March 23rd – 27th

GREAT THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN FIRST GRADE (oh whoops…. AT HOME)!

Distance Learning is FUN!


Religion: In religion this week, we are continuing to learn about Lent. Students are also working at home to solidify knowledge of special Bible Verses, while connecting those verses to their everyday lives. We have been using a new online resource called “Formed” to extend our prior knowledge of the Bible. We continue to reinforce the process of praying the Rosary.

Reading:  In Reading we will be working on reading comprehension skills and using text evidence to answer questions. We are working on “dipthong” aw, au, ore, oar, and or sounds in phonics. We are working with listening comprehension through the use of the website Epic.

Language Arts: (Grammar and Writing):   This week in ELA we will be working to edit sentences with proper punctuation and capitalization in our “at home” writing prompts. In writing we are still working to “restate the question” as well as begin to compare and contrast two topics. This week we are able to compare and contrast different planets.

Math:  This week in math we will be continuing to practice and solidify our skills in two-digit subtraction. We also are working on graphing and data analysis.

Science: This week in science we will be working on The Planets and the Phases of the Moon.

 Social Studies:  This week in social studies we will be studying the Three Branches of Government and how they work together in the local, state, and national levels.
 

*Reminders:

-Please continue to utilize ANY, SOME, or ALL of the digital resources I have sent to all of you via email. I STRONGLY encourage using Epic, Discovery Education, BrainpopJr, and Formed to help support topics being presented “in class”.

-*I hope that you all have a structured system in place for each day, and that you remember that some of the time should be devoted to school work… not all of the time. This is the perfect opportunity to engage in family chores or projects, family games, and family faith formation.

-Student Zoom meeting today, March 24th, at 4pm

-Parent Zoom meeting tomorrow, March 25th, at 4pm

-May God BLESS you during this difficult time. I know that we are all adjusting to our new normal, let us extend grace to both one another and to ourselves as we figure all of this out. We are in this together!

March 9th-13th, 2020

GREAT THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN FIRST GRADE!

Religion: In religion this week, we are continuing to learn about Lent. We have been using a new online resource called “Formed” to extend our prior knowledge of the Bible. 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:  In Reading we will be working on a fictional story called “The Big Trip”. We are working to Compare and Contrast two pieces of writing, and discussing their similarities and differences. We are working on “silent letter” sounds in phonics. We are also discussing Narrators and their role in stories. Each morning, our class works on a Orton Gillingham inspired phonics drill intended to target student understanding of specific patterns, as well as learning to segment them and put them together.

Language Arts: (Grammar and Writing):   This week in ELA we will be working to edit sentences with proper punctuation and capitalization. In writing we are still working to “restate the question” as well as begin to compare and contrast two topics.

Math:  This week in math we will be starting to learn two digit subtraction. A few times a week, our class works on basic math fact recognition (+,-) through a game the kids love called Math Around the World.

Science: This week in science we will be working on how heat energy is important in our daily life.

 Social Studies:  This week in social studies we will be studying Benjamin Franklin and understanding his role in the American Revolution.

 

 

 

 

 Reminders:

 

-**If you have not already done so, please send in your child’s permission form to attend our field trip to Rita’s Shaved Ice on March 19th.

 

-Please send in money for class pictures if you wish to order them.

–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.

******—If you ARE interested in being a Mystery Reader in the month of March or April please email me. I ALSO AM HAPPY TO WELCOME GRANDPARENTS OR SPECIAL FRIENDS AS MYSTERY READERS, AS WELL. The kids LOVE this part of our Fridays, so please feel free to join us or ask a loved one to visit us with a story! I currently have no one signed up for March and am in need of a few volunteers! 😊

–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.

 

-Please remember to remove graded papers from the blue folders each evening, so that you are able to stay up to date with how your child is doing in class.

