1st Grade – News from Our Nest

I would like to announce and officially welcome Teddy to our class! Teddy has just joined our class and we are so happy to have him. We look forward to a great year together.

We have been doing and learning so much in first grade! This past week we learned about the Advent Season in preparation for Christmas and learning about the Christmas traditions of people around the world. In science we have dived in to our first Physical Science unit about Sound, and learned a great deal about the vibrations that cause sound through various fun visual representations.

This week we will cover . . .

Religion: Advent

Math: Introduction to Place Value through Addition and Subtraction within 20.

Reading and Language Arts:

  • Target Skill: Conclusions; Cause and Effect
  • Target Strategy: Infer/Predict
  • Spelling Words with Long /a/, phonogram -ake: came, make, brave, late, gave, shape
  • Grammar: Verbs and Time

Social Studies: Christmas Around the World

Science: Sound

  • Plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sound can make materials vibrate.
Dates and Reminder:
  • Saturday, 12/8: Escondido Christmas Parade-9 AM
  • Wednesday, 12/12: Our Lady Of Guadalupe Apparitions Reenactment by the middle school at  9 AM
  • Wednesday, 12/12: Half Day, Dismissal at 12 PM
  • Friday, 12/21: Christmas Pageant 10:00 AM
  • Friday, 12/21: Half Day, Dismissal at 12 PM
  • Monday, 12/24-Monday, 1/7: Christmas Break-No School
  • Tuesday, 1/8: School Resumes
  • Wednesday, 1/9: Half Day, Dismissal at 12 PM

1st Grade- News from Our Nest 9/28/18

Another fun-filled and educational week in first grade has concluded! Your students learned so much about the areas of the world our families moved from long ago, and the modes of travel people employed long ago. To continue our exploration of the various parts of animals and their habitats, everyone excitedly participated in a “Zoo Trip”, featuring an imaginative tour of our very own school. We continued to practice the use of adjectives to describe nouns through both oral discussion and daily journaling.

Next week we will cover . . .

Religion: Jesus Teaches Us About God’s Love

Math:

  • Development of addition fluency within 10.
  • Subtraction as an Unknown Addend Problem.

Reading and Language Arts: “Jack and the Wolf”

  • Target Skill: Understanding Characters
  • Target Strategy: Summarize
  • Spelling Words with Short /a/: an, bad, can, had, cat, ran
  • Grammar: Complete Sentences

Social Studies: Our Earth

  • Geography Connection: The Pacific Ocean

Science: Parts of Animals

  • Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.

Dates and Reminders:

  • Friday, 9/28: — Half Day — Dismissal at 12:00 PM – Teacher Professional Development
  • Thursday, 10/4: Blessing of the Pets 3:00 PM
  • Friday, 10/5: — Half Day — Dismissal at 12:00 PM
  • Saturday, 10/6 – 10/7: Parish Fall Fiesta
  • Sunday, 10/7: Eighth grade led Mass at 10:30 AM
  • Sunday, 10/7: School Performance at Fall Fiesta 12:00 PM
  • Monday, 10/8: — No School — Columbus Day

News from Our Nest 9/21/18 – 1st Grade

We had a very eventful week in first grade! This week we began using adjectives in our journal writing, learned the functions of parts of animals through hands-on exploration, and even met a firefighter. Everyone was enthralled by him and his equipment!

Lets take a look at what is coming up.

This week we will cover . . .

Religion: Jesus Works Among the People.

Math:

  • The commutative property of addition and the equal sign.
  • Development of addition fluency within 10.

Reading and Language Arts: “Gus Takes the Train”

  • Target Skill: Story Structure
  • Target Strategy: Analyze / Evaluate
  • Spelling Words with Short /u/: up, bug, mud, nut, hug, tub

Social Studies: Moving to New Homes

  • History Connection: Moving then and now.

Science: Parts of Animals

  • Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.

Dates and Reminders:

  • Friday, 9/28: Half Day: Dismissal at 12:00 PM- Teacher Professional Development
  • Saturday, 10/6-10/7: Parish Fall Fiesta
  • Sunday, 10/7: Eighth grade led Mass at 10:30 AM
  • Sunday, 10/7: School Performance at Fall Fiesta 12:00 PM

1st Grade News- 9/13/18

We are continuing to learn so much in first grade! The highlights of our week include creating math stories, practicing the use of verbs through painting and writing, making a map of our classroom, and engineering a mailbox based on what we have learned from plants.

Reminders:

Homework folders will go home weekly, and will always include a language arts worksheet and the spelling words to practice with your child at home. Parents are encouraged to return homework folders each Friday.

This week we will cover . . .

Religion: Jesus Grew Up in a Family

Math:

  • Addition word problems.
  • Strategies for counting on.
  • The commutative property of addition and the equal sign.

