September 30, 2016

It was a great week in first grade! Students did an amazing job taking the MAP assessment. They were focused and tried their best. The first graders also learned about nouns and verbs and created their own sentences to write a class book. In religion, students learned about the archangels St. Gabriel, St. Michael, and St. Raphael. On Wednesday the first graders attended Mass with their buddies. They showed how they were Christ-centered people who pray with reverence.

Mass

On Wednesday, October 5th we will celebrate St. Francis at our first all school liturgy. First graders are in charge of leading mass with their eighth grade buddies. Please have students bring one small stuffed animal to celebrate St. Francis and his love of all living creatures. Students will process with their stuffed animals and place them on the altar. At the conclusion of mass all animals will be returned. Please make sure your child’s stuffed animal is clearly labeled with his/her last name. You are welcome to join us in the church at 9:00 a.m.

Questions to Ask

– What is a verb? A noun?

– How was the MAP test?

– Who are the archangels? What can you tell me about Gabriel?

 

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of October 3 is Amelia

– Dress uniform Wednesday 10/5 for Mass

– No school Friday, 10/7 for Teacher Excellence Day

– Spelling test will be Thursday, 10/6

– Individual student picture day is Tuesday, 10/11

-You can now sign up for volunteering in the classroom. Check my website for more information

-We have enough drivers to go on our November field trip! Thank you!

 

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

 

S.L.E.s

– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.

 

 

 

MAP TESTING information

MAP TESTING

Dear First Grade Parents:

During the week of September 26th your child will take tests called Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®). We give students MAP tests to determine your child’s instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of reading and math Your child will take the tests on an iPad.

MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. And with MAP tests, we can administer shorter tests and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child’s growth.

Each school year, students in kindergarten through eighth grade take the MAP assessment three times throughout the year. Following each testing period, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth. This is our first time taking the MAP assessment. Our goal this time around is to familiarize ourselves with the testing process. As we gather more data, we will have more information to better meet students where they are, close any gaps, and challenge students where appropriate.

We are truly excited to begin a new era that focuses on every child’s individual growth and achievement. Partnering to help all kids learn, parents and teachers can have a profound positive effect on the lives of our children.

For more information on resources for parents, download the Parent Toolkit.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Todd and Miss Feeney

 

September 23, 2016

It was a busy week in first grade! Students practiced how to write vertical math problems with dominoes. First graders also learned about nouns and wrote their own version of If You Take a Mouse to School. Next week all first graders will take the MAP test. Please be sure your child has headphones for testing next Wednesday and Friday. See the parent letter for more information.

 Save the Date

Thank you to the following people for volunteering to drive/chaperone: Mrs. Bergman and Ms. McVay. If I have missed anyone or you are interested in joining us on November 18th for our field trip to the Seattle Art Museum, please let me know. As you can see I will need a lot more drivers or we can’t go!

Spelling Note

Spelling tests will be on Fridays. Students who have pictures and words will be tested on spelling the ten words only. Students who have words will be tested on ten words from the list. Thank you for practicing at home!

Questions to Ask

– What is a noun?

– Can you show me a vertical math problem?

– When is a time you felt God’s presence?

Special Notes

-Star Dolphin is Max for the week of September 26.

Please bring your child’s emergency bag to school as soon as you can!

-Remember to sign your child’s homework so I know you looked over it before he/she turns it in.

-Volunteers in the classroom will start the first week of October. I will send the link for volunteering next week.

-We have a class mass with our buddies on Wednesday, September 28 at 8:30. You are welcome to join us.

 

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

– write to tell a story. W.1.3

– help my class write. W.1.7

– retell a story. RL.1.2

– 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

– 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

 

S.L.E.s

– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.

 

 

September 16, 2016

Run happy! We are currently in sixth place but not too far behind. Please continue to send pledges and donations in through September. Thank you for all of your donations, pledges, and school spirit. I look forward to seeing you tomorrow at the Back to School Carnival from 5:00 – 8:00pm.

This week students learned about addition. They used scales to help them understand the equals sign. They made pictures of creation in their file folder Bibles, and practiced letter formation. In science the first graders learned how dolphins move (dive, leap, dance, spy hopping, breaching, lobtailing), where they live on the world map, and watched a movie about Dolphins. Mrs. Rousso, our school counselor, visited our class on Tuesday and helped students practice following directions through a fun Lego lesson. She will be back periodically throughout the year to share lessons about problem solving and social skills.

Reading Assessments

First grade students are given a variety of reading assessments in the first weeks of school. One test students are administered is the STAR reading assessment, which is given in first through seventh grades. The STAR reading assessment is a computer-based test that helps determine 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. Please keep the STAR report at home. You do not need to return it to me.

Save the Date

Thank you to the following people for volunteering to drive: Mrs. Bergman and Ms. McVay. If I have missed anyone or you are interested in joining us on November 18th for our field trip to the Seattle Art Museum, please let me know.

 Homework Note

The second box on homework is always optional. Next week students will begin spelling groups which are leveled according to beginning of the year assessments. If you have questions about homework or spelling, please let me know. I am happy to help. Remember it should not take more than 20 minutes per night (including reading).

 

Questions to Ask

-What is the name of your group in class?

-What is one thing you learned about dolphins this week?

– What is the sum in addition?

-Is this correct? 6=4+2? Can you write a number sentence like this? (YES!)

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

– What is the difference between the Old Testament and New Testament?

 

Special Notes

– Please send in headphones if you have not yet done so. Students will need them for MAP testing the week of September 26th.

– Blessing of the Backpacks Sunday, September 18th at 10:30 a.m. Mass.

