May 1st- May 5th

May 2, please go to MidlandsGives.org/stpeterscatholicschool. Thank you for your donation to the school.

Classroom News

Religion: The children will understand that Jesus rose from the dead, making new life possible.

Language Arts: The children will:

   Practice high frequency words: baby, begins, eight, follow, learning, until, years, young

   Spelling words: (r-controlled vowel er, ir, ur) her, fern, girl, sir, stir, bird, fur, hurt, turn, third

Phonics skills: r-controlled Vowels er, ir, ur

   Vocabulary strategy: using a dictionary entry

     Comprehension skill: conclusions, using context

     Grammar:  the pronouns I and me

Math: The children will:

– identify solid figures that can roll, slide and stack, slide and flip and understand symmetry

Science/Social Studies:               

           the children will learn about the desert and habitats of the plants and animals found there

Dates to Remember

Monday, 5/1 

Tuesday, 5/2 –Midland’s Gives!

Wednesday, 5/3 – return Tuesday folder; Mass, wear dress uniform.

Thursday, 5/4-

Friday, 5/5

Upcoming:

Thursday, 5/11- Spring Music Concert-USC Coperhaver Band Hall on Sumter Street

May 2, please go to MidlandsGives.org/stpeterscatholicschool. Thank you for your donation to the school.

April 24th – April 28th

May 2, please go to MidlandsGives.org/stpeterscatholicschool. Thank you for your donation to the school.

Classroom News

Religion: The children will understand the meaning of Easter. We will explore some of the symbols and practices of the Easter season.

Language Arts: The children will:

   Practice high frequency words: few, window, shall, night, noise, world, loudly, story

   Spelling words: (r-controlled vowel ar) far, arm, yard, art, jar, bar, barn, bark, card, yard

Phonics skills: r-controlled Vowels ar, or, ore

   Vocabulary strategy: Prefix re-

     Comprehension skill: Story structure; Repetition

     Grammar:  Subject Pronouns

Math: The children will:

– Begin to explore 3-D geometric figures

– Extend addition and subtraction facts through sums of 20

– Use the vocabulary: doubles fact, sum, difference, related facts, fact family, part vs. whole

– Practice telling time to the hour and half hour using analog and digital clocks  

             Science/Social Studies:               

           Where does sound come from? We will begin to explore how sound is caused by making things vibrate

– We will also begin to learn about the basic needs of humans. How do people around the world meet their needs for food, water, and shelter?

Dates to Remember

Monday, 4/24

Tuesday, 4/25

Wednesday, 4/26 – return Tuesday folder; Mass, wear dress uniform.

Thursday, 4/27- PTO meeting in Neglia Hall @5:30

Friday, 4/28

Upcoming:

Tuesday, 5/2- Midlands Gives

Thursday, 5/11- Spring Music Concert-USC Coperhaver Band Hall on Sumter Street

May 2, please go to MidlandsGives.org/stpeterscatholicschool. Thank you for your donation to the school.

April 10th – 14th, 2017

Classroom News

Religion: The children will understand the meaning of Holy Week. We will participate with Second and Third Grades in a Lenten Retreat during the day on Wednesday.

Language Arts: The children will:

   Practice high frequency words: few, window, shall, night, noise, world, loudly, story

   Spelling words: (r-controlled vowel ar) far, arm, yard, art, jar, bar, barn, bark, card, yard

Phonics skills: r-controlled Vowels ar, or, ore

   Vocabulary strategy: Prefix re-

     Comprehension skill: Story structure; Repetition

     Grammar:  Subject Pronouns

Math: The children will:

– Begin to explore 3-D geometric figures

– Extend addition and subtraction facts through sums of 20

– Use the vocabulary: doubles fact, sum, difference, related facts, fact family, part vs. whole

– Practice telling time to the hour and half hour using analog and digital clocks  

             Science/Social Studies:               

           Where does sound come from? We will begin to explore how sound is caused by making things vibrate

– We will also begin to learn about the basic needs of humans. How do people around the world meet their needs for food, water, and shelter?

Dates to Remember

Monday, 4/10 – Lenten Rice Bowls Due

Tuesday, 4/11 – return signed report cards

Wednesday, 4/12 – return Tuesday folder; Mass, wear dress uniform.

Thursday, 4/13- Holy Thursday; no school

Friday, 4/14 –Good Friday – no school

Upcoming:

Sunday, 4/16 – Easter Day

April 13th – 23rd – Easter Break – Have a fun and restful time with your family! (Please continue to read for ten minutes every day!)

Monday, 4/24 – Welcome Back to School!

May 2, please go to MidlandsGives.org/stpeterscatholicschool. Thank you for your donation to the school.

