November 1, 2019

First Grade Dolphin News

November is here! First graders welcomed November with All Saints’ Day with a beautiful Mass. This week we watched the “Safe Side” video about safe adults.  See homework for more information on how to be safe. Halloween was a lot of fun for the first graders.  They wore amazing costumes and had a ball at the Carnival put on by the 8th graders. In religion, students continued to learn about creation and started to learn about how to be saints-in-training! Today the students colored their own saints-in-training badges that they will get to earn during this month. On Monday, we will have a classroom prayer service to pray for all the members of our families who have died to honor All Souls’ Day.


I look forward to seeing the remaining families at conferences on Friday, November 8. Please remember conferences are in our classroom and your child does attend.


 Conference Agenda:

  1. Discuss the student self-reflection and parent comment form.
  2. Parent, Student, and Teacher formulate a behavioral and academic goal.
  3. Parent and Teacher discuss MAP, other test scores, and any concerns or questions.

Please turn in Field Trip Permission Slips by Thursday, November 8th, thank you!


State of the School: Don’t forget to go to the State of the Parish this weekend!

The State of the Parish will be shown at all 3 masses the weekend of November 2nd and 3rd.  School families in order to be eligible for, and remain eligible for Parish Fair Share tuition each family must attend the State of the Parish.

Service Ideas

St. John sixth graders are collecting food for their annual St. Vincent DePaul food drive.  Donations are welcome any time until November 26.  One idea is to have your child earn money by doing extra chores.  Then he/she can buy food for the poor.


The sixth graders are collecting any extra candy or candy you don’t want from Halloween to give to the homeless as well.


The fourth graders are collecting items for homeless care kits as well (information sent home in Newsviews this week). Your children can bring all these donations to the classroom. Thank you!



Questions to Ask

– What is a saint?

– Name a fact about the sun.

-Who is a safe side adult? Don’t Know? Kinda Know?


Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of November 4 is Vinnie

– NO SCHOOL November 8th-11th

– Seattle Art Museum Field Trip (11/15) Cancel your hot lunch order for this day.

-Reading Bags went home today.  Please bring them back on Monday (even if you didn’t have a chance to read it).


I Can…

– use common nouns, verbs, and adjectives. L.1.1

– punctuate sentences. L.1.2

– spell first grade words. L.1.2

– use context clues to help me understand a new word or words. L.1.4

– sort words into categories and tell why they belong there. L.1.5

– follow rules for discussions and talk with others. SL.1.1

– speak and write in complete sentences. SL.1.6

– write to tell a story. W.1.3

– help my class write. W.1.7

– tell who, what, when, where, why and how after reading. RL.1.1

– tell the characters, setting, and what happens in a story. RL.1.3

– use words and pictures to help me tell about the characters, setting, and plot. RL.1.7

– read and understand first grade fiction. RL.1.10

– tell the number of syllables in words. RF.1.2

– use digraphs and vowel pairs to help me read. RF.1.3

– use strategies to solve addition word problems. 1.OA.1

– use the commutative property of addition. 1.OA.3

– count to help me add and subtract. 1.OA.5

– add facts within 20. 1.OA.5

– know what an equal sign means. 1.OA.7

– 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



– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.