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St. Joseph the Protector School

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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:

September 16th


Notes:

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

2. If you took the small green workbook called "Words We Know" home to cover with contact paper, please return as soon as possible.

3.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: Workbook page 15
Religion:
Spelling: Spelling worksheet
Other:

Tuesday
ELA:
Math:
Religion:
Other:


Wednesday
ELA:
Math:
Religion:
Spelling:
Other:
Reminder: Tomorrow is gym day!! Children should wear their gym uniform to school.

Thursday
ELA:
Math:
Religion:
Spelling:
Other:

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!

September 29 - Movie Night, Conahan Hall

Homework - Mrs. Pritz

Homework for week ending:

September 22th


Notes:

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

2. Please send in the following as soon as possible:

  • covered little green "dictionary" from BTSN

3. KidStuff books were due back last Friday. Please return your book or money as soon as possible if you have not already done so.

4. 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/


Monday

ELA:write new spelling words 2x's each in your neatest printing (this is a handout in the home folder)
Math:
Religion:
Other:

Tuesday
ELA:
Math:
Religion:
Other: review your Spelling words and high frequency words


Wednesday
ELA:
Math:
Religion:
Other:review spelling words and high frequency words for our quiz on Friday:)
Reminder: Tomorrow is gym day!! Children should wear their gym uniform to school.

Thursday
ELA:
Math:
Religion:
Other:

Friday
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!

September 21 Back to School Night, Jenkintown Campus - 6PM

Back to School Night, Glenside Campus - 7PM

September 23 Villanova Day of Service

Touch a Truck, Jenkintown Campus

September 26 Eighth Grade Parent Meeting, 7PM

September 29 - Movie Night, Conahan Hall

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: The Big Blue Ox

Phonics skills: reading and writing words with the short /o/ pattern

Spelling words: hot, pop, mop, mom, hop, ox, got, pot, lock, rock

Comprehension Skill: visualize and use the character & setting to help understand the story

Fluency skill: reading for accuracy

HF Words: blue, help, from, little, get, use

Writing

Review Skills: Writing a sentence that tells about one idea, begins with a capital letter, and ends with a period; identify the subject part of a sentence

New skill: Identify and write the predicatepart of a sentence

Math

Review skills: Please practice reading and writing numbers to 20

New skill: Modeling addition within the sum of 10; build fluency for addition within the sum of 10, write addition sentences vertically, solve problems using addition

(chapter 1 assessment will be this week)

Religion

Topic: continue learning about the mystery of The Blessed Trinity

Activity: students will make a Blessed Trinity Shamrock; practice the Sign of the Cross as a prayer to the Blessed Trinity

Science

Topic: Overview of the senses.

Investigation:

1. In conjuction with our focus on the short /o/ sound in ELA, students will use the scientific method to predict how far air popped popcorn can travel and use each sense to describe popping popcorn

2. continue investigation with students who did not get to participate: Blindfolded students will try to describe the sound made by striking a tuning fork against different objects and identify the direction from which it came.

Social Studies

Topic: How can animals help people?

Activity:

 


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