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Mrs Annie Rysz First Grade

Dear Parent(s),

 

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year at Saint John Fisher.  I am so excited to be your son or daughter’s first grade teacher.  I look forward to an enjoyable year getting to know your child. First grade is a very fun yet challenging time.  I think it is a significant year as the boys and girls grow tremendously. I hope your child is just as excited as I am!

 

Just as a quick introductory note, my name is Annie Rysz and this is my ninth year teaching first grade at Saint John Fisher.  I am a graduate of St. Catherine’s, Mother McAuley and St. Mary’s College. Catholic education is very near and dear to my heart which is why I feel so lucky to be at such a wonderful school on the South Side.

 

Let the school year begin!!

 

Week of March 18th- March 22nd

Posted on Mar 19, 2019

I hope everyone had a great weekend and a fun St. Patrick's Day! 

We are off to another great week together in First Grade!

Reading- Our stories for this week are A Big Day for Jay and Lost!

spelling words- say, play, may, way, wait, rain, when, from, don't, I'm

sight words- don't, from, hear, live, when

Please continue to practice these words each night.

Phonics- We are learning the long a vowel sound, spelled with the ai and ay vowel patterns.

We will review contractions and adjectives this week for Grammar

Math- We will finish up Chapter 8 this week.

Religion- We will continue with our Stations of the Cross books. 

Science- We will be learning about weather, clouds, and rainbows.

Happy Spring!

 

Mrs. Rech

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

Today in reading we are starting unit 1.5. The students received a new list of sight words today as well as a list of all of our sight words from unit 1.4, which we just finished. At some point this week, they will be tested on that whole list of words, so please make sure to study them! 

The Dr. Seuss book report that was sent home on Friday is due next Monday, March 18th. 

Reading: As I stated, we began unit 1.5 today. This week the stories are  A Real Gift and Arthur's Reading Race. We now have ten spelling words each week. This week the spelling words are ask, asked, call, called, clean, cleaned, think, only, teach, neat. The sight words this week are buy, only, or, right, thinkThere will be a weekly sight word test and spelling test on Friday. Please make sure to practice reading the list of sight words AND spelling words each night. A helpful way to practice would be to make flashcards. Our words are starting to get more difficult as we move forward, therefore it is so important for the students to keep practicing!   

Phonics: We are continuing with long vowels this week. Specifically long e and words with the ea long vowel pattern. The students have been doing very good with this. 

This week we will also be talking about the -ed ending to words. We will discuss how we use -ed when we talk about something that happened in the past. We will also be learning about adjectives.

Math: We are continuing with Chapter 8 this week - Adding and Subtracting two-digit numbers. Our test on This chapter will be next Thursday, March 21st.

Please remember to keep practicing both addition and subtraction facts/ flashcards. Keep up the good work! 

Social Studies: We have been having so much fun talking about St. Patrick's Day and learning about St. Patrick. 

Religion: We all attended the beautiful Ash Wednesday Mass last week. Since then, we have been talking about the season of Lent and how we can prepare for Jesus coming. We will also begin learning about the Stations of the Cross. The boys and girls will be completing their own books.

Week of February 25

Posted on Feb 25, 2019

Hello Parents,

Please be advised that for tomorrow 2/26/19, due to the election, students will enter and be dismissed at Door 7, across from the convent.

This week in Room 112...

Reading Our stories this week are "June and the Mule"  and "Slim, Luke and the Mules" Our comprehension skill this week is plot, that is what happens in the story.

Phonics: Long u (u__e, ue, ui) and digraphs at the end of words such as fish.

Sight words: four, funny, long, watch, were

Spelling words: fish, that, long, the, such, with, four, were, cute, use

Grammar: To be verbs, is and are for present tense and was and were for past tense.

Religion: Putting our Faith in action, Unit 3 Wrap up and the Holy Spirit.

Science/Social Studies: We will be finishing up our unit on dental health with an experiment showing how sugar causes cavities. We will also be exploring the meaning of the saying "in like a lion and out like a lamb" as it concerns March weather.

On a personal level:

This is my last week with your wonderful children.  It has been my privilege to play a small part in your child's first grade experience.  They came into my life at just the right time and have filled my heart in so many ways every day!  I will never forget them or this awesome experience!  Thank you for all of your support in helping me teach your child. You are all so generous in spirit, it humbles me. I hope to see you around the parish and I will be at the rectory on Thursdays.  God bless you and your children!

 

Mary Margaret Redmond

 

Week of February 19

Posted on Feb 19, 2019

Hope you all had a fabulous Valentine's Day!

We are moving right along in Room 112!

Reading::  We are reading "The Rolling Rice Cake" and "The Rat and the Cat"  We are working on Long i this week as well as middle consonants.  Author's purpose is our comprehension skill.  Did the author write the story to inform, entertain or persuade the reader?

Sight words:  be   friend   pretty    soon   your

Spelling Words: like  ride   nice  white  time  five  your  friend  never  rabbit

Grammar:  Present and past tense of verbs

Math: We are finishing up our short Chapter 7 with using < > to compare numbers and 10 more and 10 less.

CHAPTER 7 Math Test is on Tuesday February 26th.  Review Sheet will go home on Friday, February 22nd

Religion: Talking about prayer time and praying with the Gospel Stories. Also praying in gratitude for our many blessings.

Social Studies: Learning about George Washington and comparing him with Abraham Lincoln.

Thank you for your many treats for Valentine's Day!  You are all very generous!!!

Thank you for all you do to support your child each day!

Have a Great week!

Mary Margaret Redmond

Week of February 11 2019

Posted on Feb 11, 2019

 

Hello All!

   We are busy working in Room 112!

Phonics: Long O  with silent e and Digraphs sh and wh

Reading:   We are reading "Rose and Grandma Make The Sun Shine" and Our Family Get-Together" .  We are working on identifying the main idea of any passage we read. 

Sight Words: father, going, thank, has, very

Spelling Words:  rode, those, hope, home, joke, stone, has, very, shop, what

Grammar:  Verbs with plurals subjects.  Mary and John play at the park. Mary plays at the park.

Math:  Our Chapter 6 teat is tomorrow(Place Value/Tens and Ones).  We will begin Chapter 7 mid week.  This will cover greater than> less than< and equal to =.

Science:  Miss Fahey's mother is going to come in on Tuesday to discuss dental health.  We are doing an experiment with conversation hearts on Wednesday. 

Social Studies:  We will be talking about Abraham Lincoln and learning more about our 16th President.

Religion:  We are continuing to learn about forgiveness and God's mercy.  We will be learning more about God's word and what He continues to teach us.

On Thursday we will celebrate St. Valentine's Day.  If you want to send a small treat to share, that will be fine.  We have 22 students.  Students can bring in Valentines for ALL their classmates.  Please have your child sign, but DO NOT Address the envelopes with their classmates' names.  We will be passing the valentines out into bags on each student's desk.

Have a Happy Valentine's Day!

Thank you for all the support you provide your child each day!

Mary Margaret Redmond

Week of February 4th

Posted on Feb 04, 2019

Hello Parents,

  Hope you are enjoying our heat wave! 

Just a reminder:

I just wanted to remind you  that we will have our spelling test, sight word test, vocabulary and comprehension assessments for The Gingerbread Man story on tomorrow, Tuesday, February 5, 2019. I am listing the spelling and sight words below and will make sure that the reader goes home Monday night.

 

       Spelling:  ate, bake, gave, late, make, take, as after, helped, wanted

 

       Sight Words: after, as call, laugh, something

 

     Just have your child reread the story Monday evening.  

 

This week in Room 112:

 

Reading :  We will be reading "The Same as You" and "Cherry Pies and Lullabies"

           Sight Words : every, made, mother, of , was

           Reviewing long a sound and introducing the ch/th digraphs

           Comprehension Skills is Theme ( What the Story is about)

      Spelling Wordstap, tape, cap, cape, mad, made, of, was, check, then

 

Grammar: We will be learning about verbs used with singular subjects.

 

Math :  We will be finishing up Chapter 6 with numbers 100-120 and learning to show numbers in different ways.  The Chapter 6 review sheet will go home on Friday.  Our Chapter 6 Test will be next Tuesday February 12th.

 

Religion:  We are going to talk about forgiveness and what Jesus taught us about it. Also we will be talking about how we interact with others using the Golden Rule.

 

Science:/Social Studies:  We will learn more about the Groundhog and why we look to him for weather forecasts.   We will also celebrated our 100th Day!  We received certificates proclaiming your child 100 days smarter!

 

Thank you again to our Chaperones for helping on our Disney on Ice adventure!

Also thank you for all you do to support your child's learning!

 

Have a great week!

Mary Margaret Redmond

Weeks of January 22 and January 26

Posted on Jan 22, 2019

 

Hello Parents,

    We are starting our new Unit in Reading and venturing into the world of LONG VOWELS!  There are many new things with this unit. So since we have a short week this week due to MLK day and a short week next week due to Disney On Ice Field Trip, we are going to do one set of stories over the next two weeks.  That means there will be no spelling test or sight word test on Friday 1/25/19.  We will have our spelling, sight word and comprehension assessments on Thursday 1/31/19.

For the next two weeks, this is what we are doing in room 112:

Reading:  Our stories for the next 2 weeks are "The Red Stone Game" and "The Gingerbread Man". 

