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)

Great Things are Happening in First Grade!

Weekly Newsletter- December 2-6 , 2019

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In class this week…

Religion: In religion this week, we are learning the stories at the end of the Old Testament- the visits from Gabriel to Zechariah, Mary, and Joseph, as well as the Nativity story surrounding the celebration of Advent. 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 “s” blend patterns. We will be reading a story called Dr. Seuss. 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 “O and P”. 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 working on the basics of money and coin values. 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- beginning with Advent.

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.

–Send in an extra pair of shoes with your child this Thursday, December 5 to be returned on Monday.

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

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

–Monday, Dec. 9th: 8:30 Special School Mass for “The Feast of the Immaculate Conception”

–Monday, December 9th:  2:00 Early Dismissal

–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)

November 18-22

Great Things are Happening in First Grade!

Weekly Newsletter- November 18-22, 2019

In class this week…

Religion: In religion this week, we are learning stories from the Old Testament such as The Prophet Elijah, and Daniel and the King. 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 R blend patterns, and L blends. We will be reading a story called How Animals Communicate. 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 “K and L”. 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 Subject (the naming part) of a sentence as well as the Predicate (the telling part).

Math:  We are working on subtraction strategies. 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 the First Thanksgiving.

Reminders:

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

*** 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:
-Picture Money or Pictures Due.  If you paid online, please send in the envelope indicating this.

Thanksgiving Break: Wednesday, Nov.27th-Return Monday, December 2nd

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

Thursday PE Uniform: Arrive by 7:50!

Monday, Dec. 9th: 8:30 Special School Mass for “The Feast of the Immaculate Conception”

Monday, December 9th:  2:00 Early Dismissal

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.

Friday, December 20th 11:30 Dismissal  NO ASP

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

November 11- 15, 2019

Great Things are Happening in First Grade!

Weekly Newsletter- November 11-15, 2019

In class this week…

Religion: In religion this week, we are learning stories from the Old Testament such as David and Goliath and Solomon. 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 R blend patterns. We will be reading a story called How Animals Communicate. 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 “K and L”. 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 Subject (the naming part) of a sentence.

Math:  We are continuing with skip counting and gathering data to represent frequency. 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 end the week potting our own seeds, as well as making a special surprise (bird feeders) with seeds on them!

Social Studies:  We are still working on community helpers and citizenship.

Reminders:

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

*** If you ARE interested in being a Mystery Reader in the months of November, 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:

Thanksgiving Break: Wednesday, Nov.27th-Return Monday, December 2nd

November 4-8, 2019

Great Things are Happening in First Grade!

Weekly Newsletter- November 4-8, 2019

In class this week…

Religion: In religion this week, we are learning stories from the Old Testament such as Naomi and Ruth and Samuel the Prophet. 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 double consonant patterns. We will be reading a story called Jack and the Wolf. 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 “K and L”. 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 reviewing adjectives, nouns, and verbs, and how they all work together to build excitement in our sentences.

Math:  We are continuing with skip counting and gathering data to represent frequency. We are continuing to work in differentiated math groups to best engage students on their individual math levels.

Science: We are starting our unit on Parts of Plant, and how plants help keep God’s creation, the Earth, alive and thriving! Our class and second grade will be going on a Leaf Walk at the end of the week!

Social Studies:  We are still working on community helpers and citizenship.

Reminders:

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

*** If you ARE interested in being a Mystery Reader in the months of November, 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:

Monday, November 11th– Veterans’ Day Presentation (8:30) and Parade (appx 10am) –

Monday, 11/12: Early 2:00 Dismissal; Faculty Meeting

Thanksgiving Break: Wednesday, Nov.27th-Return Monday, December 2nd

November 11-15, 2019

Weekly Newsletter- November 4-8, 2019

Great Things are Happening in First Grade!

In class this week…

Religion: In religion this week, we are learning stories from the Old Testament such as David and Goliath and the Story of Solomon. 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 R blends. We will be reading a story called How Animals Communicate. 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 “K and L”. 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 subject (the naming part) of sentences.

Math:  We are continuing with skip counting and gathering data to represent frequency. 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 and second grade will be making our own potted plants at the end of the week, as well as doing a craft with a guest visitor involving Seeds!!

Social Studies:  We are learning about the meaning of and the history behind Thanksgiving.

Reminders:

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

*** If you ARE interested in being a Mystery Reader in the months of November, 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:

Thanksgiving Break: Wednesday, Nov.27th-Return Monday, December 2nd

November 4-8, 2019

Weekly Newsletter- November 4-8, 2019

Great Things are Happening in First Grade!

In class this week…

Religion: In religion this week, we are learning stories from the Old Testament such as Naomi and Ruth and Samuel the Prophet. 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 double consonant patterns. We will be reading a story called Jack and the Wolf. 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 “K and L”. 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 reviewing adjectives, nouns, and verbs, and how they all work together to build excitement in our sentences.

Math:  We are continuing with skip counting and gathering data to represent frequency. We are continuing to work in differentiated math groups to best engage students on their individual math levels.

Science: We are starting our unit on Parts of Plant, and how plants help keep God’s creation, the Earth, alive and thriving! Our class and second grade will be going on a Leaf Walk at the end of the week!

Social Studies:  We are still working on community helpers and citizenship.

Reminders:

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

*** If you ARE interested in being a Mystery Reader in the months of November, 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:

Monday, November 11th– Veterans’ Day Presentation (8:30) and Parade (appx 10am) –

Monday, 11/12: Early 2:00 Dismissal; Faculty Meeting

Thanksgiving Break: Wednesday, Nov.27th-Return Monday, December 2nd

FIRST GRADE NEWS

Great Things are Happening in First Grade!

