February 21, 2020

 

First Grade Dolphin News

 Another short yet productive week in first grade! The 100th Day of school was a big celebration with activities like “Beat the 100 second clock for math games” and pictures that show the students as 100 years old. They read 103 books with their buddies! The 100 word posters look awesome! The first graders can read so many words and showed off their creative side,

The first graders learned about related facts and making ten.  They finished their Beatitude Books.  There is a parent information sheet attached to the book so you can find out more about the flowers that symbolize the beatitudes!   They finished their light unit with a game of “Find who took Squirrel’s cookies.”

Math Tests:  I sent home the math tests from our last unit.  If you child scored below 17 on the test, then Ms. Gudaitis worked with him/her in her Thursday group this week to help each student understand the concepts missed. Remember the math chapter sent home last week can be used as practice pages too.

Homework Note:  Please keep the Lenten calendar at home during the 40 days of Lent.  The Crown of Thorns activity is a nice family project to help children show kindness for Jesus.  Reading bags will be sent home next week.

We wish the Gruening family all the best in their new adventures in London!  Maddie will be missed! 

Questions to Ask:

– What does it mean when something reflects light?

– Tell me one thing you did on the 100th day of school.

-What is one way to make 100?

Special Notes:

– Star Dolphin for the week of February 24 is Jordan

-Ash Wednesday Mass is February 26 (wear dress uniform)

-Grandparents Day is March 12th

-School will be in session on March 13th

 

Did You Know…

Play is an important part of your child’s development?

  • Give kids ample, unscheduled time to be creative, to reflect, and to decompress
  • Encourage your children to engage in active play (running around or playing tag) in lieu of passive entertainment (video games or television)
  • Buy your children toys such as blocks or dolls, that encourage imagination and creativity
  • Spend unscheduled, unstructured time together with your kids
  • Ask your child regularly whether he feels overly tired, burned out, or overscheduled
  • Allow your children to have a say in which extracurricular activities they are involved in

 

 

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 13, 2020

First Grade Dolphin News

This week was short, sweet, and busy! The first graders enjoyed celebrating St. Valentine’s Day with pajamas, heart artwork, and exchanging cards.  They continued to learn different subtraction strategies like doubles and make 10 to subtract.  They experimented with flashlights to find out what objects are opaque, translucent, or transparent.  Then they experimented with reflections using light beams (flashlight) and objects. The first graders learned about Mary’s appearance in Lourdes, France.  She appeared to St. Bernadette (our saint of the month).

Homework Note:  There is a homework packet for an exciting project to conclude our Sound and Light unit. There is no spelling due to the short week.  Remember to bring your 100_word poster on Wednesday, February 19.

 

Questions to Ask

– How many doubles can you name?

-What did you do for art this week?

– What did you learn about St. Valentine?

 

Special Notes

– Make up days for Star Dolphins next week for Owen (1) and Vinnie (1), and Max (1).

-Jordan will be Star Dolphin on the week of February 24.

– No school Friday, 2/14 – Tuesday, 2/18 for faculty retreat and mid-winter holiday.

-100th Day of School is Tuesday, February 19

-Ash Wednesday All School Mass (parents are welcome to join us!) is February 26

 

Did you Know…

7 year olds are anxious to do well and can be extremely sensitive.

 

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

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

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

1.PS4.2 – make observations to construct and evidence-based account that objects can be seen only when illuminated.

1.PS4.3 – plan and conduct an investigation to determine the effect of placing objects made with different materials in the path of a beam of light.

 

 

 

 

 

 

February 7, 2020

First Grade Dolphin News

Happy first week of February! The first graders began learning about the Beatitudes by making a book of flowers to help them remember.  For example, the mourning glory flower blooms and dies in a day to help them remember “Blessed are those who mourn, they shall be comforted.”  Our Fruit of the Holy Spirit for the month of February is Love/Charity. They talked about how they can be loving this month.  We had a great discussion where they shared that they can pray, be kind, make sacrifices, share, care, and be a good friend, In math, students continued to learn different strategies to subtract like counting back, using a number line (they made their own), and using doubles.  In science, they experimented with sound vibrations by making “guitars” with cups and rubber bands. They watched how loud sounds made the glitter jump from the bowl wrapped in plastic. Next the first graders will experiment how light helps us see in the dark.

