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First Grade Happenings for the Week of December 4th to the 8th

Religion:  Introduce and talk about the Season of Advent.  We will be creating individual  Advent wreaths to help us mark the time we are waiting for the birth of Christ our savior.  Each candle on the wreath represents a different word for the season.

Week 1:  Hope.  Week 2:  Peace.  Week 3: Joy.  and Week 4:  Love.

Second Steps:  We have come to the end of the first unit.  This week we will review the concepts that were talked about.

Reading:  Our new story is “A Time to Sleep” as we read we will be introduced to the concept of close reading.  Close reading happens when students ask and answer specific questions about the current story.  The questions come directly from the reading and the students then go back to the page and read the exact wording that gives the answer.

Spelling/Grammar:  This week’s spelling words contain the “ck” blend.  As the students work with the “ck” blend this week they will see that the blend can only be used at the middle or end of words.  Our words this week are “bed, wet, prod, duck, neck, clock, lick, so, by and backpack.  Last week we began working with initial blends in words.  This week we will continue learning more initial blends.  Last week the students made an initial blend wheel and discovered words that contained the same blend. Look for this wheel to come home.

Writing:  The first graders will continue learning about being a writer.  This week we will start talking about the six traits of writing.  The first trait that will be discussed is that of getting an IDEA of what to write about. If you have not returned the idea sheet that was handed out at conference time please complete it and send it back to school soon.  These papers will be put into your child’s writing folder.  The next trait that the students will learn about is ORGANIZATION.  The students will see how important it is to organize their thoughts for a story so that it makes sense to a person who is reading it.  Finally the third trait for the week will be VOICE.  The students will see that their reader can tell what the writer was feeling as they were writing the story.  Another item that the students will be using as they are writing is the “HELP TENT”.  The help tent is so that the teacher knows who needs help right away and those who can wait and work until the teacher is available.

Math:  The first graders have been learning to solve subtraction problems by bringing the bigger number down to a ten and taking away the remainder.  We will complete the chapter this week.

Science:  As our unit on Living and Nonliving Things continues we will take a closer look at the things animals need to survive.

Important Information for the Week:

D4D at 5 Below from Thursday to Sunday the 10th.  Happy Shopping!!

Sunday, December 3rd: Please attend Mass this weekend.  First Sunday of Advent

Monday, December 4th:  A – Day:  107 has Art and Music.   108 has Library and Art.  Please remember to send library books back so that new ones may be checked out.  Hot Lunch from Great American Bagel

Tuesday, December 5th:  B – Day  107 has TLC.  108 has Gym.  First grade will be meeting at 8:00am Mass today please do not bring your child to mass before 7:50.  Ms. Tyk and I will meet the students at Church at 7:50.

Wednesday, December 6th:  C – Day  107 has Spanish and Science Lab. 108 has TLC and Music.  Hot lunch from Chipotle.

Thursday, December 7th:  D – Day  107 has Library and Music.  Please bring back your library books so the new ones may be checked out.  108 has Spanish and TLC.   Dress Down Day for $1.00.  More details to follow.

Friday, December 8th:  E – Day  107 has Spanish and Gym.  108 has Science Lab and Gym.  We will be attending 9:00am Mass to celebrate the Immaculate Conception.

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First Grade Happenings for the Week of November 27th to December 1st

Religion:  This week the students will learn how the Apostles cared for and continued to spread God’s word to people.  We will also learn more about the Pope’s role in the Church.

Second Steps:  We will see how people can have different feelings towards the same situation.  The students will watch a video about two first graders and how they feel about their first day of school.  As the class watches this video we will compare and contrast their reactions to the same situation and then talk about why their feelings were different.

Reading:  We are going to be concentrating on the endings of the two stories that have been the main focus of our first unit in the reading series.  The students will be discussing how the friendships were effected at the end of “Stelluna and Dragons and Monsters.”  As these stories are discussed the students will think about the author’s message and what they learned from it.

Writing:  We will begin writing stories this week.  Our focus for the week will be on setting up routines that will be put into place as the students are writing their original stories.  Establishing a routine is very important in the writing process it helps the writer focus in on the topic and learn that during the writing time slot writing is all that they should be doing.

Spelling / Grammar:  This week our spelling words contain the double z and s blends.  Spelling words are hop, fit, grin, buzz, dress, less, miss, go, no, classroom.   The students will also be working with initial blends in words.

Math:  The students have been learning how to use addition problems to help them solve subtraction equations.  This week the class will learn to make a ten to solve subtraction problems as well.  If you are in need of assistance while working with your child to do this week’s homework YOUTUBE will be able to lend a hand.

