September 15, 2017

Run happy! Please continue to send pledges and donations in through September. Thank you for all of your donations, pledges, and school spirit. I look forward to seeing you at the Back to School Carnival from 5:00 – 8:00pm today.

This week students learned about addition. They used scales to help them understand the equals sign. They made pictures of creation in their file folder Bibles, and practiced letter formation. In science the first graders learned how dolphins move (dive, leap, dance, spy hopping, breaching, lobtailing), where they live on the world map, and watched a movie about Dolphins. The first graders had a chance to watch mini videos about growth mindset. They learned that their brain works harder when they make mistakes and persist.

Reading Assessments

First grade students are given a variety of reading assessments in the first weeks of school. One test students are administered is the STAR reading assessment, which is given in first through seventh grades. The STAR reading assessment is a computer-based test that helps determine 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. Please keep the STAR report at home. You do not need to return it to me.


Save the Date

Thank you to the following people for volunteering to chaperone/drive: Mrs. Dacquisto and Mrs. Doyle. If I have missed anyone or you are interested in joining us on November 17th for our field trip to the Seattle Art Museum, please let me know.


Homework Note

Remember the second box on the weekly homework packet is always optional. This Monday students will begin spelling groups, which are leveled according to beginning of the year assessments. Spelling tests will be on Fridays. Students who have pictures and words will be tested on spelling the ten words only. Students who have only words will be tested on ten words from the list. Thank you for practicing at home! If you have questions about spelling homework please let me know. I am happy to help. Remember it should not take more than 20 minutes per night (including reading).


Questions to Ask

-What is the name of your pod in class?

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

– What is the sum in addition?

-Is this correct? 6=4+2? Can you write a number sentence like this? (YES!)

– How many laps did you run at the jog-a-thon?

– What fruit did we compare to the Trinity?

Special Notes

– Students will need headphones for MAP testing the week of October 2nd. Please bring in headphones if you haven’t already!

– Blessing of the Backpacks Sunday, September 17th at 10:30 a.m. Mass.

– Star Dolphin for the week of September 18 is Michela


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.