Sight Words:  after, as, call, laugh, something TEST 1/31/19

Phonics: Long A with the silent e

Spelling Words:  NOTE THERE ARE 10 (there will be 10 each week from now until the end of the year). TEST 1/31/19

            ate. gave, make, bake, late, take, as, after, helped, wanted

Grammar: We are working on Action words/Verbs

Math: We are working on counting by 10's and showing numbers using tens and ones/place value. Showing numbers in different ways.

Science:  We are finishing up with our penguins.  We are also reading about other Arctic animals.

Religion: We are reading about the gift of the Eucharist and how we show our love for Jesus.  We will learn more about St. Katherine Drexel.

Please review the large list of sight words from Unit 3.  I will begin to check those words with students, starting Wednesday January 23rd.

 

Thank you for all the support you give your students every day to help them learn.

 

Mary Margaret Redmond

Week of January 14

Posted on Jan 14, 2019

 

Hello Parents,

   I hope you enjoyed a snowy weekend doing something fun!

here is what we are up to in room 112 this week:

 

Reading:  Phonics story: "I Can Read"   Main Story: "Lilly Reads"

                 We are learning about character. How does the character feel about things and how we can find that out by reading.

sight words: again, please, read, say, word

     We are also going to try a book report.  The form went home today and is due January 29th.  After your child reads a book, they will fill in the title, author and then will write something about the a character and something about what happened in the story.  At the end, they can rate the book by coloring any number of thumbs up that they choose. You can assist them in completing this form and ask them about the character and action. Thank you in advance!!

Spelling:  clap, trip, drop, sled, spot, drum

Math: The 5 chapter review will go home today our test is on Wednesday.  We will then be working on counting by 10's.

Science:  We will be doing 2 experiments on how penguins stay warm and dry.  Ask your students about our predictions.

Social Studies:  We are reading about Dr. Martin Luther King and his work to help others.

Religion:  We are reading about Jesus' birth and sharing the good news.

Thank you for all your support with your child.

Have a great week!

Mary Margaret Redmond

 

Week of January 7th

Posted on Jan 07, 2019

Happy New Year!!

We are very busy learners this week:

Reading: We are reviewing short vowels and learning about final and initial blends in words. Our stories this week are "Fox and Bear" and "Look at the Moon".  Our sight words are :   came, know, out, she, there.  We are also learning to use context clues to figure out related words and author meaning.

Spelling words: and, fast, hand, best, must, just

Grammar: We are reviewing nouns (person, places and things).

Math:  We are working on sums to 20, choosing an operation and using related facts.We are also trying the mad minute with sums to 10 to build up our addition facts skills.  Your child will be competing against themselves to improve their speed and accuracy with addition problems with sums to 10. Our Chapter 5 Math test will be Wednesday January 16th.  The review sheet will go home Monday January 14th.

Religion: Learning about gratitude and putting our faith in action ion our everyday life.

Science: Learning all we can about animals in winter and especially polar bears.

Wishing all of you a happy and blessed 2019!

Thank you for all you do with your children to support their learning!

Mary Margaret Redmond

 

Week of December 17

Posted on Dec 17, 2018

Hello Parents,

     Glad to be back!  Pneumonia is not fun and double pneumonia really is not fun!

We have an action packed week:

Spelling words:us, bus, cut, but, rug, hug   SPELLING TEST WILL BE ON THURSDAY THIS WEEK.  We will work on and practice here in school as well as your tremendous help at home!

Reading: We are reading "Trucks" and "Communities".  Our skill this week is classification.  Have your child help you sort the silverware. 

Sight Words: bring, carry, hold, our, us   SIGHT WORD TEST is on FRIDAY MORNING.

Math: We are learning to use addition to check our subtraction and missing addends.

Grammar: We are reviewing r blends and using Special Titles such as Dr., Mr. and Mrs.

Religion: We are reading about being thankful, God as our good Father and giving thanks at Mass.

 

I wish all of the children and their families a Blessed, Holy Christmas and A Happy, Healthy New Year!

Mary Margaret Redmond

Week of December 3

Posted on Dec 03, 2018

Hello Parents,

   Advent has begun and wee have our advent wreathes that we are "lighting" every week with our yellow magic marker. Here is waht is happening in room 112 this week:

Reading:  We are reading "Yes, We Want Some Too!" and "Cat Traps" Our comprehension skill this week is Drawing Conclusions.

Sight Words: for, good, some, too, want

Spelling Words: met, get, pet, let, ten, yes

Grammar: Nouns for one or more, when we add s

Math:  We are finishing up Chapter 4. The review sheet will be coming home on Wednesday .  Our Chapter 4 Test will on Tuesday, December11th.

Science:  We are learning about our five senses.  This week we will play what's that smell and rate the taste.

Religion:  We are learning about loving others as God loves us.

 

Have a great week.

M.M. REDMOND

 

Week of November 26

Posted on Nov 27, 2018

Hello Everyone,

   Hope you enjoyed your Monday Snow Day **

Thank you for the informative and insightful parent conferences.  It was very nice to meet all of you and discuss your child's progress.

Reading: We will be reading 2 stories in our new Unit "A Big Mess" and "Little Red Hen" .  Our phonics skills are short e and double final consonants such as mess and bell.

Spelling words: red, fed  bed, tell, well, mess

Sight words: help, so, who, said, now

Grammar: Working on naming words/nouns classifying people, places and things.

Math: We are starting Chapter 4  Subtraction strategies including counting back, using addition to subtract and using 10 to subtract.

Science: we are studying the five senses touch, taste, smell, hearing and sight.

Religion: We will be learning about loving God and loving others and about St. Elizabeth Seton.

Have a great week!

Mary Margaret Redmond

Week of November 12

Posted on Nov 12, 2018

Hello Parents,

     We have many things happening in our class this week.

Phonics:  We are continuing to cover short o with the _ot,_ock and the _op word endings. Also we are working on using the ing suffix with our words.

    I eat.  She eats.  We are eating.

Reading:  Our phonics story is "A Big Job"  and our main selection is "Sweet Potato Pie"    Please continue to read with your child every night.  See if they can find the sight words in the story. We will start Unit 3 after Thanksgiving.

Sight words : by, eat, sing,stop,them

Spelling words:  hot, not, got, mop, top, hop

Math:  We are finishing up our chapter on subtraction..  We will do the Chapter Review on Friday and send it home to review.  We will take our Chapter 2 test on Tuesday November 20th.

Religion: We will be talking about baptism.  One of our homework assignments will involve finding out information about our own baptism.

Social Studies: We will be reading about the Pilgrim Children and also about the Native American Squanto who taught the pilgrims how to grow crops in America.

Grammar/Writing:: We are learning about questions or asking sentences. We will be writing about what we are thankful for and what we eat on Thanksgiving.

Remember report cards go home on Wednesday, November 14th and Parent conferences are on Monday, November 19th.

I hope you and your families have a Blessed Thanksgiving!

 

Miss Redmond

 

 

Week of November 5

Posted on Nov 05, 2018

Halloween was a success!!!  Thank you to Mrs. Ashley for all her help in making it a Spooktacular  Day!!

Reading:  This week we will be reading "Jog, Frog, Jog" and "Tadpole to Frog" Please have your child read these stories every night.  We are working on word recognition and reading fluency.

Sight words: does, he, into, this, water

Spelling words: job, jobs, dog, dogs, log, logs

Math: We are in the world of subtraction!  the students seem to be picking the concept up, but have to be careful to check for the plus or minus -  symbols when completing a problem.

Religion: We are continuing our chapter about God the Creator.

Social Studies:  We are studying about our Veterans and the gratitude we need to show these brave men and women. We will be writing Thank you notes to our country's Veterans.  There is a Veteran's day Prayer Service Friday, 11/9 in the Church at 1:15.  Please feel free to join us.We are also learning about the Pilgrims who traveled on the Mayflower to America.

Thank you for all the work you do each night reading with your child.

Have an awesome week!

Miss Redmond

Week of October 29

Posted on Oct 29, 2018

Hi Parents,

   Halloween is almost here!  I can't wait to see what costumes your child has chosen this year!

Here is what is happening in Room 112 this week:

Phonics;  We are continuing to work with the short i words and the final x sound as in tax

Reading:  We are reading about fish this week.  Our stories are "Fish Mix" and "How Many Fish?"  Check out the really great photographs of the many different kinds of fish.

Sight words: how, many, on, they, why

Spelling Words:  fix, mix, six, in, him, did

Math: We are starting our chapter on subtraction. We will be learning the vocabulary and comparing numbers.

Grammar/Writing: We are working on word order in a sentence.  This helps us make sense of the sentence.  We are going to compare and contrast 2 types of fish and write about one of them.

Religion: We are learning about God the Father, our Creator.

 

Just a reminder:

 Our Halloween Celebration is Wednesday, October 31st from 12:45 to 2:00. Please do not send treats with nuts.  We have 22 delightful students in our class.  Also no masks or weapons allowed.  Please be sure that your child's costume allows them ease in removal fro the washroom.

 

Have a great week!

Miss Redmond

Week of October 22

Posted on Oct 22, 2018

 

Here's a look at our week: 

Phonics:  We are working with the short i (ig, in, ip,it word families) and the final sound ck (ack, uck, ick, ock word endings).

