March 30, 2018

Holy Week is a time of learning and reflection at St. John. Today we honored Jesus’ sacrifice on Good Friday through silent dismissal. Students made Holy Week books, studied each of Jesus’ last days on Earth, and prayed with the school community the Stations of the Cross.

 

This week we began learning about Polar habitats and discussed the difference between the Arctic and Antarctica. In Math we continued to learn about 2 dimensional shapes by identifying the number of sides and vertices, as well as making composite shapes.

 

 

Have a joyous Easter and a fabulous break, see you in April!

 

 

THANK YOU-Lenten Service Project: Thank you for your generous donations of supplies for the homeless care bags. We were able to assemble over 125 bags with our 8th grade buddies this week to be donated to Compass Housing Alliance. The students also painted beautiful pictures of flowers for the walls of the shelters. It was a joy to watch the students come together to give and bless others.

 

 

Special Notes:

– Easter Sunday Mass at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.

No homework over Easter Break!

-Star Dolphin for the week of April 9th is Cullen

-Save the date: June 1 is the last field trip for first grade! We are going to the zoo and have our own “Amazing Race”!

 

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

 

 

March 23, 2018

Happy first week of spring (even though the weather is not showing it)! The first graders are learning with so much excitement. We continued our study of Rain Forests and compared them with Temperate Forests using a Venn Diagram. We made sloths and monkeys as well as learned the levels in the rainforests. In math we began a unit on geometry. This week we continued our journey to Jesus as we change our hearts for Lent. Next week we will celebrate the holiest week of the Church year! We want your family to experience this week so the homework will be focused on Religion. You can keep the purple Holy Week packet at home over Easter break to read through (there is something for Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday).

 

THANK YOU!

We appreciate all the donations received for our Lenten Service Project- Homeless Care Bags. We plan to assemble the bags next week with our 8th grade buddies.

 

Rice Bowl: This week we focused on families from Malawi. CRS helped them with farming through seed fairs.  Check out the story here: https://www.crsricebowl.org/stories-of-hope/week-5

Good Friday

Next Friday, March 30 the school will dismiss in silence (on playground, by flagpole).  We would appreciate if families continue to be silent until you are off campus.  We end in silence to remember the hour Jesus died on Good Friday.  Thank you!

 

St. John Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord: Mass – Vigil Mass March 24th at 5pm
March 25th at 8:30 am and
meet in Egan hall for the procession at 10:15am for the 10:30 am Mass

Holy Thursday of the Lord’s Supper: Mass – March 29th at 7pm Adoration until 10pm in the Reservation Chapel

Good Friday of the Passion of the Lord: March 30th: Stations of the Cross at 2pm  Liturgy at 7pm

Holy Saturday: The Easter Vigil in the Holy Night  Mass – March 31st at 8pm

Easter Sunday The Resurrection of the Lord   Mass – April 1st at 8:30 am & 10:30 am

Questions to Ask:

-Name the 4 levels of the Rain Forest.

-What is a vertex? How many vertices are in a square? Triangle?

-What did you enjoy most about Grandparent’s Day?

 

Special Notes

-Star Dolphin for the week of March 26 is Drew

– Spring Break is April 2-6

 

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

-find the main topic and details in a section of nonfiction. RI.1.2

-make and describe connections between two people, evens, or ideas in nonfiction. RI.1.3

-use words and pictures to help me understand nonfiction. RI.1.7

-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

-read texts and materials to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive. 1.LS1.2

-tell how many tens and how many ones are in a number. 1.NBT.2

-find 10 more or 10 less in my head. 1.NBT.5

-know what an equal sign means. 1.OA.7

-compare two-digit numbers using <, >, and =. 1.NBT.3

-subtract multiples of 10 under 100 and explain what I did. 1.NBT.6

 

 

March 15, 2018

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This week students continued learning about the Stations of the Cross where they walk with Jesus each Friday. They finished their study on temperate forests by creating coniferous trees art. Then they began their new unit on rainforest habitats where they took a “virtual field trip.” They finished subtracting tens from double digits and created 3D rainbows by measuring different strips with rulers. We have had a great start to our 3rd Trimester.

