September 25-29

A Note From Mrs. Marsha

Dear Families,

Happy Fall! I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend with families. As our lives become increasingly hectic it becomes difficult to slow our minds, body, and heart down and give thanks to God for the many blessings in our lives. This is something that we have been practicing in First Grade with Christian Meditation. The kids and I embrace our spiritual growth just like our academic growth!

Just a side note- the spelling list that I send home on Monday stays at home.  Please practice nightly with your child. Also, practice math facts with your child; doubles, doubles +1, addition patterns, etc.. I think flashcards are always a good tool to help with memorization. If your child begins practicing math facts now, this will only help him/her when we begin two digit addition.

In Class This Week

Religion- Celebrating Ordinary Time and the liturgical year

Psalm 118:24 calls us to rejoice and be glad for the day the lord has given to us

Language Arts- The students will…

    Practice high frequency words: do, find, funny, sing, no, they

     Spelling words: log, dot, top, hot, ox, lot

      Phonics skill: short vowel /o/

       Comprehension: Sequence of events, characters, main idea

      Grammar: Actions verbs

      Writing: Narrative writing

Math- The students will use cubes to add three addends with sums to 12. The students will practice math strategies finding doubles and counting on to add three addends with sums up to 12. The students will take a Math test.

Social Studies- The students will demonstrate an understanding of home, school, and other settings around the world

Homework-

Mon- Spelling handwriting

Tues- Spelling sheet

Wed- Adding three addends

Practice Math facts nightly

Read nightly

Important Dates & Reminders

Mon., 9/25- 2 p.m. Dismissal

Tues.10/3- Progress reports

September 18th-22th

A Note From Mrs. Marsha

Dear Families,

I hope everyone had a great weekend! This week we will continue our social studies unit Me on the Map. In math the students will continue addition to prepare for the test next week. The students have fully begun all of the reading stations too! I hope to see everyone on Thursday evening at 5:30 for our PTO meeting.

In Class This Week

Religion: God is our Father

Math: Students will use manipulatives to figure out different ways to make numbers up to 12. Students will use a number line to count on. Students will identify addition patterns using cubes. Students will use cubes to add doubles addition sentences.

Language Arts: The children will….

Practice High Frequency words- too, have, for, what, he, look

Practice Spelling words – if, is, him, rip, fit, pin

Phonics rule- short /i/

Comprehension- Main idea, character

Grammar- Nouns (common, proper, possessive)

Writing- Narratives, Labels

Social Studies- Students will demonstrate an understanding of home, school, and other settings around the rule

Homework:

Mon- Spelling practice sheet

Tues- Number line addition

Wed- Spelling practice sheet

Read every night and practice HF words

Upcoming Dates & Reminders

Sept. 21st- PTO Meeting, 5:30pm, Neglia Hall

Sept. 25th- 2 pm Dismissal

 

School Delay, September 12th

Dear Families,

St. Peter’s school will have a two hour delay tomorrow, 9/12. The school will open at 9:30 a.m. and instruction will begin 10:00 a.m.

Have a safe night,

Mrs. Marsha

September 11th-15th

A Note From Mrs. Marsha

Dear Families,

The first grade did an awesome job on Friday during MAP testing. The students had so much stamina and focus- I am so proud of them. Due to MAP testing and the weather delay, the spelling test has been postponed till September 15th. I pray that each family stayed safe and had little or no damage from hurricane Irma.

In Class This Week

Religion- Jesus tell us that God is his father and is our loving father too

Language Arts- The students will..

Practice high frequency words- and, you, be, play, with, help

Spelling words- am, at, sat, man, dad, mat

Comprehension- main idea, poetry

Writing- labels, narratives

Grammar- nouns

Math- Students will use counters and ten frames to add vertically and horizontally. Students will identify related addition facts. Students will show different ways to make numbers up to 12. Vocabulary- addend, sum, addition sentence, plus, equal

Social Studies- Students will demonstrate an understanding of home, school, and other setting around the world

Homework-

Tuesday, Spelling practice

Wednesday, Me on the Map

Nightly Reading

Important Dates & Reminders

Monday, 9/11- No school due to Hurricane Irma

Thursday, 9/21- PTO meeting 5:30, Neglia Hall

Monday, 9/25- 2pm Dismissal

 

September 5-8

A Note From Mrs. Marsha

Happy September First Grade families! Thank you for filling out the learning inventories. I enjoy getting to know your children- and some a little better! These inventories only help me  to become a better teacher for your child so I can fit their needs in the classroom.