Science:  Our Science book has us working with living and nonliving things.  This week we will learn the difference between the two and their usefulness in our environments.

Important Information for the Week:

Sunday, November 26th:  Please attend Mass with your child over the weekend.

Monday, November 27th:  B – Day:  107 has TLC.  108 has Gym.  Hot Lunch from Buona Beef .

Tuesday, November 28th:  C – Day:  107 has Spanish and Science Lab.  108 has TLC and Music.

Wednesday, November 29th:  D – Day  107 has Music.  108 has Spanish and TLC.  Hot Lunch from Little Joe’s

Thursday, November 30th:  E – Day  107 has Spanish and Gym.  108 has Science Lab and Gym.

Friday, December 1st:  F – Day  107 has Gym and TLC.   108 has Spanish and Music.   D4D at Five Below.

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First Grade Happenings for the November 20th to the 24Th

Dear First Grade Families,

This Sunday, November 19th is the opening of our annual Scholastic Book fair.  The hours of the book fair will be 8:45 to 1:00.  Don’t worry if you can not stop on Sunday here is plenty of time to during the week.

This Monday, November 20th we will be attending an all school Prayer Service hosted by the Third Grade.  They have asked the entire school to bring in a food item for the Prayer Service.  As the students are entering the Church they will be bringing their item to the alter and placing it there.  If your schedule allows please join us for this Prayer Service at 9:00.  Book fair will be open from 9:00am to 4pm,  Remember NO HOT LUNCH!!!!!!!!

Tuesday, November 21st will be a half day of school.  The students will be dismissed from school at 11:30.  Please remember that there will NOT be any aftercare.  Please also remember to be on time for your scheduled conference.  Book Fair will be open during conferences.

Ms. Tyk and I would like to take this time to wish all our families a very happy and relaxing Thanksgiving break.  We hope as you are spending time with family and friends this Thanksgiving that you will make many fun memories along the way.

If you are flying or driving somewhere remember to take along something for your child to read either out loud to you or quietly to themselves.  If you are staying home and hosting be sure to have your child spend time reading out loud to you as you are preparing for company.

Have a wonder holiday!

Gobble! Gobble! From

Miss Gearen and Ms. Tyk

 

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First Grade Happenings for the Week of November 13th to the 17th

Religion:  This week we will take a good look at the “Our Father”. The class will learn that this prayer was to inspire people to become followers of God’s and believe in His teachings.

Second Steps:  During SS this week the students will see that feelings about situations can change.  Ex:  When a child starts school they maybe hesitant to come in their classroom.  As the year goes on and they become comfortable they are eager to get to school.

Reading:  We are going to be concentrating on the endings of the two stories that have been the main focus of our first unit in the reading series.  The students will be discussing how the friendships were effected at the end of “Stelluna and Dragons and Monsters.”  As these stories are discussed the students will think about the author’s message and what they learned from it.

Spelling/ Grammar:  Our spelling words this week contain the double l blend.  The students will see that this blend is either in the middle of the word or at the end.  Our words this week are from, they run, ox, there, doll, windmill, bell, skull, will.  As the students work with these words they will also review all the forms of nouns (common, proper, and pro.)   

Writing:   This week the students will be introduced to narrative writing.  They will begin their narrative stories by drawing pictures of events that happen at the beginning, middle and end of “Dragons and Monsters.”   Next they will write a sentence that goes along with each picture.  Finally the students will edit their stories by checking to see they included the five requirements for a complete sentence    1. Starts with a capital letter. 2. subject/ noun. 3. verb  4. ending mark  5.  makes sense.

Math:  The class will begin the fourth chapter in our GoMath series.  They will begin by review subtraction terms and counting back 1, 2, and 3 to solve simple subtraction problems.  Towards the end of the week the class will see that by using the same 3 number they are able to create 4 math problems 2 addition and 2 subtraction.  This strategy is known as “Fact Families.”

Social Studies:  Our exploration of the Pilgrims experiences as they learned about their new home continues this week.  Last week we learned that one reason they left England was because they were not allowed to worship as they pleased.  We also learned that it took them 66 days to sail to america and many other interesting facts.  As they are learning about the Pilgrims the students are creating a pop up book.  These books will be completed and sent home by the end of the week.

Important information for the week:

Dining for Dollars at Bakers Square ALL week.

Monday, November 13th:  A – Day:  107 has Art and Music. 108 has Library and Art. We will be attending an all school Veterans Day Mass at 9:00.  If your schedule allows please join us.  Hot lunch from McDonalds.