 Report Cards: Report cards are coming home today- Thursday, March 15th. Please take a moment to review your child’s report card. Remember that these are goals for the end of year. If they are progressing, it means they are on their way to meeting the standard or benchmark. If your child is meeting a standard you can continue practicing that skill. SLE self-assessments will also be included. I have marked in blue marker my assessment for their SLE’s. Please sign and return the YELLOW COPY of the report card and ENVELOPE. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

1st/8th Grade Service Project: Homeless Care Bags

We will be collecting the following items to be donated to the homeless through the Compass Housing Alliance in Ballard. Please send in items by: Friday, March 23rd

Deodorant

Body wash

Shampoo/conditioner

Toothbrush

Toothpaste

Shower caps

Notebook/pen

 

 

Lent CRS Rice Bowl week 4:

This week we heard of a story of hope from Haiti.   Below is the link to the story; the page also has a simple recipe from Haiti that your family is encouraged to try- Vegetable Stew.

 

https://www.crsricebowl.org/stories-of-hope/week-4

 

Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day (March 22): Remember if your child does not have a family member or friend coming, please email me and I will place him/her with a friend. Your grandparent or special friend should come to the classroom to pick your child up and walk together to Egan Hall. Lunch begins at 11:00. Students should provide a sack lunch for themselves and their guests. I will be there to bring your children back to the classroom when lunch and the performance are over. They will need to find me in Egan Hall at the end!

Musical Link

Mrs. Tsagalakis would like to make you aware of the opera that will be coming to our school next week Tuesday. Check out her web page below for information about the Opera and a link to the program.

https://musicpat.st-johnschool.org

 

Questions to Ask:

-What is something you learned about St. Patrick this week?

-What is 65-10? 75-20?

-How are you doing on your Lent promises?

 

Special Notes

-Star Dolphin for the week of March 19 is Johnny

– Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day is March 22nd

-Easter Holiday- April 2nd-6th

 

 

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

-find the main topic and details in a section of nonfiction. RI.1.2

-make and describe connections between two people, evens, or ideas in nonfiction. RI.1.3

-use words and pictures to help me understand nonfiction. RI.1.7

-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

-read texts and materials to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive. 1.LS1.2

-tell how many tens and how many ones are in a number. 1.NBT.2

-find 10 more or 10 less in my head. 1.NBT.5

-know what an equal sign means. 1.OA.7

-compare two-digit numbers using <, >, and =. 1.NBT.3

-subtract multiples of 10 under 100 and explain what I did. 1.NBT.6

 

 

March 9, 2018

We are sailing through March and second trimester is coming to an end! Students compared and contrasted coniferous and deciduous trees during our study of Temperate Forests this week.   In math we worked on adding double digits with regrouping and subtracting tens. We also celebrated the Feast of St. Patrick on Wednesday during Mass.

We are halfway through the season of Lent.  If you want to try something new to help your child become closer to Jesus, check out this link.  https://wunder-mom.com/top-childrens-books-activities-lenten-season/.  It is part of homework this week.

Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day (March 22): Remember if your child does not have a family member or friend coming, please email me and I will place him/her with a friend. Your grandparent or special friend should come to the classroom to pick your child up and walk together to Egan Hall. Lunch begins at 11:00. Students should provide a sack lunch for themselves and their guests. I will be there to bring your children back to the classroom when lunch and the performance are over. They will need to find me in Egan Hall at the end!

Report Cards: Report cards are coming home next Thursday, March 15th. Please take a moment to review your child’s report card. Remember that these are goals for the end of year. If they are progressing, it means they are on their way to meeting the standard or benchmark. If your child is meeting a standard you still want continue practicing that skill. Please sign and return the YELLOW copy of the report card. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

 

1st/8th Grade Service Project: Homeless Care Bags

We will be collecting the following items to be donated to the homeless through the Compass Housing Alliance in Ballard. Please send in items by: Friday, March 23rd

Deodorant

Body wash

Shampoo/conditioner

Toothbrush

Toothpaste

Shower caps

Notebook/pen

 

 

Lent CRS Rice Bowl week 2:

This week we heard of a story of hope from Burkina Faso.   Below is the link to the story; the page also has a simple recipe from Burkina Faso that your family is encouraged to try- Bean Cakes.

 

https://www.crsricebowl.org/stories-of-hope/week-3

 

 

Questions to Ask:

-What is the virtue for the month of March? (mercy)

-What is 50-20? 83-10?

-What is the difference between a coniferous and deciduous tree?

