Kimberley Reddan, First Grade

Newsletter for the week of April 14th-18th

Quote of the Week:

"Angels roll the rock away;

Death yield up thy mighty prey:

See, He rises from the tomb

Glowing in immortal bloom."

Thomas Scott

 

Homework:

Monday-Long Ago and Today;  Simple Solutions Lesson#120

Tuesday-Study Spelling words;  Simple Solutions#121

Wednesday-Have a nice vacation

Thursday-Holy Thursday-No school

Friday-Good Friday-No school

 

Spelling words:

day, say, sail, pail, pay, play, right, high, learn, and join

Bonus: Easter, Passover, Egypt

 

Our story for the week is "Frog and Toad All Year".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, April 7th and the Spelling test will be on Wednesday, April 16th.   Our words this week have the long a sound. Elsewhere in Language Arts, we will be writing bunny tales and learning about verbs.  For Math we continue Chapter 19 on addition and subtraction facts to 20.  Religion finds us finishing our unit on the Old Testament with a test on Tuesday.  We will be exploring how Passover and Easter are related.  First grade has also been learning about the Stations of the Cross.  On the menu for Science is Chapter 4 on habitats-forests, oceans, and deserts.  Social Studies is all about Our Country.

 

Reminders:

There is no EDP on Wednesday.

Please send in some candy for our Big Mouth Bunnies:)

 

Easter Trivia:

76% of people eat the ears off their chocolate bunny first.

The first Easter basket was given the appearance of a bird's nest.

Coloring Easter eggs is a tradition known as "Pysanka".

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Newsletter for the week of April 7th-11th

Quote of the Week

"April hath put a spirit of youth in everything."

William Shakespeare

 

Homework:

Monday-Phonics pages 231-232;  Simple Solutions Lesson#115

Tuesday-Math workbook 19.2 and 19.3;  Simple Solutions Lesson#116

Wednesday-Noun, Verb, and Adjective Review;  Simple Solutions Lesson#117

Thursday-Math workbook 19.4-19.5;  Simple Solutions Lesson#118

Friday-Read "Frog and Toad All Year" to someone;  Simple Solutions Lesson#119

 

Spelling words:

day, say, sail, pail, pay, play, right, high, learn and join

Bonus:  Easter, Passover, Egypt

 

Our story for the week is "Frog and Toad All Year".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, April 7th and the Spelling test will be on Wednesday, April 16th.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we will be learning about verbs and writing Bunny Tales.  For Math, we will continue Chapter 19 on addition and subtraction facts to 20.  Religion finds us contining our study of the Old Testament with the story of Moses and the First Passover.  On the menu for Science is Chapter 4 on habitats-forests, oceans and deserts.  Social Studies is all about Our Country.

 

Happy Birthday to Isabella who will be seven on Saturday, April 12th:)

 

Reminders:

Friday is a half day with no EDP.

Friday's Show and Tell theme is bunnies:)

We could still use some bags of cotton balls for our Big Mouth Bunnies that we will be making this week.

 

Rabbit Trivia:

Rabbits in the wild can have as many as eight litters a year.

Rabbits can run up to 35 mph-faster than a cat.

Most rabbits in the world live in North America.

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Newsletter for the week of March 31st-April 4th

Quote of the Week:

"April prepares her green traffic light and the world thinks Go."

Christopher Morley

 

Homework:

Monday-Fraction Practice; Simple Solutions Lesson#110

Tuesday-Adjective Raindrops; Simple Solutions Lesson#111

Wednesday-National Symbols Riddles; Simple Solutions Lesson#112

Thursday-Study Spelling; "What Next?"; Simple Solutions Lesson#113

Friday-Read "A Story of a Blue Bird"; Simple Solutions Lesson#114

 

Spelling words:

high, night, light, right, might, bright, rode, those, touch, and twelve

Bonus: April, shower, basket

 

Our story for the week is "The Story of a Blue Bird".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, March 31st and our Spelling test will be on Friday, April 4th.  Our words this week have the long i sound spelled ight.  Elsewhere in Language Arts we will make comparisons using er and est.  For Math, we will finish Chapter 16 on fractions with a test on Wednesday.  Then we will begin Chapter 19 on addition and subtraction facts to 20.  Religion finds us continuing our study of the Old Testament with the story of Joseph and his brothers.  On the menu for Science is Chapter 4 on animal habitats-forests, deserts, and oceans.  Social Studies is all about Our Country.

 

Reminders:

Show and Tell has no theme this week.

First grade will be making our Big Mouth Bunnies next week and we could use some bags of white cotton balls.

 

Egg Trivia:

A hen can produce about 250 eggs a year.

To tell if an egg is raw or hard boiled, spin it.  A cooked egg will spin easily while a raw egg will wobble.

There is no nutritional difference between brown eggs and white eggs.

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Newsletter for the week of March 24th-28th

Quote of the Week:

"Springtime is the land awakening;  the March winds are the morning yawn."

Lewis Grizzard

 

Homework:

Monday-Rain story due April 4th;  Simple Solutions Lesson#105

Tuesday-Phonics pages 221-222;  Simple Solutions Lesson#106

Wednesday-Math workbook 16.1-16.2; Simple Solutions Lesson#107

Thursday-Study Spelling words;  Simple Solutions Lesson#108

Friday-Read "Busy Buzzy Bee" to someone;  Simple Solutions Lesson#109

 

Spelling words:

bone, cone, code, rode, rose, those, my, try, again and blue

Bonus: purple, cloud and fraction

 

Our story for the week is "Busy, Buzzy Bee".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, March 24th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, March 28th.  Our words have the long o sound spelled o-e.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we continue to learn about adjectives.  For Math we continue Chapter 16 on fractions.  Religion finds us learning about Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob as we continue our study of the Old Testament.  On the menu for Science is finishing up Chapter 3 on animals and their adaptations.  Social Studies is all about Our Country.

 

Reminders:

Show and Tell this week has no theme.

Monday is a half day.

 

Lamb Trivia:

Raising sheep is the oldest organized industry.

One pound of wool can make about ten miles of yarn.

In New Zealand and Australia, sheep outnumber people.

