September 29, 2017

It was a great week in first grade! We started reading groups this week and settled in to the format of our spelling instruction. As writers this week first graders drafted, edited, revised and published their first narrative of the year. In religion, students learned about the parts of Mass by visiting the church to learn how to genuflect and use holy water. Then we practiced responding to “The Lord be with you” with “And with your spirit.” Today we identified the archangels St. Gabriel, St. Michael, and St. Raphael (feast day is today). We also took our first math test! Look for their math chapter packet in their daily folder. Not all pages were completed because we used different materials, manipulatives, and activities for the lessons.  Your children are welcome to complete the pages as extra practice as needed but can remain at home.  All tests will be sent home the following Friday in your child’s folder.

MAP Testing

We will be doing MAP testing on Tuesday and Thursday. We want everyone to put forth their best effort, so please make sure your child gets a good night sleep and a healthy breakfast!

Rosary Project

First and second grade families will be participating in a family rosary project. Please see the informational sheet attached to the homework packet this week.

Mass

On Wednesday, October 4th we will celebrate St. Francis at our first all school liturgy. First graders are in charge of leading mass with their eighth grade buddies. You are welcome to join us in the church at 9:00 a.m.  Please make sure your child is in dress uniform!

Field Trip Update

Thank you to the following families who signed up to drive on the field trip: Longton, Morrison, Dacquisto, Doyle, Kane-Yi, and McCarthy. I need one more volunteer! Remember we will be in a large group the entire time so it is easy field trip to help supervise!

 

Questions to Ask

– What was your narrative story about?

-What is your response to “The Lord be with you.”

-Name a false number sentence. Now change it to make it true.

-What is a need? What is a want?

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

 

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of October 2 is Nico

– Dress uniform Wednesday 10/4 for Mass

– No school Friday, 10/6 for Teacher Excellence Day

– Spelling test will be Thursday, 10/5

-Volunteering calendar is now available; please use the Sign Up genius link on my web page

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 22, 2017

It was a busy week in first grade! Students practiced how to write ways to make 6, 7, 8 and 9. Ms. Gudaitis, our math specialist came to class on Thursday and did a lesson on partners of 10. First graders also started a unit on narrative writing. They listened to a story called “Night of the Veggie Monster” and practiced seeing the details or “small moments.” Students ended their unit on dolphins by finding and writing interesting facts. The first graders learned how to be holy (like God) and painted pictures of what Heaven looks like.

During the first week of October all first graders will take the MAP test. Please be sure your child has headphones for testing next Wednesday and Friday. A parent letter will be sent home next week with more information. And THANK YOU for all of your pledges and participation in the Jog-A-Thon this year. It was also wonderful to see so many of your at the BBQ. Nice work Eagles!

 Special Volunteer Request

Dear Parents,

The playground needs your help.  To adequately monitor your children at play and foster their safety I am looking for several volunteers who can commit to lunch recess duty for the school year.  Recess runs from 11:00-12:15.  Your younger children are welcome to accompany you provided they will not distract your attention to the school children.   Please go to our Signup Genius site to register.

If you have questions you can contact me at floribunda51@ yahoo.com.  Thank you.

Gratefully,

Catherine Dahlgren,

Our Lady of Perpetual Asphalt

 Save the Date

Thank you to the following people for volunteering to drive/chaperone: Dacquisto, Doyle, Kane-Yi, and McCarthy. If I have missed anyone or you are interested in joining us on November 17th for our field trip to the Seattle Art Museum, please let me know.

 Spelling Note

Spelling tests will be on Fridays. Spelling homework will now be sent home every Friday with the weekly homework packet. Please do not glue down the list so that you can continue to sort/practice them daily. Thank you for practicing at home!

 

Questions to Ask

– What is your dolphin fact you wrote this week?

– Can you show me a way to make 10?

-What is an “addend”?

– Who does God want us to love?

 

Special Notes

-Star Dolphin is Evelyn for the week of September 25.

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 second week of October after MAP testing. I will send the Sign Up Genius link for volunteering next week.

-We have an all school mass with our buddies on Wednesday, October 4th at 9:00. 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 15, 2017

Run happy! 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 at the Back to School Carnival from 5:00 – 8:00pm today.

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. The first graders had a chance to watch mini videos about growth mindset. They learned that their brain works harder when they make mistakes and persist.

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 chaperone/drive: Mrs. Dacquisto and Mrs. Doyle. If I have missed anyone or you are interested in joining us on November 17th for our field trip to the Seattle Art Museum, please let me know.

 

Homework Note

Remember the second box on the weekly homework packet is always optional. This Monday students will begin spelling groups, which are leveled according to beginning of the year assessments. Spelling tests will be on Fridays. Students who have pictures and words will be tested on spelling the ten words only. Students who have only words will be tested on ten words from the list. Thank you for practicing at home! If you have questions about spelling homework 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 pod 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 fruit did we compare to the Trinity?

Special Notes

– Students will need headphones for MAP testing the week of October 2nd. Please bring in headphones if you haven’t already!

– Blessing of the Backpacks Sunday, September 17th at 10:30 a.m. Mass.

– Star Dolphin for the week of September 18 is Michela

 

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 8, 2017

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.

Jogging to success! We are over halfway to our $60,000 goal. 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 15th from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. You can keep track of class ranking at https://99pledges.com/fund/stjohnsea

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 of the month. This month they are focusing on practicing the virtue of Faith (believing in God and all He has revealed). The saint of the month is Saint Martha. 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. 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!).

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.

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 17th. We anticipate being gone from approximately 9:30 – 1:00. 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?

– Name a dolphin.

– What is one fact you learned about dolphins?

 

 

Special Notes

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

– Blessing of the Backpacks Sunday, September 17th at 10:30 a.m. Mass.

-Star Dolphin for the week of September 11 is Skylar

 

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

Virtue, Saint Holy Card

– We are active learners.

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

– We are empowered disciples.

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

 

September 1, 2017

You are the Light of the World! Let your light shine before all that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in Heaven.

-2017/2018 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!). We are diving head first into the new school year!

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. I encourage all of you to do your best for this amazing fundraiser. Families are asked to fulfill their pledge of $100.

  • September 6th – Families who reach their $100 pledge/donation earn FREE DRESS.
  • September 13th – The class with the most donations gets to choose the 2017 Jog-a-thon theme song!
  • Families who pledge $150 will qualify for a Scrip raffle (9/13, 9/14, 9/15)
  • Families with over $300 by September 29th 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!
  • If we reach our school goal of $60,000 all students will receive a Free Dress Day on October 13th.
  • 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 15th 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. Our classroom is a nut-free zone due to allergies. It would be very helpful to have a water bottle in class that does not screw open to avoid spills!

 SLEs (Schoolwide Learning Expectations)

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 (BSTly) jobs?

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

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 17th at 10:30 Mass.