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Ms. Mary Fahey, First Grade

Hello! My name is Mary Fahey. This is my second year teaching at St. John Fisher and I am extremely excited to meet our new group of first grade students. My first year here made me feel extremely lucky to be a part of such a great community with such supportive teachers and parents and loving students. Here a few fun facts about me…

  • I grew up in Beverly and attended St. Barnabas and Mother McAuley.
  • I graduated in May of 2017 from the University of Dayton, which holds a very special place in my heart!
  • I enjoy spending my time with my big family and friends.
  • I love the outdoors, reading, and deep dish pizza.

I am looking forward to meeting all of you on August 21st. We are going to have a fantastic year!    

Week of May 13 -May 17th

Posted on May 13, 2019

I hope you all had great weekend and had a lovely Mother's Day! We are so thankful for all of your love and hard work you show.

Nora  was our Star of the Week last week! She did an AWESOME job and we loved getting to learn more about her and some of her favorite things! We also loved seeing her different show and tells. 

We are nearing the end of the school year - the countdown is on! Lots of fun events will be coming up soon. 

Reading: This week the stories are  Jordan Makes a New Friend and Ice Cold Birthday. We now have ten spelling words each week. This week the spelling words are born, or, for, fork, short, torn, cold, would, walked, sleeping. The sight words this week are before, cold, full, off, wouldThere 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: This week we will be learning about Bossy R. Specifically -ar and -or words and how r is "bossy" and takes the vowel sound away.   

We will also be reviewing adding the -s, -es, -ed, and -ing endings to words.

Math: We are continuing with Chapter 11 this week - 3-Dimensional Geometry. The students have really loved  this chapter so far and have loved relating these 3D shapes to real-world objects.  

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

Religion: We will keep talking about how May is the month of Mary. We will be learning more about Mary as Jesus' mother, practicing the Hail Mary, and May crowning and how we can honor Mary.

Week of April 29 - May 3

Posted on Apr 29, 2019

I hope all had a great weekend and stayed dry. We are ready for these April showers to be over!

Charlie R.  was our Star of the Week last week! He did an AWESOME job and we loved getting to learn more about him and some of his favorite things! We also loved seeing his different show and tells. 

Tomorrow, Tuesday, April 30th we will have a school wide health fair hosted by the SXU nurses.This means that students can wear their gym uniforms tomorrow.  

Reading: This week the stories are  The True Story of Abbie Burgess and The Bravest Cat.Both Realistic Fiction Stories. We now have ten spelling words each week. This week the spelling words are new, grew, drew, blue, true, glue, give, put, fixes, washes. The sight words this week are because, better, give, people, putThere 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!   

We are moving into our final reading unit next week - unit 1.6. That means that this week, students will be tested on all  30 sight words from unit 1.5. They will be tested on Thursday of Friday. A list of these words was sent home in their home folder today. 

Phonics: This week we will be learning about the vowel patterns ue and ew. These patterns are found in 6 of our sight words.  

We will also be reviewing adding -es to the ends of words.

Math: We are continuing with Chapter 10 this week - Representing Data. We have learned about both picture graphs and bar graphs and how to read them and build  them. The test on this chapter will be at some point next week. 

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

Religion: Starting this week, we will be talking about how May is the month of Mary. We will be learning more about Mary as Jesus' mother, practicing the Hail Mary, and May crowning and how we can honor Mary.

Week of April 8th - April 12th

Posted on Apr 08, 2019

Spring is in the air! First grade is LOVING this gorgeous weather. 

Abi was our Star of the Week last week! She did an AWESOME job and we loved getting to learn more about her and some of her favorite things! We also loved seeing her different show and tells. 

Spring Break starts this Friday, April 12th! I hope you all enjoy the time off and the time well spent with family and friends. 

We will have an Easter prayer service this Friday at 1pm. All are welcome to join! 

Reading: This week the stories are  Chompy's Afternoon and Dinosaur Babies. We now have ten spelling words each week. This week the spelling words are baby, funny, many, my, why, fly, even, most, without, nobody. The sight words this week are animals, even, heard, most, theirThere 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: This week we will be learning about y as a vowel sound. We will learn that when y is at the end of a word it can make the long e or long i sound.  

We will also be reviewing compound words this week..  

Math: We are continuing with Chapter 9 this week - Measurement. The students have enjoyed learning how to read a clock and tell time to the hour and half hour. Our test on this Chapter will be this upcoming Wednesday, April 10th. The review for this chapter will go home on Tuesday - this is a great study tool for the test! 

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

Religion: We are going to start talking about the 12 stations of the cross. We will discuss each station and have a coloring page to go along with each station. 

Science: This week as we have two stories about dinosaurs, we will be researching about dinosaurs and learning about fossils. 

Week of April 1st- April 5th

Posted on Apr 01, 2019

I hope you all had a great weekend!

Marie was our Star of the Week last week! She did an AWESOME job and we loved getting to learn more about her and some of her favorite things! We also loved seeing her different show and tells. 

Reading: This week the stories are  What a Sight and Lost in the Museum. We now have ten spelling words each week. This week the spelling words are lie, tie, pie, night, light, right,been, found, cat's dog's. The sight words this week are been, first, found, start, togetherThere 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 i and words with the igh and ie long vowel pattern. 

This week we will also be talking about singular possessives and adding the 's to words to show ownership.  

Math: We are continuing with Chapter 9 this week - Measurement. Tomorrow we will be starting to learn time to the hour and half hour! 

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

Religion: We are going to start talking about the 12 stations of the cross. We will discuss each station and have a coloring page to go along with each station. 

Science: With spring here, we will be talking about weather, clouds, and rainbows. 

Week of March 25th - March 29th

Posted on Mar 24, 2019

I hope you all had a great weekend!

Edward was our Star of the Week last week! He did an AWESOME job and we loved getting to learn more about him and some of his favorite things! We also loved seeing his different show and tells. 

Reading: This week the stories are  Baby Otter Grows Up and FOAL. We now have ten spelling words each week. This week the spelling words are grow, show, coat, float, old, around, yellow, floating, growing, showing. The sight words this week are show, old, new, her, aroundThere 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 o and words with the oa and ow long vowel pattern. 

This week we will also be talking about the -ing ending that we put at the end of some words. We will be learning that sometimes you have to double the final consonant before you add the -ing ending. 

Math: We are starting Chapter 9 this week. This chapter is a fun one as it is new and we begin to learn things like how to use a ruler as well as how to tell time to the hour and half hour!

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

Religion: This week we have been learning about forgiveness and also how to say sorry. This is a very important lesson for all of our first graders to learn! 

Science: With spring here, we will be talking about weather, clouds, and rainbows. 

Week of March 18 - Mach 22

Posted on Mar 18, 2019

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend and had fun at the parade. 

We have lots of classmates sick today - please make sure to keep washing your hands. We hope our room stays healthy! 

The Dr. Seuss book report was due today. If you did not turn it in please do so tomorrow. 

Ollie was our Star of the Week last week! He did an AWESOME job and we loved getting to learn more about him and some of his favorite things! We also loved seeing his different show and tells. 

Reading: As I stated, we began unit 1.5 last week. This week the stories are  A Big Day for Jay and Lost. We now have ten spelling words each week. This week the spelling words are say, play, may, way, wait, rain, when, from, don't I'm. The sight words this week are don't, from, hear, live, whenThere 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 a and words with the ai and ay long vowel pattern. The students have been doing very good with this. 

This week we will also be talking about contractions. This will be a review, but they are tricky and the boys and girls will be practicing them more! 

Math: We are continuing with Chapter 8 this week - Adding and Subtracting two-digit numbers. Our test on This chapter will be Thursday, March 21st. The students will bring home the study sheet for this on Wednesday. Please make sure to use this to help study! 

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

Religion: This week we have been learning about forgiveness and also how to say sorry. This is a very important lesson for all of our first graders to learn! 

Science: With spring here, we will be talking about weather, clouds, and rainbows. 

Week of March 11th - March 15th

Posted on Mar 11, 2019

We got to go outside for recess today and it was GREAT! 

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. 

Malachy was our Star of the Week last week! He did an AWESOME job and we loved getting to learn more about him and some of his favorite things! We also loved seeing his different show and tells. 

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

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.

Week of February 25th- March 1st

Posted on Feb 25, 2019

We are getting close to Spring – even though it may not feel like it outside!

Tomorrow, February 26th, voting will take place at SJF. Because of this, first grade will have to go through different doors. We will enter and exit through the Kindergarten/ preschool the doors by the playground. These are the doors that Mrs. Caffery’s and Mrs. Power’s students enter and exit through. Thank you for your help with this!

This Friday, we will celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday! For the celebration, students may bring in their favorite Dr. Seuss book to read during school. Our March book report will also be a Dr. Seuss report, where students must choose a book that is written by him to do the report on. I will pass out this report sometime next week.

If you would like to place a February Scholastic book Order, please do so by this Friday, March 1st.

Report Cards will be distributes next Wednesday, March 6th. Please sign the report card envelope and send it back to school with your child. You may keep the actual report card.  

 

Reading: This week the stories are  June and the Mule and Slim, Luke, and the Mules. We now have ten spelling words each week. This week the spelling words are fish, that, long, the, such, with, four, were, cute, use The sight words this week are four, funny, long, watch, were. There 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 u. We will keep on practicing reading and writing words that follow the CVCe pattern (consonant, vowel, consonant, silent e). 

This week we will also be talking about the Plot of the story. What the problem and the solution of the story is and what happens in the beginning, middle, and end of the story.

Math: We will have our chapter 7 math test this week on comparing numbers. The test will be on Thursday, February 28th. On Wednesday we will do the review and I will send this home with each student so that they can study.

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

Religion: We are learning about the Eucharist and how it is a gift from Jesus. We are discussing that it is very holy and very important.

Week of February 18th-February 22nd

Posted on Feb 18, 2019

I hope you are all enjoying this day off. 

The February book report it due this Friday, February 22. 

If you would like to place a February Scholastic book Order, please do so by next Friday, March 1st.

Jordyn was our Star of the Week last week. We really enjoyed learning about her favorite things and asking questions about her show and tell items. 

 

Reading: This week the stories are  The Rolling Rice Cake and The Rat and The Cat. We now have ten spelling words each week. This week the spelling words are like, ride, nice, white, time, five, your, friend, never, rabbit. The sight words this week are be, friend, pretty, soon, your There 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 i. We will keep on practicing reading and writing words that follow the CVCe pattern (consonant, vowel, consonant, silent e). 

This week we will also be talking about the Author's Purpose and why an author writes. It's as easy as PIE. Authors write to Persuade, to Inform and to Entertain.

Math: We are starting Chapter 7 this week - Comparing Numbers

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

Social Studies: This week we are going to finish up discussing the presidents. Specifically, George Washington and Abe Lincoln. We will compare and contrast these presidents. 

Religion: We are beginning to talk about the fact that God is like a loving Father to us and that Jesus was God's son.

Week of February 11- February 15th

Posted on Feb 11, 2019

On Valentine's Day, we are hosting a school wide fundraiser. If students bring in $2, they can dress down and they will receive a small Valentine's treat. All donations will be going to Special Olympics. 

We will be having a small Valentine's Day party in our classroom. Students can bring in Valentines as long as they have one for each student in the class. They can also bring in a piece of candy or a small treat to pass out to everyone. Please do not address all Valentines, just have your child sign his or her name. 

Tomorrow, because February is children's dental health month, we will be having a dental hygienist come into our classroom and talk to us about how to keep strong and healthy teeth. 

Today, I passed out our February book report. The students must pick a fiction book for this report. It is due on February 22nd. Thank you! 

There is no school on Monday, February 18th because of Presidents' Day. 

 

Reading: This week the stories are  Rose and Grandma Make the Sun Shine and Our Family Get-Together. We now have ten spelling words each week. This week the spelling words are rode, those, hope, home, joke, stone, has, very, shop, what. The sight words this week are father, going, has, thank, very There 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 o. We will keep practicing reading and writing words that follow the CVCe pattern (consonant, vowel, consonant, silent e). We will also keep learning about diagraphs -sh, wh, th, ch 

Math: We are continuing with Chapter 6 this week - Count and model numbers. Our test on this chapter will be this Thursday, February 14th. We will do the Chapter 6 review on Wednesday and I will send it home. This is a great study tool for the test! 

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

Science: We will be doing a Valentin'es day science experiment involving candy hearts! 

Social Studies: As President's Day is coming up, we will be talking about both George Washington and Abe Lincoln. We will compare and contrast these presidents. 

Religion: We are beginning to talk about the fact that God is like a loving Father to us and that Jesus was God's son. 

Week of January 28-February 1st

Posted on Jan 27, 2019

I loved seeing so many of you at Mass and Open House today. I know all the boys and girls were so happy to show you all of their hard work. 

Here is what we have coming up for Catholic Schools Week! 
 
Monday - STEM project in afternoon with our prayer partners. This project is based on the schools' theme this year "Faith to Move Mountains" 
 
Tuesday- Carnival Day in the gym. Our class will visit the gym for a few games to play for 20-25 minutes.
 
Wednesday- Bring in food for the Ronald McDonald House. A list went home what first grade should bring in - granola bars and/or goldfish. If students bring in an item they can be out of uniform. 
 
Thursday- Making cards for Hope Children’s hospital with prayer partners.
 
Friday- Disney on Ice for preK- 2nd. For this, please make sure to send your child with a brown paper bag lunch with all things that can be thrown away. 
 
The 100th day of school will be on Friday, February 1st.  However, because we are on our field trip to Disney on Ice that day, we will celebrate the 100th day of school Monday February 4th.  On this day, we will do multiple activities and games to celebrate all that we have learned in 100 days of first grade!  Students can come to school  dressed up to look like they are 100 years old.  
 

Reading: This week the stories are  The Same As You and Cherry Pies and Lullabies. We now have ten spelling words each week. This week the spelling words are tap, tape, cap, cape, mad, made, of, was, check, then. The sight words this week are every, made, mother, of, was There 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 a. We will keep practicing reading and writing words that follow the CVCe pattern (consonant, vowel, consonant, silent e). We will also keep learning about the -ed ending and how it is used in reading and writing. The students were very excited to begin working with long vowels and have been talking about how fun it is to add "magic e" to words to make the vowel long.

Math: We are moving into Chapter 6 this week - Count and model numbers. In this Chapter we are skip counting by tens and showing numbers using tens and ones/ place value. 

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

Science: As we are right in the middle of the season of winter, we are going to begin discussing polar bears and penguins along with other winter animals. We will discuss animals that migrate, hibernate, and their different habitats. 

Religion: It was so much having each child present their baptism page and looking at their cute baby pictures! This week, we will continue talking about God and how he is like a Father to us. 

 

Week of January 22nd- January 25th

Posted on Jan 22, 2019

I hope you all had a relaxing day off! 

This upcoming Sunday, January 27th, is the start to our Catholic Schools Week. There will be a 10am mass in celebration for this week and then open house following. Please join us for these fun events and come see everything your child has been doing within the classroom! 

 

 

Our field trip to Disney in Ice is next Friday, February 1st. Thank you to all who volunteered to chaperone! 

The 100th Day of school is right around the corner and this is a big deal in 1st grade! The 100th day of school falls on the same day that we are attending Disney on Ice...So we will instead be celebrating the day that Monday, February 4th. For this day, students can dress like they are 100 years old. Nothing too fancy or crazy - maybe a robe, glasses, some curlers or baby powder in the hair, a mustache, etc. That day, we will be doing many different activities to celebrate the 100th day. 

Mila was our Star of the Week last week! She did an awesome job and we loved learning more about her and her favorite things. 

Reading: We have finished our third reading unit and are moving onto Unit 4. Within this unit there are some changes from the last unit. The students will now have a homework page each week along with reading their reader and studying their sight words and spelling words for the week. This page will be handed out on Monday and is due on Thursday. Students can feel free to turn it in earlier! This page has the boys and girls practicing a variety of things, including ABC order. This is something that we are just learning so they may need some help with it in the beginning. We are practicing ABC order in the classroom as well in hopes that they will soon be able to master it. We will still have two stories each week. This week the stories are  The Red Stone Game  and The Gingerbread Man The students will take this hardcover book home each night. Please make sure this book returns to school with them each day. We will now have ten spelling words each week. This week the spelling words are ate, gave, make, bake, late, take, as, after, helped, wanted. There will be a weekly sight word test and spelling test on Friday. The sight words this week are after, as, call, laugh, somethingPlease 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 beginning long vowels this week. Specifically long a. We will be practicing reading and writing words that follow the CVCe pattern (consonant, vowel, consonant, silent e). We will also be learning about the -ed ending and how it is used in reading and writing. 

Math: We are moving into Chapter 6 this week - Count and model numbers

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

Science: As we are right in the middle of the season of winter, we are going to begin discussing polar bears and penguins along with other winter animals. We will discuss animals that migrate, hibernate, and their different habitats. 

Week of January - January 18th

Posted on Jan 14, 2019

Happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend and got to have some fun in this snow. 

I have sent home two projects today with your child. The first is a January Book Report. Because your children have become such strong readers, we will be doing a monthly book report from here on out. I explained to the students that they may choose any book they would like -from home, from your local library, or the school library. But I want it to be a "just right" book for them. Meaning that they can read MOST of the words on their own in the book. Therefore, each child's book will differ in both length/ reading level. Please have your child read this book then fill out the report along with it. The January book report will be due next Tuesday, January 22nd.