Tuesday, November 14th:  B – Day:  107 has Music.  108 has Gym.

Wednesday: November 15th: C – Day:  107 has Spanish and Science Lab.  108 has TLC and Music.  Hot Lunch from Little Joe’s.  Welcome Wednesday at 8:00am

Thursday, November 16th:  D – Day:  107 has Library and Music.  108 has Spanish and TLC.

Friday, November 17th:  E – Day:  107 has Spanish and Gym. 108 has Science Lab and Gym.  Principal Q&A at 8:30.

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First Grade Happenings for the Week of November 6th to 10th

Religion:  This week the class will be learning about the Church year.  They will see that each season in the Church is represented by a different color.  The seasons are Ordinary Time (Green),  Advent and Lent (purple) and Christmas and Three Days (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and  Easter Time (White).

Second Steps:  This week the students will watch a video that has them taking a look at two children having two different reactions to the same experience.  The students will name the physical, verbal emotions that are being felt by each girl.

Reading:  We will continue to explore the story elements of Stellaluna and Dragons and Monsters focusing this week on similarities between the two stories.

Spelling:  Our spelling words contain the double ‘ff” blend.  Our words this week are drum, win,here, red, said, cuff, cliff, stiff, off, and puffin – a small sea bird.

Writing:  This week the students will be writing an acoustic poem about things they are thankful for.  As a class we brainstormed words that started with each letter of the word THANKFUL.  These are hanging in the hall ready to be enjoyed by everyone.

Math:  This week we will complete chapter 4.

Social Studies:  The students will begin learning about the Pilgrims experiences in the new world.

Important Information for the Week.

Sunday, November 5th:  Please attend Mass with your child this weekend.

Monday, November 6th:  B – Day:  107 has TLC.  108 has Gym.  Hot Lunch from – Little Joe’s.   First Grade meeting at Church to attend 8:00am Mass.  PLEASE do NOT arrive before 7:50.

Tuesday, November 7th:  C – Day:  107 has Spanish and Science Lab.  108 has TLC and Music.

Wednesday, November 8th:  D – Day:  107 has Music.  108 has Spanish and TLC.  Hot lunch from Wendy’s.

Thursday, November 9th:  E – Day:  107 has Spanish and Gym.  108 has Science Lab and Gym.  Picture retake.  Please let the office know that you would like your child to have their picture retaken.

Friday. November 10th:  F – Day: 107 has Gym and TLC.  108 has Spanish and Music

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First Grade Happenings for the Week of Oct 30th to Nov 3rd

Religion:  This week the class will be learning about the Church year.  They will see that each season in the Church is represented by a different color.  The seasons are Ordinary Time (Green),  Advent and Lent (purple) and Christmas and Three Days (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and  Easter Time (White).

Second Steps:  Our Second Steps has us taking a look at our own feelings this week.  As we do this the students will discuss ways their bodies tell them how they are feeling.

Reading:  During the week we will be in groups reading Halloween stories.  As the groups are reading they will be talking about the different story elements that we have be learning about this year.  Each group will identify the characters and  settings.  As well as one thing that happened in the Beginning, Middle and at the end of their stories.

Spelling:  Our spelling words this week are Halloween words.  These words are candy, costume, cat, bat, owl, trick, treat, night and pumpkin.

Grammar:  This week the students will learn about the job of a pronoun.  They will see that a pronoun takes the place of a noun.  We will make a list of pronouns and decide if they are talking about a boy/man, girl/women, or a group of people.

Writing:  This week the students will see how a writer can tell a story simply by drawing as they are telling the story verbally.

Math:  The students have been learning how to add number 1 to 10 using a ten frame.  This week they will strengthen their knowledge of this strategy.  If you are having a difficult time understanding this concept there are very helpful videos on Youtube that will hopefully clear the confusion up.

Science:  We will conclude our unit on Animal Habitats.

Important Information for the week.

Sunday, October 29th:  Please attend Mass with your child over the weekend.

Monday, October 30th:  D – Day  107 has Music.  108 has Spanish and TLC.  Hot Lunch from Stir Crazy.

Tuesday, October 31st.  E – Day:  107 has Spanish and Gym.   108 has Science Lab and Gym.  Happy Halloween!  Please send your child to school in their Halloween costumes.  Please keep accessories (swords, shields, etc. . .) and masks at home.  Please be sure that your child is comfortable in their costume.

Wednesday, November 1st:  All Saints Day!!  We will be attending 9:00am all school Mass.  Please join us if your schedule allows.  Today is also a F – Day  107 has Gym and TLC.  108 has Spanish and Music.

