February 24, 2017

What a great week in first grade! The first graders continued to learn about the beatitudes through flowers. For example “Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted” we can think about the Mourning Glory flower that blooms and then dies the same day. Then new flowers bloom the next morning bringing renewed beauty. God promises that he will comfort us when we are sad. He renews us daily.

 

The students have finished the pond habitat and now have begun learning about polar habitats. They will learn the difference between the North Pole and the South Pole. This will prepare them for their field trip to the Science Center to explore Polar exhibits!

 

Lent is right around the corner and the first graders are getting their hearts ready for Jesus. This week they made their own prayers to Jesus and wrote down actions they can do during Lent. For example they wrote, “be prayerful, read the Bible, be quiet, friendly, kind, and giving”.

 

Lent Rice Bowl: Lent starts March 1. I have placed the rice bowls in your child’s folder today. This Lent, our school is participating in CRS Rice Bowl, a faith-in-action program that helps families experience Lenten spirituality by living in solidarity with people in need around the world. One way to bring Lent to life in your home is to place your CRS Rice Bowl in a prominent place in your home and use it to collect your Lenten sacrifices. (For first graders, this may look like doing acts of kindness at home to earn collections for others in your Rice Bowl.) We will be collecting Rice Bowls at the end of Lent.

 

Field Trip Note: Please pack a sack lunch in a disposable bag for the field trip. Please also send a disposable drink rather than a water bottle, as the chaperones will be in charge of carrying all the lunches. We will return to school around 1:30 to have snack. Please make sure to send a snack packed separate from the lunch for when we return. I will send out additional information for the volunteers next week!  If you haven’t already turned in your field trip permission slips, I need them by Monday, February 27!

 

Questions to Ask:

– What animal lives in the Arctic? Antarctic?

– What number has 9 tens and 9 ones? 5 tens and 2 ones?

 

Special Notes:

– Star Dolphin for the week of February 27 is Julia

– Field trip to the Pacific Science Center Friday, March 3

-Accreditation Visit is March 1-3. Wear dress uniform all three days!

 

 

I Can…

-read first grade words. RF1.3

-use adjectives. L.1.1

-use what I know about phonics to spell new words. L.1.2

-spell first grade words. L.1.2

-sort words into categories. L.1.5

-read and understand first grade fiction. RL.1.10

-read and understand first grade non-fiction. RI.1.10

-tell about the main ideas and details after I listen or read. SL.1.2

-follow rules for discussions, talk with others, and ask questions during discussions. SL.1.1

-speak and write in complete sentences. SL.1.6

-revise and edit my writing. W.1.5

-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

 

February 16, 2017

It was a short, productive week in first grade. The first graders celebrated St. Valentine’s Day on Tuesday where they passed out cards and had a party. Then students celebrated the 100th day of school with games and 100 themed activities including “aging” themselves 100 years and writing about the future. Our eighth grade buddies visited and in 30 minutes they read over 100 books!

Field Trip Note: Please be sure to return permission slips by February 22nd. Make sure to complete both sides of the form. If you send a check, please put your child’s name in the memo line. If you send cash for payment, please send it in a clearly labeled envelope with your child’s name. If you are a Science Center member, you need to send the pass (not a copy) in an envelope marked with your name. You do not have to pay the fee if you are a member. Parent volunteers for the field trip do not have to pay for themselves. If you have any questions, please email me. Thank you!

 

Homework Note: Due to the short week, there is no spelling for homework. Please review words from past spelling tests in order to “apply spelling words to their writing” (Report card standard).

 

Questions to Ask:

– Tell me one fact about ponds.

– Tell me about St. Valentine.

-What is the virtue of the month?

-What is one way to make 100? What was your favorite 100th day activity?

 

I Can…

-read first grade words. RF1.3

-use adjectives. L.1.1

-use what I know about phonics to spell new words. L.1.2

-spell first grade words. L.1.2

-sort words into categories. L.1.5

-read and understand first grade fiction. RL.1.10

-read and understand first grade non-fiction. RI.1.10

-tell about the main ideas and details after I listen or read. SL.1.2

-follow rules for discussions, talk with others, and ask questions during discussions. SL.1.1

-speak and write in complete sentences. SL.1.6

-revise and edit my writing. W.1.5

-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

-read texts and use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive. 1.LS1.2

 

Special Notes:

– Star Dolphins for the week of February 24 are Maggie (1 day) and Lucas (2 days).

