Posted on January 7, 2020
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My goals for this school year are:
- To foster an environment of learning and exploration
- To grow the children’s faith foundation and relationship with God
- To provide opportunities for technology usage, creativity, and literacy growth
- To encourage a love of learning through literacy, math skills, science experiences and social studies
Open communication is crucial to a child’s education and the foundation for any positive working relationship. Should you ever need to reach me there are quite a few ways! Below is a short list with expected turn over times:
- Class Dojo
- Email – email@example.com
- Notes in folders
- Response gets sent home same day
- School Phone
- By end of day
I hope this helps to set us up for success this school year! We’ll be doing as much as we can to be happy healthy and holy here in the first grade!
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!
Posted on November 22, 2019
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!
Posted on November 5, 2019
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! 🙂
Posted on October 23, 2019
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!
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