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Newsletter for the week of March 17th-March 21st

Quote of the Week:

"Christ beside me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ within me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me.
Saint Patrick

 

Homework:

Monday-Happy Saint Patrick's Day:)

Tuesday- Simple Solutions Lessons#101-102

Wednesday-What Kind? How Many?;  Simple Solutions Lesson#103

Thursday-Study Spelling words;  Simple Solutions Lesson#104

Friday-Read "Little Bear's Friend" to someone;  Simple Solutions Lesson#105 

Spelling words:

my, fly, by, why, sky, try, out, now, any, and eight

Bonus: Joseph, Spring, Lent

 

Our story for the week is "Little Bear's Friend".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, March 17th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, March 21st.  Our words this week have the long vowel sound of i spelled with a y.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we will be continuing our study of adjectives as well as writing some sentences about Spring.  For Math we finish up Chapter 20 on money.  Next is Chapter 16 on fractions.  Religion finds us learning about Abraham and Isaac as we continue our unit on the Old Testament.  Of course, we will also take time out to study Saint Patrick and Saint Joseph since their feast days are this week.  On the menu for Science is animals and their adaptations.  Social Studies is all about Our Country as we explore the American Revolution and our country's beginnings.

 

A very Happy Birthday to Avery who turns seven on Monday, March 17th and Sammy who turns seven on Tuesday, March 18th:)

 

Reminders:

Show and Tell has no theme this week.

 

Saint Patrick's Day Trivia:

Blue was the original color associated with Saint Patrick.

It's St. Paddy's Day, not St. Patty's Day.  Patty is short for Patricia not Patrick.

Instead of corned beef and cabbage, the Irish used to eat boiled bacon on St. Paddy's Day.  It was in America that Irish immigrants changed to corned beef since it was cheaper.

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Newsletter for the week of March 10th-14th

Quote of the Week:

"Every action of our lives touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity."

Sean O'Casey

 

Homework:

Monday-Potato Poll Due Friday;  Simple Solutions Lesson#96

Tuesday-Leapin Leprechaun Trivia;  Simple Solutions Lesson#97

Wednesday-Kelly O's homework;  Simple Solutions Lesson#98

Thursday-Study Spelling words;  Simple Solutions Lesson#99

Friday-Read "On the Job With Dr. Martha Smith" to someone;  Simple Solutions Lesson#100

 

Spelling Words:

cow, how, now, down, out, round, nice, face, does and once

Bonus: leprechaun, Patrick, rainbow

 

Our story for the week is "On the Job With Dr. Martha Smith".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, March 10th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, March 14th.  Our words this week have the vowel variant /ou/ spelled ow.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we continue to learn about adjectives as well as write a story on how to catch a leprechaun.  For Math we continue Chapter 20 on money.  Religion finds us beginning our unit on Old Testament stories  We will begin with Adam and Eve and work our way through Noah, Abraham, Joseph, Moses and the Exodus.  This will get us ready to learn about Passover and Easter.  On the menu for Science is Chapter 3 on animals and how their adaptations help them to survive.  Social Studies is all about Our Country as we explore our country's beginnings in the American Revolution.

 

Reminders:

This week's Show and Tell's theme is Irish.

 

 

Irish Trivia:

The Irish Wolfhound is the largest dog in the world.

One Irish birthday tradition involves holding the birthday child upside down and "bumping"  their head on the ground.  (The number of times corresponds to how old the person is plus one more bump for good luck.)

Irish policemen are unarmed.

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Newsletter for the week of March 3rd-7th

Quote of the Week:

"The March wind roars like a lion in the sky, And makes us shiver as he passes by."

Author Unknown

 

Homework:

Monday-Loud and Quiet;  Simple Solutions Lesson#91

Tuesday-Math workbook 20.2 and 20.3;  Simple Solutions Lesson#92

Wednesday-Shamrock Cents;  Simple Solutions Lesson#93

Thursday-Study Spelling;  Simple Solutions Lesson#94

Friday-Read "My Robot" to someone;  Simple Solutions Lesson#95

 

Spelling words:

ice, nice, rice, race, face, space, like, nine, why, and most

Bonus: Ireland, shamrock, green

 

Our story for the week is "My Robot".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, March 3rd and the Spelling test will be on Friday, March 7th.  Our words this week have the soft c sound found in the vowel families -ice and -ace.  Elsewhere in Language Arts we continue to learn about adjectives.  For Math, we continue Chapter 20 on money.  Religion finds us learning about Lent as Ash Wednesday is this week.  We will also be getting ready for our mass on Friday.  On the menu for Science is Chapter 3 on animals and their environments.  Social Studies is all about Our Country as we explore the beginnings of our country. 

 

Reminders:

First Grade is helping to celebrate the First Friday Mass this week at 9:30am.

Students should only be wearing their gym uniform on gym days.

 

Lion Trivia:

Lions can reach speeds up to 50mph, but only for short bursts.

A male lion eats first even though the lioness catches the food.

Lions are the only big cats that live in social groups.

 

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Newsletter for the week of February 24th-28th

Quote of the Week:

"Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom."

Thomas Jefferson

 

 

Homework:

Monday-Phonics pages 212-213;  Simple Solutions Lesson#86

Tuesday-What is What?;  Simple Solutions Lesson#87

Wednesday-Presidents Coin Collection;  Simple Solutions Lesson#88

Thursday-Study Spelling words;  Simple Solutions Lesson#89

Friday-Read "Tell Me a Story";  Simple Solutions Lesson#90

 

Spelling Words:

nine, line, like, bike, bite, while, funny, hurry, warm, and water

Bonus: March, lion, lamb

 

Our story for the week is "Tell Me a Story".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, February 24th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, February 28th.  Our words this week have the long i sound spelled i/consonant/e.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we learn about adjectives and write about a favorite story.  For Math we continue Chapter 20 on money.  Religion finds us learning about the Mass since First Grade will be doing the March First Friday Mass.  On the menu for Science is learning about animals' adaptations and how they help them survive in their environments.  Social Studies is all about Our Country as we start to explore some early American history.

 

Reminders:

When picking up students from the Parish Center doors, please move close to doors so that you are visible to the teachers. 

Show and Tell has no theme.

 

Teeth Trivia:

Only one in 2000 babies are born with teeth.  Some famous examples include Napoleon Bonaparte, Loius XIV and Julius Caesar.

A mosquito has about 47 teeth.

Baby teeth are actually called milk teeth.

  

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Newsletter for the week of February 17th-21st

Quote of the Week:

"I hope that I shall possess firmness and virtue enough to maintain what I consider the most enviable of all titles; the character of an honest man."

