we will celebrate our theme of peace (October fruit of the Holy Spirit) at our first all school liturgy. First graders are in charge of leading mass with their eighth grade buddies. You are welcome to join us in the church at 9:00 a.m.   Please make sure your child is in dress uniform!

Volunteers

Thank you to Mrs. Smith for taking on the room parent job!  She will keep you informed of the many exciting events throughout the school year.

Mrs. Smith sent out a Sign-up genius for volunteering times and dates.  Remember you need to have your Safe Environment training completed to be able to volunteer for the classroom and field trips.

Mrs. Dahlgren is still looking for playground volunteers to add to the daily roster of lunch recess monitors.  To keep your children safely monitored a total of 5 pairs of eyes, ears and arms are needed at each lunch recess, 11:00-12:15, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  Grandparents are welcome.  Younger children may come with you providing they aren’t a distraction from duty.  Please email Mrs Dahlgren if you’re able to help with this valuable ministry, floribunda51@yahoo.com.  Thank you!

Questions to Ask

-What is a way to make 9?

– What is the October fruit of the Holy Spirit? How do you show peace at home?

– Do you know the Guardian angel prayer?

Special Notes

– Star Sea Otter for the week of October 7 is Naomi

-No school Friday, October 11 due to Teacher In-service

– Dress uniform Wednesday 10/16 for Mass

Did you know…

Sometimes first graders are “poor sports’ or dishonest, may invent new rules so they can win; cooperative challenge activities take the edge of their fierce need to win individually. 

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.

September 27th, 2019 Newsletter

First Grade Sea Otter News

It was a great week in first grade! We started spelling groups this week and settled in to the format of our spelling instruction. In Math this week, first graders learned how to add both side to side (horizontal equations) as well as up and down (vertical equations). They practiced adding using dominoes! In Religion, we learned about how to be a follower of Jesus and that all things are possible with God. We also learned about St. Mother Teresa and made our first saint prayer card. The class has also been working towards displaying this month’s fruit of the Holy Spirit, which is Kindness. Students can earn a fruit on our Kindness Tree in the primary hallway. The class also learned listening skills as well as skills to use to focus from the Second Step curriculum. Next week, we are finishing our sea otter unit in science. Today was our first spelling test and students gave their best effort!  All tests will be sent home the following Friday in your child’s folder.

Reminders for every day:

Please send a water bottle with your child every day!

Please send in your child’s daily folder every day!

Please send in a snack for your child every day!

Please send a coat or jacket every day!

Jog-a-Thon

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Jog-a-Thon! Our class is currently in 1st place! It looks like we are in the running for the silly string show down. Keep those pledges coming!

Safe Environment Training

On Tuesday, Oct. 1st, St. John will hold a Safe Environment training for parents. The training will be in Egan hall at 6:30pm. Safe Environment training is required for all adults who volunteer in the classroom or are a driver/chaperone for our field trips.

Field Trip – Chaperone Request

Please let me know via email if you are interested in chaperoning on our Field Trip on Friday, November 15th for our field trip to the Seattle Art Museum. Thank you to parents who have offered to help out.

MAP Testing

We will be doing MAP testing on Monday, Oct. 7th and Wednesday, Oct. 9th.  We want everyone to put forth their best effort, so please make sure your child gets a good night sleep and a healthy breakfast!

Mass

On Wednesday, October 16th we will have the Fulcrum Foundation visit our school. We will have a school mass at 9:00am. Please make sure your child is in dress uniform!

Questions to Ask

– What is a way to make 8?

-How can you praise God this weekend?

-What are some listening rules we learned from our friend Snail?

Did you know?

Any adventure or activity that invites exploration, discovery, asking questions, sharing thoughts, and explaining what they know will engage six-year-olds.

From Yardsticks by Chip Wood

Special Notes

– Star Sea Otter for the week of September 30th is Ella A.

– Dress uniform Wednesday 10/16 for Mass

-Please send in emergency kits for your child ASAP, thank you!

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.

