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First Grade Happenings for the Week of October 16th to the 20th

Religion:  This week we will talk about the GREATEST Commandment that GOD gave us to live our lives by.  We will look at the ways the Apostles and other followers kept this Commandment and think about how we can live this rule today.

Second Steps:   This week we will talk about how to understand the feelings of our friends as they experience the emotions of being surprised, afraid, scared and disgusted.  We will talk about ways to comfort and support our friends.  The students will be paired off in partners so that they can show how they would show these emotions and offer comfort.

Reading:    The class will also learn close reading strategies as they find answers to questions from the short passage “How Polar Bears Hunt.”  The students will reread “Dragons and Monsters and Stellaluna” in small groups.  As they are doing this the groups will identify characters and events in the stories that show friendship.  Finally groups will take turns reading a variety of Halloween stories and talk about what the Author’s purpose might have been for writing them (ex: entertainment, or informational).

Grammar:  This week the class will practice putting words in ABC order and review short vowel sounds in words.

Spelling:  Our spelling words this week contain names of the days of the week.  The students have learned that these words are also known as proper nouns and should be capitalized when being written.  As you are practicing these words in preparation for the weekly spelling test be sure that your child says capital M~onday, T~uesday, W~ednesday, T~hursday, (these are five of our words) so that they remember to print it that way as they are writing the words on Friday.  Our other spelling words are it, dog, bran, you, your, and yesterday. 

Math:  The students will be introduced to the concept of adding doubles and doubles plus one.  Adding doubles simply means that the addition problem has students solving problems where the addends are the same number. (ex: 2 + 2= 4).  Adding doubles plus one simply means that the addends are one number away from the other (ex 6 + 7 = 13,  5 + 4= 9).

Science:  We had a wonderful time at Brookfield Zoo.  Thank goodness the weather stayed nice for us.  Thank you to all parents that came with us we hope you had a wonderful time.  Don’t forget to share pictures of your groups adventures.   This week we will talk about the different habitats that we saw while visiting the zoo and our favorite animals.  Then we will look at the kinds of animals that live in the tundra and prairies.

 

Important Information for the week:

We have been working with the reading website Razkids.  If your child has not already put their head phones (inexpensive ones please) in their backpacks please have them do so now.  The site has the kids listening to the story and with a large group of children doing this at the same time it is difficult for the students to pay attention to their story.   

Sunday, October 15th:  Please take some time and attend Mass with your child today.

Monday, October 16th:  F – Day  107 has Gym and TLC.  108 has Spanish and Music.  Hot lunch from Noodles and Company.  Please remember to pack a healthy morning snack..

Tuesday, October 17th:  A – Day:  107 has Art, Music and Library.  108 has Art and Library.

Wednesday, October 18th:  MEET AT CHURCH FOR 8:00am MASS.  DO NOT ARRIVE BEFORE 7:50.  Ms. Tyk and Miss Gearen will be there to greet the students at 7:50.  Do not leave your child alone in the Church.  B – Day:  107 has Music.  108 has Gym.  Hot Lunch from Jimmy Johns.  Please pack a healthy morning snack.

Thursday, October 19th:  C – Day:  107 has Spanish and Science Lab.  108 has TLC and Music.

Friday, October 13th: PINK DRESS DOWN DAY FOR $1.00 TO SUPPORT BREAST CANCER AWARENESS.  D – Day:  107 has Music.  108 has Spanish and TLC. 

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First Grade Happenings for the Week of October 9th to the 13th

Religion:  We will conclude our chapter on trusting and accepting GOD’s love for us.  The classes will generate a list of deeds we can do for people that show we accept GOD’s love and want to show it to our families, neighbors, friends and others around us.   

Second Steps:  This week we will talk about and look for signs in pictures the feeling of being surprised, afraid, scared and disgusted.  The students will be paired off in partners so that they can show how they would show these emotions.  Then their partner will tell the class how these are shown using their facial expressions and body language.

Reading Our work with the story “Dragons and Monsters” continues this week.  We will identify the story details (character, setting, and events) as we work to retell the story in sequence.  The class will also learn close reading strategies as they find answers to questions from the short passage “How Polar Bears Hunt.”    

Grammar:  The class will learn to categorize words into the three types of nouns People, Places, and things.  We will also begin to work with verbs and adjectives and categorize these as well. 

Spelling:  This week we spend reviewing the words from out first 6 spelling lists.  Due to the short week there will not be a test on Friday.

Math We begin our third chapter about Addition Strategies.  Our new vocabulary for the chapter will be count on.  As the chapter goes on we will be reviewing these term as well:  add, addends, addition sentence and sum.    The students will learn to solve an addition problem in the stacked form.  They will practice changing the order of the addends using this method. 

Science:  We will begin our unit on animal habitats.  During this unit we will take a close look at what animals need to survive in their different environments.  On Friday, October 13th we will take our first field trip to Brookfield zoo.  Thank you to all parents who volunteered to chaperone.  If you were not asked to join us we will be going on another trip in December and one or two others this year.  Your willingness to join us is VERY much appreciated. 

We have been working with the reading website Razkids.  If your child has not already put their head phones (inexpensive ones please) in their backpacks please have them do so now.  The site has the kids listening to the story and with a large group of children doing this at the same time it is difficult for the students to pay attention to their story.   

Important Information for the week:

Monday, October 9th:  No school in observance of Columbus Day

Tuesday, October 10th:  B – Day  107 has Music.  108 has Gym.  D4D at Chick – Fil – A.