The second project I handed out was a Baptism Page. We have been talking about what the word Baptism means and the rituals that go along with a Catholic baptism. This is just a short page, but your child will most likely need some help filling it out. Please send in one picture of your child on their baptism along with the page. Please do not glue or staple it to the page. This page is due Wednesday, January 23rd.

Thank you so much for your help with these projects. I really appreciate your time! You can always turn either of these projects in before the due date as well. 

 If you would like to order from Scholastic, please return the form by Friday, January 18th. If you would like to order online, our classroom code is RD2P2. 

Reading: This week the stories are  I Can Read  and Rex and Lilly The students will take this hardcover book home each night. Please make sure this book returns to school with them each day. This week the spelling words are clap, drop, spot, trip, sled, drum. There will be a weekly sight word test and spelling test on Friday. The sight words this week are again, please, read, say, wordPlease 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: Along with short vowels, we will also be learning  about contractions. We started practicing writing contractions today the students did very well with them!  

Math: Our Chapter 5 math test will be this Wednesday, January 16th - Ch:5 Addition and Subtraction Relationships

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

Science: As we are right in the middle of the season of winter, we are going to begin discussing polar bears and penguins along with other winter animals. We will discuss animals that migrate, hibernate, and their different habitats. 

Week of January 7-January 11th

Posted on Jan 07, 2019

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas break! I loved hearing all about what you and your families did during your time off this morning when everyone came in. 

This Wednesday is Swanson's special lunch. If you did not order please remember to send a packed lunch with your child. 

I will be sending home a Scholastic book order home with each child tomorrow. If you would like to order, please return this by next Friday, January 18th. If you would like to order online, our classroom code is RD2P2. 

Reading: This week the stories are  Fox and Bear  and Fox and Bear Look at the Moon. The students will take this hardcover book home each night. Please make sure this book returns to school with them each day. This week the spelling words are just, and, best, fast, hand, must. There will be a weekly sight word test and spelling test on Friday. The sight words this week are came,she, out, know, therePlease 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!   

We will also be reviewing all the short vowels this week. Next week, we will be moving onto long vowels, therefore, all short vowels must be mastered. We will also continue to talk about the characters and setting in our story.

Phonics: Along with short vowels, we will also be learning  about ending blends. Each of our spelling words this week contains an ending blend: -st and -nd blends.

Math: We will continue with Chapter 5 in math this week - Addition and Subtraction Relationships

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

Science: As we are right in the middle of the season of winter, we are going to begin discussing Polar bears and penguins along with other winter animals. We will discuss animals that migrate, hibernate, and their different habitats. 

Week of December 17th- December 21st

Posted on Dec 17, 2018

We are having so much fun preparing for Christmas in 1st Grade! This afternoon we got to watch a wonderful performance by girls from Mother McAuley. They sang a number of Christmas songs for us to get us in the spirit! 

On Thursday, students may wear a Christmas shirt or sweater. 

On Friday, students should come in their Sunday best as we have our Christmas prayer service at 11:30. Because of this, students will not have lunch in the cafeteria. Students can bring a snack or a small lunch and we will eat around 10:30 in our classroom. We are going to be having our cookies and milk from Santa's bakery this day, so they probably will not need too big of a lunch. Students will then be dismissed at 12:30 for Christmas break. 

I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas spent with friends and family. I am so thankful for each of your children this holiday season. They have the biggest hearts and make each day so much fun :). 

Reading: I know this week is busy, however we are still going to cover another set of stories, spelling words, and sight words. We will practice them extra hard during the school day as I know you probably will have a lot going on after school.   This week the stories are  Trucks and Communities The students will take this hardcover book home each night. Please make sure this book returns to school with them each day. This week the spelling words are us, hug, rug, cut, bus, but. There will continue to be weekly sight words as well as a sight words test each Friday. The sight words this week are hold, bring, carry, us, our. 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!   

We will also be working on short u this week. We will be reading and constructing words with the short u sound. We will also work on comparing and contrasting through the stories in our readers. 

Phonics: Along with short u, we will also be learning  about hard/soft c and hard/soft g. Soft c makes the s sound like in city. Soft g makes the j sound like in gym.

Math: We will continue with Chapter 5 in math this week - Addition and Subtraction Relationships

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

Religion:We will continue to talk about the season of Advent and learn about  how to prepare for Jesus this season. 

Week of December 10- December 14th

Posted on Dec 10, 2018

There are a lot of fun things happening in room 111 to prepare for Christmas! We are all enjoying every minute of it. 

On Thursday, December 13th, We will be celebrating the season with a Polar Express Pajama Day.  This will be a fun day where we will read The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg. Children can come to school dressed in their favorite pajamas!

Reading:   This week the stories are  My Buddy Stan and Biscuit The students will take this hardcover book home each night. Please make sure this book returns to school with them each day. This week the spelling words are fun, cup, run, up, puff, stuff. There will continue to be weekly sight words as well as a sight words test each Friday. The sight words this week are jump, more, sleep, time, with. 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!   

We will also be working on short u this week. We will be reading and constructing words with the short u sound. We will also work on comparing and contrasting through the stories in our readers. 

Phonics: Along with short u, we will also be learning  about initial consonant blends. Specifically, s blends. Examples of words with initial s blends are stuff and skate.   

Math: We will be starting Chapter 5 in math this week - Addition and Subtraction Relationships

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

Religion:We will continue to talk about the season of Advent and learn about  how to prepare for Jesus this season. 

Week if December 3rd - December 7th

Posted on Dec 02, 2018

I hope that you all had enjoyed the weekend despite the rainy weather. 

There is no school this Friday, December 7th because the faculty is participating in a religious retreat. 

Joe was our Star of the Week last week. We all enjoyed getting to know more about Joe and some of his favorite things :). 

Reading:   This week the stories are  Yes, We Want Some Too! and Cat Traps The students will take this hardcover book home each night. Please make sure this book returns to school with them each day. This week the spelling words are yes, ten, let, met, get, pet. There will continue to be weekly sight words as well as a sight words test each Friday. The sight words this week are for, want, some, too, goodPlease 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!   

We will also be working on short e this week. We will be reading and constructing words with the short e sound. We will also work on comparing and contrasting through the stories in our readers. 

Phonics: Along with short e, we will also be learning  about initial consonant blends. Specifically, r blends and l blends. Examples of words with initial blends are break and  blue.   

Math: We will continue on with Chapter 4 in Math this week which continues on with Subtraction. Our test on this Chapter will be this Thursday, December 6th. 

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

Religion: Today is the first Sunday of Advent. On Thursday and Friday we talked about how Advent is the season to prepare for the coming of Jesus. We made our own Advent wreaths that the students will light a new candle each Monday morning. We will be learning and talking more about Advent and how to prepare for Jesus this season. 

Week of November 26th - November 30th

Posted on Nov 26, 2018

I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving break spent with friends and family. I also hope you enjoyed our bonus snow day! 

It was such a pleasure getting to meet so many of you at parent teacher conferences. I love talking about your children and letting you know how their year is going.

Mickey was our Star of the Week two weeks ago. We all enjoyed getting to know more about Mickey and some of his favorite things :). 

We have finished our second reading unit and will be moving on to Unit 1.3 tomorrow. This unit will be structured the same as 1.2, (weekly sight words and spelling words and a hardcover reader to be read each night and brought back to school) the content will just be different.  

Reading:   This week the stories are  The Big Mess and The Little Red Hen The students will take this hardcover book home each night. Please make sure this book returns to school with them each day. This week the spelling words are red, tell, bed, well, fed, mess. There will continue to be weekly sight words as well as a sight words test each Friday. The sight words this week are help, now, said, so, who. 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!   

We will also be working on short e this week. We will be reading and constructing words with the short e sound. We will also work on comparing and contrasting through the stories in our readers. 

Phonics: Along with short e, we will also be learning  about double consonant endings (-ll, -ss, -zz, etc.) This concept can be seen in three of our spelling words - tell, well, mess.  

Math: We will continue on with Chapter 4 in Math this week which continues on with Subtraction. Our test on this Chapter will be early on next week. 

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

Religion: As the season of Advent is coming up, we will begin to discuss the season and why it is important in the Catholic Church. We will also be making our own Advent wreaths and "light" a new candle each week. 

 

Week of November 12th- November 16th

Posted on Nov 12, 2018

Thanksgiving Break will begin next Tuesday, November 20th with an 11:30 dismissal. 

Report cards will be sent home this Wednesday, November 14th. Please sign the envelope and return it to school.

I look forward to seeing all of you at conferences next Monday evening, November 19th. 

With the cold weather rolling in, please remember to make sure your child is dressed appropriately when coming to school. We will still be going outside for recess each day! 

Bridget was our Star of the Week last week. We had so much fun learning more about her and seeing all of her special show and tells. 

We will continue with reading unit 1.2 this week.  Please remember to study the new list of sight words and spelling words that they will receive today.There will be a test on both on Friday.

Reading:   This week the stories are A Big Job and Sweet Potato Pie The students will take this hardcover book home each night. Please make sure this book returns to school with them each day. This week the spelling words are hot, not, mop, got, hop, top. There will continue to be weekly sight words as well as a sight words test each Friday. The sight words this week are by, eat, stop, sing, them. 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!   

We will also be working on short o this week. We will be reading and constructing words with the short o sound. The boys and girls have been doing a great job writing and reading words with all the short vowels! 

Phonics: Along with short o, we will also be learning  about plurals and that we add s to the end of the word to make it plural. We will also be learning about the -ing ending and when we use it. 

Math: Our Chapter 2 math test is tomorrow! We will be moving on to chapter 4 on Wednesday, which also covers subtraction. 

Religion: This week, we will be discussing God's creation. We will continue with this as well as our Catholic book of Saints. 

Science/Social Studies: We have began discussing the pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving. We will learn many new facts about the pilgrims and the Native Americans and how they worked together! 

Week of November 5th- November 9th

Posted on Nov 05, 2018

We will be having a Veteran's Day prayer service on Friday, November 9th at 1:15 in the church. Please feel free to attend! 

This week is special lunch on Wednesday. It is Pop's. If you did not order special lunch, please remember to pack a lunch. 

Report cards will be sent home next Wednesday, November 14th. 

With the cold weather rolling in, please remember to make sure your child is dressed appropriately when coming to school. We will still be going outside for recess each day! 

Conor was our Star of the Week last week. He did a fantastic job and it was very special because it was also his birthday week :). 

We will continue with reading unit 1.2 this week.  Please remember to study the new list of sight words and spelling words that they will receive today.There will be a test on both on Friday.

Reading:   This week the stories are Jog, Frog, Jog and From Tadpole to Frog The students will take this hardcover book home each night. Please make sure this book returns to school with them each day. This week the spelling words are do, log, job, dogs, logs, jobs. There will continue to be weekly sight words as well as a sight words test each Friday. The sight words this week are does, he, into, this, water. 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!   

We will also be working on short o this week. We will be reading and constructing words with the short o sound. The boys and girls have been doing a great job writing and reading words with all the short vowels! 

Phonics: Along with short o, we will also be learning  about plurals and that we add s to the end of the word to make it plural. Today we learned that plural means more than 1. You will see this in 3 of our Spelling words- dogs, logs and jobs. 

Math: We will continue working on Chapter 2 this week, Subtraction Concepts. The boys and girls have been working very hard to switch their brains from addition mode to subtraction mode and they are doing a great job. It would be very helpful to practice subtraction flashcards at home. Our test on this chapter will be sometime next week.

Religion: We have been discussing the different ways that we can give praise to God, such as singing, dancing, and playing instruments. We will continue with this as well as our Catholic book of Saints. 

Science/Social Studies: We have began discussing the pilgrims and the first Thanksgiving. We will learn many new facts about the pilgrims and the Native Americans and how they worked together! 

Week of October 29th-November 2nd

Posted on Oct 29, 2018

Halloween week is upon us! I know all of the boys and girls are very excited to wear their Halloween costumes on Wednesday. On Wednesday afternoon, we will be having a small Halloween party to celebrate. If your child would like to bring in a bag of candy to pass out a piece to each student, they certainly can. We have 22 students in the class.

With the cold weather rolling in, please remember to make sure your child is dressed appropriately when coming to school. We will still be going outside for recess each day! 

Graham was our Star of the Week last week. He did a fantastic job and we loved getting to know more about him and his favorite things - including hockey and his favorite players! 

We will continue with reading unit 1.2 this week.  Please remember to study the new list of sight words and spelling words that they will receive today.There will be a test on both on Friday.

Reading:   This week the stories are Fish Mix and How Many Fish? The students will take this hardcover book home each night. Please make sure this book returns to school with them each day. This week the spelling words are in, fix, mix, him , did, six. There will continue to be weekly sight words as well as a sight words test each Friday. The sight words this week are on, many, why, how, they. 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!   

We will also be working on short i again this week. We will be reading and constructing words with the short i sound. The boys and girls have been doing a great job writing and reading words with all the short vowels! 

Phonics: Along with short i, we will also be learning  about the final -x sound at the end of words. You will see this in 3 of our Spelling words- fix, mix, and six. 

Math: We will continue working on Chapter 2 this week, Subtraction Concepts. The boys and girls have been working very hard to switch their brains from addition mode to subtraction mode and they are doing a great job. It would be very helpful to practice subtraction flashcards at home. 

Religion: We have been discussing the different objects that we see in church and what they are used for. We will continue with this as well as our Catholic book of Saints. We have also been reading a few stories from the bible. The boys and girls have enjoyed learning more about Jesus and his miracles. 

Science/Social Studies: With Halloween right around the corner, we will be discussing bats, both in fiction and non-fiction texts. 

Week of October 22nd-OCtober October 26th

Posted on Oct 22, 2018

We had a fantastic time at the farm last week! All of your children looked wonderful on picture day as well. Thank you all very much for your help that day!

With the cold weather rolling in, please remember to make sure your child is dressed appropriately when coming to school. We will still be going outside for recess each day! 

Cate was our Star of the Week last week. She did a great job and we loved learning about her favorite food, favorite book, and what she wants to be when she grows up! 

We will continue with reading unit 1.2 this week.  Please remember to study the new list of sight words and spelling words that they will receive today.There will be a test on both on Friday.

Reading:   This week the stories are I Went Walking and Can you Find It? The students will take this hardcover book home each night. Please make sure this book returns to school with them each day. This week the spelling words are kick, sick, pick, hit, sit, it. There will continue to be weekly sight words as well as a sight words test each Friday. The sight words this week are did, me, saw, walk, went. 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!   

We will also be working on short i again this week. We will be reading and constructing words with the short i sound. The boys and girls have been doing a great job writing and reading words with all the short vowels! 

Phonics: Along with short i, we will also be learning  about the final -ck sound at the end of words. You will see this in 3 of our Spelling words. 

Math: Your child will be receiving their Chapter 3 Math test home today. Please make sure to review with your child any problems that they may have gotten incorrect. We will be starting Chapter 2 today, which is Subtraction concepts. 

Religion: We have been discussing the different objects that we see in church and what they are used for. We will continue with this as well as our Catholic book of Saints. 

Science/Social Studies: With Halloween right around the corner, we will be discussing bats, both in fiction and non-fiction texts. 

Week of October 15th-October 19th

Posted on Oct 15, 2018

 

This week is busy in 1st Grade - We have our field trip to the farm tomorrow and it is also picture day. An email was sent to you about how tomorrow will go with both events.

We will have our second all-school mass this Friday at 1pm. The students will be sitting with their prayer partners which they are very excited about. Please attend if you are able to! 

We will continue with reading unit 1.2 this week. The students received a new list of sight words and spelling words the week. Please remember to study them each night. There will be a test on both on Friday.

Reading:  With this unit, we will not longer have the small readers that the students will bring home in their home folders. Now, students will receive a hardcover book at the beginning of each new unit. Each unit will take 6 weeks to cover. In this hardcover book, there will be two stories per week. This week the stories are Look At That and Can you Find It? The students will take this hardcover book home each night. Please make sure this book returns to school with them each day. Starting with this new unit until the end of the school year, we will also have a list of spelling words each week. There will be a spelling test each Friday. This week the words are can, had, fan, sad, bad, am. There will continue to be weekly sight words as well as a sight words test each Friday. The sight words this week are all, are, find, make, play. 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!   

We will also be working on short a again this week. We will be reading and constructing words with the short a sound. The story in our hardcover reader Look at That will help the students practice the short a sound.Short vowel sounds are one of the main concepts that we focus on in first grade, so it is very important that the students master this concept. 

Phonics: Along with short a, we will also be reviewing the final consonant sounds of n,t,d,s,p,m. 

Math: Our chapter 3 test will be this Thursday, October 18th. We will start Chapter 2, subtraction concepts, next Monday.

Religion: We have been practicing the prayers in our prayer book. The students are really getting to know the sign of the cross as well as our end-of-the-day prayer, Angel of God. We will begin the practice Hail Mary. The students have also been learning about and adding more saints to the their Catholic book of Saints. They have really enjoyed learning about them!  

Science/Social Studies:  This week, we will start discussing farm animals and their homes before and after we go on our field trip to the farm.

Week of October 8th-October 12th

Posted on Oct 09, 2018

I hope you all had a fun-filled weekend and enjoyed the extra day off!

