First Grade Weekly Update

The days are going quickly!  The students had a wonderful field trip to Chabot Space and Science Center-thank you to all the parents who were able to drive and/or chaperone.

Students will be listening to the candidate speeches for SLC (Student Leadership Council) on Monday morning.  They will then have the opportunity to vote for the students they think will best represent them for the 2019-2020 school year.

The FUN RUN is happening on this Tuesday.  Thank you to all who have raised money.  All pledges are due on May 15.

As we enter the final stretch of first grade, please keep up good habits of bedtime and healthy snacks.  Also, please be mindful of the uniform including sweatshirts/sweaters and uniform socks and shoes.

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

English Language Arts:

  • read  SUPER DUPER: America’s Parks and Party Planning
  • sight words:  come     coming     they     our     put
  • /aw/ words  as in saw and lawn
  • descriptive writing

Mathematics:

  • doubles facts (2+2,  4+4)
  • addition and subtraction stories with sums/minuends to 20
  • fact families

Religion:

  • The Church

Science:

  • Why are polar bears white?

Dates to Remember:

  • May 14-Fun Run. 9:15-10 a.m.
  • May 17-Talent Show, 1p.m.
  • May 21-Tropical Tuesday Spirit Day
  • May 23-Sports Awards, 6:30 p.m. Lincoln Park
  • May 24-Feast of St. Philip Neri observed, 8:30 mass                                                    Minimum day
  • May 27-Memorial Day Holiday
  • May 28-Ribbon Ceremony
  • May 31-Baccalaureate Mass, 10 a.m.
  • June 7-last day of school, 10:30 a.m. dismissal



First Grade Weekly Update

Happy Easter!  

We will be attending all school mass on Wednesday for our May Crowning.

We are set for our field trip on Friday, May 3, to Chabot Space and Science Center.  We will be leaving school at 8:30 a.m. and returning about 2:45 p.m.  Students may wear jeans with uniform tops.  Students should bring a bag lunch and snack.  We will be able to eat snack before we enter the center.  

As we enter the final stretch of first grade, please keep up good habits of bedtime and healthy snacks.  Also, please be mindful of the uniform including sweatshirts/sweaters and uniform socks and shoes.

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

English Language Arts:

  • read  Golly is on the Ball and Play Ball
  • sight words:  come     coming     they     our     put
  • syllables
  • descriptive writing

Mathematics:

  • doubles facts (2+2,  4+4)
  • addition and subtraction stories with sums/minuends to 20
  • fact families

Religion:

  • Resurrection of Jesus
  • Signs of the Holy Spirit

Science:

  • phases of the moon
  • field trip

Dates to Remember:

  • April 30-Fun Run kickoff
  • May 1-May Crowning mass
  • May 3-field trip to Chabot Space and Science Center
  • May 9-Celebration of the Arts/Spring Concert
  • May 14-Fun Run
  • May 17-Talent Show
  • May 20-May & June birthday free dress
  • May 23-Sports Awards
  • May 24-Feast of St. Philip Neri observed, 8:30 mass                                                    Minimum day
  • May 27-Memorial Day Holiday



First Grade Weekly Update

We enter Holy Week with several activities planned.  Students will attend Stations of the Cross on Tuesday afternoon.  Also on Tuesday evening is the Mini Maker Faire-all are encouraged to attend this fun filled evening in the hall (5-7 p.m.)  On Wednesday the school  will be walking to the Alameda Theatre for a special Earth Day showing of Penguins.   On Thursday we will participate in the Seder Meal with our Faith Families.

Remember that there is a noon dismissal on Holy Thursday (Share and Care is provided) and there is no school on Good Friday and through Easter week.

Thank you for turning permission slips in a timely manner for the Chabot Space and Science Center field trip on Friday, May 3.  If you offered to chaperone or drive you should have received an e-mail from me with confirmation to come this week.

Wishing you all a Blessed Easter and a wonderful Easter Break!

