June 8, 2018

 

This is it!

First Grade Dolphin News (The Last Edition!)

 

Happy Summer Break! The first graders enjoyed their last few days of school. They enjoyed their buddy lunch on Tuesday as well as performing a dance for their 8th grade buddies during their Farewell Assembly. On Wednesday they visited 2nd grade during Bump Up day to ask questions in preparation for 2nd grade. Thursday students participated in Under The Sea Day. The rotated through 7 different stations such as: sand art, pass the bucket, and Lei making. A huge THANK YOU to the volunteers who helped run a station: Denise, Kinsey, Susan, Temry, and Lisa. We couldn’t have done it without you! Today we ended our special week with a wonderful Mass where we learned how much God loves us. Please check your child’s folder (bag) for his/her report card, STAR report, MAP test results, SLE rubric, and Summer contract.

 

I want to give a special thank you to my parent volunteers this year. Thank you to Kinsey McCormick for being a wonderful room parent and helping organize the volunteer sign ups. Thank you to Tricia Kane-Yi for organizing the auction project and taking care of the Scholastic book orders each month. Thank you to Lisa Longton for helping out in the library. Thank you art parents for inventive, creative art projects this year. Thank you parents who signed up to help during Daily 5, sight words, and math facts. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped out on the field trips, helping with special events like Christmas Around the World and special parties. Last, but not least, thank you to all the parents who helped their children this year by preparing them for each day, reading with them, helping with homework, and supporting them this year. I appreciate it!  Check your child’s bag for a special Thank you card!

 

 

Thank you for a wonderful year in first grade! Miss Brito and I appreciate all your support this year. We couldn’t have done it without you. Thank you for trusting us with your child. You and your child can come by and visit next year. Have a wonderful summer and don’t forget to have your child pray, read, and play everyday!

Miss Molly Feeney

 

 

 

June 1, 2018

First graders have had a busy week taking mastery tests, practicing a dance for our eighth grade buddies, and participating in an amazing Field Trip to the Zoo. It hard to believe there is only one week of school left!

Thank you to all the incredible chaperones that made this trip possible: Kara Daquisto, Tara Stone, Susan Turner, Tricia Kane, Amy Kim, Kari Aguila, Kerry Feeman, Maryann Osaki, Katrina Kithene, Denise Lee, Edelevis and Andrew Clapp, you all did an great job making the field trip fun and safe!

 Today your children brought home Summer Packets, Math Games/Brain Teasers and Summer Solutions workbooks if you ordered one. Monday I will send home the contracts. Remember if you did not meet with me, please let me know and I will email you a contract.

Last Week of School Dates and Info

Remember to have your child bring a lunch on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. No hot lunch service!

 

 

Tuesday, June 5- Buddy Lunch (lunch will be provided) and 8th Grade Farewell Assembly Bring sunglasses for the dance.

 

Wednesday, June 6- Bump up Day, First Graders get to visit 2nd grade! It’s Free Dress for students who brought in $1.00 to help Charity Water. Bring a stuffed animal and flashlight for Daily 5!

 

Thursday, June -1st Grade Under the Sea Day Dress in beach attire! Cleaning Day so please bring an empty backpack!

 

Friday-Last Day of School (Dress Uniform), Mass, Dismissal at 10:30

 

Questions to Ask:

– What was your favorite Humphrey book this year?

– Name a noun, verb, and adjective. Go on a word hunt!

-What is your favorite book series right now?

Special Notes:

-Please check your homes for any books from school! I’m starting to do an inventory and need to make sure I have everything. Thank you!

 

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

-use conjunctions and determiners. L.1.1

-capitalize dates and names of people. L.1.2

-punctuate sentences. L.1.2

-read and understand first grade fiction. RL.1.10

-read and understand first grade non-fiction. RI.1.10

-follow rules for discussions, talk with others, and ask questions during discussions. SL.1.1

-speak and write in complete sentences. SL.1.6

-put three objects in order from longest to shortest. 1.MD.1

-tell the length of an object using whole numbers. 1.MD. 2

 

 

May 25, 2018

What an amazing week! On Monday the first graders celebrated the birthday of the church through Pentecost. They made windsocks to represent the Holy Spirit with the 7 gifts. On Wednesday, Habitat Day was a huge success. I was so impressed by everyone’s projects. Thank you for your time and help creating, researching, and transporting projects. If you didn’t have a chance to stop by, we will be sending home pictures of your children with their habitats soon. You may have noticed a giant book of habitats. This is the work your children have completed over the last 4 months. I will send home the art projects that go with them soon.

