May 12, 2017

Happy Mother’s Day to all the amazing moms! I think you will enjoy your special gift that your children created this week. Enjoy this special day. This weekend our Church celebrates the 100th anniversary of our Lady of Fatima. May Mary bless you and your family with peace!

As the year winds down, I encourage you to check in with your child to ensure he/she is able to work independently. Can he/she tie shoes? Work alone for 15 minutes? We are working hard to be sure we are ready for second grade.


Field Trip

Friday, May 19th first grade is headed to the Woodland Park Zoo. We will eat lunch there. Please send a disposable sack lunch with your child next Friday. Please also pack a separate snack for your child to eat when we return to class. Students need to wear a uniform top with the St. John logo (red shirt or navy sweatshirt) and good walking shoes. Please drop off booster seats (if your child requires one) to the hallway outside of XDC in the morning. Signs for “Feeney” and “Thornton” will be posted. Make sure your booster is labeled with your name! . I still need permission slips and money from many parents. Please return both ASAP! If you need another form, email me. Thank you!


Habitat Day

Homework for this next week is for your child to build/create the 3D model of his/her habitat. It would be great if your child could include the animal as well (a photograph can work). It is important that the first graders take ownership of their creations. On Wednesday, May 24th, students will meet in Egan Hall first thing in the morning. Please bring your 3D model and report to Egan Hall. Miss Thornton and I will be there at 8:05 to help students get set up. Students who are coming from XDC will be escorted to Egan Hall. Parents are invited to tour habitat projects at the end of the day from 2:30 – 3:00. If you are unable to make it at the end of the day, we will be showing our habitats to visiting classes from 10:00 – 11:00, 1:15-1:45, and 2:00 – 3:00.


Summer Conferences

This time of year I like to offer optional conferences as a way for you to check in on progress, second grade readiness, and ideas to help your child over the summer. I would like each first grader to make a plan for summer during this conference by signing a summer contract.  This contract will include a plan for reading, writing, math, and student choice.  The conferences will be 15 minutes long and if possible I would like your child to attend!  Here is the link to sign up!


Questions to Ask:

-Name a mystery of the rosary.

-Draw a shape with 3 equal parts.

-What shapes can you name?

-Draw a circle showing ½, ¼.

-How can you divide a cookie equally?


Special Notes:

-Star Dolphins for the week of May 15 are Aspen, Chloe, and Lucy

-Field Trip to the Zoo is May 19th

-Habitat Day is May 24th

-No School Monday, May 29th for Memorial Day


I Can…

-read first grade words. RF1.3

-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 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

-tell about shapes and build and draw shapes. 1.G.1

-make two and three-dimensional shapes. 1.G.2

-use shapes to make new shapes. 1.G.2

-divide shapes into parts. 1.G.3