Reading and Language Arts: “Lucia’s Neighborhood”

  • Target Skill: Text and Graphic Features
  • Target Strategy: Question

Social Studies: Leaders and Rules/ Community

Science: Parts of Plants

  • Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs.

Dates and Reminders:

  • Tuesday, 9/18: School Picture Day
  • Friday, 9/28: Half Day: Dismissal at 12:00 PM- Teacher Professional Development
  • Saturday, 10/6-10/7: Parish Fall Fiesta
  • Sunday, 10/7: Eighth grade led Mass at 10:30 AM
  • Sunday, 10/7: School Performance at Fall Fiesta 12:00 PM

First Grade Weekly Update

We had a very eventful final week in first grade. On Monday, our very own Dexter became a Big Brother to beautiful Sydney Cecelia- we are all smitten with her! On Tuesday, we listened to the 4th graders give their species adaptation presentations where we heard some silly bird calls. On Wednesday, we attended the Kindergarten dress rehearsal of Peter Rabbit – an excellent showing! Thursday was our end-of-the-year class celebration complete with snacks and a Despicable Me 3 viewing. Your little one purchased their movie ticket with plastic coins they earned this week as part of our economics study. Friday was our final school Mass for the year; the best way to close our time together. Report cards came home Friday, also.

I can’t believe the last day of school has come and gone! It has been an absolute joy teaching your now 2nd grader! I have shared many laughs and am taking countless memories of them with me. St. Mary School will ALWAYS have a very special place in my heart, as will each of your children. Thank you for allowing me the privilege of spending each day with them and for your support and help with all we did. 
Students received their Summer Packets and Supply Lists for next year at the beginning of the week. Summer Packets are to be completed and turned in on the first day of school. This will be the first grade your child receives for 2nd grade.

I wish you all a fun, safe, and relaxing summer. God Bless.

 

First Grade Weekly Update

What a great week filled with awesome sea animal presentations. The first grade class did an excellent job with their reports and recycled sea animals!
I can’t believe it is the last week of school. Where did the time go? It has been such a fun year, and I have loved teaching your special almost-second-grader! 
Here’s a look at what we will end our year learning… 
Religion – Sacraments of Healing and Saints
Math – Meausurement
Reading – Hi! Fly Guy
Spelling – long i: igh. y, ie
Grammar – adjectives and adverbs, prefix un
Social Studies- Economic concepts
Important Reminders
  • June 6 and 7 are noon dismissal days
  • June 8 is our last day of school, early release, please join us for Mass. There is no after school extension Friday.

First Grade Weekly Update

I am so proud of our class for the wonderful job they did at Mass on Sunday. Thank you parents for helping them prepare. We had an awesome trip to SeaWorld! Thank you so much to the chaperones who joined us. 

Our Mystery Reader, Mrs. Perkins, helped our kiddos plant a seed to take home.

Religion – Sacraments of Healing
Math – Time: clocks and calendars
Reading – What Can You Do? an informational text
Spelling – changing y to i and words with er and est endings, words with le ending, -ful and -ly endings
Grammar – adadverbs
Science – the ocean 
Important Reminders
  • Recycled Ocean Animal projects and reports are due Tuesday, May 29. Please use the link sent via email to sign up for a presentation slot.
  • June 1, 6 and 7 are noon dismissal days

First Grade Weekly Update

Thank you all for your kind words and well wishes regarding my upcoming move. Just another reason why Saint Mary is so special.

Thanks Dr. Bliesath for being our Mystery Reader this week! The Little Engine that Could is such a great lesson for our little learners! They loved your silly voices for the characters, too! And thank you to our BONUS reader, Mr. Alcocer, too!

Religion – Ch 26 We Care for the Gifts of God’s Creation
Math – Money and Time
Reading – What Can You Do? an informational text
Spelling – changing y to i and words with er and est endings
Grammar – kinds of sentences
Science – Ocean life and how we care for it
Upcoming Dates/Reminders
Thursday, May 24 Dance Fever 1-2:30 pm
Friday, May 25 SeaWorld Field Trip
Sunday, May 27 First Grade Mass 10:30 am
Monday, May 28 Memorial Day No School

First Grade Weekly Update

Thank you all for the treats, cards, flowers, and gifts! I feel VERY appreciated 🙂

Thank you to Mrs. Alcocer for a great Mystery Reader – those Berenstain Bears are a classic and a favorite! 

Happy Mother’s Day to all the first grade moms! I hope you enjoy a special day with your family.

Religion – Ch 26 We Care for the Gifts of God’s Creation
Math – finish Chapter 7 Geometry 
Reading – The Dot a realistic fiction story and Artists Create Art! a biography
Spelling – long e spelling patterns y, ie and words with ed and ing endings
Grammar – Exclamations and review subject pronouns
Social Studies – Heroes in Our Country
Upcoming Dates/Reminders
Friday, May 25 SeaWorld Field Trip
Sunday, May 27 First Grade Mass 10:30 am
Monday, May 28 Memorial Day No School