January 20, 2017

This week first graders lived our mission – love the lord with all your heart, mind, and soul, love one another. Students walked over donations to our own St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank and saw the impact of their contributions. The first graders wrote their winter poems, sang a song about the 12 disciples, took MAP tests in reading and math, and wrapped up their unit on sound and light waves. Thank you to our team of parent (and grandparent) volunteers who led a wonderful art project where students made robots.

Special Visitors: On Monday, January 23rd St. John kicks off accreditation. The visiting team, comprised of fellow Catholic school educators and administrators, will journey to the St. John campus for the first time. Students are asked to wear dress uniform to represent our school in the best way possible. This includes a navy sweatshirt. We have a 2:00 dismissal to allow time for the faculty to meet the visiting team.

 Musical Instrument: First graders completed 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 6th. The first graders will bring their instruments to share and perform during music class.

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 10th.

Catholic Schools Week: Catholic Schools Week is coming up. Please be sure to join us for 10:30 Mass on Sunday, January 29th and for the open house immediately following. I am asking for any parents who are interested/available during the first week of February 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!

 Questions to Ask

– How did we fix the flashlight for Kat and Squirrel?

– Name as many disciples as you can!

– How do we hear sound? How does thunder shake the ground?

 

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of January 20th is Chloe

– Monday, January 23rd – Dress uniform and 2:00 dismissal.

 

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 13, 2017

January 13, 2017

Happy Blue Friday! First graders have been busy at work. In science, students observed sound waves by imitating thunder and watching the vibrations. First graders listened to stories of Martin Luther King, Jr. Students retold and illustrated Jesus lost in the temple and the story of His baptism. First graders also continued learning about adjectives, similes, and poetry. They wrote their very own winter and color poems to display at the open house.

 

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 10th.

 

New Year Assessments

Next week first graders will wrap up the STAR reading assessment, followed by our second round of MAP testing. We will share data results when they are available at the end of the month.

 

Questions to Ask

– Who was Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.? Why is he so important?

– What is a simile?

– How do we hear sound? How does thunder shake the ground?

 

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of January 17th is Aspen.

– Please bring one can of food for our own St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank. Students will walk donations over on Wednesday, January 18th.

– No school on Monday, January 19th (Martin Luther King Jr. Day).

– Monday, January 23rd – Dress uniform and 2:00 dismissal.

 

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 6, 2017


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.

The year began with a review of school and classroom rules. This week the first graders reviewed the birth of Jesus and Epiphany. In math, students are wrapping up subtraction to 20. In science, first graders began a new unit all about sound and light waves. Students compared the sound of glasses filled with different water levels and built rubber band guitars to listen for pitch and vibrations. Students also learned about imagery and began writing color poems.

During the month of January, we celebrate Catholic Schools Week. Please join us for 10:30 Mass on Sunday, January 28th. 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.

Blurt Dessert  Cards

You may have noticed your children bringing home Blurt Dessert  cards. We started something new in first grade this week. I gave each student a set of unifix cubes with the word BLURT on them. If they blurt out in class, they have to switch their cubes. If they lose all letters, then they fill out a “Blurt Alert” page for you to review. If they keep all letters (do not blurt out in class) then they receive “Blurt Dessert ” cards. This is a way for us to practice raising our hands and listening to each other in discussions. If you have any questions, please let me know!

 

New Year Assessments

This week students completed a spelling inventory. This assessment helps teachers ensure students are being met where they are and challenged appropriately. There may be slight changes in spelling groups to meet all students’ needs. Next week first graders will take the STAR reading assessment, followed by our second round of MAP testing. We will share data results when they are available.

 

Questions to Ask

– Where did Jesus live? Where was he born?

– What is your new years resolution?

– What is an adjective?

 

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of January 9th is Peter.

– Please bring one can of food for our own St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank. Students will walk donations over on Wednesday, January 18th.

– No school on Monday, January 16th (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

– Middle school is collecting donations for the “Winter Drive” for United Way. Please send in any new or gentle used items until January 27th.

– 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 daily.

