February 23, 2018

What a short and productive week in first grade! We learned and drew the different levels of a pond, learned key terms in pond habitat, and drew pictures of plants and animals that live in the pond. We learned in depth Stations 1 and 2 as part of first grade religion. Today we attended the Stations of the Cross at church. This is a beautiful tradition of the church for Fridays of Lent.

Lent Rice Bowl: Rice bowls were sent home last week at the start of Lent. It is 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.

This week we heard of a story of hope from Iraq. Below is the link to the story; the page also has a simple Iraqi recipe for the week that your family is encouraged to try- Lablabi Soup.

 

A Story of Hope from Iraq

 

Field Trip Notes:

Thank you to the following parents who volunteered to drive: Mrs. Aguila, Mrs. McCormick, Mrs. Feeman, Mrs. Dacquisto, Mr. Turner, Mrs. Walley, Ms. Yee, and Mrs. Kane. I need a few more parents to help out! This is a cool field trip and it is easier if I can have 2 parents per group.

Attention Chaperones: Please make sure to complete the “Driver Information Sheet” that was sent home today in your child’s folder today. You will receive more detailed information about the field trip early next week. Thanks for volunteering!

All Parents:  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 2:00 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 26!

Grandparents’ and Friends’ Day: Grandparents’ and Friends’ Day is Thursday, March 22nd. 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.

 

 

Questions to Ask:

– What animal lives in a pond? What is one of the levels in a pond?

– Try different strategies to solve subtraction problems to 20.

 

Special Notes:

– Star Dolphin for the week of February 26 is Lily

– Field trip to the Pacific Science Center Friday, March 2

– 1st and 7th grades are hosting Stations of the Cross Soup Supper on Friday, March 2 at 7pm

 

 

 

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 15, 2018

It was an exciting, productive week in first grade. Students celebrated the 100th day of school with games and 100 themed activities including writing what they would do at 100 years old. Did you check out their 100 year old photos taken using an aging app? Our eighth grade buddies visited and in 20 minutes they read close to 100 books. By the end of the day we had read 290! The first graders celebrated St. Valentine’s Day on Tuesday where they passed out cards, counted and sorted sweethearts, and had a party. Wednesday was Ash Wednesday where we gathered together at Mass to begin the Lenten season. Today we came up with 10 promises to change our heart for Jesus. Some examples included pray more, go to Mass, read Bible stories, collect money for the Rice Bowl, and be kind to others at recess.

Field Trip Note: Please be sure to return permission slips as soon as possible. I am still missing many forms! 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. Thank you!

Thank you to the following parents who volunteered to drive: Mrs. Aguila, Mrs. McCormick, Mrs. Feeman, Mrs. Dacquisto, Mr. Turner, and Mrs. Kane. I need a few more parents to help out! This is a cool field trip and it is easier if I can have 2 parents per group.

 

Homework Note: Due to the short week next week there will be NO HOMEWORK! J

 

Questions to Ask:

– 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?

-What is your Lent promise?

 

Special Notes:

-Star Dolphin for February 21 is Lizah. No Star Dolphin for the rest of the week.

– Turn in Field Trip Permission slips and $ as soon as possible!

-No school on February 16 – February 21

Please do not order hot lunch for March 2 (Field Trip day)

 

 

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

 

February 9, 2018

What an amazing week! First graders began studying habitats in science. We discussed what a habitat provides for animals and made observations about the different categories of habitats. In math, students continued learning subtraction strategies. First graders also eagerly shared all of their musical instruments and described how they build the creations. We could start a band!

Lent starts next week.  Remember to have your child wear dress uniform on February 14 for Ash Wednesday Mass. For homework I sent home a Lent calendar of ideas for your family (2 sides).  Keep this in a safe place until April!  February 13 is when we will celebrate our Valentine’s Day.  If possible, please bring your cards by Monday in a bag labeled with your name.  February 11 is the 100th day of school.  Please bring your 100 word poster to school on Monday.

 Field Trip Note: Friday, March 2nd is our field trip to the Pacific Science Center. Please DO NOT order hot lunch for that day. Permission slips are coming home today! Don’t forget to fill out both sides and turn in the $13 fee (check made out to St. John School or cash).  If you are volunteering for the field trip, please send in $9.50 fee.  If this is your first time volunteering for our field trip, please check to see if you have completed your Safe Environment Training.  Permission slips are due February 15!

 Calling all volunteers! Thank you to Mrs. Dacquisto, Mr. Turner, and Mrs. Kane for volunteering to drive to the Science Center. In order to make this field trip successful I need 7 more drivers! If you are available to drive or help with a small group, please email me. Thank you!

Class Management System: Today we began a new plan for the entire class. The students are having trouble remembering to raise their hands and stop talking when a teacher asks for their attention. So as a result each student will have BLURT cubes on his/her desk. When a student forgets to raise his hand or doesn’t stop to listen, he will “change a cube”. If students don’t blurt out and have all letters at the end of the day, they receive “Blurt Dessert” cards. This does not mean they earn desserts from you. The cards are the “prize.” If all letters are gone before the end of the day, students will write “Blurt Alert” notes home to their parents explaining how they can do better the next time. My goal is to have all students develop good listening skills so they are prepared for second grade. If you have any questions about this new system, please let me know! Thank you for your support.

 

Questions to Ask

– Can you solve this problem? 5 + ___=13

– How can you use 7+7=14 to solve 14-7=___

– What were some of the materials you saw used to create an instrument?

– What are the four things that a Habitat provides?

 

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of February 11, plus a day the following week is Lizah.

– Valentine’s Day Party is Tuesday, February 13

-Ash Wednesday Mass is February 14 (wear dress uniform)

– No school Friday, 2/16 – Tuesday, 2/20 for faculty retreat and winter holiday.

-Permission Slips sent home today for our Friday, March 2nd Field Trip

 

 

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 2, 2018

Catholic Schools Week was a huge success! Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers this week. I am so blessed to be able to teach your wonderful children. It was fun to see mini-Miss Feeney’s walking around. Apparently I wear a lot of snow hats! 🙂

Happy Student Appreciation Day! In honor of all their hard work the students enjoyed a spaghetti lunch, performed a dance at the Homecoming game, and everyone participated in Fun Friday!

Thank you Mrs. Feeman, Mr. Diefenbach, and Dr. Yanik 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. You may want to start early so that the activity is fun and not dreaded. I attached a class list to the weekly homework to help you. Mrs. Peoples’ list is on the back if your child would like to include them but it is optional. I encourage your children not to bring candy on this day if possible. Thank you! We will celebrate Tuesday, February 13th.

Questions to Ask

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

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

– Use the strategy count back to subtract to solve this problem. 12-4.

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of February 5th is Jack.

– Musical instrument project due Monday, February 5th. The first graders will bring their instruments and have a chance to share and perform during music class.

– 100th Day Project due Monday, February 12th

-Ash Wednesday on Wednesday, February 14th, Dress Uniform please

-SweatHeart Dance on Friday, February 9th at 6:30pm in Egan Hall

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