Thursday, September 14, 2017

Weekly Newsletter

First Grade News
Mrs. Nummela’s Class

September 14, 2017





I hope that you enjoy your three day weekend! I’ll look forward to hearing all about it on Monday!

Religion:  
Next week we’ll continue to look at the character of David. Saul became more and more jealous of David and hateful towards him. David could have thrown his sword at Saul and ended his life, but he didn’t. He loved his enemy. David showed INTEGRITY when he used God’s power to do the right thing. There is no better example of loving our enemies than the example Christ gave us when He died on the cross to save us from our sinful nature.  We are called to love as Christ loved.

Memory verse:  
Next week’s Bible verse


Each student is to say the words (including the chapter and verse) to me separately either in the morning before school starts or later in the day when we have short breaks in our schedule.

Spelling:
Beginning the week of Sept. 25th, we will start having spelling tests in 1st grade! Our list of words will be sent home on Monday in your child’s folder. We will be practicing the words in class, but hope that you will review the words at home as well. The test over the words will be on Friday.

Reading:
Up to this point, our language arts time has focused on reviewing letters and their sounds.   
Next week we will continue reading Mo Willems stories and other big books, looking at poetry, and building our Independent Reading stamina. In the weeks to come we will incorporate reading groups into our morning routine.
Once again, on Monday your first grader will be coming home with their “Book Bag” containing stories for your child to practice reading at home. Everyone will be getting a book about Fall to read, and then hopefully a leveled book that will be a good fit for your child. A sign-off sheet will be provided for each story. Thank you for responding to the paper inside each book letting me know about the difficulty level and any other comments you might have as your child reads. That information is very helpful! Remember that your goal each night should be about 20 minutes of reading. This can also include books that you have available at home as well as stories you would like to read aloud to your child. Remember to return the bag on Friday.  

Science:
We will continue our study of air and weather. We’ll use a water system and balloons to show how air can move.

Math:  
Next week we will be identifying a number between two numbers; dividing a solid in half; picturing and combining sets; graphing a picture on a pictograph; and counting from 0 to 23 using a wrap-up.
Remember to do Side B each night Mon.-Thurs. for homework, and bring it back to school the next day.

Chapel Offering:
Each week, our classes will collect an offering to be brought to chapel.  All of the money collected will go towards special needs brought to us from our friends at CCLS – Uganda.  An envelope will come home on Tuesdays as a reminder that chapel is coming up the next day.   Please consider sending an offering with your child each Wednesday.  Our friends in Uganda are very appreciative of our support and your child is learning that regular giving is a way to serve others and to share the gifts that he gives us so abundantly.

Folders:
Remember that your child’s Red Friday Folder will contain our weekly note and other important handouts to read.  During the week, please check your child’s Blue Take-Home Folder for homework or other communication that can’t wait for Friday. Help your child bring the folders back to school the following school day.

Special Bags:  
We have started sending home our special bags. Please enjoy having these at home and completing the different projects or activities. Try to send them back to school ASAP.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Weekly Newsletter

First Grade News
Mrs. Nummela’s Class

September 8, 2017




I hope you enjoyed your long Labor Day weekend! Make sure to check out some of the things we’ve been doing this week on your child’s SeeSaw account.

Religion:  
We will learn about friendship, loving our neighbor, and SELF-SACRIFICE  in our Jesus time next week.  Jonathan willingly stood up to his father, King Saul, by risking his life to defend his friend, David.  We will see the ultimate example of love and self-sacrifice in Jesus who died on a cross for us so that we could all be saved and join Him and all believers in Heaven someday.                                     

Chapel Offering:
Each week, our classes will collect an offering to be brought to chapel.  All of the money collected will go towards special needs brought to us from our friends at CCLS – Uganda.  An envelope will come home with your child on Tuesdays as a reminder that chapel is coming up the next day. Please consider sending an offering with your child each Wednesday. Our friends in Uganda are very appreciative of our support and your child is learning that regular giving is a way to serve others and to share the gifts that he gives us so abundantly.

Memory verse:  
(Next week’s Bible Verse)




Each student is to say the words (including the chapter and verse) to me separately either in the morning before school starts or later in the day when we have short breaks in our schedule. Since we don’t have school next Friday, make sure your child is prepared to say it by Thursday.

Math:  Next week we will be making a shape on a geoboard; identifying inside and out; acting out and drawing pictures for “some some more”  and  “some some went away” stories; sorting by 1 attribute; and counting pennies.

