January 31st, 2020 Newsletter

January 31, 2020

First Grade Sea Otter News

Catholic Schools Week was a huge success!  On Monday, the students dressed with the colors of the Peru flag, brought donations for our Unbound friend Neil, and made birthday cards for him.  On Tuesday, the students thanked you for being amazing parents with cards.  On Wednesday, they were part of an all school Benediction and learned how to be a good citizen.  On Thursday they brought flowers, dressed like teachers, and spent the day making posters for their teachers. We also had some parents come in to visit and talk about their vocations! Thank you, Mrs. Yoshimura and Mr. Quiaoit for coming in and teaching us about your jobs!

I wanted to say a big thank you for the beautiful flowers this week. I am so blessed to be able to teach your wonderful children.

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 attached a class list to the homework to help you.  I encourage your children not to bring candy on this day if possible (due to allergies).  Thank you!  We will celebrate Thursday, February 13th.

STAR Assessments

STAR test results will be sent home today in your child’s folder.  The STAR reading assessment is a computer-based test that helps determine level of books your child should read in order to make the best progress, this range is called the zone of proximal development (ZPD). Please keep in mind that these scores are approximate, but can offer you a guide for helping your child choose good fit books. Please keep STAR reports at home for your reference. 

Questions to Ask

– Name a subtraction fact that is true/false.

-What experiment did we do with beakers and water to make sound?

– What makes St. John School a great Catholic school?


Special Notes

– Star Sea Otter for the week of February 3rd is Nicholas

– 100th Day Project due Wednesday, February 19

-No School February 14-18 for Mid-Winter Break

Did You Know…

You will be gratified to learn that, with the increase in cognitive development, your 6 and 7 year old children are developing longer attention spans. Kids will be much more likely to stick with a project until it is done, or to stick with a problem until it is solved. Also in response to changes in cognitive development, first graders may develop something of an obsession about finishing things. They really, really hate being interrupted in the middle of working on something. It is, in fact, one of the main causes of emotional explosions in this age, so be sure to give kids plenty of time to finish a task, and to finish it well.

Given their need for structure and for finishing things, it is a happy circumstance that first graders also respond extremely well to a daily schedule and to routine. This year, they have a much more developed sense of time, and they may worry about getting things done on time and not getting into trouble. Other organizational strategies help as well: regular daily routines, predictable family or class gatherings, ways of organizing backpacks and homework, 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