October 19, 2018

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.  This week the students learned about the “marketplace” and how it provides for our needs and wants.  The first graders finished their unit on Engineering and Technology.  They used the design process to build houses in Florida that won’t get blown away from Hurricanes.  We tested it using a hair dryer.  They did an amazing job!  In math, they continued to learn different addition strategies; counting on, using a number line, counting on with pennies, and adding doubles.  See this fun song to help your children remember their doubles!  Doubles Rap

MAP and STAR standardized test scores are being sent home today, if you have questions please bring them to conferences.  Please keep all scores at home, they don’t need to be returned. Thanks! For more clarification on the terms in these results please see the pages below:

MAP:  https://www.nwea.org/content/uploads/2016/06/Parent-Guide-to-MAP.pdf

 STAR:  http://doc.renlearn.com/kmnet/r001316312gb442f.pdf

Reading Assessments

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 today 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:


Unity Day

We are celebrating Unity Day on Wed. Oct. 24, a day that promotes acceptance, kindness and inclusion Orange is the color of Unity, so please help your children find something orange at home to wear on Oct. 24 (free dress if you wear something orange!).   Our 8th graders will be fanning into the younger classrooms, teaching lessons on friendship, acceptance, kindness and inclusion.

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 25th, 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.

Halloween Carnival

Middle school students will be hosting a Halloween Carnival on Friday, October 26th from 1:00-3:00.  Your child is welcome to come to school in a costume and all will enjoy some Halloween Fun and games! Please see the peach flyer in your child’s folder today for more details on costume dress code.  Thanks!


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 listen to a story on the iPad while parents continue the conference. Thank you to everyone who has scheduled conferences already!


Questions to Ask

– What is a consumer, what is a producer?

– Did your house get blown away?  What did you do to redesign it?

–  What is a strategy you learned to use when adding?


Special Notes

– Star Dolphin for the week of October 23 is Soren

No School, Monday October 22nd

– Individual Pictures on Tuesday, October 23rd

– Conferences October 29th and November 5th

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.