May 31, 2019

First Grade Dolphin News

First Grade had a great shortened week.  The students learned about the Bible where we focused on the 4 Gospel writers; Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John.  Then at Mass on Ascension Thursday, Fr. Crispin talked about these 4 important evangelists. The first graders wrapped up their composite 3 dimensional shapes and began their final habitat focus on Oceans!  The Edmonds Park Ranger came and presented information to prepare them for their field trip.  Please remember to check your child’s folder daily; there are lots of important items that will be coming home over the next few weeks of school.  Thanks!

 

Math Chapter Packets

I sent home the last few chapters your children completed.  If you notice “Complete and Return”, please do so at home and bring back to school.  Otherwise keep the extra pages we did not do for practice as needed.

 

Habitat Day

On Monday, June 10th, students will meet in Egan Hall first thing in the morning. Please bring your 3D model and report to Egan Hall. Mrs. Peoples and I will be there at 8:05 to help students get set up. Students who are coming from XDC will be escorted to Egan Hall. Parents are invited to tour habitat projects at the end of the day from 2:30 – 3:00. If you are unable to make it at the end of the day, we will be showing our habitats to visiting classes from 10:00 – 11:00, 1:00-1:45, and 2:00 – 3:00.  At 3:00 you can take the habitat models home!

 

Field Trip:

Friday, June 14th the first grade is headed to Brackett’s Landing in Edmonds for a Ranger Beach Walk at low tide from about 9:00am-12:30pm.  Your child may be in free dress this day, but will need to wear rubber boots and please make sure they are otherwise dressed appropriately for that day’s weather.  We will go rain or shine and will be wading in tide pools!

We will eat lunch there so please send a disposable sack lunch with your child. (also pack a separate snack for your child to eat when we return to school) Please drop off booster seats (if your child requires one) in the hallway near our classroom in the morning and make sure your booster is labeled with your name!

If you have not already done so, please turn in permission slips ASAP, thanks!  

 

 

Convention List For Habitat Project

 

Labels – It helps me name a picture and its parts.

 

Photographs – It helps me understand exactly what something looks like

 

Captions – It helps me better understand a picture.

 

Comparisons – It helps me understand the size of one thing by comparing it to the size of something I know.

 

Cutaways – It helps me see something from the inside.

 

Maps – It helps me find where something is in the world.

 

Types of print – It helps me by signaling, “Look at me! I’m important!”

 

Close-ups – It helps me see details in something small.

 

Tables of contents – It helps me identify key topics in the order of the book.

 

Index – It helps me find important things in the book in ABC order.

 

Glossary – It helps me know the meaning of the words from the book.

 

 

Questions to Ask

-What is a composite three-dimensional shape?

-Why did we celebrate Mass this week?

-What was your favorite part of the class Ranger visit?

 

Special Notes:

Habitat Day is June 10th in Egan Hall

-All Library books due Friday, June 7th

-Field Trip to Brackett’s Landing Beach Ranger Walk, June 14th

-Last Day of School, Wednesday June 19th – 10:30am dismissal

 

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

-use conjunctions and determiners. L.1.1

-capitalize dates and names of people. L.1.2

-punctuate sentences. 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 24, 2019

First Grade Dolphin News

It’s hard to believe that we have just over 3 weeks of school left.  Everyone seems to be feeling it with a lot of excitement and anticipation! They thoroughly enjoyed participating in Tuesday’s Spring Sing concert and wrapping up their unit on Polar habitats this week.  Thank you to Mrs. Overland for a great summer art lesson where students created paper sunglasses with their favorite activities and portraits to go with them. Today, the first graders enjoyed their camping day with s’mores, building igloos, and watching a movie with popcorn.

Field Trip:

Friday, June 14th the first grade is headed to the Brackett’s Landing in Edmonds for a Ranger Beach Walk at low tide from about 9:00am-12:30pm. Permission slips have gone home today, please complete both sides and return Permission Slips and $6 fee by next Friday the 31st.  Also, please remember not to buy hot lunch for Friday, June 14th.  Thanks!

 

Jog-A-Thon Art Contest:

All students grades PK-7 are encouraged to submit artwork to Señor Pablo or the school office by Friday, May 31st.  Two designs will be chosen to represent the 2019 Jog-a-thon (t-shirt and poster).   Winners will receive a Scrip card of their choice for $25!