Thank you all for turning in your child’s permission slip for the farm. A note was sent home with your child on Friday explaining more about what will happen on the morning of the field trip because this day is also picture day. Thank you in advance for your help with this.  

Matthew was our second Star of the Week. He did an awesome job and we loved learning more about him and some of his favorites – including his dog RB! 

This week, we will start our new reading unit – Unit 1.2. There will be a note home explaining this new unit and what comes along with it. In addition, because we have finished Unit 1.1, the students will be tested on a list of all the sight words from the unit at some point this week. A list of all of these words will be sent home tomorrow so each student can practice.

Reading: We have finished our first reading unit (1.1) and will begin Unit 1.2 tomorrow. Starting with this unit, we will not longer have the small readers that the students will bring home in their home folders. Now, students will receive a hardcover book at the beginning of each new unit. Each unit will take 6 weeks to cover. In this hardcover book, there will be two stories per week. This week the stories are The Nap and Oh Cats! The students will take this hardcover book home each night. Please make sure this book returns to school with them each day. Starting with this new unit until the end of the school year, we will also have a list of spelling words each week. There will be a spelling test each Friday. This week the words are at, cat, an, man, ran, sat. There will continue to be weekly sight words as well as a sight words test each Friday. The sight words this week are away, come, down, no, will. 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!   

We will also be working on short a again this week. We will be reading and constructing words with the short a sound. The story in our hardcover reader The Nap will help the students practice the short a sound.Short vowel sounds are one of the main concepts that we focus on in first grade, so it is very important that the students master this concept. 

Phonics: Along with short a, we will also be reviewing the final consonant sounds of n,t,d,s,p,m. 

Math: Our chapter 3 test will be this Thursday, October 11. We will start Chapter 2, subtraction concepts, nest Monday.

Religion: We have been practicing the prayers in our prayer book. The students are really getting to know the sign of the cross as well as our end-of-the-day prayer, Angel of God. We will begin the practice Hail Mary. The students have also been learning about and adding more saints to the their Catholic book of Saints. They have really enjoyed learning about them!  

Science/Social Studies: The students really enjoyed learning about Christopher Columbus and his voyage to America. This week, we will start discussing farm animals and their homes before we go on our field trip to the farm.

Week of October 1st-October 5th

Posted on Sep 30, 2018

I hope you all had a great weekend and got to enjoy all the fun activities going on in the neighborhood. 

Just a reminder-Our field trip permission slip and money to the farm are due this Friday, October 5th.  

There will be no school next Monday, October 8th because of Columbus Day. 

Holly was our very first Star of the Week. She did an awesome jobs and we loved learning more about her. 

Reading: We will keep reading Tumble Bumble this week. The boys and girls will receive their 6th and final small book this week. The new book is called .I am Bug. Please make sure that your child reads this book either to you or with you each night.These small books are for practicing reading at home, but please remember that these books must be returned to school with your child each day. The students will receive a new list of sight words tomorrow.These words are up, but, go, where, here, am. I will be testing the students on these words on Friday. Please make sure to practice reading the list of sight 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!   

We will also be working on short u this week. We will  be reading and constructing words with the short u sound, specifically, the -ug, and -ub, and  -un word families. Short vowel sounds are one of the main concepts that we focus on in first grade, so it is very important that the students master this concept. 

Phonics: Along with short u, we will also be reviewing the sounds of y, x, and q. 

Math: We are going to continue with Chapter 3 in math this week - more addition concepts. The boys and girls have been doing well with their addition facts. They are learning many new strategies and vocabulary words that have to do with addition. Our test on this chapter will be next week. 

Religion: We have been practicing the prayers in our prayer book. The students are really getting to know the sign of the cross as well as our end-of-the-day prayer, Angel of God. We will begin the practice Hail Mary. The students have also been learning about and adding more saints to the their Catholic book of Saints. They have really enjoyed learning about them!  

Science/Social Studies: We will be discussing Christopher Columbus this week because Columbus day is October 8th! We will also start discussing farm animals and their homes before we go on our field trip to the farm. 

Week of September 24th-28th

Posted on Sep 24, 2018

I hope you all enjoyed the gorgeous fall weather this weekend!  

Reading: We will read a new story called Tumble Bumble this week. The boys and girls will receive another small book to bring home with them each day. The new book is called Get the Tent. Please make sure that your child reads this book either to you or with you each night.These small books are for practicing reading at home, but please remember that these books must be returned to school with your child each day. A new one will be given to the students at the beginning of each week. The students will receive a new list of sight words tomorrow.These words are one, two, three, get, we, what. I will be testing the students on these words on Friday. Please make sure to practice reading the list of sight words each night. A helpful way to practice would be to make flashcards. All students have been doing great on these sight word tests the past few weeks!  

We will also be working on short e this week. We will  be reading and constructing words with the short e sound, specifically, the -et, and -en word families. Short vowel sounds are one of the main concepts that we focus on in first grade, so it is very important that the students master this concept. 

Phonics: Along with short e, we will also be reviewing the sounds of j, w, and v. 

Math: We are going to continue with Chapter 3 in math this week - more addition concepts. The boys and girls have been doing well with their addition facts. They are learning many new strategies and vocabulary words that have to do with addition. We have mainly been discussing the words addition sentence, addends, and sum. 

Religion: We have been practicing the prayers in our prayer book. The students are really getting to know the sign of the cross as well as our end-of-the-day prayer, Angel of God.  

Science/Social Studies: This will be our last week discussing apples. We had so much fun learning about Johnny Appleseed. We will be celebrating his birthday this Wednesday, September, 26th.  

Week of September 17th-21st

Posted on Sep 16, 2018

I hope you all had a great weekend and enjoyed all of the Fisher Fest fun!

Just a reminder - On Fridays I send home students' completed work that I have checked in. Any work that comes home in their home folders can stay at home. Please try to remind your child to clean out their folder over the weekends. 

Reading: We will continue reading My Family's Market this week. On Friday, we each made our own family trees. It was so much fun learning about each of your families. The boys and girls will receive another small book to bring home with them each day. The new book is called I Like to Hop. Please make sure that your child reads this book either to you or with you each night.These small books are for practicing reading at home, but please remember that these books must be returned to school with your child each day. A new one will be given to the students at the beginning of each week. The students will receive a new list of sight words tomorrow.These words are do, like, not, that, to, you. I will be testing the students on these words on Friday. Please make sure to practice reading the list of sight words each night. A helpful way to practice would be to make flashcards. All students have been doing great on these sight word tests the past few weeks!  

We will also be working on short o this week. We will  be reading and constructing words with the short i sound, specifically, the -ot, and -op word families. Short vowel sounds are one of the main concepts that we focus on in first grade, so it is very important that the students master this concept. 

Phonics: Along with short i, we will also be reviewing the sounds of h, d, and k. 

Math: We finished Chapter 1 and had our first test on Thursday. The students all did very well! We are going to continue with addition concepts, therefore, the next Chapter we will cover will be Chapter 3. We will go back to Chapter 2 when we finish up with addition. Thank you for helping your child with their math homework at home. Everyone is doing a really good job of making sure they complete their homework each night. 

Religion: We have discussed and are practicing the Sign of the Cross in religion as well as prayers that we hear on the daily announcement such as The Our Father, Hail Mary, and Angel of God. I was so pleased to see how many of the students already knew many of these! We will continue to practice these prayers this week. We are making a Prayer Lapbook for the students to keep in their school folders so that each student will have their own copy to practice these prayers.

Science/Social Studies: As the season of Fall is approaching, we will begin to do lots of work with apples in first grade. Exploring the parts of an apple, learning about Johnny Appleseed, and tasting apples. 

Week of September 10th-13th

Posted on Sep 09, 2018

Finally, we have some fall weather in the air! I hope you are all enjoying this beautiful day. 

This week is a short week. There is no school on Friday due to Fisher Fest. 

Just a reminder - if students bring in a couple of dollars to help raise money for the memorial being built at King Lockhart Park, they can dress down in red, white, and blue on Tuesday. 

Reading: We will have a new reader this week. It is called My Family's Market. The boys and girls will receive another small book to bring home with them each day. The new book is called One Monkey, Two Monkey Please make sure that your child reads this book either to you or with you each night.These small books are for practicing reading at home, but please remember that these books must be returned to school with your child each day. There will be a total of six small books that will go back and forth with your child to school. A new one will be given to the students at the beginning of each week. The students will receive a new list of sight words tomorrow. I will be testing the students on these words on Friday. Please make sure to practice reading the list of sight words each night. A helpful way to practice would be to make flashcards. All students have been doing great on these sight word tests the past two weeks!  

We will also be working on short i this week. We will  be reading and constructing words with the short i sound, specifically, the -ig, -it, and -ip word families. Short vowel sounds are one of the main concepts that we focus on in first grade, so it is very important that the students master this concept. 

Phonics: Along with short i, we will also be reviewing the sounds of f, g, and l. 

Math: We will finish up Chapter 1 this week and the students will have their first chapter test this Thursday. On Wednesday, we will do the chapter 1 review that is in the back of the students' workbook. This review looks exactly like the test!!!!! So, students will be able to bring their math workbooks home to study on Wednesday night. It would be great for them to look over and practice the review.The math workbooks that come home with them can be left at home. 

Religion: We have discussed and are practicing the Sign of the Cross in religion as well as prayers that we hear on the daily announcement such as The Our Father, Hail Mary, and Angel of God. I was so pleased to see how many of the students already knew many of these! We will continue to practice these prayers this week. We are making a Prayer Lapbook for the students to keep in their school folders so that each student will have their own copy to practice these prayers.

Science/Social Studies: As the season of Fall is approaching, we will begin to do lots of work with apples in first grade. Exploring the parts of an apple, learning about Johnny Appleseed, and tasting apples. 

Week of September 3rd-7th

Posted on Sep 04, 2018

Happy Memorial Day! I hope you all enjoyed this Monday off. 

Thank you so much to all of you who attended the Open House last Wednesday.It was so great meeting you all! 

This week, we have our all school opening mass on Friday, September 7th at 1pm. Please feel free to attend this mass! 

Reading: We will continue with our level 1.1 reader in class called Lunch. The boys and girls will receive another small book to bring home with them each day. The new book is called Can Pig Nap? Please make sure that your child reads this book either to you or with you each night.These small books are for practicing reading at home, but please remember that these books must be returned to school with your child each day. There will be a total of six small books that will go back and forth with your child to school. A new one will be given to the students at the beginning of each week. The students will receive a new list of sight words tomorrow. I will be testing the students on these words on Friday. Please make sure to practice reading the list of sight words each night. A helpful way to practice would be to make flashcards.  

We will also be working on short a this week. We have been reading and constructing words with the short a sound. Short vowel sounds are one of the main concepts that we focus on in first grade, so it is very important that the students master this concept. 

Phonics: Along with short a, we will also be reviewing the sounds of c/k, n, and p. 

Math: We will continue with Chapter 1 in math - addition concepts and strategies. Just a reminder, Monday-Thursday the students will most likely have a math worksheet for homework. 

Religion: We have discussed and are practicing the Sign of the Cross in religion as well as prayers that we hear on the daily announcement such as The Our Father, Hail Mary, and Angel of God. I was so pleased to see how many of the students already knew many of these! We will continue to practice these prayers this week. We are making a Prayer Lapbook for the students to keep in their school folders so that each student will have their own copy to practice these prayers.

Week of August 27-31

Posted on Aug 27, 2018

We did it! We have our first week of school under our belts. It has been so great getting to know each of your children this past week.  I can already tell it’s going to be a great year with this bunch.

 

I posted a back to school letter on the blog last week and I will also be passing out a hardcover of this letter on Wednesday evening at open house. Hopefully you will get a chance to read over this because it contains the majority of the information you need to know about our classroom. Also, thank you so much for being extra speedy and returning any papers that I sent home for you to fill out this past week.

 

Reading: Today, we started our level 1.1 reader in class called Lunch. The boys and girls also received a small book that they brought home called I see Blue, Red, Yellow. Please make sure that your child reads this book either to you or with you each night.These small books are for practicing reading at home, but please remember that these books must be returned to school with your child each day. There will be a total of six small books that will go back and forth with your child to school. A new one will be given to the students at the beginning of each week. In addition, I sent home the student’s first list of sight words to go along with our reader. These first 6 words are review from Kindergarten. They are see, red, blue, yellow, I, a. I will be testing the students on these words on Friday. Please make sure to practice reading the list of sight words each night. A helpful way to practice would be to make flashcards.  

Math: Today, we started Chapter 1, which focuses on addition concepts and strategies. We will continue with this chapter the entire week. Monday-Thursday the students will most likely have a math worksheet for homework. 

Religion: We have discussed and are practicing the Sign of the Cross in religion as well as prayers that we hear on the daily announcement such as The Our Father, Hail Mary, and Angel of God. I was so pleased to see how many of the students already knew many of these! We will continue to practice these prayers this week.

Lastly, we have spent majority of last week and will continue this week to talk about what it means to be a good friend, how to make a new friend, and how we can be respectful to others at home, in school, and in the community. Your children are all experts on this subject!

I look forward to seeing you all Wednesday night at 6:30pm for the open house! I can answer any more questions you may have there.

 

Welcome back!

Posted on Aug 20, 2018

Welcome Back to School 2018 – 2019

Dear Parents,

 

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year at St. John Fisher! I hope you all had a wonderful summer and I am excited to hear all about it.  My name is Mary Fahey and I am thrilled to be your child’s first grade teacher this year. A little bit about me – I grew up in the neighborhood and attended St. Barnabas and Mother McAuley High School. In May of 2017, I graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in Early Childhood Education. This is my second year teaching at SJF and I feel so blessed to be able to work in such a great place with supportive faculty members, students, and families. I am eager to get the school year started!

 

First grade is a big and exciting year for all students. You will see tremendous growth in your child from the beginning of the school year to the end. Students’ reading skills will advance on all levels as well as their writing skills. Students will also learn and develop both their addition and subtraction skills. My goal for this school year is to guide your children and further their growth and development in all areas. Students’ learning does not end when they leave the classroom. There are many ways you can help your child continue to grow at home. Here are some ideas:

  • Read, Read, READ – please find time each day to read to your child or have them read to you. Help your child follow the text from left to right.
  • Ask your child comprehension questions about a story – make predictions, describe a favorite character, summarize or retell the story.
  • Have students create their own stories – they can be short stories made up of pictures and/or words.
  • Practice addition and subtraction problems of single digit numbers. Flashcards are a very effective learning tool!

A common theme that will be emphasized within our classroom will be kindness – especially within the first few weeks of school as we all get acquainted with each other. This theme will be discussed frequently with the students and we will talk about ways in which we can be kind to one another and make our classroom a friendly and comfortable environment.

I am so excited to meet all of you and continue to learn about your child and your families.  I will do my very best to provide an optimistic, fun, and hardworking environment to each student. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at any time!

The next few pages explain some of the “nuts and bolts” of our classroom to keep it running smoothly.

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Fahey

 

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.
  • If you child is feeling feverish in the morning, please keep them home from school. The office will call you to pick up your child if they have a temperature of 100 or higher. A child must be fever free for a full 24 hours before returning to school.
  • A note or email must accompany a child the day they return to school stating the reason why they were absent. This note should be sent to me.

BLOG

  • Please check my blog weekly for classroom news and updates. To access my page, go to the St. John Fisher website, click on teacher blogs, and then my name. Most communication from school will be on line so please check regularly.

FOLDERS

  • The children will be using two folders each day. Their “SCHOOL” folder stays in their desk with papers we use every day. Their “HOME” folder will travel back and forth to school everyday. The two pockets of their HOME folders will be labeled within the first few days of school. The left side will be “Leave at home”. Any work that is on this side of the folder does not have to come back to school. I will send student work home on Fridays. Any notes home from me will also go on this side of the folder. The right side of the folder will be labeled “Right back to School”. Homework will go in this side of the folder both to and from school. 

Any mail or notes we have for each other should be sent in your child’s home folder. You will also find any homework papers, graded papers and any correspondence from the school office in there. Youngest or only children will bring office correspondence home. There might be some days when students’ “HOME” folders 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. Example: Child’s name, Room 111, Tuition

HOMEWORK

  • I will be giving the children homework every night, Monday-Thursday. They should spend between 10-15 minutes on homework. These are some of the possible assignments: read a book or story, practice their sight words, study addition and subtraction facts, math worksheet, phonics sheet, writing paper, or some unfinished homework from class. Reading every night is expected as well as practicing math facts. The children are expected to do their own work, in their own printing, in PENCIL ONLY. It will be due back to next day (to be returned in their home folder). I understand that sometimes homework is forgotten at home. If your child forgets an assignment, their homework should be brought to school the following day. Parents can help by checking the work and reminding them to put it in their folder. Thank you!

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 to be the star for the following week. I will be the first “Star” so the students can see what to do when it’s their turn. I will send a separate note home about this when it is your child’s turn.

BIRTHDAYS

  • Birthdays are a very special day! Your child will get to wear a birthday crown for the day and will also receive some other “surprises.” You are welcome to send a birthday treat on your child’s birthday. We have 22 students in our classroom. I will inform you if there are any food allergies in our room. Birthday party invitations can be passed out in the classroom only if the whole class is being invited or all the girls or all the boys. Otherwise, please pass out invitations outside of school.

