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