October 25, 2019

First Grade Dolphin News

It was a busy week in first grade! This week, I met with first graders in their reading groups. Students will be taking home a book bag today, along with a book and a folder with instructions. Please remember to return the book bags and its contents on Monday. We will be using them for book groups during the week. In religion this week, we started to learn about St. John Paul II. I also taught the Safety lesson on Boundaries this week. Students colored a sheet on boundaries.  The students will continue safety with a lesson on Halloween Safety next week. In math, students learned a new strategy called “counting on.” Students practiced starting with the largest number, and counted on by 1, 2, or 3. First graders had a lot of fun!

Conference Notes

Homework Note: Please have your child fill out the Thinking About Me form in his/her folder and bring this to your conference on Monday.  If you don’t meet with me on Monday, turn it in on Tuesday.  Thank you!

I look forward to meeting with you at conferences! Conferences will be held in the classroom for primary grades. 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 get to color or read while parents continue the conference. 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.

 

Test Scores:

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.

Volunteers

Thank to those who have signed up to volunteer in the classroom! We could still use volunteers for math facts, Daily 5 Listening to reading. See Volunteer links on my website. https://grade1b.st-johnschool.org/first-grade-volunteers/.

Field Trip Notes

Thank you to the following parents who signed up to volunteer on the field trip to SAM: Sue Pierce, Anna Redmond, Sara Dean, Marney Freeland, Trisha Quigley and Julia Rudden.  Good news!  We had a family in our class make a donation so that we can take a school bus to the museum, so the chaperones don’t have to drive any students.  Field trip permission slips will be sent home next week.

Reading Group Book Bags

Students will be taking home a book bag today, along with a book and a folder with instructions. Please remember to return the book bags and its contents on Tuesday. We will be using them for book groups during the week.

Halloween!

Next week on Thursday, Oct. 31st, the 8th graders will be hosting a Halloween Carnival for the primary grades. Students are encouraged to come to school in their Halloween costume! Costumes must allow easy movement by the child (think about recess time and bathroom!). Please no scary costumes, which includes weapons and props. Makeup and masks not allowed. We plan to have our classes as usual up until the carnival at 1:00pm. After our class goes to the Halloween carnival (led by 8th graders), we will come back to the classroom to watch a Halloween movie!

 

Questions to Ask

-What is something you want to get better at this school year?

-Name a count on by 1, 2, or 3 problem.

-Who is St. John Paul II?

Special Notes

 

-Star Dolphin for the week of October 29th is Easton

-No school on Monday, Oct. 28th and Friday, Nov. 11th for conferences.

-School will begin at 9am on October 29th

-Halloween carnival on Oct. 31st

-All Saints Mass is on Friday, November 1st (wear dress uniform)

Did you know…

Students like doing things for themselves; ready to try taking on individual and group responsibility.

 

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.

 

October 18, 2019

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.  The first graders enjoyed movie and popcorn this afternoon for running the most laps in primary.

This week they practiced the earthquake disaster drill, called the “Great Shake Out.” First grade did a great job covering their heads under their desks, and then exiting the building to the holding area. On Wednesday, we had the Fulcrum Foundation visit our school and attend Mass, led by the first graders and their eighth grade buddies. The first graders did a great job! In religion, students continued to learn about creation. In math, first grade finished their first chapter about addition within 10. They ended the chapter with a test today. The first graders continued their social studies unit on Needs and Wants. This week I met with book groups but we did not have a lot of time to practice our new skills due to our schedule this week. Because of this, I will be sending home book bags next week. If your child meets with Mrs. McCarthy, they will be bringing home a book bag today.

STAR Test

Next week we will be taking the STAR standardized test. 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 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: http://doc.renlearn.com/kmnet/r001316312gb442f.pdf

 

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 24th, please sign the form attached to the email this week.  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.

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 wait in the hallway while parents continue the conference. The conference will be held in the classroom. Thank you to everyone who has scheduled conferences already!

 

Questions to Ask

– What is a consumer, what is a producer?

– What is a way to make 10?

–  What does peace mean to you?

