October 24, 2017

We had a great short week of school! We created our own star character with focused descriptions of the “inside” and “outside” of our star. We then drafted and revised our very own Star Character Legend. We also began studying the moon and its phases. I look forward to meeting with you in conferences, enjoy the long weekend!

Conference Agenda: 

  1. Discuss the student self-reflection and parent comment form.
  2. Parent, Student, and Teacher formulate a behavioral and academic goal.
  3. Parent and Teacher discuss MAP, other test scores, and any concerns or questions.

NO School Lunch Note

Please DO NOT order school lunch for your child on Friday, November 17th because we will all be having a sack lunch in our classroom after the SAM field trip.

 

Short Week Homework Note

This week’s homework was sent home today, it is due next Friday, November 3rd.

Special Notes

-Star Dolphin for the week of October 30 is Nick

– Conferences October 25th – 27th.

– Seattle Art Museum (11/17/17) I am still missing $$ from 2 students! Please bring in $10 cash or check.

 

 

October 20, 2017

It was a great week in first grade! In science, first graders continued to learn about earth’s place in the universe by studying stars and the sun. They made star constellations. This week the first graders learned about stranger safety, fire safety, and earthquake drills. They watched a movie called The Safe Side: Stranger Safety. Check the homework for this week for more information. On Tuesday the first graders made matchbooks with the important rules of fire safety. Check the homework with information on how to make a fire safety plan for your family. On Thursday, students participated in the Great Washington Shake out, a statewide earthquake drill. The drill was followed up with a disaster drill to assess our emergency preparedness. Everything went smoothly and the students were fantastic! For more information about the Great Washington Shake Out, please visit www.shakeout.org/washington. Mrs. Tsagalakis created a perfect song for safety. She recorded our class singing a song about how to be safe in an earthquake. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45gJCXO45qs

 

 

NO School Lunch Note

Please DO NOT order school lunch for your child on Friday, November 17th. The students will have sack lunches at school after the field trip.

 

Conference Note

These are parent, student, and teacher conferences. Your child is requested to attend. Each conference is 15 minutes with 5 minutes passing period between. Parents and child will meet with me to discuss the Thinking About Me form and MAP test scores. Students will set a goal for the year and then listen to a story on the iPad while parents continue the conference. I look forward to meeting with each of you!

 

Short Week Note

This week’s homework will be due next Tuesday October 24th because next week is a shortened week of school. Thanks!

 

Questions to Ask

– What can you tell me about the sun? What about constellations?

– What is a character?

– What is one addition strategy you used this week?

 

Special Notes

-Nico will make up one day on October 23

-Star Dolphin for the week of October 30 is Nick

– Youth Group Halloween Carnival October 20th 6pm – 8pm

– Conferences October 25th – 27th.

– Seattle Art Museum (11/17) please return field trip permission slips as soon as possible

 

I Can…

– use common nouns, verbs, and adjectives. 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

– use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted. 1.ESS1.1

– make observations at different times of the year to relate the amount of daylight to the time of year. 1.ESS1.2

 

S.L.E.s

– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.

 

 

October 13, 2017

Congratulations! We exceeded our Jog-a-thon goal. Thank you for all of your hard work and support for St. John School. We are celebrating today with a school assembly and free dress. This week the students learned about prayers of the rosary (Apostles Creed, Our Father, and Hail Mary). They harvested potatoes, learned about earth’s place in the universe, observed the position of the sun, and continued to identify nouns in the story If You Take a Mouse to School. We used number lines and pennies to learn counting on strategies. The first graders celebrated the 100th anniversary of Mary appearing to 3 children in Fatima with a movie and special coloring sheet.

A special thank you to Mrs. Aguila for leading our potato harvest. We even found some carrots and tomatoes as well!

MAP Scores

Please check your child’s folder for the MAP test results for both reading and math. The score includes last year as well so that you can see the progress. We will discuss these scores in more detail and I can answer any questions you may have during our conference.