 

Special Notes

-Star Dolphin for the week of March 12 is Caelan

– Early Dismissal (noon) Thursday, March 15th

-No school Friday, March 16th for teacher in-service

-Report cards go home March 15th

-Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day is March 22nd

 

 

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 who, what, where, when, why, and how after reading nonfiction. RI.1.1

-find the main topic and details in a section of nonfiction. RI.1.2

-make and describe connections between two people, evens, or ideas in nonfiction. RI.1.3

-use words and pictures to help me understand nonfiction. RI.1.7

-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

-read texts and materials to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive. 1.LS1.2

-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

-know what an equal sign means. 1.OA.7

-subtract multiples of 10 under 100 and explain what I did. 1.NBT.6

 

 

March 2, 2018

 

Our field trip to the Pacific Science Center Polar Exhibit and IMAX was amazing!  The first graders traveled from station to station where they listened to the scientists from UW and performed experiments about glaciers, salinity, sonar, and so much more. They also really enjoyed the IMAX movie about the Amazon in connection with our rainforest habitat study. Thank you to Mrs. Aguila, Mrs. McCormick, Mrs. Feeman, Mrs. Dacquisto, Mr. Turner, Ms. Kithene, Ms. Yee, Ms. Lathrop, and Mrs. Kane for helping out today!  It was a wonderful experience because of you!

1st/8th Grade Service Project: Homeless Care Bags

We will be collecting the following items to be donated to the homeless through the Compass Housing Alliance in Ballard. Please send in items by: Friday, March 23rd

Deodorant

Body wash

Shampoo/conditioner

Toothbrush

Toothpaste

Shower caps

Notebook/pen

 

 

Lent CRS Rice Bowl week 2:

This week we heard of a story of hope from Nicaragua.   Below is the link to the story; the page also has a simple Nicaraguan soup recipe that your family is encouraged to try- Soupa de queso.

 

https://www.crsricebowl.org/stories-of-hope/week-2

 

Questions to Ask:

-What was your favorite thing at the Polar Exhibit?

-What is ten more than 22? Ten less? Can you count by tens starting at 33 all the way to 103?

-What will you do to help others during Lent?

-Name one animal that lives in the Arctic.

 

Special Notes

-Star Dolphin for the week of March 5 is Clara.

– Early Dismissal (noon) Thursday, March 15th

-No school Friday, March 16th for teacher in-service

-Report cards go home March 15th

-Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day is March 22nd

– 1st and 7th grades are hosting Stations of the Cross Soup Supper on Friday, March 2 at 7pm

 

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 who, what, where, when, why, and how after reading nonfiction. RI.1.1

-find the main topic and details in a section of nonfiction. RI.1.2

-make and describe connections between two people, evens, or ideas in nonfiction. RI.1.3

-use words and pictures to help me understand nonfiction. RI.1.7

-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

-read texts and materials to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help    offspring survive. 1.LS1.2

-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

-know what an equal sign means. 1.OA.7

-compare two-digit numbers using <, >, and =. 1.NBT.3

-subtract multiples of 10 under 100 and explain what I did. 1.NBT.6

 

 

 

February 23, 2018

What a short and productive week in first grade! We learned and drew the different levels of a pond, learned key terms in pond habitat, and drew pictures of plants and animals that live in the pond. We learned in depth Stations 1 and 2 as part of first grade religion. Today we attended the Stations of the Cross at church. This is a beautiful tradition of the church for Fridays of Lent.

Lent Rice Bowl: Rice bowls were sent home last week at the start of Lent. It is a faith-in-action program that helps families experience Lenten spirituality by living in solidarity with people in need around the world. One way to bring Lent to life in your home is to place your CRS Rice Bowl in a prominent place in your home and use it to collect your Lenten sacrifices. (For first graders, this may look like doing acts of kindness at home to earn collections for others in your Rice Bowl.) We will be collecting Rice Bowls at the end of Lent.

This week we heard of a story of hope from Iraq. Below is the link to the story; the page also has a simple Iraqi recipe for the week that your family is encouraged to try- Lablabi Soup.

 

A Story of Hope from Iraq

 

Field Trip Notes:

Thank you to the following parents who volunteered to drive: Mrs. Aguila, Mrs. McCormick, Mrs. Feeman, Mrs. Dacquisto, Mr. Turner, Mrs. Walley, Ms. Yee, and Mrs. Kane. I need a few more parents to help out! This is a cool field trip and it is easier if I can have 2 parents per group.

Attention Chaperones: Please make sure to complete the “Driver Information Sheet” that was sent home today in your child’s folder today. You will receive more detailed information about the field trip early next week. Thanks for volunteering!

