September 27, 2019

First Grade Dolphin News

It was a great week in first grade! The students started spelling groups this week and settled in to the format of the spelling instruction. In Math this week, first graders learned how to add both side to side (horizontal equations) as well as up and down (vertical equations). They practiced adding using dominoes! In Religion, they learned about how to be a follower of Jesus and that ALL THINGS are possible with God.  They also learned about St. Mother Teresa and made their first saint prayer cards. The class has also been working towards displaying this month’s fruit of the Holy Spirit, which is Kindness. Students can earn a fruit on our Kindness Tree in the primary hallway. The class also learned listening skills as well as skills to use to focus from the Second Step curriculum. Next week, they will write dolphin facts that they have learned the past few weeks. Today was their first spelling test and students gave their best effort!  All tests will be sent home the following Friday in your child’s folder.

 

Reminders for every day:

Please send a water bottle with your child every day!

Please send in your child’s daily folder every day!

Please send in a snack for your child every day!

Please send a coat or jacket every day!

Jog-a-Thon

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the Jog-a-Thon! It looks like we are in the running for the silly string show down! Our class won the most laps in primary and earned a movie and popcorn party! Keep those pledges coming!

Field Trip – Chaperone Request

Please let me know via email if you are interested in chaperoning/driving on our Field Trip on Friday, November 15th for our field trip to the Seattle Art Museum.  We are still in need of several more drivers/chaperones! Thank you to parents who have offered to help out.

MAP Testing

We will be doing MAP testing on Monday, Oct. 7th and Wednesday, Oct. 9th.  We want everyone to put forth their best effort, so please make sure your child gets a good night sleep and a healthy breakfast

Mass

On Wednesday, October 16th we will have the Fulcrum Foundation visit our school. We will have a school mass at 9:00am. Please make sure your child is in dress uniform!

 

Questions to Ask

– What is the sum in an addition problem?

-How can you praise God this weekend?

-What are some listening rules we learned from our friend Snail?

 

Did you know?

Any adventure or activity that invites exploration, discovery, asking questions, sharing thoughts, and explaining what they know will engage six-year-olds.

 

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of September 30th is Tyger

– Dress uniform Wednesday 10/16 for Mass

-Please send in emergency kits for your child ASAP, thank you!

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

September 20, 2019

First Grade Dolphin News

The first graders ran their hearts out today at the Jog-a-Thon! Way to go, first grade!!  This week, first graders continued to practice building stamina during Daily 5. They have practiced 3 ways to read to self, including 1) Read the pictures, 2) Read the words, and 3) Retell the story. Students also got to practice choosing good fit books from the classroom library. In religion this week, the first graders continued to learn about the Trinity: God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

The students began math lessons this week, learning all about addition facts. They practiced using math tools to help them solve problems, such as counters and white boards to draw their work. Students learned how to add using “Part, Part, Whole.” They also used pictures to help them solve addition problems. For handwriting this week, first graders learned how to write Frog Jump Capitals and Corner Starting Capitals. They learned how to form “big lines, little lines, big curves and little curves” to form capital letters. First graders also participated in a fine motor skill and pencil grip strengthening activity by using large tweezers to sort pom poms into ice trays.

In science, students learned about the parts of dolphins and made puppets to perform different dolphin actions. They learned that dolphin eyes get smaller when they are at the surface and enlarge underwater. This week, first graders met their 8th grade buddies and were excited to also have a Blanchet Student Aide help in the classroom.

Field Trip – Save the Date

Please let me know via email if you are interested in chaperoning/driving on our Field Trip on Friday, November 15th to the Seattle Art Museum.  I have one parent so far! J

 

Questions to Ask

-What does part-part-whole mean?

-What is one of the dolphin actions?

-How many laps did you run at the jog-a-thon?

 

Special Notes

– Blessing of the Backpacks Sunday, September 22nd at 10:30 a.m. Mass (can wear free dress). Please join us!

-Please bring your child’s earthquake emergency kit to school as soon as you can.

Star Dolphin for the week of September 23rd is Anabelle!

 

Did you Know?

Six-year-olds are often energetic, in a hurry, and exhibit rapid growth. They are often noisy and active and tire easily. They are also very talkative, love new ideas and asking questions. When explaining things, they often use boisterous and enthusiastic language. They love “work” but sometimes take on too much.

 

I Can…

– print my uppercase and lowercase letters. L.1.1

– use context clues to help me understand a new word or words. L.1.4

– follow rules for discussions and talk with others. SL.1.1

– 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

– use strategies to solve addition word problems. 1.OA.1

– count to help me add and subtract. 1.OA.5

– add facts within 20. 1.OA.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

 

S.L.E.s

– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.

 

 

 

September 13, 2019

First Grade Dolphin News

The first graders are off to a good start!  They finished their first full week of school.  They learned the school rules and the class rules (1. Show kindness 2.  Make good choices 3.  Solve problems).  The students are becoming independent learners during Daily 5 as they build their stamina and read pictures (wordless books) and words.  They worked in their Religion books and were asked “Who is God” through artwork called “Holy Trinity”.  The first graders are asking God each morning “What is your plan for me today?”  They are saints-in-training as they strive to be like St. Teresa of Calcutta.  The students practiced letter formation through Frog Jump Capital letters.  Did you know that no letter starts at the bottom?  The first graders became scientists as they studied the different kinds of dolphins.