SPECIAL CLASSES

  • Our special classes are as follows:
  • Monday: Gym with Mr. Pirkle – please wear gym uniform on Mondays.
  • Tuesday: 8:15 Mass
  • Wednesday: Art/Library with Mrs. Newman/Mrs. Keller (the group is divided in half; they will alternate going to art one week and library the next.)
  • Thursday: Computers with Mrs. Maxwell
  • Friday: Music with Mrs. Lenz

LABELS

  • Please be sure to label all of your child’s personal items. Especially, sweaters, gym pants, sweatshirts, backpacks, lunch boxes, and school supplies. Extra supplies is stored in their lockers, but I will try to send a note home when something is running low.

LUNCH TIME

  • Our lunchtime is 11:25 – 11:45. Since this is 3rd lunch, we will have a snack in the morning. Please provide a small, healthy snack that is easy to eat and not messy! For example, dry cereal, fruit, granola or cereal bar, pretzels or graham crackers. Your child should not bring a drink for snack time. I encourage to the children to start the day with a good breakfast J .

BEHAVIOR PLAN

“Clip System”

  • The Behavior Plan that we will be using in our classroom can be most easily understood as a “clip system”. In our classroom we will have a behavior chart and each student will have a clip with his or her name on this chart. Each student will begin every morning with his or her clip on the green middle section of the behavior chart called “Ready To Learn”. Depending on the student’s behavior they can move either up or down this chart.  If a student is seen doing something kind, respectful, helpful, or is just having an overall good day, I will ask the student to clip up. If a student clips up once they will be on “good choice!” (blue). If a student is asked to clip up a second time during the same school day, they will be on “OUTSTIANDING”(purple). If a student is able to reach outstanding, they will receive a prize for their hard work at the end of the week. Please remind your child that they will not be able to reach outstanding every single day and that is okay! Some days, students will even stay on “Ready to Learn” all day and that is great.

If a student has to be reminded more twice to stop doing a behavior, such as talking when they are not supposed to be, the student will be asked to move their clip down to “think about it” (yellow). If a student is seen doing an inappropriate behavior a second time, they will be asked to clip down again to “make better choices” (orange). If they are seen doing an inappropriate behavior a third time, the student will be asked to clip down to “parent contact” (red). If a student’s clip lands here, the student will get a call or a note home to their parents explaining what the child was doing and why it was inappropriate.If your child does receive a call or a note home, please talk to them about their inappropriate behavior and discuss how they can change this behavior. I will have a similar conversation with the student at school.

****If a student does clip down, they are not stuck there the entire school day. They can have the chance to clip back up by changing their inappropriate behavior.****

BEHAVIOR FOLDER

  • Students will also have a behavior folder that they will bring to and from school each day. This is a manila folder that has a page on the front explaining our classroom clip system. Inside the folder, will be a monthly calendar. At the end of each school day, the students will color in the box on the calendar for that specific day. The color they color in the box will be the same color that they ended the day on our clip chart. The colors will be green, blue, purple, yellow, orange, red. The hope will be for your child to most frequently be able to color in their calendar green, blue, and purple. If your child has a day where their calendar is colored in yellow, orange or red, please have a conversation with them about why they clipped down and how that behavior can be improved. I will have the same conversation with them at school. Please look over your child’s behavior calendar each day and have one parent initial the box each day. Please make sure to send your child back to school each day with their behavior folder as I will be checking it. Thank you so much for your help and cooperation with this! I believe that it  will be a great way for each student to be responsible and aware of their behavior and also a way for you to monitor how they are doing each day in school.

ARRIVAL/DISSMISAL

  • Please drop off your children in the morning at the glass doors next to the church on Fairfield. I will come out to pick them up every morning. 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.
  • PLEASE SEND ME A NOTE REGARDING EXTENDED DAY CARE AFTER SCHOOL. IF THEY WILL ATTEND YEARLY, ONE NOTE IS ENOUGH, BUT IF IT IS OCCASSIONAL, PLEASE SEND A NOTE EACH TIME THEY NEED TO GO.

FIELD TRIPS

  • We try to take some field trips during the year. Any parent who might like to volunteer to go along must have completed the Virtus training. All information about Virtus can be found on the St. John Fisher Website.

Thank you for your time spent reading this – I know it’s a lot but I just want to make sure you receive all of the correct information. It’s going to be a great school year!

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Fahey

 

Week of May 29th-June1st

Posted on May 29, 2018

I hope you all enjoyed the 3-day weekend and had a wonderful Memorial Day.

***Reminders***

  • The first grade will be having a Park Day at Munroe Park next Monday, June 4th. A permission slip will go home with your child today. Please make sure to sign this permission slip and send it back to school by Thursday, May 31st.
  • Our last day of school is Thursday, June 7th. The school will be attending mass and then be dismissed. 

Reading: This is our last week of new sight words and spelling words and the last week we will be using our readers! This week, the two stories we will read are I'll Join You and Leon and Bob. Please make sure your child reads the first story Tuesday night and the second story on Wednesday night this week. This week our sight words are always, boy, move, open, school. This week, the spelling words are cannot, outside, grandma, something, popcorn, tiptoe, school, always. boy, toy. The students will be tested on both lists of words on Friday. The students will be getting their LAST Wednesday Worksheet tomorrow. Please have this completed and turned in by Thursday or Friday.

Math: Our last chapter chapter is called 2-Dimensional Geometry. Our test on this chapter will be this Thursday, June 1st. 

Religion: During the month of May we will be talking about Mary and her importance within the Church. We made a May Altar in our classroom that we will keep throughout the entire month. 

Week of May 21st-25th

Posted on May 21, 2018

The end of the year countdown is here! 11 days left of first grade...I can not believe it! 

***Reminders***

  • This week is spirit week! The students are out of uniform each day. Please make sure to check the themes for each day. 
  • This is our last full week of school. There will be no school on Monday, May 28th due Memorial Day. Enjoy the holiday! 

Reading: This week, the two stories we will read are Doggy Art and Henry and Mudge in Puddle Trouble  Please make sure your child reads the first story Monday night and the second story on Tuesday night this week. Please make sure you send this hardcover book back to school with your child each day. This week our sight words are almost, knew, picture, thought, took. This week, the spelling words are pretty, happy, little, kitten, puppy, better, took, almost, about, round. The students will be tested on both lists of words on Friday. The students have been doing a great job on spelling tests so far, so please keep up the good work! Finally, the students will also get a list of vocabulary words. These are the words the students will see in the stories in their reading books. The students will not be officially tested on reading or spelling these words, however it is necessary they know the meaning of these words to comprehend the reading stories. We will discuss the meaning of these vocabulary words each day. Making flashcards is an easy and effective way to study all of these words! 

*This week during reading, we will be working on and reviewing words with ou in them.

Math: We continue to work on our last math chapter of the school year - Chapter 12, how exciting! This chapter is called 2-Dimensional Geometry. Our Test on this chapter will be next Thursday, June 1st. 

Religion: During the month of May we will be talking about Mary and her importance within the Church. Last week, to begin the month we made a May Altar in our classroom that we will keep throughout the entire month. 

Week of May 14th-May 18th

Posted on May 14, 2018

I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Mother's Day weekend! 

***Reminders***

  • Thank you to those who have already turned in the money for the end of the year Shutterfly book that I am putting together. If you have not turned in your money yet and would like to purchase it, please bring in the $15 cash to me by this Thursday, May 17th. I must have the money by this day so that I can place the order and get the books on time. Thank you!!  
  • Remember, this week is short. There is a teacher meeting on Friday and therefore no school. This means that we will still have our sight word and spelling test but we will have them on  Thursday. 
  • Emma Colander was our Star of the Week last week. He did an awesome job and we loved learning more about him and some of his favorites!

Reading: This week, the two stories we will read are What's New in Mrs. Powell's Class? and Fox On Stage Please make sure your child reads the first story Monday night and the second story on Tuesday night this week. Please make sure you send this hardcover book back to school with your child each day. This week our sight words are along, goes, great, idea, pull. This week, the spelling words are how, now, town, brown, down, clown, pull, goes, paper, seven. The students will be tested on both lists of words on Friday. The students have been doing a great job on spelling tests so far, so please keep up the good work! Finally, the students will also get a list of vocabulary words. These are the words the students will see in the stories in their reading books. The students will not be officially tested on reading or spelling these words, however it is necessary they know the meaning of these words to comprehend the reading stories. We will discuss the meaning of these vocabulary words each day. Making flashcards is an easy and effective way to study all of these words! 

*This week during reading, we will be working on and reviewing work with ow in them.

Math: We have started our last math chapter of the school year - Chapter 12, how exciting! This chapter is called 2-Dimensional Geometry. The children have really enjoyed these last two chapters and working with shapes instead of numbers. 

Religion: During the month of May we will be talking about Mary and her importance within the Church. Last week, to begin the month we made a May Altar in our classroom that we will keep throughout the entire month. 

 

Week of May 7th-May 11th

Posted on May 07, 2018

Today in Church Father Dan revealed to us that there are only about 20 school days left in the year...the whole first grade could hardly believe their ears!

***Reminders***

  • Patrick was our Star of the Week last week. He did an awesome job and we loved learning more about him and some of his favorites!

Reading: This week, the two stories we will read are Show Time: Your First Play and Do You Live in a Nest? Please make sure your child reads the first story Monday night and the second story on Tuesday night this week. Please make sure you send this hardcover book back to school with your child each day. This week our sight words are each, once, other, under, which. This week, the spelling words are her, turn, hurt, girl, first, bird, once, which, slower, slowest. The students will be tested on both lists of words on Friday. The students have been doing a great job on spelling tests so far, so please keep up the good work! Finally, the students will also get a list of vocabulary words. These are the words the students will see in the stories in their reading books. The students will not be officially tested on reading or spelling these words, however it is necessary they know the meaning of these words to comprehend the reading stories. We will discuss the meaning of these vocabulary words each day. Making flashcards is an easy and effective way to study all of these words! 

*This week during reading, we will be working on "bossy r", when the letter r takes the sound of the vowel when they are next to each other. Specifically, ir, er, and ur. We will also be working on the er and est endings for words.

Math: Our Chapter 11 test will be this Thursday, May 10th. We will review on Wednesday and the children will bring this review home with them. This is a great study tool. On Friday, we will begin our final chapter of the school year, Chapter 12! 

Religion: During the month of May we will be talking about Mary and her importance within the Church. Last week, to begin the month we made a May Altar in our classroom that we will keep throughout the entire month. 

Week of April 30th-May4th

Posted on Apr 30, 2018

It is hard to believe that the first day of May is tomorrow. Time truly flies when you are having fun :) !!

***Reminders***

  • Students can wear red on Thursday May 1st, with the suggestion of a $1 donation. This is honor of Kids Helping Kids Day to support the Special Olympics. 
  • Special lunch is Wednesday from Buona Beef. If you did not order this month, please remember to pack a lunch. 
  • There is an early dismissal this Friday, May 4th because of May Crowning. This will begin at 11am and students will be dismissed at 11:45. Please feel free to join! 
  • Nora was our Star of the Week last week. She did an awesome job and we loved learning more about her and some of her favorites!

Reading: This week, the two stories we will read are Jordan  Makes a New Friend and Ice Cold Birthday. Please make sure your child reads the first story Monday night and the second story on Tuesday night this week. Please make sure you send this hardcover book back to school with your child each day. This week our sight words are before, cold, full, off, would. This week, the spelling words are born, fork, short, for, or, torn, cold, would, walked, sleeping. The students will be tested on both lists of words on Friday. The students have been doing a great job on spelling tests so far, so please keep up the good work! Finally, the students will also get a list of vocabulary words. These are the words the students will see in the stories in their reading books. The students will not be officially tested on reading or spelling these words, however it is necessary they know the meaning of these words to comprehend the reading stories. We will discuss the meaning of these vocabulary words each day. Making flashcards is an easy and effective way to study all of these words! 

*This week during reading, we will be working on "bossy r", when the letter r takes the sound of the vowel when they are next to each other. Specifically, or. We will also be working on the s, es, ed, and ing endings for words.

Math: We began Chapter 11 today. This chapter is called 3-Dimensional Geometry. The boys and girls are having fun working with these new shapes. This is a short Chapter so, our test will most likely be sometime next week.  

 

Week of April 23rd- April 27th

Posted on Apr 23, 2018

 I hope everyone enjoyed a beautiful Earth Day yesterday! I hope this warm weather is here to stay. 

***Reminders***

  • We started our last reading unit today, unit 1.6. I also sent home a list of all of our unit 1.5 sight words. Please review these words with your children because each one will be tested on them this week. 
  • I passed out a new Scholastic form. If you or your child would like to order, please send the order in by Friday, April 27th. On the back of the order form is our class code (RD2P2). You can use this code to place your order online. 
  • With our new reading unit, the students will be given a homework page. This page will go home each Wednesday and it will be due back on Friday. The students will receive this homework page each Wednesday from now on.
  • Bella was our Star of the Week last week. She did an awesome job and we loved learning more about her and some of her favorites!

Reading: This week, the two stories we will read are Bluebirds in the Garden and The Garden. Please make sure your child reads the first story Monday night and the second story on Tuesday night this week. Please make sure you send this hardcover book back to school with your child each day. This week our sight words are work, much, shall, wish, these. This week, the spelling words are yard, car, start, far, dark, star, sadly, work, softly, these. The students will be tested on both lists of words on Friday. The students have been doing a great job on spelling tests so far, so please keep up the good work! Finally, the students will also get a list of vocabulary words. These are the words the students will see in the stories in their reading books. The students will not be officially tested on reading or spelling these words, however it is necessary they know the meaning of these words to comprehend the reading stories. We will discuss the meaning of these vocabulary words each day. Making flashcards is an easy and effective way to study all of these words! 

*This week during reading, we will be working on "bossy r", when the letter r takes the sound of the vowel when they are next to each other. Specifically, ar. We will also be working on the -ly ending on words.

Math: The Chapter 10 math test will be this Thursday, April 26th. This chapter includes reading and interpreting both picture graphs and bar graphs as well as tally charts. The students will be sent home with a review on Wednesday, which will be a very helpful study tool as the test looks very similar to it. 

Science: On Friday, we will be doing a STEM project with the 6th graders. We will be experimenting with sound and sound waves. 

Week of April 16th-20th

Posted on Apr 16, 2018

 ***Reminders***

  • The day before we got out for spring break, SOAR hosted an Easter egg hunt for the school. They hid three golden eggs throughout the school and there were 3 lucky winners. Nathan Lindgren from our class found one of the eggs! Because of this, our class won an out of uniform day of our choosing. We have decided that we want to be out of uniform on this Tuesday, April 17th. On this day, your child does not have to wear their school uniform :) Thank you Nathan! 
  • I passed out a new Scholastic form today. If you or your child would like to order, please send the order in by Friday, April 27th. On the back of the order form is our class code (RD2P2). You can use this code to place your order online. 
  • With our new reading unit, the students will be given a homework page. This page will go home each Wednesday and it will be due back on Friday. The students will receive this homework page each Wednesday from now on.
  • Charlie was our Star of the Week last week. He did an awesome job and we loved learning more about him and some of his favorites!

Reading: This week, the two stories we will read are The True Story of Abbie Burgess and The Bravest Cat!. Please make sure your child reads the first story Monday night and the second story on Tuesday night this week. Please make sure you send this hardcover book back to school with your child each day. This week our sight words are because, better, give, people, what. This week, the spelling words are new, grew, drew, blue, true, glue, give, put, fixes, washes. The students will be tested on both lists of words on Friday. The students have been doing a great job on spelling tests so far, so please keep up the good work! Finally, the students will also get a list of vocabulary words. These are the words the students will see in the stories in their reading books. The students will not be officially tested on reading or spelling these words, however it is necessary they know the meaning of these words to comprehend the reading stories. We will discuss the meaning of these vocabulary words each day. Making flashcards is an easy and effective way to study all of these words! 

*This week during reading, we will be working on the ue and the ew letter combinations. We will be identifying the letter combinations in words and practice reading and writing them in our own sentences. We will also be working on adding the -es ending to words to make them plural. 

Math: We just started Chapter 10, Representing Data, last week. This chapter includes reading and interpreting both picture graphs and bar graphs. It is hard to believe, but we are almost finished with all of our chapters in math. Only two more to go after chapter 10! 

Science: This Sunday, April 22nd, is Earth day. We will begin discussing the importance of our Earth and what we can do to keep it clean and beautiful. 

Week of April 9th - 13th

Posted on Apr 09, 2018

Welcome back! I hope everyone enjoyed their spring break.Hopefully soon the weather will change and it will actually start to feel like spring! 

***Reminders***

  • The day before we got out for spring break, SOAR hosted an Easter egg hunt for the school. They hid three golden eggs throughout the school and there were 3 lucky winners. Nathan Lindgren from our class found one of the eggs! Because of this, our class won an out of uniform day of our choosing. We have decided that we want to be out of uniform on this Thursday, April 12th. On this day, your child does not have to wear their school uniform :) Thank you Nathan! 
  • With our new reading unit, the students will be given a homework page. This page will go home each Wednesday and it will be due back on Friday. The students will receive this homework page each Wednesday from now on.