Wednesday, October 11th:  C – Day  107 has Spanish and Science Lab.  108 has TLC and Music.  Hot lunch from Taco Bell.  Please remember to include a healthy snack for morning break. 

Thursday, October 12th:  D – Day  107 has Music.  108 has Spanish and TLC.  We will be attending an all school Mass at 9:00am.  If your schedule allows please join us. 

Friday, October 13th:  E – Day:  107 has Spanish and Gym.  108 has Science Lab and Gym.  We are going to Brookfield Zoo today.  Please remember to pack lunches and drinks in disposable containers with your child’s name on the outside.  Please include a healthy snack for the bus in a separate baggie.  We will leave school at 9:00 and return by 1:30.  Please have your child wear their gym uniforms today and comfortable shoes.  If you are joining us we would appreciate you taking pictures of your groups as they explore the zoo and share these pictures with us.   

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First Grade Happenings for the week of October 2nd to 6th

Religion:  This week the class will talk about the many ways in which Jesus helps those in need.  We will also talk about trusting and accepting help from others. 

Each month the school picks a prayer to say together at the beginning of the school day.  Our prayer this month is the Guardian Prayer”  Angel of God, my guardian dear.  To whom God’s love commits me here.  Ever this day be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide.  Amen.  Please practice this prayer at home with your child.  It does not have to be memorized.

Second Steps:  This week we continue exploring the feelings we see on our friends and families faces.  The emotions that we will be looking for this week are ones of surprise, joy and excitement. 

Reading:  This week our story comes from the Frog and Toad series.  We will be reading the story “Dragons and Giants”.  As the class is working with this story they will identify the story elements such as characters, setting, and B*M*E (Beginning, Middle and End).  We will also identify the beginning and ending sounds of words.   

Spelling:  Our spelling words this week contain the R controlled vowel /or/.  R controlled vowels are ones where a vowel is paired with an R.  The R does all the talking and the vowel is not heard in it’s long or short form.  Our words this week are at, yes, slug, fork, storm, horse, forty, are, all, morning.

Grammar:  We will continue learning about the different kinds of nouns that are in our everyday language.  This week we will focus on common nouns.  Common nouns are words like chair, cat, ball, duck, pizza these do not need to be capitalized.  

Math:  We have been working with subtraction and will continue to enhance our knowledge of this strategy as we work with subtracting zero from a given number.  The students will see that any time you take zero from a number the difference is ALWAYS the number.  Another subtraction strategy that we will be working with this week is taking apart numbers 1 – 10.  The students will practice this strategy as they change the order of the number being subtracted and the number that is the difference.  (Ex:  9 – 5=4  or  9 – 4 = 5)  

Social Studies:  We will conclude our unit about Johnny Appleseed and begin one on Christopher Columbus.

Important Information for the Week:

Sunday, October 1st:  Please attend Mass some time this weekend.

Monday, October 2nd:  C – Day:  107 has Spanish and Science Lab.  108 has TLC and Music.  Hot Lunch from Bouna Beef.

Tuesday, October 3rd:  D – Day:  107 has Music.  108 has Spanish and TLC.

Wednesday, October 4th:  E – Day:  107 has Spanish and Gym.  108 has Science Lab and Gym.  Hot Lunch from Great American Bagel.

Thursday, October 5th:  F – Day:  107 has Gym and TLC.  108 has Spanish and Music.

Friday, October 6th:  A – Day:  107 has Art, Music.  108 has Art.

Monday, October 9th:  No School in observance of Columbus Day

 

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First Grade Happenings for the Week of September 25th to the 29th

Religion:  This week we will take a closer look at the fact that Jesus shared God’s love with all people. He helped all people accept and believe in God’s love.

Second Steps: The students will continue to explore the feelings of those around them.  This week we look at a picture of a little girl and try to figure out how she is feeling by looking at both her face and her body language.

Reading:  Our new story this week comes from the Frog and Toad Together collection.  We will be reading and talking about the story “Dragons and Giants.”  As we work with this story the students will identify story elements such as setting, characters, events, as well as beginning, middle and ending of the story.  We will also compare and contrast this story to Stellaluna.

Spelling:  This week’s words contain the /qu/ sound.  The students will see that the /qu/ combination occurs either at the beginning or middle of words.  Our words this week are: on, but, plum, quick, quiz, queen, squid, to, do, and squirrel.

Grammar:  This week the students will be introduced to proper nouns.  They will learn that the names of people, places and things are proper nouns and when written they should be capitalized.

Math:  As the First Graders become even more comfortable with the concept of subtraction they will learn how to fill out the bar model to discover the difference (answer) between a larger number and a smaller one.  We will also work with these vocabulary words: compare, fewer, more, as we solve subtraction problems by drawing lines to connect groups into pairs.  When the pairs run out the students will then count the extras and discover the difference between two numbers to solve the subtraction problem.

Social Studies:  Our unit on Johnny Appleseed continues this week.  We will read informational texts to learn about the man and legend.  As we do this the students will generate a list of the facts they learn.  These facts will then be written out and illustrated to be put in a classroom book.

Important Information for the week:

Please have your child put their head phones in their backpacks we will be using them in the room through out the week as we begin to use the RAZKIDS website.  Information about the site will be coming home this week.