 

The first graders attended Adoration at church on Thursday.  The church is open from 9:00-12:00 every Thursday where parishioners and students can pray before the blessed sacrament (Jesus!).  We will do this every week. It is amazing to see their reverence in church.

 

Run happy! Please continue to send pledges and donations in through September. Thank you for all of your donations, pledges, and school spirit.   We are over half way to our school goal of $80,000!!!  Our class is in the lead for primary.  We can do it!  Go First Grade!

 

Thank you to all the parents who attended Curriculum Night on Thursday.  Please look over the file of information you received and email me with any questions.

 

Field Trip – Save the Date

Please let me know via email if you are interested in chaperoning/driving on our Field Trip on Friday, November 15th to the Seattle Art Museum.

 

Questions to Ask

-What is the name of your group in class?

-What is one thing you learned about dolphins this week?

-What is Daily 1: Read to self?  What do you get to do during this time?

 

Special Notes

Back to School Night is tonight 5:30-8:00pm!

– Blessing of the Backpacks Sunday, September 22nd at 10:30 a.m. Mass (can wear free dress)

-Please bring your child’s earthquake emergency kit to school as soon as you can.

Star Dolphin for the week of September 23rd is Anabelle!

 

 

Did you Know?

Kids at this age use tantrums, teasing, bossing, complaining, and tattling to try out relationships with authority; learn best when adults understand but do not excessively tolerate this behavior.

 

I Can…

– print my uppercase and lowercase letters. L.1.1

– use context clues to help me understand a new word or words. L.1.4

– follow rules for discussions and talk with others. SL.1.1

– 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

– use strategies to solve addition word problems. 1.OA.1

– count to help me add and subtract. 1.OA.5

– add facts within 20. 1.OA.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

 

S.L.E.s

– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.

 

 

 

September 6, 2019

First Grade Dolphin Newsletter

What an exciting first few days of school! It has been wonderful getting to know the first graders and we are already off to a great start. Here are a few announcements and activities we did this week! Today, your child should have brought home his/her take-home folder with first week’s homework as well as a packet about the Jog-a-Thon.

This week first graders learned all of the new routines in first grade. We have already been working on becoming independent learners. They learned that you can read pictures in books, practiced writing numbers from 1-100, and made self-portraits. In religion, students made birthday books for Ella M. and Niels! First graders also started learning the rules of the school this week as well as our school’s theme this year: BE KIND!

Jog-a-Thon

Today we kicked off our school Jog-a-Thon fundraiser with the Jog-a-Thon assembly! We learned If our class wins first place we will challenge Sr. Pablo and Mrs. O’Leary in the annual Silly String Showdown and earn a class party! Please keep those pledges coming.

Parent Homework 

Please take a moment to visit our class website to fill out the “Introducing your child” form. The form can be found under “Classroom News” on the left-hand side. You can find it by clicking this link: https://grade1b.st-johnschool.org/introducing-your-child-3/ Your responses are sent directly to me. Any information you provide is greatly appreciated and helpful in getting to know your child.

Reading Assessments

First grade students are given a variety of reading assessments in the first weeks of school. Students are given assessments of phonological awareness (rhyming, blending, segmenting), phonics, and fluency. Mrs. McCarthy, our reading specialist, will be in the first grade rooms in the first weeks of school to give students the DIBELS assessment. The DIBELS assesses beginning literacy skills and is used to help determine which students would benefit from participating in her reading intervention groups.

New Pick-Up Location!

We have decided to move our afternoon pickup location from the basketball courts to directly ahead of the north entrance of the school. We will plan to lead first grade lines out the north doors and past the trees, (near the marked handicapped parking spaces on the blacktop). Please do not get your child from the line until the entire class has lined up in this location. We will dismiss your child once you check in with us. Thank you!

Play-Pit After School

A reminder that parents need to be present at the playpit and dismissal is at 3:15 sharp. Please make sure that you are supervising your child after school and be mindful of when its time to leave.

Cross-Country sign up is open!

Please consider signing up your first grader for cross-country! XC is a great way to have fun and get great exercise with your friends. It is also a great way to get ready for the Jog-a-thon. Sign up here: https://st-johnschool.org/student-activities/athletics-2/

 

Questions to Ask

– What is one of our school rules?

– What is our school’s theme this year?

– What have you learned so far in first grade?

 

Special Notes

– Please send in headphones and comfort kits if you have not yet done so.

-Curriculum Night is Thursday, September 12 at 7:00pm.

-Welcome Back BBQ is Friday, September 13 from 5:30pm-8:00pm.

 

Did you know? 

  • At the age of first grade (around ages 6-7), children are more aware of their fingers as tools. They are also learning to distinguish from left and right.
  • Because they are teething, they often chew on pencils, fingernails, hair, books and other objects.
  • 6 year olds thrive on encouragement and are anxious to do well. They enjoy explaining things and sharing about things they like. They are also very ambitious and motivated to learn.

 

From Chip Wood’s book Yardsticks

 

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