Reading: This week, the two stories we will read are Chompy's Afternoon and Dinosaur Babies. Please make sure your child reads the first story Monday night and the second story on Tuesday night this week. Please make sure you send this hardcover book back to school with your child each day. This week our sight words are animals, even, heard, most, their. This week, the spelling words are baby, funny, many, my, why, fly, even, most, without, nobody. The students will be tested on both lists of words on Friday. The students have been doing a great job on spelling tests so far, so please keep up the good work! Finally, the students will also get a list of vocabulary words. These are the words the students will see in the stories in their reading books. The students will not be officially tested on reading or spelling these words, however it is necessary they know the meaning of these words to comprehend the reading stories. We will discuss the meaning of these vocabulary words each day. Making flashcards is an easy and effective way to study all of these words! 

As I mentioned above, the students will now receive a homework page each Wednesday. This page will be due the Friday of each week.

*This week during reading, we will be working on y (at the end of a word) as a vowel. We will be identifying y making the long i sound or the long e sound at the end of a word. 

Math: We will be finishing up Chapter 9, Time and Measurement, this week. Our test will be Wednesday, April 11th. Tomorrow, the students will bring home their chapter 9 workbook with the review at the end of the book. This is a great study tool to use, as it looks almost identical to the test we will take on Wednesday. 

 

Week of March 26th-March 28th

Posted on Mar 25, 2018

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. This week is a short week. Our last day of school is Wednesday, March 28th and it is a full day. We are off Holy Thursday and Good Friday and then the entire following week. School starts again on Monday, April 9th. Enjoy your Spring Break and have a very happy Easter! 

Luke was our Star of the Week last week. He did a great job and we all loved learning more about him and some of his favorite things! 

If you would like to buy from the Scholastic order, please turn in your form this Wednesday. 

There is a prayer service on Wednesday at 1:15 before we are dismissed from spring break. Please feel free to attend the service.

We are running very low on kleenex and paper towels in our classroom. If each girl could bring in a box of kleenex and each boy bring in a role of paper towels, that would be great. Thank you! 

Because this week is a short week, we will not have new sight words or spelling words and we will not start the next two stories in our readers until we get back from Spring Break. We will spend the next three days reviewing and reading stories we have already read in our reader. 

Math: We will keep working on Chapter 9, Measurement. We began working with time and the hour hand this week. The students are doing a great job with it! Our test will be the week we get back from Spring Break.

Religion: The students brought home their Stations of the Cross Book on Friday. They were excited to share them with you and discuss what they learned about each station. We will also continue to talk about Lent, Holy Week, and Easter. 

 

 

Week of March 19th-23rd

Posted on Mar 19, 2018

We are loving this warm, spring weather in first grade! We are finally able to spend some time outside and in the sunshine. 

***Reminders***

  •  Some of the children have been telling me that they won’t be at school next week due to vacations. If you can send me a quick email to confirm this I would really appreciate it. Next week is a short school week. We will have school, full days, Mon, Tues, and Wed. No school Holy Thursday or Good Friday. Classes resume from Easter break on April 9.
  • The students brought home a Scholastic book order with them today. If you would like to order, please do so online or return it back to me by next Wednesday, March 21st. 
  • With our new reading unit, the students will be given a homework page. This page will go home each Wednesday and it will be due back on Friday. The students will receive this homework page each Wednesday from now on.

Reading: This week, the two stories we will read are What A Sight and Lost in the Museum Please make sure your child reads the first story Monday night and the second story on Tuesday night this week. Please make sure you send this hardcover book back to school with your child each day. This week our sight words are been, first, found, start, together. This week, the spelling words are lie, pie, tie, night, light, right, been, found, cat's, dog's. The students will be tested on both lists of words on Friday. The students have been doing a great job on spelling tests so far, so please keep up the good work! Finally, the students will also get a list of vocabulary words. These are the words the students will see in the stories in their reading books. The students will not be officially tested on reading or spelling these words, however it is necessary they know the meaning of these words to comprehend the reading stories. We will discuss the meaning of these vocabulary words each day. Making flashcards is an easy and effective way to study all of these words! 

As I mentioned above, the students will now receive a homework page each Wednesday. This page will be due the Friday of each week.

*After mastering our short vowels, we will now begin to work on our long vowels. Long i is what we will be focusing on this week. Specifically igh and ie. We will keep discussing the rules for each long vowel and the different ways to read and write them. We will also be working singular possessive nouns like the dog's house or the cat's toy.

Math: We will begin Chapter 9 this week, Measurement. This chapter also touches on telling time. 

Religion: During the season, we will continue to learn and talk about Lent. We will talk about the importance or Lent and how we can prepare for the coming of Jesus. We will also continue to work on our Stations of the Cross book. We will finish up this book this week and the students will bring it home to share. 

Week of March 12th-16th

Posted on Mar 12, 2018

I hope everyone had a fun time celebrating the parade yesterday! I know everyone was very excited and we even had some marches in the parade from our classroom.

***Reminders***

  • It is hard to believe, but we are now officially in our third trimester of first grade. Time flies! 
  • With our new reading unit, the students will be given a homework page. This page will go home each Wednesday and it will be due back on Friday. The students will receive this homework page each Wednesday from now on.
  • Emma did a great job as Star of the Week last week. It was so fun getting to learn more about her and some of her favorite things. 

Reading: This week, the two stories we will read are Baby Otter Grows Up  and Foal. Please make sure your child reads the first story Monday night and the second story on Tuesday night this week. Please make sure you send this hardcover book back to school with your child each day. This week our sight words are around, her, new, old, show. This week, the spelling words are grow, growing, float, floating, show, showing, around, old, coat, yellow. The students will be tested on both lists of words on Friday. The students have been doing a great job on spelling tests so far, so please keep up the good work! Finally, the students will also get a list of vocabulary words. These are the words the students will see in the stories in their reading books. The students will not be officially tested on reading or spelling these words, however it is necessary they know the meaning of these words to comprehend the reading stories. We will discuss the meaning of these vocabulary words each day. Making flashcards is an easy and effective way to study all of these words! 

As I mentioned above, the students will now receive a homework page each Wednesday. This page will be due the Friday of each week.

*After mastering our short vowels, we will now begin to work on our long vowels. Long o is what we will be focusing on this week. Specifically oa and ow. We will keep discussing the rules for each long vowel and the different ways to read and write them. We will also be working on -ing endings.

Math: We will begin Chapter 9 this week, Measurement. This chapter also touches on telling time. 

Religion: During the season, we will continue to learn and talk about Lent. We will talk about the importance or Lent and how we can prepare for the coming of Jesus. We will also continue to work on our Stations of the Cross book.

Week of March 5th-9th

Posted on Mar 05, 2018

We had a beautiful week last week and were even able to go outside for recess which was wonderful. Fingers crossed this nice weather continues! 

***Reminders***

  • Report cards will be sent home  Wednesday, March 7th.
  • Remember, there will be no school next Monday, March 12th. 
  • We had a great time celebrating Dr. Seuss's birthday on Friday! We each read one of his books and did a book report about him. 
  • With our new reading unit, the students will be given a homework page. This page will go home each Wednesday and it will be due back on Friday. The students will receive this homework page each Wednesday from now on.
  • We are starting up Star of the Week again this week!

Reading: This week, the two stories we will read are A Bid Day for Jay  and Lost. Please make sure your child reads the first story Monday night and the second story on Tuesday night this week. Please make sure you send this hardcover book back to school with your child each day. This week our sight words are don't, from, here, live, when. This week, the spelling words are say, play, may, way, wait, rain, when, from, don't, I'm. The students will be tested on both lists of words on Friday. The students have been doing a great job on spelling tests so far, so please keep up the good work! Finally, the students will also get a list of vocabulary words. These are the words the students will see in the stories in their reading books. The students will not be officially tested on reading or spelling these words, however it is necessary they know the meaning of these words to comprehend the reading stories. We will discuss the meaning of these vocabulary words each day. Making flashcards is an easy and effective way to study all of these words! 

As I mentioned above, the students will now receive a homework page each Wednesday. This page will be due the Friday of each week.

*After mastering our short vowels, we will now begin to work on our long vowels. Long a is what we will be focusing on this week. We will keep discussing the rules for each long vowel and the different ways to read and write them. We will also be working on comparing and contrasting.  

Math: We will keep working on Chapter 8, Adding and Subtracting with 2 digit numbers. The test for this chapter will be this Thursday, March 8th. Please remember to keep practicing both addition and subtraction facts!

Religion: During the season, we will continue to learn and talk about Lent. We will talk about the importance or Lent and how we can prepare for the coming of Jesus. We will also continue to work on our Stations of the Cross book.

Week of February 26- March2

Posted on Feb 25, 2018

February ends on Wednesday and we move into my favorite month of the year: March. Along with warmer weather, March brings so many fun activities and events both at SJF and within our neighborhood.

***Reminders***

  • It is hard to believe, but this Friday, March 2nd, is the end of the 2nd trimester. Report cards will be sent home the following Wednesday, March 7th.
  • I sent home a list of all the unit 1.4 sight words. Each student will be quizzed on these words throughout this week.
  • This Friday, March 2nd, is Dr. Seuss’s birthday. We will celebrate by doing a few activities about him. If your child would like to bring in their favorite Dr. Seuss book on Friday to share with the class, they can!
  • With our new reading unit, the students will be given a homework page. This page will go home each Wednesday and it will be due back on Friday. The students will receive this homework page each Wednesday from now on.
  • We are starting up Star of the Week again this week!

Reading: This week, the two stories we will read are A Real Gift  and Arthur’s Reading Race. Please make sure your child reads the first story Monday night and the second story on Tuesday night this week. Please make sure you send this hardcover book back to school with your child each day. This week our sight words are buy, only, or, right, think This week, the spelling words are ask, asked, call, called, clean, cleaned, think, only, teach, neat. The students will be tested on both lists of words on Friday. The students have been doing a great job on spelling tests so far, so please keep up the good work! Finally, the students will also get a list of vocabulary words. These are the words the students will see in the stories in their reading books. The students will not be officially tested on reading or spelling these words, however it is necessary they know the meaning of these words to comprehend the reading stories. We will discuss the meaning of these vocabulary words each day. Making flashcards is an easy and effective way to study all of these words! 

As I mentioned above, the students will now receive a homework page each Wednesday. This page will be due the Friday of each week.

*After mastering our short vowels, we will now begin to work on our long vowels. Long e is what we will be focusing on this week. We will keep discussing the rules for each long vowel and the different ways to read and write them. We will also be working on the –ed ending.  

Math: We will keep working on Chapter 8, Adding and Subtracting with 2 digit numbers. The test for this chapter will most likely be sometime in the next week. Please remember to keep practicing both addition and subtraction facts!

Religion: During the season, we will continue to learn and talk about Lent. We will talk about the importance or Lent and how we can prepare for the coming of Jesus. We will also begin to work on our Stations of the Cross book.

Week of February 19th-23rd

Posted on Feb 19, 2018

I hope that everyone enjoyed their Monday off. Although it is rainy, it is nice to see all that snow beginning to melt away and the warmer weather coming our way.

***Reminders***

  • It is hard to believe, but next Friday, March 2nd, is the end of the 2nd trimester. Report cards will be sent home the following Wednesday, March 7th.
  • With our new reading unit, the students will be given a homework page. This page will go home each Wednesday and it will be due back on Friday. The students will receive this homework page each Wednesday from now on.
  • We did not have a Star of the Week last week because we were not able to pick a new one due to the unexpected snow day on Friday. We also will not have one this upcoming week because of no school on Monday. We will pick a new one this upcoming Friday!

Reading: This week, the two stories we will read are Riddle-dee Fiddle- dee- dee and Moris and Boris. Please make sure your child reads the first story Monday night and the second story on Tuesday night this week. Please make sure you send this hardcover book back to school with your child each day. This week our sight words are about, any, ask, kind, over. This week, the spelling words are we, he, she, see, me, green, any, kind, anything, inside. The students will be tested on both lists of words on Friday. The students have been doing a great job on spelling tests so far, so please keep up the good work! Finally, the students will also get a list of vocabulary words. These are the words the students will see in the stories in their reading books. The students will not be officially tested on reading or spelling these words, however it is necessary they know the meaning of these words to comprehend the reading stories. We will discuss the meaning of these vocabulary words each day. Making flashcards is an easy and effective way to study all of these words! 

As I mentioned above, the students will now receive a homework page each Wednesday. This page will be due the Friday of each week.

*After mastering our short vowels, we will now begin to work on our long vowels. Long a is what we will be focusing on this week. We will keep discussing the rules for each long vowel and the different ways to read and write them.

We will also learn about compound words this week during reading.

Math: Last week we started Chapter 8, Adding and Subtracting with 2 digit numbers. The test for this chapter will most likely be sometime in the next week. Please remember to keep practicing both addition and subtraction facts!

Religion: During the season, we will continue to learn and talk about Lent. We will talk about the importance or Lent and how we can prepare for the coming of Jesus. 

Science/Social Studies: February is Children’s Dental Health Month. This week, we are going to be talking about why dental health is important and how we can keep our smiles clean and bright J.

Week of February 12-16

Posted on Feb 11, 2018

I hope that everyone enjoyed our surprise snow day and had a safe and relaxing weekend close to home. The week ahead of us is a busy one, as it has both Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s Day.

***Reminders***

  • There will be no school on Monday, January 14th due to President’s Day.
  • Ash Wednesday is Wednesday, Feb. 14.  Since that is also Valentine’s Day, we will celebrate our Valentine’s Day on Tuesday, Feb. 13. The children can bring valentines to school for their friends. Please tell them not to put a name on the envelope – just sign the Valentine. We have 20 students in our classroom. We will make a colorful bag to hold all the Valentines. They may bring a wrapped piece candy to pass as well, but that is optional.
  • The Six Flags Reading sheet will be due on Feb. 16. This is the sheet where the children need to have read a total of 6 hours or 360 minutes. They will receive a free ticket to Six Flags to be used this summer. All reading done at home counts, including the reader.
  • With our new reading unit, the students will be given a homework page. This page will go home each Wednesday and it will be due back on Friday. The students will receive this homework page each Wednesday from now on. 
  • Annie was our Star of the Week last week. She did an AWESOME job and we loved getting to learn so many fascinating things about her.

Reading: This week, the two stories we will read are June and the Mule and Slim, Luke and the Mules. Please make sure your child reads the first story Monday night and the second story on Tuesday night this week. Please make sure you send this hardcover book back to school with your child each day. This week our sight words are four, funny, long, watch, were. This week, the spelling words are fish, that, long, the, such, with. The students will be tested on both lists of words on Friday. The students have been doing a great job on spelling tests so far, so please keep up the good work! Finally, the students will also get a list of vocabulary words. These are the words the students will see in the stories in their reading books. The students will not be officially tested on reading or spelling these words, however it is necessary they know the meaning of these words to comprehend the reading stories. We will discuss the meaning of these vocabulary words each day. Making flashcards is an easy and effective way to study all of these words! 

As I mentioned above, the students will now receive a homework page each Wednesday. This page will be due the Friday of each week.

*After mastering our short vowels, we will now begin to work on our long vowels. Long u is what we will be focusing on this week.

Math: We will begin Chapter 8 this week, Adding and Subtracting with 2 digit numbers. For this chapter, it is crucial that the students know their single digit addition and subtraction facts. So please continue to practice both of these. Keep up the good work!

Religion: We will discuss Ash Wednesday and the season of Lent this week. We will talk about the importance or Lent and how we can prepare for the coming of Jesus. 

Week of February 5th-9th

Posted on Feb 05, 2018

Last week was filled with lots of activities for both Catholic Schools Week and the 100th day of school. This week, we are able to ease back into our regular classroom schedule.

***Reminders***

·       With our new reading unit, the students will be given a homework page. This page will go home each Wednesday and it will be due back on Friday. The students will receive this homework page each Wednesday from now on. 

·       Alannah was our Star of the Week last week. She did an AWESOME job and we loved getting to learn so many fascinating things about her.

Reading: This week, the two stories we will read are The Rolling Rice Cake and There By the Sea Please make sure your child reads the first story Monday night and the second story on Tuesday night this week. Please make sure you send this hardcover book back to school with your child each day. This week our sight words are be, friend, pretty, soon, your. This week, the spelling words are like, ride, nice, white, time, five, friend, your, rabbit, never. The students will be tested on both lists of words on Friday. The students have been doing a great job on spelling tests so far, so please keep up the good work! Finally, the students will also get a list of vocabulary words. These are the words the students will see in the stories in their reading books. The students will not be officially tested on reading or spelling these words, however it is necessary they know the meaning of these words to comprehend the reading stories. We will discuss the meaning of these vocabulary words each day. Making flashcards is an easy and effective way to study all of these words! 

As I mentioned above, the students will now receive a homework page each Wednesday. This page will be due the Friday of each week.

*After mastering our short vowels, we will now begin to work on our long vowels. Long i is what we will be focusing on this week.

Math: We will continue working on Chapter 7- Comparing Numbers this week.  This chapter is a very short one. Our test for this Chapter will be this Thursday, February 8th. We will review for this test on Wednesday. Remember, the chapter review at the end of each workbook is very similar to the tests. I will send the students home with their workbooks on Wednesday and they can study this review.

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

Week of January 29th- February 2nd

Posted on Jan 29, 2018

Happy Catholic Schools Week! The week got off to a great start yesterday at the ten o’clock mass. Our first graders did a tremendous job giving a blessing at the end of mass! Thank you so much for all of you who participated in mass and it was so great to see so many of you at the open house.

