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

WEEK OF 12/16/19

Great Things are Happening in First Grade!

Weekly Newsletter- December 16-20 , 2019

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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 reason for Christmas. We will be reading classic Holiday stories and making connections to those stories and the examples of 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:  The class will spend this week reviewing all concepts and phonics patterns we have learned this year in reading.

Language Arts: (Grammar and Writing):   This week in ELA we will be reviewing all grammar and writing concepts we have learned this year.

MathThis week in math we will be reviewing all the concepts we have learned this year. We are continuing to work in differentiated math groups to best engage students on their individual math levels.

Science: This week in science we will be reviewing all the concepts we have learned this year.

 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 Thursday Evening, December 19th for the Holiday Music Performance.

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:
–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

-Friday, December 20th– students may wear PJS to school

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

-Tuesday, January 7th– Reading MAP Assessment

-Wednesday, January 8th– Math MAP Assessment

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