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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

big_image_recessMay and June Lunch/Recess Calendars are open!

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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This Week in First Grade…March 20th through the 23rd

This Week in First Grade…

March 20th through March 23rd, 2017

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

Monday, March 20th  Happy Spring! Wear your 2017 Auction Shirt!  Happy+Spring

Hot Lunch: Buona Beef, Turkey Sandwich

Tuesday, March 21st

8 am Mass.  First Graders will meet their teachers at St. Cletus Church.  Please do not arrive before 7:50am.

Wednesday, March 22nd: Student Council Sponspored, $1 Dress Down Day!

Hot Lunch: Wendy’s Crispy Chicken Sandwich

Assembly Schedule

1:50pm Spring Musical of Into the Woods showing for the school

**4:00pm and 7:00pm performances of Into the Woods as well.

Thursday, March 23rd: Wear your 2017 Auction Shirt!

Assembly Schedule:  

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

7:00 pm Performance of Into the Woods

Friday, March 24th:  NO SCHOOL

 

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: March 21st, 22nd, 23rd

*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– A Art, Library, Music

Art, Library

Tuesday– B

TLC GYM
Wednesday– C

Spanish, Science Lab

TLC, MUSIC

Thursday– D

Music

Spanish, TLC

Friday– NO SCHOOL

NO SCHOOL

 

In the Classroom…  

In the past few weeks, the first graders have been identifying, learning, and discussing calming down and problem solving strategies.  As part of the Second Steps curriculum, students role play different situations where they could apply these learned skills in order to better understand our own emotions and work well with others.  This week we will be introducing other tools to guide our students with comprehending our emotions and how to control them rather than having our emotions control ourselves.  

tigerReading hops back to nonfictions texts this week as we take a look into the lives of newborn animals.  Continuing to work with sequencing, students will be able to retell a story using the format of first, next, then, and last.  By looking at the most  important parts of our stories, students will be able to sequence a story in order to better comprehend what is taking place within a (bear and tiger) cub’s life, in sequential order.

This week’s reading vocabulary consists of: cub, eyes, learn, open, enough, air, wild

We will be moving onto the next spelling list, Spelling List #24 which focuses on words that have <ew> sound.  Together, the students will identify the main ways of writing the /ue/ sound, such as <ue>, <u_e>, and <ew>.  Because <ew> can make the /oo/ sound (like in the word grew), it is a more challenging spelling part to identify.  We will make lists to differentiate between the different spellings of the <ew> sound.  

This week’s spelling words are: bud, sun, held, few, flew, grew, chew, because, want, newspaper

Returning to the topic of natural resources this week in Science, students will enhance their knowledge of what they have previously learned in past units, and take a closer look at the Earth’s Surface.  Connecting what we know about plants and animals, students will be able to recognize how plants and animals use natural resources such as rocks, water, and soil to survive.  

Students will be continuing to compare numbers using the lesser than, greater than, or equal to symbols. Last Greater thanweek students were introduced to different strategies in determining which number is more or less when being compared to another number.  First, we look at the tens place, then the ones place. Encourage students to both draw and write each number (using lines and dots to represent tens and ones) to help illustrate their thinking process.  Towards the end of the week, students will use what they have previously learned to assist them in identifying numbers that are 10 more or 10 less using mental math.  

As April is quickly approaching, our first graders have been introduced and have already begun reading through our Holy Thursday Prayer Service.  All students play a role in this experience whether it be a speaking, acting, or singing part.  If your child has a speaking part, they have already received a packet of their lines.  They do NOT need to have it memorized, however, should be able to comfortably read it aloud.  Please continue to practice and review the lines daily with your child.  Both 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.  

