First Grade Weekly Update

Valentine’s Day was great fun!  Thank you to parents who sent in treats and Mrs. Woods for sending in the fun craft.  I love all the Valentine’s received.

The students will begin a Digital Citizenship class this week with Mr. Toner to help the students navigate through the devices we use in the classroom and at home.

We completed theCircle of Grace safe environment curriculum.  Students brought home the green, yellow and red circles we used to show responses to certain situations in addition to the parent letter.

We will begin the next round of STAR testing this week.

If your child is interested in creating a book for the Diocesan Young Author’s Fair, please let me know and I can send home the guidelines.  We will be doing a class book in the classroom, but budding authors are welcome to do individual books on their own.  Books will be due on March 4.

Here is a look at what we are working on this week:

English Language Arts:

  • read  Let’s Put on a Play,  The Contest:  A Play,  
  • sight words:  would     could     some     one     new     were
  • long vowel words spelled with ue  (blue) and ie (tie)
  • opinion writing
  • STAR Testing:  Early Literacy

Mathematics:

  • number stories using the number line
  • addition and subtraction with multiples of 10
  • develop number sense and relationship among numbers in 0-120 range
  • recognize and extend number patterns
  • understand multiples of 10 and refer to tens and ones
  • compare pairs of 2 digit numbers
  • mentally find the number that is 10 more/less than a given 2 digit number

Religion:

  • Faith Families-praying the rosary
  • Zones of Regulation-identify the zones with facial expressions

Social Studies:

  • President’s Day

Science:

  • What does your shadow do  when you are not looking

Dates to Remember:

February 18-President’s Day Holiday

Februay 19-Faith Families, 1 p.m.

February 27-Lillian Black Festival @ Bishop O’Dowd High School

March 4-Young Author’s Faire books due (optional)

March 5-Burning of the Palms Prayer Service

March 6-Ash Wednesday, 8:30 all school mass (full uniform)

March 8-end of 2nd trimester!

March 14-Report cards home

March 15-No school for students



First Grade Weekly Update

The first graders are 100 days smarter!  What a wonderful 100th day we had filled with so many activities.

We will celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14.  If your child wishes to bring in Valentine’s for the class, please just sign “From” your child rather than also addressing who it is for-it makes for easier distribution.  

I will present the  Circle of Grace safe environment curriculum this week as noted in the letter sent home last week.

If your child is interested in creating a book for the Diocesan Young Author’s Fair, please let me know and I can send home the guidelines.  We will be doing a class book in the classroom, but budding authors are welcome to do individual books on their own.  Books will be due on March 4.

Here is a look at what we are working on this week:

English Language Arts:

  • read  Lily’s Little Boat, The Little Horse, A Toy Story 
  • sight words:  would     could     some     one     new     were
  • long vowel words spelled with ai  (rain) and oa (boat)
  • long vowel words spelled with ea  (peach)   and    ee  (bee)
  • opinion writing

Mathematics:

  • number stories using the number line
  • addition and subtraction with multiples of 10
  • develop number sense and relationship among numbers in 0-120 range

Religion:

  • Circle of Grace-Safe Environment
  • Zones of Regulation-identify the zones with facial expressions
  • Valentine’s day

Social Studies:

  • neighborhood

Science:

  • What does your shadow do  when you are not looking

Dates to Remember:

February 9-Crab Feed

February 11-free dress for February birthdays

February 18-President’s Day Holiday

March 4-Young Author’s Faire books due (optional)

March 5-Burning of the Palms Prayer Service

March 6-Ash Wednesday, 8:30 all school mass (full uniform)

March 8-end of 2nd trimester!

March 14-Report cards home

March 15-No school for students



First Grade Weekly Update

What a wonderful Catholic Schools Week. It was so nice to see so many first graders and their families at the mass and Open House.  The students enjoyed the Taiko Drumming, multi-cultural activities, and popcorn.  We were well represented at the Oratorical Fest-great job Jadyn, Izzie, Oliver and Samuel!

Thank you for the beautiful framed art of hearts and the gift card.  It is much appreciated.  The faculty and staff enjoyed our luncheon on Friday.  Thank you to Mrs. Gille and Mrs. Thong for coming to supervise Fun Friday!

