September 13th, 2019 Newsletter

First Grade Sea Otter News

The first graders are off to a good start!  They finished their first full week of school.  They learned the school rules: 1. Be kind and respectful 2. Travel safely and quietly 3. Do nothing to interrupt learning 4. Be proud of your school 5. Be prepared to learn.  The students are becoming independent learners during Daily 5 as they build their stamina and read pictures (wordless books) and words. For religion, we are beginning to learn about the Holy Trinity and the shamrock as a symbol for God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. We are learning to begin our prayer with the sign of the cross (using our right hand, touching our foreheads, our heart, crossing over to our left shoulder, and finally our right shoulder saying the words, “In the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen”. The students practiced pencil grip and letter formation in handwriting this week.  Did you know that no letter starts at the bottom?  The first graders became scientists as they studied all about sea otters. We even watched a video of a mother sea otter cuddling with her baby!

The first graders attended Adoration at church on Thursday.  The church is open from 9:00-12:00 every Thursday where parishioners and students can pray before the blessed sacrament (Jesus!).  We will do this every week. It is amazing to see their reverence in church.

Run happy! Please continue to send pledges and donations in through September. Thank you for all of your donations, pledges, and school spirit.   We are over half way to our school goal of $85,000!!!  We can do it!  Go First Grade!

Thank you to all the parents who attended Curriculum Night on Thursday.  Please look over the file of information you received and email me with any questions.

Field Trip – Save the Date

Please let me know via email if you are interested in chaperoning/driving on our Field Trip on Friday, November 15th to the Seattle Art Museum.

 Questions to Ask

– How do you make the sign of the cross?

-What is one thing you learned about sea otters this week?

-What is Daily 1: Read to self?  What do you get to do during this time?

– Bonus: (A joke we learned) What do sea otters say when they need help? Answer: “Kelp!”

 Special Notes

Back to School Night is tonight 5:30-8:00pm!

– Blessing of the Backpacks Sunday, September 22nd at 10:30 a.m. Mass (can wear free dress)

-Please bring your child’s earthquake emergency kit to school as soon as you can.

Star Sea Otter for the week of September 23rd is John!

Did you Know?

Kids at this age use tantrums, teasing, bossing, complaining, and tattling to try out relationships with authority; learn best when adults understand but do not excessively tolerate this behavior.

I Can…

– print my uppercase and lowercase letters. L.1.1

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

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

– 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

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

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

– add facts within 20. 1.OA.5

– 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.