 

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This Week in First Grade…March 13th through March 17th

This Week in First Grade…

March 13th through March 17th, 2017

 

Thank you, parents, for your constant cooperation and support this year!  Conferences have come and gone, so let’s put our full attention onward to Trimester Three– our last trimester of First Grade!  schoollogo225

      Bring On The Change officially begins this week at St. Cletus. This is the second year that St. Cletus School has worked along side with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Chicago to support and raise money in order to help save the lives of blood cancer patients. Classrooms received their own ‘Change Box’ where each class will be collecting any change brought in.  Both first grade classrooms have a goal of donating $150.00! Together with their teachers, the students will make their own classroom goal to motivate our students to make the change.  

Our Student Council is sponsoring a week filled with fun and excitement to spread the word, recognize, and remember our brothers and sisters in need around the world! 

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

 

Monday, March 13th: Pajama Penny (full dress down)

Bring in pennies (other money can be brought in as well)  and wear pajamas

**Gym shoes should be worn**

Hot Lunch: Little Joe’s Grilled Cheese

Tuesday, March 14th:  Neon Nickel (Full Dress Down)

Bring in nickels and wear neon (or bright colored clothing) to school!

Wednesday, March 15th: Dazzling Dimes

Bring in dimes and and, IN ADDITION TO YOUR REGULAR UNIFORM, wear flashy, sparkling and/or dazzling clothing.

Hot Lunch: American Bagel, Hot Dog Bagel

Welcome Wednesday for prospective PreK and K parents/students

Thursday, March 16th: Crazy Quarters

Bring in Quarters and, IN ADDITION TO YOUR REGULAR UNIFORM, wear crazy socks and/or hats

*** We will be on an assembly schedule on this day.  

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

Friday, March 17th:  Team Up for Leukemia (Full Dress Down)

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Bring in dollars and WEAR YOUR SPRING AUCTION SHIRT DAY! (Or sports gear)

Dates to Remember…

**YEARBOOK DEADLINE: MARCH 27th! download

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

Room 107: March 13th  

Room 108: March 15th, 16th, 17th

Recess begins at 11:15 am 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:

**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– B TLC GYM
Tuesday– C Spanish, Science Lab

TLC, Music

Wednesday– D Music

Spanish, TLC

Thursday– E

Spanish, GYM

Science Lab, GYM

Friday– F GYM, TLC

Spanish, Music

 

In the Classroom…  

As students and teachers return from a long weekend break, we get right back into the sway of things.  Your child has begun discussing and preparing for their role in our Holy Thursday Prayer Service, which the first graders will be leading.  If your child has a speaking part, they have already received a packet of their lines.  They do NOT need to have it memorized, however, should be able to comfortably read it aloud.  Please continue to practice and review the lines daily with your child.  

The first graders have been holding deep discussions in the classroom regarding problem solving and calming down strategies as well as how to use those skills in different situations and settings.  This week we will be wrapping up on our lessons of impulse control and problem solving.  

Although we wrapped up last week with a spelling test filled with <ow> words, the students will continue to build on their knowledge this week in reading.  Students will be recognizing similar words parts within our new stories.  And though we are still technically in the season of winter, students will be flashing forward to the season of Fall as we read, Happy Fall by Ellen Tarlow.

This week’s reading vocabulary consists of: against, below, fall, orange, sure, yellow


With St. Patrick’s day coming to us at the end of the week, our spelling words this week will focus on this green holiday!  Students will continue to review different pot of goldblends as well as identifying the onset (beginning) and rhyme (ending) parts of a word.  

Our spellings words are…

pot, gold, trap, catch,  lucky, shamrock, leprechaun, green, clover, rainbow

Chapter 7 of our GO Math will have students utilize two different math skills previously learned and apply them into our new topic: comparing number values.  Students will be looking at the value of two different numbers and comparing them (which one is greater, which one has a lesser value, etc.) by looking at the number of tens and ones each number has.  

Students have been learning about different kinds of environments this past week.  Our focus vocabulary words for this chapter are: food chain, shelter, and environment.  We will be continuing our Science topic of environments as students review the importance of food chains and where we take place in the food chain as well!  