George Washington

 

Homework:

Monday-No School

Tuesday-Math pages 431-432;  Simple Solutions Lesson#82

Wednesday-"If I Had a Hundred...";  Simple Solutions Lesson#83

Thursday-Study Spelling words;  Simple Solutions Lesson#84

Friday-Read "At Home Around the World" to someone;  Simple Solutions Lesson#85

 

Spelling words:

jelly, belly, bunny:), funny, furry, hurry, take, came, world, and over

Bonus: George, Washington, president

 

Our story for the week is "At Home Around the World".  New Spelling words were given on Tuesday, February 18th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, February 21st.  Our words this week have the long e sound spelled y as in the word "bunny";)  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we learn about the pronouns he, she, it and they.  For Math we continue Chapter 20 on counting money and also take a look at the number 100 since Wednesday is the 100th day of school.  Religion finds us learning about making good choices.  On the menu for Science is finishing up Chapter 1 on animals.  Social Studies is all about Our Country as we learn about George Washington.

 

Reminders:

Show and Tell this week has a presidents theme.  (Please do not bring in money as your item.)

 

George Washington Trivia:

By the time Washington was president, he had only one real tooth left.

Washington had six white horses in his stable and on his orders every morning their teeth were brushed.

Washington refused to wear the fashionable wigs of the day.  He instead put white powder in his red brown hair.

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Newsletter for the week of February 10th-14th

Quote of the Week:

"Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold."

Zelda Fitzgerald

 

Homework:

Monday-Phonics pages 203-204; Simple Solutions Lesson#77

Tuesday-Coin Coloring; Simple Solutions Lesson#78

Wednesday-Read "To Meet the President" to someone and talk about what it means; Simple Solutions Lesson#79

Thursday-Study Spelling; Simple Solutions Lesson#80

Friday-Read "Me on the Map" to someone; Simple Solutions Lesson#81

 

Spelling words:

came, game, gate, late, lake, take, feet, me, know, and also

Bonus: Abraham, Lincoln, valentine

 

Our story for the week is "Me on the Map".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, February 10th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, February 14th.  Our words this week have the long a sound spelled consonant/a/consonant/e.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we will be learning when to use I and me in sentences.  For Math we continue Chapter 20 on counting money.  Religion finds us learning how our choices affect others.  We will also add St. Bernadette of Lourdes and St. Valentine to our People of Faith books.  On the menu for Science is Chapter 2 on animals.  Social Studies is all about Our Country.  We will also learn about the Great Emancipator as his birthday is this week.

 

Reminders:

Children may send in valentines anytime this week.  (Please do not include food as we have a peanut allergy in the classroom.)

Show and Tell has a heart theme this week. 

 

Abraham Lincoln Trivia:

The King of Siam offered Lincoln elephants to help out the Northern war effort-Lincoln turned them down.

Although he was a lawyer and eventually the President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln spent a total of about eighteen months in school.

Lincoln is in the Wrestling hall of Fame having lost only one of 300 wrestling matches in his youth.

 

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Newsletter for week of February 3rd-7th

Quote of the Week:

"Be yourself.  Everyone else is already taken."

Oscar Wilde

 

Homework:

Monday-Snow Day

Tuesday-White House Pets; Simple Solutions Lesson#74

Wednesday-Snow Day

Thursday-Study Spelling words; Simple Solutions Lesson#75

Friday-Read "A Bed Full of Cats" to someone; Simple Solutions Lesson#76

 

Spelling Words:

me, mean, bean, be, beet, feet, low, road, who, and door

Bonus: February, groundhog, heart

 

Our story for the week is "A Bed Full of Cats".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, February 3rd and the Spelling test will be on Friday, February 7th.  Our words this week have the long e sound spelled ee and ea.  Elsewhere in Language Arts we continue learning about proper nouns.  For Math we finish Chapter 21 on time with a test on Tuesday.  Then we will begin Chapter 20 on money.  Start counting those piggy banks for practice!!  Religion finds us learning how to make loving choices in Chapter 14.  On the menu for Science is Chapter 2 on animals.  Social Studies has a Unit 2 test on Monday.  We will begin Unit 3 on Our Country which will tie in nicely with President's Day. 

 

Reminders:

Show and Tell has no theme this week.

The Barn for the Poorest of the Poor collects lunches every Tuesday.

 

Groundhog Trivia:

Groundhogs can whistle when they are alarmed.

They don't just hibernate, but go into a deep coma; their hearts barely beat and they barely breathe.

Groundhogs are the largest member of the squirrel family.

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Newsletter for the week of January 27th-31st

Quote of the Week:

"What we do is less that a drop in the ocean.  But if it were missing, the ocean would be lacking something."

Mother Teresa

 

Homework:

Monday-Read "Friends Forever" to someone; Simple Solutions Lesson#69

Tuesday-Math workbook pages 21.4 and 21.5; Simple Solutions Lesson#70

Wednesday-Study Spelling words; Simple Solutions Lesson#71

Thursday-School Play at 7pm; Simple Solutions Lesson#72

Friday-Read "The Fox and the Stork" to someone; Simple Solutions Lesson#73

 

 

Spelling words:

low, bow, row, road, soap, boat, wiggle, middle, talk, and school

Bonus: continent, vertebrate, penguin

 

Our story for the week is "The Fox and the Stork".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, January 27th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, January 31st.  Our words this week have the long vowel sound of o.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we will be working on our penguin story as well as when to capitalize nouns.  For Math we continue Chapter 21 on telling time to the hour and half hour.  Religion finds us learning about the Great Commandment in Chapter 8-Jesus Teaches Love.  On the menu for Science is Chapter 2 on animals.  Social Studies is all about Where We Live.

 

A very Happy Birthday to Philomena who turns seven on Sunday the 26th and Brandon who turns seven on Wednesday the 29th:)

 

Reminders:

Please check the HSC for more details of the events of Catholic Schools Week.

Monday is Movie Day.

Tuesday is the International Luncheon.

Wednesday is the dance for the Shannyn Craig Foundation

Thursday is a football colors dress down day in exchange for a can of soup.  School play at 7pm:)

Friday is Mass with the pin ceremony

 

Snow Trivia:

Rochester, NY is the snowiest place in the U.S. getting up to 94 inches of snow a year.

Because snow is so full of air-hence it's fluffiness, one inch of rain translates into about 10 inches of snow.

"Champagne powder", "corduroy" and "mashed potatoes" are terms skiers give to snow.

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Newsletter for the week of January 20th-24th

Quote of the Week:

"Snowflakes are like kisses sent down from Heaven."