 

Special Notes

Star Dolphin for the week of October 21 is Dany

-Individual Pictures on Tuesday, October 22nd (free dress or uniform)

–Conferences October 28th and November 8th  (no school on these days)

-School will begin at 9:00 on October 29th

-Halloween Carnival on October 31st (see flyer for more details)

-All school Mass on November 1st to celebrate All Saints’ Day

 

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 10, 2019

First Grade Dolphins News

It was a busy week in first grade! The first graders took the Reading and Math MAP tests this week and did their very best! In religion, students learned about the saint of the month, St. Francis of Assisi, who is the patron saint of animals and the environment. The first graders also learned about creation. In math they practiced ways to make ten and started to use a ten frame to help them solve addition problems. We also started a new social studies unit on Needs and Wants. The Fruit of the Holy Spirit for the month of October is Peace. First graders get the opportunity to nominate each other to have their name put up on our Kindness tree in the hallway. Next week, reading groups will begin and reading bags will come home each Friday.

Words Their Way Spelling

For the past two weeks, the first graders have been practicing their spelling sorts in class. By sorting pictures and words, students are practicing identifying word and vowel patterns. If your child is sorting pictures, they will be tested on the specific sound pattern, such as word families or digraphs. Students that bring home words will be tested on the vowel patterns and asked to spell the words. There will not be spelling lists sent home, but rather the word and picture sorts. I will choose 8-10 of those words to test on Fridays. If you have any questions about spelling, please feel free to reach out to me.

Touching Safety

St. John School will present a sexual abuse prevention program, the Touching Safety program, to our students on October 24th, 2019. The creators of the Protecting God’s Children™ program developed the Touching Safety program. This program is provided to us by the Archdioces of Seattle and is a part of our ongoing effort to help create and maintain a safe environment for children and to protect all children from sexual abuse.

Attached is an opt-out form if you do not want your child to participate in the lesson. Please sign the form and return it back to school in your child’s take-home folder. Thank you!

Mass

On Wednesday, October 16th we will celebrate our theme of peace (October fruit of the Holy Spirit) 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!

 

 

Unbound

St. John School and Parish are very excited to announce a partnership with Unbound-a charity that allows us to directly help children in need. The first grade will sponsor Neil.  He is from Lima, Peru and speaks Spanish!  He is 7 years old and loves to build with blocks, draw, watch movies with his family, and ride on a motorcycle to school.  I attached a photo of Neil. Senora Blanca will incorporate lessons where she will create a class letter in Spanish to send to Neil throughout the year.  Every first Friday of the month your child is welcome to bring in a $1 donation and make cards or write letters to Neil.  If you have any additional questions, please let me know.  Thank you!  Your support will help Neil get a wonderful education and new pen pals from Seattle.

 

Volunteers

Thank to those who have signed up to volunteer in the classroom! Please check in at the office to get a badge before you enter the classroom.  Thank you!

Mrs. Dahlgren is still looking for playground volunteers to add to the daily roster of lunch recess monitors.  To keep your children safely monitored a total of 5 pairs of eyes, ears and arms are needed at each lunch recess, 11:00-12:15, Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  Grandparents are welcome.  Younger children may come with you providing they aren’t a distraction from duty.  Please email Mrs Dahlgren if you’re able to help with this valuable ministry, floribunda51@yahoo.com.  Thank you!

 

Questions to Ask

-What is a way to make 10?

– What do you know about St. Francis of Assisi?

– Do you know the Guardian angel prayer?

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of October 14 is Kira

-No school Friday, October 11 due to Teacher In-service

– Dress uniform Wednesday 10/16 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.

 

October 4, 2019

First Grade Dolphin News

It was a great week in first grade! 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 made number bracelets to show the different ways to make 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9.

 

MAP Testing

The first graders will take their Reading MAP test on Monday and their Math MAP test on Wednesday. Homework will be light this week (no spelling) due to testing.  Here is a link for more information about the MAP tests. https://www.nwea.org/parent-toolkit/

 

Mass

On Wednesday, October 16th h we will celebrate our theme of peace (October fruit of the Holy Spirit) 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

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

Volunteers in the classroom will begin on October 14.  Mrs. Donovan sent out a Sign-up genius for volunteering times and dates.  Remember you need to have your Safe Environment training completed to be able to volunteer for the classroom and field trips.

 

Questions to Ask

-What is a way to make 9?

– What is the October fruit of the Holy Spirit? How do you show peace at home?

– Do you know the Guardian angel prayer?

 

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of October 7 is Niels

-No school Friday, October 11 due to Teacher In-service

– Dress uniform Wednesday, October 16 for Mass

-Movie and Popcorn Party for getting the most laps in primary on Friday, October 18

 

Did you know…

Sometimes first graders are “poor sports’ or dishonest, and may invent new rules so they can win; cooperative challenge activities take the edge of their fierce need to win individually.

 

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.