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This Week in First Grade, March 6th through March 10th, 2017

This Week in First Grade…

March 7th through March 9th, 2017

 

            As part of our Lenten journey, our school has a few charity projects starting in the coming weeks, like our rice bowl money collection and the student council sponsored Leukemia/Lymphoma Society of Chicago fundraiser. Leukemia-and-Lymphoma-Society-logo-710-x-385 Students are still also able to donate canned food items to our Food Pantry.

Each student was sent home with a “Bring the Change” box.
Please return these boxes during the week of March 13th.  It is never too early to introduce the idea of helping others.  As children of God, we learn to love, care, and to be kind to others.  As important it is to encourage our students to help our brothers and sisters, please know that all of these fundraising projects are optional.  Even if the kids give a few pennies to some of these projects, the whole point of caring for the needs of others (especially during Lent) is achieved! We know your family’s needs are important too.  

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

Monday, March 6th

Hot Lunch: Buona Beef- Meatball Sandwiches

Wednesday, March 8th:

Hot Lunch: McDonald’s Pancakes

Welcome Wednesday for prospective PreK and K parents/students

Thursday, March 9th 11:30 am Early Dismissal

12:30 pm Parent/Teacher Conferences Begin

Friday, March 10th

NO SCHOOL

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

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

Room 107:

Room 108: March 7th, 8th

*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– D

Music

Spanish, TLC

Tuesday– E

Spanish, GYM

Science Lab, GYM

Wednesday– F

GYM, TLC

Spanish, Music

Thursday– A

A.M. Schedule

Art

Art

Friday–

NO SCHOOL

NO SCHOOL

 

In the Classroom…  

As our first official week of Lent begins, the first graders will continue their education of the Stations of the Cross: looking at each station, drawing a picture, and depicting what took place in each station.  Following JCLike Father Clark mentioned during our Ash Wednesday Mass, the first graders have focused their attention on three main words to describe our Lenten journey- prayer, Almsgiving, and sacrifice.  We have discussed these three words and how they each help us grow closer to Jesus and the cross.  Second Steps has also played a larger role in First Grade these past few weeks as students continue to identify different calming strategies in order to successfully solve problems.   Encourage your child to share strategies learned to help them become more independent with understanding their own feelings and working positively with others.  

First grade have been reading nonfiction texts these past couple weeks, looking at biographies in both reading and social studies.  Last week’s topic of weather has also helped students to deepen their understanding of scientists.  This week in Science, students will learn about animals and their environments.  Students will find that like there are many kinds of communities, there are many kinds of environments.  And as people depend on what is within their community, an animal’s survival also depends on what they can find in their environment.  

ow_phonics_posterAs it is a shorter week, students will be using this week to read in small groups, reviewing the different reading strategies previously learned this past school year.  Students have begun using graphic organizers as a tool to analyze the different parts of a reading as well as using it as tool to organize one’s thoughts in writing and math.  Students will continue working with two digit and three digit numbers.  Through looking at a digit’s place value, students will be able to read and write numbers up to 120.  We will be assessing
students’ understanding of tens and ones at the end of the week.  

We will be introducing a new set of spelling words.  Our spelling words this week in First Grade focus on words with the long o sound.  Though there are many ways to make the long o sound, like <oa> and <o_e>, we will be focusing on words that utilize <ow>.  Students will also be working on recognizing final blends, such as /mp/, /nk/, /nd/, /lt/, /st/, and /ft/.  

 

This week’s spelling words are: box, job, bulb, own, grow, elbow, yellow, other, were, snowman

 

We hope you had a wonderful weekend and look forward to what’s to come this week in First Grade!

 

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This Week in First Grade, February 27th through March 3rd

This Week in First Grade…

February 27th through March 3rd, 2017

 

As the warmer than usual month of February comes to an end, the preparational month of March begins!