This week we will be sending home our first Scholastic Book order forms.  They will be due back on Monday October 2nd.  Please take time to look through the flyers to see if there are any books you and your child would enjoy.  You can either send the orders back to school or go on line and place the orders your self.  If you send the order in for us to place please make checks (NO CASH) payable to “Scholastic Books.”  Either way all orders will be sent here to St. Cletus and then be sent home in your child’s backpack.  Our next book orders will go home in time to be ordered and shipped in time to be Christmas presents.

Sunday, September 24th:  Please attend Mass with your child this weekend.

Monday, September 25th:  D – Day:  107 has Music.  108 has Spanish and TLC.  Hot Lunch from Mc Donald’s: pancakes.

Tuesday, September 26th:  E – Day:  107 has Spanish and Gym.  108 has Science Lab and Gym.

Wednesday, September 27th:  F – Day:  107 has Gym and TLC.  108 has Spanish and Music.  Hot Lunch from Subway.

Thursday, September 28th: A – Day  107 has Art, Music 108 has Art.

Friday, September 29th:  B – Day  107 has TLC.  108 has Gym.  Join us for Grandfriends Mass at 1:15.

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First Grade Happenings for the week of September 18th to 22nd

Religion:  This week the students will learn about John the Baptist and his relationship to Jesus.  We will also talk about the different ways we can help others in our lives.  This is a great time to enhance our school year theme of Choosing Kindness.

Second Steps:  This week the students will continue to explore their understanding of feeling others around them have .  They will look at pictures and talk about facial expressions of students who are feeling different emotions.

Reading:  We have been working with the story of “Stellaluna” a fruit bat who has been separated from her mother.  While she is waiting to be reconnected with her mother she is taken in by a family of birds.  As she is spending time with them they all learn to live together and discover that although they are different they can still be friends.  This week the class will continue to talk about the beginning. middle and ending of stories (or B M E).  We will identify these three parts and write a sentence about each and illustrate the sentences.

Spelling:  Our spelling words this week contain the blend /ng/.  This blend only happens in the middle and at the end of words.  Our words this week are: in, leg, glad, ring, sang, strong, lung, be, was, and length. 

Writing:  As we are writing about our weekly stories we are learning that every sentence has five necessary parts.  This week we will take a look at sentences from “Stellaluna” and check to be sure that they contain these parts.

Math:  We have completed our first unit in math which had us learning to add numbers from 0 to 10.  We learned many addition terms like:  adden, plus, addition sentence, changing the order, equal, and sum.  Next we will work with subtracting numbers from 0 to 10.  Some terms the students will become familiar with are difference, take a part, take away and take from.

Social Studies:  This week the students will learn many interesting facts about the legend of Johnny Appleseed as we celebrate his 243rd birthday this week.  Please send your child’s favorite apple to school on Thursday, September 21.  The class will be doing some activities centered around these apples.

Important Information for the week:

Sunday, September 17th:  Please attend Mass this week with your child.

Monday, September 18th:  Hot Lunch from Stir Crazy.  E – Day:  107 has Spanish and Gym.  108 has Science Lab and Gym.

Tuesday, September 19th:  F – Day:  107 has Gym and TLC.  108 has Spanish and Music.

Wednesday, September 20th:  Hot Lunch from Buona Beef.  A – Day:  107 has Art, Library and Music.  108 has Art and Library.

Thursday, September 21st:  B – Day:  107 has Music.  108 has Gym.

Friday, September 22nd:  C – Day:  107 has Spanish and Science Lab.  108 has TLC and Music.  Homecoming Pep Rally this afternoon.  The pep Rally will be held in the new gym.  More details will be posted on the website.

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First Grade Happenings for the week of September 11th to 15th

Religion:  This week we will continue learning how Jesus’ family here on earth was similar to ours as they followed God’s teaching.    Jesus family is called the HOLY FAMILY.  We will look at ways the Holy Family obeyed GOd’s word and followed his teachings to show their belief in him.

Second Steps:  As we continue our Second Steps curriculum we will identify feelings of others and how we should be aware of their feelings as we go about our daily lives.

Reading:  Our story this week is “Stellaluna”.  During the week the students will learn how to use text evidence to answer questions.  They will also identify words from the story that appeal to the senses.

Writing:  This week we will learn that every story contains a beginning middle and ending.  The students will identify the B M E of “Stellaluna” and illustrate these three parts.

Spelling:  Our spelling words this week contain the /th/ blend.  The class will review the voiced and unvoiced sounds of /th/.  Voiced sounds of /th/ are this, that, and then.  Unvoiced sound of /th/:  thin, thick and three.  Our spelling words are us, sad, flag, this, with, that, thank, me, we and thinking.  

Math:  This week the students will strengthen their knowledge of changing the order of two addens and solve problems that have the sum of 0 to 10.

Social Studies:  This week we will learn about the life of Johnny Appleseed.  We will also determine the difference between things that are necessary to have in life and things that we just want to have.

Important Information for the Week:

Sunday, September 10th:  Attend Mass with your child over the weekend:

Monday, September 11th:  No School Due to Teacher Inservice.

Tuesday, September 12th:  SMILE it’s picture day!!  Students are invited to wear dress clothes to have their picture taken in.  A – Day:  107:  Music   108 Art.

Wednesday, September 13th:  B – Day  107: TLC   108: Gym.  9:00am Mass.  Please join us if your schedule allows.  Hot Lunch is from Little Joe’s.

Thursday, September 14th: C – Day  107: Spanish and Science Lab  108 TLC and Music.

