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.


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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