 

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

 

December 16, 2016

What happened to December? The students have completed four months of first grade! The students sang like angels in Tuesday’s Christmas Program and today the first graders received a special delivery from the North Pole! The Christmas International Luncheon was a huge success! Thank you to all the parents who helped out by bringing in items to share or helping in the classroom.

Over break it is a great idea to read and practice math daily. Here are some first grade goals to easily practice at home: Fluently add and subtract to 20 (not counting on fingers), skip counting by 1, 2, 5, or 10 from 1-120, and mentally finding 10 more or 10 less than any number.

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!

Today your child is bringing an ornament home for the family. It has a ribbon tied to it. This ribbon is the height of your child. You are welcome to keep this ornament and each year pull it out to see how tall your child has grown! Merry Christmas!

Special Notes

-There is no homework over break. Students are encouraged to read as much as possible and utilize Mathletics or XtraMath.

-Christmas Break is from December 17th – January 2nd.

-Star Dolphin for the week of January 2 is Maria Elena

 

Thank you all for the kind and generous gifts and Christmas wishes.

I wish all the first grade families a wonderful Christmas and a happy New Year! May God and his angels bless you and guide you always.

 

 

 

 

 

December 9, 2016

Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow! Welcome to our first big snow day. Remember on these snowy days your children can wear boots to school. Advent is well underway here at St. John School. We celebrated the Immaculate Conception at a beautiful Mass Thursday morning and primary students prayed together every morning. They are busy preparing their hearts for the coming of Jesus.

 

This week students continued learning subtraction strategies, made holy cards for St. Nicholas and St. Dominic Savio (saint of the month) and listened and wrote about Christmas Around the World. Students learned about Christmas customs and even made ornaments to represent the different places they studied. Thank you Ms. Erbe and Mrs. Eberly for sharing about Christmas in Germany! On Tuesday, first graders put their shoes outside in hopes that St. Nicholas would make a stop by St. John School. They were excited to find little candy canes and treats!

 

Thank you to Amy Szyszko for braving the snowy roads to lead art today for the students. They made snowy pictures with beautiful trees! It was a great lesson but busy with one volunteer! Please check out the next art time in January when I send out the new sign up calendar. It would be helpful to have 2-3 parents sign up. Thank you!

 

Christmas Luncheon

The First Grade International Christmas Luncheon is set for next Thursday! Please bring your food (labeled with name of dish and country) to the classroom by 10:30. If your child has any allergies, please bring a special dish for him/her. If your dish is “peanut free’’ or “tree nut free”, please put a note on your dish. We will eat our special lunch in Miss Feeney’s room and the food will be set out in Mrs. Todd’s room. I would like the parents who volunteered to set up to come to the classroom by 10:15. We still have a need for recess supervision. This is a big undertaking and we appreciate all of your help to make it possible. The first graders may wear their Christmas best (free dress). 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 Tuesday, December 13th 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. I 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 and encouraged to stay for the second grade performance.

Christmas Eve

Saturday, December 24
Children’s Vigil Mass with Schola, 4pm
Children’s Vigil Mass with Cantionis, 6pm
Christmas Mass, 9pm
Christmas Day
Sunday, December 25
Christmas Morning Mass, 9am

 

Questions to Ask

– Can you sing me a song for your concert?

– What can you tell me about Christmas in Poland? Norway? Germany?

 

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of December 12 is Nathaniel.

– Christmas Concert Tuesday, December 13th.

– Christmas Luncheon Thursday, December 15th (wear nice free dress)

– Noon dismissal Friday, December 16th.

 

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

– 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

-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 2, 2016

Advent is in full swing and first graders are busy studying Christmas Around the World. Students learned about Christmas traditions in Great Britain, Australia, Lebanon, Hungary, Jamaica, Kenya, and Ireland this week. Thank you Mrs. O’Leary for coming to share about Christmas in your home country!