 

Field Trip on Tuesday

Tuesday, May 29th first grade is headed to the Woodland Park Zoo. We will eat lunch there. Please send a disposable sack lunch with your child. Please also pack a separate snack for your child to eat when we return to school. Students need to wear a uniform top with the St. John logo (red shirt or navy sweatshirt) and good walking shoes. Please drop off booster seats (if your child requires one) to the hallway outside of XDC in the morning. Signs for “Feeney” and “Peoples” will be posted. Make sure your booster is labeled with your name!

 

 

Homework Note: This is the last week of homework for first grade! Thank you for all your support this year. June 1, I will send home a summer packet and your child’s summer contract with ideas for things you can work on over the summer.   J

 

Questions to Ask:

-What is one of the prayers said in the Rosary?

-What was your favorite part of Habitat Day?

 

 

Special Notes:

-No School Monday, May 28th for Memorial Day

-Field Trip to the Zoo is on Tuesday, May 29th

-Last day of school is June 8th with a 10:30 dismissal (dress uniform)

 

 

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

-capitalize dates and names of people. L.1.2

-punctuate sentences. 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

-put three objects in order from longest to shortest. 1.MD.1

-tell the length of an object using whole numbers. 1.MD. 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 18, 2018

We had a great week! We began learning about the Rosary, telling time to the half hour, and wrapping up out desert habitat unit with a desert armadillo scene. Students also gave their best effort on the MAP test this week. We are so proud of all the progress they have made this year!

First graders also got to perform their Spanish play for the third grade students titled: La Ratoncita Martina. They worked really hard in rehearsals and thoroughly enjoyed performing!

Habitat Day

On Wednesday, May 23rd, students will meet in Egan Hall first thing in the morning. Please bring your 3D model and report to Egan Hall. Mrs. Peoples and I will be there at 8:05 to help students get set up. Students who are coming from XDC will be escorted to Egan Hall. Parents are invited to tour habitat projects at the end of the day from 2:30 – 3:00. If you are unable to make it at the end of the day, we will be showing our habitats to visiting classes from 10:00 – 11:00, 1:00-1:45, and 2:00 – 3:00. At 3:00 you can take the habitat models home!

 

Summer Conference Sign Ups: This time of year I like to offer optional conferences as a way for you to check in on progress, second grade readiness, and ideas to help your child over the summer. Each first grader will make a summer contract to be shared at the conference. This contract will include a plan for reading, writing, math, and student choice. If you do not sign up for a conference, I will send home this contract with ideas for things you can work on over the summer.

The Sign Up Genius Link is here:

https://grade1b.st-johnschool.org/optional-summer-conference-sign-up/

 

 

Field Trip

Tuesday, May 29th first grade is headed to the Woodland Park Zoo. We will eat lunch there. Please send a disposable sack lunch with your child. Please also pack a separate snack for your child to eat when we return to school. Students need to wear a uniform top with the St. John logo (red shirt or navy sweatshirt) and good walking shoes. Please drop off booster seats (if your child requires one) to the hallway outside of XDC in the morning. Signs for “Feeney” and “Peoples” will be posted. Make sure your booster is labeled with your name! I still need permission slips and money from many parents. Please return both ASAP! If you need another form please let me know. Chaperone Driver Forms will be sent home today, please sign and return by Monday the 21st. If you have driven on a field trip before, you will not need to fill a form out.

 

Questions to Ask

-What does o’clock mean? What does the hour & minute hand look like?

-What was your favorite part of the Spanish play?

-What is a prayer of the rosary? Name a joyful mystery.

 

Special Notes:

Star Dolphins for the week of May 21 are Zakayo (Monday), Jack (Tuesday), Lizah (Wednesday), Lily (Thursday), and Clara (Friday)

Habitat Day is May 23 in Egan Hall

-No School Monday, May 28th for Memorial Day

-Tuesday, May 29th is our Field Trip to the Zoo

 

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

-use conjunctions and determiners. L.1.1

-capitalize dates and names of people. L.1.2

-punctuate sentences. 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 11, 2018

Happy Mother’s Day to all you amazing moms! I hope you will enjoy the gift your children created this week. Enjoy this special day! This week we are finished our study of the sacraments and will begin learning about the Rosary. In math we learned about standard and nonstandard units of measurement. In science we finished grasslands and will study deserts as our last habitat. We had so much fun singing at the Spring Concert and participating at the Jump-A-Thon; it was a full week!

