October 4th, 2019 Newsletter

First Grade Sea Otter News

It was a great week in first grade! They learned how to be better spellers in Word Work and practice their comprehension by checking for understanding when they Read to Someone (Daily 5 choices).  In religion, students celebrated feast days of St. Therese, Guardian Angels, and the three Archangels; St. Michael, St. Raphael, and St. Gabriel. Students made number bracelets to show the different ways to make 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10.

MAP Testing

The first graders will take their Reading MAP test on Monday and their Math MAP test on Wednesday. Homework will be light this week (no spelling) due to testing.  Here is a link for more information about the MAP tests.. https://www.nwea.org/parent-toolkit/

Words Their Way Spelling:

We have completed our second week of Words Their Way! For the past two weeks, the first graders have been practicing their spelling sorts in class. By sorting pictures and words, students are practicing identifying word and vowel patterns. If your child is sorting pictures, they will be tested on the specific sound pattern, such as word families or digraphs. Students that bring home words will be tested on the vowel patterns. There will not be spelling lists sent home, but rather the word and picture sorts. I will choose 8-10 of those words to test on Fridays. If you have any questions about spelling, please feel free to reach out to me!


On Wednesday, October 16th h we will celebrate our theme of peace (October fruit of the Holy Spirit) at our first all school liturgy. First graders are in charge of leading mass with their eighth grade buddies. You are welcome to join us in the church at 9:00 a.m.   Please make sure your child is in dress uniform!


Thank you to Mrs. Smith for taking on the room parent job!  She will keep you informed of the many exciting events throughout the school year.

Mrs. Smith sent out a Sign-up genius for volunteering times and dates.  Remember you need to have your Safe Environment training completed to be able to volunteer for the classroom and field trips.

Mrs. Dahlgren is still looking for playground volunteers to add to the daily roster of lunch recess monitors.  To keep your children safely monitored a total of 5 pairs of eyes, ears and arms are needed at each lunch recess, 11:00-12:15, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  Grandparents are welcome.  Younger children may come with you providing they aren’t a distraction from duty.  Please email Mrs Dahlgren if you’re able to help with this valuable ministry, floribunda51@yahoo.com.  Thank you!

Questions to Ask

-What is a way to make 9?

– What is the October fruit of the Holy Spirit? How do you show peace at home?

– Do you know the Guardian angel prayer?

Special Notes

– Star Sea Otter for the week of October 7 is Naomi

-No school Friday, October 11 due to Teacher In-service

– Dress uniform Wednesday 10/16 for Mass

Did you know…

Sometimes first graders are “poor sports’ or dishonest, may invent new rules so they can win; cooperative challenge activities take the edge of their fierce need to win individually. 

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.