Friday, September 15th:  D – Day  107: Music. 108:  Spanish and TLC.

 

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First Grade Happenings September 4th to the 8th

Religion:  This week the class will continue to review the correct way to pray the Sign of the Cross.  We will also talk about the three BEINGS that are mentioned during this prayer.  The students will discover that these three BEINGS are one.  As we discuss their realization they will also learn that Jesus was brought up in a family just as they are.  During this discussion we will compare and contrast our families with the one that Jesus was brought up in.

Second Steps:  The second part of our Religion curriculum has us learning to emphasize with our family, friends and other people in our lives.  Every Monday we will have a discussion centered around picture cards that show different situations that the students may experience themselves.  We will begin Second Steps by generating a list of rules the class will follow to show each other respect.

Reading:  This year we have adopted a new reading series titled “READY GEN”.  We begin the year by administering a baseline assessment to help us determine each child’s reading readiness.

Spelling:  During the week the students will be working with the consonant blend of /ch/.  The students will learn that this blend can be used at either the beginning or end of a word.  Our words this week are:  if, chicken, much, lunch, he, she, hot, blot, chips, chest.

Writing:  The first graders will continue to learn the correct way to print the letters of the alphabet.  We feel that it is important to learn this skill and continue using it through out the school year.  Please encourage your child to use their BEST handwriting while doing all their homework this year.

Math:  The students are really doing a great job learning to solve simple addition facts.  This week we will review the vocabulary words plus, sum, equal, adden.

Social Studies:  Our Social Study series begins with a unit about communities.  The class will identify jobs within a community and what skills a person must have in order to be hired to do the job.

Important information for the week:

Sunday, September 3rd:  Please attend Mass this weekend with your child.

Monday, September 4th:  No School in observance of Labor Day.

Tuesday, September 5th:  C- Day 107 has Spanish and Science Lab.  108 TLC, and Music.

Wednesday, September 6th:  D – Day:  107 has Music.  108 has Spanish and TLC.

Thursday, September 7th:  E – Day: 107 – Gym and Spanish.  108 – Science Lab and Gym.  Fall Fest kicks off today at 5:00 pm.

Friday, September 8th:  F – Day:  107 Gym and TLC.  108 – Spanish and Music.  Remember that school will be dismissed at 1:00.  There will NOT be any aftercare this afternoon.  Please still send a morning snack and lunch.  Fall Fest kicks off at 5:00.

Saturday and Sunday: Come enjoy  Fall Fest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, September 11th;  Teacher In – service NO SCHOOL!!   ENJOY the long weekend.

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First Grade Happenings

First Grade Happenings

Week of August 28th to September 1st

We had a wonderful first week in First Grade!!  Ms. Tyk and I are so excited to get to know our new students and their parents.

Religion:  This week in Religion we will talk about the fact that God created the world and all the people and things that are on it.  We will take a closer look at and practice making the Sign of the Cross.  At home please help you child practice as well.  As we are reviewing the correct way to pray the Sign of the Cross the class will also talk about the fact that the Father, Son and Holy Spirit are all the same person.  Finally this week the students will review the correct way to behave when they are attending Mass.  We will be attending 8:00 am Mass on Friday, September 1st.  Please bring your child to Church on this day rather than the school.  Please join us for Mass if your schedule allows.  If you are able to attend Mass with us your child may sit with you and then join us as we return to school.

Reading:  This week in Reading we will talk about the five elements of a story.  The students will identify the settings, characters, problems, solutions and when (past, present of future) of a story.  As we go through the second week of school the students will build their stamina when reading stories independently.  The classes will also work with books that are written by the same author.  As these books are read partners will compare and contrast them.

Spelling:  Each week the students will be given ten words to work with.  These words will be listed on the homework sheet that will be sent home in the homework folders every Monday.  At school students will do activities (EX: handwriting, playing memory games, and using the spelling city website) to become more familiar with the weekly words.  At home please review these words in preparation of Friday’s tests.  The students will also have three dictation sentences on the spelling test. These sentences are displayed in the classroom.

Spelling Words:  am, get, clap, ship, fish, shut, wish, I, the and shampoo.

Writing:  At the beginning of the year we feel it is important to review the correct formation of each letter in the alphabet.  The students are being reminded that ALL letters begin at the top and should sit on the line.  The students are also reminded that when writing their names that there is ONLY ONE capital letter and that is the first letter.  We are also emphasizing to the students that capital letters should ONLY be at the beginning of words not in the middle or end .   Last week we worked on  the correct way to write A, Z, B and Y.  This week we will concentrate on C, X, D, W, E, V, F, and U.

Math:  As we begin working in our GoMath series we start with the concept of adding.  This week we will introduce the vocabulary words; add, sum, adden, plus and equal.  The students will begin by using cubes to solve simple addition problems.

Social Studies:  Our Social Study series begins with a unit about communities.  The class will identify jobs within a community and what skills a person must have in order to be hired to do the job.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE WEEK:

Sunday, August 27th:  Please attend Mass with your child over the weekend.

Monday, August 28th: D – Day:  Room 107 has Music.  Room 108 has Spanish and TLC.

Tuesday, August 29th:  E – Day:  Room 107 has Gym (PLEASE wear your gym uniform including GYM shoes.  Room 108 has Science Lab and GYM.  (PLEASE wear your gym uniform including GYM shoes.)

