Friday, October 12, 2018

First Grade News-Friday, October 12th

Memory Verse for the Upcoming Week:
Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice. Psalm 32:11

(Remember that your child is expected to recite the verse and reference on Thursday)

Week in Review:
Religion: Manna in the Wilderness; The 10 Commandments
Character Trait from CFP: integrity
Reading: Read This Busy Little Squirrel and Curious George Goes Camping; worked in reading groups; read books by our author of the month-Tedd Arnold
Phonics/Spelling: Focused on short o words; continued working with high frequency words and CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words; worked with word families and changing initial or final sound to make new words; added the suffix s to make a word plural
Handwriting: Practiced lowercase s and writing our names correctly
Math: We worked on the doubles addition facts to a sum of 18; created different patterns; used a balance to compare weights
Science: Revisited our potato plants and the bulbs that we had planted; played a squirrel behavior game to understand how animals adapt to survive in their habitats
Social Studies: Focused on fire safety

Questions to ask your child:
What is one book you chose for your book box this week?
Can you name a few of the 10 commandments?
What happened to the potato eye that you planted?
What happens when you add an s to the end of a word?
Can you make an ABC pattern using shapes for me?
What is one fire safety tip that you learned from the firemen this week?

Important Information:
  • Our field trip to the St. Louis Zoo on Friday, October 19th. We are taking a guided tour to see North American animals in their habitats. We’ll leave school on the bus at 9:30 and return around 11:30. Parents that are attending the trip are asked to be at school by 9:20, so we can get our groups assigned. Students are encouraged to wear a RED CCLS uniform shirt so that we can keep our group together.
  • Today was the end of 1st Quarter. Report Cards will be sent home with your child next Friday. Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held the following week. A sign-up sheet was sent home in your child’s folder today. Please return this by Tuesday, October 16th, so that we can get your conference scheduled. In first grade we schedule 20 minutes with each family for a blended format conference. The first portion of the conference will be lead by your child showcasing some of the things they’ve worked on this year, and then sharing a few goals. After this your child will be asked to step outside and you’ll meet with Mrs. Nummela or Miss Pfotenhauer for a few more minutes.
  • Remember that Thursday, October 25th is 12:00 dismissal and there is no school on Friday, October 26th.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

First Grade News-Friday, October 5th

Memory Verse for the Upcoming Week:
You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. Matthew 22:37

(Remember that your child is expected to recite the verse and reference on Thursday)

Week in Review:
Religion: 10 Plagues on Egypt; Passover; Crossing the Red Sea
Character Trait from CFP: responsibility
Reading: Read This Little Chick and Chrysanthemum; worked in reading groups; read books by our new author of the month-Tedd Arnold
Phonics/Spelling: Focused on short i words; continued working with high frequency words and CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words; worked with word families and changing initial or final sound to make new words
Handwriting: Reviewed capital letters and numbers; practiced lowercase c and o
Math: We worked on doubles addition facts to a sum of 10; identified rectangles; identified attributes of pattern blocks; wrote number sentences for some, some more story problems
Science: Focused on the habitats where plants and animals can live and planted bulbs


Questions to ask your child:
What is one book you chose for your book box this week?
Can you name a few of the plagues that God sent to Egypt?
What are doubles addition problems?
Can you name all of the pattern block shapes?
What type of a bulb did you plant in Science?

Important Information:
We encourage each child to complete a service project every quarter. Please send in the completed Service Project form and a picture of your child completing their project by Friday, October 12th.

Please return your child’s Church and Sunday School attendance record sheet on Monday, October 8th.

If you are still walking your child inside in the mornings, please help them work on building independence and responsibility by saying goodbye at the classroom door and allowing them to independently unpack their backpack and get set up for our school day.

Our first field trip will be to the St. Louis Zoo on Friday, October 19th. We are taking a guided tour to see North American animals in their habitats. We’ll leave school on the bus at 9:30 and return around 11:30. Students are encouraged to wear a RED CCLS uniform shirt so that we can keep our group together.

This month's Book Order was sent home this week. Please return orders by Friday, October 12th.

Friday, September 28, 2018

First Grade News-Friday, September 28th

Memory Verse for the Upcoming Week:
When I am afraid, I will trust in You. Psalm 56:3

(Remember that your child is expected to recite the verse and reference on Thursday)

Week in Review:
Religion: Baby Moses; Moses and the Burning Bush; beginning the 10 Plagues on Egypt
Character Trait from CFP: courage
Reading: Read McDuff and the Baby; read the poems Bibbity Bobbity Bumblebee and Kitty Caught a Caterpillar; started meeting in our reading groups; finished up with stories by the author Mo Willems
Phonics/Spelling: Focused on short a words; continued working with high frequency words and CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words; worked with rhyming words
Handwriting: Practiced the capital letters T and J
Math: We worked on counting on the 100s chart; using a list to help solve problems; wrote some, some more number sentences with equivalent values; identified ordinal numbers to the sixth
Science: Focused on the habitats where plants and animals can live

Questions to ask your child:
What is one book you chose for your book box this week?
What was your favorite Mo Willems story?
Can you name a habitat? What is one plant and one animals that live there?
How many syllables are in your name?
Which capital letter is the hardest for you to write? Which one is the easiest?