Special Bags:  We have started sending home our special bags. Please enjoy having these at home and completing the different projects or activities. Try to send them back to school ASAP.

Reading:
Next week we will continue reading Mo Willems stories and other big books, looking at poetry, and building our Independent Reading stamina. I am meeting with each student to read one-on-one to help determine their grouping when we start reading groups in a few weeks.
Once again, on Monday your first grader will be coming home with their “Book Bag” containing stories for your child to practice reading at home. Everyone will be getting a counting book to read, and then hopefully a leveled book that will be a good fit for your child. A sign-off sheet will be provided for each story.
Remember that your goal each night should be about 20 minutes of reading. This can also include books that you have available at home as well as stories you would like to read aloud to your child. Next week the bag should be returned on Thursday since there is no school on Friday.  

Science:
Next week we will continue our study of air and weather. Ask your child about our 2nd parachute drop that we did today!

Folders: Remember that your child’s Red Friday Folder will contain our weekly note and other important handouts to read.  During the week, please check your child’s Blue Take-Home Folder for homework or other communication that can’t wait for Friday. Help your child bring the folders back to school the following school day.

Homework: Remember that Monday-Thursday nights you can expect for your child to have Math homework to complete. Please make sure that they complete the B side of the worksheet we did together in class, and return it to school the next day.

Book Orders:
Flyers for our first Scholastic Book Order came home on Thursday. Feel free to order through the Scholastic Website or return the flyer by Thursday, September 14th.

Remember:
NO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15th – CCLS teachers will be at an in-service.

Monday, August 28, 2017

Weekly Newsletter

First Grade News
Mrs. Nummela’s Class
August 25, 2017




This week we have taken steps toward learning our classroom routines and establishing rules. It’s a good feeling to understand what is expected and to feel safe and secure in a new setting so that is my goal for our class in these first weeks. I am enjoying getting to know your children better each day. A very special welcome to Noah M. and Elliot who are new to CCLS and to our first grade class this year.

Religion:  Next week, we will be learning about a man in the Old Testament of the Bible whose name was Saul.   Saul took on the RESPONSIBILITY (our virtue of the week) to be the first chosen King of Israel even though, at first, he felt unsure of his abilities.  It was only through the Holy Spirit that Saul was able to be the King that his people needed.
                                    
Memory verse:  
(The Bible verse to say by next Friday)

Jesus said, “You did not choose me, but I chose you.”
John 15:16
 

Each student is to say the words (including the chapter and verse) to me separately either in the morning before school starts or later in the day when we have short breaks in our schedule.  It would also be fine to recite it any day of the week, whenever your child feels ready. We will practice it at school, but I suggest reviewing the verse at home as well.
Math:  Next week, we will be writing the numbers 0, 6, 8, and 9; ordering sets from smallest to largest; identifying most and fewest; ordering numbers from least to greatest; matching a number to a set; collecting and sorting data; using data to construct a bar type graph;  and using reasoning to solve a problem.  
There is a short Math Assessment that we will take after every 5 lessons.  Our first one will be on Thursday, August 31st

Science: We are beginning our Science unit on air and weather next week.  

Reading: Next week we will continue reading Mo Willems stories and other big books, looking at poetry, and building our Independent Reading stamina. Beginning on Monday, your first grader will be coming home with a large Ziploc bag containing stories for your child to practice reading at home.  Remember that your goal each night should be about 20 minutes of reading.  This can also include books that you have available at home as well as stories you would like to read aloud to your child.  The bag should then be returned on Friday. A sign-off sheet will be provided for each story.

Class Books: We will be making some class books this year. Some of them will be sent home to be shared with families. Once your child has read the book to you, please make a comment about how you liked it.  Then try to send it back to school ASAP.  

Special Bags:  We have started sending home our special bags as well. Please enjoy having these at home and completing the different projects or activities. Try to send them back to school ASAP.

Homework: Remember that Monday-Thursday nights you can expect for your child to have Math homework to complete. Please make sure that they complete the B side of the worksheet we did together in class, and return it to school the next day.

School Pictures: Monday is picture day! Students should wear their regular school uniforms and a smile!

Curriculum Night: Please join us on Tuesday, August 29, at 7:00.  Come to school and learn more about what we are doing in first grade!

Art Project:  On Friday, September 1st we will be learning about the artist, Jackson Pollock.  At 1:00 we will be creating our own versions if his creative (and messy☺) style.  We will need some parent help, so please let me know if you will be able to join us. Careful what you wear – we could have some accidental paint spills!

