March 31, 2017

Goodbye March! Hello April! The first graders are becoming independent learners. They learned about the miracles of Jesus. They began their habitat unit on temperate forests. Do you know the difference between a deciduous and a coniferous tree? Ask your children if they know. We have both kinds of trees in our beautiful state! The students finished up double-digit addition and subtraction (without regrouping). Next week I will send home their math workbooks. You are welcome to review lessons and complete pages at home to practice skills learned.

Report Cards: Don’t forget to sign your report card and return with envelope as soon as possible. Thank you!

Family Literacy Night: Please join us on April 5 from 6:30-8:00 in Egan Hall for a wonderful night where you can visit different stations (iPad literacy games, a “book walk”  (like a cake walk, but you win a free book,) games like Scategories and Bingo and more)!

 Lenten Service Project: Don’t forget to bring in your favorite book (new or gently used) with a homemade bookmark for a patient at Children’s Hospital! We are collecting until Holy Week (coming soon!). Thank you for your generosity!

 Rice Bowl: This week we focused on families from Mexico. CRS helped them learn how to plant using greenhouses.

Here is a recipe to try out! It is called Arroz Rojo

  • 2 c rice
  • 1 T fair trade olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, diced
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • ½ onion, chopped
  • 4 c vegetable broth
  • 1 c peas
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 chili pepper, chopped
  • Salt to taste

Add oil to a large pan on low heat. Add rice and toast until golden. Add garlic, tomatoes and onion; cook until mixture is soft. Add the broth, peas, carrots, chili pepper and salt. When it begins to boil, reduce the heat and cover until rice is fully cooked.

Makes 4–6 servings

Questions to Ask:

-What did you see at the Science Fair?

-What is a temperate forest?

-What was one miracle Jesus performed?


Special Notes

-Star Dolphins for the week of April 3 are Max (Monday-Tuesday), Amelia (Wednesday-Thursday), and Zayden (Friday-Monday)

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

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

Our classroom is in need of baby wipes. If you can help out in anyway, that would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!


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