 

September 20th, 2019 Newsletter

First Grade Sea Otter News

The first graders ran their hearts out today at the Jog-a-Thon! Way to go, first grade!!  This week, first graders continued to practice building stamina during Daily 5. They have practiced 3 ways to read to self, including 1) Read the pictures, 2) Read the words, and 3) Retell the story. Students also got to practice choosing good fit books from the classroom library. In religion this week, the first graders continued to learn about the Trinity: God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  The students began math lessons this week, learning all about addition facts. They practiced using math tools to help them solve problems, such as counters and white boards to draw their work. Students learned how to add using “Part, Part, Whole.” They also used pictures to help them solve addition problems. For handwriting this week, first graders learned how to write Frog Jump Capitals and Corner Starting Capitals. They learned how to form “big lines, little lines, big curves and little curves” to form capital letters. First graders also participated in a fine motor skill and pencil grip strengthening activity by using large tweezers to sort pom poms into ice trays. In science, students learned about what sea otters eat. They learned that one of their favorite foods is the abalone. This week, first graders met their 8th grade buddies and were excited to also have a Blanchet Student Aide help in the classroom.

Scholastic Book Orders Due Date: September 30th

Did you know? You can help your child foster a love for reading and help our classroom earn free books? Reading 10 minutes a night makes a big difference! Visit Scholastic Book Clubs online and use our class code: W7739 to place an order! I will submit orders at the end of the month and books will be delivered to school shortly after. Please let me know if I can help recommend books for you and your first grader. Thank you!

Field Trip – Save the Date

Please let me know via email if you are interested in chaperoning/driving on our Field Trip on Friday, November 15th to the Seattle Art Museum.

 

Questions to Ask

-What does part-part-whole mean?

-What is one of the sea otter’s favorite foods?

-How many laps did you run at the jog-a-thon?

 Special Notes

– Blessing of the Backpacks Sunday, September 22nd at 10:30 a.m. Mass (can wear free dress). Please join us!

-Please bring your child’s earthquake emergency kit to school as soon as you can.

Star Sea Otter for the week of September 23rd is John!

Star Sea Otter for the week of September 30th is Ella A!

 

Did you Know?

Six-year-olds are often energetic, in a hurry, and exhibit rapid growth. They are often noisy and active and tire easily. They are also very talkative, love new ideas and asking questions. When explaining things, they often use boisterous and enthusiastic language. They love “work” but sometimes take on too much.

 

I Can…

– print my uppercase and lowercase letters. L.1.1

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

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

– 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

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

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

– add facts within 20. 1.OA.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

 

S.L.E.s

– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.

 

 

 

September 13th, 2019 Newsletter

First Grade Sea Otter News

The first graders are off to a good start!  They finished their first full week of school.  They learned the school rules: 1. Be kind and respectful 2. Travel safely and quietly 3. Do nothing to interrupt learning 4. Be proud of your school 5. Be prepared to learn.  The students are becoming independent learners during Daily 5 as they build their stamina and read pictures (wordless books) and words. For religion, we are beginning to learn about the Holy Trinity and the shamrock as a symbol for God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We are learning to begin our prayer with the sign of the cross (using our right hand, touching our foreheads, our heart, crossing over to our left shoulder, and finally our right shoulder saying the words, “In the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen”. The students practiced pencil grip and letter formation in handwriting this week.  Did you know that no letter starts at the bottom?  The first graders became scientists as they studied all about sea otters. We even watched a video of a mother sea otter cuddling with her baby!

The first graders attended Adoration at church on Thursday.  The church is open from 9:00-12:00 every Thursday where parishioners and students can pray before the blessed sacrament (Jesus!).  We will do this every week. It is amazing to see their reverence in church.

Run happy! Please continue to send pledges and donations in through September. Thank you for all of your donations, pledges, and school spirit.   We are over half way to our school goal of $85,000!!!  We can do it!  Go First Grade!

Thank you to all the parents who attended Curriculum Night on Thursday.  Please look over the file of information you received and email me with any questions.

Field Trip – Save the Date

Please let me know via email if you are interested in chaperoning/driving on our Field Trip on Friday, November 15th to the Seattle Art Museum.

 Questions to Ask

– How do you make the sign of the cross?

-What is one thing you learned about sea otters this week?

-What is Daily 1: Read to self?  What do you get to do during this time?

– Bonus: (A joke we learned) What do sea otters say when they need help? Answer: “Kelp!”

 Special Notes

Back to School Night is tonight 5:30-8:00pm!

– Blessing of the Backpacks Sunday, September 22nd at 10:30 a.m. Mass (can wear free dress)

-Please bring your child’s earthquake emergency kit to school as soon as you can.

Star Sea Otter for the week of September 23rd is John!

Did you Know?

