First Week of First Grade! :)

Note from Mrs. Seals:

Greetings, First Grade Families!

I thoroughly enjoyed meeting and working with your students today on our very first day of First Grade! Everyone seemed, bubbly, excited, and prepared to start the year. We worked on routines, procedures, and getting acquainted with one another. I loved seeing how all of the students already have treasured and strong friendships with one another.

Please take a look in your child’s Blue Communication Folder. In previous years, you may have only seen these folders on Tuesdays, however, I like to send folders home each evening to ensure consistent communication from school to home. This evening, there are several important pieces of information: the First Grade Syllabus, **a vital student information sheet (that should be sent back by Wednesday)**, an immunization form, as well as this week’s “Homework” assignment (The Brown Bag Game). I encourage you to check these folders and empty the “Keep at Home” section each evening. I plan to check folders in the mornings to ensure that students completed their reading logs and that work has been collected. This is also a time for me to check and see if parents have left notes or any communication inside their child’s folder.

I do provide snacks throughout the school year should a student come without one, but I also ask that if you are able, please send your child to school with a water bottle and a healthy snack each day. We do snack between 9 and 10 each day depending on our schedule.

Please be sure to take some time to read over the First Grade Syllabus if you have time this evening. This will help you become familiar with some of the things I will be discussing with the kids this week, and about how our year will go. This also will give you an idea of how my classroom is managed and how I keep the kids actively engaged.

I also like to use the App “Remind 101”. Check it out/download it on the App Store on your phone. I use this as a means of generic communication and last minute reminders to parents that comes to their phones in the form of a text. Please feel free to go ahead and download it using this link or by texting to access:

https://www.remind.com/join/mrssealsf

You also may join by texting @mrssealsf to 81010 .

THIS WEEK’S HOMEWORK:

Brown Bag Game- Due By Next Monday, August 26th. (All homework will be given on Monday, and due the following Monday).

15 minutes of reading per night ( please record in their reading log)

Math flashcards for addition and subtraction if you would like!

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

Thursday, August 22, 2019- First FULL day of school

Tuesday, August 27, 2019- Back to School Night- 6:30-8:30 PM

Wednesday August 28, 2019- 8:30 AM – Mass: Best Uniform

Monday, September 2, 2019 Labor Day- No School

Thursday, September 5, 2019- First day of Strength and Movement (PE)

I look so forward to working with all of you this year!!

In prayer,

Mrs. Scottie Seals

Greetings, First Grade Families!

Greetings First Grade Families!

My name is Mrs. Scottie Seals, and I am the new first grade teacher at St. Peter’s Catholic School! I look so forward to getting started with an exciting year!

A little bit about me- My husband and I just moved to Columbia from Atlanta in June, and we are absolutely loving this creative city! We moved for a job opportunity for him, as well as plans to be closer to our families. We were married in Charlotte, NC last November at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral and have a fur baby, (Roo the Cat). I enjoy hot yoga, Auburn football, reading, coffee, and home interiors.

I received my Bachelor’s degree in 2013 in Elementary Education from Auburn University. I have taught for 6 years, grades 1, 2, and 3. I am certified in gifted education, as well as trained in inclusive education with two years experience in a special education partnership. I also was born and raised Catholic, and look forward to bringing my faith into my teaching. I feel that my experiences in my teaching career so far will bring great things to the St. Peter’s program.

I look so forward to working together with all of you as we go on this journey in first grade together! I already know that this is going to be a fabulous year! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at any time via my email aseals@stpeterscatholicschool.org. Excited to meet all of you very soon!

Best wishes for a happy end to your summer!

Fondly,

Mrs. Anna Scott (Scottie) Seals

Classroom News

Dear first grade students and families,

Congratulations on completing first grade! It has been such a wonderful year working and learning with you. Thank you for your time, effort, and support in making this year successful; I feel so fortunately to have shared this academic school year with you. I hope you all have a wonderful summer with family and friends. Please continue to read, read, read!

All the best,

Ms.Smith

Classroom News May 20th- 24th

Please don’t forget about the Birthright Fundraiser.  St. Peter’s is collecting baby and maternity items to assist in Birthright’s Mission to support women and their new born babies. All items are due by Friday, May 24th  when the Director will be coming around the classrooms collecting items. Thank you for your assistance.

Students will be completing their final F&P testing for the school year!

Math: All year review (emphasis will be placed on coins and their values).

Reading/writing: Students will search for story details to answer questions about fiction and non fiction stories. Students will continue to work on writing neatly on lined paper.

Science: Students will be planting May flowers; we will review the needs of living things.

Social Studies: Students will discuss wants and needs in our lives.

Religion: Students will discuss the importance of celebrating Jesus (review the Last Supper).

