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


– 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.