 

IMPORTANT DATES:

March 11th – Class Picture Day

March 16th   2pm dismissal

March 19th – Rita’s Ice Field Trip –MUST HAVE SIGNED PERMISSION FORM TO ATTEND leave at 11:00 am, *students can wear St. Pat’s t-shirts to school*

March 20th -No School for Students/Teacher Inservice

March 21stSt. Patrick’s Day parade in 5 points

 

 

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March 2nd-6th, 2020

Religion: In religion this week, we are continuing to learn about Lent. We are also starting a new Children’s Bible- and we are reviewing Genesis. This Bible allows the students to better understand the structure of the Bible and how to use it as a reference resource. 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:  In Reading we will be working on a fictional story called “The Big Trip”. We are working to Compare and Contrast two pieces of writing, and discussing their similarities and differences. We are working on “Bossy R”- R controlled vowel sounds in phonics. We are also discussing Narrators and their role in stories. Each morning, our class works on a Orton Gillingham inspired phonics drill intended to target student understanding of specific patterns, as well as learning to segment them and put them together.

Language Arts: (Grammar and Writing):   This week in ELA we will be reviewing the difference between plural and possessive nouns. In writing we are still working to “restate the question” as well as begin to compare and contrast two topics.

Math:  This week in math we will be solidifying our knowledge of telling time to the five minute intervals. A few times a week, our class works on basic math fact recognition (+,-) through a game the kids love called Math Around the World.

Science: This week in science we will be working on how heat energy is important in our daily life.

 Social Studies:  This week in social studies we will be studying Benjamin Franklin and understanding his role in the American Revolution.

 Reminders:

-I want to let you all know that I will be out Wednesday and Thursday of this week, as our nephew is having emergency open-heart surgery Wednesday morning. I will most likely not be checking my emails- so please inform the office if you have questions or concerns while I am away.

–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.

******—If you ARE interested in being a Mystery Reader in the month of March please email me. I ALSO AM HAPPY TO WELCOME GRANDPARENTS OR SPECIAL FRIENDS AS MYSTERY READERS, AS WELL. The kids LOVE this part of our Fridays, so please feel free to join us or ask a loved one to visit us with a story! I currently have no one signed up for March and am in need of a few volunteers! 😊

–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.

-Please remember to remove graded papers from the blue folders each evening, so that you are able to stay up to date with how your child is doing in class.

IMPORTANT DATES:

March 2nd Read Across America Day! Students may dress as their favorite literary character!

March 11th – Class Picture Day

March 16th   2pm dismissal

March 19th – Rita’s Ice Field Trip –MUST HAVE SIGNED PERMISSION FORM TO ATTEND leave at 11:00 am, *students can wear St. Pat’s t-shirts to school*

March 20th -No School for Students/Teacher Inservice

March 21stSt. Patrick’s Day parade in 5 points

February 24th-28th, 2020

GREAT THINGS ARE HAPPENING IN FIRST GRADE THIS WEEK!

Religion: In religion this week, we are learning about Lent. 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:  In Reading we will be working on an informational piece called Let’s Go to the Moon. We are working to Compare and Contrast two pieces of writing, and discussing their similarities and differences. We are working on soft consonant sounds “c” and “g”. We are also discussing Narrators and their role in stories. Each morning, our class works on a Orton Gillingham inspired phonics drill intended to target student understanding of specific patterns, as well as learning to segment them and put them together.

Language Arts: (Grammar and Writing):   This week in ELA we will be reviewing statements, questions, exclamations, and commands. We will be reviewing subject verb agreement. In writing we are still working to “restate the question” as well as begin to compare and contrast two topics.

Math:  This week in math we will be beginning our unit on telling time to the hour and half hour. A few times a week, our class works on basic math fact recognition (+,-) through a game the kids love called Math Around the World.

Science: This week in science we will be working on light and heat energy.

 Social Studies:  This week in social studies we will be studying Thomas Jefferson, and discussing the role a President plays in Government. We will be touching on the three branches and how they work together for a common goal. We are also discussing how the concept of “control” often leads to conflict if it is not handled in a peaceful way- helping students to understand why the Revolutionary War took place.

