May 26, 2017

What an amazing week! Habitat Day was a huge success. I am so impressed by everyone’s projects. Thank you for your time and help creating, researching, and transporting projects. If you didn’t have a chance to stop by, we will be sending home pictures of your children with their habitats soon.

We had a special guest teacher, Mr. Tim Dwyer come on Monday to share about his expedition to Antarctica. He showed videos and pictures of what he saw in the ocean and on the ice. The students had a chance to explore Antarctica too using iPads.   If you check out the New York Times website and search for Antarctica series, you will find a 360 degrees interactive video. If you would like to find out more about Tim’s trip, he has online journals. Go to this link to find out more ( If you comment on the journals, he will respond!

 Today we had a special guest, 8th grader Jaden Mansfield come to our classroom. She shared her experience climbing Mt. Rainer! She shared photos, brought her equipment and answered questions about the mountain habitat. This was a great end to our habitat unit!


On Wednesday, May 31st, I am looking for a few volunteers who would be interested in covering books. I know it is not the most glamorous job, but many hands make for light work. It would be great to have a little work party at the back table first thing in the morning to get some textbooks recovered and inventoried as we wind down the year.

Summer Contract (Optional)

I like to give first graders a chance to set goals for summer learning to avoid any “summer slide” after all their hard work this year. I will email a planning page for you to fill out with your child if you haven’t attended a summer conference. Please sign and return to school. I will send a copy of it with a summer packet on June 2.


Teacher Evaluation

I sent home an evaluation today regarding this year of first grade. Please fill out both sides and return to school. Thank you!


Questions to Ask:

-What is the sacrament Confirmation?

-What was your favorite part of Habitat Day?

-What did you learn from Mr. Tim Dwyer about Antarctica/Scuba diving?



Special Notes:

-No School Monday, May 29th for Memorial Day

-Star Dolphins for the week of May 30 are Julia, Emma, and Teddy

-Please return teacher evaluation forms at your earliest convenience.

-Buddy Lunch is June 1st (lunch will be provided)

-Lunch in the classrooms on June 2nd (due to 8th Grade Tea)

-Last day of school is June 9th with a 10:00 dismissal (dress uniform)



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

-capitalize dates and names of people. L.1.2

-punctuate sentences. 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

-put three objects in order from longest to shortest. 1.MD.1

-tell the length of an object using whole numbers. 1.MD. 2