January 26, 2018

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, immediately after. Be sure to stop by Egan Hall to visit the cultural fair and the second floor for some tasty treats. To celebrate this special time, each day will represent something different.

Catholic Schools Week Schedule

Monday: Free dress day and bring in a can of food for St. Vincent de Paul food drive

Tuesday: Crazy sock day

Wednesday: Choose your own sweatshirt day

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

Friday: Purple and gold day- free lunch for students

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 12th.


Field Trip Chaperones

Please let me know if you would like to chaperone at our next field trip on Friday, March 2nd to the Pacific Science Center. We will be attending the Polar Science Weekend stations there and watching an IMAX film on habitats.

Musical Instrument: First graders are completing 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 5th. The first graders will bring their instruments to share and perform during music class. Here is a website to help you if needed. https://kinderart.com/art-lessons/music/easy-make-musical-instruments/

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 green STAR reports at home for your reference. 

Thank you Mr. McCarthy for a wonderful mini performance today! He played a few songs on his guitars to show the first graders about sound and vibrations.

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 was Jesus’ first miracle?

– Name a material that some light passes through?

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


Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of January 29th is Zakayo.

– Open House and Catholic Schools Week Mass Sunday, January 28th at 10:30 a.m.

– Musical instrument project due Monday, February 5th

– 100th Day Project due Wednesday, February 12th


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