December 20, 2019

First Grade Dolphin News

The first graders sang like angels last night!  Today we had a Christmas cozy party where students read Christmas books to their stuffed animals and made a drawing of baby Jesus.  He is the reason for the season!

Thank you to everyone who participated and helped with making the International Christmas Luncheon so amazing!  We couldn’t have done it without you.  And a huge THANK YOU for all the thoughtful gifts, cards, and Scrip. I am so blessed to have such wonderful and generous students and families this year.

I hope you enjoy your special gift from your first grader!  Students worked hard on a gift that is from around the world.

Over break it is a great idea to read and practice math daily. Here are some first grade goals you can practice at home: Fluently add to 20, skip counting by 1, 2, 5, or 10 from 1-120, and mentally finding 10 more or 10 less than any number.  There will be no reading homework assigned over break but please encourage your child to continue reading every day.  Christmas break is perfect for reading with different family members and friends.

Are you in need of another stocking stuffer idea?  It is always good to start the New Year with a new plastic folder with bottom pockets, new pencil, or an amazing bookmark!

Blessings on your family during this joyous time of year!

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of January 6th is Manu

– Christmas Break December 21-January 5th

– School Resumes on Monday, January 6th

 

December 13, 2019

First Grade Dolphin News

We are about to begin our final school week of December and students have completed almost four months of first grade! This week the first graders began their unit on subtraction using part-part-whole strategy. First graders participated in Coding week on Thursday by learning to code with their 8th grade buddies (https://hourofcode.com/us/learn). We are wrapping up learning about 20 countries in our Christmas Around the World Unit. The first graders learned about Christmas in Honduras, Great Britain, India, Italy, Ireland, Peru, Kenya, and Sweden. We will be ready to celebrate all these cultures next week at our International Christmas Luncheon!

Absence Notification

Please notify me if you know your child will be absent during any of the days before Christmas break.  We have lots of Christmas activities, gifts, and celebrations and I want to plan accordingly to make sure as many students as possible are included. Thanks!

Christmas Luncheon on Wednesday- Free Dress of Christmas Best

On Monday, I will send home a form with what you will bring to the luncheon. We have a few parents who signed up for the same items so I may assign you something else we need. Thank you for being flexible! On Wednesday, please bring your food (labeled with name of dish and country) to the parish administration building (kitchen) by 10:00. We will have outlets available if you need to keep something warm in your crockpot.  If your child has any allergies, please bring a special dish for him/her. Please label “Contains Nuts” if your dish does so.  If you are bringing beverages, decorations, or plates/napkins/silverware, please bring them to your child’s classroom. We will eat our special lunch in my classroom and food will be set up in the West hallway. We would like the parents who volunteered to set up to come to the classroom by 10:00. This is a big undertaking and we appreciate all of your help to make it possible! This lunch will take the place of regular lunch/hot lunch of the day. Please still send a separate snack for later in the day.

 

Christmas Concert

First and second graders will perform on Thursday, December 19th at 7:00pm in Egan Hall. We will meet in the classroom between 6:40 – 6:50 pm. Please do not drop your child off before 6:40 p.m. teachers will not be there to supervise. If you are late (arriving after 6:50) please meet us in Egan Hall. The first graders take the stage first, followed by the second grade performance of the Nativity story. Your child will be directed to come sit with you following the first grade concert. You are welcome to stay for the second grade performance.

 

Report Cards

Please remember to sign and return the green copy in its envelope by Friday, December 20st.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s grades feel free to reach out to me.

Thanks!

 

Christmas Read In-December 20

We will be having a “Christmas Read In” next Friday the 20tht. Have your child bring his/her favorite Christmas books (please label with your name) and their favorite stuffed animals for a special cozy Christmas reading time before break!

 

Questions to Ask

– How can you show patience during this time of year?

– What can you tell me about Christmas in Italy? Ireland? Sweden?

 

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of December 16 is Sam

– Christmas Luncheon Wednesday, December 18

-Christmas Concert is Thursday, December 19 at 7:00 in Egan Hall

– Noon dismissal Friday, December 20

 

Did you Know…

when your child can see groups instead of counting one by one, he/she can add past 10.  For example, if you roll dice and your child can tell you the number without counting, she is using the skill called subitizing.  Need help? Play games (dice games, dominoes, Mexican train dominoes, tensies, and card games)

 

I Can…

– 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

– 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

– 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

-tell about people, places, and things. SL.1.4

-engage in discussions to learn about how families live around the world. 5.3.1

 

 

S.L.E.s

– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.

