December 16, 2016

What happened to December? The students have completed four months of first grade! The students sang like angels in Tuesday’s Christmas Program and today the first graders received a special delivery from the North Pole! The Christmas International Luncheon was a huge success! Thank you to all the parents who helped out by bringing in items to share or helping in the classroom.

Over break it is a great idea to read and practice math daily. Here are some first grade goals to easily practice at home: Fluently add and subtract to 20 (not counting on fingers), skip counting by 1, 2, 5, or 10 from 1-120, and mentally finding 10 more or 10 less than any number.

Are you in need of another stocking stuffer idea? It is always good to start the New Year with a new plastic folder with bottom pockets, new pencil, or an amazing bookmark!

Today your child is bringing an ornament home for the family. It has a ribbon tied to it. This ribbon is the height of your child. You are welcome to keep this ornament and each year pull it out to see how tall your child has grown! Merry Christmas!

Special Notes

-There is no homework over break. Students are encouraged to read as much as possible and utilize Mathletics or XtraMath.

-Christmas Break is from December 17th – January 2nd.

-Star Dolphin for the week of January 2 is Maria Elena

 

Thank you all for the kind and generous gifts and Christmas wishes.

I wish all the first grade families a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year! May God and his angels bless you and guide you always.

 

 

 

 

 

December 9, 2016

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! Welcome to our first big snow day. Remember on these snowy days your children can wear boots to school. Advent is well underway here at St. John School. We celebrated the Immaculate Conception at a beautiful Mass Thursday morning and primary students prayed together every morning. They are busy preparing their hearts for the coming of Jesus.

 

This week students continued learning subtraction strategies, made holy cards for St. Nicholas and St. Dominic Savio (saint of the month) and listened and wrote about Christmas Around the World. Students learned about Christmas customs and even made ornaments to represent the different places they studied. Thank you Ms. Erbe and Mrs. Eberly for sharing about Christmas in Germany! On Tuesday, first graders put their shoes outside in hopes that St. Nicholas would make a stop by St. John School. They were excited to find little candy canes and treats!

 

Thank you to Amy Szyszko for braving the snowy roads to lead art today for the students. They made snowy pictures with beautiful trees! It was a great lesson but busy with one volunteer! Please check out the next art time in January when I send out the new sign up calendar. It would be helpful to have 2-3 parents sign up. Thank you!

 

Christmas Luncheon

The First Grade International Christmas Luncheon is set for next Thursday! Please bring your food (labeled with name of dish and country) to the classroom by 10:30. If your child has any allergies, please bring a special dish for him/her. If your dish is “peanut free’’ or “tree nut free”, please put a note on your dish. We will eat our special lunch in Miss Feeney’s room and the food will be set out in Mrs. Todd’s room. I would like the parents who volunteered to set up to come to the classroom by 10:15. We still have a need for recess supervision. This is a big undertaking and we appreciate all of your help to make it possible. The first graders may wear their Christmas best (free dress). This lunch will take the place of regular lunch/hot lunch of the day. Please still send a separate snack for later in the day.

 

Christmas Concert

First and second graders will perform on Tuesday, December 13th at 7:00pm in Egan Hall. We will meet in the classroom between 6:40 – 6:50 pm. Please do not drop your child off before 6:40 p.m. I will not be there to supervise. If you are late (arriving after 6:50) please meet us in Egan Hall. The first graders take the stage first, followed by the second grade performance of the Nativity story. Your child will be directed to come sit with you following the first grade concert. You are welcome and encouraged to stay for the second grade performance.

Christmas Eve

Saturday, December 24
Children’s Vigil Mass with Schola, 4pm
Children’s Vigil Mass with Cantionis, 6pm
Christmas Mass, 9pm
Christmas Day
Sunday, December 25
Christmas Morning Mass, 9am

 

Questions to Ask

– Can you sing me a song for your concert?

– What can you tell me about Christmas in Poland? Norway? Germany?

 

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of December 12 is Nathaniel.

– Christmas Concert Tuesday, December 13th.

– Christmas Luncheon Thursday, December 15th (wear nice free dress)

– Noon dismissal Friday, December 16th.

 

I Can…

– spell first grade words. L.1.2

– 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

– help my class write. W.1.7

– revise and edit my writing. W.1.5

– publish my writing. W.1.6

– understand how words in a story can tell about feelings and the senses. RL.1.4

– 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

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

– subtract facts within 20. 1.OA.6

– 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

-tell about people, places, and things. SL.1.4

-engage in discussions to learn about how families live around the world. 5.3.1

 

 

S.L.E.s

– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.

 

 

December 2, 2016

Advent is in full swing and first graders are busy studying Christmas Around the World. Students learned about Christmas traditions in Great Britain, Australia, Lebanon, Hungary, Jamaica, Kenya, and Ireland this week. Thank you Mrs. O’Leary for coming to share about Christmas in your home country!

International Christmas Luncheon

Please return completed forms by Monday, December 5th. Mrs. Todd and I will review the forms, see what we need to buy to round out the list, and send home a confirmation next Friday, December 9th. Thank you in advance for your contributions! Also, a huge thank you to our volunteers! If you are able to attend on December 15th, please visit the signup on my website. Many hands make light work! 🙂

Report Cards

In reviewing report cards, remember that these are goals for the end of year. If they are progressing (P), it means they are on their way to meeting the standard (M) or benchmark. If your child is meeting a standard, please continue practicing as the year progresses. In spelling, our goal is for students to memorize specific patterns, rather than simply the list of words. Please keep spelling sorts at home after completing for homework. This will give you and your child an opportunity to review (make sentences, stories, etc.) and continue to use the words. Please sign and return the YELLOW copy of the report card and the report card envelope as soon as possible.

Printing Practice

Handwriting Without Tears printing practice books will come home today. The students have practiced their printing during our library time (along with checking out books) the last few months. If your child received a P in forming letters correctly on his/her report card, please review the letters in the printing book. You are welcome to keep these books at home and complete them as needed. These books are a great resource to work on letter formation and/or using lines and spaces correctly.

 Religion Journals

Your child is bringing their Religion Journals today. They are green to represent Ordinary Time in the Church Season. Please review what they learned about in Religion the last few months! We are now in Advent Season so the students have purple Religion journals.

Questions to Ask

– What color are the candles on the Advent wreath?

– What can you tell me about Christmas in Australia? Great Britain? Ireland?

 

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of December 5 is Caleb.

– Dress uniform Thursday, December 8th for Mass at 9:00 a.m.

– Christmas Luncheon Thursday, December 15th.

 

I Can…

– punctuate sentences. L.1.2

– spell first grade words. L.1.2

– 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

– help my class write. W.1.7

– revise and edit my writing. W.1.5

– publish my writing. W.1.6

– 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

– understand how words in a story can tell about feelings and the senses. RL.1.4

– 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

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

– subtract facts within 20. 1.OA.6

– 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.

 

REMINDER

1st and 2nd GRADE CHRISTMAS CONCERT, Tuesday, December 13TH.

Drop off your children to their classrooms (not Egan Hall) between 6:40-6:50 PM.

Performance begins at 7:00 p.m. in Egan Hall.