Sight words: did, saw, me, walk, went

Spelling words: it, sit, hit, pick, kick, sick

Reading; We are reading "What Did I See?"  and "I Went Walking" Please read these selections every night with your child. We are also working on making predictions about what will happen in the story.

Grammar/Writing: We are working on Action parts of sentences and writing a Halloween story.

Math:  We are working with adding 3 numbers using our addition strategies.  We will do the chapter review together on Thursday and our Chapter 3 test will be on Tuesday, October 30th.

Science:  We are completing our pumpkin books and will do an experiment with celery to see how the root of the pumpkin plant gets the water through the roots.

Trick or Treat!  That exciting, spooky day is just around the corner!  Our class will celebrate Halloween on Wednesday, October 31st from 12:45-2:00.  The children may wear a costume to school for the day- please keep that in mind your son or daughter will have to wear it the entire day and take multiple bathroom breaks in it.  NO MASKS can be worn at school. Other ideas for masks might be some face painting or a wig.  Also, NO WEAPONS OF ANY KIND can be brought to school.

During the Halloween party, each student is welcome to pass out a small treat and will participate in exciting Halloween activities.  The small treat can be candy or Halloween toys such as rings, stickers, erasers, etc.  Make sure that you have enough treats for the entire class.   Please do not send in candy that contains nuts Our classroom is made up of 22 fabulous students.  Please do not leave anyone out.  All of the treats brought on this day will be divided equally to every student.  Please label the treat your son or daughter brings to school.

I am really looking forward to this fun afternoon!  Good luck getting all the SPOOKTACULAR costumes ready.

Miss Redmond

Week of October 15th

Posted on Oct 15, 2018

Hi Parents,

   Thank you for all your prayers and caring thoughts through this difficult time.

Tomorrow is our Field trip to the farm!  It is also picture day.  Chaperones will assist your child in changing into their gym uniform.

Reading: This week the students will be reading two new stories "Look at That" and "Can you Find It?".  Please continue to have your child read each of them aloud every night.

Sight Words: find, are, all, play, make

Spelling Words: am, had, sad, bad, fan, can

Phonics:  We will continue with our short a word families. 

Math: We will be reviewing doubles plus one and doubles minus one. We will be practicing all of the strategies we have learned (using doubles, any order, counting on).

Religion: We will review what we learned about the bible and then learn about the word "praise".

Thank you for all your assistance,

Miss Mary Margaret Redmond

October 10, 2018

Posted on Oct 10, 2018

Hello First Grade Parents in Room 112.

 

Just wanted to let you know, what hard workers  your child is in first grade.  They have been very busy and working very hard for Mrs. Paluch.  Please keep Ms. Redmond in your prayers at this very difficult time.

 

The field trip form and money was due.  Please send in by Thursday.  If you offered to volunteer, you will be getting an email this afternoon from Ms. Fahy regarding details.  Next Tuesday, please have your child dress for pictures.  We will be the first group going.  Chaperones will come in to help us change into our gym uniforms.  Please send your child's gym uniform in their backpack.  (LABEL Shirt, pants, shorts, sweatshirt).  We will be eating snack then heading to the farm around 10:45 to eat lunch at 11:30 and take our tour at noon.

 

Mrs. Fahy and I have been working together with Mrs. Paluch to keep the daily routine.  This week first grade will be focusing on the following.  You received the new weekly layout for the Reader, sight words and spelling words.

 

If you have any questions, regarding the the field trip, picture day, or daily work, please do not hesitate to contact myself, Judy Vittori or Ms. Fahy through email.  

jvittori@sjfschool.net or mfahy@sjfschool.net 

 

 

Week of October  8th-12th

Religion-  God Is Our Loving Father & Saint of the Day

Phonics-  Review Letters Bb,Mm,Rr,Ss,Tt,Hh, Gg, Ff,

                  Introduce & Review Ll,Dd, Nn, Ww, Cc, Ee, Aa(short)

                 Short Vowel Words ( Segmenting)

Reading- Main Idea, Retelling, Nouns, Writing, Journaling, Rhyming Words, Syllables

                Focus Skill: Summarizing and Infer

                 Sight words: come, down, away, will, no (Quiz Friday 10/12)

                 Homework: Practice Sight Word List & read The Nap & Oh, Cats

Spelling-  at, cat, sat, an, ran, man (Test Friday 10/12)

Math:  Add, Count on, Add doubles, use doubles to add

Science & Social Studies- Bats, Spiders, Owls, Farm

Week of October 1

Posted on Oct 01, 2018

Hi Parents,

    I hope your Homecoming Weekend was fun!

We completed our Apple unit and discovered that lemon juice can keep an apple from turning brown longer than milk, water or soda.

Reading: We will continue to review Tumble Bumble this week. Our sight words this week are up, go, but, where, here, am. Please study these words each night. Our new little book is I Am a Bug. Please read this book every night to practice fluency and expression.

Phonics: We will be working with short u words. The word endings will include __ug, ___ut, ___up.

Math:  We are learning more adding strategies.  Our focus will be doubles 1,  doubles -1 and adding 10.

Religion: Our main focus will be stories from the Bible  and St. Augustine and St. Francis Assisi. Blessing of pets Thursday, October 4th at 2:45 at the church bell tower.

Picture Day is Tuesday, October 2nd.

Don't forget our farm field trip permission slips are due Friday, October 5th.

 

Have an awesome week!

Miss Redmond

 

Week of September 24

Posted on Sep 25, 2018

 

Hi Parents,

     Sorry for the delay!

  We are completing our Apple unit this week with our second apple experiment!  Last week we discovered that no matter what type apple, they floated in water.  This week we will try to hypothesis which of these four liquids will keep the apple from turning brown, milk, water, lemon juice or soda.

   Our small book this week in "Get the Tent" . Please read this book every night with your child.  Our sight words are get, what, three, two, one, we.  Please review these with your child. We will have a assessment on these words on Friday.

  We are also working on sequencing.  As you prepare dinner or do a task, ask your child to tell you what order you do that chore. We are also learning our -en,     -et,-eg,-ed word families.

    Our first Math test went well!  For the most part we understood the concepts and we will review any trouble areas.  Our new Chapter 3 will be working on addition strategies such as counting on and doubling numbers.   

     We are still working on the Our Father and what makes a parish .

   We are having a PEP rally on Friday, September 28th at 1:30, so please have your child wear their Fisher Spirit wear!  Go Falcons!!!!

 

Any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me.

Miss Redmond

mredmond@sjfschool.net

  

Week of September 17

Posted on Sep 17, 2018

Hi Parents, 

It sounded like Fisherfest was a success!  In the end, I believe Zero Gravity won being the best ride!  Now it is time to get back to business. 

 

We had a great first day.  I had many helpers showing how things are done in Room 112. 

This week we will have six new sight words for the children to study: do, like, not, that, to, and you.  

 I encourage you to review these each night, and even say them out loud in a sentence.   

 

Reading: The boys and girls will receive the story, “I Can Hop”.  Please read this each night focusing on sight words, expression and fluency. 

 

Math : I did the practice test with the first graders on today and give them the test on Thursday.  The practice test went home today.  The test is always very similar to the practice test, so make sure to review it at home.  Thanks for all your help! 

 

Religion: We have been practicing our Guardian Angel Prayer as well as our Prayer before eating.  Please practice these with your child. 

 

Since we are in the middle of September, first grade will focus a little on apples!  Please bring in an apple on Friday for a fun little project.  I will have a few extras in case you are unable to get to the store in time. 

 

Have a great week!! 

Miss Redmond 

Week of September 10th

Posted on Sep 10, 2018

Hello Parents!

I hope everyone is gearing up for Fisherfest! I know the first graders certainly are! The rides have arrived in the parking lot and the Freak-Out and the Tea Cups seem to be the talk of the town (or at least room 112). This will be a short week. Students are not in school on Friday.

This is will be my last week before the big day arrives!! Baby Rysz is due Monday, September 17th.  Ms. Redmond will be starting next week, unless of course, the baby decides to come early. Here is her email for future reference: mredmond@sjfschool.net

Here is a look at the four day week:

Tuesday is September 11th.  If you send in money for your child your son or daughter can be out of uniform in the colors red, white and blue.  Please make sure to stick to these colors. So far our class has collected over $50! Thanks for being so generous!!

Reading: Students will come home this week with “Big Monkey, Little Monkey” on Tuesday and Wednesday.   Please have your son or daughter read this a couple times to practice sight word recognition and fluency. In the story, the boys and girls should be able to identify an exclamation point and know to change their voice accordingly.

Sight Words: big, have, it, is, in & little

I will quiz the boys and girls on these words on Thursday.  Please make sure to practice the list of words you received today.

Religion: We are discussing the Sign of the Cross and how to make it correctly. This is always a challenge so feel free to practice at home. Next week I will call each student up to my desk individually to show me how to make the Sign of the Cross correctly. If your son or daughter is not able to do that, you will receive a small note to keep practicing. I have a feeling the boys and girls will be able to pick it up in no time at all!  We are also making Prayer Lapbooks in class as well. In the booklet we are adding prayers we are learning each week.

Math:   This week we will discuss adding in any order and adding to ten. Be on the lookout for at some homework pages this week- on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Also, we should be finishing chapter one this week. We will do the practice test early next week and then I will send it home for you to review. The test is always very similar to the practice test, so make sure to review it at home.  Thanks for all your help!

