November 7, 2019

First Grade Dolphin News

We were very busy during this short week! The first graders learned about the sun and how it “seems” to move in the sky. In math, the students have been working on addition strategies to 20.  They learned a new song called Doubles to help them add bigger numbers.  Here is the link: In the month of November, the first graders have been practicing being a Saint in Training. To earn their badges, a classmate or teacher can nominate them for showing saint like behavior.  We have seen students pray for others, become friends with new classmates and take care of the classroom.  The fruit of the Holy Spirit is generosity which goes perfect with all of our service projects taking place in the school.  See special notes section for more information on how to help our community this November.


Field Trip Note

Next Friday, November 15th is our field trip to the Seattle Art Museum. Please keep in mind the following to help things run smoothly:

  • Send your child to school in his/her DRESS UNIFORM (especially St. John sweatshirts)
  • We will provide graham crackers as a snack to all the children while we are at the museum. If your child cannot eat this for dietary reasons, please send in a small, comparable and disposable snack Thursday, 11/14. Please do not send in anything that requires a spoon.
  • Students will eat lunch in the classroom when they return around 12:30. Students will miss hot lunch in Egan Hall. Since this is later than our normal lunch, please be sure your child eats a big breakfast Friday morning.


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 Friday the 15th. Please see the “To Do” list in the homework packet for more information.

Here are websites to help you!


Comfort Kits

I still have a lot of missing kits for the classroom.  Here is what you need:

  • Small working flashlight
  • Stocking cap
  • A small package of Wet Wipes
  • One or two family photos not larger than 4”x6”
  • One page letter to your child to comfort him/her while awaiting your arrival
  • One pair of tube socks
  • One small plastic drinking cup – 5- or 6-ounce size

Place all items in a one-gallon ziplock bag labeled with your student’s name.


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!  If you would like us to celebrate your country of origin, please email me by Friday, November 15th.   We will have our Christmas Around the World International Luncheon on Wednesday, December 18.  Save the date and don’t order hot lunch.


Questions to Ask

– What is a fact about the sun?

– Name a double.

-What is our fruit of the Holy Spirit for November?


Special Notes and Dates

-The Star Dolphin for the week of November 12 is Max.

-Field Trip to the Seattle Art Museum is Friday, November 15

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

-Grandparents Day for 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

-Christmas Program for 1st grade is December 19 at 7:00 in Egan Hall.  Drop off your child in Christmas best in the classroom at 6:45.

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


Did you Know…

When your child turns 7 he/she changes in different ways.  Seven Year Olds may become quieter, more sensitive, self-conscious, and self-absorbed as they figure out how to manage new feelings and cognitive structures.  They move forward craving security and structure while avoiding risk and uncertainty.

What can you do?  Provide consistent schedules and routines.  Listen to their concerns and offer support for your perfectionists.



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

– 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.