As the year winds down, I encourage you to check in with your child to ensure he/she is able to work independently. Can he/she tie shoes? Work alone for 15 minutes? We are working hard to be sure we are ready for second grade.

 Field Trip

Tuesday, May 29th first grade is headed to the Woodland Park Zoo. We will eat lunch there. Please send a disposable sack lunch with your child. Please also pack a separate snack for your child to eat when we return to school. Students need to wear a uniform top with the St. John logo (red shirt or navy sweatshirt) and good walking shoes. Please drop off booster seats (if your child requires one) to the hallway outside of XDC in the morning. Signs for “Feeney” and “Peoples” will be posted. Make sure your booster is labeled with your name! . I still need permission slips and money from many parents. Please return both ASAP! If you need another form please let me know. I still need volunteers for the field trip. Please email me if you are available! Chaperone Driver Forms will be sent out mid next week. Thank you!

Habitat Projects and Habitat Day

Homework for this next week is for your child to build/create the 3D model of his/her habitat. It would be great if your child could include the animal as well (a photograph can work). It is important that the first graders take ownership of their creations. A few parents have asked about posters. Your child does not need to glue his/her report on a poster board. He/She will be sharing about his/her animal and habitat on Habitat Day so it’s easier if it is stapled together so your child can read it (if they get nervous!).

On Wednesday, May 23rd, students will meet in Egan Hall first thing in the morning. Please bring your 3D model and report to Egan Hall. Mrs. Peoples and I will be there at 8:05 to help students get set up. Students who are coming from XDC will be escorted to Egan Hall. Parents are invited to tour habitat projects at the end of the day from 2:30 – 3:00. If you are unable to make it at the end of the day, we will be showing our habitats to visiting classes from 10:00 – 11:00, 1:15-1:45, and 2:00 – 3:00.

 

Summer Conference Sign Ups: This time of year I like to offer optional conferences as a way for you to check in on progress, second grade readiness, and ideas to help your child over the summer. Each first grader will make a summer contract to be shared at the conference. This contract will include a plan for reading, writing, math, and student choice. If you do not sign up for a conference, I will send home this contract with ideas for things you can work on over the summer.

The Sign Up Genius Link is here:

https://grade1b.st-johnschool.org/optional-summer-conference-sign-up/

 

 

Questions to Ask:

-What are two sacraments you learned?

-What is a unit of measurement you used this week?

-What is something interesting you learned about grasslands?

 

Special Notes:

-Star Dolphins for the week of May14 are Maddy (Monday), Stella (Tuesday), Charlotte (Wednesday), Sophie (Thursday), and Ryland (Friday). Remember there is no sharing or posters this time.

-Field Trip to the Zoo is May 29th

-Habitat Day is May 23rd

-No School Monday, May 28th for Memorial Day

 

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

-tell about shapes and build and draw shapes. 1.G.1

-make two and three-dimensional shapes. 1.G.2

-use shapes to make new shapes. 1.G.2

-divide shapes into parts. 1.G.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Optional Summer Conference Sign Up

This time of year I like to offer optional conferences as a way for you to check in on progress, second grade readiness, and ideas to help your child over the summer. I would like each first grader to make a plan for summer during this conference by signing a summer contract. This contract will include a plan for reading, writing, math, and student choice. If you do not sign up for a conference, I will send home this contract with example ideas for you and your child to fill out together (and return to me).

 

Summer Conference Sign Up

 

May 4, 2018

 

May is here! May the force be with you. We are officially 24 days away from second grade! Second grade is a big jump for some students. Students are expected to be independent, self-directed, make good choices, and display proper classroom behavior. Take time to check in with your child and assess their readiness and feelings about this big accomplishment.

This week students participated in the crowning of Mary. First graders brought flowers for Mary and beautifully helped lead one decade of the rosary at church. Students also began their study of the grasslands habitat and learned the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist, Confirmation, and Holy Orders. The first graders began their unit on measurement and measured items using nonstandard units (unifix cubes).

 

THANK YOU First Grade Parents for the delicious staff lunch on Thursday!

 

Summer Conference Sign Ups: This time of year I like to offer optional conferences as a way for you to check in on progress, second grade readiness, and ideas to help your child over the summer. Each first grader will make a summer contract to be shared at the conference. This contract will include a plan for reading, writing, math, and student choice. If you do not sign up for a conference, I will send home this contract with ideas for things you can work on over the summer. I will send a link to sign up by next week.

