January 24th, 2020 Newsletter

January 24, 2020

First Grade Sea Otter News

The students had a wonderful week of learning! They made ice skates and shared what they hope to accomplish in this new year.  They continued to work on subtraction to 10.  They wrote a rainbow poem with words that describe themselves and made 3D rainbows.  They drew pictures of our school and wrote about what they love about St. John!

Catholic Schools Week is here! Please remember to join us at 10:30 Mass on Sunday and then at the Open House, following immediately after. Be sure to stop by Egan Hall to visit the cultural fair, the second floor for some tasty treats, and check out the second-grade classrooms. To celebrate this special time, each day will represent something different.

Catholic Schools Week Schedule

Monday:  Free dress day with colors from the Peru flag.  Bring $1.00 to support our Unbound                child Neil.

Tuesday: Say thank you to volunteers (regular uniform day).

Wednesday: Day to honor human dignity with an activity with our 8th grade buddies (regular uniform day).

Thursday: Dress like a teacher day and bring in a flower.

Friday: Purple and gold day- free lunch for students:  Bring sunglasses or baseball cap/hat for our dance!  Here is a link to the song if you want to practice!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAhXfcm_v40

Parent Vocations: The class would love to learn about what you do! So far, I have two parents coming in next week to share about their vocations with the class (thank you!). If you have any time to stop in, whether it’s for 5 minutes or 15, we would love to have you. Please email me if you would like to schedule a time to come in to share with the class. This invitation will also go beyond Catholic Schools Week if you find that this week doesn’t work out for you. Thank you so much for your consideration!

100th 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 19 (assignment description was sent home last week).

Reading Bags:  Please remember to tell your child to bring their reading bag to school on Mondays.  It is okay if you didn’t get to read to him/her on the weekend.  We need the books back so we can use them for reading groups each day.  Thank you!

Snack: Just a reminder to please make sure to send in a healthy snack for your child each day. Thanks!

Questions to Ask

– What is an adjective that describes you?

– What did you draw this week for Catholic Schools Week?

– What is your favorite thing about St. John School?

Special Notes

– Star Sea Otter for the week of January 27th is Jimmy.

– Open House and Catholic Schools Week Mass Sunday, January 26th at 10:30 a.m.

– 100th Day Project due Wednesday, February 19th

Did you Know…

A way to practice mathematical skills is by playing games that require counting and estimating to move board pieces (Parcheesi, Sorry, etc.).

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