This week we will celebrate an all school mass on Wednesday.  Some of the first graders and their buddies will be leading us in the readings.  All families are welcome to join in prayer with us.

We are almost at the 100th day of school  We will celebrate with a variety of activities on Thursday.

We will celebrate Valentine’s Day on February 14.  If your child wishes to bring in Valentine’s for the class, please just sign “From” your child rather than also addressing who it is for-it makes for easier distribution.  

Please look for a letter explaining the Circle of Grace safe environment curriculum in your child’s green folder on Monday with the new homework.  

If your child is interested in creating a book for the Diocesan Young Author’s Fair, please let me know and I can send home the guidelines.  We will be doing a class book in the classroom, but budding authors are welcome to do individual books on their own.

Here is a look at what we are working on this week:

English Language Arts:

  • read  SUPER DUPER: ZOOM  
  • sight words:  oh     any     day    good     very     want
  • long vowel words with silent e (CVCe) adding “ed” and “ing”
  • writing a friendly letter

Mathematics:

  • number stories using the number line
  • greater and less than
  • develop number sense and relationship among numbers in 0-120 range
  • multiples of 5 and 10

Religion:

  • celebrating all school mass Wednesday
  • Mary, the Mother of Jesus

Social Studies:

  • neighborhood

Science:

  • moving shadows

Dates to Remember:

February 6-All School mass, 8:30 a.m. (full mass uniform)

February 7-100th Day of School!

February 9-Crab Feed

February 11-free dress for February birthdays

February 18-President’s Day Holiday



First Grade Weekly Update

Catholic Schools Week begins on Sunday.  I hope to see you for mass at 9 a.m. and Open House following in the school.  Students who come in their uniform to mass and Open House will receive a free dress pass for Monday.

We will have a short assembly on Monday to celebrate our community.  The students may wear ethnic clothes or colors of the flag for our Multi-cultural day on Tuesday.  Wednesday the students will have a special assembly in their honor and Thursday we celebrate Academic Excellence.  The four students representing 1st grade in the Oratorical Fest on Thursday, January 31, @ 1 p.m. are:  Oliver, Jadyn, Izzie and Samuel.

Here is a look at what we are working on this week:

English Language Arts:

  • read  A Helmet for Hot Rod and Race Day
  • sight words:  oh     any     day    good     very     want
  • long vowel words with silent e (CVCe) with ‘s’ at the end as in cakes, tunes
  • writing: making a poster

Mathematics:

  • busing a number line to develop number sense and understanding of number relationships in the range 0-120

Religion:

  • celebrating diversity
  • helping others

Social Studies:

  • where in the world are we?

Dates to Remember:

January 27-9 a.m. Catholic School’s Week Mass and Open House

January 27-February 1-Catholic School’s Week

February 9-Crab Feed

February 11-free dress for February birthdays

February 18-President’s Day Holiday



First Grade Weekly Update

The students did an excellent job reciting their memorized poems.  Four will be chosen to represent 1st grade in the Oratorical Fest on Thursday, January 31, @ 1 p.m.

Remember to RSVP for the Parent Ed night on Tuesday, January 23.

Ms. Holly has requested the students to listen to some music-it can be found at: 

 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUEv5c7TYY9tvXAdlXvkWlNjZ_3n_xV_3

Students may wear outfits on Friday, January 25 to promote the Crab Feed.

On Sunday we begin our celebration of Catholic Schools Week.  All are invited to the 9 a.m. mass followed by Open House in the school.  Students should come in their uniform and will be receive a free dress pass for a school day.  This is a wonderful opportunity to see what your child is doing in the classroom.  It is also a chance for you to take a sneak peak into 2nd grade.  Our theme this year is: Learn, Serve, Lead, Succeed.  