April 3rd – 7th, 2017

Upcoming:

Thursday, 4/13 – Holy Thursday – No School

Friday, 4/14 – Good Friday – No School

Tuesday, May 2: Please go to MidlandsGives.org/StPetersCatholicSchool and make a contribution to our school.  If we get 180 donors for this one day online event, sponsored by Central Carolina Community Foundation, St. Peter’s will get $10,000 in bonus money!  Thank you.

Classroom News

Religion: The children will understand that the week leading up to Easter is Holy Week. We will continue to explore how our Lenten disciplines of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving help us to grow closer to God.

Language Arts: The children will:

   Practice high frequency words: door, more, mother, old, try, use, want, wash

   Spelling words: (compound words) bedtime, sunset, bathtub, sailboat, flagpole, backpack, playpen, raincoat, inside, himself

Phonics skills: Short vowel review

   Vocabulary strategy: Compound words

     Comprehension skill: Cause and effect; inference and prediction    

     Grammar:  Prepositions and prepositional phrases

Math: The children will:

– Count money using mixed coins

– Extend addition and subtraction facts through sums of 20

– Use the vocabulary: doubles fact, sum, difference, related facts, fact family, part vs. whole

– Practice telling time to the hour and half hour using analog and digital clocks

  – Solve story problems by determining which mathematical operation is needed

             Science/Social Studies:

  – We will expand our global awareness by learning about how people around the world take care of the ordinary tasks of daily life

       – We will continue with our study of plants and begin our garden.

Dates to Remember

Tuesday, 4/4 – report cards issued

Wednesday, 4/5 – return Tuesday folder; Mass, wear dress uniform.

Thursday, 4/6- PE Day; wear PE uniform

Friday, 4/7 – Knights of Columbia Lenten Fish Fry from 5 pm – 8 pm

Sunday, 4/9 – St. Peter’s School Fundraiser at the Columbia Fireflies baseball game – 2:05 pm

Upcoming:

Thursday, 4/13 – Holy Thursday – No School

Friday, 4/14 – Good Friday – No School

Homework

  • Study high frequency words and phrases each night
  • Read 10 min. NIGHTLY
  • Math fact practice nightly

 

A Note from Mr. Thigpen

Thank you for continuing to read with your child at home each day! This kind of regular practice really helps children to move forward in their development of reading skills.

March 27th – 31st

Classroom News

Religion: The children will understand how the Ten Commandments and the Great Commandment relate to our daily life. We will add to our church vocabulary by exploring the names of people and things we see at Mass.

Language Arts: The children will:

   Practice high frequency words: done, great, laugh, paper, soon, talk, were, work

   Spelling words: (words with oa, ow) show, row, grow, low, blow, snow, boat, coat, road, toad

Phonics skills: Vowel pairs (oa, ow);

Contractions -‘ve,   -’re

   Vocabulary strategy: Synonyms

     Comprehension skill: Sequence of Events,; Using Context; Monitor/Clarify    

     Grammar:  Future Tense

Math: The children will:

– Count mixed coins

– Use the vocabulary: doubles fact, sum, difference, related facts, fact family, part vs. whole, penny, nickel, dime, quarter

– Practice telling time to the hour and half hour using analog and digital clocks  

             Science/Social Studies:                        

                  – Where does food come from? We will continue with our study of plants.

– The Richland County Sheriff’s Department will share the Safe and Sound Town program with us

 

Dates to Remember

Monday, 3/27 – Sixth Grade Class Trip to DC is this week; 4th Quarter begins

Wednesday, 3/29 – return Tuesday folder; Mass, wear dress uniform.

Thursday, 3/30- PE Day; wear PE uniform

Friday, 3/31 – Knights of Columbia Lenten Fish Fry from 5 pm – 8 pm

Upcoming:

Sunday, 4/9 – St. Peter’s School Fundraiser at the Columbia Fireflies baseball game – 2:05 pm

 

Homework

  • Study high frequency words and phrases each night
  • Read 10 min. NIGHTLY
  • Math fact practice nightly

 

A Note from Mr. Thigpen

At this point in the year, our readers are working hard on developing their reading fluency. Fluent reading is that smooth, expressive kind of reading that is so pleasant to listen to. Improving fluency has been shown to be one of the best ways to help children improve their reading comprehension. We are working in class with a variety of materials and strategies to help the children improve their fluency. At home, you may want to try the “you read to me, I read to you” strategy, in which you alternate reading with your child (changing readers either at the end of a sentence, a paragraph, or a whole page). They get to hear your fluent reading, they get a little break between readings, and you both get to have some fun reading together! Books that may be a few levels below your child’s current reading level are also great for helping build fluency. As always, thank you for all that you do to support your child’s learning!

 

March 20th – 24th

Classroom News

Religion: The children will understand that Jesus taught us to Share. We will explore ways that we can share Jesus’ love with others. We will relate these ideas to our Lenten discipline of Giving Alms.

