January 31, 2020

First Grade Dolphin News

Catholic Schools Week was a huge success!  On Monday, the students dressed with the colors of the Peru flag, brought donations for our Unbound friend Neil, and made birthday cards for him.  On Tuesday, the students thanked you for being amazing parents with cards.  On Wednesday, they were part of an all school Benediction and learned how to be a good citizen.  On Thursday they brought flowers, dressed like teachers, and spent the day making posters for their teachers.  Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers this week. I am so blessed to be able to teach your wonderful children.

Happy Student Appreciation Day!  In honor of all their hard work the students enjoyed a spaghetti lunch, performed a dance at the Homecoming game, and enjoyed Fun Friday at the end of the day.

Thank you, Mrs. Donovan for coming in and teaching us about your job!

Valentine’s Day: Valentine’s Day is coming up soon!  Signing a name 20 plus times can be a big job for children.  You may want to start early so that the activity is fun and not dreaded. I attached a class list to the homework to help you.  I encourage your children not to bring candy on this day if possible (due to allergies).  Thank you!  We will celebrate Thursday, February 13th.

STAR Assessments

STAR test results will be sent home today in your child’s folder.  The STAR reading assessment is a computer-based test that helps determine level of books your child should read in order to make the best progress, this range is called the zone of proximal development (ZPD). Please keep in mind that these scores are approximate, but can offer you a guide for helping your child choose good fit books. Please keep STAR reports at home for your reference. 

Questions to Ask

– Name a subtraction fact that is true/false.

-What experiment did we do with beakers and water to make sound?

– What makes St. John School a great Catholic school?

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of February 3rd is Peter

– 100th Day Project due Wednesday, February 19

-No School February 14-18 for Mid-Winter Break

 Did You Know…

You will be gratified to learn that, with the increase in cognitive development, your 6 and 7 year old children are developing longer attention spans. Kids will be much more likely to stick with a project until it is done, or to stick with a problem until it is solved. Also in response to changes in cognitive development, first graders may develop something of an obsession about finishing things. They really, really hate being interrupted in the middle of working on something. It is, in fact, one of the main causes of emotional explosions in this age, so be sure to give kids plenty of time to finish a task, and to finish it well.

Given their need for structure and for finishing things, it is a happy circumstance that first graders also respond extremely well to a daily schedule and to routine. This year, they have a much more developed sense of time, and they may worry about getting things done on time and not getting into trouble. Other organizational strategies help as well: regular daily routines, predictable family or class gatherings, ways of organizing backpacks and homework, etc.

I Can…

-read first grade words. RF1.3

-use adjectives. L.1.1

-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

-revise and edit my writing. W.1.5

-plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sounds can make materials vibrate. 1-PS4-1

 

 

January 24, 2020

First Grade Dolphin News

The students had a wonderful week of learning! They made hands and wrote about what peace means to them to honor Martin Luther King Jr.  They continued to work on subtraction to 10.  They wrote a rainbow poem with words that describe themselves and made 3D rainbows.  They drew pictures of our church and wrote about what they love about St. John School!

Catholic Schools Week is here! Please remember to join us at 10:30 Mass on Sunday and then at the Open House, following immediately after. Be sure to stop by Egan Hall to visit the cultural fair, the second floor for some tasty treats, and check out the second-grade classrooms (portables). To celebrate this special time, each day will represent something different.

Catholic Schools Week Schedule

Monday:  Free dress day with colors from the Peru flag.  Bring $1.00 to support our Unbound child Neil.

Tuesday: Say thank you to volunteers (regular uniform day)

Wednesday: Day to honor human dignity with an activity with our 8th grade buddies (regular uniform day)

Thursday: Dress like a teacher day and bring in a flower

Friday: Purple and gold day- free lunch for students:  Bring sunglasses or baseball cap/hat for our dance!  Here is a link to the song if you want to practice!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fAhXfcm_v40

 

 

100th Day Project: The 100th day of school is fast approaching. To celebrate, students are asked to collect 100 words from magazines, newspapers, etc. Students will record their words on the homework grid and then use them to design a poster. Words can be arranged in a word, picture, pattern, or design of your choosing. Posters should be no larger than 35” x 25”. Posters and word lists are due February 19 (assignment description was sent home last week).

 

Reading Bags:  Please remember to tell your child to bring their reading bag to school on Mondays.  It is okay if you didn’t get to read to him/her on the weekend.  We need the books back so we can use them for reading groups each day.  Thank you!  I only sent bags with the students who have Mrs. McCarthy!

 

Questions to Ask

– What is an adjective that describes you?

– What did you draw this week for Catholic Schools Week?

– What is your favorite thing about St. John School?

 

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of January 27th is Hanna

– Open House and Catholic Schools Week Mass Sunday, January 26th at 10:30 a.m.

– 100th Day Project due Wednesday, February 19th

 

Did you Know…

A way to practice mathematical skills is by playing games that require counting and estimating to move board pieces (Parcheesi, Sorry, etc.).

 

I Can…

-read first grade words. RF1.3

-use adjectives. L.1.1

-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

-revise and edit my writing. W.1.5

-plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can   make sound and that sounds can make materials vibrate. 1-PS4-1

 

 

 

January 17, 2020

First Grade Dolphin News

Let it snow! Let it snow!  Let it snow!  Due to the late arrival days, our school days were short but productive.  The first graders continued subtraction to 10, learned the 12 disciples’ song and set goals for 2020. Today the first graders did an engineering lesson with their eighth-grade buddies. They were following the engineering process to make a sled- drawing, redesigning, and testing.  Students used recycled materials to create sleds and tested them on a track with their buddies. You can check them out on Catholic School Sunday!