***Reminders***

·      In celebration for Catholic Schools Week, SOAR has planned some very fun events throughout the entire week:

Monday: The 8th graders came into our room and we partner read with them.

Tuesday: We will go into the 8th grade classrooms and play a school wide game of trivia with them.

Wednesday:  We will be celebrating a Community of Service with a food drive collection for the Ronald McDonald House. Students that bring in their set food for their grade can be out of uniform. First graders have been asked to bring in coffee (regular or kcups). Thank you in advance!

Thursday: The St. Rita band will be coming in and performing in the afternoon. ALSO this is the 100th day of school which is a HUGE deal here in 1st grade. So, in celebration, the students may dress like they are 100 years old. PLEASE DON’T GO TO ANY EXPENSE ON THIS. Raid grandma or grandpas closet - a little baby powder in the hair,  or rollers and hairnet, bathrobe, cane, drawn on mustache, caps, vests, are a few ideas that work so well. We will also be doing some fun activities for this day.

Friday: Students are out of uniform in Fisher Gear and we will have a Catholic Schools Week Carnival!

It is going to be a fun filled week!

·       With our new reading unit, the students will be given a homework page. This page will go home each Wednesday and it will be due back on Friday. The students will receive this homework page each Wednesday from now on. 

·       Mackenzie was our Star of the Week last week. She did an AWESOME job and we loved getting to learn so many fascinating things about her.

Reading: This week, the two stories we will read are Rose and Grandma make the Sun Shine and Our Family Get Together. Please make sure your child reads the first story Monday night and the second story on Tuesday night this week. Please make sure you send this hardcover book back to school with your child each day. This week our sight words are very, thank, has, going, father. This week, the spelling words are rode, joke, home, hope, those, stone, very, has, shop, what. The students will be tested on both lists of words on Friday. The students have been doing a great job on spelling tests so far, so please keep up the good work! Finally, the students will also get a list of vocabulary words. These are the words the students will see in the stories in their reading books. The students will not be officially tested on reading or spelling these words, however it is necessary they know the meaning of these words to comprehend the reading stories. We will discuss the meaning of these vocabulary words each day. Making flashcards is an easy and effective way to study all of these words! 

As I mentioned above, the students will now receive a homework page each Wednesday. This page will be due the Friday of each week.

*After mastering our short vowels, we will now begin to work on our long vowels. Long o is what we will be focusing on this week. We will also practice two new diagraphs this week, sh and wh both at the ending and beginning of words. 

Math: We started a new chapter today, Chapter 7 Comparing Numbers. This chapter will carry on concepts that we learned in the previous chapter, Chapter 6.

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

Week of January 22-26

Posted on Jan 22, 2018

I cannot believe how quickly January is flying by! Luckily there looks to be some warm weather this week. 

***Reminders***

·       Sunday, January 28th is our open house. I look forward to seeing you there! 

·       If you would like to attend the Father Daughter Dance, please send your reservation back to school with your daughter. 

·       With our new reading unit, the students will be given a homework page. This page will go home each Wednesday and it will be due back on Friday. The students will receive this homework page each Wednesday from now on. 

·       Thank you for helping your child fill out their baptism pages and sending in their pictures! We are excited for each student to share.

·       We have not had Star of the Week this past week or this upcoming week because they are both shortened. We will resume Star of the Week this week!      

Reading: This week, the two stories we will read are The Same As You and Cherry Pies and Lullabies. Please make sure your child reads the first story Monday night and the second story on Tuesday night this week. Please make sure you send this hardcover book back to school with your child each day. This week our sight words are every, made, mother, of, was. This week, the spelling words are tap, tape, mad, made, cap, cape, of, was, check, then. The students will be tested on both lists of words on Friday. The students have been doing a great job on spelling tests so far, so please keep up the good work! Finally, the students will also get a list of vocabulary words. These are the words the students will see in the stories in their reading books. The students will not be officially tested on reading or spelling these words, however it is necessary they know the meaning of these words to comprehend the reading stories. We will discuss the meaning of these vocabulary words each day. Making flashcards is an easy and effective way to study all of these words! 

As I mentioned above, the students will now receive a homework page each Wednesday. This page will be due the Friday of each week.

*After mastering our short vowels, we will now begin to work on our long vowels. Long a is what we will focus on again this week. We will also practice two new diagraphs this week, th and ch both at the ending and beginning of words. 

Math: We will continue working on Chapter 6 this week, Counting and Modeling Numbers. The students are doing very well with this chapter. Our test for this chapter will be Thursday, January 25th.

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

Religion: Once again, this week we will be talking about Baptism, why we get baptized, and what the sacrament consists of. Thank you again for your help the baptism pages!   

Week of January 15-19

Posted on Jan 15, 2018

It has been so great to see everyone refreshed and relaxed from Christmas break. I hope you all enjoyed the extra day off this weekend! 

***Reminders***

  • Sunday, January 28th is our open house. I look forward to seeing you there! 
  • The Scholastic book order is due by this Friday, January 19th if you would like to order.
  • On Friday, I sent home the Father-Daughter Dance invitation with each girl in the classroom. If you would like to attend, please send your reservation back to school with your daughter. 
  • We are beginning a new unit in reading this week. With this new unit, the students will be given a homework page. This page will go home each Wednesday and it will be due back on Friday. The students will receive this homework page each Wednesday. 
  • During religion this week, we will be talking about Baptism. On Tuesday, I am going to send a short baptism page home with each student. I ask you to please help your child fill out this page about their own baptism. Please return this form by Friday and if you could also send in a picture of your child at their baptism or around the age of when they were baptized, it would be greatly appreciated! 
  • We have not had Star of the Week this past week or this upcoming week because they are both shortened. We will resume Star of the Week next week!      

Reading: This week, the two stories we will read are The Red Stone Game and The Gingerbread Man. Please make sure your child reads the first story Monday night and the second story on Tuesday night this week. Please make sure you send this hardcover book back to school with your child each day. This week our sight words are after, as, call, laugh, something. This week, the spelling words are ate, gave, make, bake, late, take. The students will be tested on both lists of words on Friday. The students have been doing a great job on spelling tests so far, so please keep up the good work! Finally, the students will also get a list of vocabulary words. These are the words the students will see in the stories in their reading books. The students will not be officially tested on reading or spelling these words, however it is necessary they know the meaning of these words to comprehend the reading stories. We will discuss the meaning of these vocabulary words each day. Making flashcards is an easy and effective way to study all of these words! 

As I mentioned above, the students will now receive a homework page each Wednesday. This page will be due the Friday of each week.

*After mastering our short vowels, we will now begin to work on our long vowels. Long a is what we will focus on this week. We will also practice the inflected ending -ed this week. Both long a and the -ed ending will be seen in our stories this week in the readers. 

Math: We will continue working on Chapter 6 this week, Counting and Modeling Numbers. The students are doing very well with this chapter. As of now, it looks like our test for this chapter will be next Thursday, January 25th.

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

Religion: Once again, this week we will be talking about Baptism, why we get baptized, and what the sacrament consists of. Please remember to help your child fill out the baptism page that will be sent home on Tuesday. Thank you!   

Week of January 8th-12th

Posted on Jan 08, 2018

I hope that everyone had a fun and relaxing break. I am so excited for the second half of the school year to get started.

***Reminders***

  • We do not have school next Monday, January 15th.
  • I will send out the Scholastic book order this week, please return it by Friday, January 19th if you would like to order.
  • Franny was our star of the week last week and he did an AWESOME job. It was so much fun to learn about him and his favorite things!      

Reading: This week, the two stories we will read are I can Read and Lilly Reads. Please make sure your child reads the first story Monday night and the second story on Tuesday night this week. Please make sure you send this hardcover book back to school with your child each day. This week our sight words are again, please, read, say, word. This week, the spelling words are clap, trip, drop, sled, spot, drum. The students will be tested on both lists of words on Friday. The students have been doing a great job on spelling tests so far, so please keep up the good work! Finally, the students will also get a list of vocabulary words. These are the words the students will see in the stories in their reading books. The students will not be officially tested on reading or spelling these words, however it is necessary they know the meaning of these words to comprehend the reading stories. We will discuss the meaning of these vocabulary words each day. Making flashcards is an easy and effective way to study all of these words!

*We will be focusing on all short vowels this week. We will read and review our short vowels and their sounds and they will also be seen in both the stories the students will read in their hardcover books. We will also be working on contractions.

Math: We will begin Chapter 6 this week, Counting and Modeling Numbers. Some of this will be review, but new material will also be introduced.

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

Social Studies: Today we began to practice writing the days of the week and the months as well as how to write the date. We will also be talking about our goals and resolutions for the new year. 

Week of December 18-22

Posted on Dec 18, 2017

We are 4 days away from Christmas break!

***Reminders***

·       Friday is a half day. The students will be dismissed at 11:30am.

·       Caleb was our star of the week last week and he did an AWESOME job. It was so much fun to learn about him and his favorite things!      

Reading: This week, the two stories we will read are Fox and Bear and Fox and Bear Look at the Moon. Please make sure your child reads the first story Monday night and the second story on Tuesday night this week. Please make sure you send this hardcover book back to school with your child each day. This week our sight words are came, know, there, out, she. This week, the spelling words are and, best, fast, just, hand, must. The students will be tested on both lists of words on Friday. The students have been doing a great job on spelling tests so far, so please keep up the good work! Finally, the students will also get a list of vocabulary words. These are the words the students will see in the stories in their reading books. The students will not be officially tested on reading or spelling these words, however it is necessary they know the meaning of these words to comprehend the reading stories. We will discuss the meaning of these vocabulary words each day. Making flashcards is an easy and effective way to study all of these words!

*We will be focusing on all short vowels this week. We will read and review our short vowels and their sounds and they will also be seen in both the stories the students will read in their hardcover books. We will also be working on final consonant blends like mp, nd, st, nt, etc.

Math: We will continue to work on Chapter 5 this week, which focuses on addition and subtraction relationships. Our test on this chapter will be Thursday, December 21st.

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

Religion: Towards the end of last week, we began to talk about Advent. We discussed that Advent is 4 weeks long and that is the time that we prepare for the coming of Jesus. We made our own Advent wreaths, and we will light a candle for each new week of Advent. We will continue to discuss Advent throughout the whole season and the ways we can prepare for the coming of Jesus. We will also incorporate our Choose Kindness theme with the season of Advent.

Social Studies: In the month of December a theme that all of SJF is going to be promoting is Choose Kindness. This will go along with Advent as well as our Wonder field trip we will attend. Therefore, in order to help the students understand and practice this theme we are going to be doing many kindness activities throughout the entire month. I am so excited for the students to learn about such an important message!

Week of December 11-15

Posted on Dec 11, 2017

We are getting very busy in room 111 to get in the holiday spirit!

***Reminders***

·       Our field trip to WONDER was a big success. All of the students really seemed to enjoy it. We will continue with our Choose Kindness theme throughout the month of December.

·       Kent was our star of the week last week and he did an AWESOME job. It was so much fun to learn about him and his favorite things!      

Reading: This week, the two stories we will read are Trucks and Communities. Please make sure your child reads the first story Monday night and the second story on Tuesday night this week. Please make sure you send this hardcover book back to school with your child each day. This week our sight words are bring, carry, hold, our, us. This week, the spelling words are us, bus, cut, but, rug, hug. The students will be tested on both lists of words on Friday. The students have been doing a great job on spelling tests so far, so please keep up the good work! Finally, the students will also get a list of vocabulary words. These are the words the students will see in the stories in their reading books. The students will not be officially tested on reading or spelling these words, however it is necessary they know the meaning of these words to comprehend the reading stories. We will discuss the meaning of these vocabulary words each day. Making flashcards is an easy and effective way to study all of these words!

*We will be focusing on short u this week. We will read and construct words with the short u sound and they will also be seen in both the stories the students will read in their hardcover books. We will also be working on initial letter sounds of c, s, g, j.

Math: We will continue to work on Chapter 5 this week, which focuses on addition and subtraction relationships.

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

Religion: Towards the end of last week, we began to talk about Advent. We discussed that Advent is 4 weeks long and that is the time that we prepare for the coming of Jesus. We made our own Advent wreaths, and we will light a candle for each new week of Advent. We will continue to discuss Advent throughout the whole season and the ways we can prepare for the coming of Jesus. We will also incorporate our Choose Kindness theme with the season of Advent.

Social Studies: In the month of December a theme that all of SJF is going to be promoting is Choose Kindness. This will go along with Advent as well as our Wonder field trip we will attend. Therefore, in order to help the students understand and practice this theme we are going to be doing many kindness activities throughout the entire month. I am so excited for the students to learn about such an important message!

Week of December 4-8

Posted on Dec 03, 2017

It is hard to believe that Christmas Break is only 15 days away! We are getting very busy in room 111 to get in the holiday spirit.

***Reminders***

·       We are going on our field trip to see WONDER this Wednesday, December, 6th. This is a regular field trip. We will leave around 9am and get back around 12:30/1pm. This day is also a special lunch day.

·       If you have not done so yet, please make sure to turn in your cookie sheet and $2 for Santa’s bakery that will come to our classroom on December 22nd. The sheets are due tomorrow, December 4th!

·       Tomorrow, December 4th, I will be handing out the Scholastic book order for the month of December. I want to get this order in so that you will have your books by Christmas break, so please have this turned in by Friday, December 8th if you would like to order.

·       Ryan was our star of the week last week and he did an AWESOME job. It was so much fun to learn about him and his favorite things!      

Reading: This week, the two stories we will read are My Buddy Stan and Biscuit. Please make sure your child reads the first story Monday night and the second story on Tuesday night this week. Please make sure you send this hardcover book back to school with your child each day. This week our sight words are jump, more, sleep, time, with. This week, the spelling words are fun, up, stuff, puff, run, cup. The students will be tested on both lists of words on Friday. The students have been doing a great job on spelling tests so far, so please keep up the good work! Finally, the students will also get a list of vocabulary words. These are the words the students will see in the stories in their reading books. The students will not be officially tested on reading or spelling these words, however it is necessary they know the meaning of these words to comprehend the reading stories. We will discuss the meaning of these vocabulary words each day. Making flashcards is an easy and effective way to study all of these words!

*We will be focusing on short u this week. We will read and construct words with the short u sound and they will also be seen in both the stories the students will read in their hardcover books. We will also be working on s blends this week. Two letters that come together to make one sound. Some s blends include sl, sm, st, sn, etc.

Math: We will continue to work on Chapter 5 this week, which focuses on addition and subtraction relationships.

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

Religion: Towards the end of last week, we began to talk about Advent. We discussed that Advent is 4 weeks long and that is the time that we prepare for the coming of Jesus. We made our own Advent wreaths, and we will light a candle for each new week of Advent. We will continue to discuss Advent throughout the whole season and the ways we can prepare for the coming of Jesus. We will also incorporate our Choose Kindness theme with the season of Advent.

Social Studies: In the month of December a theme that all of SJF is going to be promoting is Choose Kindness. This will go along with Advent as well as our Wonder field trip we will attend. Therefore, in order to help the students understand and practice this theme we are going to be doing many kindness activities throughout the entire month. I am so excited for the students to learn about such an important message!  

Week of November 27th

Posted on Nov 27, 2017

I hope that everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving break and had a wonderful time with friends and family.

***Reminders***

  • Thank you all for turning in your WONDER permission slips on time. As I emailed you about, there was a mix up and no line for a parent signature on the permission slip. So, I sent back home the permission slip with your child on Tuesday. If you could sign this and return it back to school as soon as possible that would be great. Thank you!!  
  • We do not have school this upcoming Friday, December 1st. Enjoy the day off!
  • Gavin was our star of the week last week and he did an AWESOME job. It was so much fun to learn about him and his favorite things!      

Reading: This week, the two stories we will read are Yes, We Want Some Too! and Cat Traps. Please make sure your child reads the first story Monday night and the second story on Tuesday night this week. Please make sure you send this hardcover book back to school with your child each day. This week our sight words are for, good, some, too, want. This week, the spelling words are ten, met, let, get, pet, yes. The students will be tested on both lists of words on Friday. The students have been doing a great job on spelling tests so far, so please keep up the good work! Finally, the students will also get a list of vocabulary words. These are the words the students will see in the stories in their reading books. The students will not be officially tested on reading or spelling these words, however it is necessary they know the meaning of these words to comprehend the reading stories. We will discuss the meaning of these vocabulary words each day. Making flashcards is an easy and effective way to study all of these words!

*We will be focusing on short e this week. We will read and construct words with the short e sound and they will also be seen in both the stories the students will read in their hardcover books. We will also be working on blends this week. Two letters that come together to make one sound. Specifically, we will work on r and l blends.

Math: We finished Chapter 4 on Tuesday, therefore, we will begin Chapter 5 this week. Chapter 5 focuses on addition and subtraction relationships.

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

Social Studies: In the month of December a theme that all of SJF is going to be promoting is Choose Kindness. This will go along with Advent as well as our Wonder field trip we will attend. Therefore, in order to help the students understand and practice this theme we are going to be doing many kindness activities throughout the entire month. I am so excited for the students to learn about such an important message!  

Week of November 20th

Posted on Nov 19, 2017

Happy almost Turkey Day! We are so close to Thanksgiving break and being able to relax and spend time with our families.

