January 5, 2018

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. The year began with a review of school and classroom rules. This week the first graders identified The Holy Family and learned about Epiphany. In math, students are continuing subtraction to 20. We also reviewed the definition of an adjective and used a mentor text to create a winter adjective word bank.

During the last week of January, we celebrate Catholic Schools Week. Please join us for 10:30 Mass on Sunday, January 28th.   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.

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


New Year Assessments

This week students completed a reading fluency test. This assessment helps teachers ensure students are being met where they are and challenged appropriately. There may be slight changes in reading groups to meet all students’ needs. Next week first graders will take the STAR reading assessment; we will share data results when they are available.


Questions to Ask

– Who is in the Holy Family?

– What is your new years resolution?

– What is an adjective?


Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of January 8th is Charlotte.

– No school on Monday, January 15th (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

– 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.


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