March 3, 2017

Welcome to Lent! The first graders attended a beautiful Mass on Ash Wednesday where they received ashes on their foreheads. They are working on having hearts like Jesus this Lent. The accreditation visiting team came by this week and saw a math lesson and joined us for library time. Amelia represented our class during the student interviews. The first graders are proud to be part of St. John School!

Our field trip to the Pacific Science Center Polar Exhibit was amazing!  The first graders traveled from station to station where they listened to the scientists from UW and performed experiments about glaciers, salinity, sonar, and so much more. Thank you to Cindy Semick, Jacqueline Erbe, Amy Szyszko, Crystal McCants, Marilyn McVay, Alicia Brink, and Jen Bergman for helping out today!  It was a wonderful experience because of you!

The students will wrap up their unit on place value next week. They are working on building numbers to 120, comparing numbers using > and < signs, and mentally adding 10 more and ten less from any number on the 200 chart. The first graders finished their Beatitude Books. They colored flowers to symbolize the Beatitudes. The books are in their folders today. They also brought home their Religion Journals for Ordinary Time since we are now in the season of Lent.

Beatitude Flowers

  1. Columbine Flowers reminds us to be humble because they look like they’re bowing their heads to pray.
  2. Mourning Glory Flower blooms and dies on the same day, but new flowers bloom the next morning bringing renewed beauty. God promises that he will comfort us when we are sad.
  3. Daisies are bright spots in any field. They remind us that kindness and gentleness are much more effective than forcefulness.
  4. Cactus Flowers reminds us that we not only need daily nourishment for our bodies, but for our souls.
  5. Poppies have delicate little petals and only last a short time. They remind us that we can accept other people’s weaknesses and show them compassion.
  6. Easter Lilies remind us how Jesus gave up his life so that we might be purified and have eternal life.
  7. Sunflowers come in clusters in a field to remind us that people can live side by side in peace. The flowers resembles the sun but also points towards the Son of God.
  8. Dandelions can be ripped from the earth and gardeners don’t like them. They remind us that we should be happy when people make fun of us for our beliefs because we will be rewarded in heaven.

Questions to Ask:

-What was your favorite thing at the Polar Exhibit?

-What is ten more than 22? Ten less? Can you count by tens starting at 33 all the way to 103?

-What will you do to become closer to Jesus during Lent?

-Name one animal that lives in the Arctic.

Special Notes

-First grade will host soup supper tonight, March 3rd, in Egan Hall at 6:00pm. Please come join in this special Lent tradition.

-Star Dolphin for the week of March 6 is Emma.

-No school Friday, March 10th for teacher in-service

-Report cards go home March 16

-Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day is March 16

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 who, what, where, when, why, and how after reading nonfiction. RI.1.1

-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

-use manipulatives and pictures to help me solve problems within 100. 1.NBT.4

-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