January 6, 2017

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.

The year began with a review of school and classroom rules. This week the first graders reviewed the birth of Jesus and Epiphany. In math, students are wrapping up subtraction to 20. In science, first graders began a new unit all about sound and light waves. Students compared the sound of glasses filled with different water levels and built rubber band guitars to listen for pitch and vibrations. Students also learned about imagery and began writing color poems.

During the month 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.

Blurt Dessert  Cards

You may have noticed your children bringing home Blurt Dessert  cards. We started something new in first grade this week. I gave each student a set of unifix cubes with the word BLURT on them. If they blurt out in class, they have to switch their cubes. If they lose all letters, then they fill out a “Blurt Alert” page for you to review. If they keep all letters (do not blurt out in class) then they receive “Blurt Dessert ” cards. This is a way for us to practice raising our hands and listening to each other in discussions. If you have any questions, please let me know!


New Year Assessments

This week students completed a spelling inventory. This assessment helps teachers ensure students are being met where they are and challenged appropriately. There may be slight changes in spelling groups to meet all students’ needs. Next week first graders will take the STAR reading assessment, followed by our second round of MAP testing. We will share data results when they are available.


Questions to Ask

– Where did Jesus live? Where was he born?

– What is your new years resolution?

– What is an adjective?


Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of January 9th is Peter.

– Please bring one can of food for our own St. Vincent de Paul Food Bank. Students will walk donations over on Wednesday, January 18th.

– No school on Monday, January 16th (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)

– Middle school is collecting donations for the “Winter Drive” for United Way. Please send in any new or gentle used items until January 27th.

– 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 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

-plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sounds can make materials vibrate. 1-PS4-1