Thank you all for the hard work you have been putting in while we’re away. Please continue to pay attention to any OptionC alerts that may come directly from the school.
Attendance: Each day, a photo is posted to our ClassDojo page. Parents must ‘like’ the photo between 8am and 9am. This will count as attendance and each family will be held responsible for completing daily work. I will keep a written record of this each day as well.
Communication: All announcements, assignments and communication can be done thru ClassDojo and email. Please don’t hesitate to email me during the day if need be at email@example.com. I will answer questions within 24 hours. Daily assignments will be posted within our Google Classroom. Please be sure to follow along with any OptionC alerts that may be posted from Mrs Charles.
Classwork: Assignments will be based on the work that was distributed and will be supplemented with Google Classroom and other electronic means. Please check your Dojo each day for the specifics regarding each subject area. There will be videos, interactive lessons and opportunities for live interaction from time to time.
Google Classroom: Google classroom is set up like many social media sites with a wall and opportunities for users to interact with each other in the digital space. In an effort to maintain as much normalcy as we can, we can continue to recognize things like birthdays or a tooth falling out. Share those moments with us so we can celebrate them together! Students will be able to complete some of their work directly in the Google space and some will be a little more hands on where photos will need to be submitted per the assignment. I will do my best to make this as straightforward as possible.
Students will have work that engages each subject, Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies, and Religion, the same way that they would if we were in the classroom. Please be aware that every subject may not be specifically addressed each day, and some assignments may take several days to complete. We’ll be making great use of the black notebook that was sent home and full headings are still expected!
Again, please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions. I’d like to make as much of this as straightforward as possible.
January seemed to take so long and then we blinked and here we are in March! We’ve been fighting cold weather and little colds in our class… don’t forget to wash your hands!
Classroom updates: We celebrated Dr Seuss’s birthday on March 2nd and made striped hats with rhyming words to match the Cat in the Hat! We are learning about different habitats and have been working on a unit about oceans. We talked about keeping the oceans safe and how to protect them. We are also learning about using a hundreds hundred to find patterns in math.
Our faith: Our school and classroom have been converted to reflect the season of Lent. There is a lot of purple as we prepare ourselves and our spirits during this solemn time. We’re practicing more reverence as we make more visits to church and participating in Stations of the Cross and learning more about the Eucharist in Adoration.
What we’re reading: ‘Sulwe’ Lupita Nyong’o; Dr Seuss’s – Oh the Places You’ll Go, The Cat in the Hat, The Foot Book; ‘Harry the Horseshoe Crab’ and ‘Pearlie Oyster’ both by Suzanne Tate; ‘Maybe Something Beautiful’ by F Isabel Campoy; ‘My Heart Fills with Happiness’ by Monique Gray Smith ; and the ‘Little Leaders in History’ Series by Vashti Harrison
Reminders: Report Cards will be distributed Wednesday, March 18th. On Thursday March 19th, students will have a half day of school and we will be closed on Friday March 20th. We are still accepting donations of paper towels, Clorox (or similar) wipes, baby wipes, and tissues – flu season is upon us and we need to remain vigilant in classroom cleanliness! We are also aware of the potential effects of the coronavirus in NYC. We will continue to update you as things progress
I am so happy to be back and can’t wait for all of the exciting things planned for the new year.
Classroom Updates: We jumped right into new material and caught up on a little bit of the old stuff… We’re working with adding doubles to make math facts easier, we’re going to be learning about graphing and using pictures to show information. Our reading is getting better too! Some of our friends will be reading to the class over the next few weeks. We are also moving to long vowel sounds and practicing writing letters to our penpals! We’ve been learning about seasons and will be doing a lot of decorating in our classroom to make it look like a blizzard! Don’t worry – it’ll be nice and toasty in our room even with all the snowmen!
Our Faith: January leads us from the Christmas season and into ordinary time in the church. We will be learning some of the stories and parables that Jesus shares during his ministry here on earth. We’re also going to be learning about Mary’s “fiat,” her yes to God, and how she became Jesus’ mother!
What we’re reading: “The Book with No Pictures” BJ Novak; “There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow” and “There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bell” Lucille Colandro; “Be Brave, Little Penguin” Giles Andreae; “Llama Destroys the World” Jonathan Stutzman
Reminders: School will be closed be closed to students from K-8 on 1/17 from and 1/20 for observance of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. We are still accepting donations of paper towels, Clorox (or similar) wipes, baby wipes, and tissues – flu season is nearly upon us and we need to remain vigilant in classroom cleanliness!
Classroom Updates: Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we’re so excited about it! It’s time to be thankful, to be kind and to be charitable to those around us. Many of our classmates brought in food for our food pantry and have been asking about how to help even more! We’ll be working on some art projects over the next few weeks to help bring cheer to those who may be lacking a little. We have wrapped up our unit on plats and growing and are moving on into seasons and hibernation (sounds like a good idea to take a nap for 3 months but it’s really hard work to prepare for it!)