 

Habitat Day

Today was the “due date” to finish the habitat report templates, but please do not turn them in before the due date. If your child wants to add additional pages to the report they are welcome to attach it to the templates. Now is the time to shift your focus on creating the 3D habitat. The “due dates” were created to be a target to help you stay on track for completion; do not stress if you are not there yet. J Have fun!

 

On May 23rd, parents are invited to tour habitat projects at the end of the day from 2:30 – 3:00. A detailed schedule of the day will be posted with other available visiting times.

 

Field Trip on Monday, May 29th

Permission Slips were sent home today with homework. Please complete both sides and return by next Friday, May 11th. Also please let me know ASAP if you would like to chaperone this field trip. Details and drivers forms will be sent home for volunteers soon.

 

Brown Bear Car Wash Fundraiser

6th grade will be selling Brown Bear tickets from 2:45-3:15 on Tuesdays and Fridays (except May 18) on the playground! $7 per tickets ($5.50 goes directly to St. John) you can still order directly from Scrip!

 

Questions to Ask:

-What prayers do we say in the rosary?

-What is length? Measure something at home. What did you use?

-What are 2 different names for a grassland habitat?

 

Special Notes:

  • Habitat Day is May 23rd
  • Memorial Day: No School Monday, May 28th
  • Field Trip to the zoo is May 29th

 

 

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

-tell about shapes and build and draw shapes. 1.G.1

-make two and three-dimensional shapes. 1.G.2

-use shapes to make new shapes. 1.G.2

 

 

April 27, 2018

We had a busy week with an Author and Illustrator visit, Poem in Your Pocket Day, and planting potatoes with Mrs. Aguila for next year’s first grade to enjoy. In math, first graders wrapped up graphing and 3-dimensional shapes. In science students completed their second week of study on the ocean habitat with a water layers experiment (water bottle), painted jellyfish, and created seahorses using newspaper and watercolors!

 

Thank you Mrs. Aguila for helping us plant and teaching us about potatoes!

 

Habitat Day

Last week information was sent home regarding Habitat Day. Please make sure to read the pink “To Do List” all the way through. Please make sure to return the green habitat-planning sheet ASAP so that teachers can approved/not approved the animal choice. Please do not begin research or building your habitat until you get approval from your teacher. On May 23rd, parents are invited to tour habitat projects at the end of the day from 2:30 – 3:00. A detailed schedule of the day will be posted with other available visiting times.

 

ZOO Field Trip on May 29th!

We will leave for the zoo around 9:15 on May 29 and return by 1:00. We will have lunch there so please cancel any hot lunch orders for this day by today (4/27) at 11:58pm! Field Trip Permission slips will go home next Friday, May 4th. Please fill out both sides and return it by Friday, May 11th. Are you interested in volunteering for our very last field trip of first grade? Email me! We are doing our very own Amazing Race at the zoo. Come join us!

 

Author Visit and Book Fair:

We thoroughly enjoyed our Author and Illustrator visit this week. There are still 2 copies left of What If, so if your looking for one please get in touch with Mrs. Bodmer at mbodmer@st-johnschool.org

Scholastic Book Fair will also be running afterschool from May 16th-18th!

 

Questions to Ask:

-What habitat do you have for habitat day?

-Name the zones of the ocean. Show off your water bottle.

-Tell names of some 3-dimensional shapes.

Special Notes:

– Star Dolphins for the week of April 30 are Skylar (Monday), Michela (Tuesday), Evelyn (Wednesday), Nico (Thursday), and Hannah (Friday). No sharing or poster this time. The students get to lead calendar, be first in line, and first to do anything!

– Wear dress uniform on Monday, May 1st for Crowning of Mary (please a flower)

– Spring Concert is on Tuesday, May 8 at 7:00 (Egan Hall)

 

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

-organize and understand data. 1.MD.4

-ask and answer questions about data. 1.MD.4

 

 

April 20, 2018

This week we dove into exploring the Ocean Habitat. We discussed the layers of the ocean and saw videos of dolphins surfing, the biggest fish in the world, and newly discovered animals in the Atlantic Ocean! We wrapped up a math focus on data and graphing and next week we will begin a unit on three-dimensional shapes! We also enjoyed watching some amazing jump ropers at our Jump Rope For Heart assembly. To learn more about the program see the information packet sent home in folders on Thursday.