Classroom News May 13th- 17th

Students have completed their MAP (reading and math) testing. This week, students will be completing F&P testing. Due to the testing throughout the week there will not be a spelling test this Friday. Please continue to review previously tested spelling words at home.

Reading/Writing: Students will be writing a personal narrative (small moment) while using spelling words. Students will also be using complete sentences and finger spaces. During reading time, students will be expected to clearly identify the 5w’s and discuss each in small groups.

Religion: Students are discussing sin, forgiveness, baptism, and the Holy Eucharist.

Social Studies: Students are reviewing plants and the basic needs of living things.

Science: Students will review forces and describe what work is done when force moves an object.

Math: Students will review the value of coins, time, place values, and counting patterns.

Classroom News April 29th – May 3rd

Spelling: words to know for this week: rain, day, aim, may, way, lay, tea, green, train, stay. Students will use these words throughout the week to form complete sentences.

Reading/writing: Students will continue practicing forming letters on lined paper while using good writing posture. Students will also work on breaking words into syllables while clapping. Students will continue to discuss environmental print.

Religion: We have special words in our Catholic faith: Baptism, Eucharist, Gospel, Grace, Sin, Forgiveness. Students will discuss each word.

Math: Students will review telling time. Students will also continue to discuss coin values and compare numbers of coins.

Social Studies: Students will discuss the basic values of the American democracy.

Science: We will continue to discuss measurements and different tools that are used to measure objects.

Classroom News April 23rd- 26th

Math: Students will identify the penny, nickel, quarter, dime, and its value. Students will also compare the number of coins.

Science: Students will use units to measure length (shortest/longest) and quantity while estimating. Students will also discuss the meaning of perimeter.

Social Studies: Students will identify the basic value of American democracy.

Spelling: Students will have a spelling test this week. Please review the following long- oo words: spoon, moon, food, cool, noon, zoo, stop, tooth, school, snack.
As students continue to read and write in class, they will apply new and used vocabulary words. Please continue to review vocabulary words at home.

Reading/ Writing: Students will continue to practice forming letters and words neatly on lined paper. Students will review the importance of line spacing. Students will also recognize environmental print (example: signs in school, road signs, store signs, logos).

Religion: Students will discuss the baptism of Jesus (Jn 1:29-34).

Classroom News April 8th- 12th

Spelling: Students will be participating in a Spelling Bee this Friday. Throughout the week, students will be practicing these review words in interactive games. Spelling Bee words:

an, man, can, ran, fan, ten, pen, hen, land, cut, nut, hut, but, gut, bug, mug, dug, mutt, far, jar, car, star, her, fur, hurt, purr, start, am, ham, him, dim, trim, slim, drum, gum, lamb.

Reading/writing: Students will be discussing -sc and -sk consonant blends. We will also be reading in small groups and independently while discussing story details.

Religion: Students will discuss how they are preparing for Easter. Students will also discuss the presence of Jesus in the tabernacle.

Social Studies: Students will recall and discuss the contributions of historical figures and religious figures in the world.

Science: Students will discuss customary units and Metric units of measurement. Students will understand why measurements are important.

Math: Students will continue to practice telling time using an analog and digital clock. Students will also begin discussing the value of money.

April 1st – April 5th Classroom News

Math: Students will be able to tell time by the hour and half hour. Students will discuss the similarities and differences between analog and digital clocks.

Spelling: your, many, two, into, been, who, press, grade, their, would.

Students will discuss and review -ir, -ur, -er words while using them in complete sentences with capital letters, finger spaces, and punctuation.

Religion: Students will discuss and participate in the Stations of the Cross. Students will discuss how they will continue to prepare for the coming of Jesus. We will also be discussing vocations and how they help people.

Science: Students will be observing different measurements. (centimeters, inches, feet, yards, gallons, quarts, pints, cups). Students will be able to identify how to measure different properties of matter.

Social Studies: Students will identify and discuss different leaders in our world and their vocations. We will discuss the characteristics of a leader within our church, school, family, and community.

Classroom News March 25th-29th

Math: Students will compare digital and analog clocks as forms of time measurement. Students will identify parts of a clock and time to the hour.

Reading/Writing: Students will review print handwriting skills. Students will provide finger spaces and form letters neatly on dotted and bold lines.

Students will analyze a narrative text to determine a narrator. Students will read first grade passages with understanding (review of 5w’s).

Spelling: Words for this week: stop, snug, snip, brown, spot, crab, spin, snack, step, stick.

Religion: Students will continue their discussion on vocations. Students will think about how they will use their gifts to help others.

Social Studies: Students will understand and explain the role of leaders in the church, community, and family leaders.

Science: Students will measure and compare objects based on their size, length, shape, color.