We will be learning about Apples during the month of September.  We have some fun activities planned!!

Next week our class will have the first Star of the Week. Whoever is (randomly) chosen as the Star will receive a handout explaining the exciting things he or she will get to do during the week. I wonder who will be the first Star of the Week this year???

Have a spectacular time at Fisherfest!!

Thanks,

Mrs. Rysz

 

Week of September 4th

Posted on Sep 04, 2018

Hi Parents!

I want to thank all who stopped by last week for Parent Night.  It was great to meet so many of you. I hope everyone had a fun Labor Day weekend!   It is nice to have a short week especially with this crazy heat! Beside the warm days, the boys and girls seem to be adjusting well to first grade.  They are good little learners and great friends to each other too. Here is a look at the short week!

Sight Words to focus on this week: can, my, look, and, at & the  

Math: We are working on addition this week in math. The boys and girls seem to be working well with the Go Math series, and all that is has to offer. I will be sending a homework page home so you can keep an eye out for that. (It usually says homework page on the top so it is easy to identify.) Today’s homework is a little shorter.  I told the boys and girls to cross out number 3 and number 4.

Religion: We are discussing communities and families this week. We made a family tree to hang up in the classroom.

Reading: This week the boys and girls will get a new short book to take home, “Can Pig Nap?”. The book will come on Wednesday and Thursday night.  Please read this at home and bring it back to school each day. If your son or daughter is having a hard time with this book, feel free to read a sentence and have him or her repeat it while pointing to the words. If your son or daughter has an easy time with this story, feel free to challenge them with harder books found in the library.

The Welcome Back, All School Mass, will be this Friday, September 7th at 1:00.  

This week we officially started out “Making Wise Choices” behavior chart.  Today, the boys and girls brought home the color their name was on at the end of the day.  Below I put a description of the color and what it means.

Purple: Outstanding

Blue: Excellent Choices

Teal: Great Effort

Green: Ready to Learn** (This is where they start at the beginning of every day.)

Yellow: Think About It

Orange: Make Better Choices

Red: Parent Contact

Although I am not due for another two weeks, I wanted to make sure you have Ms. Redmond’s email address in case the baby comes early!  Once I am on maternity leave, you will want to contact her with any questions you have about first grade. Here is her email: mredmond@sjfschool.net

Fisherfest is around the corner!  The talk of rides seems to be a pretty popular topic around here!  Woohoo!

I hope everyone has a great week. Let me know if you have any questions about the week!

Thanks, Mrs. Rysz

 

Week of August 27th

Posted on Aug 27, 2018

Hi Parents,

We have a week under our belts!  The new first graders seem to be getting the hang of the new classroom!

Here are some things to know about this week in first grade:

Today the boys and girls will receive sight words to study for this week.  Most of the words are a review of kindergarten but we ask that you study the 6 words each night.  The more familiar they are with the words, the better their reading will be. The 6 words are: red, blue, yellow, I, see & a.  On Friday, I will call the boys and girls over to me for a sight word test on these words. All they need to do it read them out loud to me.

The boys and girls will also receive a short book to read at home each night, “I See Blue, Red, Yellow”.  It will come home on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Please read the story together and return it each day.  We will discuss the story in school so it is important to bring it back. If the story is giving your son or daughter difficulty, feel free to read the sentence out loud and have him or her repeat it while pointing to the words.

In math, our class will begin chapter one with identifying numbers and adding them up.  When adding we will be drawing and counting pictures.

Thursday night is Parent Night for first grade. It begins in the church at 6:30.  I hope to see you all there!!

Also, I really appreciate the time you took to write about your son or daughter in the Million Words or Less page.  It seems like we have a pretty spectacular class!

The first few days of school were great.  I am looking forward to the rest of the year!!

Thanks,

Mrs. Rysz

 

Welcome Back!

Posted on Aug 22, 2018

Hi Parents,

 

We had a successful day in First Grade today!! All the boys and girls were happy, talkative and excited to be in a new classroom.  I am really looking forward to getting to know all of the boys and girls over the next few weeks! Below I am posting the rules and procedures of first grade.  I will go over this on Parent Night next week but thought you might like to get a look at it this week.

 

Today I sent home a reminder to bring a snack each day.  Drinks are not necessary because they can get a drink at the fountain during the bathroom break.

 

Rules and Procedures for Room 112

 

ABSENCE:

According to the school handbook, homework will not be sent home on a daily basis, unless your child is absent for an extended period of time. I will keep all the work that is to be completed in a folder on their desk. When they return to school they will have several days to finish any work they missed.  Important:  A note must accompany your child the day they return as to why they were absent.

 

ARRIVAL/DISMISSAL:

Please drop off your children in the morning at the glass door next to the church. I will come out to pick them up at the door every morning.  If you arrive after 7:50 your child must be brought to the office. No other door will be opened for them. At dismissal, please wait by the sidewalk in front of the glass doors. I will only dismiss them when they see their parent/neighbor who will be picking them up.  I will not dismiss your son or daughter to someone new unless a note is sent to me indicating otherwise.  I understand situations come up at the last minute but please call the office if there is a last minute change.  Thank you so much for your cooperation in this matter.

 

TARDY:

The school bell rings at 7:50 each morning.  Students are expected to be in the first grade line at that time.  If your son or daughter is arriving to school any time after 7:50, he or she must go in through the office doors to receive a tardy slip.  All other doors will be locked.

 

BLOG:

Each week I will keep you updated through my blog.  You can access it from the Saint John Fisher website.  My blog will alert you about upcoming events in the classroom as well as spelling words, sight words, and other materials being covered in class. Normally I update my blog Mondays after school.

 

FOLDERS:

The children will be using two folders each day. Their “DESK” folders stay in their desks with papers we use every day. Their “HOME” folders will travel back and forth to school every day. Any mail or notes we have for each other should be sent in that folder. You will also find any homework papers, graded papers, and any correspondence from the school office in there. There might be some days when the “HOME” folder will be empty.  If you are sending anything to school that needs to go to the office, please label it with your child’s name, room number and what the envelope contains.

 

HOMEWORK:

I will be giving the children homework every night, Monday-Thursday. It might be to read a book or story, practice sight words, study addition and subtraction facts, a math sheet, phonics sheet, printing paper, or some unfinished classwork. Reading a book every night is expected. The children are expected to do their own work, in their own printing, in pencil.  It will be due back the next day (to be returned in their home folder). I understand that sometimes homework is forgotten at home. If your child forgets an assignment, the homework should be brought in the following day. It is important to teach your son or daughter homework is his or her responsibility (not Mom’s or Dad’s). Parents can help by checking the work and reminding them to put it in their folder. Thanks for your cooperation.

 

STAR OF THE WEEK:

We will have a “Star of the Week” student every week. The students are very excited when it’s their turn. A new star will be chosen every Friday.

 

SPECIAL CLASSES:

Our special classes are as follows:

Monday: Gym

Tuesday: Morning Mass

Wednesday: Art and Library

Thursday: Computers

Friday: Music

         The children are expected to behave and follow the rules in these classes.

 

LABELING:

Please be sure to LABEL all of your child’s personal items especially, SWEATERS, GYM PANTS, SWEATSHIRTS, BACKPACKS, LUNCHBOXES, and ALL SCHOOL SUPPLIES. It is very difficult to determine whose belongings are left behind.

 

LUNCH TIME:

Our lunch this year is 11:25 – 11:45. Since this is the third lunch, we will have a snack in the morning. Lunch is only twenty minutes so plan your son or daughter’s lunch accordingly.

 

 

BIRTHDAYS:

Birthdays are a very special day for your son or daughter. Your child will get to wear a birthday crown for the day and receive some other “surprises”. You are welcome to send a birthday treat on your child’s birthday. Please refrain from sending cupcakes or sheet cakes. They can become very messy. Brownies, cookies, candy, fruit, or fruit roll ups are some suggestions. We do have some students with peanut and egg allergies, so please avoid bringing any treats with those items. We have 22 students in our classroom.

 

BIRTHDAY INVITATIONS:

Birthday invitations or birthday thank you notes can only be passed out if it is for the entire class or just the boys/girls in the class.  If a student is not inviting the whole class (or all the boys/girls) then invitations will be sent home. No exceptions will be made.

 

I am looking forward to a great year!  Let the learning begin!

 

Sincerely,

Mrs. Rysz

 

Week of May 29th

Posted on May 30, 2017

Dear Parents,

We are down to about 8 more days of school and first grade is thrilled!!!  We are finishing up our last reading and math unit.  We will have one final spelling test this week. 

Spelling Words: cannot, outside, grandma, something, popcorn, tiptoe, school, always, boy & toy

Sight Words: always, boy, move, open & school

Reading Stories:  “I’ll Join You” and “Leon and Bob”

Math:  We will take the test next week. 

Fisher Fun Days!!

Below are some guidelines for some fun Fisher days!

Whatever Wednesday

Students can dress down in whatever type of clothing they would like (dress down day).  Homeroom teachers can plan “whatever” 30 minute activity they would like today.  First grade decided the boys and girls can bring in board games from home to play in class with friends.

Throwback Thursday

Students can dress from a previous decade --60’s, 70’s, 80’s 90’s.  SOAR will pass out a small treat to the boys and girls today!

Futuristic Friday

Students will dress according to their future- future high school, future college, future job etc.