From our class to you – We want to wish you all a very Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving season!
Our Faith: We have been learning some new prayers…inspired by the middle school students, we decided to also take on St Bernard’s prayer the Memorare. It’s a work in progress and the kids are doing so well with it! We also started talking about guardian angels and how the protect us and our families when we’re in need.
What we’re reading: “The Arrival” Shaun Tan; “One is a Feast for Mouse” Judy Cox; “Bear Snores On” Karma Wilson, Jane Chapman; “Vote for Me” Ben Chapman
Reminders: we are still accepting donations of paper towels, Clorox (or similar) wipes, baby wipes, and tissues – flu season is nearly upon us and we need to remain vigilant in classroom cleanliness!
Classroom Updates: We are moving on from our short vowel sounds and pressing more into social studies and science! We had a lot of fun over the last few weeks with our Pumpkin Series of experiments! We did a taste test, a sink and float experiment, we planted some seeds and most importantly we tracked observations of each of these.
In social studies, we are focusing on how to use maps and what it means to see the world. So many of our friends have been on airplanes and been to different places and we’re having fun finding them on the big map! What we’re reading right now is directly related to our lessons and we’re having a lot of fun with these stories!
Our Faith: Our Rosary Rally was a huge success! The first graders were so
excited to not only have their own rosaries but did you know each child actually made their own! We encourage you to continue to use these rosaries at home and pray with the children as the school year continues! We’ll be doing a little bit here each day as well!
What we’re reading: “The Arrival” Shaun Tan; We’ve got the Whole World in our Hands” Rafael Lopez; “Whoever you are, Quienquiera que seas” Mem Fox; “Pickle and Squeak World Traveler Series”
Reminders: we are still accepting donations of paper towels, Clorox (or similar) wipes, baby wipes, and tissues – flu season is nearly upon us and we need to remain vigilant in classroom cleanliness! 🙂
Classroom Updates: Fall is finally here and we are ready for it! We are doing math using apples and fall leaf counters and feeling pretty good about our early reading skills. Our class has a fun way of remembering our spelling words too – by saying them all out loud we are able to hear the word and practice saying it while spelling it too! We’re continuing to learn about living things and will be learning more about what they need over the next few weeks. In social studies, we’ve been talking about families and different traditions that families have. Our classmates shared beautiful posters and talked about their various family celebrations at home. #soblessed
Our Faith: October is Rosary Month. We learned about the decades and how to say the other prayers, the Apostles Creed, the Glory Be & Oh my Jesus, (Our Father and Hail Mary we already know!) This morning we
said 1 decade of the Joyful Mysteries and 2 of the students helped lead the prayer. If you have a rosary at home share it with your child – It’s a beautiful prayer that really
brings us closer to Christ through His mother. Additionally it’s something we’ll be doing more throughout the month here culminating with the diocesan Rosary Rally at the end of the month!
What we’re reading: “Beautiful” by Stacy McAnulty; “The Pigeon has to go to School” by Mo Willems; “Tomorrow, I’ll be BRAVE” by Jessica Hische; “Lubna & Pebble” by Wendy Meddour & Daniel Egneus; “Sitting like a Saint: Catholic Mindfulness for Kids” by Dr Gregory Bottero & Barbra Bottero
Shout-out to everyone who has helped us with our classroom supplies so far! With cold and flu season coming in quick we’re still looking for… tissues, baby wipes, clorox (or similar wipes) and paper towels. Of course we’re also reminding everyone to wash their hands as well! Thank you again!
Classroom Updates: October is here and we are moving right along. First grade is hard at work learning about all sorts of things! We’re learning about living and non-living things in science, families and traditions in social studies, addition using fall themed manipulatives, and focusing on short vowel sounds in phonics. We have been using puppets to tell stories and have been learning about Johnny Appleseed too!
Our Faith: October 1st is the Feast of St Therese. We visited the church and had a tour with Fr Mendes, he showed us the various art work and features within the church. We especially loved the stained glass over the front door with all the roses! We’ll also be making good deed counters to practice our good deeds like St Therese who showed us how to do “little things with great love!”
What we’re reading: ‘The Gruffalo’ by Julia Donaldson; ‘Here We Are’ by Oliver Jeffers; ‘Harold and the Purple Crayon’ by Crockett Johnson; ‘We Found a Hat’ by Jon Klassen; ‘Sitting like a Saint: Catholic Mindfulness for Kids’ by Dr Gregory Bottero and Barbra Bottero
Shout-out and THANK YOU to everyone who participated in the Dress Down day to benefit Catholic Charities in support of Bahama Hurricane Relief! Almost our whole class participated!