November 1st, 2019 Newsletter

First Grade Sea Otter News

What a fun week in first grade! First graders welcomed November with All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. They participated wonderfully at Mass!  On Monday, November 4, the first graders will have a prayer service in the classroom where they pray for family members who have died.

Unicorns, witches, super heroes and more! We had a great time celebrating Halloween on Thursday. We went to the Halloween carnival hosted by 8th grade, followed by a movie in our classroom. In math, students continued to practice the strategy called “counting on.” In religion this week, we continued to learn about creation and started to learn about how to be saints-in-training! Today the students colored their own saints-in-training badges that they will get to earn during this month. This week, we also watched the “Safe Side” video about safe adults.

I will be meeting with families for conferences on Friday next week. I enjoyed meeting with so many of you on Monday for conferences!

Conference Notes

Conferences will be held in the classroom for primary grades. These are parent, student, teacher conferences. Your child is requested to attend. Each conference is 15 minutes with a 5-minute passing period between. Parents and child will meet with Mrs. Costa to discuss the Thinking About Me form and an SLE (Schoolwide Learning Expectation) assessment teachers completed. Students will set a goal for the year and then get to color or read while parents continue the conference. Conference Agenda:

  1. Discuss the student self-reflection and parent comment form.
  2. Parent, Student, and Teacher formulate a behavioral and academic goal.
  3. Parent and Teacher discuss MAP, other test scores, and any concerns or questions

State of the School: Don’t forget to go to the State of the Parish this weekend!

The State of the Parish will be shown at all 3 masses the weekend of November 2nd & 3rd.  School families in order to be eligible for, and remain eligible for Parish Fair Share tuition each family must attend the State of the Parish

Scholastic Book Orders

I will be submitting another Scholastic Book order later this month! Please take a look online at the Scholastic Book Club website to take advantage of this opportunity to support your child’s love for reading. More information on my classroom webpage:

Service Ideas

St. John sixth graders are collecting food for their annual St. Vincent DePaul food drive.  Donations are welcome anytime until November 20.  One idea is to have your child earn money by doing extra chores.  Then he/she can buy food for the poor.

The sixth graders are collecting any extra candy or candy you don’t want from Halloween to give to the homeless as well.

The fourth graders are collecting items for homeless care kits as well (information sent home in Newsviews this week). Your children can bring all these donations to the classroom. Thank you!  

 Field Trip!

On November 15th we will be going to the Seattle Art Museum for a field trip! Permission slips will be sent home next week. We will be riding a school bus, so chaperones do not need to drive. I would love to have at least 6 chaperones to help supervise groups. Please email me if you would like to help chaperone. Remember, you need to have the Safe Environment training completed in order to chaperone.  Also, please remember to not order hot lunch on November 15th. We will be bringing our lunches to the museum. Thank you!

Book Bags

Students will be taking home a book bag today, along with a book and a folder with instructions. We will be using them for book groups during the week. Please return the book bag and its contents on Monday.

Questions to Ask

– What is a saint? Who is an example of a saint?

– How will you be a saint in training this month?

– Who is a safe side adult? Don’t Know? Kinda Know?

Did you know?

“Sevens notice everything . . . in detail. Their drawing, writing, and play construction is characteristically small, reduced to the microcosm, miniaturized to an intricate and controllable world they’re trying to make perfect.”

From this article: “The Seeing Seven-Year-Old”

Special Notes

– Star Sea Otter for the week of November 4th is Rory.

– No school on Friday, Nov. 8th for conferences.

– Field Trip on November 15th– please turn in your permission slips with payment.


I Can…

– print my uppercase and lowercase letters. L.1.1

– punctuate sentences. L.1.2

– spell first grade words. L.1.2

– use context clues to help me understand a new word or words. L.1.4

– sort words into categories and tell why they belong there. L.1.5

– follow rules for discussions and talk with others. SL.1.1

– speak and write in complete sentences. SL.1.6

– write to tell a story. W.1.3

– help my class write. W.1.7

– tell who, what, when, where, why and how after reading. RL.1.1

– tell the characters, setting, and what happens in a story. RL.1.3

– use words and pictures to help me tell about the characters, setting, and plot. RL.1.7

– read and understand first grade fiction. RL.1.10

– tell the number of syllables in words. RF.1.2

– use digraphs and vowel pairs to help me read. RF.1.3

– use strategies to solve addition word problems. 1.OA.1

– use the commutative property of addition. 1.OA.3

– count to help me add and subtract. 1.OA.5

– add facts within 20. 1.OA.5

– know what an equal sign means. 1.OA.7

– 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


– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.