Week of May 22nd

Posted on May 23, 2017

HI Parents,

I hope you all enjoyed the weekend!  We are down to our last few weeks in first grade!

Sight Words: almost, knew, picture, thought & took

Spelling Words: pretty, happy, little, kitten, puppy, better, took, almost, about & round

It is a difficult spelling test this week, so make sure to practice a little at home.

Stories: “Doggy Art” and “Henry and Mudge in Puddle Trouble”

I don’t know about you, but I am impressed with all the wonderful readers in my class this year.  I have seen such improvement.  They seem to be pretty impressed with themselves too!  Keep up the great reading first graders!!

Math:  The boys and girls will be working on our final math chapter- Geometry.  They will learn about 2D shapes this chapter.  The boys and girls will be able to identify shapes, sides and vertices.

I am offering a few summer classes. ( I posted them below.)  The original email with this information was sent out incorrectly, so please double check the days and times.  You will find the registration is on the SJF website.

Summer Workshops

$30 per Class or $50 to sign up for the week. Each workshop is 2.5 hours in Ms. Boyce’s classroom.  The workshops are designed to engage the boys and girls with fun projects, activities and games while brushing up on basics skills taught during the school year

Super Summer Safari (June 13th)

Giraffes, Monkeys and Lions…oh my!  Let’s learn about a variety of jungle animals and their habitats.  We will spend our time learning interesting facts about these animals and completing a few fun projects about them as well!  Reading comprehension, writing, graphing and fine motor skills will be focused on during this workshop.

 

 

 

Young Authors (June 15th)

Do you love drawing and writing? Then this is a perfect workshop for you!  In Young Authors we will learn how to write a story from the “title page” to the “about the author” page. This workshop focuses on writing your very own story with illustrations!  We will also test your book character knowledge with some fun trivia games.  Basic sight words, main idea, characters traits and handwriting will be focused on during this workshop.

Ultimate Art Academy (June 20th)

If you love all things art, then this is the workshop for you!  Summer projects will be created with different art supplies such as paint, tissue paper, sequence and more!  Following directions, cutting, coloring and creativity will be focused on during this workshop.

Under the Sea (June 22nd)

Let’s dive right in and review basic reading, writing and math facts while learning about our favorite ocean animals!  Engaging games will be played and exciting projects will be created based on the Under the Sea theme!  Basic addition and subtraction, handwriting, basic phonics and writing will be focused on during this workshop.

 

Teacher:  Ms. Boyce

Enter Fairfield near church

Room - 112

 

Fee:  $30per class

      $50 per week

Time:  9:00-11:30

 

First and Second Grade SKILLS CAMP

  Let’s get back into the swing of things a few weeks before the school year begins.  This program will provide a review of previously covered material and a jump-start on the upcoming school year in Reading and Math.  Reading focus will include development of vocabulary and reading comprehension.  Mathematics will focus on grade appropriate topics such as number recognition, number comparison, computation, math facts, word problems, measurement and addition, the use of technology will be incorporated in these academic programs through the use of the I-pads and our computer labs.

 

Teacher: Ms. Annie Boyce

Dates: 7/24 – 8/3 Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays

Students: Entering First and Second Grade

Room

112

 

Enter

Fairfield

near

church

Fee:      $125

Times: 9-11:00 am

 

Week of May 8th

Posted on May 09, 2017

Hi Parents!

The countdown is on! June 8th will be here before you know it!!  As you know, this is a short week for the boys and girls.

I want to say a BIG thank you for all the wonderful notes and gifts I received for Teacher Appreciation.  I especially LOVED the BEAUTIFUL bouquet of flowers delivered in the middle of the week from this class.  It was so thoughtful!  Below is a picture of them!

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Here is a look at our week:

Spelling words:  her, turn, hurt, girl, first, bird, once, which, slower & slowest

Sight Words: each, once, other, under, which

Math:  We are starting a geometry unit this week.  Please keep practicing your addition and subtraction facts at home.

Religion:  We will talk a lot about Mary this month.  I will be passing out rosaries to the boys and girls this week.  May Crowning is next Friday.

Also, we are doing a small project with a soup can on Thursday.  If you happen to have an empty soup can lying around, can you please send it to school? No need to go out and buy one, I have some extras.

 Thanks!!

Ms. Boyce

Week of April 24th

Posted on Apr 25, 2017

Hi Parents,

We are back and are all ready for the last six and a half weeks of school!  (Not that we are counting or anything!) 

Sight Words: work, much, shall, wish & these

I am sending the sight word list of 1.5 this week. I will be testing the boys and girls on Friday on this list along with the weekly words.

Spelling Words: We are learning the “r-controlled” sound this week. Since it is the sound pirates make (“ARRRR”) we will do a few fun activities involving pirates.

Yard, car, start, far, dark, star, sadly, work, softly & these

Reading: “Bluebirds in the Garden” and “The Garden”

Math: We are working on graphs all this week.  This is a fun and engaging chapter for the boys and girls.  I think they will enjoy it!

Thanks,

Ms. Boyce

Week of April 3rd

Posted on Apr 03, 2017

Hi Parents,

I hope everyone had a great weekend.  We are ready to finish up the fifth unit in language arts and the ninth chapter in math!   We are cruising right along to the end of the year!!

Spelling words:  new, grew, drew, blue, true, glue, put, give, fixes & washes

Sight Words: because, give, put, better & people

Reading:  Please read “The true Story of Abbie Burgess” and “The Bravest Cat” for homework this week.  Both stories are about heroes so we will be discussing the heroes in our lives.  Believe it or not, it is the last chapter on our readers.  We only have one more book to go!  We will pass the new books out after break.

Math:  We are finishing up our ninth chapter on measurement and time.  This week we will focus on time until Wednesday.  Then we will do the chapter review on Thursday and test on Friday.

Wednesday is special lunch! 

Science:  We finished up our Amphibian Unit and we’re moving onto Reptiles.   

March Madness:  We are down to two teams: Joey’s- North Carolina and Sadie’s- Gonzaga…may the best team win!!

Next week we will not have a spelling test or sight word test since it is a short week.  Let’s hope the three days go by quickly!!

I hope everyone has a fun and safe break!!  Happy Easter!

Week of March 27th

Posted on Mar 27, 2017

The boys and girls had a great time at the Book Fair today!  They were so excited to go home with a new story to read.  If your son or daughter forgot to bring money today, feel free to being it in tomorrow or Wednesday and I will send them to Kane Hall to shop.

Here is a look at our busy week …

Sight Words: animals, even, heard, most & their

Spelling Words: baby, my, why, fly, funny, many, even, most, without & nobody

Phonics:  We will be working on “y” sounding like a long e and a long i.

Reading:  This week starts a reading unit on Dinosaurs so the first graders will have fun reading and researching about these extinct animals.  They seemed to be very excited about these two stories.  I told the boys and girls they are able to bring in 2-3 dinosaur figures to share with their tables to compare the different types of dinos.  (This is optional- only send them if you have them at home.  Do not buy any!!)

Math:  We will continue measuring this week- longest to shortest and measuring blocks.  So far the boys and girls think this chapter is a breeze!

March Madness:  As you know, the boys and girls each got three teams in the NCAA basketball tournament.  After many games we finally have our final four teams- Gonzaga (Sadie’s Team), North Carolina (Joey’s Team), Oregon (Eddie’s Team) and South Carolina (Grace’s Team)!  May the best team win!!

I hope you have a wonderful week!!!

Ms. Boyce

Week of March 13th

Posted on Mar 13, 2017

Hi Parents!

We are making our way to Spring Break...at least that’s what I told myself this morning as I cleared the snow off my car L  I hope everyone had a great Parade Day.  I am glad the snow stayed away until today!

Here is a look at our week…

Spelling Words: grow, float, show, growing, floating, showing, around, old, coat and old.

Sight Words: around, her, new, old and show

Reading: “Baby Otter Grows Up” and “Foal”    Please be sure to read these out loud each night.  I love all the independent reading I have been seeing in the classroom.  The boys and girls are making sure great progress!

Math: We will be making tens to add and adding with place value.  We will also work on related addition and subtraction this week.

Our class is reading Dr. Seuss book this week.  The boys and girls love how they are able to read these on their own!  I would suggest taking some of these books out from the library!!

Friday is a touch of green for St. Patrick’s Day. 

Also, this weekend after all masses there will be a bake sale for Beau.  A flyer is going out today with more details.

I hope everyone has a great week!

Ms. Boyce

Week of March 6th

Posted on Mar 08, 2017

Hi Parents,

Not sure if you tuned into ABC News on Tuesday, but if you did you saw Joey's artwork! The whole class entered a contest and Joey's work was chosen!  Hooray for our "Weather Sketcher"!

Sight Words: don’t, from, hear, live & when

Spelling words:  say, play, may, way, wait, rain, when, from, don’t & I’m

This week we are learning about contractions and long a words spelled with “ai” or “ay”.

Reading:  “A Big Day for Jay” and “Lost”

Please keep reading these stories out loud each night.  It will help with word recognition and fluency.

Math: We will continue adding and subtracting ten and ones this week.

We will be reading Dr. Seuss books for the next week or so. The first graders usually love it because they can read these books on their own!! YAY

Have a great week!