Reminders:

-Thank you to those of you who attended our Gala and helped to raise money for our precious school! It was wonderful seeing many of you there! It truly was a fabulous event!

–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.

******—If you ARE interested in being a Mystery Reader in the month of March please email me. I ALSO AM HAPPY TO WELCOME GRANDPARENTS OR SPECIAL FRIENDS AS MYSTERY READERS, AS WELL. The kids LOVE this part of our Fridays, so please feel free to join us or ask a loved one to visit us with a story! I currently have no one signed up for March and am in need of a few volunteers! 😊

–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.

 

-Please remember to remove graded papers from the blue folders each evening, so that you are able to stay up to date with how your child is doing in class.

 

IMPORTANT DATES:

Wednesday, February 26th– Ash Wednesday- all are welcome to join us for Mass!

March 2nd Read Across America Day! Students may dress as their favorite literary character!

March 16th2pm dismissal

March 21stSt. Patrick’s Day parade in 5 points

 

 

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February 18-21, 2020

Great things are happening this week in First Grade!

Religion: In religion this week, we are learning about Lent. 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:  In Reading we will be working on an informational piece called Animal Groups. We are working to Compare and Contrast two pieces of writing, and discussing their similarities and differences. We are working on soft consonant sounds “c” and “g”. Each morning, our class works on a Orton Gillingham inspired phonics drill intended to target student understanding of specific patterns, as well as learning to segment them and put them together.

Language Arts: (Grammar and Writing):   This week in ELA we will be learning about the verb “to be” and it’s agreement with subjects. We will be reviewing nouns, verbs, and adjectives. In writing we are working to “restate the question” as well as begin to compare and contrast two topics.

Math:  This week in math we will be finishing up two digit addition with regrouping and will be moving on to two digit subtraction without regrouping. Students are still working on recognizing greater and lesser numbers and identifying numbers in a sequence. A few times a week, our class works on basic math fact recognition (+,-) through a game the kids love called Math Around the World.

Science: This month in science we will be working on light and heat energy.

 Social Studies:  This month in social studies we will be studying George Washington, and discussing the role a President plays in Government. We will be touching on the three branches and how they work together for a common goal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reminders:

**-PLEASE JOIN US AT THE SCHOOL AUCTION/GALA ON SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND! If you have not secured tickets, please do so if you are able to attend via the school’s website! It is sure to be a fabulous event!!**

–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.

******—If you ARE interested in being a Mystery Reader in the month of March please email me. I ALSO AM HAPPY TO WELCOME GRANDPARENTS OR SPECIAL FRIENDS AS MYSTERY READERS, AS WELL. The kids LOVE this part of our Fridays, so please feel free to join us or ask a loved one to visit us with a story!

–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.

 

-Please remember to remove graded papers from the blue folders each evening, so that you are able to stay up to date with how your child is doing in class.

 

IMPORTANT DATES:

Monday, February 17th– NO SCHOOL- President’s Day

Saturday, February 22nd– **School Auction/Gala**!  Be sure to get your tickets!

Wednesday, February 26th– Ash Wednesday- all are welcome to join us for Mass!

 

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February 10-14th, 2020

GREAT THINGS ARE HAPPENING THIS WEEK IN FIRST GRADE!!!

Religion: In religion this week, we are discussing Jesus’ resurrection and how he stayed with the Disciples for 40 days after his death. We are learning about how he asked them to share his words throughout the world, and discussing how we can do the same! 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:  In Reading we will be working on a story called The Big Race, a work of fantastical fiction. We are working on dipthongs oi and oy. Each morning, our class works on a Orton Gillingham inspired phonics drill intended to target student understanding of specific patterns, as well as learning to segment them and put them together.

Language Arts: (Grammar and Writing):   This week in ELA we will be continuing to learn about contractions. We will be reviewing past, present, and future tense verbs. In writing we are working on building complete sentences on our own, and will be utilizing more writing prompts to help initiate free choice writing more frequently. We are working on perfecting our handwriting over the remainder of the school year.

