January 27, 2017

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.

 Monday: Free dress – Celebrating Our Community – Please bring 1 can of food for our St. Vincent de Paul food bank. Primary students will make a special thank you for our local Fire Station 21.

Tuesday: Crazy sock day – Celebrating Our Volunteers – Thank you for all that you do!

Wednesday: Choose your own sweatshirt day – Celebrating Our Nation – Students will sing America songs, review history of our beginnings, and talk about America.

Thursday: Crazy hat day – Celebrating Vocations/Teacher Appreciation Day – Students will learn about vocations from guests. Students are invited to bring one flower for their teachers today. Be extra nice to Miss Feeney and Miss Brito! J

Friday: Purple and Gold day – Celebrating Our Students –Free nacho bar lunch and dessert for all students. The Homecoming assembly will take place at 1:30. First graders will be honored during opening ceremonies and then return to class for the remainder of the afternoon.

Field Trip Note: On Friday, March 3rd, first graders will attend Polar Weekend at the Pacific Science Center. We anticipate the field trip lasting from about 9:30 – 1:30. Please let me know if you are interested in chaperoning.

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.

STAR and MAP Assessments

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.

MAP tests are unique in that they are adaptive tests your child took online. That means that the test became more difficult the more questions your child answered correctly. When your child incorrectly answered a question, the test became easier. Therefore, your child took a test specifically created for his or her learning level. Students who already scored in the high range may have slower growth rates as the test becomes increasingly more difficult. All students will continue to have the opportunity to learn the information presented on the tests because the assessments are aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

Your child’s MAP results are reported in RIT scores. This is a different type of score than a typical test that provides a percentage correct. It is also different from many tests that provide results based on your child’s score compared to others in his or her grade. Instead, the RIT score is an equal-interval scale, like feet and inches, that is independent of grade level. As a result, we can easily measure growth in learning. This type of score increases the value of the tests as a tool to improve student learning because it enables teachers to recognize where to focus attention on for your child’s learning. As you review the score, please keep in mind that these tests give us just a glimpse of a child’s ability and do not tell the complete story of their learning progress. For more information on resources for parents, download A Parent’s Guide to the MAP.


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. I need the books back so we can use them for my reading bags. Thank you!


Questions to Ask

– What was Jesus’ first miracle?

– Name one of the gospels.

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


Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of January 30th is Lucy.

– Open House and Catholic Schools Week Mass Sunday, January 31st at 10:30 a.m.

– Musical instrument project due Monday, February 6th

– 100th Day Project due Wednesday, February 10th


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