Ms. Boyce

Week of February 27th

Posted on Feb 27, 2017

Hi Parents,

Spring feels like it's right around the corner. Baseball/softball season will be here before you know it! Here is a look at our week…

Sight Words: buy, only, or, right & think

Spelling Words: ask, asked, call, called, clean, cleaned, think, only, teach & neat ** Spelling test are becoming difficult.  Please try to practice these words at home a couple nights a week.**

This week we will be learning how “ea” vowel combination makes the long e sound and the –ed ending.

Reading Stories:  Please read “A Real Gift” and “Arthur’s Reading Race”.  I told the boys and girls to bring in any Arthur Books they have at home to share with the class.  Can you believe we are already in our fifth reading unit!?  The first graders are moving right along.

Wednesday is Ash Wednesday.  The boys and girls will attend mass and receive ashes.  We will discuss the meaning of Lent as well. 

Our class did win the reading competition- yahoo!!! (An extra big thanks to Eleanor who read over 1,000 pages two weeks in a row!)  I believe we get to pick a day to dress down.  I will let you know when we will have that day this week!

Math: Our class will begin the 8th chapter in math.  We will work on adding and subtracting tens over the next few weeks.

I hope everyone has a great week!

Ms. Boyce

Week of February 20th

Posted on Feb 22, 2017

Hi Parents,

Things are moving right along in first grade.  Spring is sneaking up on us!!

Spelling words:  we, he, she, see, me, green, any, kind, anything & inside

Sight words: about, any, ask, kind & over

Reading:  It is our last week in this reader.  The boys and girls should be able to read all of the stories in this reader.  How exciting!  “Riddle-Dee Fiddle-dee-dee” and “The Riddles” are the two stories for the week.

Math:  We are actually finishing up this quick chapter this week.  We will take the test on Friday.  Thursday will be our practice test.

We will begin a new author study on Mo Williams this week.  First grades usually get a kick out of his books.  I am looking forward to this mini unit.  Also, keep up the great reading at home!  We are in the lead for the reading challenge.

Also, it seems like we are running a bit low on Kleenex.  If you are able to send in a box I would really appreciate it!!

Have a great week!

Ms. Boyce

Week of February 6th

Posted on Feb 08, 2017

Hi Parents,

The 100th Day was a huge success!  Below, I posted some pictures J

Next Tuesday will be our Valentine’s Day celebration.  On Valentine’s Day students are welcome to bring in 20 valentines and/or a small treat for their classmates.   Please do not label whom the card is going to.  They will drop the valentines in bags and it is too confusing when they have to find a specific bag.  We will enjoy a small treat during our Valentine’s Day celebration.

Here is a look at our exciting week:

Sight Words: be, friend, pretty, soon & your

Spelling Words:  like, ride, nice, white, time, five, your, friend, never & rabbit

Reading:  Please read “The Rolling Rice Cake” and “The Rat and the Cat” for homework.

Math:  We will begin comparing numbers this week in math.

Reading Log: Please keep reading and recording how many pages your son or daughter read each day.  I told the boys and girls to keep in their folders so they don’t forget it on Friday when I will add the pages.

I hope everyone has a great week!

Ms. Boyce

100 Days Pictures

Posted on Feb 08, 2017

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Last Minute Reminders

Posted on Feb 02, 2017

Can you believe it is almost the 100th Day of School?  This Monday, February 6, 2017,  we will celebrate the 100th Day of School as one hundred year old men and women.  It is always very cute to see the elderly walk into the classroom!  They are welcome to wear pajamas, robes, a cute outfit fit for a 100 year old man or woman.  In the past, many children bring canes, glasses and hair curlers.  Those are all fine!  The more creative the better! It is hard to believe we’ve been in school for so long.

 

Also, tomorrow is our field trip to Disney on Ice!  The first graders are so excited to head to the United Center for the big show.  We will leave around 9 am and be back sometime around noon.  The first grade will eat lunch after they get back to SJF.  No hot lunches will be served.  All students must bring a lunch to eat tomorrow.  The teachers will provide a small snack for the boys and girls once we arrive at the United Center.  Thanks again for all those who volunteered to chaperone the trip.  Please arrive to SJF by 8:45. 

Catholic Schools Week

Posted on Jan 30, 2017

Hi Parents,

It was so nice to see so many of you this weekend.  The boys and girls were so excited to show off all their wonderful work.  We have a fun week ahead of us…Happy Catholic Schools Week!!

Sight Words: father, going, has, thank & very

Spelling Words: rode, those, hope, home, joke, stone, has, very, shop & what

Reading:  Please make sure to read “Rose and Grandma Make the Sun Shine” and “Our Family Get-Together”.  This week we will be concentrating on long o sounds and the digraphs “wh” and “sh”.

Math:  The first graders will learn about tens and ones to 100, showing numbers in different ways and reading/modeling numbers to 120.

Our field trip to Disney on Ice is this Friday.  Thanks for all those who volunteered to chaperone.  Please arrive at SJF by 8:45.  The buses will leave shortly after that.  Also, the boys and girls should be dressed in their GYM UNIFORM on Friday.  (The rest of the school has a dress down day but Pre-k-1st will not be a part of that.)

Below I have the days explained for the week...

Monday- Thanks to everyone who donated to the Ronald McDonald House!! (It is due by Wednesday if you didn’t send it in today.)

Tuesday: We have a science presentation during the school day (no dress down day).

Wednesday: Bingo, Buddies and Breakfast!! Please bring in a small breakfast treat for yourself to eat with a buddy in another grade.  We will play bingo with those buddies!!  (Dress down day- roll out of bed)

Thursday: Partner Reading with another grade! (no dress down day)

Friday: Disney on Ice! (Dress in gym uniform)

Looking forward to a wonderful week!

Ms. Boyce

Week of January 23rd

Posted on Jan 25, 2017

Hi Parents!

I apologize for the late blogging!  I was out sick on Monday and Tuesday.  So, here is a look at our week (or at least the rest of it)!

Reading:  “The Same as You” and “Cherry Pies and Lullabies” Please make sure to read these stories out loud each night.  I have seen a great improvement in oral reading since the Fall.  The new reader is a bit more challenging because of the long vowel words.  So far the boys and girls seem to have a good handle on the long a.

Sight Words:  every, made, mother, of & was

Spelling Words: tap, tape, cap, cape, mad, made, of, was, check & then   Last week the boys and girls had a difficult time with the spelling test.  Please make sure to practice these words each night.

Math: This week the boys and girls will learn about making numbers using tens and ones.  We will practice this concept with a few games and a few workbook pages.

Field Trip- Thanks to everyone who volunteered to be a chaperone for the field trip next week.  You will be notified tomorrow if you are chosen! 

I asked the boys and girls to bring in a picture for a small project were doing for Open House.  I realize this is short notice, but if it is possible to send on in my Friday, I would really appreciate it!

I hope everyone is able to attend mass and Open House this Sunday.  The first graders are working hard to finish up all the projects this week!

Sr. Jean will update you on Catholic Schools week days in her Friday thoughts.  Please be on the lookout for that.

Thanks!!

Ms. Boyce

Week of January 17th

Posted on Jan 17, 2017

Hi Parents,

Looks like we gave a short week ahead of us!!   I hope everyone was able to enjoy the day off on Monday. The first graders seem refreshed and ready to start the week!

Reading: Please read “The Red Stone Game” and “The Gingerbread Man”.   While your child is reading, he or she should be able to pick out both short and long a words & words with –ing and –ed ending. This week we are concentrating on the –ed ending.

Sight Words: after, as, call, something & laugh (Also, review 1.3 sight word list.  I will begin testing the children on it at the end of the week.)

Spelling Words: This week the boys and girls will be tested on 10 spelling words. Until now, spelling test have been pretty simple with the short vowel words. Spelling this week will be a little more challenging so please set some time aside to review the words on the list.  Long at words will be introduced...

Ate, bake, gave, make, late, lake, take, as, after, helped & wanted

Our class is completing an author study over the next week or so on Kevin Henkes.  He has some entertaining stories for the boys and girls! 

Math:  Our class is going to be discussing tens and ones in the math book this week.  Please keep reviewing addition and subtraction facts.

Writing:  Our Research projects continue in the classroom.  The boys and girls are doing a wonderful job reading and writing about his or her animal.

Have a great week!!

Ms. Boyce

Happy New Year!

Posted on Jan 10, 2017

Hi Parents,

Happy New Year!!  It was so nice to see all of the happy first graders walk through the door today!  They had a lot to tell me…sounds like everyone had a great break.  I was impressed with the first graders today.  They were hard workers and seemed to remember most things we discussed through the Christmas Season.  Here is a look at our week…

Sight Words:  again, please, read, say & word   (Until now, I tried to “go green” and not send home sight word test reports.  It seemed like most of the boys and girls were doing really well on the tests.  Now that we are moving into the fourth reading unit, I will send home a copy of the sight word test.  I will do that starting next week- which begins unit four.)

Spelling words: clap, trip, drop, sled, spot & drum

Reading:  Please make sure to read the two new stories: “I Can Read” and “Rex and Lilly”.  We are finishing up this reading unit.  It would be a good idea to review the other stories in the book for practice.  You will notice the stories get longer and longer each week.  It’s always very exciting around this time of year when the boys and girls realize how much they can read!!

Math:  We began Chapter 6, Count and Model Number.  This week the boys and girls will concentrate on counting to 120 by ones and tens.  Also, I will introduce tens and ones to them by the end of the week.

