April 28, 2017

Welcome to the wonderful season of Easter. The Church celebrates for the next 50 days! Alleluia! The students came back well rested and ready to learn. In math, first graders wrapped up graphing and interpreting data. They began their new unit on geometry. In science students wrapped up their desert habitat unit with a cactus experiment and lizard art project.

 

It’s Auction time! Get your bids ready for a wonderful night! Remember to be on the lookout for these items!

Afternoon at the Cinema

(Item 3009)

Spend the afternoon at school with the Primary teachers making ice cream sundaes and watching a movie!  Remember to bring your pillow and sleeping bag.  This will be on Friday, May 19 from 4:30-6:00. 

 

 Miss Feeney’s 1st Grade Project

“Outdoor Tile Table”

We have artfully assembled an outdoor table with tiles designed by each student in Miss Feeney’s first grade class.  With nature as the theme, each tile reflects its artist’s own style.  This elegant, yet whimsical table will delight your guests while holding up drinks and snacks.  Constructed to withstand the relentless Seattle rain, this table will brighten your patio or deck even on the cloudiest of days.

Value=Cherist-table

 

Miss Feeney’s Bedtime Story Corner

Item 1009

I can come visit your child at your home and read him/her a bedtime story or we can play a board game!

 

Habitat Day

This week information was sent home regarding Habitat Day. Please take a moment to read the pink “To Do List” all the way through. The habitat-planning sheet will be sent home with a note if it was approved/not approved. For example if your child chooses a dolphin, this would not be approved because there are many types of dolphins. If you child chooses a spinner dolphin it will be approved. Please do not begin research or building your habitat until you get approval from your teacher. On May 24th, parents are invited to tour habitat projects at the end of the day from 2:30 – 3:00. A detailed schedule of the day will be posted with other available visiting times.

 

Field Trip

We will leave for the zoo at 9:15 on May 19 and return by 1:00. We will have lunch there so please do not order hot lunch for this day! Field Trip Permission slips will go home on Monday, May 1st. Please fill out both sides and return it by Friday, May 5. The fee for the field trip includes admission and parking.

-If you have a zoo pass, please make a copy and turn it in with a $2.75 fee.

-If you do not have a zoo pass, please include $12.00 fee with your permission slip.

We will pay for parking for 12 cars. However we will not be able to pay for admission for volunteers. If you signed up to volunteer, please include your $9.25 fee too. Thank you!

 

Thank you to all the parents who can help out: Mrs. Bergman, Mrs. Semick, Mr. Slama, Ms. McVay, Mrs. Vega, Mr. Eberly, Mr. Kearney, Ms. Szyszko, Ms. Kay, Mr. Ramos and Ms. Erbe! There is still time to sign up to volunteer!

 

Questions to Ask:

-What habitat do you have for habitat day?

-What happened to our “Cactus “ sponge?

-What is a bar graph?

Special Notes:

– Star Dolphins for the week: Parker, Caleb, and Nathaniel

– Wear dress uniform on Monday, May 1st for Crowning of Mary (please bring rosary and a flower)

– Spring Concert is on Thursday, May 4 at 7:00 (Egan Hall)

– Bike to School Day is on May 10th

 

I CAN…

-read first grade words. RF1.3

-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

-organize and understand data. 1.MD.4

-ask and answer questions about data. 1.MD.4

 

 

April 14, 2017

Holy Week is a time of learning and reflection at St. John. Today we honored Jesus’ sacrifice on Good Friday through silent dismissal and spending the day unplugged (no technology). Students made Holy Week books, studied each of Jesus’ last days on Earth, and prayed with the school community Shadow Stations of the Cross. First graders worked hard on growing closer to Jesus throughout Lent.

Lenten Service Project: Thank you for your generous donations of books for the patients. The teachers had a chance to deliver the books to Children’s Hospital and they were very appreciative and thankful!

 Habitat Day and Project: Save the date! May 24 will be Habitat Day in First Grade. To prepare for this day your children will create their very own 3D habitats and write animal reports. After Easter break (April 24) I will send home a Habitat Planning Sheet for your child to complete for homework. This planning sheet needs to be approved by me before your child can begin researching his/her animal and habitat.

Field Trip News: On May 19 we will go to the zoo to celebrate all we learned for our Habitat unit. I know many students have been to the zoo so the teachers created a game like the Amazing Race. Thank you to Mrs. Bergman, Mrs. Semick, and Mr. Slama for volunteering so far. Remember the more the volunteers the better the field trip will be! Thank you! Field Trip permission slips will go home in May.

 Auction News: The St. John auction is coming! Tickets are on sale for the Totally Awesome 80’s Prom on April 28. Catalogs will go home on Monday, April 24. Keep a look out for our amazing first grade project!

 

I wish you all a very Happy Easter and special time with your families.

 

Special Notes:

– Easter Sunday Mass at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

– No homework over Easter Break

-Star Dolphins for the week of April 24 are Zayden (Monday-Tuesday), Rachel (Wednesday-Thursday), and Parker (Friday-Monday)

-Math workbooks that your children have completed are going home today. Please review and keep for extra practice in the summer! Thank you!

-We will celebrate Teddy’s birthday on April 25, Emma’s birthday on April 26, and Max’s birthday on April 27.

 

 

I Can…

-read first grade words. RF1.3

-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

-organize and understand data. 1.MD.4

-ask and answer questions about data. 1.MD.4

 

 

April 7, 2017

This week we continued our journey to Jesus as we change our hearts for Lent. Next week we will celebrate the holiest week of the Church year! I want your family to experience this week so the homework is focused on Religion. Please keep the purple Holy Week packet at home over Easter break (there is something for Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday).

The first graders learned about our virtue of the month, forgiveness using the parable of the Prodigal Son. Then they worked on their Stations of the Cross book. I will send this home next week so that your family can pray the stations at home during Holy Week. The first graders took a test on double-digit addition and subtraction and began their unit on data and graphing using tally charts.

In the next week I will be sending home math workbooks. Please look over the book with your child. During this year when we worked on addition and subtraction facts I used many different strategies to teach them (manipulatives, white boards, interactive journals, etc.) and sometimes we did not complete the workbook pages. This is why you may see blank pages. You can have your child complete the blank pages during summer months as good practice. You do not need to turn it in. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Summer Birthdays: We will celebrate July and August birthdays this month since we have no birthdays in April.   Your child is welcome to bring a book to share with the class (that I can read). We will make special birthday books for them to take home.

Chloe-April 11

Clare- April 12

Teddy-April 25

Emma-April 26

Max-April 27

 

 

Questions to Ask:

-Name a station that we learned about this week.

-What is the virtue of the month? How can I practice this virtue at school? Home?

-What is a tally chart?

-What happened in the video when the farmer called the sheep? How does this relate to Jesus as our good shepherd? https://youtu.be/e45dVgWgV64 (the students haven’t seen this so it will be fun to show them!)

Special Notes:

– Star Dolphins for the week of April 10 is Noelle (Monday), Cian (Tuesday-Wednesday), Clare (Thursday-Friday)

– Totally Awesome 80’s Prom Auction April 28th

 

I Can…

-read first grade words. RF1.3

-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

-organize and understand data. 1.MD.4

-ask and answer questions about data. 1.MD.4