MAP testing will begin this week. MAP is a great tool that will support each child in the classroom. MAP will help teachers and families set obtainable goals to master for their child for the year. First grade will be testing this Friday, Sept. 8th, at 8:30 in the morning.  So please get lots of rest and a good breakfast!!

Due to MAP testing on Friday the students will take their spelling test on Monday, September 11th. I want all the children to only focus on MAP this week and not stress about any other testing. We will still be practicing the words in class.

We have a snack every mornings around 9:30. Please have a small snack in your child’s lunchbox.

In Class This Week

Religion- Jesus tells us that God is his Father and that he is our father too

Reading- HF words; and, you, be, play, help, with

Spelling words- am, at, sat, man, dad, mat

Phonics rule- short vowel /a/

Comprehension- main idea, identify and summarize non-fiction text

Grammar- Nouns

Writing- Labeling

Math- Students will join two groups through addition math stories and creating addition sentences vertically and horizontally.  Vocabulary- sum, addition sentence, addend, equal, plus

Social Studies- Rules & procedures

Homework-

Tuesday- Spelling practice

Wednesday- Domino math

Important Dates & Reminders

Sept. 5th-15th- MAP testing

Sept. 21st- PTO Parent Meeting, Neglia Hall 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 25th- 2 p.m. Early Dismissal

 

 

August 28-September 1

A Note From Mrs. Marsha

Happy second week of school! This week the students will be practicing our classroom and school rules and procedures. In reading and math the students will be reviewing Kindergarten skills.

In Class This Week

Religion: God created everything out of love for us. We care for God’s creation by loving others.

Language Arts: The children will:

Practice high frequency words: I, like, to, a, see, the

Spelling words: *First test will be September 8th

Phonics skill: short vowel /a/

Math: Review of Kindergarten skills. Students will use manipulatives to join two groups through math addition stories

Social Studies: Rules and procedures practice and classroom community building

Homework:

Read 10 min nightly

Monday- Stair step spelling with high frequency words

Wednesday- Patterns

Important Dates & Reminders

Tuesday, 8/29- Back to school night 6:30 pm

Monday, 9/4- Labor Day, No school

 

March 20th – 24th

Classroom News

Religion: The children will understand that Jesus taught us to Share. We will explore ways that we can share Jesus’ love with others. We will relate these ideas to our Lenten discipline of Giving Alms.

Language Arts: The children will:

   Practice high frequency words: first, food, ground, right, sometimes, these, under, your

   Spelling words: (words with ai, ay) play, grain, sail, mail, may, rain, way, day, stay, pain

Phonics skills: Vowel pairs (ai, ay); Contractions -‘ll,   –’d

   Vocabulary strategy: Multiple-meaning words

     Comprehension skill: Author’s Purpose; Conclusions; Summarize    

     Grammar:  Names of Months, Days, Holidays

Math: The children will:

– Identify a variety of closed figures as we begin work on concepts of Geometry

– Begin to use attributes such as sides, corners, and vertices to identify and describe closed figures

– Extend addition and subtraction facts through sums of 20

– Use the vocabulary: doubles fact, sum, difference, related facts, fact family, part vs. whole

– Practice telling time to the hour and half hour using   analog and digital clocks  

             Science/Social Studies:

             – Where does food come from? We will begin our study of plants.

Dates to Remember

Monday, 3/20 – 2:00 Dismissal

Tuesday, 3/21 – picture orders due; re-registration deadline

Wednesday, 3/22 – return Tuesday folder; Mass, wear dress uniform.