Kids at this age use tantrums, teasing, bossing, complaining, and tattling to try out relationships with authority; learn best when adults understand but do not excessively tolerate this behavior.

I Can…

– print my uppercase and lowercase letters. L.1.1

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

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

– 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

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

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

– add facts within 20. 1.OA.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

S.L.E.s

– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.

September 4th, 2019 First Day of School Letter

September 4, 2019

Dear First Grade Families,

Welcome to first grade!  My name is Mrs. Costa and I will be your child’s first grade teacher. This is my 6th year teaching, and my 1st year teaching at St. John. I am very excited to be joining this amazing school community, and I look forward to getting to know you and your family.  I would like you to take note of a few things that will help us all with school and first grade procedures.

School Hours

School begins at 8:20 a.m. sharp and is dismissed at 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Students should arrive and be in line by 8:15. The line up area for our class will be on the playground (by the play pit) labeled Room 2/Costa.  If students arrive after the 8:20 bell then they must go to the office for a tardy slip. At 3:00 p.m. students will be dismissed on the East side of Quigley building, just past the trees at the handicapped parking spaces on the blacktop. I will walk the students out of the classroom every day.  If your child attends XDC after school, he/she will meet the Daycare Teacher where she will check him/her in. If you are meeting your child in person, please wait for him/her outside.  I will supervise pick up.  Students need to inform me when they see their parents/family members. Students who are picked up by car will be walked over by Mrs. Jessup to the flagpole. Any child not picked up by 3:15 p.m. will be sent to Daycare. Please only come to the classroom at prearranged times and always check in at the office before coming to the classroom. 

Communication

An electronic version of this letter will be sent home via email. If you do not receive this letter via email please contact me at mcosta@st-johnschool.org with the best email address to reach you throughout the year.

Homework Folder

Please send any notes to me by way of your childs take home folder and make sure your child returns the folder each day.  If you need to contact me call (206) 783-0337 x334 and leave a voice mail, or you can reach me via email at mcosta@st-johnschool.org. I will make every attempt to respond to your calls/emails before or after school each day.

Please take some time to view the class website (accessed via the St. John School website under Classroom) regularly.  I will include important links as well as other information related to the first grade curriculum (including my newsletters).

Identification

Make sure that all of your child’s belongings are clearly marked with his/her name.  In addition, any money sent to school needs to be in an envelope marked with your child’s name and the purpose.

Homework and Newsletters

Starting Friday, September 6th homework will be sent home at the end of every week and due the following Friday.  Homework is returned to school in your child’s take home folder.  I will send home your child’s work papers with the homework.  The newsletter will be on my website every Friday (I will send you the link by email).  It will inform you of happenings in first grade as well as the Star Sea Otter schedule.  Please take the time to go over the work with your child, as this is a wonderful time for your child to discuss the week with you.

Schedule

We are very lucky to have a range of specialist activities at St. John. Students will participate in PE and Music on Mondays and Tuesdays, Art and Library on Wednesdays, and Spanish on Thursdays. Please send your child to school in athletic shoes on PE days. A copy of our classroom schedule can be found on our classroom website.

Star Sea Otter

Every student will have a chance to be a “Star Sea Otter” in class.  The Star Sea Otter completes a poster and brings pictures on Monday. Then on Friday he/she can bring 1-2 items (no live animals) to share.  I am teaching students to become independent speakers so families are not required to be present for Friday sharing day.  The Star Sea Otter will also bring home “Elizabeth” the sea otter and write about his/her weekend with Elizabeth in the journal. The Star Sea Otter list is on my website!

Snacks and Water Bottles

Remember your child is responsible for bringing snack daily. Healthy snacks are an excellent way of establishing food nutrition in first grade.  If your child forgets his/her snack, he/she may not share snacks with others due to food allergies.  Please do not send snacks that have peanut butter or nuts. The first grade classrooms will be NUT FREE this year. Your child should bring a water bottle, labeled with their name, to school every Monday. It would be very helpful to have a water bottle in class that does not screw open to avoid spills!  On Fridays your child will bring his/her water bottle home so that it can be washed.

Medication

Please remember that teachers are not allowed to give out medicine (including cough drops).  If you would like your child to get medication you will need to contact the office, write a note, and it will be stored at the office.  Please check the Family Handbook for more details. Thank you!

Birthdays

The class will make a birthday book for the student.  On the birthday, the student may bring a new/used book (wrapped) to share with the class.  Please do not send treats with your child. We are promoting a healthy environment and are respectful of allergies. If your child’s birthday is in the summer, we will celebrate his/her half birthday. 