Important Information:
  • Be sure to check out your child’s Book Bag for some tools that you can use with your child to help them grow as a reader.
  • We encourage each child to complete a service project every quarter. Please send in the completed Service Project form and a picture of your child completing their project by Friday, October 12th.
  • We will continue with our 2nd spelling list this coming week
  • If you are still walking your child inside in the mornings, please help them work on building independence and responsibility by saying goodbye at the classroom door and allowing them to independently unpack their backpack and get set up for our school day.
  • Our first field trip will be to the St. Louis Zoo on Friday, October 19th. We are taking a guided tour to see North American animals in their habitats. We’ll leave school on the bus at 9:30 and return around 11:30. We would love to have every parent join us for this trip; however, since we are taking a guided tour we have a maximum number of participants that we can bring for each group. Each class will only be able to bring 6 chaperones. For future field trips we will be able to bring more chaperones with us. Please let your child’s teacher know by email (not SeeSaw) at rnummela@ccls-stlouis.org or rpfotenhauer@ccls-stlouis.org if you would like to attend, and we’ll let you know if you were in the first six to respond from our class.
  • First Grade will be taking part in Pizza Hut’s Book It! Program this year. Check your child’s folder for more information and the first month’s tracking calendar.

Friday, September 21, 2018

First Grade News-Friday, September 21

Memory Verse for the Upcoming Week:
You did not choose Me, but I chose you. John 15:16

(Remember that your child is expected to recite the verse and reference on Thursday)

Week in Review:
Religion: Joseph
Character Trait from CFP: self-sacrifice
Reading: Read Over In The Meadow and Matthew and Tilly; finished benchmark testing
Phonics/Spelling: Continued working with high frequency words; looked at CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words; worked with rhyming words
Handwriting: Practiced the capital letters Q, G, S, A, and I
Math: We worked on identifying pennies; found numbers between two numbers; divided solids in half; combined sets; and created a pictograph
Science: Continued our unit on plants focusing on different ways that new plants can be formed

Questions to ask your child:
What is one book you chose for your book box this week?
What is the value of a penny?
Can you retell me the story of Joseph?
Beside seeds, what is another way that you can start a new plant?
How do you divide an apple in half?

Important Information:
Please remember to send a snack with your child each day.
Please help your child remember to bring back their folders and homework each day.
Please send back your child’s Ziploc Book Bag on Monday so that we can get new books by Wednesday.
We encourage each child to complete a service project every quarter. Please send in the completed Service Project form and a picture of your child completing their project by Friday, October 12th.
Next week we will have our first Spelling test. On Monday we will take a pretest, and then send home the study list with your child. We’ll practice the words at school, but hope that you will practice them at home as well. On Friday we will then take a test over these words. For the first few weeks we will only have 6 spelling words to help us learn the process of taking spelling tests. We will increase the amount of words gradually throughout the year so that by the end of first grade we will have 10 spelling words. In January we begin differentiated spelling lists and we will also begin giving dictation sentences each week.
If you are still walking your child inside in the mornings, please help them work on building independence and responsibility by saying goodbye at the classroom door and allowing them to independently unpack their backpack and get set up for our school day.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

First Grade News-Thursday, September 13

Memory Verse for the Upcoming Week:
We know that for those who love God all things work together for good. Romans 8:28

(Remember that your child is expected to recite the verse and reference on Thursday)

Week in Review:
Religion: Isaac Blesses His Sons and started our study of Joseph
Character Trait from CFP: Integrity
Reading: Continued to build stamina in independent reading; read It’s Mine; continued reading centers and benchmark assessments; worked with the poem Hippopotamus Stew
Phonics/Spelling: Continued working with high frequency words
Handwriting: Practiced the capital letters Y, Z, C, and O
Math: We worked on identifying triangles; made shapes using geoboards, acted out some, some more, and some, some went away stories; and practiced sorting items by one attribute
Science: Continued our unit on plants focusing on variations that can be found in plants

Questions to ask your child:
What is one book you chose for your book box this week?
Can you give me an example of a some, some more story or a some, some went away story?
What is the Magic C in handwriting?
What attributes does a triangle have?
How did you sort your leaves in Science?

