September 8, 2017

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

Jogging to success! We are over halfway to our $60,000 goal. If our class wins first place we will challenge Sr. Pablo and Mrs. O’Leary in the annual Silly String Showdown and earn a class party! Please keep those pledges coming. I look forward to seeing all of you at the Back to School Party & Carnival following the jog-a-thon on Friday, September 15th from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. You can keep track of class ranking at

This week first graders continued to learn routines working to become independent. They practiced printing letters, Daily 5, and addition strategies. In religion, students learned about the virtue of the month. This month they are focusing on practicing the virtue of Faith (believing in God and all He has revealed). The saint of the month is Saint Martha. The first graders will make saint holy cards each month for saints we celebrate. At the end of the year they will have a special Holy card key chains. The first graders began their unit of study on dolphins. As scientists, they made observations of different pictures of dolphins. They learned that there are many species of dolphins like the Amazon River Dolphin and yes even the Orca (it is actually the largest dolphin in the world!).

Parent Homework 

Please take a moment to visit our class website to fill out the “Introducing your child” form. The form can be found under “Class News” 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.

Reading Assessments

First grade students are given a variety of reading assessments in the first weeks of school. Students are given assessments of phonological awareness (rhyming, blending, segmenting), phonics, and fluency. Mrs. McCarthy, our reading specialist, will be in the first grade rooms in the first weeks of school to give students the DIBELS assessment. The DIBELS assesses beginning literacy skills and is used to help determine which students would benefit from participating in her reading intervention groups.


Save the Date

Our first field trip to the Seattle Art Museum will be on Friday, November 17th. We anticipate being gone from approximately 9:30 – 1:00. Please let me know if you are interested in driving/chaperoning.



Questions to Ask

– What is a virtue? What is our virtue for the month of September?

– Name a dolphin.

– What is one fact you learned about dolphins?



Special Notes

– Please send in headphones and comfort kits if you have not yet done so.

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

-Star Dolphin for the week of September 11 is Skylar


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

– 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

– 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

– find 10 more or 10 less in my head. 1.NBT.5



– We are Christ-centered people

Virtue, Saint Holy Card

– We are active learners.

Class Rules, Printing letters and numbers, add with pictures, make Otter observations

– We are empowered disciples.

Keep our classroom and desk clean, learning how to wash our hands (sing ABC song)