Artwork should be hand drawn by the student in one-color ink.

Email the Jog-a-thon Team at fundraising@st-johnschool.org if you have any questions.

 

Summer Conferences

Change of plans!  Your child does NOT need to attend the summer conference.  I had a chance to go over the summer contract with each student and I can share what he/she planned for the summer.  Thank you for signing up!

 

 

Questions to Ask:

-What was your favorite part of the Spring Sing Concert?

-Name several 3-dimensional shapes.

-What did you learn about the Polar habitat this week?

 

 

Special Notes:

-Garden Party, May 25th 8:00-2:00

-No School Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day

-All School Mass, Dress Uniform Thursday, May 30th

-Optional Summer Conferences 5/29-6/7

-Habitat Day, Monday June 10th

-Field Trip to the Tide Pools is June 14th

-School’s Out Grill’s Out, June 15th

 

 

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

-capitalize dates and names of people. L.1.2

-punctuate sentences. 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

-put three objects in order from longest to shortest. 1.MD.1

-tell the length of an object using whole numbers. 1.MD. 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 17, 2019

First Grade Dolphin News

We had a great week!  The first graders learned about Good Shepherd Sunday where they watched a video of a farmer calling his sheep like Jesus calls us.  Then they continued studying about Mary when she appeared to three kids in Fatima and started learning about the rosary.  In math students learned about 2 dimensional shapes and fractions.  This week students gave their best effort on the MAP test this week.  I am so proud of all the progress they have made this year!

Habitat Project Information

This week the first graders picked their habitats.  Now they are ready to begin their project.  The first task is to fill out the green Habitat-Planning Sheet by MONDAY, May 20.  Check the attached list (homework) to know what habitat your child is studying.  Your planning sheet needs to be approved by your teacher.  For example, if a student chooses a dolphin, it would be not be approved because there are too many types of dolphins.  If a student chooses a spinner dolphin it will be approved.  Please do not begin research or building your habitat until you get the approval from your teacher!  Please keep the pink TO DO list at home.  It gives important due dates and goals to help keep your child on track for the project

Spring Sing Concert:

The primary spring concert will be Tuesday, May 21st at 6:00pm in Egan Hall.  Please dress up in Spring Concert Attire, for example: dresses, skirts, boys should wear a shirt with a collar (uniform shorts ok too). 1st and 2nd graders please meet in your classroom between 5:40-5:45 pm.  Please email Mrs. Tsagalakis if your child is not able to join us for the concert. ptsagalakis@st-johnschool.org

Field Trip:

Friday, June 14th the first grade is headed to the Brackett’s Landing in Edmonds for a Ranger Beach Walk at low tide. The walk will be from 9:45-10:30am. We will also eat lunch there after the walk.  Permission slips will be sent home next week. The complete field trip should be from about 9:00am-12:30pm.  Thank you to the parents who signed up to volunteer.  If you still want to join us, please email me!

 

Jog-A-Thon Art Contest:

All students grades PK-7 are encouraged to submit artwork to Señor Pablo or the school office by Friday, May 31st.  Two designs will be chosen to represent the 2019 Jog-a-thon (t-shirt and poster).   Winners will receive a Scrip card of their choice for $25! Artwork should be hand drawn by the student in one-color ink. Email the Jog-a-thon Team at fundraising@st-johnschool.org if you have any questions.

 

 

Questions to Ask

-What are equal parts?

-Name a shape with less than 4 vertices.

-What is one of the prayers in the Rosary?

 

Special Notes:

Star Dolphins for the week of May 20 are Kaia (Monday), Sammy (Tuesday), Brooklyn (Wednesday), and Lola (Thursday)

-Primary Spring Concert, Tuesday May 21st is at 6:00pm

-No School Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day

-All School Art Show, May 30th

-All School Mass, May 30- Dress Uniform

-Habitat Day, Monday June 10th

-Field Trip to the Tide Pools is June 14th

 

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

-use conjunctions and determiners. L.1.1

-capitalize dates and names of people. L.1.2

-punctuate sentences. 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 10, 2019

First Grade Dolphin News

Happy Mother’s Day to all you amazing moms!  We hope you will enjoy the gift your children created this week.  Enjoy this special day! This week we wrapped up our study of the Grasslands and look forward to exploring the Polar Habitat over the next two weeks.

