January 25, 2019

First Grade Dolphin News

The students had a lovely week of learning about the Beatitudes through flowers.  Books will be sent home next week.  They finished their unit on subtraction to 10.  They wrote color poems and wrote adjectives describing themselves on rainbow strips.

Catholic Schools Week is here! Please remember to join us at 10:30 Mass on Sunday (in dress uniform or cultural attire) 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/bring in a can of food for St. Vincent de Paul food drive

Tuesday: Say thank you to volunteers

Wednesday: Wear cultural dress or dress uniform

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

Friday: Purple and gold day- free lunch for students:  Bring sunglasses, baseball cap, and a St John sweatshirt for our dance!


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 21st. (assignment description was sent home last week)

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. 

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!


Questions to Ask

– What is one of the beatitudes?

– Name a material that was used to create a classmates musical instrument?

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


Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of January 28th is Molly

– Open House and Catholic Schools Week Mass Sunday, January 27th at 10:30 a.m.

– 100th Day Project due Wednesday, February 21st


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