 

100th Day of School:

Please bring your 100-word poster and 100 word grd project to school on the 19th.

 

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 encourage your children not to bring candy on this day if possible because of the multiple allergies in our class. We will have a popcorn party on February 13 at 2:15. Please let me know if you can bring Skinny Pop bags of popcorn for this day.  Thank you!

 

Lost and Found

We are working with the first and second grade students to take care of the hallway.  If a teacher finds a coat, backpack, or lunch bag on floor, it goes into the tub by my door.  The first time they can get it back for free.  The second offense they can get it back but they need to wash the kindergarten tables for one day at lunch.  If your child is missing a coat, I have a lot in the tub.  Please come and check it out.

 

Did you Know…

Kids at this age love to color, paint, read, and write; experience an artistic explosion; learn the most when teacher value their efforts and encourage risk-taking

 

Questions to Ask

– How do you find 18-4 using a number line?

-Explain how you made your “guitar” with a cup and rubber bands.

-How will you be loving this month?

 

Special Notes

– Owen is Star Dolphin for the week of February 10.

– Dress Uniform for St. Valentine’s Mass this Wednesday, 2/12

– St. Valentine’s Day will be celebrated this Thursday, 2/13

-Pajama Day will be Thursday, 2/13

– No school Friday, 2/14 – Tuesday, 2/18 for faculty retreat and mid-winter holiday.

 

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

NGSS

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

 

 

 

 

 

January 31, 2020

First Grade Dolphin News

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

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

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

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

STAR Assessments

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

Questions to Ask

– Name a subtraction fact that is true/false.

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

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

Special Notes

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

– 100th Day Project due Wednesday, February 19

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

 Did You Know…

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

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

I Can…

-read first grade words. RF1.3

-use adjectives. L.1.1

-use what I know about phonics to spell new words. L.1.2

-spell first grade words. L.1.2

-sort words into categories. L.1.5

-read and understand first grade fiction. RL.1.10

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

-tell about the main ideas and details after I listen or read. SL.1.2

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

-speak and write in complete sentences. SL.1.6

-revise and edit my writing. W.1.5

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

 

 

January 24, 2020

First Grade Dolphin News

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

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

Catholic Schools Week Schedule

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

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

 

Questions to Ask

– What is an adjective that describes you?

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

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

 

Special Notes

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

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

– 100th Day Project due Wednesday, February 19th

 

Did you Know…

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

 

I Can…

-read first grade words. RF1.3

-use adjectives. L.1.1

-use what I know about phonics to spell new words. L.1.2

-spell first grade words. L.1.2

-sort words into categories. L.1.5

-read and understand first grade fiction. RL.1.10

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

-tell about the main ideas and details after I listen or read. SL.1.2

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

-speak and write in complete sentences. SL.1.6

-revise and edit my writing. W.1.5

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

 

 

 

January 17, 2020

First Grade Dolphin News

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

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

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

Catholic Schools Week Schedule

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

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

 

Monday, January 27 – Service & Outreach Day

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

 

Tuesday, January 28 – Volunteer Appreciation Day-

 Thank you, Parents!

  • Uniform for students

 

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

  • Uniform for students

 

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

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

 

Friday, January 31 – Student Appreciation Day

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

 

 

Did you Know…

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

 

Questions to Ask

– Write a subtraction fact.

– Why did we make Koalas?

-What happened today when you built your fast sled?

 

Special Notes

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

 

I Can…

-read first grade words. RF1.3

-use adjectives. L.1.1

-use what I know about phonics to spell new words. L.1.2

-spell first grade words. L.1.2

-sort words into categories. L.1.5

-read and understand first grade fiction. RL.1.10

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

-tell about the main ideas and details after I listen or read. SL.1.2

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

-speak and write in complete sentences. SL.1.6

 

 

January 10, 2020

First Grade Dolphin News

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

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

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

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

Volunteers

Thank you for signing up to volunteer in the classroom

 

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

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

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

Comfort Kits

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

 

Comfort Kit Contents: 

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

 

Questions to Ask

– Who is in the Holy Family?

