November 22, 2019

First Grade Dolphin News

Happy Thanksgiving! This week the first graders wrapped up their unit on Sun, Stars, and the Moon. They made phases of the moon with Oreos and made star constellations on black paper. They finished their unit on addition to 20 using strategies like adding addends in different order and adding 3 numbers using a deck of cards.   The holy cards your students created are now part of our prayer time.  They are a beautiful addition to the prayer table.

Saints-in-training!  This week students trained to be like saints through their actions. We played “act like a saint” in stations to remind us how to be saint-like in our everyday lives.

Pray for the living and the dead like St. Cyprian– Each student wrote names of family and friends and prayed for them.

Clothe the naked like St. Vincent dePaul– Each student made paper clothes for his/her person.

Feed the Hungry like St. Elizabeth of Hungary– Each student decorated two paper muffins.

Build the church like St. Francis-Each student used blocks to build a church.

Teach the faith like St. Patrick- Each student made shamrocks and wrote the persons of the Trinity.

Give to the poor like St. Nicholas – Each student made money and their own chimneys.

I am thankful for each of you and wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Special Advent Note

Please take note of the volunteer times during December. Sight words will begin at 8:30 to allow for primary advent prayer Tuesday – Friday in the kindergarten classroom.

 

Questions to Ask

-Name a phase of the moon or a star constellation.

-Pick 3 numbers and add them together.  What strategy did you use?

-What are you thankful for this year?

Special Notes

-Homework and new spelling words will come Monday, December 2

-Star Dolphin for the week of December 2 is Sloane. Make up days for Star Dolphin will be next week for Max and Vinnie.

-Dress uniform for Mass on November 25

Did you know…

Playground games such as jump rope, four-square, and hopscotch are more popular than team or large group activities, although imaginary play remains strong.

 

Have a strong sense of right and wrong, and concern for others leads them to sometimes tell adults about classmates’ behaviors (aka tattling).

 

I Can…

– punctuate sentences. L.1.2

– spell first grade words. L.1.2

– 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

– help my class write. W.1.7

– revise and edit my writing. W.1.5

– publish my writing. W.1.6

– 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

– understand how words in a story can tell about feelings and the senses. RL.1.4

– 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

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

– subtract facts within 20. 1.OA.6

– 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.

 

 

 

 

 

November 15, 2019

First Grade Dolphins News

Field trip success! First graders had an amazing time at the Seattle Art Museum learning about different cultures (families) around the world. They made their own “fine porcelain” dishes to bring home and share for a special occasion. The students were well behaved and represented St. John School incredibly well. Thank you to Sue Pierce, Marney Freeland, Anna Redmond, Julia Rudden, Trisha Quigley, and Sara Dean for helping out today!

The first graders continued to learn different strategies to help add to 20.  They learned their doubles facts and how make 10 to add bigger numbers.  In science, the students studied the moon phases and learned a new song to help them remember.  Check out the homework where they get to observe the moon for the next few weeks! Next week they will finish their unit on space with star constellations and begin studying Heredity and creating timelines of early America.

Students wrote small moment narratives as well as information about their favorite seasons this week. They are learning to brainstorm ideas that they can organize into stories.

I love seeing students earning “Saint-in-Training” badges!  They are helping each other out in the class and being good friends at recess. Speaking of saints, I am really proud of the students with their service to our school and world.  They have been bringing dollars to support our Unborn Sponsor child Neil.  This week they made pictures and wrote notes in Spanish to send to Neil.  Our goal is to give a dollar each month to help support his education.  He wants to be a civil engineer!

 

In December, the first grade will study how different countries celebrate Christmas around the world. I like to include all the different cultures of our class.  For example, we will learn about how Ireland celebrates Christmas because my grandparents were from Ireland.  You will not need to come in and talk to the class (unless you want to).  I will have a special book the first graders will complete that will celebrate our families. So far two parents have emailed me to include the countries of Vietnam and Ireland.   Please email me if you would like for us to include the country of your ancestors.  Thank you!

 

Questions to Ask

– Name a phase of the moon.

– How can you add 6+7=___ using doubles?

– What was your favorite part of the museum?

 

Special Notes and Dates

-The Star Dolphin for the week of November 18 is James.

-4th Grade Homeless Kit Drive donations are welcome through November 15

-Grandparents Day for grades 2-5 is November 21 (No hot lunch today and we eat in our classroom)

-Help the Homeless (assemble kits) is November 19 at 6:30

– Food drive donations are welcome through November 25

-Thanksgiving Mass is November 25 (wear dress uniform)

-No school due to Thanksgiving Break is November 27-29

-International Christmas Luncheon for first grade is Wednesday, December 18 (cancel hot lunch for this day).

 

Did you Know…

7 year olds need security, structure, and stability; can be upset by changes in room arrangement or scheduling.  This is important as November and December have a lot of special events that can cause anxiety which comes out as misbehavior.  Use the Special Notes section of the newsletter to write down upcoming events on a family calendar so they can be aware of changes.

 

I Can…

– use singular and plural nouns. L.1.1

– punctuate sentences. L.1.2

– spell first grade words. L.1.2

– 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

– help my class write. W.1.7

– revise and edit my writing. W.1.5

– publish my writing. W.1.6

– 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

– understand how words in a story can tell about feelings and the senses. RL.1.4

– 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

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

– subtract facts within 20. 1.OA.6

– 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.