Wednesday, August 30th:  F – Day:  Room 107 has GYM and TLC.  Room 108 has Spanish and Music.

Thursday, August 31st:  A – Day:  Room 107 and 108 both have ART.  Room 107 also has Music.

Friday, September 1st:  B – Day Room 107 has TLC.  Room 108 has GYM.  We will be attending 8:00 am Mass this morning.  Please bring your child to Church this morning and if your schedule allows join us for Mass. Please DO NOT bring your child to Church before 7:50.  DO NOT leave your child unattended at Church we will be there at 7:50 and waiting outside to greet the students when you are dropping them off.

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Thank you all for purchasing head phones for the computer lab.  Please keep them in your child’s backpacks or at home until they are needed.  When they are need I will send a note home asking you to send them back.

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This Week in First Grade…June 5th through June 9th

This Week in First Grade…

June 5th through June 9th, 2017

From our first week to our last…it was a great year to be a first grade cardinal!

Here’s a look at what’s going on this  last week in first grade…

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No Hot Lunch

Tuesday, June 6th: $1 Dress Down

Booknic with our 4th grade buddies!

Please send a sack lunch with your child today

Wednesday, June 7th

No Hot Lunch

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Picnic and Field Day!

Friday, June 9th: Early Dismissal, 11:30 AM

9:00 AM, All School Mass

**Don’t Forget! Order your school supply kit for the 2017-2018 school year! Order online by June 9th!

Future Dates to Take Note Of:

June 23rd: St. Cletus Golf Outing

August 15th: Pre- Ordered School Supply Kit Pick Up

August 21st: Meet and Greet for Grades 1-8

August 22nd: School Begins!

9:00 am, Beginning of the School Year Mass

11:30 am Early Dismissal

**No After Care**

August 23rd: First Full Day of the 2017-2018 School Year!

**Before Care and After Care Opens**

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Lunch/Recess Open Dates this week!

Please contact Pam Rohrbacher if available.

*Recess begins at 11:15am for the first graders.

Lunch begins at 11:35 am and ends at 12:00 pm.

Room 107: June 5th

Room 108: June 7th

Thank you all so very much for all the time you have taken out of your busy schedules to come to our classrooms.

 We are grateful to have such supportive parents by our side!

Our Special’s Schedule this Week:

Rotation Day

Room 107 (Tyk) Room 108 (Gearen)
Monday– E

Spanish, GYM

Science Lab, GYM

Tuesday– F

GYM, TLC

Spanish, Music

Wednesday– A Art, Library, Music Art, Library
Thursday– Field Day!

Field Day!

Friday–

11:30 DISMISSAL

11:30 DISMISSAL

**Please make a note of when your class has gym this week.  GYM SHOES REQUIRED**

**RETURN YOUR LIBRARY BOOKS!**

In the Classroom…  keep them learning

…this week in Spelling: Students will review our past spelling word lists in centers.  We will be utilizing our writing skills to create sentences and stories using our spelling words.  

…this week in Reading: As part of our centers this week, students will be reading short stories in small groups.  

…this week in Math: Students will deepen their understanding of number sense and problem solving as they complete center work.   

tot-spot-kids-clockthis week in Religion: Classrooms will wrap up what we learned this past year in Religion as well as how we can take what we learned and use it every day in our life choices.  

…this week in Science/Social Studies: We will be wrapping up our lesson on weather, the seasons, and how they are connected to each other!

 

 

 

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Thank you to our first grade families for such a successful year!

Have a fun, safe, and enriching summer! Don’t forget to work those brains!

Love,

Miss Gearen and Ms. Tyk

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This Week in First Grade, May 29th through June 2nd

This Week in First Grade…

May 29th through June 2nd, 2017

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The month of June comes upon us towards the latter part of the week.  

Here’s to the last ten days of our 2016-2017 school year!

Take a look at what’s going on this week in first grade!

Monday, May 29th

No School, Memorial Day

Tuesday, May 30th

1:30 PM, 8th Grade Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, May 31st

Hot Lunch: Pizza

10:00 AM, 8th Grade Clap Out

7:00 PM, 8th Grade Graduation

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Order your school supply kit for the 2017-2018 school year! Order online by June 9th!

Picnic and Field Day: June 8th!

Permission Slip Due No Later than Wednesday, May 31st

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Please contact Pam Rohrbacher if available

We thank you in advance!

Room 107: May 30th, 31st, and June 1st

Room 108 needs volunteers all week!

*Recess begins at 11:15am for the first graders.

Lunch begins at 11:35 am and ends at 12:00 pm.

 

Our Special’s Schedule this Week:

Rotation Day Room 107 (Tyk) Room 108 (Gearen)
Monday– NO SCHOOL NO SCHOOL
Tuesday– A Art, Library, Music Art, Library
Wednesday– B TLC GYM
Thursday–C Spanish, Science Lab TLC, Music
Friday– D Music Spanish, TLC

**Please make a note of when your class has gym this week: GYM SHOES REQUIRED ON GYM DAYS**

**RETURN YOUR LIBRARY BOOKS!**

In the Classroom…  

…this week in Spelling: The classrooms will create a list of words with the /er/ sound.  We will review that though we hear that sound in many words, there are multiple ways of writing the /er/ sound; students will  sort words based on the <ur>, <ir> and <er> word part.  

