November 15, 2019

First Grade Dolphins News

Field trip success! First graders had an amazing time at the Seattle Art Museum learning about different cultures (families) around the world. They made their own “fine porcelain” dishes to bring home and share for a special occasion. The students were well behaved and represented St. John School incredibly well. Thank you to Sue Pierce, Marney Freeland, Anna Redmond, Julia Rudden, Trisha Quigley, and Sara Dean for helping out today!

The first graders continued to learn different strategies to help add to 20.  They learned their doubles facts and how make 10 to add bigger numbers.  In science, the students studied the moon phases and learned a new song to help them remember.  Check out the homework where they get to observe the moon for the next few weeks! Next week they will finish their unit on space with star constellations and begin studying Heredity and creating timelines of early America.

Students wrote small moment narratives as well as information about their favorite seasons this week. They are learning to brainstorm ideas that they can organize into stories.

I love seeing students earning “Saint-in-Training” badges!  They are helping each other out in the class and being good friends at recess. Speaking of saints, I am really proud of the students with their service to our school and world.  They have been bringing dollars to support our Unborn Sponsor child Neil.  This week they made pictures and wrote notes in Spanish to send to Neil.  Our goal is to give a dollar each month to help support his education.  He wants to be a civil engineer!


In December, the first grade will study how different countries celebrate Christmas around the world. I like to include all the different cultures of our class.  For example, we will learn about how Ireland celebrates Christmas because my grandparents were from Ireland.  You will not need to come in and talk to the class (unless you want to).  I will have a special book the first graders will complete that will celebrate our families. So far two parents have emailed me to include the countries of Vietnam and Ireland.   Please email me if you would like for us to include the country of your ancestors.  Thank you!


Questions to Ask

– Name a phase of the moon.

– How can you add 6+7=___ using doubles?

– What was your favorite part of the museum?


Special Notes and Dates

-The Star Dolphin for the week of November 18 is James.

-4th Grade Homeless Kit Drive donations are welcome through November 15

-Grandparents Day for grades 2-5 is November 21 (No hot lunch today and we eat in our classroom)

-Help the Homeless (assemble kits) is November 19 at 6:30

– Food drive donations are welcome through November 25

-Thanksgiving Mass is November 25 (wear dress uniform)

-No school due to Thanksgiving Break is November 27-29

-International Christmas Luncheon for first grade is Wednesday, December 18 (cancel hot lunch for this day).


Did you Know…

7 year olds need security, structure, and stability; can be upset by changes in room arrangement or scheduling.  This is important as November and December have a lot of special events that can cause anxiety which comes out as misbehavior.  Use the Special Notes section of the newsletter to write down upcoming events on a family calendar so they can be aware of changes.


I Can…

– use singular and plural nouns. L.1.1

– punctuate sentences. L.1.2

– spell first grade words. L.1.2

– 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

– help my class write. W.1.7

– revise and edit my writing. W.1.5

– publish my writing. W.1.6

– 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

– understand how words in a story can tell about feelings and the senses. RL.1.4

– 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

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

– subtract facts within 20. 1.OA.6

– 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.