November 3, 2017

November is here! First graders welcomed November with All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. They participated wonderfully at Mass. On November 2nd the first graders had a prayer service in the classroom where they prayed for family members who have died. We also finished our unit on the moon. We made Oreo Moon Phases with their 8th grade buddies focusing on the four main phases. Check out the sky to see what phase the moon is in the next few weeks. On Friday the first graders participated in Saint Stations. They shared the faith like St. Patrick by making shamrocks and writing Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. They prayed for the living and the dead like St. Cyprian by drawing/writing whom they want to pray for. They clothed the naked like St. Vincent DePaul by making clothes for paper dolls. They fed the hungry like St. Elizabeth by decorating paper muffins. They built a church like St. Francis with blocks. They gave to the poor like St. Nicholas by making paper chimneys and drawing gold coins. They are acting like Saints-in-training!

The first graders made badges that read “Saints-in-training.” During the month of November behavior. If you see your children wearing their badges, ask them what they did to earn their badge!

Service Ideas

St. John sixth graders are collecting food for their annual St. Vincent DePaul food drive. Donations are welcome anytime until November 21. One idea is to have your child earn money by doing extra chores. Then he/she can buy food for the poor. The fifth graders are collecting any extra candy or candy you don’t want from Halloween to give to the homeless. Your children can bring donations to the classroom. Thank you! These service projects help us live out the virtue of November….stewardship!

Saint Report

First graders will complete their first mini research project this month. Students are asked to research and create a prayer card for a saint of their choice. Projects are due November 17th. Please see the “To Do” list in the homework packet for more information. If you need additional resources, please let me know. We are happy to share!

Links from Homework:


Christmas Around the World

In December, the children will celebrate Christmas around the world! They will learn different names for Santa, see countries on a map, color each country’s flag, and discuss how families live and celebrate Christmas around the world. They will end the unit with the annual 1st grade Christmas International Luncheon! SAVE THE DATE: Monday, December 18th.

Book Bags

Please return book bags Monday with the books enclosed. We use these books for reading groups each week. Remember instead of reading ahead have them read previous stories. When I teach reading strategies, it is better if they haven’t read the story yet. Thank you!


Questions to Ask

– What is a saint?

– How can you be a saint?

– Name a fact about the moon. What phases can you name?


 Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of November 6 is Lia

– State of the Parish: Please attend either mass Saturday 5:00pm, Sunday 8:30am or 10:30am.

– November 10th no school in observance of Veteran’s Day.

– Seattle Art Museum (11/17)


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.