Important Information:
Please remember to send a snack with your child each day.
Please help your child remember to bring back their folders and homework each day.
Please send back your child’s Ziploc Book Bag on Monday so that we can get new books by Wednesday.
First Grade will be completing a special art project on Friday, September 21st in the style of Jackson Pollock. We will need a few parent volunteers in each classroom to help this project go smoothly. Please contact your child’s teacher if you are available to help from 1:50 until the end of the school day. Thank you!
We encourage each child to complete a service project every quarter. Please send in the completed Service Project form and a picture of your child completing their project by Friday, October 12th.
Friday, September 21st is Casual for a Cause. Donations will be sent to CCLS-Uganda.  Please refer to The Charger newsletter for more specific information.

Friday, September 7, 2018

First Grade News-Friday, September 7, 2018

First Grade News-Friday, September 7, 2018

Memory Verse for the Upcoming Week:
Repent then, and turn to God so that your sins might be wiped out. Acts 3:19

(Remember that your child is expected to recite the verse and reference on Thursday)

Week in Review:
Religion: God’s Promise to Abraham and God Gives Abraham and Sarah a Son
Character Trait from CFP: Diligence
Reading: Continued to build stamina in independent reading; read The Flower Garden, People in My Neighborhood, and Places in My Neighborhood; started reading centers and benchmark assessments
Phonics/Spelling: Worked on recognizing the sequence of letters in a word; started working with high frequency words
Handwriting: Practiced the capital letters U, V, W, and X
Math: Used logical reasoning to solve a problem; acted out some, some more and some, some went away stories; identified morning and afternoon; matched numbers to sets; collected and sorted data to construct a bar graph; and worked with ordinal numbers
Science: Began our unit on plants and animals; planted ryegrass, alfalfa, and wheat seeds; explored what plants need to grow

Questions to ask your child:
Can you name some people and places we might see in our neighborhood?
What is one way that you showed diligence this week?
What is a some, some more story?
What was God’s Promise to Abraham?
What is one book you chose for your book box this week?
What does a plant need to grow?

Important Information:
Please remember to send a snack with your child each day.

Please help your child remember to bring back their folders and homework each day.

There will be no school on Friday, September 14th.  (Please note that the lunch calendar has meals listed.  This was a mistake. We do not have school this day!)

First Grade will be completing a special art project on Friday, September 21st in the style of Jackson Pollock. We will need a few parent volunteers in each classroom to help this project go smoothly. Please contact your child’s teacher if you are available to help from 1:50 until the end of the school day. Thank you! (Both classes could still use another helper or two!)

We encourage each child to complete a service project every quarter. Please send in the completed Service Project form and a picture of your child completing their project by Friday, October 12th.

If your child is participating in Ceramics Club and needs to start riding the bus on Thursday afternoons please let your child’s teacher know about that change.

Friday, August 31, 2018

First Grade News-Friday, August 31, 2018

Memory Verse for the Upcoming Week:
Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

(Remember that your child is expected to recite the verse and reference on Thursday)

Week in Review:
Religion: The Great Flood and Noah’s Ark
Character Trait from CFP: Respect
Reading: Worked on choosing “just right” books; built stamina in independent reading; read the poem Willaby Wallaby Woo and the book When I Was Little
Phonics/Spelling: sorted lowercase letters by shape (small, tall, and descending); reviewed letters and their sounds
Handwriting: Practiced the capital letters H, K, and L
Math: Identified circles and squares; identified left and right; practiced graphing and using comparison words; ordered numbers from least to greatest; practiced writing the numbers 0, 6, 8, and 9
Social Studies: Continued our study of communities; used Venn Diagrams to compare similarities and differences; found our homes on Google Earth to see where we live in the community

Questions to ask your child:
Can you name a classmate that lives near to school? How about a classmate that lives far from school?
What is one way that you can show respect at school?
What is an angle?
Can you identify your left hand?
What is one book you chose for your book box this week?

Important Information:
Please remember to send a snack with your child each day.  Remember that this snack DOES NOT need to be peanut free, as we do not have any peanut or tree nut allergies in our classrooms this year.
Remember that there is no school on Monday, September 3rd because it is Labor Day.
The first Scholastic Book Order was sent home today. Please order online or return your order with a check made out to Scholastic Book Clubs by Friday, September 7th.
There will be no school on Friday, September 14th.
First Grade will be completing a special art project on Friday, September 21st in the style of Jackson Pollock. We will need a few parent volunteers in each classroom to help this project go smoothly. Please contact your child’s teacher if you are available to help from 1:50 until the end of the school day. Thank you!