As the year winds down, I encourage you to check in with your child to ensure he/she is able to work independently. Can he/she tie shoes? Work alone for 15 minutes? We are working hard to be sure we are ready for second grade.

Summer Solutions:

Summer Solutions books are available for order!  Each book costs $13.00. See the attached to order using the code listed. Orders will be shipped to Miss Gudaitis and delivered to students before school dismisses for holidays. Please be aware – the Code for ordering expires Sunday, May 12th!

Summer Conference Sign Ups:

At this time of year I like to offer optional conferences.  These are meant to discuss concerns, progress, and preparation for second grade over the summer in partnership with your child’s summer contract.

If you don’t wish to schedule a conference or are unable to find a time slot please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns.

The Sign-Up Genius Link is here: Sign Up Link

 

Save the Date:

We will be having our final Field Trip on Friday, June 14th.  Please save the date if you would like to chaperone- we will need at least 5 parent chaperones as we explore the tide pools on a ranger walk at Edmonds Brackett’s Landing Park.

 

Questions to Ask:

-What is something helpful you can do for Mother’s Day?

-What is a plane shape? How many vertices does a square have? Triangle?

-What is something interesting you learned about the grasslands?

 

Special Notes:

-Star Dolphins for the week of May 13 are Molly (Monday), Angelina (Tuesday), Sam (Wednesday), Phoebe (Thursday), and Atticus (Friday)

Primary Spring Concert, Tuesday May21st at 6:00pm

-No School Monday, May 27th for Memorial Day

-Field Trip to the Tide Pools is June 14th

 

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

-tell about shapes and build and draw shapes. 1.G.1

-make two and three-dimensional shapes. 1.G.2

-use shapes to make new shapes. 1.G.2

-divide shapes into parts. 1.G.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 3, 2019

First Grade Dolphin News

May is here! We are officially 32 school days away from second grade! Second grade is a big jump for some students. Students are expected to be independent, self-directed, make good choices, and display proper classroom behavior. Take time to check in with your child and assess their readiness and feelings about this big accomplishment.

This week students participated in the crowning of Mary. First graders brought flowers for Mary and beautifully helped lead one decade of the rosary at church. Students also began their study of the grasslands habitat and learned how to tell time on the analog clock to the hour and half hour.

Along with the habitat unit, students are learning the conventions or features of nonfiction books.  Mrs. Longton had the first graders check out nonfiction books as their second book for the week. See below for the list of conventions they have learned the past few weeks.  Can they find them in their nonfiction books?

Labels – help the reader identify a picture of photograph and/or its parts

Photographs – help the reader understand exactly what something looks like

Comparisons – help the reader understand the size of one thing by comparing it to the size of something familiar

Maps – help the reader understand where things are in the world

Close-ups – help the reader see details in something small

Index – an alphabetical list of almost everything covered in the text, with page numbers

Glossary – helps the reader define words contained in the text

Student Photo Essay Contest (optional): In your child’s folder today you will find an information sheet about the school wide photo contest.  All students are invited to participate, but it is not required.  Student submissions are due no later than Friday, May 24th. This contest will coincide with Mrs. Kay’s art show the following week!

Summer Conference:

Keep and eye out in the next week for a summer conference sign up.  These are optional conferences that are meant to discuss concerns, progress, and preparation for second grade over the summer. 

Questions to Ask:

-What prayers do we say in the rosary?

-What time is it?  Change your time to analog time on your phone and test your child!

-What are 2 different names for a grassland habitat?

 

 

Special Notes:

Star Dolphins for the week of May 6: Adaia (Monday), Kate (Tuesday), Peter (Wednesday), Aidan (Thursday), and Alex (Friday)

-MAP testing during the mornings of 5/14 and 5/16

-Memorial Day: No School Monday, May 27th

 

 

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

-tell about shapes and build and draw shapes. 1.G.1

-make two and three-dimensional shapes. 1.G.2

-use shapes to make new shapes. 1.G.2