September 14, 2018

First Grade Dolphin News

The first graders are off to a good start!  They finished their first full week of school.  They learned the school rules and the class rules (1. Show Respect 2.  Make good choices 3.  Solve problems).  The students are becoming independent learners during Daily 5 as they build their stamina and read pictures (wordless books) and words.  They worked in their Religion books and were asked “Who is God” through artwork called “Holy Trinity”.  The first graders are practicing the virtue of the month, hope, by asking God each morning “What is your plan for me today?”  They are saints-in-training as they strive to be like St. Joseph.  The students practiced letter formation through Frog Jump Capital letters.  Did you know that no letter starts at the bottom?  The first graders became scientists as they studied the different kinds of dolphins.

The first graders attended Adoration at church on Thursday.  The church is open from 9:00-12:00 every Thursday where parishioners and students can pray before the blessed sacrament (Jesus!).  We will do this every week. It is amazing to see their reverence in church.

Run happy! Please continue to send pledges and donations in through September. Thank you for all of your donations, pledges, and school spirit.   We are over half way to our school goal of $80,000!!!  Miss Murray’s class is in the lead for primary.  We can do it!  Go First Grade!

Thank you to all the parents who attended Curriculum Night on Thursday.  Please look over the file of information you received and email me with any questions.

If you didn’t get a chance at Curriculum Night, please write a note of encouragement for your child and send it in to class.  I will keep them in their files and when they feel sad or want to give up, I will present them with your note!  Thank you!

Field Trip – Save the Date

Please let me know via email if you are interested in chaperoning/driving on our Field Trip on Friday, November 16th for our field trip to the Seattle Art Museum.


Homework Note

This week is the first week of homework.  Your child’s homework is a student survey asking them about the best ways they learn. As well as parent homework: an online parents survey found on my webpage.

Introducing Your Child

Please take a moment to visit this link and to fill out the “Introducing Your Child” form. The form can be found on the left-hand side. Your responses are sent directly to me. Any information you provide is greatly appreciated and helpful in getting to know your child.

Questions to Ask

-What is the name of your group in class?

-What is one thing you learned about dolphins this week?

-Can you show your parents the sign of the cross?

-What is a frog jump capital? 

Special Notes

– Students will need them for MAP testing the week of October 1st.  Please bring in headphones if you haven’t already!

– Blessing of the Backpacks Sunday, September 16th at 10:30 a.m. Mass (can wear free dress)

-Please check your child’s folder.  There was a case of lice reported in our classroom today.  The letter gives you more information.

I Can…

– print my uppercase and lowercase letters. L.1.1

– use context clues to help me understand a new word or words. L.1.4

– follow rules for discussions and talk with others. SL.1.1

– write to tell a story. W.1.3

– help my class write. W.1.7

– retell a story. RL.1.2

– 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

– 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.