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Welcome to 1st grade!

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"You can find magic
wherever you look.
Sit back and relax,
All  you need is a
BOOK!"
- Dr. Seuss
 

 

 

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Homework for week ending:

February 23, 2018


1. Please initial and check your child's homework each night for neatness as well as to make sure it is done correctly.

2.For a fun way to study spelling words go to Spelling City to play games and review new and old lists:https://www.spellingcity.com/MrsPritz/. Thank you to Mrs. Pritz for sharing this with our class!


Monday

ELA:
Math:
Religion:
Spelling:
Other:

Tuesday
ELA:
Math:Addition & Subtraction worksheet
Religion:There is a letter in the Home folder explaining their assignment. They are to choose something that they would like to do for Lent and write it down.
Spelling:Study Spelling words and practice reading high frequency words.
Other:We are beginning our next round of story sharing at the end of this week. A calendar was sent home last week with your child's assigned date. Also, there are lots of gold medals hanging in the hallway. Keep up the good work!
Reminder: Library books due tomorrow!

Wednesday
ELA:Workbook pages 407 & 408
Religion:
Spelling: Study Spelling words and practice reading high frequency words.
Math:Workbook page 151
Other:There are lots of gold medals hanging in the hallway. Keep up the good work!
Tomorrow is Gym day. Don't forget to wear your Gym uniform!

Thursday
ELA:
Math:
Religion:
Spelling:
Science:
Other:
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Friday
Please remember to empty your child's homework folder each night. Thank you!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Remeber to read a little each day!

Mark Your Calendars!

Feb. 23rd-Penny Party

Homework - Mrs. Pritz

Homework for week ending:

February 23, 2018


Notes:

**See below for "Star Reader" dates**

1. Please initial and check your child's homework each night for neatness as well as to make sure it is done correctly.

2.For a fun way to study spelling words go to Spelling City to play games and review new and old lists:https://www.spellingcity.com/MrsPritz/.

3. Remember to send in your boxtops!!

**There will be an End of Unit test in reading on Thursday and Friday. Please continue to review the high frequency words for each story as this helps when the children are reading the test passage.


Monday
President's Day ~ school is closed
ELA:
Math:
Religion:
Other: Remember to bring back your "Go for the Gold" activity if you took one home today:)

Tuesday
ELA: High frequency words handout
Spelling test will be on Thursday this week; Unit 3 test will be Thursday and Friday (review blue duck words)
Math: addition facts handout
Religion: a letter went home to parents about Being Like Jesus this Lent; help your child to complete it and return tomorrow
Other: return library books by tomorrow

Wednesday

ELA: study spelling words

Math: Practice Book page P
Religion:
Other:Remember to bring back your "Go for the Gold" activity if you took one home today:)
*gym uniform tomorrow


Thursday
ELA:
Math:
Religion:
Other: Remember to bring back your "Go for the Gold" activity if you took one home today:)

Friday
Remember to bring back your "Go for the Gold" activity if you took one home today:)
Please check to make sure your child's pencils are sharpened for next week...thanks!
Please empty your child's home folder of old homework or classwork papers.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Remember to read a little each day!

Mark Your Calendars!

February 2 - First Friday Mass, 10:00am

February 13 - 1st grade Valentine's Day card exchange; 100th Day

Febraury 14 - Ash Wednesday

February 19- President's Day - school is closed

Room 8 "Star Reader" Schedule:

  • February 1 - Josiah
  • February 6 - Niovi
  • February 7 - Zachary
  • February 8 - Tatum
  • February 9 - Matthew
  • February 13 - Joseph
  • February 14 - Maggie
  • February 15 - Logan

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Spelling test will be on Thursday this week; Unit 3 test will be Thursday and Friday (review all blue duck words)

Congratulations to Horation Powell in room 8 who was baptized into the Catholic Faith on Saturday, Oct. 7th!!

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Father Brandt was kind enough to take some time last week with the first grade and show them the Baptismal font and explain a little about the sacrament.

Welcome to Saint Joseph the Protector School! I feel very blessed to be a part of this community! I look forward to working with you to make this year a memorable and successful one for your children.

 

Classroom Management

 

On the first day of school, the students worked together to make a list of rules they thought were important for our classroom. We all signed pledges promising to follow the rules the best we could and displayed them in the classroom alongside the rules. Each student was given a sticker book on the first day of school. They have the opportunity to earn stickers for following the rules, being a good friend, etc. Once students earn ten stickers, they can choose a reward. Students who find themselves continually having difficulties following the rules could owe a sticker to the teacher.

 

Religion - This year, your children will be learning how to recite the Sign of the Cross, The Hail Mary, and The Lord's Prayer. We will be introducing the Holy Family and the life of Jesus. We attend a school liturgy monthly, and present the First Friday Mass in May.

