October 26, 2018

First Grade Dolphin News

We had a great short week of school!  The first graders began their unit on Patterns in the Sky. They learned facts about a great star called the Sun.  On Thursday, I taught the VIRTUS Safety Lesson.  They colored a sheet on boundaries.  The students will continue safety with a lesson on Halloween Safety, Fire safety, and Safe Adults next week.

I started a new “project” for the first graders.  I noticed many students being bossy to each other so we talked about how we can go with the flow and help each other in kind ways. They made jellyfish because they “go with the flow”.  You will notice them hanging in our classroom.  Each student has a set of unifix cubes with BOSSY on them.  If students are bossy, they need to “turn a cube”.  If students don’tturn any cubes, they get stickers for their jellyfish.  Once their jellyfish are filled with stickers, they can take them home because they can “go with the flow”.   If a student loses all cubes, he or she will write a note home promising to do better.

The students worked on “making 10” to add faster.  Next week we will finish the Addition to 20 with a test and begin Place Value.  To prepare for this unit, it is important that your children can count by 1’s, 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s to 120.

A HUGE “thank you” to middle school and Mrs. Halley for an incredible Halloween Carnival today.  It was lots of fun and great to see the students in costume.

Thank you for the beautiful bouquet of flowers!  What a wonderful surprise from a generous class! 

I look forward to meeting with you in conferences, remember conferences are in our classroom and your child does attend. 

 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.

Field Trip Information

Field Trip permission slips for our trip to the SAM on Friday, November 16th were sent home today.  Please sign both sides, send in a labeled envelope with the $10 fee in cash or check (made out to St. John School) and return by Friday, November 2nd.   Parent chaperones do not need to pay for themselves.  If you are interested in chaperoning we still have room, let me know ASAP!

 

Special Notes

-Sean is Star Dolphin the week of October 29th

No School and Conferences: October 29th and November 5th

-Dress Uniform on Thursday, November 1st

– Field Trip to Seattle Art Museum (11/16/18)

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 19, 2018

First Grade Dolphin News

Congratulations! We exceeded our Jog-a-thon goal. Thank you for all of your hard work and support for St. John School.  We celebrated today with a school assembly and free dress.  This week the students learned about the “marketplace” and how it provides for our needs and wants.  The first graders finished their unit on Engineering and Technology.  They used the design process to build houses in Florida that won’t get blown away from Hurricanes.  We tested it using a hair dryer.  They did an amazing job!  In math, they continued to learn different addition strategies; counting on, using a number line, counting on with pennies, and adding doubles.  See this fun song to help your children remember their doubles!  Doubles Rap

MAP and STAR standardized test scores are being sent home today, if you have questions please bring them to conferences.  Please keep all scores at home, they don’t need to be returned. Thanks! For more clarification on the terms in these results please see the pages below:

MAP:  https://www.nwea.org/content/uploads/2016/06/Parent-Guide-to-MAP.pdf

 STAR:  http://doc.renlearn.com/kmnet/r001316312gb442f.pdf

Reading Assessments

First grade students are given a variety of reading assessments throughout the school year. One test students are administered is the STAR reading assessment, which is given to first and second graders. The STAR reading assessment is a computer-based test that helps determine the 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.  For more clarification on the terms in the test results please see:

 

Unity Day

We are celebrating Unity Day on Wed. Oct. 24, a day that promotes acceptance, kindness and inclusion Orange is the color of Unity, so please help your children find something orange at home to wear on Oct. 24 (free dress if you wear something orange!).   Our 8th graders will be fanning into the younger classrooms, teaching lessons on friendship, acceptance, kindness and inclusion.

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 25th, 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.

Halloween Carnival

Middle school students will be hosting a Halloween Carnival on Friday, October 26th from 1:00-3:00.  Your child is welcome to come to school in a costume and all will enjoy some Halloween Fun and games! Please see the peach flyer in your child’s folder today for more details on costume dress code.  Thanks!

 

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 Mrs. Jessup to discuss the Thinking About Me form and an SLE (Schoolwide Learning Expectation) assessment teachers completed. 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!

 

Questions to Ask

– What is a consumer, what is a producer?

– Did your house get blown away?  What did you do to redesign it?

–  What is a strategy you learned to use when adding?