Unknown

 

Homework:

Monday-School closed

Tuesday-Continents and oceans; Simple Solutions Lesson#65

Wednesday-Animal report due on February 3rd; Simple Solutions Lesson#66

Thursday-Reading a clock; Simple Solutions Lesson#67

Friday-Read "Study Spelling words; Simple Solutions Lesson#68

 

Spelling words:

middle, fiddle, wiggle, giggle, puddle, cuddle, fur, bird, were and four

Bonus: blizzard, marshmallow, and mammal

 

Our story for the week is "Friends Forever".  New Spelling words were given on Tuesday, January 21st and the Spelling test will be on Monday, January 27th.  Our words this week have the syllable le.  Elsewhere in Language Arts we will be writing a story about a penguin as well as capitalizing special nouns.   For Math, we continue Chapter 21 on telling time to the hour and half hour.  Religion finds us learning about St. Agnes since her feast day is Tuesday.  We will also continue learning about Jesus the Healer.  On the menu for Science is how animals grow and change.  I have also assigned an animal report that is due on Monday, February 3rd.  Students may add illustrations and a cover.  Social Studies is all about Where We Live.

 

Reminders:

Friday is a dress down day.

Show and Tell does not have a theme.

 

Polar Bear Trivia:

A polar bear's fur is not white.  Each hair is a clear hollow tube that looks white because of the sun's reflection.

They have been known to swim 100 miles at a stretch as they can smell a seal 40 miles away.

Polar bear's actually can "purr" when content.

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Newsletter for the week of January 13th-17th

Quote of the Week:

"I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all;  but whatever I have placed in God's hands, that I still possess."

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Homework:

Monday-Vertebrate Groups; Simple Solutions Lesson #60

Tuesday-Phonics pages 271-272; Simple Solutions Lessons#61-62

Wednesday-Write two sentences about Jairus' story; Finish MLK report

Thursday-Study Spelling words; Simple Solutions Lesson#63

Friday-Read "On the Way to the Pond" to someone; Simple Solutions Lesson#64

 

Spelling words;

sir, dirt, bird, burn, fur, her, quit, when, work, and grew

Bonus: Martin, Luther, King

 

Our story for the week is "On the Way to the Pond".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, January 13th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, January 17th.  Our Spelling words this week have the r controlled sound spelled ir, ur and er.  Elsewhere in Language Arts we will be writing about our favorite winter activities.  For Math we will finish up Chapter 11 on comparing and ordering numbers with a test on Wednesday.  Then we begin Chapter 21 on time by making a January calendar.  Religion finds us learning about Jesus the Healer.  We will also add Mother Seton to our People of Faith notebook.  On the menu for Science is continuing Chapter 1 on animals by looking at how they grow and change.  Social Studies is all about Where We Live.  Since Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr and Benjamin Franklin's birthday's are this week, we will explore the lives of these great men.

 

Reminders:

Friday is a class dress down day won for us by Sammy:)

Friday's Show and Tell has a snow theme.

Progress Reports go home on Friday.

 

Benjamin Franklin Trivia:

Franklin's mother was from the Folger family who later founded the Folger Coffee Company.

He belongs to 14 different Halls of Fame.

He taught himself to read French, Spanish, Latin, German and Italian.

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Newsletter for the week of January 6th-10th

Quote of the Week:

"Let us love Winter for it is the Spring of genius."

Pietro Aretino

 

A very heartfelt Thank You for all the lovely cards and gifts received for Christmas:)

 

Homework:

Monday-Connect Your Faith on page 85 of Religion book; Simple Solutions Lesson#54-55

Tuesday-Math pages 235-236; Simple Solutions Lesson#56

Wednesday-Peekaboo math worksheet; Simple Solutions Lesson#57

Thursday-Study Spelling words; Simple Solutions Lesson#58

Friday-Read "Tomas Rivera" to someone; Simple Solutions Lesson#59

 

Spelling words:

quit, quick, quiz, whiz, which, when, arm, card, who, and there

Bonus: January, Winter, mittens

 

Our story for the week is "Tomas Rivera".  New Spelling words were given on Thursday, January 2nd and the Spelling test will be on Friday, January 10th.  Our words this week have the digraphs qu and wh.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we continue to learn about nouns.  "Tomas Rivera" is also our first biography in our reading books so we will discuss this new genre.  First Grade will also take our annual trip into a Winter Wonderland by listening to Robert Frost's poem "Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening".  We will also make some chalk drawings to illustrate the beauty of the poem.  For Math, we continue Chapter 11 on comparing and ordering numbers.  Religion finds us completing Cahpter 6 on Jesus the Storyteller by looking at some of the parables in the New Testament.  On the menu for Science is classifying animals into groups and identifying animal needs.  Social Studies is all about Where We Live.

 

Reminders:

Show and Tell has no theme this week.

On Tuesdays, the Barn for the Poorest of the Poor collects lunches.

Tuesday is Crazy Socks and Slippers Day for $1

Wednesday is Ugly Sweater Day for $1

Thursday is Hat and Scarf Day for $1; hot chocolate for $2

Friday is Dress Down Day for $1-no crazy hair due to Mass at 9am.

 

Elvis Presley Trivia:

Elvis didn't like to wear jeans.

Director Thomas Wise wanted Elvis to play Tony in West Side Story, but  Colonel Tom Parker objected.

Elvis was a direct descendant of Abraham Lincoln's great-great grandfather, Isaiah Harrison.

 

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Newsletter for the week of December 30th-January 2nd

Quote of the Week:

"If I had my way, I would remove January from the calendar altogether and have an extra July instead."

Roald Dahl

 

Homework:

Monday-No School

Tuesday-No School

Wednesday-Happy New Year!

Thursday-New Year Star; Simple Solutions Lesson#53

Friday-Snow Day:)

 

Spelling Words:

quit, quick, quiz, whiz, which, when, arm, card, who, and there

Bonus: January, Winter, mittens

 

 Our story for the week is "Tomas Rivera".  New Spelling words were given on Thursday, January 2nd and the Spelling test will be on Friday, January 10th.  Our words this week have the digraphs qu and wh.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we continue to explore nouns.  For Math we continue Chapter 11 on ordering and comparing numbers.  Religion finds us learning about Jesus the Storyteller by looking at "The Good Shepard".  On the menu for Science is Chapter 2 on animals as we identify their needs.  Social Studies is all about Where We Live as we look at rural and urban areas.

 

 

Alaska Trivia:

Alaska has the lowest population density of all fifty states-NJ has the highest:)

The state sport is dog mushing.

Alaska, including all of it's islands, has over 33,000 miles of coastline.

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Newsletter for the week of December 16th-20th

Quote of the Week:

"Maybe Christmas, the Grinch thought, doesn't come from a store.  Maybe Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more."