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

English Language Arts:

  • read  Making Waves and The Talking Eggs
  • sight words:  their    now    always    because    been
  • Opinion Writing-book reviews

Mathematics:

  • 2 dimensional shapes 
  • defining attributes for shapes
  • identify, name, describe and compare 3D shapes
  • fractions  (1/2,  1/3,  1/4)
  • addition sentences (with penguins)

Religion:

  • Holy Week
  • Stations of the Cross
  • Seder Meal

Social Studies:

  • Digital Citizenship

Dates to Remember:

April 15-free dress for April birthdays

April 16-Stations of the Cross, 2 p.m.

                  Mini Maker Faire, 5-7:30 p.m.

April 17-walking field trip to Alameda Theatre

April 18-Seder Meal/Minimum Day

April 19-28-Easter Break

April 30-Fun Run kickoff

May 3-field trip to Chabot Space and Science Center

May 9-Celebration of the Arts/Spring Concert



First Grade Weekly Update

The emergency evacuation drill was a success!  The students cooperated and were well behaved.  Thank you to all of you for your participation.

Please turn in permission slips by Tuesday, April 9 for the Chabot Space and Science Center field trip on Friday, May 3.  

On Wednesday, April 17, we will be walking to the Alameda Free Library for an Earth Day field trip with the rest of the school to see a presentation of Penguins.  

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

English Language Arts:

  • read  You and Me and the Superkids, A Super Day at Happy Land
  • sight words:  their    now    always    because    been
  • contractions with isam, and are  (it’s,  I’m,  I’ll)
  • Opinion Writing

Mathematics:

  • 2 dimensional shapes 
  • defining attributes for shapes
  • identify, name, describe and compare 3D shapes
  • fractions  (1/2,  1/3,  1/4)

Religion:

  • Lent
  • Stations of the Cross

Science:

  • How can the stars help you if you get lost?

Dates to Remember:

April 12-Faith Families

April 15-free dress for April birthdays

April 16-Stations of the Cross, 2 p.m.

                 Mini Maker Faire, 5-7:30 p.m.

April 17-walking field trip to Alameda Theatre

April 18-Seder Meal/Minimum Day

April 19-28-Easter Break

April 30-Fun Run kickoff

May 3-field trip to Chabot Space and Science Center

May 9-Celebration of the Arts/Spring Concert



First Grade Weekly Update

The emergency evacuation drill is this Friday, April 5.  All students will need to be picked up by someone listed on their emergency form.  Please refer to the schedule  here.   There will be no Share and Care Friday afternoon.

As part of our lenten journey, first graders have been learning about different recipients of aid from the Rice Bowl each week.  Ask your child to tell you the story of Norma (Guatemala), Annet ( South Sudan to Uganda), and Christyan (Sri Lanka to India.)  Rice Bowls will be collected before Easter. 

A visit from the Alameda Free Library will happen on Tuesday, April 2.  We also will have Art Docent on Tuesday afternoon.

On Wednesday, April 17, we will be walking to the Alameda Free Library for an Earth Day field trip with the rest of the school to see a presentation of Penguins.  

We will be going to the Chabot Space and Science Center on Friday, May 3.  Information will be forthcoming.

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

English Language Arts:

  • read  It’s So Hot, The Wish, Would You Rather Be?, Which Animal is Which
  • sight words:  their    now    always    because    been
  • contractions with isam, and are  (it’s,  I’m,  I’ll)
  • Explanatory Writing:  How to

Mathematics:

  • 2 dimensional shapes 
  • defining attributes for shapes
  • identify, name, describe and compare 3D shapes
  • fractions  (1/2,  1/3,  1/4)

Religion:

  • Lent
  • forgiveness
  • The Lord’s Prayer

Science:

  • Why do stars come out at night?

Dates to Remember:

March 18-free dress for March birthdays

April 5-Emergency Drill-No Share & Care

April 12-Faith Families

April 15-free dress for April birthdays

April 16-Stations of the Cross, 2 p.m.

                 Mini Maker Faire, 5-7:30 p.m.