Thursday, November 2nd:  A – Day:  107 has Art, Library and Music.  108 has Library and Art.

Friday, November 3rd:  No school due to Teacher Inservice.  Enjoy your long weekend.

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First Grade Happenings for the Week of October 23rd to the 27th

Religion:  This week we will be attending a presentation of the living Rosary on Tuesday.  The students will learn that when we pray the Rosary it is dedicated to Mary the Mother of Jesus.  They will also learn that there are four prayers we pray when saying the Rosary.  As the week goes on we will talk about how all people are our neighbors and that we need to treat them the way we want to be treated by others.

Reading:  The stories that we will be concentrating on this week are “The Chicken in the City and a Verb for Herb”.  As we work with the “Chicken in the City” story the students will learn about and identify pronouns.  When the students read a “Verb for Herb” they will learn the job of a verb in a sentence.  As we move through these two stories the class will generate lists of these kinds of words so that they can be used as we write our original stories.

Grammar:  The students will learn how to use the article adjectives a & an in sentences.  They will see that when a word begins with a consonant should come before (Ex:  I live in a town named La Grange.) When using the article adjective an it should be followed by a word that begins with a vowel. (ex Elephant and Piggy stories are about an elephant and a pig.)

Spelling:  Our words this week again contain the proper nouns that name days of the week.  Please remind your child that all of these words should be written with a capital letter at the beginning.  Our words this week are up, man,crab, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, today, come, some and weekend.

Writing:  This is the best time of year to start our original story writing.  The students have created a Witch and this week will write a story about an adventure she has been on.  As a class we have generated a list of Halloween words to use in these stories.

Math:  We will begin this week by reviewing how to add doubles.  The students will also strengthen their knowledge of determining if the doubles problem they are working on is a plus or minus one as well.  If while you are helping your child with doubles plus or minus one homework get confused you can go to youtube for further help  (Search doubles plus one or doubles minus one).  As the week goes on we will be moving on to using a ten frame to solve addition problems from 0 to 20.  Once again this concept can get confusing and we suggest that if you and your child need further help you can get it through youtube (10 frames for first grade)

Science:  This week we continue with our unit on animals and their habitats

Important Information for the week:  RED RIBBON WEEK ~ look at each day to see what special activities are planned.  Please pay special attention to dress down days.  Monday the students will be given a red ribbon to wear all week  Each ribbon has a number on the back.  This number is entered into a drawing.  A drawing will be held everyday before school lets out.  If your child accidentally brings home their red ribbon before Friday PLEASE be sure to pin it back on them to wear back the next day.  

WELCOME to St. Cletus Mrs. Murphy.  We are EXCITED to begin working with Mrs. Murphy in our school library this week.  As the year goes on please be sure to return books  on or before the next time your child’s class has Library.

Sunday, October 22nd:  Please attend Mass this weekend.

Monday, October 23rd:  E – Day:  107 has Spanish and Gym.  108 has Science Lab and Gym. Hot lunch from Buona Beef.  Vision and Hearing Screening.  We will create a Classroom pledge to respect our selves and those around us.

Tuesday, October 24th:  F – Day:  107 has Gym and TLC  108 has Spanish and Music.    We will be attending the presentation of the Living Rosary at 2:00 in Church.  Please join us if your schedule allows.  Make healthy choices when choosing food to eat.  The students are asked to bring in donations for the food pantry.  

Wednesday, October 25th:  A – Day:  107 has Art and Music.   108 has Library and Art.  Hot Lunch from Mc Donalds.  Superhero dress down day.  We are asking that students think about how they can help out a friend, neighbor, teacher etc… by doing a good deed.  Students are encouraged to dress down and wear their favorite superhero shirt.   

Thursday, October 26th:  B – Day:  107 has Music.  108 has Gym.  TEAM UP AGAINST DRUGS.  This is a semi dress down day.  Team colors are to be worn with the jumper, blue pants or gym sweats (108 has gym today)  During the week we will decide on a color to show first grade team spirit.  This color will be announced by Tuesday so that you can look through closets and drawers for a shirt, socks, belt, hair bow etc to wear today.  PLEASE DO NOT go out and buy anything.  

Friday, October 27th:  C – Day:  107 has Spanish and Science Lab.  108 has TLC and Music.  St. Cletus spirit wear dress down day.  Wear any and all St. Cletus gear to show your school spirit.  

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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.

******************* A note from Mrs. Murphy in TLC*************************************

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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