 

 

December 6, 2019

First Grade Dolphin News

Welcome to December!  We are busy as elves in first grade.  One of the main Social Studies standards in first grade is to celebrate different family traditions.  The students are learning how different countries celebrate Christmas.  This week they learned about Australia, China, Colombia, Germany, and Greece.  Did you know Santa comes by boat and kangaroos help out so the reindeer can rest in Australia?

The first graders finished their unit on addition to 20.  The workbook packet will come home next week.  They will begin subtraction to 10 as their next unit.  Do you know that first graders love games?  Tensies is an exciting dice game that develops math skills.  Dominoes (Mexican Train) helps with number sense and enhances addition skills (adding past 10). Both games are great Christmas stocking stuffers.

The new fruit of the Holy Spirit is patience.  The first graders learned that patience is waiting without complaining. We talked about how we wait in lines, for special events like birthdays and Christmas, and that we have patience when learning a new skill like basketball.  St. Nicolas and Juan Diego are our saints of the month because they had patience as they spread the good news of Jesus in their countries.  Today we celebrated St. Nicolas and made holy cards with a prayer asking to help us be patient.

Report Cards

On Thursday report cards went home in your child’s folder.  Please sign the green form and turn it in with the envelope as soon as possible.  The white copy and SLE rubric are for you to keep at home.

 

International Christmas Luncheon

Our luncheon will take place on Wednesday, December 18 in the first grade classrooms.  This year we will use the hallway to serve our delicious food and then turn our classrooms into restaurants.  I need your help to make it special and amazing! Please return completed Luncheon sign up forms (in child’s folder) by next Friday, December 13th.  Mrs. Costa and I will review the forms, see what is needed to round out the list, and send home a confirmation next Monday, December 16th. Thank you in advance for your contributions!

Please keep an eye out for a volunteer sign up genius from the room parents for the day of the luncheon. We will have about 18 volunteer jobs total for both classes.  Set up Jobs require you to help decorate the tables and classroom, as well as get the food ready to serve (10:15-11:00).  Serving Jobs require parents to help serve food (buffet style) and drinks (11:00-11:30).  Clean up Jobs require parents to put the classroom back and clean up the food area, as well as help supervise students in the playpit for recess.

 

Christmas Concert

First and second graders will perform on Thursday, December 19th at 7:00pm in Egan Hall. We will meet in the classroom between 6:40 – 6:50 pm. Please do not drop your child off before 6:40 p.m. teachers will not be there to supervise. If you are late (arriving after 6:50) please meet us in Egan Hall. The first graders take the stage first, followed by the second grade performance of the Nativity story. Your child will be directed to come sit with you following the first grade concert. You are welcome to stay for the second grade performance.

 

Advent Service Project for First Grade

Hello St. John school parents,

We are so grateful to the administration and teachers for agreeing to sponsor one child per classroom through the Unbound program.  It’s a gorgeous addition to our student body and our global awareness.

Thank you to all of you who have been contributing to your sponsored friend.

In order to ensure that each child gets adequate support, we need every child in the school to bring in one dollar every month.  I will be going to each classroom on the last day of school before Christmas break to collect the December dues.  Please make sure your child brings one dollar to class before December 20 (or $2 if you missed last month).

Thank you for your participation!  If you have any questions, I am always happy to answer them.

Happy advent and blessings on you and your families,

Kristin Kent

Coordinator of Faith Formation, St. John Parish

 

Absence Notification

Please notify me if you know your child will be absent during any of the days before Christmas break.  We have lots of Christmas activities, gifts, and celebrations and I want to plan accordingly to make sure as many students as possible are included. Thanks!

Questions to Ask

– What country began the tradition of decorating trees in homes?

-Tell me about the Advent wreath.

-What is our fruit of the month?

– What is one cool fact about Christmas in Australia?

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of December 9 is Maddie

All School Mass is Monday, December 9 (wear dress uniform)

– Christmas Luncheon Thursday, December 18th

– Christmas Concert Thursday, December 19th.

– Noon dismissal Friday, December 20th.

 

Did you Know…

Muscles sometimes are tense; often hold pencils near the point with three-fingered, pincer-like grasp that they find difficult to relax.  This is why they complain of being tired when they start writing a lot.  What can you do?  Check and see if they have tight grips and tell them to hold it like a feather.

 

I Can…

– 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

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

– 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

– use manipulatives and pictures to help me solve problems within 100.

-tell about people, places, and things. SL.1.4

-engage in discussions to learn about how families live around the world. 5.3.1

 

 

S.L.E.s

– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.