September 20th, 2019 Newsletter

First Grade Sea Otter News

The first graders ran their hearts out today at the Jog-a-Thon! Way to go, first grade!!  This week, first graders continued to practice building stamina during Daily 5. They have practiced 3 ways to read to self, including 1) Read the pictures, 2) Read the words, and 3) Retell the story. Students also got to practice choosing good fit books from the classroom library. In religion this week, the first graders continued to learn about the Trinity: God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  The students began math lessons this week, learning all about addition facts. They practiced using math tools to help them solve problems, such as counters and white boards to draw their work. Students learned how to add using “Part, Part, Whole.” They also used pictures to help them solve addition problems. For handwriting this week, first graders learned how to write Frog Jump Capitals and Corner Starting Capitals. They learned how to form “big lines, little lines, big curves and little curves” to form capital letters. First graders also participated in a fine motor skill and pencil grip strengthening activity by using large tweezers to sort pom poms into ice trays. In science, students learned about what sea otters eat. They learned that one of their favorite foods is the abalone. This week, first graders met their 8th grade buddies and were excited to also have a Blanchet Student Aide help in the classroom.

Scholastic Book Orders Due Date: September 30th

Did you know? You can help your child foster a love for reading and help our classroom earn free books? Reading 10 minutes a night makes a big difference! Visit Scholastic Book Clubs online and use our class code: W7739 to place an order! I will submit orders at the end of the month and books will be delivered to school shortly after. Please let me know if I can help recommend books for you and your first grader. Thank you!

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

-What does part-part-whole mean?

-What is one of the sea otter’s favorite foods?

-How many laps did you run at the jog-a-thon?

 Special Notes

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

-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!

Star Sea Otter for the week of September 30th is Ella A!


Did you Know?

Six-year-olds are often energetic, in a hurry, and exhibit rapid growth. They are often noisy and active and tire easily. They are also very talkative, love new ideas and asking questions. When explaining things, they often use boisterous and enthusiastic language. They love “work” but sometimes take on too much.


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.