Thursday, 3/23- PE Day; wear PE uniform

Friday, 3/24 –end of third quarter; Knights of Columbia Lenten Fish Fry from 5 pm – 8 pm

Upcoming:

Monday, 3/27 – 4th Quarter begins

Homework

  • Study high frequency words and phrases each night
  • Read 10 min. NIGHTLY
  • Math fact practice nightly

A Note from Mr. Thigpen

New bag books are going home this week. Thank you for continuing to read for ten to fifteen minutes each night with your child. Even this small amount of practice, done consistently, is very helpful to your child’s development of reading skills. Just as important, it also demonstrates that you value the work your child is doing at school and encourages him or her to continue to work hard every day.

March 13th – 17th

Classroom News

Religion: The children will understand the season of Lent. We will explore ways that we can grow closer to God.

Language Arts: The children will:

   Practice high frequency words: about, by, car, could, don’t, maybe, sure, there

   Spelling words: me, be, read, feet, tree, keep, eat, mean, sea, these

Phonics skills: long e spellings (ea, e, e_e, ee); final   –ng, –nk, –ink

   Vocabulary strategy: Define words

     Comprehension skill: Visualize; Compare and Contrast; Dialogue  

     Grammar:  Compound Sentences

Math: The children will:

– Create data tables as a problem-solving strategy

– Review previous strategies for solving story problems

– Use the vocabulary: doubles fact, sum, difference, related facts, fact family, part vs. whole

– Continue to practice telling time to the hour and half hour using analog and digital clocks  

             Science/Social Studies:

           – Learning about the Moon

– What Do Astronauts Do?

                       – Junior Achievement will visit again this week to help us learn about Our New Business

 

Dates to Remember

Wednesday, 3/15 – return Tuesday folder; Mass, wear dress uniform.

Thursday, 3/16- PE Day; wear PE uniform

Friday, 3/17 – St. Patrick’s Day; K of C Lenten Fish Fry from 5 pm – 8 pm; St. Peter’s Art Display at Scoopy Doo Gelato Shop from 11am – 10pm

Upcoming:

– Saturday, 3/18 – St. Patrick’s Day Parade

– Sunday, 3/19 – K of C Breakfast following 9am and 11 am Masses

– Monday, 3/20 – 2:00 Dismissal; First Day of Spring!

– Tuesday, 3/21 – Re-registration deadline; Picture orders due

 

Homework

  • Study high frequency words and phrases each night
  • Read 10 min. NIGHTLY
  • Math fact practice nightly

March 6th – March 10th

A Note from Mr. Thigpen

Thank you to all parents who have been so helpful and welcoming to me as I begin my time with this wonderful first grade class. I appreciate having a chance to meet you and get your insights about your child’s learning strengths and interests. Please feel free to contact me any time you have questions about our work!

 

This Week in Our Classroom

Religion:   The children will understand that God loves the world. We will explore ways that we can all help care for God’s creation.

Language Arts:   The children will:

Practice high-frequency words:     around, because, before, bring, carry, light, show, think

Spelling words:    so, go, home, hole, no, rope, joke, bone, stove

Phonics skills:   long o (silent -e spelling )

Vocabulary strategy:  Suffixes    -y,   -ful 

Comprehension skill:    Main idea and details; compare and contrast

Grammar:      Questions

Math:    The children will:

– Extend addition and subtraction facts through sums of 20

–  Recognize and use the vocabulary of addition and subtraction:  doubles fact, sum, difference, related facts, fact family, part vs. whole

– Practice telling time to the hour and half hour using analog and digital clocks

Science and Social Studies:

   –  Animal Groups: Kinds of Vertebrates   

 We will learn about the characteristics of Mammals, Birds, Fish, Reptiles, and Amphibians

– Junior Achievement will visit our students again this week to help us lean about Businesses in Our Neighborhood

 

Dates to Remember

Monday, March 6th – Welcome back! I hope everyone had a restful break.

Wednesday, March 8th – Mass today; wear dress uniform. We will take our class picture today! Please remember to return your Tuesday folder.

Thursday, March 9th – PE Day; wear PE uniform

 

Upcoming:

Friday, March 17th – St. Patrick’s Day

Saturday, March 18th – St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Monday, March 20th – 2:00 Dismissal (After-School Program will be available); First Day of Spring!

Tuesday, March 21st – re-registration deadline; Picture orders due

 

Homework

  • Study high-frequency words and spelling words each night
  • Read 10 minutes nightly
  • Practice math facts (addition and subtraction) nightly