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



First Grade Weekly Update

What a blessing the blue sky, clean air, falling rain and beatiful sun are.  I hope you all stayed healthy and were able to be with family and friends during this extended Thanksgiving break.  

We will pick up where we left off in first grade minus a few turkey projects.

The Book Fair begins on Monday.  The students will have a chance to preview the fair and create a wish list on Monday.

I believe Thursday is a Disney Spirit Day.  Students are encouraged to dress in Disney theme.  Information will be forthcoming from the SLC.

Information will be coming home regarding our annual Adopt-A-Family program.  Thank you in advance for your participation in this program.  All gifts will be 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
  • sight words:  do    have   show   ow   me   a
  • stories,  The Best Sandbox Ever,  and  Lily’s Desert Project
  • writing: narrative writing
  • writing:  checking for capitalization and end marks

Mathematics:

  • counting by 5’s
  • patterns
  • value of pennies and nickels
  • comparing numbers
  • addition

Religion:

  • creation

Science:

  • How do boats find their way in the fog?

Dates to Remember:

November 26-30-Scholastic Book Fair

November 29-Disney Spirit Day

December 2-Advent begins

December 4-Dine & Donate-Habit Burger

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



The first graders have been working hard.  It is hard to believe the first trimester is coming to an end.

We enjoyed a performance from the Bishop O’Dowd Jazz band this week.  The students also met in Faith Families for the first time.  They created bookmarks for that will be distributed to parishioners.

On Tuesday, the students will join 2nd grade for an onsite field trip with a GEMS Rock presentation.

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

English Language Arts:

  • /ng/ sound as in king and strong
  • sight words:  do    have   show   ow   me   a
  • stories,  The Best Sandbox Ever,  and SUPER DUPER: Bubbles
  • writing: opinion writing

Mathematics:

  • counting by 5’s
  • patterns
  • value of pennies and nickels
  • comparing numbers

Religion:

  • creation

Science:

  • How could you send a message to someone far away?
  • exploration with light signals

Dates to Remember

November 9-minimum day

November 12-Veteran’s Day observed

November 16-end of 1st trimester

November 20-Report Cards go home

November 21-23-Thanksgiving holiday



First Grade Weekly Update

Thank you  to Dr. Wagner (Will’s mom) for visiting the class to teach student about being a vet. 

Thank you to all the parents for your participation in the Halloween festivities.  Fun was had by all.

In observance of Veteran’s Day, students will decorate a star in class.  If you have a name(s) of veterans your child can include, please write it down for your child and send it in the green folder on Wednesday.

You may have noticed an extra $10 on your November tuition statement from Mr. Carter.  Grades 1-4 will be attending an on site field trip presented by GEMS ROCK on Tuesday, November 13.

Students will be gathering in Faith Families for the first time this year on Friday, November 9.  The 8th grade lead a family with one student from each grade.  The students will be working on a service project for the parish.

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

English Language Arts:

  • /ng/ sound as in king and strong
  • sight words:  do    have   show   ow   me   a
  • stories,  Oswald Pretends, and  Fiddlesticks,  and SUPER SMART: Taking Care of Zoo Animals
  • writing: opinion writing

Mathematics:

  • addition facts
  • counting back to subtract

Religion:

  • creation

Science:

  • How could you send a message to someone far away?
  • exploration with light signals

Dates to Remember

November 9-minimum day

November 12-Veteran’s Day observed

November 16-end of 1st trimester

November 21-23-Thanksgiving holiday



First Grade Weekly Update

It is an exciting week!  Monday we will have a guest speaker to talk about all those animals we have been reading about in Superkids.

On Halloween students may wear their costumes to school on Wednesday.  We will begin the day with a parade, attend the carnival hosted by the SLC, have some breakfast treats and a craft and end the day with the Broadcast.

On Thursday we will be attending an all school mass for All Saints Day.

Thank you to Ms. Ortiz, Mr. Devlin and Mrs. Holmes for leading the students in a wonderful  Art Docent lesson on Friday!  Fun was had by all and the projects are spooktacular!

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

English Language Arts:

  • continue /th/ sound spelled “th” voiced  (this,  those)  and unvoiced (with,   thank)
  • continue /wh/ sound spelled “wh” as in when, where
  • continue /ch/ sound spelled “ch” and “tch”   (chip, such, patch)
  • continue /sh/ sound spelled “sh” as in shell, wish
  • sight words:  do    have   show   ow   me   a
  • stories,  Super Scrub-a-Matic, and  Super-Duper Golly!,
  • writing:  informative writing

Mathematics:

  • addition using dominoes
  • double facts through 6

Religion:

  • All Saints Day-all school mass, Thursday (no shorts)
  • Who are saints?
  • Sign of the Cross

Science:

  • Light up the dark
  • exploration with dark boxes

Dates to Remember

October 31-minimum day-students may come to school in their Halloween costume-remembering no violent costumes or weapons.

November 1-All Saints Day, Mass uniform

November 9-minimum day

November 12-Veteran’s Day observed

November 16-end of 1st trimester

November 21-23-Thanksgiving holiday



First Grade Weekly Update

First graders are working hard.  It is important for them to get a good nights rest so they can be at their best for learning.

We will have our first Art Docent lesson this Friday!

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

English Language Arts:

  • /th/ sound spelled “th” voiced  (this,  those)  and unvoiced (with,   thank)
  • continue /wh/ sound spelled “wh” as in when, where
  • continue /ch/ sound spelled “ch” and “tch”   (chip, such, patch)
  • continue /sh/ sound spelled “sh” as in shell, wish
  • sight words:  who   where   what   which   why
  • stories,  What a Pet! , SUPER DUPER Pet Clinic, Golly Went Sniffing
  • writing:  informative writing, using question words

Mathematics:

  • addition using dominoes
  • FACT FAMILIES-relationship between addition and subtraction
  • writing a math story to match equations
  • true and false statements

Religion:

  • weekly mass, Tuesday (no shorts)
  • Our church helps us to know God
  • Sign of the Cross

Science:

  • What if there were no windows?
  • vocabulary:  transparent, translucent, opaque

Dates to Remember

October 25-Picture make-ups

October 26-Art Docent

October 31-minimum day-students may come to school in their Halloween costume-remembering no violent costumes or weapons.

November 1-All Saints Day, Mass uniform

November 9-minimum day

November 12-Veteran’s Day observed

November 16-end of 1st trimester

November 21-23-Thanksgiving holiday