Dr. Suess

 

Homework:

Monday-I Saw One of Santa's Reindeer"; Simple Solutions Lesson#49

Tuesday-Phonics pages 263-264; Simple Solutions Lesson#50

Wednesday-Math workbook 11.1 and 11.2; Simple Solutions Lesson#51

Thursday-Study Spelling words; Simple Solutions Lesson#52

Friday-Have a Merry Christmas!!

 

Spelling words:

far, farm, arm, art, cart, card, chin, inch, live, and soon

Bonus: Christmas, Nativity, candle

 

Our story for the week is "Did You See Chip?"  New Spelling words were given on Monday, December 16th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, December 20th.  Our words this week have the r controlled vowel sound /ar/ spelled ar.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we will be writing a story about our families' Christmas traditions, continuing to learn about nouns and settings in stories.  We are also reading our first play so we will discuss how drama is read.  For Math, we finish up Chapter 10 on probability with a test on Tuesday.  We will then begin Chapter 11 on comparing and ordering numbers.  Religion finds us completing our Twelve Days of Christmas Booklet and learning the song with the fun motions!  On the menu for Science is Chapter 2 on animals.  Social Studies is all about Where We Live.

 

Reminders:

No Show and Tell this week.

Friday is a half day with no extended day.

Every Tuesday, the Barn for the Poorest of the Poor collects lunches.

 

Christmas Around the World Trivia:

While American children leave cookies and milk for Santa; British children leave mince pies and Danish children leave rice pudding.

In the city of Caracas, Venezuela it is tradition to roller skate to mass on Christmas.

In Japan, the most popular food to eat on Christmas is fried chicken. 

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Newsletter for the week of December 9th-13th

Quote of the Week:

"I heard a bird sing in the dark of December, a magical thing and sweet to remember, We are nearer to Spring than we were in September,  I heard a bird sing in the dark of December."

Oliver Herford

 

Homework:

Monday-Noun or no; Simple Solutions Lesson#44

Tuesday-"I Saw One of Santa's Reindeer"; Simple Solutions Lesson#45

Wednesday-"My Pet Reindeer"; Simple Solutions Lesson#46

Thursday-Study Spelling; Simple Solutions Lesson#47

Friday-Read "I am a Butterfly" to someone; Simple Solutions Lesson#48

 

Spelling words:

chip, chin, inch, itch, catch, match, wish, shop, how  and many

Bonus: wreath, gingerbread, poinsettia

 

Our story for the week is "I am a Butterfly".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, December 9th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, December 13th.  Our words this week have the digraphs ch and tch.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we will continue to learn about nouns as well as writing about our pet reindeer.  For Math, we explore probability in Chapter 10.  Religion finds us continuing our study of "The Twelve Days of Christmas" and it's religious symbolism.  Do you know what "Four Calling Birds" really means?  Ask a first grader!  We will also add Saint Lucy to our People of Faith notebooks on her feast day of December 12th.  On the menu for Science is Chapter 2 on animals.  Social Studies is all about Where We Live.

 

Reminders:

Friday is a half day due to the Christmas Bazaar Friday night.

Show and Tell has a Santa theme this week.

The Christmas concert is Thursday.  Students should wear their Christmas best-no jeans or sweats.  PreK and K students may leave with parents after they sing.  First Grade should stay until the concert is over.

 

John Lennon Trivia:

John was born on October 9th, 1940 in Liverpool,England during a German air raid.

John drank between 20-30 cups of tea or coffee every day.

He loved cats, once owning six at a time.

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Newsletter for the week of December 2nd-6th

Quote of the Week:

"How did it get so late so soon?  It's night before it's afternoon.  December is here before it's June.  My goodness how the time has flewn.  How did it get so late so soon?"

Dr. Suess

 

 

Homework:

Monday-Christmas Around the World Poster due December 9th; Simple Solutions Lesson#39

Tuesday- North, South, East. or West; Simple Solutions Lesson#40

Wednesday-Gingerbread Boy Blends; Simple Solutions Lesson#41

Thursday-Study Spelling words; Simple Solutions Lesson#42

Friday-Read "Fun With Fish" to someone;  Simple Solutions Lesson#43

 

 

Spelling words:

ship, shop, wish, dish, dash, for, more, be, and try

Bonus: December, Advent, holly

 

Our story for the week is "Fun With Fish".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, December 2nd and the Spelling test will be on Friday, December 6th.  Our words this week have the digraph sh.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we continue to learn about nouns as well as compound words.  We will also begin a story on the Christmas traditions in our families.  For Math, we finish up Chapter 8 on data and graphs with a test.  Then we begin Chapter 9 on data, graphs and probability.  Religion finds us finishing Chapter 5 with a test on Tuesday.  Also, since his feast day is on Friday, we will add Saint Nicholas to our People of Faith notebook.  On the menu for Science is beginning Chapter 1 on animals.  Social Studies is all about Where We Live as we explore maps.

 

Reminders:

Mass at 9am on Friday followed by awards ceremony.

 

Christmas Around the World Poster Directions:

Each child has been given a notecard with "Merry Christmas"  written on it in a different language.  Write this on a piece of white posterboard. Decorate with Christmas symbols-perhaps from your country.  You may also put a fact or two about how Christmas is celebrated in that country.  Due on December 9th.  If you have any problems getting white posterboard, let me know and I will supply.

 

Reindeer Trivia:

Both male and female reindeer have antlers.

A twenty pound reindeer calf can outrun a man.

Reindeer are the only mammals that grow new sets of antlers annually.

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Newsletter for the week of November 25th-29th

Quote of the Week:

"None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude.  Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves and spend without fear of bankruptcy."

Fred De Witt Van Armburgh

 

Homework:

Monday-Read "Try Your Best" to someone; Simple Solutions Lesson#37

Tuesday-Study Spelling words; Simple Solutions Lesson#38

Wednesday-Have a feast tomorrow;)

Thursday-Gobble Gobble!!

Friday-School Closed:)

 

Spelling words:

or, for, corn, cork, fork, more, hang, ring, two. and from

Bonus: Thanksgiving, pilgrim, Indian

 

Our story for the week is "Try Your Best".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, November 18th and the Spelling test will be on Wednesday, November 27th.   Our words this week have the r controlled vowel sound /or/ spelled or.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we continue to learn about nouns and compound words.  For Math we continue Chapter 8 on data and graphs with our Annual Thanksgiving Pie Survey.  Who will win this year?  Religion finds us comparing the Holy Family to our own families.  On the menu for Science is finishing up Chapter 2 on plants with a test on Tuesday.  Social Studies is all about Where We Live as we learn the names of the continents and oceans.

