Kimberley Reddan, First Grade

Newsletter for the week of May 25th-29th

Quote of the Week:

"They fell, but o'er their glorious grave,

Floats free the banner of the cause they died to save."

Unknown

 

Homework:

Monday-School closed for Memorial Day

Tuesday-Class Trip:)

Wednesday-Write about your favorite part of our class trip;  Simple Solutions Lessons#132-133

Thursday-Read "Sleep is For Everyone";  Simple Solutions Lessons#133-134

Friday-Study Spelling words

 

Spelling words:

lead, head, bread, read, ready, heavy, rule, use, few, and boy

Bonus:  June, July, August

 

Our story for the week is "Sleep is for Everyone".  New Spelling words were given on Wednesday, May 27th and the Spelling test will be on Monday, June 1st.  Our words this week have the short e sound spelled ea.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we will be writing about our trip to the Camden Aquarium.  In Math we will finish up Chapter 10 on place value.  Religion finds us praying the rosary with our Rosary Booklets as a guide as well as exploring Family Life.  Science is all about the environment.  On the menu for Social Studies is Our Earth.

 

Reminders:

First and Second Grade is going on their class trip on Tuesday.  Please remember no peanut products in your brown bag lunch.  Students are to wear gym uniform.

 

Sun Trivia:

Each day the sun causes one trillion tons of water to evaporate.

The sun is flattened on the top and the bottom.

Honeybees use the sun to navigate, even when it is hidden behind clouds.

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Newsletter for the week of May 18th-22nd

Quote of the Week:

"We are all pencils in the hand of God."

Mother Teresa

 

Homework:

Monday-Where Do You Live?;  Simple Solutions Lesson#126-127

Tuesday-Math workbook pages 128-129;  Simple Solutions Lessons 128-129

Wednesday-Study Spelling words;  Simple Solutions Lessons 130-131

Thursday-Spring Concert at 7pm

Friday-FundRun

 

Spelling words:

tube, cube, cute, use, rule, huge, page, fudge, angry, and sorry

Bonus:  Pentecost, soldier, memorial

 

Our story for the week is "Poppleton Everyday".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, May 18th and the Spelling test will be on Thursday, May 21st.  Our words this week have the long u sound spelled u-e.  Elsewhere in Language Arts we will use "was" and "were" correctly in sentences as well as writing in our Writing folders.  In Math, we continue Chapter 10 on place value.  Religion finds us finishing our Rosary booklets and learning how to say this beautiful prayer to Our Lady.  Science is all about the environment.  On the menu for Social Studies is Our Earth.

 

Reminders:

Monday-Dress Down Day in blue and white for MTRS spirit.

Tuesday-Math, Religion and Spelling Bees at 9:00am.

Wednesday-School play at 7pm.

Thursday-Spring Concert at 7pm-students should wear Sunday best.

Friday-FundRun-half day with no EDP.

 

Military Trivia:

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

Thirty of the forty three presidents served in the Army.

The United States has 737 military installations overseas.

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May 11th-15th

Quote of the Week:

"The cure for anything is salt water-sweat, tears or the sea."

Isak Dinesen

 

Homework:

Monday-Country Research Question#9;  Simple Solutions Lessons#118-119

Tuesday-Country Research Question#4;  Simple Solutions Lesson#120-121

Wednesday-English workbook pages 35-36;  Simple Solutions#122-123

Thursday-Study Spelling words;  Simple Solutions Lessons#124-125

Friday-Read "The Puddle" to someone

 

Spelling words:

age, page, cage, badge, budge, fudge, old, most, floor, and piece

Bonus words:  rosary, ascension, garden

 

Our story for the week is "The Puddle".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, May 11th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, May 15th.  Our words this week have the /j/ sound spelled with g or dge.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we continue working in our Writing folders and learning about verbs.  For Math, we will finish Chapter 7 with a test on Monday.  Then we will begin Chapter 10 on place value.  This will help us when we begin adding two digit numbers.  Religion finds us finishing our Rosary booklets and also learning the story of Our Lady of Fatima.  Science is all about the environment.  On the menu for Social Studies is Our Earth.  Each student will be given a different country that they are to research over the next couple of weeks.  We will do it together as a class a little at a time-see homework.

 

Happy Birthday to Billy who turns seven on Wednesday, May 13th:)

 

Reminders:

Class Trip permission slips and money are due as soon as possible.

 

Cow Trivia:

Cows came to America with the Pilgrims.  They arrived in Jamestown in 1611.

One cow produces from about 200,000 to about 350,000 glasses of milk in her lifetime.

An average cow produces about ten tons of manure in one year.

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Newsletter for the week of may 4th-8th

Quote of the Week:

"The Earth laughs in flowers."

Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Homework:

Monday-Be Kind to Animals;  Simple Solutions Lessons 110-111

Tuesday-English workbook pages 51-52;  Simple Solutions Lessons 112-113

Wednesday-Math workbook pages 7.7 and 7.8;  Simple Solutions Lessons 114-115

Thursday-Study Spelling words;  Simple Solutions Lessons 116-117

Friday-Read "How to Be a Nature Detective" to someone

 

Spelling words:

old, fold, told, cold, roll, most, find, child, both, and during

Bonus: mother, environment, and flower

 

Our story for the week is "How to Be a Nature Detective".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, May 4th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, May 8th.  Our words this week have the long vowel sound in the vowel families -old, -oll and -ost.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we will continue verbs and also take a look at main idea.  For Math we will finish Chapter 7 on addition and subtraction concepts with a test on Friday, May 8th.  Religion finds us honoring Mary with a booklet on how to say the Rosary.  Science is all about environments.  On the menu for Social Studies is all about Our Earth.