Religion:  Some keys words we are working on this week:  Eucharist and Tabernacle.  Today we walked into the church to see the Tabernacle up close and discussed why it is so special.

Writing: This week the boys and girls are learning what research is.  Each student was given an animal book today.  All this week each student will slowly research an animal and write their own little report on it.  The first graders are very excited for this!! Let the research begin!!

Wednesday is Special Lunch! Yum!

Have a great week!!

Ms. Boyce

Week of December 19th

Posted on Dec 19, 2016

Dear Parents,

The final week of the year is here and Santa is coming to town!!  Although Santa and the elves are distracting us, we are still learning some new things in school!  We will power through those distractions.  Here is a look at our week!

Sight Words: came, know, there, out & she

Spelling Words: and, hand, just, fast, best, must

Reading: “Fox and Bear” and “Fox and Bear Look at the Moon”

Math: We will do our review tomorrow and then take our test on Wednesday.  The boys and girls are getting very good at finding the sum and also finding the missing addend.  Please review the practice test tomorrow.  The rest of the week we will review basic addition and subtraction facts.  Please practice these over the break as well.

Friday we will have our Christmas prayer service at 10:45.  The boys and girls will be dismissed after that at 11:30.  Earlier in the morning the boys and girls will enjoy their Potbelly’s cookie!! YUM!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas and a very happy and healthy New Year!!

Ms. Boyce

Week of December 8th

Posted on Dec 05, 2016

HI Parents,

The Christmas spirit is shining in first grade!  Christmas songs are being sung and projects are being hung all around!  It is an exciting time in the year.  I wonder when our elf will make her way back to room 112!?

Here is a look at the week:

Sight Words: jump, more, sleep, time & with

Spelling words: stuff, puff, up, cup, fun & run

Reading: “My Buddy Stan” and “Biscuit”  If your son or daughter has a Biscuit book at home feel free to bring it in the share with the class.  Just make sure his or her name is on the book.  The first graders always love this story and it really encourages them to read on their own!! 

Math:  Our class will be focusing on fact families and related facts this week.  The boys and girls are getting quick with their basic math facts.  I am impressed with the children who are practicing at home each night.  They are winning many competitions in our classroom!  Keep up the awesome work!

Wednesday is a great day because it is Special Lunch!  Pappy’s!!

Thursday the boys and girls will learn about the Immaculate Conception.  SJF will have a mass in honor of this Holy Day at 10 am.

Today the boys and girls received an order form for milk and cookies.  If you are interested in participating, please send this form in, with the money by Thursday.

I hope everyone has a great week!  Happy Shopping!

Ms. Boyce

Week of November 28th

Posted on Nov 29, 2016

Hi Parents,

I hope everyone had wonderful Thanksgiving!  The boys and girls seemed to have a great, little break.  We are now back in school counting down the days until Christmas!  In fact, I heard some elves made their way back to a few houses this weekend!   How exciting!

Take a look at our week:

Reading: “Yes, We Want Some Too” and “Cat traps”

Sight Words: for, good, some, too & want

Spelling Words: met, pet, let, get, ten & yes

Phonics:  This week in phonics we will continue the short “e” sound and introduce blends.  Blends are two consonants that blend together (i.e. bl, pl, sl, sn, tr, dr, fr).  Keep an eye out for these words in the reader.

Math:  The boys and girls will begin chapter 5 this week with addition and subtraction.  We will discuss word problems and related facts this week.  Please keep practicing flashcards at home.

This is the short week so our tests will be on Thursday. 

I hope everyone has a good week!! Good luck with the Christmas shopping!

Ms. Boyce 

Week of November 5th

Posted on Nov 07, 2016

Hi Parents,

The year is moving right along!  Can you believe this Friday ends the first trimester?  Report Cards will be sent home next week. 

Tomorrow is Election Day which means the first graders will enter and exit out of a different door at SJF.  Since the voting will be outside the church, the first graders will line up by the kindergarten doors (right by the playground).  They will also be dismissed out of these doors as well.

Here is a look at our week:

Sight Words: by, sing, eat, stop & them

Spelling Words: hot, not, got, mop, hop & top

This week we will continue to work on the short o sound.  The boys and girls are doing a good job blending those short vowel sounds together!

Reading:  Please Read  “A Big Job” and  “Sweet Potato Pie”  This is the last week in our second reading unit!  I’ve been testing the boys and girls on their reading and they have come a long way since August.  Hooray first graders!!  Keep up the great reading.

Math:  Since I was out sick on Friday I decided to postpone the test to tomorrow.  Please review the practice test tonight.  The test is always very similar the practice pages.  We will continue subtraction strategies after the test.

I hope everyone had a great weekend; the weather sure has been wonderful!!  

Thanks,

Ms. Boyce

Week of October 31st

Posted on Nov 01, 2016

Hi Parents,

Halloween was a success!  Thank you to Mrs. Scarsella and Mrs. Harris for helping out at our Halloween party.  It was a spooktacular time!!   I will post a few pictures of yesterday later in the week!

Reading:  This week our class will read “Jog, Frog, Jog” and “Tadpole to Frog” in the reader.  The boys and girls should read each story a couple times this week.  Please work on word identification, fluency and expression.

Spelling Words:  job, jobs, dog, dogs, log, & logs

Sight Words:  does, he into this, water (If you son or daughter does not read some of the words correct you will receive a note telling you which words gave them trouble. )

Math:  We are finishing up subtraction this week.  Our test will be planned for Monday.  I will send the practice test home on Friday.  Please practice the practice test…the actual test is always very similar.

Religion:  We will go to mass today for All Saints Day.  This week we will discuss different Saints in our book.  

I can’t believe it is already November! The boys and girls are coming along with their reading and writing.   Thanks for all the extra work you do at home!!

Ms. Boyce 

Week of October 24th

Posted on Oct 25, 2016

Happy Halloween!!!

Trick or Treat!  That exciting, spooky day is just around the corner!  Our class will celebrate Halloween on Monday, October 31st.  The children may wear a costume to school for the day- please keep that in mind your son or daughter will have to wear it the entire day and take multiple bathroom breaks in it.  NO MASKS can be worn at school. Other ideas for masks might be some pace painting or a wig.  Also, NO WEAPONS OF ANY KIND can be brought to school.

During the Halloween party, each student is welcome to pass out a small treat and will participate in exciting Halloween activities.  The small treat can be candy or Halloween toys such as rings, stickers, erasers, etc.  Make sure that you have enough treats for the entire class.   Please do not send in candy that contains nuts.  Our classroom is made up of 20 fabulous students.  Please do not leave anyone out.  All of the treats brought on this day will be divided equally to every student.  Please label the treat your son or daughter brings to school.

I am really looking forward to this fun afternoon!  Good luck getting all the SPOOKTACULAR costumes ready.

Here is a look at our week…

Spelling Words: fix, six, him, mix, in & did

Sight Words: how, many, on, they & why

Reading:  Please read "Fish Mix" and "How Many Fish"

Math:  We continue working on chapter two, subtraction.  Boys and girls will model taking away and subtract by comparing two numbers this week.

Religion:  This week the boys and girls will talk about creation and God, our Creator.  We just finished up a chapter on praise.  The first graders are really good at praising one another!!

Today the boys and girls will come home with a baggie for a collection for UNICEF.  Please be as generous as possible!  SJF appreciates your willingness to help!!!

Some of you received a note about bringing in an ingredient for the witch’s brew.  Please send it in by this Thursday.  Thanks for volunteering-  The boys and girls are really excited about this!

Ms. Boyce

Week of October 17th

Posted on Oct 18, 2016

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Hi Parents,

Even though it is the middle of October, it still feels like we could go to the beach!  I am sure next week we will be singing a different tune!  Take a look at our week…

Sight Words: did, me, saw, walk & went

Spelling words: hit, it, sit, pick, sick & kick

Phonics:  This week the boys and girls will concentrate on the short I sound.  They will also learn about the “ck” ending. 

Reading:  This week the first graders will read two stories: “What Did I See?” and “I Went Walking”.  Please make sure to read these out loud at home.  I talked to the boys and girls about the importance of reading out loud.  It will make them fluent readers.

Math:  Today the boys and girls will take home the practice test.  The real test will look very similar so please go over the test tonight.  Chapter Two, Subtraction, will begin by the end of the week.

Religion:  We are finishing the chapter about the Bible.  This week the boys and girls will discuss the word “praise” and what it means.

Today we were so lucky to have Mr. Ashley volunteer to talk to the class about fire safety.  The class LOVED it!!!  They wore their hats the whole day and played firefighters at recess.  Thanks Mr. Ashley!!  I will post some pics of our guest speaker this afternoon.

Feel free to continue the yellow and purple bows for Beau all week.

Enjoy this weather and have a great week!

Ms. Boyce 

Week of October 10th

Posted on Oct 11, 2016

Hi Parents,

I hope everyone enjoyed the beautiful, fall weekend!  It’s the middle of October and Halloween is on our minds!!  Take a look at our four day week…

Reading:  This week the boys and girls will read two new stories: “Look at That” and “Can You Find It?”  Please make sure to have the boys and girls read these out loud each night.