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

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Monday, February 27th
: 3rd Trimester Begins

Hot Lunch: Little Joe’s Hot Dogs

Tuesday, February 28th: Assembly Schedule

1:50pm All School Assembly: Bring on the Change

Wednesday, March 1st: Mass Schedule

Hot Lunch: Pizza

9:00 am Ash Wednesday Mass.  Come and join our school in Mass if able!

Thursday, March 2nd: Assembly Schedule

9:15 – 11:45 am First and Fourth Grade Field Trip!  

Please make sure your student eats a hearty breakfast today! Chaperones arrive at St. Cletus School at 9:00 am.  

2:15 pm Stations of the Cross

Friday, March 3rd

Report Cards Distributed

 

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

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

Room 107: February 27th, March 1st, 2nd, and 3rd

Room 108: March 1st, 2nd, and 3rd

*Recess begins at 11:15 am 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 Music GYM
Friday– C Spanish, Science Lab TLC, Music

 

Lent Time BorderIn the Classroom…  

As the Lenten season begins this upcoming Wednesday, students will be taking a closer look at the Stations of the Cross, looking at one station each week.  We will be making a Church visit prior to the school’s first Stations of the Cross this year to enhance the students’ understanding.  We will continue to identify and discuss different ways to solve problems, following along with the Second Steps program.  

Our spelling words this week will focus on words that end in /y/, but uses the long /i/ sound. Students will be looking at different parts of a word, identifying the vowel and vowel sounds of each spelling word as well as other similar words.  Classrooms will also be continue to work on identifying nouns, verbs, and adjectives in sentences.  This is the time of the year where students are expected to utilize what they’ve learned regarding the 5 Parts to a Sentence, and begin writing Big First Grade” sentences in their own writing.  

This week’s spelling words are: win, sit, stop, fry, dry, crying, sky, more, before, myself

Ea posterLast week students were introduced to the word “biography”. Reading many biographies throughout the week, students learned about the lives of Jane Addams, Henry Ford, Isaac Newton, and of course, Ben Franklin. This
week, First Grade will be reading
Stormy Weather as we continue looking at nonfiction texts by making comparisons as well as making inferences using what we’ve read and what we already know.  Students will be revisiting words made up of the /ea/ part this week in reading.

Reading vocabulary words this week are: great, know, sound, their, warm, extreme, predict

First Grade classrooms learned all about the communities last week in Social Studies: the different kinds of communities, what are in communities, as well as what people do in their communities.  As we return to Science this week, students will learn about animals and their environments.  Students will find that like there are many kinds of communities, there are many kinds of environments.  And as people depend on what is within their community, an animal’s survival also depends on what they can find in their environment.  

Place Value continues to be a dear friend to our first graders.  Looking closely at the place value of each digit has helped students have a better understanding of a number.  Chapter 6 of Go Math continues as students extend the counting sequence as they use tens and ones manipulatives to model numbers above 100.  

We hope you had a wonderful weekend.  We look forward to what is ahead of us this week in First Grade.

 May there be peace and a renewal of hope within each of you this Lenten Season!

 

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This Week in First Grade, February 21st through February 24th

This Week in First Grade…

February 21st through February 24th, 2017

 

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

Monday, February 20th

NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, February 22nd

Hot Lunch: Taco Bell

Thursday, February 23rd

$1 Dress Down!

Friday, February 24th: End of Second Trimester

 

**It’s that time again– field trip time!logo_ctws

The first graders, along with their fourth grade buddies, will be traveling to Western Springs Theatre to watch their performance of Ozma of Oz on March 1st. The permission slip will be sent home on Tuesday and will be due on Friday, February 24th.  

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

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

Room 107: February 24th

Room 108: February 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th

*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–

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

 

In the Classroom…  

Our spelling words this week will focus on the long /i/ sound, looking at words that use <igh>. Students will discuss other main ways of writing the /ie/ sound, such as: <ie>, <i_e>, <igh>, and <y>. Classrooms will also be continue to work on identifying nouns and adding adjectives in their own sentences as we utilize the 5 parts of a sentence in our writing.  