– Star Dolphin for the week of September 19 is Tyler

 

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

– write to tell a story. W.1.3

– help my class write. W.1.7

– retell a story. RL.1.2

– 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

– 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

 

S.L.E.s

– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.

 

 

 

September 9, 2016

Jogging to success! We are halfway to our $60,000 goal. Our class is in 2nd place right now! If our class wins first place we will challenge Sr. Pablo and Mrs. O’Leary in the annual Silly String Showdown and earn a class party! Please keep those pledges coming. I look forward to seeing all of you at the Back to School Party & Carnival following the jog-a-thon on Friday, September 16th from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Please check your child’s folder for more information about games, food options, and festivities.

 

This week first graders continued to learn routines working to become independent. They practiced printing letters, Daily 5, and addition strategies. In religion, students learned about the virtue and saint of the month. This month they are focusing on practicing the virtue of charity (love God and love others). The saint of the month is Saint Gertrude. The first graders will make saint holy cards each month for saints we celebrate. At the end of the year they will have a special Holy card key chains. Today they learned about the trinity. It is a mystery of our Church and I used an apple to help them understand. They built an apple to show that God is three persons (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) yet one being just like an apple has three parts (flesh, core, peel) but is one apple.   The first graders began their unit of study on dolphins. As scientists, they made observations of different pictures of dolphins. They learned that there are many species of dolphins like the Amazon River Dolphin and yes even the Orca (it is actually the largest dolphin in the world!).

 

Reading Assessments

First grade students are given a variety of reading assessments in the first weeks of school. Students are given assessments of phonological awareness (rhyming, blending, segmenting), phonics, and fluency. Mrs. McCarthy, our reading specialist, will be in the first grade rooms in the first weeks of school to give students the DIBELS assessment. The DIBELS assesses beginning literacy skills and is used to help determine which students would benefit from participating in her reading intervention groups.

 

Save the Date

Our first field trip to the Seattle Art Museum will be on Friday, November 18th. We anticipate being gone from approximately 9:30 – 12:00. Please let me know if you are interested in driving/chaperoning.

 

Questions to Ask

– What is a virtue? What is our virtue for the month of September?

– Who is the saint of the month?

– What is the trinity?

 

 

Special Notes

– Please send in headphones and emergency kits if you have not yet done so.

– Blessing of the Backpacks Sunday, September 18th at 10:30 a.m. Mass.

-Star Dolphin for the week of September 12 is Jake!

 

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

– retell a story. RL.1.2

– 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

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

– find 10 more or 10 less in my head. 1.NBT.5

 

S.L.E.s

– We are Christ-centered people

Trinity, Virtue, Saint Holy Card

– We are active learners.

Class Rules, Printing letters and numbers, add with pictures, make dolphin observations

– We are empowered disciples.

Keep our classroom and desk clean, learning how to wash our hands (sing ABC song)

 

September 2, 2016

Love the Lord with all your heart, mind, and soul. Love one another.

-2016/2017 St. John School theme

Wow! The first graders had a wonderful first week of school. They worked hard to learn the rules of the classroom and new routines of first grade (like having their own desks!). Students met Mrs. Skokan in PE, Mrs. Tsagalakis in music, and Mrs. Bodmer in library. We are diving head first into the new school year!

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

Parent Homework 

Please take a moment to visit our class website to fill out the “Introducing your child” form. The form can be found under “Class News” on the left hand side. Your responses are sent directly to me. Any information you provide is greatly appreciated and helpful in getting to know your child.

Jog-a-Thon

Today students kicked off the Jog-a-Thon with an all school assembly. We are in for lots of fun! Please check your child’s folder or visit the St. John School website for more information about prizes and pledges. Most importantly, Miss Feeney’s class has a long-standing tradition of winning! I would love to keep the tradition going and encourage all of you to do your best for this amazing fundraiser. Families are asked to fulfill their pledge of $100.

  • September 7th – Families who reach their $100 pledge/donation earn FREE DRESS.
  • September 14th – The class with the most donations gets to choose the 2016 Jog-a-thon theme song!
  • Families who pledge $150 will qualify for a Scrip raffle (9/14, 9/15, 9/16)
  • Families with over $300 by September 30th qualify students for the ever-popular Cash Grabbin’ Gecko game.
  • For every $100 raised per family, your name will be added to a raffle to win a Springfree Trampoline!
  • Most importantly, the grade that raises the most money gets to take on Sr. Pablo and Mrs. O’Leary in a Silly String Showdown!

The jog-a-thon will take place on Friday, September 16th followed by the Back to School Carnival at 6:00 p.m.

Snack reminder: Please remember to pack a separate water bottle and small, nutritious snack each day for your child. It would be very helpful to have a water bottle in class that does not screw open to avoid spills!

 

SLEs

In each weekly newsletter, I will include the School-wide Learning Expectations we are focusing on. Please familiarize yourself with the St. John SLEs as the year progresses.

I Can…

Here you will find a list of Common Core State Standards first graders are focusing on. Take a moment to check in with your child to assess his/her progress on mastering these standards.

Questions to ask your child

-Can you sing the theme song for the year? (Visit Mrs. Tsagalakis website to listen and sing along!)

-What are morning jobs?

-Can you tell me one of the St. John School rules?

-What did you do in PE and Music this week?

Special Notes

-Please wear the proper shoes for PE on Monday and Wednesday.

-Please send your child with a jacket and water bottle daily.

-Remember to send in comfort kits please.

-Blessing of the Backpacks is Sunday, September 18th at 10:30 Mass.