Seesaw: If you haven’t connected to your child’s Seesaw Journal yet, please do so ASAP! We’ll be adding projects soon! Let me know if you need any help!
Folders: Remember that your child’s Red Friday Folder will contain our weekly note and other important handouts to read.  During the week, please check your child’s Blue Take-Home Folder for homework or other communication that can’t wait for Friday. Help your child bring the folders back to school the following school day.


Thank you to everyone that joined us for the eclipse on Monday! What a cool experience to watch God’s wonderful creation together!
Blessings on your weekend!

-Mrs. Nummela

Friday, August 18, 2017

Weekly Newsletter

First Grade News
Mrs. Nummela’s Class

August 18, 2017

 Welcome to a new school year! Thank-you all for allowing me to come into your homes to introduce myself and get a little head start in getting to know you and your child before school actually began. It was nice to start on a Wednesday to give us a few days to get used to the routine of school. We have had a great start, and I look forward to the great year we’ll have together!

Religion:    
During the first days of school, including Monday and Tuesday of this coming week, we are focusing on a select group of early Old Testament stories before we plunge a little more deeply into our weekly Character Formation studies.   Our first Character Formation study later next week will center on the call of Samuel.  Samuel understood his identity as a child of God and was diligent in his calling.

Each week, we will have a Bible verse to be memorized at home and said out loud by Friday.  Each student is to say the words (including the chapter and verse) to me individually either in the morning before school starts or later in the day when we have short breaks in our schedule.  It would also be fine to recite it earlier in the week, whenever your child feels ready.  We have a chart inside the classroom door where your child can place a sticker after saying the verse to me.  We will be practicing the verse at school, but please review it with your child at home as well.

Next Week’s Bible Verse: The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Psalm 4:7

Math:   First graders are usually very excited to begin having homework. Side A is always done in class.  Side B is homework and should be brought in completed on the following day.  Math homework will be sent home Monday-Thursday. NO MATH HOMEWORK OVER THE WEEKEND IN FIRST GRADEJ

This coming week, we will be ordering the numbers 0-9; placing an object on a graph; writing the numbers 2,3, and 7; identifying a circle and a square; identifying the number of sides and angles of a square; graphing a picture on a pictograph; identifying most and fewest on a graph; and identifying right and left.

Reading:
Reading groups will officially begin after Labor Day. Starting on Monday, August 28, a large Ziploc bag will be coming home with stories for your child to read during the week. The bag will come home on Monday each week and should be returned on Friday.  A sign-off sheet will be provided for each book. Remember that your goal should be 20 minutes of reading each night. This can also include books that you have available at home as well as stories you would like to read aloud to your child.  

Social Studies: This week we’ve been working on a unit about our school community. We’ll continue discussing school rules and the people that help at our school next week.

Science: We’ve been learning about the eclipse, and looking forward to some special activities next Monday. A separate note was sent home tonight about the Eclipse Day.

P.E.:  We will have physical education class on Tuesdays and Thursdays with Mrs. Knost.  Please be sure that if your child does not wear tennis shoes to school on those days, you send along a pair for P.E.

Music Class:  We have music each Thursday afternoon.  The children always enjoy this fun time with Mrs. Killian.

Spanish: We have Spanish each Wednesday. We look forward to meeting with Mrs. Adler for the first time next week.

Art project:  Over the next few weeks, we will be learning about the artist, Jackson Pollock. We will be doing a fun art project on Friday Sept. 1 at 1:00.  I would appreciate a few parent volunteers to help with this project.  Please let me know if you can be here.  Thanks!!

Water bottles/Snack:  The children are allowed to bring water bottles (preferably not the screw top kind) to keep in the classroom. Also, please remember to send healthy, peanut-free snacks with your child each day.

Email:
I sent an email this afternoon with a link to our classroom blog (which will always contain our weekly newsletter).  If you did not receive the message, please e-mail me at rnummela@ccls-stlouis.org so that I can update my list.  Also, please let me know if I should add any additional e-mail addresses to my list to use during the year to share important information.

Seesaw:
I see that many of you are on Seesaw! Look for more pictures and projects in the near future! Please let me know if you are having trouble getting connected.

Please remember to check your child’s folder for homework, returned papers, and notes each night. Then make sure that it comes back to school the following school day.


Blessings on your weekend!


-Mrs. Nummela