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.

 

 

October 21, 2016

It was a great week in first grade! Students used adjectives to describe pumpkins, and then painted their own. In science, first graders continued to learn about earth’s place in the universe by studying stars and the moon. They painted suns and made star constellations. The first graders learned the prayers of the rosary and made their own decade rosary with beads and pipe cleaners. Now they can pray anywhere! On Thursday, students participated in the Great Washington Shake out, a statewide earthquake drill. The drill was followed up with a disaster drill to assess our emergency preparedness. Everything went smoothly and the students were fantastic! For more information about the Great Washington Shake Out, please visit Shake Out Link.

Book Bags

This weekend your son or daughter will bring home a book bag. Each book bag should contain one book to read over the weekend. Remember to only read what the assignment says in your yellow folder. (Some book bags will contain an additional folder with work from Mrs. McCarthy.) Please return book bags Monday with the books enclosed. Students who have practice pages in their folders from Mrs. McCarthy should keep the printouts at home and return the empty folders with the book bags on Monday.

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.

Conference Note

These are parent, student, teacher conferences. Your child needs to attend. Each conference is 15 minutes with a 5 minutes passing period between. Parents and child will meet with Miss Feeney to discuss the Thinking About Me form and an SLE (Schoolwide Learning Expectation) assessment teachers completed. Students will set a goal for the year and then listen to a story on the iPad while parents continue the conference. I look forward to meeting with each of you!

 

Questions to Ask

– What can you tell me about the sun? The moon?

– What is an adjective?

 

Special Notes

– Amelia will do a make up day as Star Dolphin next Monday. Cian will be Star Dolphin the week of October 31

– Youth Group Halloween Carnival October 21st 6pm – 7pm

– Conferences October 26th – 28th.

– Seattle Art Museum (11/18) field trip permission slips will come home after conferences.

 

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

– use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted. 1.ESS1.1

– make observations at different times of the year to relate the amount of daylight to the time of year. 1.ESS1.2

 

S.L.E.s

– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.

 

 

October 14, 2016

Congratulations! We exceeded our jog-a-thon goal. Thank you for all of your hard work and support for St. John School. This week the students learned about prayers of the rosary (Apostles Creed, Our Father). They harvested potatoes, learned about earth’s place in the universe, observed the position of the sun, used adjectives to describe Sheila Rae and themselves, and continued to learn addition strategies. They made giant number lines with sticky notes (coming home soon!).

A special thank you to Mrs. Aguila for helping with the garden and making our potatoes for our potato party so students could taste their harvest.

Conference Notes

These are parent, student, teacher conferences. Your child needs to attend. Each conference is 15 minutes with a 5 minutes passing period between. Parents and child will meet with Miss Feeney to discuss the Thinking About Me form and an SLE (Schoolwide Learning Expectation) assessment teachers completed. Students will set a goal for the year and then listen to a story on the iPad while parents continue the conference. Thank you to everyone who has scheduled conferences already!

Questions to Ask

– How was Sheila Rae brave?

– What did you do in the garden?

– What does the earth move around? What moves around the earth?

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of October 17 is Noelle

– Youth Group Halloween Carnival October 21st 6pm – 7pm

– Conferences October 26th – 28th.

I Can…

– 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

– use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted. 1.ESS1.1

– make observations at different times of the year to relate the amount of daylight to the time of year. 1.ESS1.2

S.L.E.s

– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.

 

 

October 6, 2016

The first graders were amazing at Mass Wednesday. They sang, responded, rang bells, and greeted the school with an outstanding first all school liturgy. This week students continued to learn and practice addition strategies like counting on using counters. In Social Studies students discussed and sorted the differences between needs and wants. First graders continued to study nouns and verbs and wrote their own class version of Memoirs of a Goldfish.  

Conference Note

Conferences are coming up at the end of October. Each conference is 15 minutes with a 5 minutes passing period in between. Please remember that students are to attend conferences. Families are to schedule conferences during conference week. Send in your pre-conference forms no later than Friday, October 14th. I look forward to meeting with each of you! Here is the link. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080445a5ab23a75-16171

Rosary Making Event

St. John is celebrating October as the month of the rosary with a special rosary making evening. Families are invited to come to Egan Hall Sunday, October 9th at 6:00pm to make their own rosaries. All materials and instructions will be provided.

Volunteers

Here is the link to sign up to volunteer! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094ba4ac2ba57-october1 The Sight Word helper is a great value for the students because it allows them to practice reading their words correctly. It takes less than 10 minutes!

Questions to Ask

– What is a verb? A noun?

– How was Mass?

– What is a need vs. a want?

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of October 10 is Zayden.

– No school Friday, 10/7 for Teacher Excellence Day

– Individual student picture day is Tuesday, 10/11

– Conference forms due Friday, 10/14

– Conferences October 26th – 28th.

I Can…

– print my uppercase and lowercase letters. 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

S.L.E.s

– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.

 

 

September 30, 2016

It was a great week in first grade! Students did an amazing job taking the MAP assessment. They were focused and tried their best. The first graders also learned about nouns and verbs and created their own sentences to write a class book. In religion, students learned about the archangels St. Gabriel, St. Michael, and St. Raphael. On Wednesday the first graders attended Mass with their buddies. They showed how they were Christ-centered people who pray with reverence.

Mass

On Wednesday, October 5th we will celebrate St. Francis at our first all school liturgy. First graders are in charge of leading mass with their eighth grade buddies. Please have students bring one small stuffed animal to celebrate St. Francis and his love of all living creatures. Students will process with their stuffed animals and place them on the altar. At the conclusion of mass all animals will be returned. Please make sure your child’s stuffed animal is clearly labeled with his/her last name. You are welcome to join us in the church at 9:00 a.m.

Questions to Ask

– What is a verb? A noun?

– How was the MAP test?

– Who are the archangels? What can you tell me about Gabriel?

 

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of October 3 is Amelia

– Dress uniform Wednesday 10/5 for Mass

– No school Friday, 10/7 for Teacher Excellence Day

– Spelling test will be Thursday, 10/6

– Individual student picture day is Tuesday, 10/11

-You can now sign up for volunteering in the classroom. Check my website for more information

-We have enough drivers to go on our November field trip! Thank you!

 

I Can…

– print my uppercase and lowercase letters. 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

 

S.L.E.s

– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.

 

 

 

MAP TESTING information

MAP TESTING

Dear First Grade Parents:

During the week of September 26th your child will take tests called Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®). We give students MAP tests to determine your child’s instructional level and to measure academic growth throughout the school year, and from year to year in the areas of reading and math Your child will take the tests on an iPad.

MAP tests are unique in that they adapt to be appropriate for your child’s level of learning. As a result, each student has the same opportunity to succeed and maintain a positive attitude toward testing. And with MAP tests, we can administer shorter tests and use less class time while still receiving detailed, accurate information about your child’s growth.

Each school year, students in kindergarten through eighth grade take the MAP assessment three times throughout the year. Following each testing period, you will receive a report showing your child’s growth. This is our first time taking the MAP assessment. Our goal this time around is to familiarize ourselves with the testing process. As we gather more data, we will have more information to better meet students where they are, close any gaps, and challenge students where appropriate.

We are truly excited to begin a new era that focuses on every child’s individual growth and achievement. Partnering to help all kids learn, parents and teachers can have a profound positive effect on the lives of our children.

For more information on resources for parents, download the Parent Toolkit.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Todd and Miss Feeney