 

Weekly Reminders:

Every Tuesday, the Barn for the Poorest of the Poor collects lunches.

Wednesday is a half day with no EDP.

Report cards may remain at home.  Please sign and return the empty report card envelope.

 

Turkey Trivia:

Domesticated turkeys are too heavy to fly, but wild turkeys can fly up to 55mph for a short distance.

Turkeys do not have feathers on their head and necks.

A turkey's field of vision is 270 degrees compared to 180 degrees for humans.

 

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Newsletter for the week of November 18th-22nd

Quote of the Week:

"When you were born, you cried and the world rejoiced.  Live your life so that when you die, the world cries and you rejoice."

Cherokee Proverb

 

Homework:

Monday-Pilgrims in my Family; Simple Solutions Lesson#32

Tuesday-Phonics pages 255-256; Simple Solutions Lesson#33

Wednesday-Math workbook 8.3-8.4; Simple Solutions Lesson#34

Thursday-Math workbook 8.5-9.1; Simple Solutions Lesson#35

Friday- In your English notebook, list twelve things for which you are thankful; Simple Solutions Lesson#36

 

Spelling words:

or, for, corn, cork, fork, more, hang, ring, two, and from

Bonus: Thanksgiving, pilgrim, indian

 

Our story for the week is "Try Your Best".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, November 18th and the Spelling test will be on Wednesday, November 27th.  Our words this week have the r controlled sound /or/ spelled or.  Elsewhere in Language Arts we will be learning our first part of speech-nouns and beginning our writing folders or as they are known in First Grade - our Shakespeare Folders.  For Math we continue Chapter 8 on data and graphs.  Our Annual Thanksgiving Pie Graph will be next week.  Who will win this year?  Religion finds us exploring The Holy Family.  On the menu for Science is finishing up Chapter 2 on plants.  More and more of our baby pumpkins are sprouting:)  We will also be planting a coconut this week to see if we can get it to germinate.  Social Studies is all about Where We Live.

 

Weekly Reminders:

Show and Tell theme is turkeys-gobble gobble:)

 

Native American Trivia:

American Indian words that have become part of the English language include: toboggan, skunk, chocolate, hammock, hurricane, moose and mahogany.

There are 563 federally recognized tribal governments in the United States.

American Indians did not know the wheel; thus they had no wagons.  (Some tribes did make use of sleds.)

 

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Newsletter for the week of November 11th-15th

Quote of the Week:

"Nobody ever drowned in sweat."

U.S. Marines

 

Homework:

Monday-School closed

Tuesday-If I Was aThanksgiving Turkey; SSL#28

Wednesday-Feasting Friends; SSL#29

Thursday-Study Spelling words; SSL#30

Friday-Read "Where Do Frogs Come From?" to someone; SSL#31

 

Spelling words:

sing, sang, hang, rang, bring, bus, must, your, and when

Bonus: brown, cranberry, pie

 

 Our story for the week is "Where Do Frogs Come From?"  New Spelling words were given on Tuesday, November 12th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, November 15th.  Our words this week have the diphthong /ng/ as seen in the vowel families -ing and -ang.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we will continue our study of subjects and predicates.  For Math, we finish up Chapter 3 on subtraction with a test on Thursday.  Then we will start Chapter 9 on data and graphs.  (Hello, Annual Thanksgiving Pie Graph:)  Religion finds us exploring The Holy Trinity as well as writing about Mother Cabrini in our People of Faith notebooks.  On the menu for Science is how plants grow and change.  Our pumpkins have started growing!!  They are so adorable and the quietest little babies-no crying at all:)  Our Jack-o-Lantern was getting a little-uh-gooey so we put it outside in the back garden.  Hopefully MTRS will have some pumpkins next year!  Social Studies is all about starting Unit 2 on Where We Live.

 

Happy Birthday to my sister, Lynn, who turns one year older on Sunday, November 17th:)

 

Weekly Reminders:

Barnes and Noble Bookfair is on Saturday.

Any paper with a star on it that goes home in the Wednesday folder should be signed and returned.

 

Military Trivia:

Thirty United States presidents have served in the army.

The Pentagon has no marble as it was built during WWII and Italy, the source of marble, was our enemy.

Harry S. Truman ordered the integration of the Armed Services in 1948.

 

 

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Newsletter for the week of November 4th-8th

Quote of the Week:

"Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn."

Elizabeth Lawrence

 

Homework:

Monday-Turkey in  Disguise due November 12th; Simple Solutions Lesson#23

Tuesday-English workbook pages 3-4; Simple Solutions Lesson#24

Wednesday-Subtraction worksheet; Simple Solutions Lesson#25

Thursday-Study Spelling; Simple Solutions Lesson#26

Friday-Read "Space Pup" to someone; Simple Solutions Lesson#27

 

Spelling Words:

us, bus, bug, rug, mug, must, with, then, she, and use

Bonus: veteran, feast, cornucopia

 

Our story for the week is "Space Pup".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, November 4th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, November 8th.  Our words this week have the short u sound as seen in the vowel families -us and -ug.  Elsewhere in Language Arts,  we continue to learn about subjects ane predicates in sentences.  For Math we continue Chapter 3 on subtraction concepts.  Religion finds us exploring the Holy Trinity.  On the menu for Science is plant parts and their jobs. (After we carved our Jack o Lantern on Halloween last week, we planted seeds for everyone in class plus all MTRS faculty.  Who will be the first to sprout?) If the weather holds, we will be doing some leaf rubbings later in the week:)  Social Studies is all about finishing Unit 1 with a test.

 

Happy Birthday to Trenton who turns seven on Wednesay:)

 

Reminders:

Lunches are collected every Tuesday for the Barn for the Poorest of the Poor.

Show and Tell has no theme this week.

 

It's time for our annual Turkey in Disguise Project.   This is really a chance for the children's imagination and creativity to shine through.  All they have to do is disguise their turkey so the farmer can't find him.  Some disguises from past years include Elvis, a pumpkin, a hot air balloon, Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz and Mickey Mouse.  They can add fabric etc to make his disguise.  All I ask is that his face is showing so that he can "see" where he is going.  Be Creative!  We will have a contest for the best disguise!

 

Sandwich Trivia:

The three most popular sandwiches are ham, BLT and peanut butter and jelly.

Americans eat more than 300 million sandwiches every day.

On average, by the time someone has graduated high school, they have eaten about 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

 

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Newsletter for the Week of October 28th-November 1st

Quote of the Week:

"When witches go riding,

and black cats are seen,

the moon laughs and whispers,

tis' near Halloween."

