October 25th, 2019 Newsletter

First Grade Sea Otter News

It was a busy week in first grade! This week, I met with first graders in their book groups. Students will be taking home a book bag today, along with a book and a folder with instructions. Please remember to return the book bags and its contents on Monday. We will be using them for book groups during the week. In religion this week, we started to learn about St. John Paul II. I also taught the Safety lesson on Boundaries this week. Students colored a sheet on boundaries.  The students will continue safety with a lesson on Halloween Safety next week. In math, students learned a new strategy called “counting on.” Students practiced starting with the largest number, and counted on by 1, 2, or 3. We also explored pennies and used coins to help us count on. Ms. Gudaitis helped teach math on Wednesday and she led the class in math centers. First graders had a lot of fun!

 Conference Notes

Homework Note: Please have your child fill out the Thinking About Me form in his/her folder and bring this to your conference on Monday.  If you don’t meet with me on Monday, turn it in on Tuesday.  Thank you!

I look forward to meeting with you at conferences! 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.

Click here to Sign Up: https://www.signupgenius.com/tabs/5317fd70fa2c3e95-studentparenttea


Scholastic Book Orders

I will be submitting another Scholastic Book order next week on October 30th! 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:


 Test Scores:

MAP and STAR standardized test scores are being sent home today, if you have questions please bring them to conferences.  Please keep all scores at home, they don’t need to be returned. Thanks! For more clarification on the terms in these results please see the pages below:

 MAP:  https://www.nwea.org/content/uploads/2016/06/Parent-Guide-to-MAP.pdf

 STAR:  http://doc.renlearn.com/kmnet/r001316312gb442f.pdf


Reading Assessments

First grade students are given a variety of reading assessments throughout the school year. One test students are administered is the STAR reading assessment, which is given to first and second graders. The STAR reading assessment is a computer-based test that helps determine the level of books your child should read in order to make the best progress, this range is called the zone of proximal development (ZPD). A report will be sent home today showing your child’s zone of proximal development, please keep in mind that these scores are approximate, but can offer you a guide for helping your child choose good fit books.

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!


Thank to those who have signed up to volunteer in the classroom! We could still use volunteers for our weekly library time (Wednesdays from 2:10-2:55), as well as reading stations. Click on the links below to see our current sign-up genius for volunteers. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to our classroom room parent, Mrs. Tracy Smith.

Library: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084ea9a8283-library

Sight Words/Math Facts: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084ea9a8283-sight2

Reading Stations: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084ea9a8283-readingcomprehens

Book Bags

Students will be taking home a book bag today, along with a book and a folder with instructions. Please remember to return the book bags and its contents on Tuesday. We will be using them for book groups during the week. Typically, first graders should bring back their book bags on Monday when we have school.


Next week on Thursday, Oct. 31st, the 8th graders will be hosting a Halloween Carnival for the primary grades. Students are encouraged to come to school in their Halloween costume! Costumes must allow easy movement by the child (think about recess time and bathroom!). Please no scary costumes, which includes weapons and props. Makeup and masks not allowed. We plan to have our classes as usual up until the carnival at 1:00pm. After our class goes to the Halloween carnival (led by 8th graders), we will come back to the classroom to watch a Halloween movie!

Questions to Ask

-What is something you want to get better at this school year?

– Name a count on by 1, 2, or 3 problem.

  • Name one goal you have for yourself this school year.

Did you know?

Students at this age like doing things for themselves; ready to try taking on individual and group responsibility.


Special Notes

  • Star Sea Otter for the week of October 29th is Joseph
  • No school on Monday, Oct. 28th and Friday, Nov. 11th for conferences.
  • School will begin at 9am on October 29th.
  • Halloween carnival on Oct. 31st.
  • All Saints Day Mass on Friday, November 1st (Dress Uniform).


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.