Sight Words:  all, are, find, make & play

Spelling Words: am, had, sad, bad, fan, & can

Math:  The math this week is a little bit difficult for the first graders.  They are learning how to make ten to add.  They need to fill the ten frame (to get ten) because it makes it easier to add.  ie: 7 5=___ so the boys and girls know 7 3 fills the ten frame, plus 2 extras equals 12.  We will also be adding three numbers by the end of the week.

Religion:  This week we will learn about the Bible.

Phonics:  We will continue with short a word families.  The boys and girls should be able to identify those words in their readers.

Have a great week everyone!

Week of October 4th

Posted on Oct 03, 2016

Hi Parents,

October has arrived!! I hope everyone has picked out their Halloween costume!  It will be here before you know it!

This week is a little different because we started a new reading unit. All first graders received a reader to take home each night. This week the boys and girls will concentrate on these two stories: “The Nap” and “Oh, Cats!” Please make sure your son or daughter reads both stories this week. Reading out loud will help with word recognition, fluency and expression.

Sight Word Test: down, away, come, will & no     Also, I will be testing the first graders on all the unit one words. 

Spelling Test: From now until the end of the year, the boys and girls will take a spelling test on Fridays. Please practice these words each night...

cat, at, sat, man, ran & an

Phonics: For the next two weeks, the first graders will learn all about short a word families.  They are learning that words that rhyme have the same ending sound which makes them part of a certain family.  (ie: cat, mat & sat or bad, sad & mad)

Math: This week the boys and girls will continue to review adding doubles/double plus one/double minus one and counting on from a given number.  They will also learn new strategies like adding 10 and making 10 to add.  Please be on the look out for a few homework pages this week.  Also, flashcards are really helpful to review at home.  We are having competitions in the classroom, so memorizing facts is important!

Say Cheese!  Tomorrow is picture day! Please send boys and girls in their Sunday best and ready to smile!!

The first graders are saying their prayers for our buddy, Beau.  Please keep him and his family in your prayers.  

Ms. Boyce

Week of September 26th

Posted on Sep 27, 2016

Hi Parents,

The boys and girls had lots and lots of great stories from their fun filled weekend. I’d say Homecoming was a huge success! I think school will be a little easier this week with the weather cooling off a bit J

Sight Words: we, get, one, what, two, & three

Reading: First graders will receive “Get the Tent” and “I Am a Bug” to read at home a few days this week. These books are great practice with sight words, fluency and expression. Our class is doing a small unit this week on Franklin books. He is a fun character to read and write about

Math: We are continuing to work on addition strategies in math this week.  Counting on and doubles facts will be our main focus. 

Religion: We will discuss what it means to belong to a parish and that Jesus is like the Good Sheppard.  He knows each of us by name.

Below are a few pictures of some apple fun the class has been involved in over the last couple of days.

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Thanks!

Ms. Boyce

Week of September 19th

Posted on Sep 20, 2016

Hi Parents,

It sounded like Fisherfest was a success!  In the end, I believe Zero Gravity won being the best ride!  Now it is time to get back to business.

This week we will have six new sight words for the children to study: do, like, not, that, to, and you.  I encourage you to review these each night, and even say them out loud in a sentence.  

Reading: The boys and girls will receive the story, “I Can Hop”.  Please read this each night focusing on sight words, expression and fluency.

Since we are in the middle of September, first grade will focus a little on apples!  Please bring in an apple on Friday for a fun little project.  I will have a few extras in case you are unable to get to the store in time.

We are starting Chapter two in math this week.  It seems like the boys and girls have a pretty good concept of addition right now.  I would like you to practice flashcards at home to master the simple facts to ten.  This will make things much easier later in the year.

Friday the boys and girls are welcome to wear Fisher gear or superhero themed clothes to support homecoming this weekend.  SOAR has planned a fun pep rally for the end of the day on Friday.  Go Falcons!!

Have a great week!!

Ms. Boyce

Week of September 12th

Posted on Sep 12, 2016

Hello Parents!

I hope everyone is gearing up for Fisherfest! I know the first graders certainly are! The rides have arrived in the parking lot and the Freak-Out seems to be the talk of the town (or at least room 112). This will be a short week. Students are not in school on Friday.

Here is a look at the four day week:

Reading: Students will come home this week with “Big Monkey, Little Monkey”. Please have your son or daughter read this a couple times to practice sight word recognition and fluency. In the story, the boys and girls should be able to identify an exclamation point and know to change their voice accordingly.

Sight Words: big, have, it, is, in & little

I will quiz the boys and girls on these words on Thursday.  Please make sure to practice the long list of words you received the first week of school.

Religion: We are discussing the Sign of the Cross and how to make it correctly. This is always a challenge so feel free to practice at home. Next week I will call each student up to my desk individually to show me how to make the Sign of the Cross correctly. If your son or daughter is not able to do that, you will receive a small note to keep practicing. I have a feeling the boys and girls will be able to pick it up in no time at all!

Math:   This week we will discuss adding in any order and adding to ten. Be on the lookout for at some homework pages this week.  Also, we should be finishing chapter one this week.  I plan to do the practice test with the first graders on Wednesday and give them the test on Thursday.  The test is always very similar to the practice test, so make sure to review it at home.  Thanks for all your help!

Next week our class will have the first Star of the Week. Whoever is (randomly) chosen as the Star will receive a handout explaining the exciting things he or she will get to do during the week. I wonder who will be the first Star of the Week this year???

Have a spectacular time at Fisherfest!!

Ms. Boyce

Week of September 6th

Posted on Sep 07, 2016

Hi Parents!

I hope everyone had a fun Labor Day weekend!   It is nice to have a short week especially with this crazy heat!  Beside the warm days, the boys and girls seem to be adjusting well to first grade.  They are good little learners and great friends to each other too.  Here is a look at the short week!

Sight Words to focus on this week: can, my, look, and, at & the  

Math: We are working on addition this week in math. The boys and girls seem to be working well with the Go Math series, and all that is has to offer. I will be sending a homework page home so you can keep an eye out for that. (It usually says homework page on the top so it is easy to identify.)

Religion: We are discussing communities and families this week. We will make a family tree to hang in the classroom. 

Reading: This week the boys and girls will get a new short book to take home, “Can Pig Nap?”. The first graders are expected to read this at home and bring it back to school each day. If your son or daughter is having a hard time with this book, feel free to read a sentence and have him or her repeat it while pointing to the words. If your son or daughter has an easy time with this story, feel free to challenge them with harder books found in the library.

Fisherfest is around the corner!  The talk of rides seems to be a pretty popular topic around here!  Woohoo!

I hope everyone has a great week. Let me know if you have any questions about the week!

Ms. Boyce

Week of August 29th

Posted on Aug 29, 2016

Hi Parents, 

We have three days under our belts!  The new first graders seem to be getting the hang of the new classroom!

Here are some things to know about this week in first grade:

Today the boys and girls will receive sight words to study for the next few weeks.  Most of the words are a review of kindergarten but we ask that you study 5-10 words a night.  The more familiar they are with the words, the better their reading will be.

The boys and girls will also receive a short book to read at home each night, “I See Blue, Red, Yellow”.  Please read the story together and return it each day.  We will discuss the story in school so it is important to bring back.  If the story is giving your son or daughter difficulty, feel free to read the sentence out loud and have him or her repeat it while pointing to the words.

In math, our class will begin chapter one with identifying numbers and adding them up.  When adding we will be drawing and counting pictures. 

On September 4th, Blessed Teresa, better known as Mother Teresa, is going to be canonized in Rome.  Our class will be talking about this exciting event and learning a little about Mother Teresa. 

Tomorrow I hope to see you all at “Meet and Greet” night.   My classroom will be open from 6:30-7.  Feel free to stop in and say hello.  There will be an all school parent meeting in the church at 7.

The skating party is on Thursday from 5:30-7:30.  It sounds like a lot of fun!!

A few people have asked me about snack in first grade.  We do have a small snack around 9:30.  This should be a smaller snack like pretzels, goldfish, fruit snack or fruit.  Please avoid sending messy snacks and drinks.

Check out the important documents on the side to learn more about first grade!

The first few days of school were great.  I am looking forward to the rest of the year!! (Below is a cute picture from the first day!!)

Ms. Boyce

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Welcome Back

Posted on Aug 24, 2016

Dear Parent(s),

 

Welcome to the 2016-2017 school year at Saint John Fisher.  I am so excited to be your son or daughter’s first grade teacher.  I look forward to an enjoyable year getting to know your child.  First grade is a very fun yet challenging time.  I think it is a significant year as the boys and girls grow tremendously.  I hope your child is just as excited as I am!

 

Just as a quick introductory note, my name is Annie Boyce and this is my seventh year teaching first grade at Saint John Fisher.  I am a graduate of St. Catherine’s, Mother McAuley and St. Mary’s College.  Catholic education is very near and dear to my heart which is why I feel so lucky to be at such a wonderful school on the South Side.

 

Throughout the year, the first grade students will read a significant number of books both inside and outside of the classroom.  I encourage you to read with your son or daughter as much as possible.  It is always evident in the classroom when a child has been practicing his or her reading on a daily basis.  While your son or daughter is reading, ask questions, make predictions, and have fun.  Reading is meant to be enjoyable!

 

Please do not hesitate to contact me by phone, email, or by sending a note with your child.  I am looking forward to a great year getting to know each and every child in room 112.

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Annie Boyce

 

 
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