April 1, 2022

First Grade Dolphin News

Happy April 1st! Did you enjoy your Brownies that your child made for you today? Today the first graders went on a search for the mysterious and elusive Lirpa loof bird. You can see a video https://youtu.be/RUPYkfH1UVQ  from our search at school. Ask if they were able to see one, and if not, they can keep looking over the next few days! If they give up, you can help them spell “Lirpa loof” backwards. This way you can enjoy seeing their reaction!

This week, the first graders made a big splash in our planet’s ocean habitats. They learned about plants and animals that live in all of the oceans around the world. They learned about orcas, dolphins, sharks, whales, sea otters, seals, fish, and more. Students water colored their own ocean pictures, cut and paste animals, and used colored tissue paper to make a coral reef. Next week, students will continue to learn about the ocean, including the different ocean zones. In religion this week, first graders learned about Jesus’ miracles, continued their study of Lent, and watched the 2nd graders lead the Stations of the Cross virtually. Well done, 2nd grade! You can re-watch the stations together as a family here. In reading and writing this week, first graders learned about non-fiction features in text, such as labels, photographs, and captions. These features help students understand the non-fictions books they read, as well as prepare them for when they will write their own non-fiction writing pieces.

1st Grade Cakes & Bakes for Ukraine

On Sunday, April 3rd after 10:30 Mass (from 11:30-1:30pm), our grade will be hosting a bake sale to raise money to support relief efforts in Ukraine. Stop by and invite your family, friends, neighbors.

Auction Raffle Tickets

Don’t forget to sell those auction $2500 raffle tickets! All tickets, sold and unsold, must be returned to the school by Friday, April 8. This is a free dress day for all students who have returned tickets.

Covid Update

See link here for the school’s latest information on COVID. https://st-johnschool.org/2022/03/31/covid-19-update-2/

Shark Zone

This month I started a new management system in the Dolphin classroom. I have noticed the first graders are blurting out and talking when teachers are leading lessons.  I want to prepare them for second grade. Here are the details: If a student blurts out, I write his/her number in the Shark zone (on board). Shark zone is where we need to be quiet as dolphins. One check=5-minute time out.  Two checks=10-minute time out.  Three checks=Miss Fun Friday and I will call/email parents.  I hope I will use this for a short period of time. I wanted to give you a heads-up in case they mention the “Shark Zone”.  

Safety Lesson

Teachers will lead students in the 2nd Safety lesson next week, which covers Secrets, Surprises and Promises.

Star Dolphin Update

Trevor was our last Star Dolphin and he did a great job. Now we will divide up the rest of the days so your child can lead the line and calendar one last time.  Each student will have 2 days as Star Dolphin (no sharing or poster this time). 

Questions to Ask

– Star Dolphins for April 4 are Robert (2 days), Hugo (2 days), and Ava (1 day this week).

-Name one ocean animal.

– Name two of the oceans of our world (Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic, Indian, Southern)

– Who or what did you pray for during Adoration this week?

Special Notes

– Sunday, 4/3 Grade 1 Cakes and Bakes Fundraiser for Ukraine!

-Next week we will teach the 2nd Safety lesson about Secrets, Surprises and Promises.

– Friday, 4/8 St. John School Auction. Turn in raffle tickets, sold and unsold, for free dress!

– Easter Break 4/18-4/22

Did you Know…

I Can…

-read first grade words. RF1.3

-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

– engages in discussions to learn about how families live around the world. 5.3.1

-use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs LS1.1

-read texts and use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive LS1.2

What will we learn next week?

  • Chapter 6: 2-digit addition and subtraction
  • Lent & Stations of the Cross
  • Habitats- Ocean continued
  • Kindness & Friendship SEL Lessons
  • Nonfiction Features Notebook
  • Safety Lesson