May 4, 2018


May is here! May the force be with you. We are officially 24 days away from second grade! Second grade is a big jump for some students. Students are expected to be independent, self-directed, make good choices, and display proper classroom behavior. Take time to check in with your child and assess their readiness and feelings about this big accomplishment.

This week students participated in the crowning of Mary. First graders brought flowers for Mary and beautifully helped lead one decade of the rosary at church. Students also began their study of the grasslands habitat and learned the sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist, Confirmation, and Holy Orders. The first graders began their unit on measurement and measured items using nonstandard units (unifix cubes).


THANK YOU First Grade Parents for the delicious staff lunch on Thursday!


Summer Conference Sign Ups: 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. Each first grader will make a summer contract to be shared at the conference. This contract will include a plan for reading, writing, math, and student choice. If you do not sign up for a conference, I will send home this contract with ideas for things you can work on over the summer. I will send a link to sign up by next week.


Habitat Day

Today was the “due date” to finish the habitat report templates, but please do not turn them in before the due date. If your child wants to add additional pages to the report they are welcome to attach it to the templates. Now is the time to shift your focus on creating the 3D habitat. The “due dates” were created to be a target to help you stay on track for completion; do not stress if you are not there yet. J Have fun!


On May 23rd, parents are invited to tour habitat projects at the end of the day from 2:30 – 3:00. A detailed schedule of the day will be posted with other available visiting times.


Field Trip on Monday, May 29th

Permission Slips were sent home today with homework. Please complete both sides and return by next Friday, May 11th. Also please let me know ASAP if you would like to chaperone this field trip. Details and drivers forms will be sent home for volunteers soon.


Brown Bear Car Wash Fundraiser

6th grade will be selling Brown Bear tickets from 2:45-3:15 on Tuesdays and Fridays (except May 18) on the playground! $7 per tickets ($5.50 goes directly to St. John) you can still order directly from Scrip!


Questions to Ask:

-What prayers do we say in the rosary?

-What is length? Measure something at home. What did you use?

-What are 2 different names for a grassland habitat?


Special Notes:

  • Habitat Day is May 23rd
  • Memorial Day: No School Monday, May 28th
  • Field Trip to the zoo is May 29th



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