International Christmas Luncheon

Please return completed forms by Monday, December 5th. Mrs. Todd and I will review the forms, see what we need to buy to round out the list, and send home a confirmation next Friday, December 9th. Thank you in advance for your contributions! Also, a huge thank you to our volunteers! If you are able to attend on December 15th, please visit the signup on my website. Many hands make light work! 🙂

Report Cards

In reviewing report cards, remember that these are goals for the end of year. If they are progressing (P), it means they are on their way to meeting the standard (M) or benchmark. If your child is meeting a standard, please continue practicing as the year progresses. In spelling, our goal is for students to memorize specific patterns, rather than simply the list of words. Please keep spelling sorts at home after completing for homework. This will give you and your child an opportunity to review (make sentences, stories, etc.) and continue to use the words. Please sign and return the YELLOW copy of the report card and the report card envelope as soon as possible.

Printing Practice

Handwriting Without Tears printing practice books will come home today. The students have practiced their printing during our library time (along with checking out books) the last few months. If your child received a P in forming letters correctly on his/her report card, please review the letters in the printing book. You are welcome to keep these books at home and complete them as needed. These books are a great resource to work on letter formation and/or using lines and spaces correctly.

 Religion Journals

Your child is bringing their Religion Journals today. They are green to represent Ordinary Time in the Church Season. Please review what they learned about in Religion the last few months! We are now in Advent Season so the students have purple Religion journals.

Questions to Ask

– What color are the candles on the Advent wreath?

– What can you tell me about Christmas in Australia? Great Britain? Ireland?

 

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of December 5 is Caleb.

– Dress uniform Thursday, December 8th for Mass at 9:00 a.m.

– Christmas Luncheon Thursday, December 15th.

 

I Can…

– punctuate sentences. L.1.2

– 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

– tell who, what, when, where, why and how after reading. RL.1.1

– tell the characters, setting, and what happens in a story. RL.1.3

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

– use words and pictures to help me tell about the characters, setting, and plot. RL.1.7

– 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

– 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

 

S.L.E.s

– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.

 

REMINDER

1st and 2nd GRADE CHRISTMAS CONCERT, Tuesday, December 13TH.

Drop off your children to their classrooms (not Egan Hall) between 6:40-6:50 PM.

Performance begins at 7:00 p.m. in Egan Hall.

 

 

 

November 22, 2016

Saints-in-training! This week students trained to be like saints through their actions. We played “Virtues of the Saints” to remind us how to be saint-like in our everyday lives.

Pray for the living and the dead like St. Cyprian– Each student wrote names of family and friends and prayed for them.

 Clothe the naked like St. Martin de Porres– Each student made paper clothes for his/her person.

 Feed the Hungry like St. Elizabeth of Hungary– Each student decorated two paper muffins.

 Build the church like St. Francis-Each student used blocks to build a church.

 Teach the faith like St. Patrick- Each student made shamrocks and wrote the persons of the Trinity.

 Give to the poor like St. Nicholas – Each student made money and their own chimneys.

I am thankful for each of you and wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Special Advent Note

Beginning Monday, November 28th the entire school will gather for Advent morning prayer every Monday in the church at 8:20. First graders will head straight to the church at 8:15. Please do your best to be on time. If you are late, please come directly to the church. We will be sitting in the front on the right hand side facing the altar if you need to meet us there.

 

Also, please take note of the volunteer times during December. Sight words will begin at 8:30 to allow for primary advent prayer Tuesday – Friday in the kindergarten classroom. If you are here volunteering, you are welcome to join us.

 

Christmas Around the World

On Thursday, December 15th, first graders will celebrate learning about Christmas around the world with an international luncheon. Each family is asked to participate either by making a dish from a special country or donating supplies and/or your time. Planning/sign up forms will come home after Thanksgiving. Please click here http://grade1b.st-johnschool.org/first-grade-volunteers/ for volunteer opportunities on December 15th to help with the luncheon. Please do not order hot lunch on Thursday, December 15th.

 

Special Notes

-Homework and new spelling words will come Monday, November 28th.

-Report cards will be sent home on Thursday, December 1st. Please sign and return one copy and the envelope.

-Star Dolphin for the week of November 28 is Parker.

 

 

 

November 18, 2016

Field trip success! First graders had an amazing time at the Seattle Art Museum learning about different cultures around the world. They made their own “fine porcelain” dishes to bring home (Monday) and share for a special occasion. The students were well behaved and represented St. John School incredibly well. Thank you to Mrs. Masters, Mrs. Semick, Mrs. McCants, Ms. McVay, Ms. Erbe, and Mrs. Bergman for helping today!