This week is a short week. The children come to school on Monday and Tuesday until 11:30am. Please make sure they still bring a snack to school but no lunch. Throughout these two mornings, we will be doing some fun Thanksgiving activities to get ready for the holiday. There will be no math homework, sight words, spelling words, or reading stories this short week. 

Tomorrow, November 20th, are parent teacher conferences. They begin at 12pm and go until 7 pm. These conferences are ten minutes long, so please make sure to double check your conferences time so that everyone gets their full ten minutes. I cannot wait to discuss how wonderful each and every one one of your children are :). 

 

I hope everyone has a happy and safe week and holiday!

Week of November 13th

Posted on Nov 12, 2017

I hope that everyone enjoyed their weekend! We have a busy next couple of weeks coming up with some very fun and exciting events happening.

***Reminders***

  • Report cards will go out on Wednesday, November 15th and Parent Teacher Conferences will be the Next Monday, November 20th. If you have not scheduled a conference yet and you would like one, please do so ASAP.
  • We are having an all school field trip to go and see the new movie WONDER in theaters on December 6th. This field trip is a part of our all school Advent project to choose kind. We will be doing in class activities to go along with this project within the next couple of weeks. The permission slip and fee ($13) for the field trip are due this upcoming Friday, November 17th. We are very excited for this event! 
  • I have sent out the November Scholastic Book Order. If you would like to order, please have these in by this upcoming Friday, November 17th. If you would like to place your order online, I put our class code on the back of the order form. The instructions to do so are on the back as well. 
  • On Friday, November, 17th, the students are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue and to bring in $2.00 to be donated to help the people still suffering from the hurricane in Puerto Rico. This is a great cause and the donation will be so appreciated! 
  • Russell was our star of the week last week and he did an AWESOME job. It was so much fun to learn about him and his favorite things!      

Reading: This week, the two stories we will read are The Big Mess and The Little Red Hen. Please make sure your child reads the first story Monday night and the second story on Tuesday night this week. Please make sure you send this hardcover book back to school with your child each day. This week our sight words are help, now, said, so, who. This week, the spelling words are red, tell, bed, well, fed, mess. The students will be tested on both lists of words on Friday. The students have been doing a great job on spelling tests so far, so please keep up the good work! Finally, the students will also get a list of vocabulary words. These are the words the students will see in the stories in their reading books. The students will not be officially tested on reading or spelling these words, however it is necessary they know the meaning of these words to comprehend the reading stories. We will discuss the meaning of these vocabulary words each day. Making flashcards is an easy and effective way to study all of these words!

*We will be focusing on short e this week. We will read and construct words with the short o sound and they will also be seen in both the stories the students will read in their hardcover books. We will also be working on double consonant endings (-ll, -ss, -zz, etc.) and comparing and contrasting from our reading books.

Math: We will continue to work on Chapter 4 this week. This Chapter focuses on more subtraction strategies. We will have our Chapter 4 test on Tuesday, November 21st.

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

Social Studies: As Thanksgiving is right around the corner, we are going to keep discussing the holiday and its significance as well as doing some writing activities and art projects related to the topic. 

Week of November 6th

Posted on Nov 05, 2017

Happy Daylight Savings! Hoping that everyone enjoyed that extra hour of sleep this past weekend.  It is hard to believe that November is already here.

***Reminders***

  • The end of the first trimester is this Friday, November 10th. Report cards will go out on Wednesday, November 15th and Parent Teacher Conferences will be the Next Monday, November 20th. Parent Teacher Conferences are going to be scheduled electronically this year, which is different than it has been in the past. An email was sent out on Friday describing how this new process will work. If you have any questions about scheduling, please feel free to ask me.
  • Kailey was our star of the week last week and she did an AWESOME job. It was so much fun to learn about her and her favorite things!      

Reading: This week, the two stories we will read are A Big Job and Sweet Potato Pie. Please make sure your child reads the first story Monday night and the second story on Tuesday night this week. Please make sure you send this hardcover book back to school with your child each day. This week our sight words are them, stop, sing, eat, by. This week, the spelling words are not, got, top, hot, mop, hop. The students will be tested on both lists of words on Friday. The students have been doing a great job on spelling tests so far, so please keep up the good work! Finally, the students will also get a list of vocabulary words. These are the words the students will see in the stories in their reading books. The students will not be officially tested on reading or spelling these words, however it is necessary they know the meaning of these words to comprehend the reading stories. We will discuss the meaning of these vocabulary words each day. Making flashcards is an easy and effective way to study all of these words!

*We will be focusing on short o this week. We will read and construct words with the short o sound and they will also be seen in both the stories the students will read in their hardcover books. We will also be working on the endings –s and –ing during reading this week.

Math: We finished Chapter 2 on Friday and we are going to start Chapter 4 on Monday. This chapter continues with more subtraction concepts. The students did very well with this last chapter of subtraction and seem to have a good understanding of the concepts we have learned thus far.

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

Social Studies: As Thanksgiving is right around the corner, we are going to start discussing the holiday and its significance as well as doing some writing activities and art projects related to the topic. 

Week of October 30th

Posted on Oct 29, 2017

Halloween is Tuesday and we are very excited. We have been writing about and describing our Halloween costumes to each other this past week. We cannot wait to see them in person on Tuesday!

***Reminders***

  • On Halloween, the students can wear their costumes to school during the day. Please know that no weapons or face masks can be worn to school. We will have a small Halloween party in our classroom during the afternoon. The students can bring a treat/piece of candy to pass out to each person in our class if they would like. We have 20 students in our class.
  • We will have an all school mass on Wednesday, November 1st at 1:15. This mass will be to celebrate All Saints Day.
  • We have begun Star of The Week in our classroom. This means that each child will get a chance to be the attraction on our star of the week bulletin board. Each student will get to be star of the week for one full week. We pick a new star every Friday and then they will begin their star of the week duties that following Monday. The star of the week gets to do one special thing each day of the week as well as bring in a different show and tell each day of the week. When your child is chosen for star of the week, I will send home a more specific note of the duties the star of the week has each day. This is a fun way for each child to get to know their classmates a little more! Nathan was our star of the week last week and he did an AWESOME job. It was so much fun to learn about him and his favorite things!      

Reading: This week, the two stories we will read are Jog, Frog, Jog and Tadpoles. Please make sure your child reads the first story Monday night and the second story on Tuesday night this week. Please make sure you send this hardcover book back to school with your child each day. This week our sight words are does, he, into, this, water. This week, the spelling words are dog, log, job, dogs, logs, jobs. The students will be tested on both lists of words on Friday. The students have been doing a great job on spelling tests so far, so please keep up the good work! Finally, the students will also get a list of vocabulary words. These are the words the students will see in the stories in their reading books. The students will not be officially tested on reading or spelling these words, however it is necessary they know the meaning of these words to comprehend the reading stories. We will discuss the meaning of these vocabulary words each day. Making flashcards is an easy and effective way to study all of these words!

*We will be focusing on short o this week. We will read and construct words with the short o sound and they will also be seen in both the stories the students will read in their hardcover books. We will also begin to work on plurals during reading.

Math: We will finish Chapter 2 this week, which is Subtraction Concepts. Our test on this chapter will be on Friday, November 3rd. A good way to study for this test would be for the students to review their homework pages from this chapter that I have returned to them. Also, the students will bring home their Chapter 2 workbook on Thursday. At the end of their workbook there is a Chapter 2 review. We will complete this review Thursday during math, but it would be a great resource to study Thursday evening because that review looks almost the same as our test.  

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

Religion: We will finish up discussing the rosary this week. 

Week of October 23rd

Posted on Oct 23, 2017

Our field trip last week to the Children’s Farm was great. The students had a fun experience filled with lots of learning opportunities. I want to thank all of the parents that volunteered to chaperone the field trip and especially thank the two parents that attended. Your help is so greatly appreciated!

***Reminders***

·      On Halloween next Tuesday, the students can wear their costumes to school during the day. Please know that no weapons or face masks can be worn to school. We will have a small Halloween party in our classroom during the afternoon. The students can bring a treat/piece of candy to pass out to each person in our class if they would like. We have 20 students in our class.

·     We have begun Star of The Week in our classroom. This means that each child will get a chance to be the attraction on our star of the week bulletin board. Each student will get to be star of the week for one full week. We pick a new star every Friday and then they will begin their star of the week duties that following Monday. The star of the week gets to do one special thing each day of the week as well as bring in a different show and tell each day of the week. When your child is chosen for star of the week, I will send home a more specific note of the duties the star of the week has each day. This is a fun way for each child to get to know their classmates a little more! 

Madison was our first official star of the week last week and she did an AWESOME job. It was so much fun to learn about her and her favorite things!      

Reading: This week, the two stories we will read are Fish Mix and How Many Fish? Please make sure your child reads the first story Monday night and the second story on Tuesday night this week. Please make sure you send this hardcover book back to school with your child each day. This week our sight words are how, many, on, they, why. This week, the spelling words are fix, mix, in, him, did, six. The students will be tested on both lists of words on Friday. We have been doing a great job on spelling tests so far, so please keep up the good work! Finally, the students will also get a list of vocabulary words. These are the words the students will see in the stories in their reading books. The students will not be officially tested on reading or spelling these words, however it is necessary they know the meaning of these words to comprehend the reading stories. We will discuss the meaning of these vocabulary words each day. Making flashcards is an easy and effective way to study all of these words!

*We will also be focusing again on short i this week. We will read and construct words with the short i sound and they will also be seen in both the stories the students will read in their hardcover books. Once again, short vowel sounds are one of the main concepts that we focus on in 1st grade, so it is very important that the students master this concept.

Math: We are still working on Chapter 2 this week, which is Subtraction Concepts. The students are doing a great job with subtraction and it looks like our chapter test will most likely be next Friday, November 3rd. Please remember to keep practicing both subtraction and addition facts and/or flash cards. Keep up the good work!

Religion: Last Friday, Father Ken graciously blessed the rosaries that our class received from a very generous 1st grade parent. It was a really nice experience for the students and they were very excited to take their rosaries home. We will continue to work on the rosary this week and make our very own rosary book that the students will bring home. 

Week of October 16th

Posted on Oct 16, 2017

It is hard to believe that we are already halfway through October. The month is flying by but we are staying busy in room 111.

***Reminders***

·      Our field trip to the Children’s Farm is this Wednesday, October 18th. This is a regular school day. The bus will pick us up around 9:45 and we will return to school around 1:30pm. The children should bring a bagged lunch and wear their gym uniforms. We are keeping our fingers crossed that the weather stays nice!

·     We have begun Star of The Week in our classroom. This means that each child will get a chance to be the attraction on our star of the week bulletin board. Each student will get to be star of the week for one full week. We pick a new star every Friday and then they will begin their star of the week duties that following Monday. The star of the week gets to do one special thing each day of the week as well as bring in a different show and tell each day of the week. When your child is chosen for star of the week, I will send home a more specific note of the duties the star of the week has each day. This is a fun way for each child to get to know their classmates a little more!     

Reading: This week, the two stories we will read are Look At That!  and Can You Find It? Please make sure your child reads the first story Monday night and the second story on Tuesday night this week. Please make sure you send this hardcover book back to school with your child each day. This week our sight words are went, walk, did, me, saw. This week, the spelling words are it, hit, sit, pick, kick, sick. The students will be tested on both lists of words on Friday. We have been doing a great job on spelling tests so far, so please keep up the good work! Finally, the students will also get a list of vocabulary words. These are the words the students will see in the stories in their reading books. The students will not be officially tested on reading or spelling these words, however it is necessary they know the meaning of these words to comprehend the reading stories. We will discuss the meaning of these vocabulary words each day. Making flashcards is an easy and effective way to study all of these words!

*We will also be focusing again on short i this week. We will read and construct words with the short i sound and they will also be seen in both the stories the students will read in their hardcover books. Once again, short vowel sounds are one of the main concepts that we focus on in 1st grade, so it is very important that the students master this concept.

Math: We finished Chapter 3 on Friday and began to look at Chapter 2 today, which is Subtraction Concepts. From what we worked on today, it appears that most students remember subtraction and the different strategies they were taught, which is great! Please remember to keep practicing both subtraction and addition facts and/or flash cards.

Religion: As October is the month of the rosary, we will discuss the rosary and talk about its significance. A first grade parent very generously donated rosaries to the entire first grade. On Friday morning, Father Ken is going to bless each student’s rosary. If you would like to also bring in a rosary from home, your child can do so! 

Week of October 9th

Posted on Oct 09, 2017

I hope you all enjoyed your nice long weekend!

***Reminders***

·      Thank you all for turning in your field trip forms! The field trip is next Wednesday, October 18th. Remember that students should wear their gym uniforms and bring a bagged lunch. And thank you to those who volunteered to chaperone. I will pick the chaperones early this week!

·      If you would like to order, the October Scholastic Book Order, orders are due this Friday, October 13th.  

Reading: We are finished with Unit 1 in Reading we will begin Unit 2 tomorrow. Reading will now be a little different as we continue on from Unit 1. There are two stories that we will look at each week in their reading book. This week, the stories are Look At That!  and Can You Find It? Please make sure your child reads the first story Tuesday night, and the second story on Wednesday night this week. Please make sure you send this hardcover book back to school with your child each day. We will still have a list of high-frequency word (sight words) each week. This week the words are all, are, find, make, play. In addition to these words we will also have a list of spelling words each week. Students will be tested on these words each Friday, just like their sight words. This week, the spelling words are am, had, sad, bad, fan, can. Finally, the students will also get a list of vocabulary words. These are the words the students will see in the stories in their reading books. The students will not be officially tested on reading or spelling these words, however it is necessary they know the meaning of these words to comprehend the reading stories. We will discuss the meaning of these vocabulary words each day. Making flashcards is an easy and effective way to study all of these words!

*We will also be focusing again on short a this week. We will read and construct words with the short a sound and they will also be seen in both the stories the students will read in their hardcover books. Once again, short vowel sounds are one of the main concepts that we focus on in 1st grade, so it is very important that the students master this concept.

Math: We will finish chapter 3 this week. Our test on this chapter will be Friday, October 13th.  To help your child prepare for this test, it would be helpful to go over the homework pages that are returned each week. The problems that you see on these pages will be very similar to the ones on the test. Next week, we will go back and begin Chapter 2, which introduces Subtraction.

Religion: As October is the month of the rosary, we will discuss the rosary and talk about its significance. In addition, the students are practicing the guardian angel prayer each day.

Social Studies: This week, we will discuss Christopher Columbus and continue doing some fun Fall activities. We will talk about the 5 senses that we experience during the Fall season. 

Week of October 2nd

Posted on Oct 01, 2017

Happy October! I hope you have all had a great weekend and that homecoming was filled with fun. All of the students had so much fun at Friday’s pep rally.

***Reminders***

·      This Tuesday, October 3rd is Picture Day! Please dress your best and bring all of your gorgeous smiles :). 

·      Please remember that our field trip permission and payment is due this Friday, October 6th. The field trip cost is $14 per child. Please remember that if you are Virtus trained you may request to be a chaperone. Chaperones will be picked after Friday. Thank you!

Next Monday, October 9th, there will not be school because of Columbus Day. 

·      Also, I will be handing out the October Scholastic Book Order this week. Those orders will be due on Friday, October 13th.  

Reading: We are finished with Unit 1 in Reading we will begin Unit 2 tomorrow. Reading will now be a little different as we continue on from Unit 1. I sent a letter home on Friday with each student explaining these changes. Instead of the small readers the students received each week, the students will now have a hardcover reading book. There are two stories that we will look at each week in their reading book. This week, the stories are The Nap and Oh,Cats! Please make sure your child reads the first story Monday night, and the second story on Tuesday night. Just as you did with the small readers, please make sure you send this hardcover book back to school with your child each day. We will still have a list of high-frequency word (sight words) each week. This week the words are away, come, down, no, will. In addition to these words we will also have a list of spelling words each week. Students will be tested on these words each Friday, just like their sight words. This week, the spelling words are at, cat, sat, an, ran, man. Finally, the students will also get a list of vocabulary words. These are the words the students will see in the stories in their reading books. The students will not be officially tested on reading or spelling these words, however it is necessary they know the meaning of these words to comprehend the reading stories. We will discuss the meaning of these vocabulary words each day. Making flashcards is an easy and effective way to study all of these words!

 

Math: We will continue working on Chapter 3 this week, which is more addition. Remember that Monday-Thursday your child will almost always have a math page for homework! It is still a bit away, but right now it is looking like we will have our Chapter 3 test on Friday, October 13th. Just a reminder: We are skipping Chapter 2 for now and will come back to it in a few weeks.    

 

Religion: We are moving on to Chapter 4 in Religion. We are discussing some Bible stories and why the word of God is so important. We are still practicing the Sign of the Cross and the Our Father, which the students are all mastering.   

Social Studies: This week, we will begin some fun Fall activities and talk about the 5 senses that we experience during the Fall season. 

 

Here is our specials schedule:

Monday: No special. We attend 8:15am mass with the two other 1st grade classes.

Tuesday: Computers

Wednesday: Music

Thursday: Art/Library

Friday: Gym

Week of September 25th

Posted on Sep 25, 2017

I hope you have all had a great weekend! Luckily this week is supposed to cool down a little bit for us. Because of the heat, please feel free to send your child with a water bottle to school. Tomorrow is also an out of uniform day again.

