December 9- 13, 2019

Great Things are Happening in First Grade!

Weekly Newsletter- December 9-13 , 2019

In class this week…

Religion: In religion this week, we are in the beginnings of the New Testament. In addition to discussing Advent as a season of waiting and rejoicing, we are discussing Jesus’ life and his many miracles. We continue to reinforce the process of praying the Rosary. We utilize Jesus Calling each day to discuss scripture, and introduce a new Saint daily.

Reading:  The class will spend this week learning about ending consonant blend patterns. We will be reading a story called “The Cupcake Party”. We are discussing plot, setting, and characters in a narrative. Students are able to work daily in their differentiated reading groups, and are able to participate and visualize during whole class Read Alouds.

Language Arts: (Grammar and Writing):   This week in ELA we will be working on writing the upper and lower cases of “Q and R”. We will be reinforcing basic writing strategies like holding our paper and pencil correctly, while sitting up straight with our feet on the floor. We continue to work in our Interactive Notebooks each day, utilizing various prompts to enhance and perfect our writing skills. In grammar, we are discussing the  different types of sentences as well as plural nouns.

Math:  We are continuing to work on the basics of money and coin values. We are starting to practice counting coins. We are practicing subtraction and addition facts daily, as well. We are continuing to work in differentiated math groups to best engage students on their individual math levels.

Science: We are working on Parts of Plant, and how plants help keep God’s creation, the Earth, alive and thriving! Our class will continue to monitor the growth of our potted plants!

Social Studies:  We are learning all about Holidays Around the World- this week discussing many of the stories that help us celebrate Christmas (The Night Before Christmas, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, The Grinch, Frosty the Snowman).

Reminders:

–We have one helper who has volunteered to organize our holiday party, but are still in need of one more. Please let me know if you are interested.

–If you have not signed up for the Remind 101 app, please do so- I use this app weekly to communicate small bits of information to parents.

–Please send in headphones with your child’s name on them to use during centers.

-Send students in Mass Uniform this Friday, December 13th for the Grinch field trip.

If you ARE interested in being a Mystery Reader in the months of December, or January, please email me. I will let you know available dates with a response back so that we can put you into our Mystery Reader schedule! The kids LOVE this part of our Fridays, so please feel free to join us!

–Please check the comments section of blue folders for individual comments on your child’s weekly progress.

–Snacks and lunches are encouraged to have healthy options and items that have protein so that students may focus and power thru the remainder of the school day after lunch.

IMPORTANT DATES:
–Permission Slip with a $10 student cost is due for the Koger Center for Friday, December 13th:  Ballet Performance of Grinch:  8:10-11:30 AM

-Friday, December 13th– Grinch Field Trip- wear Mass uniform

–Monday, December 16th: 1:00 Strength and Movement Presentation-Neglia Hall; Please join!

–Thursday, December 19th: 7 PM Christmas Music Program in the Basilica. Students report to Neglia Hall at 6:30 PM. PLEASE SUBMIT PERMISSION FORMS IF OR IF NOT YOUR CHILD WILL BE PARTICIPATING.

–Friday, December 20th 11:30 Dismissal  NO ASP

–Christmas Break until Monday, Jan. 6th (Feast of the Epiphany)