Spelling List #32:

mud, jam, sent, her, dummer, river, number, always, also, woodpeckertelling time

…this week in Reading: Both classrooms will read short stories in small groups, write about their favorite part in the story read, and then share their work with the class.  Room 107 will conclude their last 1.6 text, Super Oscar, and take their 1.6 Reading Assessment on Wednesday, May 31st.  

…this week in Math: Students will alternate telling time to the hour and half hour.  The classrooms will wrap up Chapter 9 at the end of the week, reviewing techniques for measuring and telling time.

weather…this week in Religion Studies: As we continue identifying and discussing Saints, classrooms will also name and demonstrate coping skills for dealing with name calling.

…this week in Science: We will using what we already know about the seasons and connecting that information to weather.  We will focus on the essential questions of “what is weather?” as well as “what we can observe about weather?”

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This Week in First Grade, May 1st through May 5th

This Week in First Grade…

May 1st through May 5th, 2017

Congratulations Room 108 on doing such a fantastic job with Morning Prayers this past week– it was a perfect way to close out the month of April.  The month of May will be off to a great start with Room 107 leading this week’s Morning Prayers.

Here’s a look at what’s going on this week in first grade!

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Monday, May 1st

Hot Lunch: Little Joe’s Beef Sandwiches

Wednesday, April 26th

Hot Lunch: Wendy’s Baked Potato

 

 

Future Dates to Remember:

May 18th: Author’s Lemonade

 

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May and June Lunch/Recess Calendars are now open!

Please contact Pam Rohrbacher if available. We thank you in advance!

Room 107: May 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th

Room 108: 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th

*Recess begins at 11:15am for the first graders.

Lunch begins at 11:35 am and ends at 12:00 pm.

Our Special’s Schedule this Week:

Rotation Day Room 107 (Tyk) Room 108 (Gearen)
Monday– E Spanish, GYM Science Lab, GYM
Tuesday– F GYM, TLC Spanish, Music
Wednesday– A Art, Library, Music Art, Library
Thursday– B TLC GYM
Friday– C Spanish, Science Lab TLC, Music

**Please make a note of when your class has gym this week.

**GYM SHOES REQUIRED**

**RETURN YOUR LIBRARY BOOKS!**

In the Classroom…  

Continuing to review sounds with last week’s /oi/ words, students will also be looking at words that use the same /oi/ sound, but with the <oy> spelling.  We will also be reviewing the parts of speech by identifying the subject noun and verb of a sentence.

whistle-for-willie_largeSpelling List #28: jet, dig, help, boy, toy, enjoy, annoy, two, four, destroy

Students will be introduced to words that contain the /au/ and /aw/ sound in reading this week.  We will be reading Nothing Stops Cory and Whistle for Willie, which will also include words with /au/ and /aw/ parts.  Classrooms will be using the reading strategy of visualizing as we read to help us make predictions.  Please encourage your students to practice visualizing as they read at home.

Both classrooms have been working diligently in their writing to prepare for our Author’s Lemonade! We will return to the world of adverbs to enhance our stories as well as adding adjectives to our illustrations!

This week in Math will continue to focus on using place value to add two digit numbers.  additionStudents are using their knowledge of basic math facts to assist them in adding and subtracting larger numbers. Social Studies this week will be looking at our country’s symbols and what they mean.  We will also be looking at the different symbols of our state.

Last week, we read the story of Peter’s surprise visit from Jesus and what made Peter realize that Jesus had, indeed, risen and became the Holy Spirit.  This week, students will be introduced to the Rosary.  As a class we will learn the way to pray the Rosary.  Students will be working with volunteers in the near future to make their own Rosary.  

 

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This Week in First Grade… April 24th through April 28th

This Week in First Grade…

April 24th through August 28th, 2017

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Oh, how the time flies! Welcome back to the halls of St. Cletus School!

Here’s a look at what’s going on this week in first grade! 

 

Dates to Take Note…earth day

Monday, April 24th

Hot Lunch: Little Joe’s Chicken Wraps/Nuggets

Wednesday, April 26th

First Grade to 8:00 am Mass:  If your schedule allows, please come and join your child in starting the day at Mass.  Please do not drop off your child before 7:50 am.  Thank you!

Hot Lunch: American Bagel, Pizza Bagel

Friday, April 28th: $1 Dress Down

Student Council Sponsored Dress Down for $1!

 

There are still open days for April Lunch/Recess!  

Please contact Pam Rohrbacher if available. We thank you in advance!

Room 107: April 25th

Room 108: April 26th, 27th, 28th

*Recess begins at 11:15am for the first graders.

Lunch begins at 11:35 am and ends at 12:00 pm.

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Our Special’s Schedule this Week:

Rotation Day Room 107 (Tyk)

Room 108 (Gearen)

Monday– F GYM, TLC

Spanish, Music

Tuesday– A

Art, Library, Music

Art, Library

Wednesday– B

TLC

GYM

Thursday– C

Spanish, Science Lab

TLC, Music

Friday– D

Music

Spanish, TLC

Please make a note of when your class has gym this week.

**GYM SHOES REQUIRED**

**RETURN YOUR LIBRARY BOOKS!**

In the Classroom…  schooltime

We start off our first week back with a bang– with new spelling words, new reading texts, and new math strategies, using what we already know about place value!