Meet BenThis week’s spelling words are: lip, his, went, night, high, might, light, any, many, frightening

Many of the students enjoyed reading last week’s fiction story, Kitten’s First Full Moon.  This week we are turning our focus onto nonfiction- more specifically: scientists and their tools, inventions, and nature.  First Grade will be reading Meet Ben Franklin as we look closer at nonfiction texts through asking questions and making an inference.  

Reading vocabulary words this week are: grew, house, knew, would, curious, idea

tens and onesCommunities are still our main focus this week in Social Studies.  We will be comparing and contrasting the different types of communities as well as recognizing the different symbols on a map (and how to read them).

Place Value has become a friend to our classrooms last week.  We will continue to identify tens and ones (as well as counting and grouping by tens) as we learn more about our new friend.  We also have officially introduced the term, digit, and use it when determining a digit’s value based on its place! Want to incorporate some math fun at home?? Count by tens while starting at different numbers (11, 14, 34, etc.)!

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This Week in First Grade, February 13th through February 17th

This Week in First Grade…

February 13th through February 17th, 2017

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

Monday, February 13th

First Grade meets for 8:00 am Mass

Hot Lunch: Chicken Tenders

Tuesday, February 14th:  Assembly Schedulechurch picture

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!  Classroom parties will begin at 2:00 pm.  

 

Wednesday, February 15th

Hot Lunch: Arby’s Beef Sandwich

4:00 pm D4D Chipotle at Countryside

Thursday, February 16th: Mass Schedule

9:00 am All School Mass- Please join us if you’re able

PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO SCHOOL on Monday, February 20th, 2017.

 

**As our first graders dive deeper into their writing, students are learning the art of rereading their work, editing their work, and rewriting their work. We are asking parents to please send in large pink erasers (not the jumbo) for our published writers to use.  Thanks!

 

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

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

Room 107: February 13th, 15th, 16th

Room 108: February 15th, 17th

*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 child/ren has gym this week**

**RETURN LIBRARY BOOKS!**

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– F

GYM, TLC

Spanish, Music

 

In the Classroom…  

Our spelling words this week will focus on the long e sound, looking at words that use /ea/.  We will continue to look at vowel pairs and the sounds they make together (“when two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking”).  We will also be working on identifying nouns in sentences as we utilize the 5 parts of a sentence in our writing.  cardinal012

This week’s words are: heat, who, tea, web, each, leaf, met, spin, seashell, which

We will reading Kitten’s First Full Moon in Reading this week.  We will working towards identifying the cause and effect in the story.

Reading vocabulary words this week are: poor, through, full, climbed, another, leaped, lucky

Our focus returns to Social Studies this week. Classrooms will begin our week reviewing what is in a community as well as looking at the different parts of a community (i.e., community workers, places in a community, and different types of communities). In math, we are moving onto Chapter 6 where students take a deeper look into number sense and what is beyond the number 100!   

 

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This Week in First Grade: February 6th through February 10th, 2017

This Week in First Grade…

February 6th through February 10th

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It sure is a great time to be a Cardinal– everyday, but especially this week!

We feel blessed to be apart of such a wonderful community.  

Thank you for making this year’s Catholic School Week so special! 🙂

 

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Red and White Game!

Take a look at what’s coming up this week in first grade!

Monday, February 6th: 100th Day of School!

Hot Lunch: Buona Beef Mostaccioli

Wednesday, February 8th: Assembly Schedule

Hot Lunch: McDonalds- Burgers

Band Concert, school performance

Thursday, February 9th

Please note: There will not be 8:00 am Mass for first graders today.  Instead, we will meet on February 13th at Church for 8 am Mass.

Friday, February 10th

NO SCHOOL, Teacher Inservice

 

download**As our first graders dive deeper into their writing, students are learning the art of rereading their work, editing their work, and rewriting their work. We are asking parents to please send in large pink erasers (not the jumbo size) for our published writers to use in the classroom.  Thanks!