– Name a subtraction fact.

-What does having self-control mean?

 

Special Notes

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

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

-First Grade Class Mass on Wednesday, January 22

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

 

Did you Know…

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

 

 

I Can…

-read first grade words. RF1.3

-use adjectives. L.1.1

-use what I know about phonics to spell new words. L.1.2

-spell first grade words. L.1.2

-sort words into categories. L.1.5

-read and understand first grade fiction. RL.1.10

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

-tell about the main ideas and details after I listen or read. SL.1.2

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

-speak and write in complete sentences. SL.1.6

-revise and edit my writing. W.1.5

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

 

December 20, 2019

First Grade Dolphin News

The first graders sang like angels last night!  Today we had a Christmas cozy party where students read Christmas books to their stuffed animals and made a drawing of baby Jesus.  He is the reason for the season!

Thank you to everyone who participated and helped with making the International Christmas Luncheon so amazing!  We couldn’t have done it without you.  And a huge THANK YOU for all the thoughtful gifts, cards, and Scrip. I am so blessed to have such wonderful and generous students and families this year.

I hope you enjoy your special gift from your first grader!  Students worked hard on a gift that is from around the world.

Over break it is a great idea to read and practice math daily. Here are some first grade goals you can practice at home: Fluently add to 20, skip counting by 1, 2, 5, or 10 from 1-120, and mentally finding 10 more or 10 less than any number.  There will be no reading homework assigned over break but please encourage your child to continue reading every day.  Christmas break is perfect for reading with different family members and friends.

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!

Blessings on your family during this joyous time of year!

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of January 6th is Manu

– Christmas Break December 21-January 5th

– School Resumes on Monday, January 6th

 

December 13, 2019

First Grade Dolphin News

We are about to begin our final school week of December and students have completed almost four months of first grade! This week the first graders began their unit on subtraction using part-part-whole strategy. First graders participated in Coding week on Thursday by learning to code with their 8th grade buddies (https://hourofcode.com/us/learn). We are wrapping up learning about 20 countries in our Christmas Around the World Unit. The first graders learned about Christmas in Honduras, Great Britain, India, Italy, Ireland, Peru, Kenya, and Sweden. We will be ready to celebrate all these cultures next week at our International Christmas Luncheon!

Absence Notification

Please notify me if you know your child will be absent during any of the days before Christmas break.  We have lots of Christmas activities, gifts, and celebrations and I want to plan accordingly to make sure as many students as possible are included. Thanks!

Christmas Luncheon on Wednesday- Free Dress of Christmas Best

On Monday, I will send home a form with what you will bring to the luncheon. We have a few parents who signed up for the same items so I may assign you something else we need. Thank you for being flexible! On Wednesday, please bring your food (labeled with name of dish and country) to the parish administration building (kitchen) by 10:00. We will have outlets available if you need to keep something warm in your crockpot.  If your child has any allergies, please bring a special dish for him/her. Please label “Contains Nuts” if your dish does so.  If you are bringing beverages, decorations, or plates/napkins/silverware, please bring them to your child’s classroom. We will eat our special lunch in my classroom and food will be set up in the West hallway. We would like the parents who volunteered to set up to come to the classroom by 10:00. This is a big undertaking and we appreciate all of your help to make it possible! 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 Thursday, December 19th 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. teachers 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 to stay for the second grade performance.

 

Report Cards

Please remember to sign and return the green copy in its envelope by Friday, December 20st.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s grades feel free to reach out to me.

Thanks!

 

Christmas Read In-December 20

We will be having a “Christmas Read In” next Friday the 20tht. Have your child bring his/her favorite Christmas books (please label with your name) and their favorite stuffed animals for a special cozy Christmas reading time before break!

 

Questions to Ask

– How can you show patience during this time of year?

– What can you tell me about Christmas in Italy? Ireland? Sweden?

