May 5, 2017

Happy Spring! The sun finally came out (after 175 days) this week. The first graders sang so beautifully last night at their Spring Concert. I’m so proud of their enthusiasm and talent!

May is here! We are officially 25 ½ 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. On May 1 students participated in the crowning of Mary. First graders brought flowers for Mary and beautifully helped lead one decade of the rosary. This week students also began their study on grasslands, compared shapes, and wrote opinion pieces.


MAP Testing

The first graders completed their Reading and Math MAP tests this week. I’m so proud of their hard work this year! In two weeks they will complete STAR testing. Thank you for sending them ready to learn this week.

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. 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. If you do not sign up for a conference, I will send home this contract with example ideas for you and your child to fill out together (and return to me). The Sign up link will come home next week.

Habitat Day

Today students are bringing home habitat report templates. The target date to finish these reports is May 12th. Please have your children use their best printing. If they want to add additional pages, they are welcome to attach it to the templates. The blank side is for the photograph/picture of the animal. See the information I sent home last week if you have any questions. Please DO NOT turn them in early. In class we reviewed the template and completed one together. A rubric for the project, along with a list of writing conventions is also coming home. Please keep this page for reference while working on the project. On May 24th, 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

Thank you to the families who returned the permission slips and fee this week. If you signed up to volunteer, please see the driver form in your child’s folder. I will have 2 parents per group but I need every parent to sign the driver form. Thank you! More details will be sent home for volunteers soon.



Questions to Ask:

-What prayers do we say in the rosary?

-What shape has 3 sides and 3 vertices? No sides or vertices? 4 sides or vertices?

Special Notes:

  • Star Dolphins for the week of May 8 are Maria Elena, Peter, and Aspen
  • Bike to School Day is May 10 (sign up on the school website)
  • Art with Parents is May 12
  • Field Trip to the zoo is May 19
  • Special Guest Speaker Tim Dwyer to share his trip to Antarctica (He was at the Science Center during Polar Weekend) on May 22
  • Habitat Day is May 24


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