Kimberley Reddan, First Grade

Newsletter for the week of October 27th-October 31st

Quote of the Week:

"Shadows of a thousand years,

Rise again unseen,

Voices whisper in the trees,

'Tonight is Halloween!"

Dexter Kozan

 

Homework:

Monday-My Halloween Costume;  Simple Solutions Lesson#24

Tuesday-Math workbook 3.2 and 3.3;  Simple Solutions Lesson#25

Wednesday-Watch for Signs;  Simple Solutions Lesson#26

Thursday-Study Spelling words;  Simple Solutions Lesson#27

Friday-Read "Boots for Beth" with someone

 

Spelling Words:

then, them, this, that, path, with, men, set, was, and said

Bonus: Halloween, trick, treat

 

Our story for the week is "Boots for Beth".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, October 27th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, October 31st.  Our words this week have the digraph /th/.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we will learn about telling parts or predicates in sentences and continue our choral reading of the poem "The Haunted House".  For Math we continue Chapter 3 on subtraction concepts such as the Zero Property.  Religion finds us learning about how to care for God's gifts.  Science is all about plants as we begin Chapter 2.  (On Halloween, we will explore the inside of a pumpkin as we carve a Jack o Lantern and plant the seeds.)  Social Studies is all about School Days.

 

Reminders:

Friday is a half day with no EDP.

Mission Carnival is on Friday-please have your child bring in change in a plastic bag.

 

Halloween Trivia:

If you see a spider on Halloween, legend has it that it is the spirit of a loved one watching over you.

Ireland is thought to be the birthplace of Halloween.

Scottish girls believed that if they hung wet sheets in front of the fireplace on Halloween, they would see an image of their future husband.

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Newsletter for the week of October 20th-24th

Quote of the Week:

"I would rather sit on a pumpkin and have it all to myself than be crowded on a velvet cushion"

Henry David Thoreau

 

Homework:

Monday-My Five Senses;  Simple Solutions Lesson#20

Tuesday-Trick or Treat Totals;  Simple Solutions Lesson#21

Wednesday-Phonics pages 163-164;  Simple Solutions Lesson#22

Thursday-Study Spelling words;  Simple Solutions Lesson#23

Friday-Read "Dan's Pet" with someone

 

Spelling words:

hen, pen, men, end, send, set, all, call, very and that

Bonus:  costume, spider, harvest

 

Our story for the week is "Dan's Pet".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, October 20th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, October 24th.  Our words this week have the short e sound as seen in the vowel families -en, -end, and -et.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we will continue to learn about naming parts in sentences (subjects).  We are almost finished with our witches potions and have been working on our choral poem about a haunted house.  Soon we will be taking our act on the road:)  For Math we continue Chapter 3 on subtraction concepts.  Religion finds us learning how to care for God's creation and writing about St. John Paul II in our People of Faith books.  Science is all about the seasons as we explore Fall and Winter.  Social Studies is all about School Days.

 

A very Happy Birthday to Peyton who turns six on Friday, October 24th:)

 

Reminders:

Show and Tell's theme this week is Halloween.

Friday is a half day due to parent teacher conferences.

Please sign and return progress reports.

 

Spider Trivia:

Some male spiders pluck their webs like guitar strings to attract a mate.

Spiders have 48 knees-eight legs with six joints on each.

When a spider moves, there are always four legs on the ground and four legs off it.

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Newsletter for the week of October 14th-17th

Quote of the Week:

"October gave a party;

the leaves by hundreds came-

the Chestnuts, Oaks and Maples,

and leaves of every name.

The sunshine spread a carpet,

and everything was grand.

Miss Weather led the dancing

Professor Wind the band."