 

Special Advent Note

Beginning Monday, November 28th the entire school will gather for Advent morning prayer every Monday in the church at 8:20. First graders will head straight to the church at 8:15. Please do your best to be on time. If you are late, please come directly to the church. We will be sitting in the front on the right hand side facing the altar if you need to meet us there.

 

Also, please take note of the volunteer times during December. Sight words will begin at 8:30 to allow for primary advent prayer Tuesday – Friday in the kindergarten classroom. If you are here volunteering, you are welcome to join us.

 

Christmas Around the World

On Thursday, December 15th, first graders will celebrate learning about Christmas around the world with an international luncheon. Each family is asked to participate either by making a dish from a special country or donating supplies and/or your time. Planning/sign up forms will come home after Thanksgiving. Please do not order hot lunch on Thursday, December 15th.

 

St. John Talent Show

The St. John Youth Group is hosting the first ever talent show on Friday, December 9th from 7:00 – 9:00pm in Egan Hall. Sign up in the office or email YG leader Myke Folger at mykeblaise@gmail.com.

 

Questions to Ask

– What is does plural mean? Singular?

– What was your favorite part of the museum?

 

Special Notes

– Clare will have a make up day for Star Dolphin on Monday.

– Dress uniform Monday, November 21st for Thanksgiving Mass.

– Food drive donations are welcome through November 22nd.

– Tuesday, November 22nd First Trimester ends.

– Thanksgiving Break November 23rd – 27th.

– Heredity project due Monday, November 28th.

 

I Can…

– use singular and plural nouns. L.1.1

– punctuate sentences. L.1.2

– 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

– tell who, what, when, where, why and how after reading. RL.1.1

– tell the characters, setting, and what happens in a story. RL.1.3

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

– use words and pictures to help me tell about the characters, setting, and plot. RL.1.7

– 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

– 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

– create a family timeline to show events in a sequential manner. 4.1.1

– tell that young animals are like, but not exactly like their parents. 1.LS3.1

 

S.L.E.s

– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.

 

 

November 10, 2016

A fun week on the books in first grade! Students learned how to set the table and wrote about things they are thankful for. First graders also listened to Duck For President and participated in a class election. This week students continued learning subtraction strategies and practiced skip counting. It would be a great idea to practice with your child at home. First graders should be able to count to 120 by 1, 2, 5, and 10. Give it a try! As report cards approach, it is also a good idea to work on memorizing prayers and practicing the sign of the cross. Lots of students are not quite there yet.

Heredity Project

This week students learned about heredity and how offspring (plants, animals, and humans) are like, but not exactly like their parents. We also talked about different kinds of families – families where dads carry babies by reading Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle and learned about offspring names in Does Kangaroo Have a Mother? By Eric Carle. Each student is asked to create a family timeline including pictures of their grandparents, parents, and themselves. On the back of their photo timeline, they will write about two traits they inherited from their family. Please be sure to check your child’s folder for project details.

 

Field Trip Note

Next Friday, November 18th is our field trip to the Seattle Art Museum. Please keep in mind the following to help things run smoothly:

  • Send your child to school in his/her DRESS UNIFORM (especially St. John sweatshirts)
  • Bring a booster seat (if your child requires one) to the hallway outside of XDC. Clearly label each booster with your child’s name.
  • We will provide graham crackers as a snack to all the children while we are at the museum. If your child cannot eat this for dietary reasons, please send in a small, comparable and disposable snack Thursday, 11/17. Please do not send in anything that requires a spoon.
  • Students will eat lunch in the classroom when they return around 12:30. Students will miss hot lunch in Egan Hall. Since this is later than our normal lunch, please be sure your child eats a big breakfast Friday morning.

 

Christmas Around the World

In December, the children will celebrate Christmas around the world! They will learn different names for Santa, see countries on a map, color each country’s flag, and discuss how families live and celebrate Christmas around the world. They will end the unit with the annual 1st grade Christmas International Luncheon! If you would like us to celebrate your country of origin, please email me by Monday, November 14th.

 

Questions to Ask

– How can you earn your saint badge?

– How can you show courtesy?