Here is a look at what we are working on this week:

English Language Arts:

  • read  A Gift I Like and The Very Best Gift
  • sight words:  said     only     you     out     of     here
  • long vowel words with silent e (CVCe) as in cake, tune
  • writing: Catholic Schools writing

Mathematics:

  • building fluency in adding to 10
  • equivalent equations
  • part-part-whole relationships
  • comparing numbers

Religion:

  • Catholic Schools Week
  • SLE (Schoolwide Learning Expectation): Respect
  • Zones of Regulation: feelings

Science:

  • moving shadows

Dates to Remember:

January 22-Dine and Donate at Oteaz

January 23-Parent Ed night-Zones of Regulation

January 27-9 a.m. Catholic School’s Week Mass and Open House

January 27-February 1-Catholic School’s Week

February 9-Crab Feed

February 11-free dress for February birthdays

February 18-President’s Day Holiday



First Grade Weekly Update

The students will be reciting their poems in the classroom beginning on Tuesday, January 15.  Please continue to practice at home.

When we introduced the Zones of Regulation, many students related to being in the blue zone giving the reason they are tired.  Please continue to keep up good habits of reading daily and getting a good night’s rest. Remember to RSVP for the Parent Ed night on January 23.

Senora Romero has requested an art shirt/smock to wear, please send one in to keep paint off of the uniform if you did not do so at the start of the school year.

Scholastic Book orders are due Wednesday, January 16.

Pajama day is coming up on Thursday, January 17.

There is no school for students on Friday, January 18 due to a staff development day.  Also on Monday, January 21, in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Here is a look at what we are working on this week:

English Language Arts:

  • read  Ettabetta is Seven and Toc’s Chicken Pox 
  • sight words:  said     only     you     out     of     here
  • long vowel words with silent e (CVCe) as in cake, tune
  • writing: descriptive writing
  • writing:  checking for capitalization and end marks

Mathematics:

  • building fluency in adding to 10
  • equivalent equations
  • story problems
  • comparing numbers

Religion:

  • Jesus shares God’s love with everyone
  • SLE (Schoolwide Learning Expectation): Respect
  • Zones of Regulation: feelings

Science:

  • moving shadoes

Dates to Remember:

January 14-free dress for January birthdays

January 14-18-recite poems in class

January 18-no school for students

January 21-Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

January 22-Dine and Donate at Oteaz

January 23-Parent Ed night

January 27-9 a.m. Catholic School’s Week Mass and Open House

January 27-February 1-Catholic School’s Week



First Grade Weekly Update

Happy New Year!

This is an exciting time of year in first grade.  We will be working hard and will see so much growth in the first graders.  Please continue to keep up good habits of reading daily and getting a good night’s rest.

Poems for the Oratorical Fest are due on Friday, January 11.  A hard copy with your child’s name should be turned in with homework.  Remember selected work for first graders should have 6-12 lines. Poems will be recited by memory in class the week of January14.

Here is a look at what we are working on this week:

English Language Arts:

  • read  When Superkids Pretend and The Foolish Giant 
  • sight words:  said     only     you     out     of     here
  • writing: descriptive writing
  • writing:  checking for capitalization and end marks

Mathematics:

  • building fluency in adding to 10
  • story problems
  • comparing numbers

Religion:

  • Epiphany
  • The Holy Family
  • Zones of Regulation: feelings

Science:

  • What is the moon made of?

Dates to Remember:

January 7-Back to School

January 11-Oratorical poems due in class

January 14-free dress for January birthdays

January 18-no school for students

January 21-Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

January 22-Dine and Donate at Oteaz

January 27-9 a.m. Catholic School’s Week Mass and Open House

January 27-February 1-Catholic School’s Week

January 7-Return to school



First Grade Weekly Update

Our field trip to see  Wonderland:  Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure  is on Tuesday, December 18.  All students need to be in uniform and need car safety seats or booster seats.  Please see e-mail.

The students have been practicing with Ms. Holly for the Christmas Program Thursday evening.  The program begins at 7 p.m. Students should come to the classroom in their “Sunday best” after 6:30 p.m.  Students will be dismissed from the church after the concert.

Friday is a minimum day and there is no Share and Care.

I hope you will be able to come see the creche the students created. It  will be displayed the weekend of December 14/15 at all masses and at the Parish Christmas Concert (12/15 @ 2 p.m.)

Here is a look at what we are working on this week:

English Language Arts:

  • read  Dominic’s Apple, Yuck! Yuck!, 
  • sight words:  there     from     be     we     or     to
  • writing: descriptive writing
  • writing:  checking for capitalization and end marks

Mathematics:

  • building fluency in adding to 10
  • story problems
  • comparing numbers
  • gingerbread glyphs

Religion:

  • Advent:  Joy
  • needs vs. wants

Science:

  • Why is snow white?