Our first graders successfully told the story of Jesus’s Last Supper.  We return to school after Christ has Risen. We continue to encourage our students to learn and grow from the teachings of our Lord.  
This week’s spelling words focuses with the <oi> sound.  Students will discuss the main ways of writing the /oi/ sound, such as: <oi> and <oy>.  Classrooms will also be reviewing basic sounds and other spellings covered so far. Some basic review words to practice at home– more, before, other, were, because, want, saw, put, could, should

oliviaThis week’s spelling words: bug, had, film, oil, coin, noisy, spoiled, would, right, boiling

Students will be adventuring with Ian Falconer’s Olivia this week in reading.  Our new text of stories this week focuses on the fiction genre, using visualization in order to understand the plot as well as identifying the characters and setting of each story.  

Our reading high-frequency words this week: always, father, four, love, mother

In Math, we continue to use our understanding of place value in order to add and subtract.  Please encourage your student(s) to circle the operation of each problem to ensure complete understanding of what is being asked in each question.  We will be using the hundreds chart to count on by ones or tens, in order to solve a problem.  

 

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This Week in First Grade…April 10th through the 14th

This Week in First Grade…

April 10th through April 14th, 2017

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Two thousand and seventeen years ago, Jesus entered the town of Jerusalem.  The crowds of people gathered, excitedly welcoming him and waving palms to celebrate his arrival.  

Take a look at what’s going on this week in First Grade as Holy Week comes upon us.  

 

Monday, April 10th

Hot Lunch: Buona Beef, Mac N Cheese

Wednesday, April 12th

Hot Lunch: Subway subs

Thursday, April 13th:  Mass Schedule

9:00 am Holy Thursday Prayer Service, led by the first graders.  Please come and join us in the Washing of the Feet Ceremony if your schedule allows.

11:15 am- 12:00 pm:  Recess and Pizza Lunch!

Friday, April 14th  

NO SCHOOL,  Good Friday

Dates to Remember…

  • April 24th:  School Resumes from Easter Break

Hot Lunch: Little Joe’s, chicken wrap or nuggets

 

The April Calendar has opened for Lunch/Recess volunteers!  

Please contact Pam Rohrbacher if interested. We thank you in advance!

Room 107: April 10th

Room 108: April 12th

*Recess begins at 11:15am for the first graders.

Lunch begins at 11:35 am and ends at 12:00 pm.

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Our Special’s Schedule this Week:

Rotation Day Room 107 (Tyk) Room 108 (Gearen)
Monday– B TLC GYM
Tuesday– C Spanish, Science Lab TLC, Music
Wednesday– D Music Spanish, TLC
Thursday– E Spanish, GYM Science Lab, GYM
Friday– NO SCHOOL NO SCHOOL

 

**Please make a note of when your class has gym this week. GYM SHOES REQUIRED**

**RETURN YOUR LIBRARY BOOKS!**

In the Classroom…  flower cross

As we enter Holy Week, first graders will be spending time concluding their lessons on the Stations of the Cross as well as preparing for their Holy Thursday Prayer Service.  We will be watching The Last Supper to give students a better understanding of the Washing of the Feet prayer service at the start of our week.  

Continuing down the path of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday, the first graders will be working independently to write a story about an Easter Bunny getting stuck in a hole.  We will also be crafting a Bunny artwork that goes along with their writing, which will be hung up in the hallway.  

This week in Spelling, our words will be related to our upcoming holiday, Easter.  Students will be working with these chosen Easter words throughout the week, concluding with a spelling assessment on Thursday.  Our extended spelling word list this week is:

hop, tulips, find, hunt, eggs, cross, bunnies, Easter, Jesus, April, basket, jelly bean

Due to a shorter week, a week long Easter Break following a long weekend, and practicing for Thursday’s prayer service, students will continue to work in small groups for reading as we continue to identify the parts of a story as well as the author’s purpose to a text.  

Students have been learning many strategies when adding and subtracting.  This week in Math, students will be using what they know about place value as well as the properties of operations in order to add or subtract 10 from a number.  Students will be using a 100 chart to assist them in finding the difference or sum of a number.  Please continue to use our math vocabulary  (such as difference for a subtraction answer and sum for an addition answer) at home.

Miss Gearen and Ms. Tyk wish you and your family a safe and mindful Easter holiday and break.  

We will see you back in the classroom April 24th, 2017!

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This Week in First Grade, April 3rd through April 7th

This Week in First Grade…

April 3rd through April 7th, 2017

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It came in shining brightly this Saturday…here’s a look at what’s going in First Grade this (first) week of April!

 

Monday, April 3rd

Hot Lunch: Buona Beef, Caesar Salad

Wednesday, April 5th

Hot Lunch: Cafe Salsa, Quesadillas

Thursday, April 6th:  Assembly Schedule

Wear your 2017 Spring Auction Shirts!

2:15 pm  Stations of the Cross.  Please feel free to join us if your schedule allows.

6:30pm Roller Skating Party (First through Eighth Grade only)

Friday, April 7th

NO SCHOOL, Professional Development Day

 

Dates to Remember…

  • April 11th: First Grade’s Holy Thursday Prayer Service, 9:00 am

  • April 12th: Good Friday, No School

  • April 17th- 23rd: Easter Break

 

The April Calendar has opened for Lunch/Recess volunteers!  

Please contact Pam Rohrbacher if interested. We thank you in advance!

*Recess begins at 11:15am for the first graders.

Lunch begins at 11:35 am and ends at 12:00 pm.

