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.



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