Dates to Remember:

December 17-December birthdays free dress

December 18-field trip to see Wonderland:  Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure,  (8:30-11:45 a.m.)

December 19-Advent Prayer Service

December 20-Christmas Concert in the Church, 7 p.m.

December 21-minimum day-red & green free dress, Christmas vacation begins

January 7-Return to school



First Grade Weekly Update

If you have not yet returned the signed Report Card envelope only, please do so next week.

Thank you also for your participation in the school-wide Adopt-A-Family program-the first grade sign-up slots were all fulfilled!    If you did not get a chance to sign up, please see the e-mail from the co-chairs to find out how you can help.  All gifts are due on Wednesday, December 12.

Thank you for your participation in the Scholastic Book Fair.  We received many new books for the classroom.

The students participated in an Hour of Code this week with the help of Mr. Toner and some middle school students.

Fr. Robert will be coming to the classroom on Tuesday (12/11) in lieu of our weekly mass.  He will be teaching about Advent.

Thank you to all who stepped up to help make the field trip to see Wonderland:  Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure a reality.  We have drivers and chaperones in place for Tuesday, December 18.  We will return to school in time for lunch.  Please turn in permission slips by Tuesday, December 11, if you have not done so.

The students created a creche that will be displayed the weekend of December 14/15 at all masses and at the Parish Christmas Concert (12/15.)

Here is a look at what we are working on this week:

English Language Arts:

  • identify base words with ing  and ed  endings
  • sight words:  there     from     be     we     or     to
  • read  The Big Bad Blob, The Monster Under the Bus, SUPER SMART: The Planets of Our Solar Sytem
  • writing: descriptive writing
  • writing:  checking for capitalization and end marks
  • writing letters to Santa

Mathematics:

  • building fluency in adding to 10
  • story problems
  • comparing numbers

Religion:

  • Advent
  • guest Fr. Robert
  • Feast of Our Lady of Guadelupe

Science:

  • How do boats find their way in the fog?

Dates to Remember:

December 8-Feast of the Immaculate Conception-Scholastic Book Fair

December 2-Advent begins

December 10-Christmas Craft

December 11-Fr. Robert visit classroom

December 12-Advent Prayer Service

December 12-Adopt-A-Family gifts due

December 17-December birthdays free dress

December 18-field trip to see Wonderland:  Alice’s Rock and Roll Adventure,  (8:30-11:45 a.m.)

December 19-Advent Prayer Service

December 20-Christmas Concert in the Church, 7 p.m.

December 21-minimum day, Christmas vacation begins

January 7-Return to school



First Grade Weekly Update

Report Cards were sent home on Friday.  Please review them and return the signed envelope only next week.

The season of Advent begins as a preparation for the coming of Jesus.  We will be focusing on this in the classroom.  The students will attend an Advent Prayer Service each Wednesday morning after assembly.  We will participate in the parish Creche festival. Thank you also for your participation in the school-wide Adopt-A-Family program.  All gifts are due on Wednesday, December 12.

Here is a look at what we are working on this week:

English Language Arts:

  • /er/ sound as in hammer and stronger
  • ‘ed’ ending added to verbs to show past tense sounding like /d/ as in melted and /t/ as in looked
  • sight words:  look     your    the    was    are   for
  • Bubble Bubble Gum,  and  In a Pickle, and Pick it Up
  • writing: narrative writing
  • writing:  checking for capitalization and end marks

Mathematics:

  • adding doubles (4+4,  3+3)
  • adding doubles +1  (4+5,     3+4)
  • story problems
  • comparing numbers

Religion:

  • Advent

Science:

  • How do boats find their way in the fog?

Dates to Remember:

November 26-30-Scholastic Book Fair

December 2-Advent begins

December 4-Dine & Donate-Tomatina

December 5-Advent Prayer Service

December 10-Christmas Craft

December 12-Advent Prayer Service

December 12-Adopt-A-Family gifts due

December 17-December birthdays free dress

December 19-Advent Prayer Service

December 20-Christmas Concert in the Church, 7 p.m.

December 21-minimum day, Christmas vacation begins

January 7-Return to school