Math:  This week in math we will continue to work on two digit addition, particularly with regrouping. A few times a week, our class works on basic math fact recognition (+,-).

Science: This month in science we are working on Light as a source of Energy.

 Social Studies:  This month in social studies we are beginning our unit on basic United States History- starting with George Washington and the separation of the United States from England.

 

Reminders:

 

-* Students may bring Valentines on Friday- one for EACH classmate!!

–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.

If you ARE interested in being a Mystery Reader in the month of March 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, February 14th– Valentine’s Day- students may bring Valentines as long as they bring one for EACH classmate.

Monday, February 17th– NO SCHOOL- President’s Day

Saturday, February 22nd– **School Auction/Gala**!  Be sure to get your tickets!

Wednesday, February 26th– Ash Wednesday- all are welcome to join us for Mass!

 

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February 4-7th, 2020

Great things are happening in First Grade this week!!

Religion: In religion this week, we are discussing Jesus’ Last Supper with the 12 Apostles. 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:  In Reading we will be working on a story called Animals for Every Season, that discusses informational text. We are starting a new phonics category this week, with the introduction of dipthongs oo, ou, and ow. Each morning, our class works on a Orton Gillingham inspired phonics drill intended to target student understanding of specific patterns, as well as learning to segment them and put them together.

Language Arts: (Grammar and Writing):   This week in ELA we will be learning about contractions. We will be reviewing subject verb agreement. In writing we are working on building complete sentences on our own, and will be utilizing more writing prompts to help initiate free choice writing more frequently. We are also practicing writing the letters Y and Z, as we wrap up our handwriting unit for the year. The remainder of the year, we will be working to perfect all of our letters.

Math:  This week in math we will starting on two digit addition. We will begin the unit with addition without regrouping, and slowly we will work our way into learning how to regroup. A few times a week, our class works on basic math fact recognition (+,-).

Science: This month in science we are working on Light as a source of Energy.

 Social Studies:  This month in social studies we are continuing to study economics and discussing wants and needs, spending and saving, and goods and services.

Reminders:

 

-* For Homework this week, each child should be practicing their one line for our St. Valentine presentation that will be next Monday, February 10th, at Morning Prayer. We would love if any of you can join us as we present to the rest of the SPCS staff and students!!

–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.

If you ARE interested in being a Mystery Reader in the months of February or March, 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, February 10th – 2pm early dismissal, ASP available

Monday, February 10thFirst Grade presentation on St. Valentine at Morning Prayer

Monday, February 17thNo School

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First Grade week of 1/27-1/31

Great Things are Happening in First Grade!

Weekly Newsletter- January 13-17, 2020

In class this week…

Religion: In religion this week, we are reviewing the Miracles performed by Jesus. 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:  In Reading we will be working on a story called Seasons, that discusses informational text. We are still working on reviewing and understanding digraphs and this week we will be covering “ph” and “wh” in phonics. Each morning, our class works on a Orton Gillingham inspired phonics drill intended to target student understanding of specific patterns, as well as learning to segment them and put them together.

Language Arts: (Grammar and Writing):   This week in ELA we will be learning about possessive nouns. We will be reviewing subject verb agreement. In writing we are working on building complete sentences on our own, and will be utilizing more writing prompts to help initiate free choice writing more frequently. We are also practicing writing the letters W and X.

Math:  This week in math we will be reviewing counting coins up to $1.00. Students will also have a quick mini-assessment on Friday on 2D and 3D shapes. Students are still working on recognizing greater and lesser numbers and identifying numbers in a sequence. A few times a week, our class works on basic math fact recognition (+,-).

Science: This month in science we are working on how sound is created through vibrations.

 Social Studies:  This month in social studies we are studying economics and discussing wants and needs, spending and saving, and goods and services.

Reminders:

–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.