Conference Notes

These are parent, student, teacher conferences. Your child is requested to attend. Each conference is 15 minutes with a 5 minutes passing period between. Parents and child will meet with Miss Feeney to discuss the Thinking About Me form and go over the MAP scores. Students will set a goal for the year and then listen to a story on the iPad while parents continue the conference. Thank you to everyone who has scheduled conferences already!

Reading Bags

Your child will be bringing home their “book bag” this week. Instructions will be included inside. Please return the bags on Monday even if you didn’t have a chance to read over the weekend because we use them in reading groups. Thank you!

Opt Out Waiver

If you would like to “opt your child out” of the Touching Safety Program that will be presented to the first grade students on October 24th, please sign the form attached to this week’s homework packet. Our lesson focus will be on Boundaries—the limits that define one person as separate from another or from others. There are boundaries you can see (like a fence around a yard) and boundaries you can’t see with your eyes (like the comfort zone around us that we call our “personal space”). Boundaries vary depending on the relationship with the other person. For example, a boundary between a child and a grandparent is different than the boundary between a child and a teacher or coach. Please let me know if you have more questions about the program.

Field Trip Information

Field Trip permission slips for our trip to the SAM on Friday, November 17th will be sent home this coming MONDAY, October 16th. Please sign both sides, send in a labeled envelope with the fee in cash or check (made out to St. John School) and return by Friday, October 20th.   Parent chaperones do not need to pay for themselves!

 

Questions to Ask

– What are three nouns? (one from each category)

– What did you do in the school garden?

– Name a fact about the sun.

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of October 16 is Saoirse

– Individual Pictures on Wednesday, October 18th

– Halloween Carnival (St. John Parish) is October 20 from 6:00-8:00pm

– Conferences October 25th – 27th.

I Can…

– 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

– use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted. 1.ESS1.1

– make observations at different times of the year to relate the amount of daylight to the time of year. 1.ESS1.2

S.L.E.s

– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.

 

 

October 5, 2017

The first graders were amazing at mass Wednesday. They sang, responded, and greeted the school with a candle procession. This week students began their unit on addition to 20. They will learn strategies to help them add. This week they learned to count on using counters. First graders will study nouns by using a mentor sentence from the book If You Take A Mouse To School. A mentor sentence is an amazing sentence that I pick out of a picture book that we can study. Mentor sentences help first graders to see how to write sentences correctly with capitals and periods. The students finished their unit on Needs and Wants. They learned that families around the world have different needs and wants. Everyone put forth their best effort during MAP testing. Great job First Graders!

Conference Notes

Conferences are coming up at the end of October. Each conference is 15 minutes with a 5 minutes passing period in between. Please remember that students are to attend conferences. Families are to schedule conferences during conference week. Send in your pre-conference forms no later than Friday, October 13th. I look forward to meeting with each of you! Here is the link. Conference Sign Up

Volunteers

Here is the link to sign up to volunteer! https://grade1b.st-johnschool.org/first-grade-volunteers/ The Listening to Reading using iPads helper is a great value for the students because it allows them to practice listening to good reading. The helper then helps with their comprehension by asking questions (who? What happened?).

If you are interested in helping our art parents, we will have art next Thursday, October 12 at 2:00. The art project is set. It is nice to have helpers to set up/clean up. Art with parents will be every other Thursday! Thank you!

Questions to Ask

– How was Mass?

– Show the strategy count on by solving this problem….5+3. (Try other ones where you add 1, 2, or 3)

-What is our virtue for the month? (Reverence)

-Name one thing about St. Francis you learned from watching the movie?

 

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of October 9 is Hannah.

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

– Individual student picture day is Wednesday, 10/18

– Conference forms due Friday, 10/13

– Conferences October 25th – 27th.

-We are all set with volunteers and drivers for our field trip to SAM in November!  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.