We will celebrate Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday on Tuesday and do some activities involving apples throughout the week. Please send your child to school with an apple on Monday. It can be any color!

 

Reading: We have finished our fifth reader, Get the Tent this week as well as our fifth list of sight words. This week, we will continue reading Tumble Bumble. Throughout this story we will discuss and practice a number of different things such as sequencing, rhyming words, and the rhyming process. Your child will bring home a new reader this week to go along with Tumble Bumble called I am a Bug. Please make sure your child reads this book each night and brings it back to school with them each day. I have been very pleased to see your children have been getting used to this rule. They will also get a new list of sight words: up, but, go, where, here, am. Please make sure to study these words each night. Making flashcards is an easy and effective way to study these words! The students will each be tested on this new list of words on Friday (Sept. 30nd). 

Math: We will continue working on Chapter 3 this week which is more addition. Remember that Monday-Thursday your child will almost always have a math page for homework! Just a reminder: We are skipping Chapter 2 for now and will come back to it in a few weeks.   

 

Religion: We are still working on Chapter 2 in Religion. We are discussing church routines as well as the different objects seen in church and each of their significance. We are still practicing the Sign of the Cross and the Our Father, which the students are all mastering.   

 

Here is our specials schedule:

Monday: No special. We attend 8:15am mass with the two other 1st grade classes.

Tuesday: Computers

Wednesday: Music

Thursday: Art/Library

Friday: Gym

Week of September 18th-22nd

Posted on Sep 19, 2017

I hope you have all been enjoying Fisher Fest Weekend! We have been so lucky with this beautiful weather all weekend. Remember, this week is a full week back to school .

 

Reading: We have finished our fourth reader, I like to Hop! this week as well as our fourth list of sight words. This week, we will start a new book together in class called Tumble Bumble. Throughout this story we will discuss and practice a number of different things such as sequencing, rhyming words, and nouns. Your child will bring home a new reader this week to go along with Tumble Bumble called Get the Tent. Please make sure your child reads this book each night and brings it back to school with them each day. I have been very pleased to see your children have been getting used to this rule. They will also get a new list of sight words: get, what, we, one, two, three. Please make sure to study these words each night. Making flashcards is an easy and effective way to study these words! The students will each be tested on this new list of words on Friday (Sept. 22nd).

 

We will also be focusing on both short i and short e this week. We have been reading and constructing words with the short i sound and will be doing the same with short e. Short vowel sounds are one of the main concepts that we focus on in first grade, so it is very important that the students master this concept.

 

Math: We have finished Chapter 1and taken our tests. I was very pleased with each student’s test and was happy to see the students following directions while taking their first math test of the year. We took a look at Chapter 3 on Thursday and will really start to get in to it on Monday. This Chapter continues on with more addition strategies. Just a reminder: We are skipping Chapter 2 for now and will come back to it in a few weeks.   

 

Religion: We are still working on Chapter 2 in Religion. We are discussing church routines as well as the different objects seen in church and each of their significance. We are still practicing the Sign of the Cross and the Our Father, which the students are all mastering.   

 

Here is our specials schedule:

Monday: No special. We attend 8:15am mass with the two other 1st grade classes.

Tuesday: Computers

Wednesday: Music

Thursday: Art/Library

Friday: Gym

** Remember ** For Thursday’s specials, the children are split into two groups and switch off between the two – going to art one week and library the next. With that being said, as the children are able to check out books each time they go to library, they are allowed to keep these books for two weeks (until the next time they attend library). If however, you or your child would like to return their books before the next time they go to library, they may do so.

 

September 11-15

Posted on Sep 10, 2017

Enjoy your Monday off!!!!!

 

Happy September! We have finished up August and moving through September quickly. I am so happy that this beautiful weather has come along with the start of this new month.

 

Reading: We have finished our third reader, Big Monkey, Little Monkey this week as well as our second list of sight words. This week, we will continue with the same book in class called My Family’s Market. Throughout this story we will discuss both family roots and traditions and create our own family trees. Your child will bring home a new reader this week to go along with My Family’s Market called I Like to Hop! Please make sure your child reads this book each night and brings it back to school with them each day. They will also get a new list of sight words: do, like, not, that, to, you. Please make sure to study these words each night. Making flashcards is an easy and effective way to study these words! The students will each be tested on this new list of words on Thursday (Sept. 14th).

 

We will also be focusing on short i this week. We have been reading and constructing words with the short i sound. Short vowel sounds are one of the main concepts that we focus on in first grade, so it is very important that the students master this concept. We will continue to work with short i this week.

 

Math: We will finish Chapter 1 (addition) on Tuesday. The students will be tested on this chapter on Wednesday. This will be the students’ first test of the school year, so it would be a good study strategy to review any of their homework pages that I have returned from this chapter. Their tests will be graded and sent home with them on Wednesday. We will skip Chapter 2 for now and come back to it in a few weeks. Instead we will begin Chapter 3 on Thursday, which continues on with addition. 

 

Religion: We are still working on Chapter 2 in Religion. We are discussing church routines as well as the different objects seen in church and each of their significance. We are still practicing the Sign of the Cross and the Our Father, which the students are all mastering.   

 

I wanted to let you all know that your child’s special on Thursdays is either art or gym. The children are split into two groups and switch off between the two – going to art one week and library the next. With that being said, as the children are able to check out books each time they go to library, they are allowed to keep these books for two weeks (until the next time they attend library). If however, you or your child would like to return their books before the next time they go to library, they may do so.

 

Here is our specials schedule:

 

Monday: No special. We attend 8:15am mass with the two other 1st grade classes.

Tuesday: Computers

Wednesday: Music

Thursday: Art/Library

Friday: Gym

 

As you all know this week/weekend is Fisher Fest. As you can imagine, all of the students’ excitement is through the roof! Just a reminder that because of this event the students will not have school on Friday J. 

Week of September 4th

Posted on Sep 04, 2017

I hope that everyone has had a great Labor Day Weekend and is enjoying their Monday off! I want to thank you all so much again for coming to the Open House on Wednesday. It was a pleasure to meet you all and I was so happy you were able to see our classroom!

Here are just a few reminders for you as we continue to get settled back into school and the routine of the classroom:

  • Please make sure to check your child’s home folder every night. This folder should come home with your child every night and I remind them of this every afternoon before we pack up to go home. Anything on the left side of the folder with the green left hand that says “left at home” should be cleaned out and left at home. As you may have already noticed from this past Friday, I am going to be sending your child’s work that we did during the week home with them each Friday. This way, you are able to see what we have accomplished throughout the week.
  • Whatever your child brings home on the right side of their folder with the red right hand that says “right back to school” should be returned back to school with them. This side of the folder is where you will find their weekly readers. Please remember to have your child read this book each night and then put it back in their folder to bring back to school with them the next day. This is the side of the folder that the children will also bring their math homework home in each night they have it. We will have a page of math homework just about every night so please make sure to check for those!

Reading: We have finished our second reader, Can Pig Nap?, this week as well as our second list of sight words. This week, we will begin a new book in class called My Family’s Market. Throughout this story we will discuss both family roots and traditions. The reader that your child will bring home this week to go along with My Family’s Market is called Big Monkey, Little Monkey. The sight words for this week are big, have, it, is, in, little. Please make sure to study these words each night. Making flashcards is an easy and effective way to study these words! The students will each be tested on this new list of words on Friday.

We have also been focusing on short a this week. We have been reading and constructing words with the short a sound. Short vowel sounds are one of the main concepts that we focus on in first grade, so it is very important that the students master this concept. We will continue to work with short a this week.

Math:  We are halfway through chapter one and will hopefully finish it up this week. Chapter one focuses on addition and the different strategies we can use to solve addition problems. One strategy we have worked on a lot in our classroom is using manipulatives. This has really seemed to help the students comprehend the problem and solve it on their own. Feel free to use manipulatives at home with your child when they are completing their math homework this week!

Religion: We have finished chapter 1 in religion and will begin chapter 2 this week. We will continue to practice the Sign of the Cross and the Our Father this week. The students are doing a great job learning both of these prayers! Last Monday, we attended our first 8:15am mass. Each student followed along with the mass and used their best church manners. I was very impressed J. We will attend 8:15am mass each Monday.

*I sent home the September Scholastic book order with each student on Friday. These order forms will be due Friday, September 8th. You can send your child’s order to school with them OR you can order online. I wrote our class code on the back of each order form and the directions to do this can be found on the back of the order form.

Ms. Fahey 

Week of August 28th

Posted on Aug 27, 2017

We did it! We have our first full week of school under our belts. It has been so great getting to know each of your children this past week.  I can already tell it’s going to be a great year with this bunch.

 

I posted a back to school letter on the blog last week and I also sent a hard copy home with everyone on Wednesday. Hopefully you got a chance to read over this because it contains the majority of the information you need to know about our classroom. Also, thank you so much for being extra speedy and returning any papers that I sent home for you to fill out this past week.

 

Reading: Last week, we started our level 1.1reader called Lunch. The boys and girls also received a small book that they brought home called I see Blue, Red, Yellow. These small books are for practicing reading at home, but please remember that these books must be returned to school with your child each day. There will be a total of six small books that will go back and forth with your child to school. A new one will be given to the students at the beginning of each week. In addition, I sent home the student’s first list of sight words to go along with our reader. These first 6 words were review from Kindergarten, so I tested to children on these words on Friday. All of them did fantastic! I sent home their results with them on Friday. Therefore, tomorrow (Monday) I will send home a new small book, Can Pig Nap, with them along with a new list of sight words. Please make sure that your child reads this book either to you or with you each night. And please make sure to practice reading the new list of sight words each night. A helpful way to practice would be to make flashcards. The students will be tested on this new list of words on Friday.  

 

Math: Last week, we started Chapter 1, which focuses on addition. We will continue with chapter one this week. Monday-Thursday the students will most likely have a math worksheet for homework. Please make sure to check their folders for this!

 

Religion: We have discussed and are practicing the Sign of the Cross in religion as well as the Our Father. I was so pleased to see how many of the students already knew both! We will continue to practice these this week.

 

I look forward to seeing you all Wednesday night at 7pm for the open house! I can answer any questions you may have there.

 

Ms. Fahey 

Welcome Back 2017-2018

Posted on Aug 21, 2017

Welcome Back to School 2017 – 2018

Dear Parents,

 

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year at St. John Fisher! I hope you all had a wonderful summer and I am excited to hear all about it.  My name is Mary Fahey and I am thrilled to be your child’s first grade teacher this year. A little bit about me – I grew up in the neighborhood and attended St. Barnabas and Mother McAuley High School. This past May, I graduated from the University of Dayton with a degree in Early Childhood Education. As this is my first year teaching and as your child enters first grade, I can already tell that this school year is going to be filled with many firsts for both the students and myself! I feel so lucky that I am able to begin my teaching career in such a wonderful school like St. John Fisher.  I am eager to get the school year started!

 

First grade is a big and exciting year for all students. You will see tremendous growth in your child from the beginning of the school year to the end. Students’ reading skills will advance on all levels as well as their writing skills. Students will also learn and develop both their addition and subtraction skills. My goal for this school year is to guide your children and further their growth and development in all areas. Students’ learning does not end when they leave the classroom. There are many ways you can help your child continue to grow at home. Here are some ideas:

  • Read, Read, READ – please find time each day to read to your child or have them read to you. Help your child follow the text from left to right.
  • Ask your child comprehension questions about a story – make predictions, describe a favorite character, summarize or retell the story.
  • Have students create their own stories – they can be short stories made up of pictures and/or words.
  • Practice addition and subtraction problems of single digit numbers.

 

A common theme that will be emphasized within our classroom will be kindness – especially within the first few weeks of school as we all get acquainted with each other. This theme will be discussed frequently with the students and we will talk about ways in which we can be kind to one another and make our classroom a friendly and comfortable environment.

 

I am so excited to meet all of your children. I will do my very best to provide an optimistic, fun, and hardworking environment to each student. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me at any time!

 

The next few pages explain some of the “nuts and bolts” of our classroom to keep it running smoothly.

 

Sincerely,

Ms. Fahey

 

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.
  • If you child is feeling feverish in the morning, please keep them home from school. The office will call you to pick up your child if they have a temperature of 100 or higher. A child must be fever free for a full 24 hours before returning to school.
  • A note or email must accompany a child the day they return to school stating the reason why they were absent. This note should be sent to me.

BLOG

  • Please check my blog weekly for classroom news and updates. To access my page, go to the St. John Fisher website, click on teacher blogs, and then my name. Most communication from school will be on line so please check regularly.

FOLDERS

  • The children will be using two folders each day. Their “SCHOOL” folder stays in their desk with papers we use every day. Their “HOME” folder will travel back and forth to school everyday. 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. Youngest or only children will bring office correspondence home. There might be some days when students’ “HOME” folders 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. Example: Child’s name, Room 111, Tuition

HOMEWORK

  • I will be giving the children homework every night, Monday-Thursday. They should spend between 10-15 minutes on homework. These are some of the possible assignments: read a book or story, practice their sight words, study addition and subtraction facts, math worksheet, phonics sheet, writing paper, or some unfinished homework from class. Reading every night is expected as well as practicing math facts. The children are expected to do their own work, in their own printing, in PENCIL ONLY. It will be due back to next day (to be returned in their home folder). I understand that sometimes homework is forgotten at home. If your child forgets an assignment, their homework should be brought to school the following day. Parents can help by checking the work and reminding them to put it in their folder. Thank you!

 

BIRTHDAYS

  • Birthdays are a very special day! Your child will get to wear a birthday crown for the day and will also receive some other “surprises.” You are welcome to send a birthday treat on your child’s birthday. We have 20 students in our classroom. I will inform you if there are any food allergies in our room. Birthday party invitations can be passed out in the classroom only if the whole class is being invited or the girls or all the boys. Otherwise, please pass out invitations outside of school.

SPECIAL CLASSES

  • Our special classes are as follows:
  • Monday: Attend 8:15 mass
  • Tuesday: Computers with Mrs. Maxwell
  • Wednesday: Music with Mrs. Nolan
  • Thursday: Art/Library with Mrs. Newman/Mrs. Funk (the group is divided in half; they will alternate going to art one week and library the next.)
  • Friday: Gym with Mr. Schroeder – please wear gym uniform on Fridays.

LABELS

  • Please be sure to label all of your child’s personal items. Especially, sweaters, gym pants, sweatshirts, backpacks, lunch boxes, and school supplies. Extra supplies is stored in their lockers, but I will try to send a note home when something is running low.

LUNCH TIME

  • Our lunchtime is 11:25 – 11:45. Since this is 3rd lunch, we will have a snack in the morning. Please provide a small, healthy snack that is easy to eat and not messy! For example, dry cereal, fruit, granola or cereal bar, pretzels or graham crackers – nothing that requires a spoon please! Your child should not bring a drink for snack time. Candy should be saved for lunchtime. I encourage to the children to start the day with a good breakfast J .

BEHAVIOR PLAN

“Clip System”

  • The Behavior Plan that we will be using in our classroom can be most easily understood as a “clip system”. In our classroom we will have a behavior chart and each student will have a clip with his or her name on this chart. Each student will begin every morning with his or her clip on the middle section of the behavior chart called “Ready To Learn”. Depending on the student’s behavior they can move either up or down this chart.  If a student is seen doing something kind, respectful, helpful, or is just having an overall good day, I will ask the student to clip up. If a student clips up once they will be on “good choice!”. If a student is asked to clip up a second time during the same school day, they will be on “OUTSTIANDING”. If a student is able to reach outstanding, they will receive a prize for their hard work. Please remind your child that they will not be able to reach outstanding every single day and that is okay! Some days, students will even stay on “Ready to Learn” all day and that is great.

If a student has to be reminded more twice to stop doing a behavior, such as talking when they are not supposed to be, the student will be asked to move their clip down. If a student is seen doing an inappropriate behavior a second time, they will be asked to clip down again. If they are seen doing an inappropriate behavior a third time, the student will be asked to clip down to “parent contact”. If a student’s clip lands here, the student will get a note sent home to their parents explaining what the child was doing and why it was inappropriate. One parent will have to sign this note and return it back to school with their child the next day. If your child does receive a note home, please talk to them about their inappropriate behavior and discuss how they can change this behavior. I will have a similar conversation with the student at school.     

****If a student does clip down, they are not stuck there the entire school day. They can have the chance to clip back up by changing their inappropriate behavior.****

ARRIVAL/DISSMISAL

  • Please drop off your children in the morning at the glass doors next to the church. I will come out to pick them up every morning. 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.
  • PLEASE SEND ME A NOTE REGARDING EXTENDED DAY CARE AFTER SCHOOL. I WON’T KNOW IF YOUR CHILD IS SUPPOSED TO GO UNLESS YOU SEND ME A NOTE. IF THEY WILL ATTEND YEARLY, ONE NOTE IS ENOUGH, BUT IF IT IS OCCASSIONAL, PLEASE SEND A NOTE EACH TIME THEY NEED TO GO. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

FIELD TRIPS

  • We try to take some field trips during the year. Any parent who might like to volunteer to go along must have completed the Virtus training. All information about Virtus can be found on the St. John Fisher Website.

 

Thank you for your time spent reading this – I know it’s a lot but I just want to make sure you receive all of the correct information. It’s going to be a great school year!

Sincerely,

Ms. Fahey 

 
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