 

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of October 23 is Soren

No School, Monday October 22nd

– Individual Pictures on Tuesday, October 23rd

– Conferences October 29th and November 5th

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

S.L.E.s

– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.

 

 

October 12, 2018

First Grade Dolphin News

Congratulations Eagles! We exceeded our Jog-a-thon goal. Thank you for all of your hard work and support for St. John School. The first graders were amazing at mass Wednesday. They sang, responded, and greeted the school with a tambourine procession. Also, this week students took their first math test on addition to 10 (see folders for tests results) and began a new unit on addition strategies to 20 (counting on using counters and number lines).  In Science, the first graders became engineers who solved a problem of building a house with popsicle sticks.

Prayerful Students

You may start noticing crosses made by your children on top of papers or worksheets.  One way we can pray for our classmates, families, and communities is to take our assignments and turn them into prayers.  For example, a student can write a cross on top of their spelling test with a name of a classmate who is sick and needs our prayers.  It encourages us to do our best because now our worksheets are prayers!

Schoolwide Learning Expectations (SLE)

The first graders learned why we learn different things.  We want them to be active learners, Christ centered people and empowered disciples.  When I teach a lesson, the first graders have SLE bookmarks on their desks that show which one they are working on for the lesson.

Conference Notes

Thank you to those who have already signed up.  These are parent, student, teacher conferences. Your child is requested to attend. Each conference is 15 minutes with a 5-minute passing period between. Parents and child will meet with Mrs. Jessup to discuss the Thinking About Me form and an SLE (Schoolwide Learning Expectation) assessment teachers completed. Students will set a goal for the year and then listen to a story on the iPad while parents continue the conference.

Reading Bags

Your child will be bringing home their “book bag” this week.  Instructions will be included inside.  Please don’t read ahead.  I use the stories to teach different strategies. If students read ahead, it’s hard to practice reading unknown words or retelling the story if they already read it with you.  Please return the bags every Monday even if you didn’t have a chance to read over the weekend because we use them in reading groups.  Thank you!

Unity Day

We are celebrating Unity Day on Wed. Oct. 24, a day that promotes acceptance, kindness and inclusion Orange is the color of Unity, so please help your children find something orange at home to wear on Oct. 24 (free dress if you wear something orange!).  Our 8th graders will be fanning into the younger classrooms, teaching lessons on friendship, acceptance, kindness and inclusion.

 

Questions to Ask

– How was Mass?

– What number do you add on from in an addition sentence?

– What does an engineer do?

Special Notes

-Star Dolphin for the week of October 15 is Archie

-Free Dress for Reaching our Jog-a-thon Goal on Friday, October 19

-Individual Pictures on Tuesday, October 23rd

-Conferences October 29th and November 5th

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

S.L.E.s

– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.

 

 

October 5, 2018

First Grade Dolphin News

It was a great week in first grade!  Students put forth their best effort during MAP testing.  They learned how to be better spellers in Word Work and practice their comprehension by checking for understanding when they Read to Someone (Daily 5 choices).  In religion, students celebrated feast days of St. Therese, Guardian Angels, and the three Archangels; St. Michael, St. Raphael, and St. Gabriel. Students finished their unit on adding to 10 by making true/false number sentences and found the missing addends.  Next Monday they will take their first math test for Chapter 1.

Mass

On Wednesday, October 10th 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!

Volunteers

The following parents (and one grandparent!) have signed up to volunteer for the Field Trip to the Seattle Art Museum on November 16:  Jennifer Bachhuber, Erika Lawrence, Gayle Ogden, Liz Overland, Alan Kidney, Katie Masiello, Robin Vega, and Anna McCarthy.

Thank you to the parents who signed up on the Classroom Volunteer link.  If you are interested in helping out, please check my website and see the link First Grade Volunteers.

Thank you to the Lawrences for taking on the room parent job!  They will keep you informed of the many exciting events throughout the year.

 We need notebooks for our Math Writing time.  Please send a single subject, wide ruled spiral notebook to school with your child by Monday, October 8!  Thank you! 

 

Questions to Ask

-Is this true or false? 3+5=9, 5+5=10, 3=3?

– What is an engineer?

– Do you know the Guardian angel prayer?

 

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of October 8 is Rylie

– Dress uniform Wednesday 10/10 for Mass

 

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.