A huge THANK YOU to Mr. Turner, Cullen’s dad, for presenting amazing pictures and information about his work in Antarctica to the whole first grade!

 Beatitudes

The first graders learned about the “Secret to Happiness” with the 8 Beatitudes. They made a book of flowers that go with each one. Check out their books!

Spelling Test Change

Starting last week I added a spelling sentence to the spelling test. Each week the first grade teachers will give 10 words and a sentence. The sentence is worth 5 points. One point for a capital letter, one point for punctuation, and three points for words spelled correctly. This will help with the grade “applies spelling words in writing”. Also it will help reinforce using correct punctuation and capitalization.

Habitat Day

Today information was sent in your homework packet regarding Habitat Day. Please take a moment to read the pink “To Do List” all the way through. The green habitat-planning sheet will be sent home with a note if it was approved/not approved. For example if our child chooses a dolphin, this would not be approved because there are many types of dolphins. If you child chooses a spinner dolphin it will be approved. Please do not begin research or building your habitat until you get approval from your teacher. On May 23rd, parents are invited to tour habitat projects at the end of the day from 2:30 – 3:00. A detailed schedule of the day will be posted with other available visiting times.

Poem in Your Pocket Day: It is National Poetry Month and there is a great Nation Wide Event called Poem in your Pocket Day that we would like to participate in. On April 25th, we will all select a poem, carry it with us, and share it with others. It will be so fun if everybody on campus participates and shares poems throughout the day with the kids and the kids can share with one another.

Thank You for Care Bags: The care bags were delivered this week to those in need and because there were so many given, the residents were able to cover Ballard and give to people downtown too. See the website for pictures of the distribution!

Special Notes:

-Class Mass on April 25th is canceled due to a funeral

-Star Dolphin for the week of April 23 is Luke

– Remember to read Book Bag assignments over the weekends!

-See email for Habitat Choices for the Habitat Project

 

 

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

-organize and understand data. 1.MD.4

-ask and answer questions about data. 1.MD.4

 

 

April 13, 2018

Welcome to the wonderful season of Easter. The Church celebrates for the next 50 days! Alleluia! The students came back rested and ready to learn. In math, first graders wrapped up geometry and fractions. In science we continued our habitat unit on the Polar habitat with a focus on Antarctica. Our culminating activity was polar art , either arctic (polar bears) or Antarctic (penguins) depending on the student’s opinion of which was the best polar region. Students learned about the 4 gospels, virtue of justice, and learned about Divine Mercy Sunday (see attached prayer on email).

 

Habitat Day and Project: Save the date! May 23 will be Habitat Day in First Grade. To prepare for this day your children will create their very own 3D habitats and write animal reports. I will send home a Habitat Planning Sheet for your child to complete next week!

 

Denim & Diamonds Auction

It’s Auction time! Get your bids ready for a wonderful night! Remember to be on the lookout for these items!

Afternoon at the Cinema

(Item 3010)

Spend the afternoon at school with the Primary teachers making ice cream sundaes and watching a movie!  Remember to bring your pillow and sleeping bag.  This will be on Friday, May 18 from 4:30-6:00. 

 

 

Miss Feeney’s 1st Grade Project

“A Dolphin in Flight”

Miss Feeney’s 1st grade class presents: “A Dolphin in Flight”. This mosaic masterpiece features a majestic dolphin leaping into the air in view of a blazing sunrise while the waves of the ocean lap eagerly at the dolphin’s fluke, inviting it to return to the sea. This whimsical piece represents the first grade journey (lovingly reflected by their class mascot, Bob the Dolphin) as they navigate the water towards 2nd grade. The intricate tile design, painstakingly created by their hands, shimmers and sparkles in the sunlight and is certain to bring joy to those who gaze upon it.

Value: Cheerful Dolphins at Work and Play

 

 

 

Questions to Ask:

-In your opinion what polar habitat do you think is the best?

-Name one gospel.

-What is your favorite geometric shape?

-What is a half? Fourths?

-What prayer can we say at 3:00 pm.? (Jesus I trust in you)

Special Notes:

– Star Dolphin for next week: Thane

– April 25th Class Mass CANCELLED due to funeral

-Friday, April 20th School Auction: Denim and Diamonds

 

 

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

-compose two-dimensional shapes to create a composite shape.1M.1.G.A.2

-partition circles into two and four equal shares.1.G.A.3