– Can you set the table?

 

Special Notes

– The Star Dolphin for the week of November 14 is Rachel.

– Food drive donations are welcome through November 22nd.

-Please turn in $9 fee and permission slip as soon as possible!

-Saint Holy Card is due November 18

 

I Can…

– use common nouns, verbs, and adjectives. L.1.1

– punctuate sentences. L.1.2

– spell first grade words. L.1.2

– use context clues to help me understand a new word or words. L.1.4

– 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

– write to tell a story. W.1.3

– help my class write. W.1.7

– tell who, what, when, where, why and how after reading. RL.1.1

– tell the characters, setting, and what happens in a story. RL.1.3

– use words and pictures to help me tell about the characters, setting, and plot. RL.1.7

– 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

– use strategies to solve addition word problems. 1.OA.1

– use the commutative property of addition. 1.OA.3

– count to help me add and subtract. 1.OA.5

– add facts within 20. 1.OA.5

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

– 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

– create a family timeline to show events in a sequential manner. 4.1.1

 

S.L.E.s

– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.

 

 

 

November 4, 2016

November is here! First graders welcomed November with All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. They sang beautifully at Mass! On November 2 the first graders had a prayer service in the classroom where they prayed for family members who have died. In math, first graders began learning subtraction strategies. They will practice subtraction facts to 10 and then continue on with facts to 20. The first graders finished their unit on the moon. They made Oreo Moon Phases with their buddies today. We focused on the four main phases. Check out the sky to see what phase the moon is in the next few weeks. I hear there will be a supermoon coming soon! Students also learned about timelines and made their own for America. They included the Native Americans, Columbus, and the Pilgrims.

 

Field Trip

Permission slips are due November 10th for the Seattle Art Museum field trip. Please be sure to fill out both sides and return before next Thursday. Thank you again to all of our volunteers making this possible!

 

Saint Report

First graders will complete their first mini research project this month. Students are asked to research and create a prayer card for a saint of their choice. Projects are due November 18th. Please see the “To Do” list in the homework packet for more information. If you need additional resources, please let me know. Mrs. Todd and I are happy to share!

 

Christmas Around the World

In December, the children will celebrate Christmas around the world! They will learn different names for Santa, see countries on a map, color each country’s flag, and discuss how families live and celebrate Christmas around the world. They will end the unit with the annual 1st grade Christmas International Luncheon! If you would like us to celebrate your country of origin, please email me by Monday, November 14th.

 

Book Bags

Please return book bags Monday with the books enclosed. I use these books for reading groups each week. Remember don’t have your child read ahead. When I teach reading strategies, it is better if they haven’t read the story yet. Thank you!

 

Volunteer Opportunity

Mrs. Dahlgren is in need of parent volunteers during lunch recess from 11:00 – 12:15, particularly on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Your help is needed especially on rainy day recess days to supervise individual classrooms. If you are interested, please click here to sign up.

 

Questions to Ask

– What is a saint?

– How can you be a saint?

– Name a fact about the moon. What phases can you name?

 

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of November 7 is Clare. You will get an extra day in a few weeks!

– State of the School: Please attend either mass Saturday 5:00pm, Sunday 8:30am or 10:30am.

– November 10th noon dismissal. Please send a large snack.

– Seattle Art Museum (11/18) field trip permission slips due November 10th.

– Food drive donations are welcome through November 22nd.

 

I Can…

– use common nouns, verbs, and adjectives. L.1.1

– punctuate sentences. L.1.2

– spell first grade words. L.1.2

– use context clues to help me understand a new word or words. L.1.4

– 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

– write to tell a story. W.1.3

– help my class write. W.1.7

– tell who, what, when, where, why and how after reading. RL.1.1

– tell the characters, setting, and what happens in a story. RL.1.3

– use words and pictures to help me tell about the characters, setting, and plot. RL.1.7

– 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

– use strategies to solve addition word problems. 1.OA.1

– use the commutative property of addition. 1.OA.3

– count to help me add and subtract. 1.OA.5

– add facts within 20. 1.OA.5

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

– 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

– create a family timeline to show events in a sequential manner. 4.1.1

 

S.L.E.s

– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.