George Cooper

 

Homework:

Monday-School closed

Tuesday-"If I Were an Explorer";  Simple Solutions Lesson#17

Wednesday-Religion page 101;  Simple Solutions Lesson#18

Thursday-Study Spelling words;  Simple Solutions Lesson#19

Friday-Read a story with someone

 

Spelling words:

all, call, fall, wall. ball, tall, on, not, so and of

Bonus:  orange, nocturnal and pumpkin

 

Our story for the week is "All That Corn".  New Spelling words were given on Tuesday, October 14th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, October 17th.  Our words this week have the vowel variant /o/ as seen in the vowel family -all.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we continue to learn about asking and telling sentences as well as naming parts (subjects).  We will also continue to work on our witches' potions.  For Math we will have a test on Chapter 2 this week and then begin Chapter 3 on subtraction concepts.  Religion finds us learning how to take care of God's gifts.  Science is all about the four seasons as we explore Spring and Summer.  Social Studies finds us learning about School Days by looking at rules and how we all work together.

 

A very Happy Birthday to Megan who turns six on Sunday, October 19th:)

 

Reminders:

Any paper in the Wednesday red folders with a star on it needs to be signed and returned to school.

Show and Tell will have a pumpkin theme this week.

Progress Reports go home this Friday.

 

Pumpkin Trivia:

Pumpkins are grown in six of the seven continents with Antarctica being the exception.

Pumpkins are 90% water.

Pumpkins were once thought to cure freckles.

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Newsletter for the week of October 6th-10th

Quote of the Week:

"The whole world is an art gallery when you're mindful.  There are beautiful things everywhere and they're free."

Charles Tart

 

Homework:

Monday-Phonics pages 149-150:  Simple Solutions Lesson#13

Tuesday-Math workbook 2.6 and 2.7;  Simple Solutions Lesson#14

Wednesday-Finish and illustrate Haunted House sentence;  Simple Solutions Lesson#15

Thursday-Study Spelling words;  Simple Solutions Lesson#16

Friday-Read a story with someone

 

Spelling words:

hot, hop, pop, pot, dot, not, back, pick, now, and want

Bonus: black, Christopher, Columbus

 

Our story for the week is "Todd's Box".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, October 6th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, October 10th. Our words this week have the short vowel sound of o as seen in the vowel families -ot and -op.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we will be working on our witches' potions and writing about a haunted house.  We will also be learning about telling and asking sentences.  For Math we continue Chapter 2 on addition including writing vertical addition sentences.  Religion finds us learning about God's gifts and how we use them.  Science is all about the four seasons as we ponder the different things people and animals do in the different times of the year.  Social Studies finds us learning about School Days.

 

A very Happy Birthday to Isabella who turns six on Wednesday:)

 

Reminders:

Some parents have not signed and sent in the First Grade Grading Policy.

All papers that go home with a star should be signed and returned in the Wednesday red folders.

Show and Tell has no theme this week.

 

Christopher Columbus Trivia:

His name at birth was Cristoforo Colombo.

He traveled to Iceland at the age of sixteen.

Columbus was the oldest of five children.

 

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Newsletter for the week of September 29th-October 3rd

Quote of the Week:

"Delicious autumn!  My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the Earth seeking the successive autumns."

George Eliot

 

Homework:

Monday-First words;  Simple Solutions Lesson#9

Tuesday-Math pages;  Simple Solutions Lesson#10

Wednesday-Mystery Quote;  Simple Solutions Lesson#11

Thursday-Study Spelling words;  Simple Solutions Lesson#12

Friday-Read a story with someone

 

Spelling Words:

pick, pack, tack, back, sack, sick, big, is, they and walk

Bonus:  October, guardian, angel

 

Our story this week is Jack and Rick.  New Spelling words were given on Monday, September 29th and the test will be on Friday, October 3rd.   Our words this week have the digraph ck as seen in the vowel families -ick and -ack.  Elsewhere in Language Arts we will be searching for the author of our Mystery Quote as well as starting our witches potions.  First Grade is also identifying telling sentences.  For Math we continue Chapter 2 on addition concepts such as the Order Property and the Zero Property.  Religion finds us learning about our Guardian Angels for the Feast of Guardian Angels on October 2nd.  We also begin Chapter 2 on The Gifts of god's Creation.  Science is all about our Five Senses.  Social Studies finds us learning about School Days.

 

Reminders:

The Grandparents' Tea is Friday, October 3rd.

Friday, October 3rd is a half day.