Language Arts: The children will:

   Practice high frequency words: first, food, ground, right, sometimes, these, under, your

   Spelling words: (words with ai, ay) play, grain, sail, mail, may, rain, way, day, stay, pain

Phonics skills: Vowel pairs (ai, ay); Contractions -‘ll,   –’d

   Vocabulary strategy: Multiple-meaning words

     Comprehension skill: Author’s Purpose; Conclusions; Summarize    

     Grammar:  Names of Months, Days, Holidays

Math: The children will:

– Identify a variety of closed figures as we begin work on concepts of Geometry

– Begin to use attributes such as sides, corners, and vertices to identify and describe closed figures

– Extend addition and subtraction facts through sums of 20

– Use the vocabulary: doubles fact, sum, difference, related facts, fact family, part vs. whole

– Practice telling time to the hour and half hour using   analog and digital clocks  

             Science/Social Studies:

             – Where does food come from? We will begin our study of plants.

Dates to Remember

Monday, 3/20 – 2:00 Dismissal

Tuesday, 3/21 – picture orders due; re-registration deadline

Wednesday, 3/22 – return Tuesday folder; Mass, wear dress uniform.

Thursday, 3/23- PE Day; wear PE uniform

Friday, 3/24 –end of third quarter; Knights of Columbia Lenten Fish Fry from 5 pm – 8 pm

Upcoming:

Monday, 3/27 – 4th Quarter begins

Homework

  • Study high frequency words and phrases each night
  • Read 10 min. NIGHTLY
  • Math fact practice nightly

A Note from Mr. Thigpen

New bag books are going home this week. Thank you for continuing to read for ten to fifteen minutes each night with your child. Even this small amount of practice, done consistently, is very helpful to your child’s development of reading skills. Just as important, it also demonstrates that you value the work your child is doing at school and encourages him or her to continue to work hard every day.

March 13th – 17th

Classroom News

Religion: The children will understand the season of Lent. We will explore ways that we can grow closer to God.

Language Arts: The children will:

   Practice high frequency words: about, by, car, could, don’t, maybe, sure, there

   Spelling words: me, be, read, feet, tree, keep, eat, mean, sea, these

Phonics skills: long e spellings (ea, e, e_e, ee); final   –ng, –nk, –ink

   Vocabulary strategy: Define words

     Comprehension skill: Visualize; Compare and Contrast; Dialogue  

     Grammar:  Compound Sentences

Math: The children will:

– Create data tables as a problem-solving strategy

– Review previous strategies for solving story problems

– Use the vocabulary: doubles fact, sum, difference, related facts, fact family, part vs. whole

– Continue to practice telling time to the hour and half hour using analog and digital clocks  

             Science/Social Studies:

           – Learning about the Moon

– What Do Astronauts Do?

                       – Junior Achievement will visit again this week to help us learn about Our New Business

 

Dates to Remember

Wednesday, 3/15 – return Tuesday folder; Mass, wear dress uniform.

Thursday, 3/16- PE Day; wear PE uniform

Friday, 3/17 – St. Patrick’s Day; K of C Lenten Fish Fry from 5 pm – 8 pm; St. Peter’s Art Display at Scoopy Doo Gelato Shop from 11am – 10pm

Upcoming:

– Saturday, 3/18 – St. Patrick’s Day Parade

– Sunday, 3/19 – K of C Breakfast following 9am and 11 am Masses

– Monday, 3/20 – 2:00 Dismissal; First Day of Spring!

– Tuesday, 3/21 – Re-registration deadline; Picture orders due

 

Homework

  • Study high frequency words and phrases each night
  • Read 10 min. NIGHTLY
  • Math fact practice nightly

March 6th – March 10th

A Note from Mr. Thigpen

Thank you to all parents who have been so helpful and welcoming to me as I begin my time with this wonderful first grade class. I appreciate having a chance to meet you and get your insights about your child’s learning strengths and interests. Please feel free to contact me any time you have questions about our work!

 

This Week in Our Classroom

Religion:   The children will understand that God loves the world. We will explore ways that we can all help care for God’s creation.

Language Arts:   The children will:

Practice high-frequency words:     around, because, before, bring, carry, light, show, think

Spelling words:    so, go, home, hole, no, rope, joke, bone, stove

Phonics skills:   long o (silent -e spelling )

Vocabulary strategy:  Suffixes    -y,   -ful 

Comprehension skill:    Main idea and details; compare and contrast

Grammar:      Questions

Math:    The children will:

– Extend addition and subtraction facts through sums of 20

–  Recognize and use the vocabulary of addition and subtraction:  doubles fact, sum, difference, related facts, fact family, part vs. whole

– Practice telling time to the hour and half hour using analog and digital clocks

Science and Social Studies:

   –  Animal Groups: Kinds of Vertebrates   

 We will learn about the characteristics of Mammals, Birds, Fish, Reptiles, and Amphibians

– Junior Achievement will visit our students again this week to help us lean about Businesses in Our Neighborhood

 

Dates to Remember

Monday, March 6th – Welcome back! I hope everyone had a restful break.