 

Homework:

Monday-My Halloween Costume; Simple Solutions Lesson#19

Tuesday-Math workbook pages 3.2 and 3.3; Simple Solutions Lesson#20

Wednesday-Study Spelling words; Simple Solutions Lesson#21

Thursday-Go trick or treating:)

Friday-Read "Boots for Beth" to someone; Simple Solutions Lesson#21

 

Spelling words:

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

Bonus: November, saint, soul

 

Our story for the week is "Boots for Beth".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, October 28th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, November 1st.   Our words this week have the digraph /th/.  Elsewhere in Language Arts we will be learning about predicates and reciting our choral poem "The Haunted House".  For Math, we will begin Chapter 3 on subtraction.  Religion finds us learning about saints in order to appreciate All Saint's Day on Friday.  On the menu for Science is planting pumpkin seeds after we carve our Jack-o-Lantern on Halloween:)  Social Studies is all about rules and laws.

 

Reminders:

The Barn for the Poorest of the Poor collects lunches every Tuesday.

There is a Halloween Bake Sale sponsored by the Drama Club:) on Tuesday and Wednesday this week.  Items will be one dollar and under.

Mission Carnival is on Thursday.  Please send in a sandwich or freezer bag labeled with your child's name containing quarters for the games.

Boys are to wear their ties on Friday for Mass.

 

Halloween Trivia:

According to folklore if you see a spider on Halloween, it is the spirit of a loved one watching over you.

A full moon on Halloween is extremely rare.  The last two were in 2001 and 1955.

Samhainophobia is an abnormal and persistent fear of Halloween.

 

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Newletter for the Week of October 21st-25th

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-Treat Bag Surprise; Simple Solutions Lesson#14

Tuesday-Phonics pages 163-164; Simple Solutions Lesson#15

Wednesday-Math workbook 2.6-2.7; Simple Solutions Lesson#16

Thursday-Study Spelling words; Simple Solutions Lesson#17

Friday-Read "Dan's Pet" to someone; Simple Solutions Lesson#18

 

Spelling words:

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

Bonus: Halloween, ghost and spider

 

Our story for the week is "Dan's Pet".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, October 21st and the Spelling test will be on Friday, October 25th.  Our words this week have the short e sound as seen in the vowel families -en and -et.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we will work on our choral reading of the poem "Haunted House" as well as explore subjects in sentences.  For Math, we will finish up Chapter 2 on addition concepts with a test on Friday.  Religion finds us learning how to be good caretakers for God's World.  We will also put Blessed Pope John Paul II in our People of Faith notebooks.  On the menu for Science is exploring plant needs and parts.  Social Studies is all about rules and laws in our community.

 

Reminders:

Lunches for the Barn for the Poorest of the Poor are collected every Tuesday.

Please try not to send in any peanut products for snack or lunch due to an allergy in the classroom.

Grade 2 is collecting bags of Halloween candy for the troops-please send in by Friday, October 25th.

Any papers with a star on them in the Wednesday folders should be signed and returned.  All other work should remain at home.

Friday's Show and Tell has a Halloween theme.

 

Candy Corn Trivia:

There are about 9 billion kernels of candy corn made each year.

Candy corn has been around since 1880.

National Candy Corn Day is October 30th.

 

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Newsletter for the week of October 14th-18th

Quote of the Week:

"Learning never exhausts the mind."

Leonardo daVinci

 

Homework:

Monday-School Closed

Tuesday-"Who is Obeying the Law"; Simple Solutions Lesson#10

Wednesday-Haunted House sentence; Simple Solutions Lesson#11

Thursday-Study Spelling words; Simple Solutions Lesson#12

Friday-Read "All That Corn" to someone; Simple Solutions Lesson#13

 

Spelling Words:

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

Bonus: orange, black, witch

 

Our story for the week is "All That Corn".  New Spelling words were given on Tuesday, October 15th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, October 18th.  Our words this week have the vowel variant sound seen in the vowel family -all.  Elsewhere in Language Arts,  we will be learning about subjects in sentences.  For Math, we will finish up Chapter 2 on addition concepts.  Religion finds us getting ready for our assembly on Friday-all first grade parents are welcome:)  On the menu for Science is exploring plant parts.  Social Studies is all about rules and laws in our community.

 

Reminders:

First Grade is doing the assembly for Faith in Action this Friday at 9am-First grade parents are welcome to attend.

 

Spider Trivia:

There are 37,000 different species of spiders:O

Some male spiders pluck their webs like a guitar to attract female spiders;)

The weight of insects eaten by spiders each year is more than the total weight of the entire human population.

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Newsletter for the week of October 7th-11th

Quote of the Week:


"Winter is dead; Spring is crazy; Summer is cheerful and Autumn is wise!"

Mehmet Murat ildan

 

Homework:

Monday-We Grow; Simple Solutions Lesson#7

Tuesday-Study Spelling words; Simple Solutions Lesson#8

Wednesday-Read "Todd's Box" to someone; Simple Solutions Lesson#9

Thursday-No School

Friday-No School

 

Spelling Words:

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

Bonus: pumpkin, jack-o-lantern, nocturnal

 

Our story for the week is "Todd's Box".  New Spelling words were given on Friday, October 4th and the Spelling test will be on Wednesday, October 9th.  Our words this week have the short vowel sound o as seen in the vowel families -ot and -op.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we will finish writing our Witches Potions, keep exploring different types of sentences and begin our choral reading of the poem "Haunted House".  For Math, we continue Chapter 2 by adding zero to numbers and solving addition problems written vertically.  Religion finds us finishing up Chapter 2 on God's Gifts and then beginning Chapter 3 on how to care for God's creation.  On the menu for Science is identifying what plants need to survive.  Social Studies is all about rules and laws.

 

Reminders:

No show and tell this week.

The correct answer to last week's mystery quote was "MacBeth" by William Shakespeare.  It was the witches incantation.  (Miss Reddan will soon be performing "MacBeth" as this year's first production of Rubber Ducky Theatre.)

 

Owl Trivia:

Since owls' eyes are fixed in their sockets, they must move their entire heads to see in a different direction.

A barn owl can eat up to 1000 mice in a year, making it a favorite of farmers.

A group of owls is called a parliament, wisdom or study.

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Newsletter for the week of September 30th-October 4th

Quote of the Week:

"October's poplars are flaming torches lighting the way to winter."