– Field trip permission slips due February 24th

-No school on February 17-February 23

Please do not order hot lunch for March 3 (Field Trip day)

February 10, 2017

What an amazing week! I hope you had a chance to enjoy our first snow day of the year. First graders began studying pond habitats in science. On Wednesday the students attended Mass with their 8th grade buddies. They did a beautiful job! In math, students continued learning about place value. First graders eagerly shared their musical instruments and described how they build the creations. We could start a band! Check out Mrs. Tsagalakis website for pictures. Musical Instruments Link

 

Thank you Shelly Kay for visiting the classroom to talk about your job as an accountant for Amazon. The students enjoyed your presentation and had lots of questions!

 

Thank you to Jen, Anastasia, and Amy for a great art lesson! The student made beautiful winter snow hats.

 

 

Grandparents’ and Friends’ Day

Grandparents’ and Friends’ Day is Thursday, March 16th. Lunch begins at 11:00 in Egan Hall. Cookies, coffee, tea, and water will be provided. Students are to provide a sack lunch for themselves and their special guest. Families are asked to RSVP and please limit guests to no more than 4 in consideration of others. Please tell your special guests that TEACHERS will walk students back to their classrooms after the luncheon. Do not escort your child back across the street! Teachers will take care of getting them safely back to class. Please let me know if your child does not have a family member or special friend coming so I can pair him/her up with a classmate.

 

Field Trip Note: Friday, March 3rd is our field trip to the Pacific Science Center. Please DO NOT order hot lunch for that day. Permission slips will come home next week.

 

Questions to Ask

– How many tens are in 97? How many ones?

– What did we make in art this week?

– What are the four levels of the pond? What are bacteria? Crayfish?

 

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of February 13 is Maggie (plus February 22). Lucas will make up days on February 23-24. Julia will be Star Dolphin the week of February 27.

– Valentines due Monday, 2/13

– Noon dismissal Thursday, 2/16

– No school Friday, 2/17 – Tuesday, 2/21 for faculty retreat and winter holiday.

– Grandparents’ & Friends’ Day Thursday, March 16th.

 

I Can…

-read first grade words. RF1.3

-use adjectives. L.1.1

-use what I know about phonics to spell new words. L.1.2

-spell first grade words. L.1.2

-sort words into categories. L.1.5

-read and understand first grade fiction. RL.1.10

-read and understand first grade non-fiction. RI.1.10

-tell about the main ideas and details after I listen or read. SL.1.2

-follow rules for discussions, talk with others, and ask questions during discussions. SL.1.1

-speak and write in complete sentences. SL.1.6

-revise and edit my writing. W.1.5

– count to 120. 1.NBT.1

– tell how many tens and how many ones are in a number. 1.NBT.2

– compare two-digit numbers using <, >, and =. 1.NBT.3

– use manipulatives, pictures, and math strategies to help me solve problems within 100. 1.NBT.4

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

 

 

 

 

February 3, 2017

Happy Student Appreciation Day! I am so blessed to be able to teach your wonderful children. Every day I wake up genuinely excited to come to work. In honor of all their hard work the students enjoyed a delicious nacho bar lunch, performed a dance at the Homecoming game, and enjoyed a little treat at the end of the day.

Thank you Mrs. Slama and Mr. Bergman for coming to our class to talk about their jobs on vocation day. The students had a lot of great questions answered.

Valentine’s Day: Valentine’s Day is coming up soon! Signing a name 20 plus times can be a big job for children. Please start early so that the activity is fun and not dreaded. Cards can be brought to school for safe keeping when they are finished. The disappointment of forgotten cards is overwhelming. I attached a class list to the email to help you. If your child wants the class list for Mrs. Todd’s class (optional), let me know. I encourage your children not to bring candy on this day if possible. Thank you! We will celebrate Tuesday, February 14th.

Field Trip: Thank you to Alicia, Amy, Marilyn, and Crystal for signing up to volunteer on our field trip on March 3 to the Science Center Polar Day. I still need at least 1 more volunteer! If you are interested, please email me.

Questions to Ask

– What do you want to be when you grow up?

– What makes St. John School a great Catholic school?

– Why are maps and captions helpful when reading non-fiction?

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of February 6th is Lucas.

– Musical instrument project due Monday, February 6th. The first graders will bring their instruments and have a chance to share and perform during music class.

– 100th Day Project due Wednesday, February 10th

 

I Can…

-read first grade words. RF1.3

-use adjectives. L.1.1

-use what I know about phonics to spell new words. L.1.2

-spell first grade words. L.1.2

-sort words into categories. L.1.5

-read and understand first grade fiction. RL.1.10

-read and understand first grade non-fiction. RI.1.10

-tell about the main ideas and details after I listen or read. SL.1.2

-follow rules for discussions, talk with others, and ask questions during discussions. SL.1.1

-speak and write in complete sentences. SL.1.6

-revise and edit my writing. W.1.5

-plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sounds can make materials vibrate. 1-PS4-1