All Parents:  Please pack a sack lunch in a disposable bag for the field trip. Please also send a disposable drink rather than a water bottle, as the chaperones will be in charge of carrying all the lunches. We will return to school around 2:00 to have snack. Please make sure to send a snack packed separate from the lunch for when we return. I will send out additional information for the volunteers next week!  If you haven’t already turned in your field trip permission slips, I need them by Monday, February 26!

Grandparents’ and Friends’ Day: Grandparents’ and Friends’ Day is Thursday, March 22nd. Lunch begins at 11:00 in Egan Hall. Cookies, coffee, tea, and water will be provided. Students are to provide a sack lunch for themselves and their special guest. Families are asked to RSVP and please limit guests to no more than 4 in consideration of others. Please tell your special guests that TEACHERS will walk students back to their classrooms after the luncheon. Do not escort your child back across the street! Teachers will take care of getting them safely back to class. Please let me know if your child does not have a family member or special friend coming so I can pair him/her up with a classmate.

 

 

Questions to Ask:

– What animal lives in a pond? What is one of the levels in a pond?

– Try different strategies to solve subtraction problems to 20.

 

Special Notes:

– Star Dolphin for the week of February 26 is Lily

– Field trip to the Pacific Science Center Friday, March 2

– 1st and 7th grades are hosting Stations of the Cross Soup Supper on Friday, March 2 at 7pm

 

 

 

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

-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

 

February 15, 2018

It was an exciting, productive week in first grade. Students celebrated the 100th day of school with games and 100 themed activities including writing what they would do at 100 years old. Did you check out their 100 year old photos taken using an aging app? Our eighth grade buddies visited and in 20 minutes they read close to 100 books. By the end of the day we had read 290! The first graders celebrated St. Valentine’s Day on Tuesday where they passed out cards, counted and sorted sweethearts, and had a party. Wednesday was Ash Wednesday where we gathered together at Mass to begin the Lenten season. Today we came up with 10 promises to change our heart for Jesus. Some examples included pray more, go to Mass, read Bible stories, collect money for the Rice Bowl, and be kind to others at recess.

Field Trip Note: Please be sure to return permission slips as soon as possible. I am still missing many forms! Make sure to complete both sides of the form. If you send a check, please put your child’s name in the memo line. If you send cash for payment, please send it in a clearly labeled envelope with your child’s name. Thank you!

Thank you to the following parents who volunteered to drive: Mrs. Aguila, Mrs. McCormick, Mrs. Feeman, Mrs. Dacquisto, Mr. Turner, and Mrs. Kane. I need a few more parents to help out! This is a cool field trip and it is easier if I can have 2 parents per group.

 

Homework Note: Due to the short week next week there will be NO HOMEWORK! J

 

Questions to Ask:

– Tell me about St. Valentine.

-What is the virtue of the month?

-What is one way to make 100? What was your favorite 100th day activity?

-What is your Lent promise?

 

Special Notes:

-Star Dolphin for February 21 is Lizah. No Star Dolphin for the rest of the week.

– Turn in Field Trip Permission slips and $ as soon as possible!

-No school on February 16 – February 21

Please do not order hot lunch for March 2 (Field Trip day)

 

 

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

-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

-read texts and use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive. 1.LS1.2

 

February 9, 2018

What an amazing week! First graders began studying habitats in science. We discussed what a habitat provides for animals and made observations about the different categories of habitats. In math, students continued learning subtraction strategies. First graders also eagerly shared all of their musical instruments and described how they build the creations. We could start a band!

Lent starts next week.  Remember to have your child wear dress uniform on February 14 for Ash Wednesday Mass. For homework I sent home a Lent calendar of ideas for your family (2 sides).  Keep this in a safe place until April!  February 13 is when we will celebrate our Valentine’s Day.  If possible, please bring your cards by Monday in a bag labeled with your name.  February 11 is the 100th day of school.  Please bring your 100 word poster to school on Monday.

 Field Trip Note: Friday, March 2nd is our field trip to the Pacific Science Center. Please DO NOT order hot lunch for that day. Permission slips are coming home today! Don’t forget to fill out both sides and turn in the $13 fee (check made out to St. John School or cash).  If you are volunteering for the field trip, please send in $9.50 fee.  If this is your first time volunteering for our field trip, please check to see if you have completed your Safe Environment Training.  Permission slips are due February 15!