April 17-walking field trip to Alameda Theatre

April 18-Seder Meal/Minimum Day

April 19-28-Easter Break

April 30-Fun Run kickoff

May 3-field trip to Chabot Space and Science Center

May 9-Celebration of the Arts/Spring Concert



First Grade Weekly Update

Report Cards were sent home on Thursday.  Please sign the envelope and return on Monday.  The report is yours to keep.

Excitement with the new play structure!  First graders went outside with Mrs. Murray to learn the rules last Tuesday and had their first opportunity to play.  The glee in their voices was pure joy!  Our scheduled day will be on Mondays as well as alternating Fridays.

I will be offsite on Wednesday-Friday of this week (March 20-22.)  I am on a WCEA team and will be spending those three days at St. Bede’s in Hayward.  There will be a substitute teacher with the class as well as Mrs. Ratto.

The focus for lent in first grade is spending time doing for others and less time doing for yourself.  Students brought home green “leaves” to write down good deeds they are doing for lent.  They can return them one at a time to add to our tree as it blossoms for Spring.  I have more leaves if needed.

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

English Language Arts:

  • read  My Happy Rainy Day, In Case of Rain, SUPER SMART: STORMS AHEAD
  • sight words:  down    many    too  first    work
  • y as a long i as in fry
  • y as a long e as in funny
  • long a spelled ay as in play
  • Explanatory Writing:  How to

Mathematics:

  • 2 dimensional shapes 
  • defining attributes for shapes
  • identify, name, describe and compare 3D shapes

Religion:

  • Lent
  • Feast of St. Joseph (March 19)

Social Studies:

  • name & identify the continents
  • name & identify the oceans

Science:

  • How can the sun help you if you are lost?

Dates to Remember:

March 18-free dress for March birthdays

April 5-Emergency Drill-No Share & Care

April 12-Faith Families

April 15-free dress for April birthdays

April 18-Seder Meal/Minimum Day

April 19-28-Easter Break



First Grade Weekly Update

Thank you to all the parents who have donated more unscented wipes so far.

The focus for lent in first grade is spending time doing for others and less time doing for yourself.  Students brought home green “leaves” to write down good deeds they are doing for lent.  They can return them one at a time to add to our tree as it blossoms for Spring.  I have more leaves if needed.

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

English Language Arts:

  • read  Buster is Back, Buster’s Surprise, Homer 
  • sight words:  boy   girl   two   four   about   over   before
  • contractions with irregular n’t (will not-won’t,  cannot-can’t)
  • compound words

Mathematics:

  • 2 dimensional shapes 
  • defining attributes for shapes

Religion:

  • Lent
  • Catholic Relief Services-Focus on Options for the Poor and Vulnerable with a story from Uganda
  • Jesus shares God’s love
  • Zones of Regulation

Social Studies:

  • name & identify the continents
  • name & identify the oceans

Science:

  • How can the sun help you if you are lost?

Dates to Remember:

March 12-Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for new Play Structure

March 14-Report cards home

March 15-No school for students/Staff Development Day

March 18-free dress for March birthdays

April 5-Emergency Drill-No Share & Care

April 12-Faith Families

April 15-free dress for April birthdays

April 18-Seder Meal/Minimum Day

April 19-28-Easter Break



First Grade Weekly Update

Homework has a different look to it this week.  The Menus I have did not reflect our classwork this week.  Going forward there will be a mix of the Homework menu and math and Superkids worksheets.

Remember, 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  Make a Monster,  Icky’s Play, The Spingle Spangle Talent Show 
  • sight words:  would     could     some     one     new     were
  • long vowel words spelled with ue  (blue) and ie (tie)
  • contractions
  • narrative writing

Mathematics:

  • moving forward and backward on a number line by increments of 1, 5 and 10
  • addition and subtraction with multiples of 10
  • compare pairs of 2 digit numbers
  • mentally find the number that is 10 more/less than a given 2 digit number
  • Rockhopper penguins facts: comparing height

Religion:

  • Mary says YES to God
  • Zones of Regulation

Social Studies:

  • name & identify the United States
  • name & identify California

Science:

  • What does your shadow do  when you are not looking

Dates to Remember:

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

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