First Grade Assistant

Mrs. Cheryl Pinsoneault will be assisting me in first grade daily.  This will be her first year as my aide. She will help with individuals, small groups, along with many other classroom duties.

Finally, I would like to share a prayer with you as we embark on this new school year.

A Prayer to Begin the School Year

God of wisdom and might,
we praise you for the wonder of our being,
for mind, body and spirit.
Be with our children as they begin
a new school year.
Bless them and their teachers and staff.
Give them strength and grace as their bodies grow;
wisdom and knowledge to their minds
as they search for understanding;
and peace and zeal to their hearts.
We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers

 

I look forward to meeting all of you and hope to see you at Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 12th at 7 p.m. If you have any questions regarding the information in this letter, please feel free to send me an email or bring them to Curriculum Night. I will provide you with information about the first grade curriculum and plans for the school year.  I would like to thank you for entrusting the education of your child to St. John School and I look forward to working with each of you!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Megan Costa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 6th, 2019 Newsletter

First Grade Sea Otter Newsletter

What an exciting first week of school! It has been wonderful getting to know the first graders and we are already off to a great start. Here are a few announcements and activities we did this week! Today, your child should have brought home his/her take-home folder with their first week’s homework as well as a packet about the Jog-a-Thon.

This week first graders learned all of the new routines in first grade. We have already been working on becoming independent learners. They practiced printing letters, started Daily 5, and practiced writing numbers from 1-100. In religion, students learned about the Holy Days of First Grade. This is where first graders will make saint holy cards each month for saints and feast days we celebrate.  At the end of the year they will have a special Holy card key chain. First graders also started learning the rules of the school this week as well as our school’s theme this year: BE KIND!

Jog-a-Thon

Today we kicked off our school Jog-a-Thon fundraiser with the Jog-a-Thon assembly! We learned If our class wins first place we will challenge Sr. Pablo and Mrs. O’Leary in the annual Silly String Showdown and earn a class party! Jog-a-Thon is on September 20th. Please keep those pledges coming!

Parent Homework 

Please take a moment to visit our class website to fill out the “Introducing your child” form. The form can be found under “Class News” on the left hand side. You can find it by clicking this link: https://grade1.st-johnschool.org/getting-to-know-your-child/ . Your responses are sent directly to me. Any information you provide is greatly appreciated and helpful in getting to know your child.

Reading Assessments

First grade students are given a variety of reading assessments in the first weeks of school. Students are given assessments of phonological awareness (rhyming, blending, segmenting), phonics, and fluency. Mrs. McCarthy, our reading specialist, will be in the first grade rooms in the first weeks of school to give students the DIBELS assessment. The DIBELS assesses beginning literacy skills and is used to help determine which students would benefit from participating in her reading intervention groups.

New Pick-Up Location!

We have decided to move our afternoon pickup location from the basketball courts to directly ahead of the north entrance of the school. We will plan to lead first grade lines out the north doors and past the trees, (near the marked handicapped parking spaces on the blacktop). Please do not get your child from the line until the entire class has lined up in this location. We will dismiss your child once you check in with us. Thank you!

Play-Pit after school

A reminder that parents need to be present at the play-pit and dismissal is at 3:15 sharp. Please make sure that you are supervising your child after school and be mindful of when it’s time to leave.

Cross-Country sign up is open!

Please consider signing up your first grader for cross-country! XC is a great way to have fun and get great exercise with your friends. It is also a great way to get ready for the jog-a-thon. Sign up here: https://st-johnschool.org/student-activities/athletics-2/

Questions to Ask Your Child

– What is one of our school rules?

– What is our school’s theme this year?

– What have you learned so far in first grade?

Did you know?

  • At the age of first grade (around ages 6-7), children are more aware of their fingers as tools. They are also learning to distinguish from left and right.
  • Because they are teething, they often chew on pencils, fingernails, hair, books and other objects.
  • 6 year olds thrive on encouragement and are anxious to do well. They enjoy explaining things and sharing about things they like. They are also very ambitious and motivated to learn.

From Chip Wood’s book Yardsticks

Special Notes

– Please send in headphones and comfort kits if you have not yet done so.

– Curriculum Night is Thursday, September 12 at 7:00pm.

-Welcome Back BBQ is Friday, September 13 from 5:30-8:00.

 

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