100 Day Project: The 100th day of school is fast approaching. To celebrate, students are asked to collect 100 words from magazines, newspapers, etc. Students will record their words on the homework grid and then use them to design a poster. Words can be arranged in a word, picture, pattern, or design of your choosing. Posters should be no larger than 35” x 25”. Posters and word lists are due February 19th.

Catholic Schools Week: Catholic Schools Week is coming up. Please be sure to join us for 10:30 Mass on Sunday, January 26th and for the open house immediately following. I am asking for any parents who are interested/available during the last week of January to talk to the class about their vocation to please contact me. We would love to hear from as many of you as possible about what you do and why you love it. Help us expand our horizons and learn about all the different things we can be when we grow up!  You are welcome to speak any of the days of Catholic Schools week.  Thank you!

Catholic Schools Week Schedule

Sunday, January 26, 2020 – Open House, Cultural Fair

  • Mass is at 10:30, followed by Open House until 1:30
  • Pray for Australia—Bring $1 or $2 to save the animals in Australia due to fires. Give donation to your teacher (primary grades are doing this!)

 

Monday, January 27 – Service & Outreach Day

  • Students may wear free dress- the colors of the flag of their Unbound country (Peru for first grade)
  • Students encouraged to bring $1.00 to support their Unbound student

 

Tuesday, January 28 – Volunteer Appreciation Day-

 Thank you, Parents!

  • Uniform for students

 

Wednesday, January 29 – Celebrate the Dignity of the Human Person –

  • Uniform for students

 

Thursday, January 30 – Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day.  Vocation Day

  • Students encouraged to bring a flower to their teachers today
  • Parents are encouraged to talk about their vocations/jobs in our class!
  • Dress like your favorite teacher/staff member or uniform

 

Friday, January 31 – Student Appreciation Day

  • Free lunch for all students
  • Students dress in purple and gold (have fun with this!)

 

 

Did you Know…

Do mental mathematics and written problem-solving after they’ve mastered the necessary skills with counters.

 

Questions to Ask

– Write a subtraction fact.

– Why did we make Koalas?

-What happened today when you built your fast sled?

 

Special Notes

  • Star Dolphin for the week of January 21st is Sophia
  • No School on Monday, January 20 (MLK day)
  • STAR testing is Tuesday, January 21
  • Class Mass is Wednesday, January 22 at 8:30 (You are welcome to join us)
  • January 26th– January 31st is Catholic Schools week

 

I Can…

-read first grade words. RF1.3

-use adjectives. L.1.1

-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

 

 

January 10, 2020

First Grade Dolphin News

Happy New Year and Happy Epiphany! I hope you all had a blessed Christmas and some peaceful family time together. Your children have enjoyed sharing vacation stories with their classmates and me.  This week the first graders identified The Holy Family and learned about Epiphany. In math, students are learning subtraction strategies to 10.

In first grade beginning in January students will be taught using the mind+heart social and emotional learning curriculum. It helps students to develop emotional literacy, self-control, and social competence. The ultimate goal is for primary aged children to develop a healthy sense of self and positive peer relations, that will continue throughout their lives. Children will learn to express their emotions appropriately, solve problems, develop a “growth mindset”, build relationships, and be thoughtful citizens who take responsibility and show respect.  This week the first graders learned that their brains control their emotions and began a feelings journal after reading “The Color Monster.”

This month the fruit of the Holy Spirit is Self-Control. They learned that self-control means we can control our thoughts, words, and actions.  The Saints that show us this fruit are St. Elizabeth Ann Seton (started Catholic schools in America!) and St. John Bosco (had magic shows to entertain orphans and then taught them about God).

During the last week of January, we celebrate Catholic Schools Week. Please join us for 10:30 Mass on Sunday, January 26th.   Following the service, teachers will be in their classrooms for an all school Open House. I hope you will be able to join us. During that week I would like to invite several parents to come talk about vocations with the class. If you are interested in visiting the class to share a little about what you do, please let me know.

Volunteers

Thank you for signing up to volunteer in the classroom

 

Math Facts (M,T,W,Th 12-12:45): sign up here

Daily 5 (T,W,TH 8:50-9:40): sign up here

Sight Words (M,T,W,Th,F 8:30-9:00): sign up here

Comfort Kits

In the New Year we are reviewing safety procedures and want to make sure we are prepared for all potential events.  Comfort kits are an important part of this preparation for your child. If you have not yet sent one in, please do so as soon as possible. Thanks!

 

Comfort Kit Contents: 

socks, beanie, cup, flashlight, wipes, family pictures, letter from parents

 

Questions to Ask

– Who is in the Holy Family?

– Name a subtraction fact.

-What does having self-control mean?

 

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of January 13th is Ella M.

– No school on Monday, January 20th (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

-First Grade Class Mass on Wednesday, January 22

– As your child is becoming more independent, please check that he/she can tie his/her shoes and zip up his/her jacket and remembers to pack a snack and water bottle daily. These are all things we want them to do on their own in first grade! J

 

Did you Know…

First graders like to repeat tasks; like to review learning verbally or touch base with their teachers and parents.

 

 

I Can…

-read first grade words. RF1.3

-use adjectives. L.1.1

-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

-revise and edit my writing. W.1.5

-plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can         make sound and that sounds can make materials vibrate. 1-PS4-1