 Calling all volunteers! Thank you to Mrs. Dacquisto, Mr. Turner, and Mrs. Kane for volunteering to drive to the Science Center. In order to make this field trip successful I need 7 more drivers! If you are available to drive or help with a small group, please email me. Thank you!

Class Management System: Today we began a new plan for the entire class. The students are having trouble remembering to raise their hands and stop talking when a teacher asks for their attention. So as a result each student will have BLURT cubes on his/her desk. When a student forgets to raise his hand or doesn’t stop to listen, he will “change a cube”. If students don’t blurt out and have all letters at the end of the day, they receive “Blurt Dessert” cards. This does not mean they earn desserts from you. The cards are the “prize.” If all letters are gone before the end of the day, students will write “Blurt Alert” notes home to their parents explaining how they can do better the next time. My goal is to have all students develop good listening skills so they are prepared for second grade. If you have any questions about this new system, please let me know! Thank you for your support.

 

Questions to Ask

– Can you solve this problem? 5 + ___=13

– How can you use 7+7=14 to solve 14-7=___

– What were some of the materials you saw used to create an instrument?

– What are the four things that a Habitat provides?

 

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of February 11, plus a day the following week is Lizah.

– Valentine’s Day Party is Tuesday, February 13

-Ash Wednesday Mass is February 14 (wear dress uniform)

– No school Friday, 2/16 – Tuesday, 2/20 for faculty retreat and winter holiday.

-Permission Slips sent home today for our Friday, March 2nd Field Trip

 

 

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

– count to 120. 1.NBT.1

– tell how many tens and how many ones are in a number. 1.NBT.2

– compare two-digit numbers using <, >, and =. 1.NBT.3

– use manipulatives, pictures, and math strategies to help me solve problems within 100. 1.NBT.4

– find 10 more or 10 less in my head. 1.NBT.5

 

 

 

 

February 2, 2018

Catholic Schools Week was a huge success! Thank you so much for the beautiful flowers this week. I am so blessed to be able to teach your wonderful children. It was fun to see mini-Miss Feeney’s walking around. Apparently I wear a lot of snow hats! 🙂

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 everyone participated in Fun Friday!

Thank you Mrs. Feeman, Mr. Diefenbach, and Dr. Yanik for coming to our class to talk about their jobs on vocation day. The students had a lot of great questions answered.

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 weekly homework to help you. Mrs. Peoples’ list is on the back if your child would like to include them but it is optional. I encourage your children not to bring candy on this day if possible. Thank you! We will celebrate Tuesday, February 13th.

Questions to Ask

– What do you want to be when you grow up?

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

– Use the strategy count back to subtract to solve this problem. 12-4.

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of February 5th is Jack.

– Musical instrument project due Monday, February 5th. The first graders will bring their instruments and have a chance to share and perform during music class.

– 100th Day Project due Monday, February 12th

-Ash Wednesday on Wednesday, February 14th, Dress Uniform please

-SweatHeart Dance on Friday, February 9th at 6:30pm in Egan Hall

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 26, 2018

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

Catholic Schools Week Schedule

Monday: Free dress day and bring in a can of food for St. Vincent de Paul food drive

Tuesday: Crazy sock day

Wednesday: Choose your own sweatshirt day

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

Friday: Purple and gold day- free lunch for students

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 12th.

 

Field Trip Chaperones

Please let me know if you would like to chaperone at our next field trip on Friday, March 2nd to the Pacific Science Center. We will be attending the Polar Science Weekend stations there and watching an IMAX film on habitats.

Musical Instrument: First graders are completing their unit on sound and light waves. To celebrate what we learned, all students are asked to create their own musical instrument. Instruments should be homemade by the first graders. Parents may guide and assist where necessary but I really encourage the kids to be the designers and builders as much as possible. There are details included with the homework packet. Projects are due Monday, February 5th. The first graders will bring their instruments to share and perform during music class. Here is a website to help you if needed. https://kinderart.com/art-lessons/music/easy-make-musical-instruments/

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 green STAR reports at home for your reference. 

Thank you Mr. McCarthy for a wonderful mini performance today! He played a few songs on his guitars to show the first graders about sound and vibrations.

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!

 

Questions to Ask

– What was Jesus’ first miracle?

– Name a material that some light passes through?

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

 

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of January 29th is Zakayo.

– Open House and Catholic Schools Week Mass Sunday, January 28th at 10:30 a.m.

– Musical instrument project due Monday, February 5th

– 100th Day Project due Wednesday, February 12th

 

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