October 18, 2019

First Grade Dolphin News

Congratulations! We exceeded our Jog-a-thon goal. Thank you for all of your hard work and support for St. John School.  We celebrated today with a school assembly and free dress.  The first graders enjoyed movie and popcorn this afternoon for running the most laps in primary.

This week they practiced the earthquake disaster drill, called the “Great Shake Out.” First grade did a great job covering their heads under their desks, and then exiting the building to the holding area. On Wednesday, we had the Fulcrum Foundation visit our school and attend Mass, led by the first graders and their eighth grade buddies. The first graders did a great job! In religion, students continued to learn about creation. In math, first grade finished their first chapter about addition within 10. They ended the chapter with a test today. The first graders continued their social studies unit on Needs and Wants. This week I met with book groups but we did not have a lot of time to practice our new skills due to our schedule this week. Because of this, I will be sending home book bags next week. If your child meets with Mrs. McCarthy, they will be bringing home a book bag today.


Next week we will be taking the STAR standardized test. First grade students are given a variety of reading assessments throughout the school year. One test students are administered is the STAR reading assessment, which is given to first and second graders. The STAR reading assessment is a computer-based test that helps determine the level of books your child should read in order to make the best progress, this range is called the zone of proximal development (ZPD). A report will be sent home showing your child’s zone of proximal development, please keep in mind that these scores are approximate, but can offer you a guide for helping your child choose good fit books.  For more clarification on the terms in the test results please see: http://doc.renlearn.com/kmnet/r001316312gb442f.pdf


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 the email this week.  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.

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 Mrs. Jessup to discuss the Thinking About Me form and an SLE (Schoolwide Learning Expectation) assessment teachers completed. Students will set a goal for the year and then wait in the hallway while parents continue the conference. The conference will be held in the classroom. Thank you to everyone who has scheduled conferences already!


Questions to Ask

– What is a consumer, what is a producer?

– What is a way to make 10?

–  What does peace mean to you?


Special Notes

Star Dolphin for the week of October 21 is Dany

-Individual Pictures on Tuesday, October 22nd (free dress or uniform)

–Conferences October 28th and November 8th  (no school on these days)

-School will begin at 9:00 on October 29th

-Halloween Carnival on October 31st (see flyer for more details)

-All school Mass on November 1st to celebrate All Saints’ Day


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


– We are Christ-centered people.

– We are active learners.

– We are empowered disciples.