March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This week students began learning about the Stations of the Cross where they walk with Jesus. They studied ocean habitats where they identified what plants and animals live by sorting pictures, writing vocabulary words, and illustrating ocean books. Thank you to all the grandparents, special friends, and parents who attended Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day on Thursday. The first graders were excited to spend time with you and sing their hearts out!

Please consider donating any small jars/baby food jars/plastic jars for our ocean science experiment next week. You are welcome to drop them off any time. Lids are not needed. Thank you for your kindness!

 Report Cards: Report cards came home Thursday. Please take a moment to review your child’s report card. Remember that these are goals for the end of year. If they are progressing, it means they are on their way to meeting the standard or benchmark. If your child is meeting a standard it does not mean they do not need to continue practicing. Please sign and return the WHITE copy of the report card.  The SLE rubric was also sent home. The students reflected on how they are Christ-centered, active learners, and empowered disciples. I also gave my thoughts on how they are progressing in these areas on the back. Take time to go over this rubric and check in with your children on how they can live out the SLE’s!

Lenten Service Project: The first graders and their eighth grade buddies are teaming up to help the patients at Children’s Hospital. We will collect new or gently used books for the patients during the season of Lent. The patients are given books to keep when they visit the hospital. We will be collecting books until Holy Week. See flyer for more information! This is a great chance for your children to take money they earned (chores around the house) and save up to buy a favorite book to share. They are also welcome to make special bookmarks to add to their books.

Thank you!

 Rice Bowl: This week we focused on families from Zambia. CRS helped them grow and cook healthier meals for their children. Rice Bowl Week 2

Here is a recipe to try out! It is called Ifisashi.

  • 2 c water
  • 1 c peanuts, chopped
  • 1 onion, sliced
  • 2 medium tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 bunches spinach or collard greens, washed and chopped
  • Salt to taste

 Bring water to a boil in a medium pot. Add the peanuts, tomatoes and onion. After a few minutes, add the chopped greens. Stir occasionally and continue cooking until peanuts are soft and mixture has become a thick buttery sauce—about 15 minutes.

Serve hot over polenta or rice.


Convention Notebooks: The first graders have finished their reading comprehension unit on Conventions. These conventions or features help them determine if the book is non-fiction. We will be using these conventions when we begin our research papers on Habitats in April so keep the notebooks in a safe place!


Questions to Ask:

-What is something you learned about ocean habitats?

-Who was your special visitor this week?


Special Notes

-Star Dolphin for the week of March 20 is Dominic

-Book Donations can be brought to the classroom until April 11

-March 24-Art with Parents led by Mrs. Desclos and Amy

-March 29 is Class Picture Day-wear dress uniform

-Family Literacy Night is April 5-save the date!





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

-find the main topic and details in a section of nonfiction. RI.1.2

-make and describe connections between two people, evens, or ideas in nonfiction. RI.1.3

-use words and pictures to help me understand nonfiction. RI.1.7

-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

-read texts and materials to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive. 1.LS1.2

-tell how many tens and how many ones are in a number. 1.NBT.2

-find 10 more or 10 less in my head. 1.NBT.5

-know what an equal sign means. 1.OA.7

-compare two-digit numbers using <, >, and =. 1.NBT.3

-subtract multiples of 10 under 100 and explain what I did. 1.NBT.6