March 9, 2017

We are sailing through March! Today the school had a chance to see the amazing play, Alice in Wonderland put on by our very own middle school students. Come tonight (Saturday night or Sunday afternoon) and check it out! This week first graders wrapped up units on polar habitats and place value. Students compared and contrasted the Arctic and Antarctic, conducted an iceberg investigation, wrote about what they learned, and created polar artwork. Thank you Amy and her team of volunteers for coming in to lead our auction art project. It will be amazing when it’s all put together.

Mrs. Bodmer read a book where children from around the world asked Pope Francis questions. She had the first graders write their own questions for our Pope and she sent the book to him in Rome! She also made books for each first grader to take home today! Check it out in your child’s folder.

Grandparents’ & Special Friends’ Day (March 16): Remember if your child does not have a family member or friend coming, please email me and I will place him/her with a friend. Your grandparent or special friend should come to the classroom to pick your child up and walk together to Egan Hall. Lunch begins at 11:00. Students should provide a sack lunch for themselves and their guests. I will be there to bring your children back to the classroom when lunch and the performance are over. They will need to find me in Egan Hall at the end!

Report Cards: Report cards are coming home next Thursday, March 16. 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 YELLOW copy of the report card.


Rice Bowls: This week the K-2 students watched a video about a family in India. The Singh family worked with CRS to learn about to farm and feed their family during the wet season where their fields flood. Here is a recipe your family can try from India!


Dalma with Spinach

  • 1 c water
  • 1½ c pigeon peas or black eyed peas, cooked
  • 1 c pumpkin or butternut squash, cubed
  • ½ c potatoes, cubed
  • ¼ t salt
  • 1/3 t turmeric
  • 1 t fair trade olive oil
  • 3 dry red chilis, broken into bits
  • 1 t cumin seeds
  • ½ c tomatoes, chopped
  • 3 c spinach, chopped
  • ½ t cumin
  • ¼ t chili powder

Mix pigeon or black eyed peas, pumpkin, potatoes, salt and turmeric in a pan with water. Cook until vegetables are soft—about 15 minutes—and set aside. In a separate pan, heat oil. To the oil, add chilis, cumin seeds and tomatoes. Fry until tomatoes are soft. Add spinach and stir until soft. Combine both mixtures, adding cumin and chili powder (if a spicy dish is desired) and simmer for 2 minutes.

Serve hot over rice.


Questions to Ask:

-What is the virtue for the month of March? (respect)

-What did you make for the auction?

-How are you changing your heart for Jesus during this week of Lent?

-Can you compare 22 and 42 using <, >, and =? What do those symbols mean?


Special Notes

-Star Dolphin for the week of March 13 is Teddy

-Grandparents’ & Friends’ Day is March 16 in Egan Hall

-Report cards go home March 16th

Please have your child pack a snack daily. Many students are forgetting their snacks and I’m running out of crackers to give them. One idea is for them to pack snacks for the week on Sunday and have it in their backpacks.



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