March 24, 2017

Happy first week of spring! The first graders are learning with so much excitement. This week they learned about the 5 layers of the ocean. They had interesting questions like “How far down can a human swim? What layer can he/she reach? What does the trench zone look like? I would encourage your children to research these questions at home to empower them as scientists! Then they can share with the class their findings.   As scientists this week they made a model of the 5 layers of ocean using household items in jars. Check their folders for the labels. Then they compared fresh water to salt water in an evaporation experiment. They are becoming ocean experts!

Star Dolphin: As you may know, every student has been a star dolphin this year. Now we will have one more chance to be star dolphin for 2 days (instead of 5). Your child will not need to fill out any posters or bring anything to share. He/She will be line leader, lead calendar, and take home a class pet (Bob, Humphrey, or Og) for the night. I will post who is Star Dolphin in the Special Notes section of the newsletter each week.

 Rice Bowl: This week we focused on families from El Salvador. CRS helped them with their education in areas like business to help their families.

Here is a recipe to try out! It is called Pupusas de Queso with Curtido and Salsa Roja


  • 2 c maseca
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1½ c water
  • 1 c queso fresco or farmer’s cheese, grated
  • 1 T fair trade olive oil 


  • ½ head of cabbage, shredded
  • 1 large carrot, grated
  • ½ medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • ½ c vinegar
  • ¼ c water
  • ½ t salt
  • 1 t dried oregano
  • ½ to 1 t red pepper flakes 

Salsa Roja

  • 3 medium tomatoes, chopped, or 1 15-oz can of tomatoes
  • ¼ c onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and chopped
  • ¼ c cilantro, chopped
  • 1 t dried oregano
  • ½ c water

Pupusas: Combine the maseca, salt and water in a mixing bowl. Knead to form a smooth, moist dough with a playdough-like consistency. If the mixture is too dry, gradually add more water. If it is too sticky, gradually add more maseca.

Using wet hands, form the dough into 8 balls about 2 inches in diameter. Using your thumb, make an indentation into one of the balls, forming a small cup, and fill with 1 tablespoon of cheese. Wrap the dough to seal the cheese. Pat the dough to form a round disk about a quarter inch thick. Repeat with the remaining dough.

Heat a lightly oiled skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the pupusas on each side until golden brown. Serve warm with curtido and salsa roja.

Curtido: Combine the cabbage, carrot and onion in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, mix in remaining ingredients. Pour over the cabbage mixture and stir. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, preferably 1 day before serving.

Salsa Roja: Combine all ingredients except water in a blender. Add half a cup of water and blend until smooth. Add more water as needed to make salsa smooth.


Questions to Ask:

-Name all 5 layers of the ocean.

-What is 25+4? 75+2? 12+24?

-What was one station of the cross you learned about this week?


Special Notes

-Star Dolphins for the week of March 27 are Teddy (Monday), Jake (Tuesday-Wednesday), and Tyler (Thursday-Friday)

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

-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