Wednesday, March 8th – Mass today; wear dress uniform. We will take our class picture today! Please remember to return your Tuesday folder.

Thursday, March 9th – PE Day; wear PE uniform

 

Upcoming:

Friday, March 17th – St. Patrick’s Day

Saturday, March 18th – St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Monday, March 20th – 2:00 Dismissal (After-School Program will be available); First Day of Spring!

Tuesday, March 21st – re-registration deadline; Picture orders due

 

Homework

  • Study high-frequency words and spelling words each night
  • Read 10 minutes nightly
  • Practice math facts (addition and subtraction) nightly

 

February 20th -February 24th

A Note From Mrs. Hawkins

Please note that your child’s homework nightly should consist of reading aloud to you for 10 minutes, practicing addition and subtraction facts to 20 and enjoying family time and constructive play.

Please make flashcards of the children’s high frequency words taught this year so far. High frequency words need to be recognized by sight immediately so that your child is a fluent reader.

In Class This Week

Religion:  The children will understand that Jesus gives our parents to us and we are to obey them.

Language Arts: The children will:

  • practice high frequency words: bird, both, eyes, fly, long, or, those, walk
  • spell the words: time, like, kite, bike, white, drive
  • practice phonics skills: long I (silent e); digraphs kn, wr, gn, mb; phonograms -ine, -ite
  • practice vocabulary strategy: suffixes -er, -est
  • comprehend using the skills: compare and contrast-tell how two things are alike or not
  • comprehend using the strategy: monitor/clarify-find ways to figure out what doesn’t make sense
  • practice grammar: be using the verbs: has/have and verbs ending in -ed

Math:  The children will:

  • extend addition and subtraction facts through sums of 20
  • use the vocabulary: place value, ones, ten, is less than, is greater than, two-digit number

Science/Social Studies: The children will:

  • understand what causes day and night?
  • Junior Achievement will be once per week for six weeks. Children will learn about ‘Our Families’. Last week, the children were able to describe similarities and differences found in families. This week they will be able to categorize needs and wants.

Homework

  • read nightly for at least 10 minutes
  • study high frequency words and word phrases each night
  • addition and subtraction math fact practice nightly

Reminders & Important Dates

Monday, 2/20- No School

Tuesday, 2/21- re-registration begins

Wednesday, 2/22- return Tuesday folder, Mass, wear dress uniform

Thursday, 2/23- PE, students wear PE uniform, School Talent Show @6 pm in Neglia Hall

Upcoming…

2/20- President’s Day- no school

2/21- re-registration begins!

2/23- school talent show @ 6 in Neglia Hall

March 2-3- No school

February 6th – 10th

A Note From Mrs. Hawkins

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Our class list is in your Open House packet from the beginning of the year. Our total number of students is 13. Your child is welcome to bring a valentine for each student, as along as every student is included. It is up to you if you would like your child to label each valentine or not. Our Valentine exchange will take place the last 30 minutes of the school day on February 14.

Please make flashcards of the children’s high frequency words taught this year so far. High frequency words need to be recognized by sight immediately so that your child is a fluent reader.

In Class This Week

Religion:  The children will understand that the commandments help us make good decisions.

Language Arts: The children will:

  • practice high frequency words: down, fall, goes, green, grow, new, open, yellow
  • spell the words: ship, shop, which, when, whip, fish
  • practice phonics skills: use digraphs sh, wh, ph
  • practice vocabulary strategy: words ending in -ed, -ing, or -s
  • comprehend using the skills: cause and effect- tell what happens and why
  • comprehend using the strategy: visualize- picture what is happening as you read
  • practice grammar: to make most nouns name more than one, add the letter -s

Math:  The children will:

  • be reviewing addition and subtraction strategies
  • review comparing numbers with <,>, or = and use logical reasoning to solve problems and strategies to solve problems
  • use the vocabulary: place value, ones, ten, is less than, is greater than, two-digit number

Science/Social Studies: The children will:

  • learn about objects in the sky during day and night and explain why the sun is important for life on Earth

Homework

  • read nightly for at least 10 minutes
  • study high frequency words and word phrases each night
  • math work Tuesday and Wednesday nights is due the following day

Reminders & Important Dates

 

Wednesday, 2/8- return Tuesday folder, math homework due, Mass, wear dress uniform

Thursday, 2/9- PE, students wear PE uniform, math homework due

 

Upcoming…

2/13- 2pm dismissal

2/20- President’s Day- no school

2/21- re-registration begins!

2/23- school talent show @ 6 in Neglia Hall

March 2-3- No school