January 26, 2018

Catholic Schools Week is here! Please remember to join us at 10:30 Mass on Sunday (in dress uniform or cultural attire) and then at the Open House, immediately after. Be sure to stop by Egan Hall to visit the cultural fair and the second floor for some tasty treats. To celebrate this special time, each day will represent something different.

Catholic Schools Week Schedule

Monday: Free dress day and bring in a can of food for St. Vincent de Paul food drive

Tuesday: Crazy sock day

Wednesday: Choose your own sweatshirt day

Thursday: Dress like a teacher day and bring in a flower

Friday: Purple and gold day- free lunch for students

100 Day Project: The 100th day of school is fast approaching. To celebrate, students are asked to collect 100 words from magazines, newspapers, etc. Students will record their words on the homework grid and then use them to design a poster. Words can be arranged in a word, picture, pattern, or design of your choosing. Posters should be no larger than 35” x 25”. Posters and word lists are due February 12th.

 

Field Trip Chaperones

Please let me know if you would like to chaperone at our next field trip on Friday, March 2nd to the Pacific Science Center. We will be attending the Polar Science Weekend stations there and watching an IMAX film on habitats.

Musical Instrument: First graders are completing their unit on sound and light waves. To celebrate what we learned, all students are asked to create their own musical instrument. Instruments should be homemade by the first graders. Parents may guide and assist where necessary but I really encourage the kids to be the designers and builders as much as possible. There are details included with the homework packet. Projects are due Monday, February 5th. The first graders will bring their instruments to share and perform during music class. Here is a website to help you if needed. https://kinderart.com/art-lessons/music/easy-make-musical-instruments/

STAR Assessments

STAR test results will be sent home today in your child’s folder. 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). 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 green STAR reports at home for your reference. 

Thank you Mr. McCarthy for a wonderful mini performance today! He played a few songs on his guitars to show the first graders about sound and vibrations.

Reading Bags: Please remember to tell your child to bring their reading bag to school on Mondays. It is okay if you didn’t get to read to him/her on the weekend. We need the books back so we can use them for reading groups each day. Thank you!

 

Questions to Ask

– What was Jesus’ first miracle?

– Name a material that some light passes through?

– What is your favorite thing about St. John School?

 

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of January 29th is Zakayo.

– Open House and Catholic Schools Week Mass Sunday, January 28th at 10:30 a.m.

– Musical instrument project due Monday, February 5th

– 100th Day Project due Wednesday, February 12th

 

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

 

 

January 19, 2018

This week first graders finished their chapter on subtraction to 10. The next chapter will focus on using different strategies to solve subtraction problems to 20. In Science the students predicted and observed how glitter “jumped” or “bounced” off a bowl wrapped in plastic wrap when a loud sound occurred (vibrations). They also wrapped up their unit on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and shared their dreams for positive change in the world.

Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Diefenbach for a super art lesson! The first graders made their own superhero creations on Thursday. They had a lot of fun talking about their superhero powers.

100th Day Project: The 100th day of school is fast approaching. To celebrate, students are asked to collect 100 words from magazines, newspapers, etc. Students will record their words on the homework grid and then use them to design a poster. Words can be arranged in a word, picture, pattern, or design of your choosing. Posters should be no larger than 35” x 25”. Posters and word lists are due February 12th.

Catholic Schools Week: Catholic Schools Week is coming up. Please be sure to join us for 10:30 Mass on Sunday, January 28th and for the open house immediately following. I am asking for any parents who are interested/available during the first week of February to talk to the class about their vocation to please contact me. We would love to hear from as many of you as possible about what you do and why you love it. Help us expand our horizons and learn about all the different things we can be when we grow up!

Schedule of Events:

Sunday: Mass at 10:30 am, All School     Open House 12:00-1:30 pm

Monday: Celebrate our Community

Wear free dress and bring one canned food to school for St. Vincent de Paul

Tuesday: Celebrate our Volunteer

Wear crazy socks with your uniform

Wednesday: Celebrate Our Nation

Wear a sweatshirt of your choice with your uniform

Thursday: Celebrate our Faculty and Staff

Bring a flower for your teachers. You can dress like a teacher/your teacher!

Friday:  Celebrate our Students

 Free lunch provided for all students

Wear purple and gold!

 Field Trip Chaperones

Please let me know if you would like to chaperone at our next field trip on Friday, March 2nd to the Pacific Science Center. We will be attending the Polar Science Weekend stations there and watching an IMAX film on habitats.  I have 2 parents signed up so far!

Questions to Ask

– Solve a subtraction problem.

– Name as many disciples as you can! (12 Disciples Song )

– How do we hear sound? How does thunder shake the ground?

 

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of January 21st is Ryland

– January 29th– February 2nd is Catholic School week

 

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

 

 

 

January 12, 2018

First graders have been busy at work. In science, we began a new unit all about sound and light waves. Students compared the sound of glasses filled with different water levels and built rubber band guitars to listen for pitch and vibrations. Students also learned about imagery and began writing color poems. We also listened to stories of Martin Luther King, Jr. Students retold and illustrated Jesus lost in the temple and continued learning about adjectives and poetry.

100 Day Project: The 100th day of school is fast approaching. To celebrate, students are asked to collect 100 words from magazines, newspapers, etc. Students will record their words on the homework grid and then use them to design a poster. Words can be arranged in a word, picture, pattern, or design of your choosing. Posters should be no larger than 35” x 25”. Posters and word lists are due February 12th.

Field Trip Chaperones

Please let me know if you would like to chaperone (drive) at our next field trip on Friday, March 2nd to the Pacific Science Center. We will be attending the Polar Science Weekend stations there and watching an IMAX film on habitat.

 Questions to Ask

– Who was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Why is he so important?

– What color was your poem about?

– How do we hear sound? Why does pitch change?

 

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of January 15th is Sophie

– No school on Monday, January 15th (Martin Luther King Jr. Day).

– January 29th– February 2nd is Catholic School week

 

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

 

 

January 5, 2018

Happy New Year and Happy Epiphany! I hope you all had a blessed Christmas and some peaceful family time together. Your children have enjoyed sharing vacation stories with their classmates and me. The year began with a review of school and classroom rules. This week the first graders identified The Holy Family and learned about Epiphany. In math, students are continuing subtraction to 20. We also reviewed the definition of an adjective and used a mentor text to create a winter adjective word bank.

During the last week of January, we celebrate Catholic Schools Week. Please join us for 10:30 Mass on Sunday, January 28th.   Following the service, teachers will be in their classrooms for an all school Open House. I hope you will be able to join us. During that week I would like to invite several parents to come talk about vocations with the class. If you are interested in visiting the class to share a little about what you do, please let me know.

Comfort Kits

In the New Year we are reviewing safety procedures and want to make sure we are prepared for all potential events. Comfort kits are an important part of this preparation for your child. If you have not yet sent one in, please do so as soon as possible. Thanks!

Comfort Kit Contents:

socks, beanie, cup, flashlight, wipes, family pictures, letter from parents

 

New Year Assessments

This week students completed a reading fluency test. This assessment helps teachers ensure students are being met where they are and challenged appropriately. There may be slight changes in reading groups to meet all students’ needs. Next week first graders will take the STAR reading assessment; we will share data results when they are available.

 

Questions to Ask

– Who is in the Holy Family?

– What is your new years resolution?

– What is an adjective?

 

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of January 8th is Charlotte.

– No school on Monday, January 15th (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

– As your child is becoming more independent, please check that he/she can tie his/her shoes and zip up his/her jacket and remembers to pack a snack and water bottle daily.

 

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