 

Our Special’s Schedule this Week:

Rotation Day Room 107 (Tyk) Room 108 (Gearen)
Monday– D Music Spanish, TLC
Tuesday– E Spanish, GYM Science Lab, GYM
Wednesday– F GYM, TLC Spanish, Music
Thursday– A Art, Library, Music Art, Library
Friday– NO SCHOOL NO SCHOOL 

**Please make a note of when your class has gym this week. GYM SHOES REQUIRED**

**RETURN YOUR LIBRARY BOOKS!**

In the Classroom…  

Classrooms will continue to work in small groups this week in reading.  We will be focusing on using story maps and retelling through sequencing as groups read leveled readers.  Raz-Kids is a wonderful tool to utilize at home! Students can access Raz-Kids(https://www.kidsa-z.com/main/Login)  through the TLC Page on the St. Cletus School website, or by clicking the link.  

ouWe will be looking at words with the /ou/ sound as we discuss the main ways of writing the /ou/ sound: <ou> and <ow>.  

This week’s spelling words are:

big, fox, milk, how, owl, brown, town, could, should, flowerpot

Students got to get their hands dirty this past week in Science Lab as they took a closer look at the different kinds of soil.  We will be continuing to discover more facts about soil as we learn about the properties that help form the different types of soil on our planet.  

Chapter 7 concluded last week in Math for our students. We begin Chapter 8 of our series this week in Math.  As we continue to master our basic addition and subtraction facts, students will be working with ten blocks to add and subtract 10.  Holy Thursday-1

We are moving on to the next unit of our Second Steps curriculum– focusing on the emotion of anger and looking at how we can recognize, as well as handle, our anger.  

As we enter the fourth week of Lent, our students will walk the same path Jesus did many years ago as we read and discuss the Stations of the Cross.  Throughout the past weeks, both first grade classrooms have been coming together to practice our Holy Thursday Prayer Service.  As we discuss and share our ideas of the significance of this day in class, please ask and discuss the significance of this day at home with your student.  Watch out for song lyric sheets that will be coming home with your child/ren this week!

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This Week in First Grade, March 27th through the 31st

This Week in First Grade…

March 27th through March 31st

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Here’s a look at what’s going on this week in First Grade!

Monday, March 27th

Hot Lunch: Little Joe’s, Mac n Cheese Bites

Tuesday, March 28th

5:00pm D4D: Chik-Fill-A

Wednesday, March 29th

Hot Lunch: Jimmy John subs

Thursday, March 30th:  Assembly Schedule

2:15 pm  Stations of the Cross.  Please feel free to join us if your schedule allows.

Friday, March 31st  

Wear your Spring Auction Shirt!

7:00pm Living Stations

 

Dates to Remember…download

  • April 1st: St. Cletus Spring Auction! Capri Banquets in Countryside, IL

  • Remember the Memories! …Don’t Forget to Buy the 2016-2017 Yearbook!

Deadline: Monday, March 27th!

 

Interested in spending time with your child for lunch and recess?

Here are the available dates for lunch/recess volunteers this week:

Room 107: All Set for the week! Thank you!!

Room 108:

*Recess begins at 11:15am for the first graders. Lunch begins at 11:35 am and ends at 12:00 pm.

 

Our Special’s Schedule this Week:

**Please make a note of when your class has gym this week. GYM SHOES REQUIRED**

**RETURN YOUR LIBRARY BOOKS!**

Rotation Day

Room 107 (Tyk)

Room 108 (Gearen)

Monday– E Spanish, GYM

Science Lab, GYM

Tuesday– F

GYM, TLC Spanish, Music

Wednesday– A

Art, Library, Music

Art, Library

Thursday– B

TLC

GYM

Friday– C Spanish, Science Lab

TLC, Music

In the Classroom…  

It is hard to believe it, but our students have already read all of the stories within the 1.5 textbook! We’ve traveled to many places in our stories- some true, some created from wonderfully talented minds.  This week in reading, students will get the chance to look back at some of their favorites, recognizing reading vocabulary words and revisiting the minds of different characters.  Students will be using this time to work in small groups to enhance their understanding of key reading strategies we’ve been working on as a whole, such as sequencing a story and understanding the author’s purpose.  ou

We will be moving onto the next spelling list, Spelling List #25 which focuses on words that have <ou> sound.  Together, the students will identify the <ou> parts in spelling words.  Using this skill, students will spell different words with the <ou> part by listening to the individual phoneme sounds spoken aloud to them.  Students will also be reviewing past word parts we have previously learned, such as /wh/, /ew/, and /ough/.  Spelling City is a wonderful way to practice spelling words at home with your child!

This week’s spelling words are: bat, pet, self, out, our, round, mouth, saw, put, outside

Science will continue this week as students will enhance their knowledge of natural resources and connect that knowledge to what they know about environments of living things.

alligatorIn the past few weeks, students have learned different strategies in determining which number is more or less when being compared to another number, used the lesser than, greater than, or equal to symbols to show comparisons, and identified numbers that are 10 more or 10 less using mental math.  This week students will be reviewing and enhancing these skills as we prepare for the Chapter 7 unit test, which will be given on Thursday, March 30th.  

As April is quickly approaching, our first graders have been working diligently and visiting the Church as we read through our Holy Thursday Prayer Service. Please continue to practice and review the lines daily with your child.  All students play a role in this experience whether it be a speaking, acting, or singing part.  Both 107 and 108 classrooms will be having a special pizza lunch on Thursday, April 13th as a celebration of all their hard work! More information will be provided at a later time.  

Here’s to the ending of March and the beginning of April! It sure is a great time to be a cardinal!

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