Gym is on Mondays.

Some parents have not signed and sent in the First Grade Grading Policy.

Don't forget to send in the $17 for your child's homework book and notebooks if you have not already done so.

Show and Tell this week has no theme.

The Scholastic book Fair is this week.  First Grade will go during Library on Tuesday.  Please send money in an envelope with your child's name.  $10-20 is a good amount.

 

Angel Trivia:

Angel means "messenger".

Angels are mentioned 273 times in the Bible.

Angels do not marry or reproduce.

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Newsletter for the week of September 22nd-September 27th

Quote of the Week:

"Winter is an etching, Spring a watercolor, Summer an oil painting and Autumn a mosaic of them all."

Stanley Horowitz

 

Homework:

Monday-Math workbook pages 1.5 and 1.6;  Simple Solutions Lesson#5

Tuesday-Finish Fall sentences;  Simple Solutions Lesson#6

Wednesday-Phonics pages 139-140;  Simple Solutions Lesson#7

Thursday-Study Spelling words;  Simple Solutions Lesson#8

Friday-Read a story with someone

 

Spelling words:

in, pin, pig, wig, win, fin, am, pan, yes, and and

Bonus:  Autumn, scarecrow, football

 

Our story for the week is "Ants".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, September 22nd and the Spelling test will be on Friday, September 26th.  OUr words this week have the short i sound as seen in the vowel families -in and -ig.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we will be making some Fall flip books and identifying what makes a complete sentence.  For Math we finish Chapter 1 with a test on Tuesday.  Then we will explore addition concepts in Chapter 2.  This week will mark our first Simple Solutions quiz.  We will be having them every Thursday throughout the schoolyear.  Religion finds us finishing Chapter 1 with a test on Monday.  From there we will begin Chapter 2 on God's gifts.  Science is all about our five senses.  Social Studies finds us learning about School Days.

 

Reminders:

Don't forget to send in the $17 for your child's homework book and notebooks if you have not already done so.

Some parents have not signed and sent in the Grading Policy for First Grade.

Gym is now on Mondays.

Show and Tell this week has no theme.

 

Autumn Trivia:

The first full moon of Autumn is called the Harvest Moon.

The first day of Autumn is called the Autumnal Equinox;  the hours of daylight and darkness are equal.

Red and purple Autumn leaves are caused by the presence of sugars from sap that is trapped inside the tree.

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Newsletter for the week of September 15th-19th

Quote of the Week:

"Let us read and let us dance;  these two amusements will never do any harm to the world."

Voltaire

 

Homework:

Monday-Math workbook 1.3 and 1.4;  Simple Solutions Lesson#1

Tuesday-Back to School Night at 7pm;  Simple Solutions Lesson#2

Wednesday-Strega Nona Sequencing;  Simple Solutions Lesson#3

Thursday-Study Spelling words;  Simple Solutions Lesson#4

Friday-Read a story with someone

 

Spelling words:

am, ham, had, bad, bag, rag, cap, mad, up, and go

Bonus: squirrel, acorn, pencil

 

Our story for the week is "Sam and the Bag".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, September 15th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, September 19th.  Our words this week have the short vowel sound a as seen in th vowel families -am, -ad, and -ag.  Elsewhere in Language Arts we will be celebrating Tomie dePaolo's birthday by reading "Strega Nona".  For Math we continue Chapter 1 on number sense by looking at ordinal numbers and interpreting data from a graph.  Religion finds us finishing Chapter 1 with a test on Thursday.  Science is all about our five senses as we complete our Apple Lab.  Social Studies finds us learning about School Days. 

 Happy Birthday to Leila who turns six on Tuesday, September 16th.

 

Reminders:

Back to School Night is Tuesday, September 16th at 7pm.

Don't forget to send in $17 for the notebooks and homework book.

Gym is now on Mondays.

 

Apple Trivia:

In Ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage;  catching it was acceptance.

Pomology is the science of apple growing.

Apples are a member of the rose family.

