April 27, 2018

We had a busy week with an Author and Illustrator visit, Poem in Your Pocket Day, and planting potatoes with Mrs. Aguila for next year’s first grade to enjoy. In math, first graders wrapped up graphing and 3-dimensional shapes. In science students completed their second week of study on the ocean habitat with a water layers experiment (water bottle), painted jellyfish, and created seahorses using newspaper and watercolors!

 

Thank you Mrs. Aguila for helping us plant and teaching us about potatoes!

 

Habitat Day

Last week information was sent home regarding Habitat Day. Please make sure to read the pink “To Do List” all the way through. Please make sure to return the green habitat-planning sheet ASAP so that teachers can approved/not approved the animal choice. Please do not begin research or building your habitat until you get approval from your teacher. On May 23rd, 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.

 

ZOO Field Trip on May 29th!

We will leave for the zoo around 9:15 on May 29 and return by 1:00. We will have lunch there so please cancel any hot lunch orders for this day by today (4/27) at 11:58pm! Field Trip Permission slips will go home next Friday, May 4th. Please fill out both sides and return it by Friday, May 11th. Are you interested in volunteering for our very last field trip of first grade? Email me! We are doing our very own Amazing Race at the zoo. Come join us!

 

Author Visit and Book Fair:

We thoroughly enjoyed our Author and Illustrator visit this week. There are still 2 copies left of What If, so if your looking for one please get in touch with Mrs. Bodmer at mbodmer@st-johnschool.org

Scholastic Book Fair will also be running afterschool from May 16th-18th!

 

Questions to Ask:

-What habitat do you have for habitat day?

-Name the zones of the ocean. Show off your water bottle.

-Tell names of some 3-dimensional shapes.

Special Notes:

– Star Dolphins for the week of April 30 are Skylar (Monday), Michela (Tuesday), Evelyn (Wednesday), Nico (Thursday), and Hannah (Friday). No sharing or poster this time. The students get to lead calendar, be first in line, and first to do anything!

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

– Spring Concert is on Tuesday, May 8 at 7:00 (Egan Hall)

 

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 20, 2018

This week we dove into exploring the Ocean Habitat. We discussed the layers of the ocean and saw videos of dolphins surfing, the biggest fish in the world, and newly discovered animals in the Atlantic Ocean! We wrapped up a math focus on data and graphing and next week we will begin a unit on three-dimensional shapes! We also enjoyed watching some amazing jump ropers at our Jump Rope For Heart assembly. To learn more about the program see the information packet sent home in folders on Thursday.

A huge THANK YOU to Mr. Turner, Cullen’s dad, for presenting amazing pictures and information about his work in Antarctica to the whole first grade!

 Beatitudes

The first graders learned about the “Secret to Happiness” with the 8 Beatitudes. They made a book of flowers that go with each one. Check out their books!

Spelling Test Change

Starting last week I added a spelling sentence to the spelling test. Each week the first grade teachers will give 10 words and a sentence. The sentence is worth 5 points. One point for a capital letter, one point for punctuation, and three points for words spelled correctly. This will help with the grade “applies spelling words in writing”. Also it will help reinforce using correct punctuation and capitalization.

Habitat Day

Today information was sent in your homework packet regarding Habitat Day. Please take a moment to read the pink “To Do List” all the way through. The green habitat-planning sheet will be sent home with a note if it was approved/not approved. For example if our 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 23rd, 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.

Poem in Your Pocket Day: It is National Poetry Month and there is a great Nation Wide Event called Poem in your Pocket Day that we would like to participate in. On April 25th, we will all select a poem, carry it with us, and share it with others. It will be so fun if everybody on campus participates and shares poems throughout the day with the kids and the kids can share with one another.

Thank You for Care Bags: The care bags were delivered this week to those in need and because there were so many given, the residents were able to cover Ballard and give to people downtown too. See the website for pictures of the distribution!

Special Notes:

-Class Mass on April 25th is canceled due to a funeral

-Star Dolphin for the week of April 23 is Luke

– Remember to read Book Bag assignments over the weekends!

-See email for Habitat Choices for the Habitat Project

 

 

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 13, 2018

Welcome to the wonderful season of Easter. The Church celebrates for the next 50 days! Alleluia! The students came back rested and ready to learn. In math, first graders wrapped up geometry and fractions. In science we continued our habitat unit on the Polar habitat with a focus on Antarctica. Our culminating activity was polar art , either arctic (polar bears) or Antarctic (penguins) depending on the student’s opinion of which was the best polar region. Students learned about the 4 gospels, virtue of justice, and learned about Divine Mercy Sunday (see attached prayer on email).

 

Habitat Day and Project: Save the date! May 23 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. I will send home a Habitat Planning Sheet for your child to complete next week!

 

Denim & Diamonds Auction

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 3010)

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 18 from 4:30-6:00. 

 

 

Miss Feeney’s 1st Grade Project

“A Dolphin in Flight”

Miss Feeney’s 1st grade class presents: “A Dolphin in Flight”. This mosaic masterpiece features a majestic dolphin leaping into the air in view of a blazing sunrise while the waves of the ocean lap eagerly at the dolphin’s fluke, inviting it to return to the sea. This whimsical piece represents the first grade journey (lovingly reflected by their class mascot, Bob the Dolphin) as they navigate the water towards 2nd grade. The intricate tile design, painstakingly created by their hands, shimmers and sparkles in the sunlight and is certain to bring joy to those who gaze upon it.

Value: Cheerful Dolphins at Work and Play

 

 

 

Questions to Ask:

-In your opinion what polar habitat do you think is the best?

-Name one gospel.

-What is your favorite geometric shape?

-What is a half? Fourths?

-What prayer can we say at 3:00 pm.? (Jesus I trust in you)

Special Notes:

– Star Dolphin for next week: Thane

– April 25th Class Mass CANCELLED due to funeral

-Friday, April 20th School Auction: Denim and Diamonds

 

 

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

-compose two-dimensional shapes to create a composite shape.1M.1.G.A.2

-partition circles into two and four equal shares.1.G.A.3