 

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

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

Room 107: February 9th

Room 108: February 7th, 8th

*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 child/ren has gym this week**

**RETURN LIBRARY BOOKS!**

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


cardinal012In the Classroom…
 

Classrooms will continue identifying parts and blends in words to help with fluency.  Please assist your students with the different vowel sounds (both long and short) by asking what sound they hear in words that are found in magazines, street signs, etc..  

Our spelling words this week focus on the long /ay/ sound.  This week’s words are:

an, cat, skin, say, away, play, today, why, where, playground

In Reading, we wrap up Unit 4 by reviewing the strategies learned in this past unit, such as retelling and identifying story elements (characters, setting, plot, etc.). Our Reading Unit Test will take place on Wednesday.  We will also be wrapping up our unit of addition and subtraction in Math this week.  Students will be looking at different math sentences and determining whether an equation is true or false (checking one’s answers), as well as solving math problems with numbers in different positions.  We will have our Math assessment on Thursday of next week.  

Students will take on the role of a scientist (and describing the role of a scientist) as they distinguish between plants and animals in science.  Students will be looking at different plants and their characteristics in order to classify plants into groups.

Here’s to the first full week of February!

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This Week in First Grade, January 30th through February 3rd

This Week in First Grade…

January 30th through February 3rd, 2017

Happy CSW

 

 

Join us in kicking off Catholic Schools Week on Sunday, January 29th.  

We will be holding a family Mass at 9:30 am with our annual Open House afterwards at 10:30 to 12:30pm.  

Please have your student wear his/her St. Cletus dress uniform to Mass.  

First Graders were told that IF they come in to say hello at the open house (WEARING their dress uniform) they will receive a homework pass from their teacher as a THANK YOU for supporting St. Cletus!

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Also… If you haven’t had the pleasure of watching St. Cletus dance in celebration for National School Choice Week, wait no further and follow the link!

https://youtu.be/GTNgHm3lcek

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Important dates to take note this week:

(All week– D4D at Little Joe’s.  Flyer is required.)

Monday, January 30th

Hot Lunch: Buona Beef Garden Salad

Tuesday, January 31stHATS OFF TO ST. CLETUS!

**Students may wear their favorite hat to school.

 

Wednesday, February 1st: Teacher Appreciation Day

10:00am Mass- we will be following the regular daily schedule today.

Hot Lunch: Subway

 

Thursday, February 2nd:  Student Appreciation Day

No homework or tests on this day! 

 

Friday, February 3rd: Red and White Volleyball Game!

Miss Gearen’s class: please wear RED.  Miss Tyk’s class: please wear WHITE

 

 

 

Interested in spending some extra time with your child? Come in for lunch and recess!

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

Room 107: January 31st and February 2nd, 3rd

Room 108: February 2nd and 3rd

*Recess begins at 11:15 am 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 child/ren has gym this week**

**RETURN 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…
 

Classrooms have been looking a parts and blends in words to help with fluency.  Students will continue reviewing and identifying basic sounds and long vowel sounds in both reading and spelling.  Our spelling words this week focus on the long /wh/ sound.  

This week’s words are:

did, cut, twin, whale, wheel, white, whisper, what, when, whenever

In Reading, we will be discussing the idea of how animals can work as a team.  Using different reading strategies such as retelling and visualizing, we will be able to deepen our understanding of the story selections.

Our Reading Vocabulary Words this week are:

also, because, blue, or, other, until, beautiful, danger

This week in math begins with the continuation of using related facts to subtract and then moving towards identifying the type of problem in a story and solving it with the proper signs.  In science, students will be identifying and comparing the main parts of a plant as well as the function of the parts in a flower and fruit plant.  As it is Catholic Schools Week, classrooms will be returning to Second Steps where we acknowledge the different feelings one could have and how we can communicate our feelings to others.  Lastly, the first graders have been working diligently on their writing as we have begun preparing for our Author’s Lemonade in May!

 

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