 

 

 

November 7, 2019

First Grade Dolphin News

We were very busy during this short week! The first graders learned about the sun and how it “seems” to move in the sky. In math, the students have been working on addition strategies to 20.  They learned a new song called Doubles to help them add bigger numbers.  Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jOzhiACB68. In the month of November, the first graders have been practicing being a Saint in Training. To earn their badges, a classmate or teacher can nominate them for showing saint like behavior.  We have seen students pray for others, become friends with new classmates and take care of the classroom.  The fruit of the Holy Spirit is generosity which goes perfect with all of our service projects taking place in the school.  See special notes section for more information on how to help our community this November.

 

Field Trip Note

Next Friday, November 15th is our field trip to the Seattle Art Museum. Please keep in mind the following to help things run smoothly:

  • Send your child to school in his/her DRESS UNIFORM (especially St. John sweatshirts)
  • We will provide graham crackers as a snack to all the children while we are at the museum. If your child cannot eat this for dietary reasons, please send in a small, comparable and disposable snack Thursday, 11/14. Please do not send in anything that requires a spoon.
  • Students will eat lunch in the classroom when they return around 12:30. Students will miss hot lunch in Egan Hall. Since this is later than our normal lunch, please be sure your child eats a big breakfast Friday morning.

 

Saint Report

First graders will complete their first mini research project this month. Students are asked to research and create a prayer card for a saint of their choice. Projects are due Friday the 15th. Please see the “To Do” list in the homework packet for more information.

Here are websites to help you!

http://www.catholic.org/saints/fun_facts_arch.php

http://www.loyolapress.com/saints-stories-for-kids.htm

http://catholicsaints.info/

 

Comfort Kits

I still have a lot of missing kits for the classroom.  Here is what you need:

  • Small working flashlight
  • Stocking cap
  • A small package of Wet Wipes
  • One or two family photos not larger than 4”x6”
  • One page letter to your child to comfort him/her while awaiting your arrival
  • One pair of tube socks
  • One small plastic drinking cup – 5- or 6-ounce size

Place all items in a one-gallon ziplock bag labeled with your student’s name.

 

Christmas Around the World

In December, the children will celebrate Christmas around the world! They will learn different names for Santa, see countries on a map, color each country’s flag, and discuss how families live and celebrate Christmas around the world. They will end the unit with the annual 1st grade Christmas International Luncheon!  If you would like us to celebrate your country of origin, please email me by Friday, November 15th.   We will have our Christmas Around the World International Luncheon on Wednesday, December 18.  Save the date and don’t order hot lunch.

 

Questions to Ask

– What is a fact about the sun?

– Name a double.

-What is our fruit of the Holy Spirit for November?

 

Special Notes and Dates

-The Star Dolphin for the week of November 12 is Max.

-Field Trip to the Seattle Art Museum is Friday, November 15

-4th Grade Homeless Kit Drive donations are welcome through November 15

-Grandparents Day for 2-5 is November 21 (No hot lunch today and we eat in our classroom)

-Help the Homeless (assemble kits) is November 19 at 6:30

– Food drive donations are welcome through November 25

-Thanksgiving Mass is November 25 (wear dress uniform)

-No school due to Thanksgiving Break is November 27-29

-Christmas Program for 1st grade is December 19 at 7:00 in Egan Hall.  Drop off your child in Christmas best in the classroom at 6:45.

-International Christmas Luncheon for first grade is Wednesday, December 18 (cancel hot lunch for this day).

 

Did you Know…

When your child turns 7 he/she changes in different ways.  Seven Year Olds may become quieter, more sensitive, self-conscious, and self-absorbed as they figure out how to manage new feelings and cognitive structures.  They move forward craving security and structure while avoiding risk and uncertainty.

What can you do?  Provide consistent schedules and routines.  Listen to their concerns and offer support for your perfectionists.

 

 

I Can…

– use common nouns, verbs, and adjectives. 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

– 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.

 

 

 

November 1, 2019

First Grade Dolphin News

November is here! First graders welcomed November with All Saints’ Day with a beautiful Mass. This week we watched the “Safe Side” video about safe adults.  See homework for more information on how to be safe. Halloween was a lot of fun for the first graders.  They wore amazing costumes and had a ball at the Carnival put on by the 8th graders. In religion, students continued to learn about creation and started to learn about how to be saints-in-training! Today the students colored their own saints-in-training badges that they will get to earn during this month. On Monday, we will have a classroom prayer service to pray for all the members of our families who have died to honor All Souls’ Day.

 

I look forward to seeing the remaining families at conferences on Friday, November 8. Please 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.

Please turn in Field Trip Permission Slips by Thursday, November 8th, thank you!

 

State of the School: Don’t forget to go to the State of the Parish this weekend!

The State of the Parish will be shown at all 3 masses the weekend of November 2nd and 3rd.  School families in order to be eligible for, and remain eligible for Parish Fair Share tuition each family must attend the State of the Parish.

Service Ideas

St. John sixth graders are collecting food for their annual St. Vincent DePaul food drive.  Donations are welcome any time until November 26.  One idea is to have your child earn money by doing extra chores.  Then he/she can buy food for the poor.

 

The sixth graders are collecting any extra candy or candy you don’t want from Halloween to give to the homeless as well.

 

The fourth graders are collecting items for homeless care kits as well (information sent home in Newsviews this week). Your children can bring all these donations to the classroom. Thank you!

 

 

Questions to Ask

– What is a saint?

– Name a fact about the sun.

-Who is a safe side adult? Don’t Know? Kinda Know?

 

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of November 4 is Vinnie

– NO SCHOOL November 8th-11th

– Seattle Art Museum Field Trip (11/15) Cancel your hot lunch order for this day.

-Reading Bags went home today.  Please bring them back on Monday (even if you didn’t have a chance to read it).

 

I Can…

– use common nouns, verbs, and adjectives. 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.