February 7th 2020 Newsletter

Sea Otter News

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

100th Day of School:

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

Valentine’s Day: Valentine’s Day is coming up soon!  Signing a name 20 plus times can be a big job for children.  You may want to start early so that the activity is fun and not dreaded. I encourage your children not to bring candy on this day if possible because of allergies in our class. We will have a popcorn party on February 13 at 2:15. Please let me know if you can bring Skinny Pop bags of popcorn for this day.  Thank you!

Lost and Found

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

Did you Know…

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

Questions to Ask

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

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

-How will you be loving this month?

Special Notes

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

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

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

-Pajama Day will be Thursday, 2/13

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

 I Can…

-read first grade words. RF1.3

-use adjectives. L.1.1

-use what I know about phonics to spell new words. L.1.2

-spell first grade words. L.1.2

-sort words into categories. L.1.5

-read and understand first grade fiction. RL.1.10

-read and understand first grade non-fiction. RI.1.10

-tell about the main ideas and details after I listen or read. SL.1.2

-follow rules for discussions, talk with others, and ask questions during discussions. SL.1.1

-speak and write in complete sentences. SL.1.6

-revise and edit my writing. W.1.5

– count to 120. 1.NBT.1

– tell how many tens and how many ones are in a number. 1.NBT.2

– compare two-digit numbers using <, >, and =. 1.NBT.3

– use manipulatives, pictures, and math strategies to help me solve problems within 100. 1.NBT.4

– find 10 more or 10 less in my head. 1.NBT.5


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