 

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of December 16 is Sam

– Christmas Luncheon Wednesday, December 18

-Christmas Concert is Thursday, December 19 at 7:00 in Egan Hall

– Noon dismissal Friday, December 20

 

Did you Know…

when your child can see groups instead of counting one by one, he/she can add past 10.  For example, if you roll dice and your child can tell you the number without counting, she is using the skill called subitizing.  Need help? Play games (dice games, dominoes, Mexican train dominoes, tensies, and card games)

 

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

– 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

– 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 6, 2019

First Grade Dolphin News

Welcome to December!  We are busy as elves in first grade.  One of the main Social Studies standards in first grade is to celebrate different family traditions.  The students are learning how different countries celebrate Christmas.  This week they learned about Australia, China, Colombia, Germany, and Greece.  Did you know Santa comes by boat and kangaroos help out so the reindeer can rest in Australia?

The first graders finished their unit on addition to 20.  The workbook packet will come home next week.  They will begin subtraction to 10 as their next unit.  Do you know that first graders love games?  Tensies is an exciting dice game that develops math skills.  Dominoes (Mexican Train) helps with number sense and enhances addition skills (adding past 10). Both games are great Christmas stocking stuffers.

The new fruit of the Holy Spirit is patience.  The first graders learned that patience is waiting without complaining. We talked about how we wait in lines, for special events like birthdays and Christmas, and that we have patience when learning a new skill like basketball.  St. Nicolas and Juan Diego are our saints of the month because they had patience as they spread the good news of Jesus in their countries.  Today we celebrated St. Nicolas and made holy cards with a prayer asking to help us be patient.

Report Cards

On Thursday report cards went home in your child’s folder.  Please sign the green form and turn it in with the envelope as soon as possible.  The white copy and SLE rubric are for you to keep at home.

 

International Christmas Luncheon

Our luncheon will take place on Wednesday, December 18 in the first grade classrooms.  This year we will use the hallway to serve our delicious food and then turn our classrooms into restaurants.  I need your help to make it special and amazing! Please return completed Luncheon sign up forms (in child’s folder) by next Friday, December 13th.  Mrs. Costa and I will review the forms, see what is needed to round out the list, and send home a confirmation next Monday, December 16th. Thank you in advance for your contributions!

Please keep an eye out for a volunteer sign up genius from the room parents for the day of the luncheon. We will have about 18 volunteer jobs total for both classes.  Set up Jobs require you to help decorate the tables and classroom, as well as get the food ready to serve (10:15-11:00).  Serving Jobs require parents to help serve food (buffet style) and drinks (11:00-11:30).  Clean up Jobs require parents to put the classroom back and clean up the food area, as well as help supervise students in the playpit for recess.

 

Christmas Concert

First and second graders will perform on Thursday, December 19th 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. teachers 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 to stay for the second grade performance.

 

Advent Service Project for First Grade

Hello St. John school parents,

We are so grateful to the administration and teachers for agreeing to sponsor one child per classroom through the Unbound program.  It’s a gorgeous addition to our student body and our global awareness.

Thank you to all of you who have been contributing to your sponsored friend.

In order to ensure that each child gets adequate support, we need every child in the school to bring in one dollar every month.  I will be going to each classroom on the last day of school before Christmas break to collect the December dues.  Please make sure your child brings one dollar to class before December 20 (or $2 if you missed last month).

Thank you for your participation!  If you have any questions, I am always happy to answer them.

Happy advent and blessings on you and your families,

Kristin Kent

Coordinator of Faith Formation, St. John Parish

 

Absence Notification

Please notify me if you know your child will be absent during any of the days before Christmas break.  We have lots of Christmas activities, gifts, and celebrations and I want to plan accordingly to make sure as many students as possible are included. Thanks!

Questions to Ask

– What country began the tradition of decorating trees in homes?

-Tell me about the Advent wreath.

-What is our fruit of the month?

– What is one cool fact about Christmas in Australia?

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of December 9 is Maddie

All School Mass is Monday, December 9 (wear dress uniform)

– Christmas Luncheon Thursday, December 18th

– Christmas Concert Thursday, December 19th.

– Noon dismissal Friday, December 20th.

 

Did you Know…

Muscles sometimes are tense; often hold pencils near the point with three-fingered, pincer-like grasp that they find difficult to relax.  This is why they complain of being tired when they start writing a lot.  What can you do?  Check and see if they have tight grips and tell them to hold it like a feather.

 

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

– use manipulatives and pictures to help me solve problems within 100.

-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.