If you ARE interested in being a Mystery Reader in the months of February or March, 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:

Tues 1/28: Open House from 4-6.  Please come visit our classroom and the third grade to see what you can expect for next year.  All are welcome!

Wednesday, 1/29-Catholic Schools Week awards ceremony after 8:30am Mass

 

Thurs 1/30:  Parent Appreciation treat in morning carpool.

 

Friday, 1/31 :  Come join us if you like for Porkchop Productions at 9:30.

 

Monday, 2/3: No School- Teacher Work Day

 

 

Great Things are Happening in First Grade!

Great Things are Happening in First Grade!

Weekly Newsletter- January 13-17, 2020

In class this week…

Religion: In religion this week, we are reviewing the Miracles performed by Jesus. We are learning about Parables, and how Jesus taught through stories called Parables. 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:  In Reading we will be starting Volume 3 in our Journeys Reader and are discussing informational text. We are working on reviewing and understanding digraphs and this week we will be covering “sh” in phonics. Each morning, our class works on a Orton Gillingham inspired phonics drill intended to target student understanding of specific patterns, as well as learning to segment them and put them together.

Language Arts: (Grammar and Writing):   This week in ELA we will be learning about Proper Nouns. We will be reviewing articles (a,an,the) as well as prepositions. In writing we are working on building complete sentences on our own, and will be utilizing more writing prompts to help initiate free choice writing more frequently. We are also practicing writing the letters T, U, and V.

Math:  This week in math we will be introducing shapes (2D and 3D) and their attributes. Students are still working on recognizing greater and lesser numbers and identifying numbers in a sequence. A few times a week, our class works on basic math fact recognition (+,-).

Science: This month in science we will be starting our unit on sound and vibration.

 Social Studies:  This month in social studies we will be studying economics and discussing wants and needs, spending and saving, and goods and services.

Reminders:

–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.

If you ARE interested in being a Mystery Reader in the months of January or February, 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, January 13th– 2:00 PM Dismissal

-Monday, January 20th– No School

-Tuesday, January 21st– 2nd quarter Report Cards are sent home in the Tuesday Folder

-Sunday, January 26th Catholic Schools Week celebration Mass at 9am in the Basilica

-Wednesday, January 29th-Catholic Schools Week awards ceremony after 8:30am Mass

 

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Weekly Newsletter- January 6-10, 2020

Great Things are Happening in First Grade!

Weekly Newsletter- January 6-10, 2020

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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 the Epiphany (Three Kings Day) and how the visit of the Magi is a story that lives on in our hearts today. 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:  In Reading we will be finishing up Volume 2 in our Journeys Reader and are discussing how poetry uses rhyme and systematic structure.  We are working on reviewing and understanding digraphs and this week we will be covering “Th”.

Language Arts: (Grammar and Writing):   This week in ELA we will be learning about the articles A, An, and The. We will be reviewing plural nouns as well as prepositions. In writing we are working on building complete sentences on our own, and will be utilizing more writing prompts to help initiate free choice writing more frequently. We are also practicing writing the letters S, T, and U.

Math:  This week in math we will be reviewing place value and number sense. Students are still working on recognizing greater and lesser numbers and identifying numbers in a sequence.

Science: This month in science we will be starting our unit on sound and vibration.

 Social Studies:  This month in social studies we will be studying economics and discussing wants and needs, spending and saving.   

Reminders:

–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.

If you ARE interested in being a Mystery Reader in the months of January or February, 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:

-Tuesday, January 7th– Reading MAP Assessment

-Wednesday, January 8th– Math MAP Assessment

-Monday, January 13th– 2:00 PM Dismissal

-Monday, January 20th–  No School

-Tuesday, January 21st– 2nd quarter Report Cards are sent home in the Tuesday Folder

-Sunday, January 26th  Catholic Schools Week celebration Mass at 9am in the Basilica

-Wednesday, January 29th-Catholic Schools Week awards ceremony after 8:30am Mass