Nova S. Blair

 

Homework:

Monday-Math Match It Up; Simple Solutions Lesson#2

Tuesday-Mystery Quote; Simple Solutions Lesson#3

Wednesday-Fall sentences; Simple Solutions Lesson#4

Thursday-Study Spelling words; Simple Solutions Lesson#5

Friday-Read "Jack and Rick" to someone; Simple Solutions Lesson#6

 

Spelling words:

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

Bonus: October, guardian, angel

 

Our story for the week is "Jack and Rick".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, September 30th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, October 4th.  Our words this week have the digraph sound "ck".  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we will be writing some witches potions to get in a Halloween mood.  We continue to explore sentences as we look at the different types (asking and telling).  For Math we continue Chapter 2 on addition concepts.  Religion finds us adding one of Miss Reddan's favorite saints-St. Francis of Assisi-to our People of Faith notebooks.  We will also learn about our guardian angels and how we use the gifts God has given us.  On the menu for Science is Chapter 3 on plants and their needs.  Social Studies is all about rules and laws. 

 

Reminders:

Picture Day is Wednesday, October 2nd-do not forget to smile!

 

Pumpkin Trivia:

The name "pumpkin" comes from "pepon" which is the Greek word for large melon.

Pumpkins were once used for removing freckles and curing snake bites.

Pumpkins are 90% water.

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Newsletter for the week of September 23rd-27th

Quote of the Week:

"Silence is a true friend who never betrays."

Confucius

 

Homework:

Monday-Lunchroom rules

Tuesday-Write two sentences using  "in" words

Wednesday-Math workbook 1.7

Thursday-Study Spelling words; Phonics pages 143-144

Friday-Read "Ants" to someone

 

Spelling words:

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

Bonus: football, scarecrow, acorn

 

Our story for the week is "Ants".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, September 23rd and the Spelling test will be on Friday, September 27th.  Our words this week have the short i sound as seen in the vowel families -in and -ig.  Elsewhere in Language Arts we will continue working on what makes a sentence as well as word order.  For Math we will take our first math test on Chapter 1 and then we begin Chapter 2 on addition concepts.  Religion finds us adding St. Vincent dePaul and Blessed Padre Pio to our People of Faith notebooks.  We will also continue to identify the great gifts in our lives.  On the menu for Science in beginning Chapter 3 on plants.  Social Studies is all about rules and laws as well as Johnny Appleseed whose birthday is September 26th.

 

Happy Birthday to Mrs Flanagan who turns one year older on Saturday, September 28th:)

 

Reminders:

Friday is a half day due to the Grandparent's Tea.

Show and Tell's theme this week is apples.

 

Apple Trivia:

In ancient Greece tossing an apple was considered a proposal of marriage-catching it was acceptance.

The apples from one tree can fill 20 boxes each harvest season.

If you ate one apple variety each day, it would take over 27 years to eat every type of apple grown in the world.

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Newsletter for the week of September 16th-20th

Quote of the Week:

"To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting."

Edmund Burke

 

Homework:

Monday-Open House tonight at 7pm

Tuesday-Strega Nona sequence

Wednesday-Good and Bad Smells

Thursday-Study Spelling words

Friday-Read "The Hat" and "Sam and the Bag" to someone

 

Spelling words:

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

Bonus: September, squirrel, and Autumn

 

Our story for the week is "Sam and the Bag".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, September 16th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, September 20th.  Our words this week have the short a sound as seen in the vowel families -am, -ad, and -ag.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we will identify story elements-plot, setting, characters etc- using "Strega Nona" by Tomie dePaolo.  For Math, we will continue to review skills such as sequencing numbers and reading graphs.  Religion finds us haveing our first test on Chapter 1.  We will also review the words to the Our Father and the Hail Mary.  On the menu for Science is our five senses as we do our Apple Lab this week.  Social Studies is all about rules and laws.

 

Reminders:

Open House is Monday at 7pm.

 

Autumn Trivia:

When trees stop making food in the chilly air of Autumn, the green chlorophyll starts to disappear from the leaves and the red, orange, yellow, and brown colors that have been there all along start to show.

The word Autumn comes from the Old French word "Autompne".

Since 1997, Autumn has been in the top 100 names for girls.

 

 

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Newsletter for the week of September 9th-13th

Quote of the Week:

"Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers."

Lord Alfred Tennyson

 

Homework:

Monday-Sequence Story worksheet

Tuesday-Bring in a hat

Wednesday-Wonderful Me

Thursday-Study Spelling

Friday-No homework:)

 

Spelling words:

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

Bonus: school, teacher, apple

 

Our story for the week is "The Hat".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, September 9th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, September 13th.  Our words this week have the short a sound.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we will be identifying what makes a sentence and sequencing parts of a story.  In honor of author Tomie dePaulo's birthday on Friday, we will read and explore his book "Strega Nona".  For Math, we will be using manipulatives to help us add numbers.  Religion finds us learning about God our Creator.  On the menu for Science is the five senses.  Social Studies is all about rules and laws.

 

Happy Birthday to Jackson who turns six on Thursday, September 12th and Miss Reddan who turns one year older on Saturday, September 14th:)

 

Weekly Reminders:

Gym is on Mondays.

Show and Tell is on Fridays.

Sports Dress Down Day on Friday for $1.00.

 

Birthday Trivia:

More people celebrate a birthday in August than any other month; the two runner up months are July and September:)

The least common birthdate in the US is May 22nd.

The world's largest birthday cake weighed 128,238 pounds. It was baked in Alabama in 1989.

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Newsletter for the week of September 2nd-6th

Quote of the Week:

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

Victor Hugo

 

Homework:

Monday-No School: Labor Day

Tuesday-Tell someone about your first day of school

Wednesday-Put three things that tell about you into your brown bag

Thursday-First Grade News signed

Friday-Make a birthday card for Mary

 

In Language Arts we will reinforce our letters by writing our names, review the difference between vowels and consonants, and practice rhyming words.   For Math, we will practice putting numbers in order as well as beginning Chapter 1 on number sense in our Math books.  Religion is all about proper etiquette in church since our first mass of the school year is on Friday.  We will also begin our People of Faith books by learning about Mother Teresa and Our Lady.  On the menu for Science is the five senses.  Social Studies is all about rules in our world.

 

Happy Birthday to Richie who turns six on Monday, September 2nd!!

 

Reminders:

Lunch money should be in an envelope with your child's name.

Gym is on Mondays.

Show and Tell is on Fridays.

Boys must wear shirt and tie to Mass on Friday.

Lunch is French Toast Stix on Thursday and Pizza on Friday.

 

School Trivia:

There are about 78 million people enrolled in school from PreK-college.

67% of children say they like school.

The oldest public school in America, Boston's Latin School, was founded in 1635.

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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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