Weekly Newsletter- October 21-25, 2019

In class this week…

Religion: In religion this week, we are finishing up Genesis and starting Exodus. Some stories we are discussing are “Joseph the Dreamer”, “Abraham”, and reviewing stories of Moses. We continue to reinforce the process of praying the Rosary, and continue to learn about the Joyful Mysteries.

Reading:  The class will spend this week learning about Long and Short Vowel U and consonants K, Qu, and Z sounds. We will be reading a story called Gus Rides the Train. 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 “I and J”. 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 adjectives.

Math:  We are working on skip counting and gathering data to represent frequency. We are continuing to work in differentiated math groups to best engage students on their individual math levels.

Science: We are continuing our unit on Animal Adaptations this week, a very popular unit with First Graders!

Social Studies:  We will continue our unit about community and citizenship, and before the end of the month the students should be able to recite their state, city, country, and address and phone number- an emphasis on “Me on the Map”.

Reminders:

*** If you ARE interested in being a Mystery Reader in the months of October, November, or December, 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:

Friday, October 25th- PTO Halloween Party (5:30-7:00)

Friday, November 1st- NO SCHOOL – Conference Day (SIGN UPS ARE IN THE FRONT OFFICE)

Monday, November 11th– Veterans’ Day Parade

Week 6- September 23-27th

A Note From Mrs. Seals

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In class this week…

Religion: In religion this week, we will continue to work on stories of the New Testament including Jesus’ Transfiguration, his miracles (providing food for 5,000, walking on water, and healing the sick), as well as the story of the Good Samaritan. We will also be gearing our weekly writing assignments towards Religion.

Reading:  The class will work on our weekly story in Journeys called “Curious George at School”. I have assessed each individual student and their reading abilities, so they are currently working in their differentiated reading groups. I am currently reading Fairy Tales, Fables, and Folktales aloud, as they are part of the fiction unit we are working on. I have also started working with the kids on a reading website called Epic (getepic.com)- feel free to check this site out at home!

Language Arts: (Grammar and Writing):   This week in ELA we will be working on writing the upper and lower cases of “E and F”.  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 work in our Interactive Notebooks each day, utilizing various prompts to enhance and perfect our writing skills. We will also be working on long O, short O, long I, and short I through daily Orton Gillingham inspired phonics drills. In grammar, we are still learning about Nouns.

Math:  We are working on Base Ten and place value this week in math. We are continuing to work in differentiated math groups to best engage students on their individual math levels.

Science: We are beginning our unit on Animal Adaptations this week, a very popular unit with First Graders!

Social Studies:  We will begin our unit about community and citizenship, and before the end of the month the students should be able to recite their state, city, country, and address and phone number- an emphasis on “Me on the Map”.

Reminders:

***Please feel free to sign up for the Mystery Reader and the Class Snack Stash donations- we have some slots still available for the fall. ***

-Please check the comments section of blue folders for individual comments on your child’s 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:

Thursday, October 3rd, 2019- Pet Blessing

Monday, October 14th- NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, October 15th- NO SCHOOL

Friday, October 25th- PTO Halloween Party (5:30-7:00)

Friday, November 1st- NO SCHOOL – Conference Day

Week 5- September 17, 2019

Our Homework:

  • Read for 15-20 minutes each  evening and record in the reading log.
  • Unload and check Communication folder each evening
  • Weekly Packet is sent home on Mondays and should be returned and completed the following Monday. This week’s focuses on Short and Long I sounds and basic addition between 0-9.
  • Spelling Words- this week there are 12 words that follow the short /I/ and long /I/ phonics patterns. Tests are always on Mondays.

In case you have not already signed up for Remind 101:

This year I’m using Remind to send updates about important class information.

To sign up for Mrs. Seals’ First Grade St. Peter’s notifications, please visit
https://www.remind.com/join/mrssealsfi

You may also join by:

Texting @mrssealsfi to 81010

In class this week…

Religion: In religion this week, we are learning about the stories of Mary and the Annunciation from Gabriel, Jesus’ birth/ the Nativity, and Jesus as a child in the temple. We also will be reading Jesus Calling each morning during Morning Meeting, as well as learning about a new Saint each day. After lunch, we do a quiet read aloud from the Children’s Bible. As we do each day, we practice Reverence to God, and respect for our teachers, ourselves and our classmates. We will begin learning structured prayer strategies later this week.

Reading: The class will continue to work on our weekly story in Journeys called “The Storm”. I will continue to assess each individual student and their reading ability this week and next to ensure they receive the correct reading instruction in class. We are currently using the Fountas and Pinnell Reading Assessment. I am currently reading Fairy Tales, Fables, and Folktales aloud.

Language Arts (Grammar and Writing):   This week in ELA we will be working on writing the upper and lower cases of “D and E”.  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 work in our Interactive Notebooks each day, utilizing various prompts to enhance and perfect our writing skills. We will also be working on long I, short I, long A, and short A through daily Orton Gillingham inspired phonics drills. In grammar, we are learning about Nouns.

Math:  We are practicing basic addition and subtraction as it related to place value for 0-9. We will begin introducing the concept of “Base 10” as it relates to numbers.

Science: We are continuing to work on Inquiry, observation, comparing and classifying, measurement, recording data, making models, and communicating.

Social Studies:   Students will continue to work through Unit 1 in our Social Studies reader and discuss family, leaders, community, and country.

Reminders:

Monday, September 23rd- Spelling Test and HW due

Tuesday. September 17th- PTO Meeting- 3:30 PM

Tuesday, September 24- Envelope Funds Due

Sept 24- Progress Reports go home

October 3- Pet Blessing

***Please feel free to sign up for the Mystery Reader- we have some slots still available for the fall. ***

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

Thanks so much!