 

Reading -Reading is a big component of the first grade curriculum. We will be building reading skills throughout the year using our Pearson Reader, as well as, books from our classroom library. While we read books together as a class and in small groups, I also encourage the students to read independently. Developing skilled reading takes practice, and I encourage you to read with your children at home, whether it is a book, magazine, sign, recipe, etc. Students will have a list of sight words each week that they will need to memorize.

 

Spelling - Students will have a list of twelve spelling words a week. They are required to study every night in preparation for the spelling test at the end of the skills week.

 

Writing -The first grade will simultaneously use the writing instruction and format in the reading series along with the writing workshop. Students will work through the writing process and be journaling frequently.

 

Penmanship- The first grade uses the Palmer method of straight lines and circles. It is VERY important that your child hold the pencil correctly and that they start from the top of the line and pull the letters down (research shows a connection to writing topdown and reading).  Children are encouraged to be neat.

 

Math -This year, your children will be learning how to add and subtract using many different strategies.  They will be able to solve problems using manipulatives, equations, and illustrations. We will also be learning about place value, how to tell time, and two-dimensional and three-dimensional shapes. Children will be assessed on math reasoning and computation.

 

Science -First grade will be using a new science series, Lab Learner, that emphasizes exploration using the scientific method. Chidlren will be using the science lab a few times a month as well as doing investigations in our classroom and outside.  The children will become active little scientists.

 

Social Studies - The social studies outline overlaps with our reading series. We will be focusing on various communities, map skills, and national symbols. The first grade will also use the internet to broaden an awareness of important places, such as Washington,D.C. and important people, such as Martin Luther King.

 

Socialization- Saint Joseph the Protector School takes pride in its efforts to be bully free. Children are taught character development from the first day of school and are encouraged to make faith based decisions.

 

Homework

For many students, homework is a new experience.  Please assist your child in forming a positive attitude toward homework and valuing its importance. First graders will receive anywhere from 5-15 minutes of homework per night, Monday - Thursday. Please check your child's homework for accuracy. If you notice your child struggling with a concept, please email me so I can provide additional instruction. Please intitial all completed homwork and return to school the following day. I will check homework for completion. Homework does contribute to the final grade in all subject areas. Homework not completed will be finished during recess.

 

Assessment

Your child will be assessed in a variety of ways during first grade. To eliminate testing anxiety, children are not notified of upcoming assessments except for spelling tests.  I will be sending home test folders approximately every two to three weeks. Please review all test papers, initial, and move the papers from the left pocket to the right. Please do not remove any assessment from the folder.  If you have any questions regarding an assessment, please contact me at your convenience.

 

Communication

The best way to contact me is through a written note or an email.  I will attempt to respond quickly but please know there are days when I do not even get a chance to check email until after school. Please send written notes regarding line changes and absences as these must be kept on file. If there is an emergency or last minute line change during the school day, please notify the office and they will contact me.

 

 

 

Materials

 

Please check that your child has the necessary school materials in a zippered pencil case.  Their extra glue and pencils are kept at school but they often need new crayons and/or scissors during the year. The pencil case will go home weekly.

 

Glue sticks

Highlighter

Scissors

4 sharpened pencils

Crayons

Pink Eraser

 

Specials Schedule
 
Moday- Music  
Wednesday- Technology and Library  (books should be returned by Tuesday)
Thursday - Art and Gym  (please check the handbook for the correct gym uniform)
 

Reading

Weekly Story: Where Are My Animal Friends(drama)

Phonics skills: comparative endings: -ed,-est

consonant pattern -dge

Spelling List: faster, fastest, taller, tallest, shorter, shortest, sadder, saddest, bigger, biggest, goodbye (good-bye), before

Comprehension Skill: drawing conclusions

using background knowledge to improve understanding

Fluency skill: reading with accuracy and appropriate rate

HF Words: goodbye, before, does, oh, right, won't

* weekly spelling test will be Thursday, February22nd;

* we are at the end of Unit 3; we will being completing the unit test on Thursday & Friday, Feb. 22nd & 23rd.

Writing

Review Skills: identify the action verb in a sentence: past, present, future

New skill: contractions with not

Math:

Review skills:comparing 2-digit numbers; continue to practice addition and subtraction facts to 20

New skill: Chapter 8 focuses on learning and using strategies to add 2-digit numbers without regrouping

Religion

Topic: During the Season of Lent we will be learning about what this season means to Catholics and will focus on praying a part of the Stattions of the Cross each day

Activity: creating a Stations of the Cross book

Science

Topic: We will be investigating the properties of 2 of the 3 states of matter: solids and liquids

Investigation: use our senses to list and describe the properties of a given liquid

Social Studies

Topic: The Winter Olympics

Knowledge Goal: discuss the world community that gathers at the Winter Olympics; what is good sportsmanship and how can all people use this to get along; strive for excellence in reading and math problem solving through "Go for the Gold" activity

 


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