October 13, 2017

Congratulations! We exceeded our Jog-a-thon goal. Thank you for all of your hard work and support for St. John School. We are celebrating today with a school assembly and free dress. This week the students learned about prayers of the rosary (Apostles Creed, Our Father, and Hail Mary). They harvested potatoes, learned about earth’s place in the universe, observed the position of the sun, and continued to identify nouns in the story If You Take a Mouse to School. We used number lines and pennies to learn counting on strategies. The first graders celebrated the 100th anniversary of Mary appearing to 3 children in Fatima with a movie and special coloring sheet.

A special thank you to Mrs. Aguila for leading our potato harvest. We even found some carrots and tomatoes as well!

MAP Scores

Please check your child’s folder for the MAP test results for both reading and math. The score includes last year as well so that you can see the progress. We will discuss these scores in more detail and I can answer any questions you may have during our conference.

Conference Notes

These are parent, student, teacher conferences. Your child is requested to attend. Each conference is 15 minutes with a 5 minutes passing period between. Parents and child will meet with Miss Feeney to discuss the Thinking About Me form and go over the MAP scores. Students will set a goal for the year and then listen to a story on the iPad while parents continue the conference. Thank you to everyone who has scheduled conferences already!

Reading Bags

Your child will be bringing home their “book bag” this week. Instructions will be included inside. Please return the bags on Monday even if you didn’t have a chance to read over the weekend because we use them in reading groups. Thank you!

Opt Out Waiver

If you would like to “opt your child out” of the Touching Safety Program that will be presented to the first grade students on October 24th, please sign the form attached to this week’s homework packet. Our lesson focus will be on Boundaries—the limits that define one person as separate from another or from others. There are boundaries you can see (like a fence around a yard) and boundaries you can’t see with your eyes (like the comfort zone around us that we call our “personal space”). Boundaries vary depending on the relationship with the other person. For example, a boundary between a child and a grandparent is different than the boundary between a child and a teacher or coach. Please let me know if you have more questions about the program.

Field Trip Information

Field Trip permission slips for our trip to the SAM on Friday, November 17th will be sent home this coming MONDAY, October 16th. Please sign both sides, send in a labeled envelope with the fee in cash or check (made out to St. John School) and return by Friday, October 20th.   Parent chaperones do not need to pay for themselves!


Questions to Ask

– What are three nouns? (one from each category)

– What did you do in the school garden?

– Name a fact about the sun.

Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of October 16 is Saoirse

– Individual Pictures on Wednesday, October 18th

– Halloween Carnival (St. John Parish) is October 20 from 6:00-8:00pm

– Conferences October 25th – 27th.

I Can…

– 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

– use observations of the sun, moon, and stars to describe patterns that can be predicted. 1.ESS1.1

– make observations at different times of the year to relate the amount of daylight to the time of year. 1.ESS1.2


– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.