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Newsletter for the week of September 8th-12th

Quote of the Week:

"The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Homework:

Monday-Make a birthday card for Mary

Tuesday-Hearing worksheet

Wednesday-Short a ice cream cone

Thursday-Study Spelling words

Friday-Read a story with someone

 

Spelling words:

at, hat, cat, can, cap, tap, map, mad, a, the

Bonus:  apple, teacher, September

 

Our story for the week is "The Hat".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, September 8th and our first Spelling test will be on Friday, September 12th.  Our Spelling words this week have the short a vowel sound as seen in the vowel families -at, -an, -ap and -ad.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we will be looking at story elements of plot, character and setting as well as determining whether a group of words is a complete sentence.  For Math we begin Chapter 1 on number sense.  Religion finds us learning about Mary on her birthday and Mother Teresa.  Science is all about our five senses.  Social Studies finds us learning about school days.

 

 

Reminders:

Gym is on Wednesday.

Show and Tell is on Friday.

$17 is owed for the cost of the planners and notebooks.

Red folders go home every Wednesday and should come back to school every Thursday.  Anything with a star should be signed and returned.  All other papers may remain at home.  (In this week's Red folder, I am sending home two copies of the First Grade Grading Policies.  Please sign one where indicated and return to me. The other copy may remain at home.  Thank you.)

 

 

Birthday Trivia:

Over fifteen million people have the same birthday as you.

Many years ago only kings had birthday celebrations because no one else was thought to be important enough.

August is the most popular birthday month accounting for about 9% of all birthdays.

 

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Newsletter for the week of September 1st-5th

Quote of the Week:

"He who opens a school door, closes a prison."

Victor Hugo

 

Homework:

Monday-Labor Day

Tuesday-Tell someone about your first day of school

Wednesday-Vowels and consonants

Thursday-Lunchroom rules

Friday-Read a story with someone

 

Our first week of school will help us to get acclimated to the procedures and rules of First Grade.  In Language Arts, we will review the short vowels as well as differentiate between vowels and consonants.  For Math we will begin Chapter 1 on number sense and review some skills from Kindergarten.  Religion finds us learning about Mother Teresa on her feast day on Friday as well as discussing proper church behavior.  Science is all about our five senses.  Social Studies finds us learning about school days.

 

Reminders:

Tuesday is a half day.

Wednesday is Gym day.

Friday is Show and Tell.

Homework books are $5 and notebooks are $12 for eight, so please send in an envelope with $17 this week.

Mass is on Friday at 9am.  Boys should wear shirts and ties.

Every Wednesday I will send a red folder home containing any important papers.  Please return the red folder every Thursday.

 

School Trivia:

The oldest school in the USA-Boston's Latin School- was founded in 1635 and 5 of the signers of the Declaration of Independance graduated from this school.

High school was not really part of school until the 1930's.  Prior to that time, most people only had eight years of school. 

Of the ten largest gymnasiums in America, nine are in Indiana.

 

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August Newsletter

"In summer the song sings itself".

William Carlos William

 

I hope everyone is enjoying their summer. 

 

Here are a few back to school tips:

 

Homework books($5.00)and first grade notebooks($1.50 each so $12 for 8) may be bought on the first day of school.  Just send in an envelope with your child's name.

You do not have to write your child's name on all school supplies.  We will take care of that in school.

Lunchboxes and backpacks should be marked with names though:)

Send in an old shirt for a smock.

Tuesday, September 2nd is a half day with no lunch.

I would prefer the students to have plastic or vinyl folders.  They tend to last longer.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at first@mtregional.

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Kimberley Reddan, First Grade

Born in California, I grew up in New Jersey. In 1987, I graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a BA in English.  I began teaching Grades 5-8 English, by way of the Alternate Route System, in September of 1989 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in Highlands, NJ.  Upon Completion of the school year in 1990, I received dual certification in English and Elementary Education.  From 1990-1993 I taught First Grade followed by Fourth Grade from 1993-1997.  After taking a short break, I returned to Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in September 2003 as a Second Grade teacher until it closed in 2006.  Now residing happily at Mother Teresa Regional School in the First Grade classroom, I also run the Before Care Program as well as head the Drama Club.



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