November 16, 2018

First Grade Dolphin 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 Mrs. Masiello, Mrs. Overland, Mrs. Ogden, Mrs. Lawrence, Mrs. McCarthy, Mr. Kidney, Mrs. Vegas, and Mrs. Bachhuber for helping out today!  

The first graders continued to learn place value by practicing regrouping.  They played Mission Control where they grouped the astronauts (ones) into shuttles (tens) to travel to the Space Station (hundreds).  They finished their unit on Space:  Patterns in the Sky by creating star constellations and writing about their favorite seasons.  Next week they will begin studying Heredity and creating timelines.

I love seeing students earning “Saint-in-Training” badges!  They are helping each other out in the class and being good friends at recess.  Mrs. Rousso will be coming in next Monday to teach them about Kelso’s Choice.

Primary Advent Service Opportunity

New Toy Drive for Foster Kids

The Kim family is collecting new toys for Treehouse, a local nonprofit, dedicated to closing the achievement gap between youth in foster care and their peers.  Please consider donating a new toy starting November 16th and ending Dec. 10.  The Kim family will be delivering the toys December 12th. Thank you!  (See flyer in folder for more information)

Christmas Around the World

On Thursday, December 20th, first graders will celebrate learning about Christmas around the world with an international luncheon. Each family is asked to participate either by making a dish from a special country or donating supplies and/or your time. Planning/sign up forms will come home after Thanksgiving. Please do not order hot lunch on Thursday, December 20.  If you want your country represented for our unit on Christmas around the world, email me.  So far, we have the Philippines, Netherlands, Ireland, England, Mexico, Peru, Australia, and Spain.

Questions to Ask

– Name a star constellation.

– How can you regroup 43 ones?

– What was your favorite part of the museum?


Special Notes

Dress uniform Monday, November 19th for Thanksgiving Mass.

– Food drive donations are welcome through November 20th.

– Thanksgiving Break November 21st– 25th.

– Do not order hot lunch for Thursday, December 20th.


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.