 

Reminders:

Tuesday is a Blue for Mary Dress Down Day for $1.

Friday is a prayer service with the May Crowning.

 

Ladybug Trivia:

The "lady" in ladybug refers to the Virgin Mary.

A ladybug may consume up to 5000 aphids in their lifetime.

Ladybugs are attracted to light colors-white or yellow.

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Newsletter for the week of April 27th-May 1st

Quote of the Week:

"The world's favorite season is Spring.  All things seem possible in May."

Edwin Way Teale

 

Homework:

Monday-Continents and oceans:  Simple Solutions Lesson#106

Tuesday-English workbook pages 47-48;  Simple Solutions Lesson#107

Wednesday-Math pages 149-150;  Simple Solutions Lesson#108

Thursday-Study Spelling words;  Simple Solutions Lesson#109

Friday-Read "Fishing Bears" to someone

 

Spelling words:

find, kind, mind, mild, child, wild, day, play, sure and son

Bonus:  May, caterpillar. ladybug

 

Our story for the week is "Fishing Bears".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, April 27th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, May 1st.  Our words this week are from the vowel families -ild and -ind.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we continue to study verbs.  For Math we continue Chapter 7 on addition and subtraction to 12.  This week will be fact families.  Religion finds us beginning Chapter 17 on the Seven Sacraments.  Science is all about habitats.  On the menu for Social Studies is our Earth.  First Grade has already learned the names of the oceans and continents and will be focusing on some different countries.

 

Reminders:

Show and Tell has no theme on Friday.

 

Flower Trivia:

Tulip bulbs can be used in place of onions for cooking.

Brocolli is the only vegetable that is a flower.

In 1986, Congress voted to make the rose America's national flower.

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Newsletter for the week of April 20th-24th

Quote of the Week:

"The children with their streamlets sing,

When April stops at last her weeping; 

 And every happy growing thing

Laughs like a babe just roused from sleeping."

Lucy Larcom

 

 Homework:

Monday-Math workbook pages 16.5-16.6;  Simple Solutions Lesson#102

Tuesday-Spring Sentences;  Simple Solutions Lesson#103

Wednesday-The Magic E;  Simple Solutions Lesson#104

Thursday-Study Spelling words;  Simple Solutions Lesson#105

Friday-Read "Frog and Toad All Year" to someone

 

Spelling Words:

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

Bonus:  continent, ocean, habitat

 

Our story for the week is Frog and Toad All Year".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, April 20th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, April 24th.  Our words this week have the long a sound as seen in the vowel families -ay and -ail.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we will be learning a new part of speech-verbs.   This brings us to four (nouns, adjectives, pronouns, and verbs).  We will also be exploring cause and effect.  For Math we will finish Chapter 16 on fractions with a test on Wednesday.  Then we will begin Chapter 7 on addition and subtraction to 12.  Religion finds us finishing Chapter 16 on Easter with a test on Wednesday.  We will also be writing about St. George, whose feast day is April 23rd, in our People of Faith books.  Science is all about habitats as we begin Chapter 3.  On the menu for Social Studies is our Earth as we explore the continents and oceans. 

 

Reminders:

Please sign your child's progress report and return to school.

Wednesday, April 22nd is Earth Day.  The Seventh Grade is having a bake sale at lunchtime.  It is also a dress down day but since the children will be doing some activites outdoors, make sure they are wearing clothes that you don't mind them getting dirty.

 

William Shakespeare Trivia:

No one knows Shakespeare's true birthday.  He was baptized on April 26th, 1564 and in those days, Baptism was always done three days after a child's birth so historians just backed up the date by three days so now his birthday is celebrated worldwide on April 23rd.

Shakespeare has no living descendants.

His longest play, Hamlet, with 3,924 lines, also contains his character with the longest part, Hamlet, saying 1,569 lines.

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Newsletter for the week of April 13th-17th

Quote of the Week:

"Let every man and woman count himself immortal.  Let him catch the revelation of Jesus in his resurrection.  Let him say not merely, 'Christ is risen' but 'I shall arise'.

Phillips Brooks

 

Homework:

Monday-Animal Body Coverings;  Simple Solutions Lesson#98

Tuesday-Math workbook pages 16.3 and 16.4;  Simple Solutions Lesson#99

Wednesday-Our Country's Neighbors;  Simple Solutions Lesson#100

Thursday-Study Spelling words;  Simple Solutions Lesson#101

Friday-Read "The Story of the Blue Bird" to someone

 

Spelling words:

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

Bonus:  fraction, resurrection, umbrella

 

Our story for the week is "The Story of a Blue Bird".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, April 13th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, April 17th.  Our words this week have the long i sound spelled igh.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we will learn about comparative adjectives using er and est.  For Math we continue Chapter 16 on fractions by looking at halves, thirds, and fourths.  Religion finds us exploring the Good News of Jesus' Resurrection and what it means for us.  Science is all about animals as we finish Chapter 1 with a test on Wednesday.  On the menu for Social Studies is Unit 6 on Our Earth.

 

Reminders:

Show and Tell's theme this week is bunnies:)  Miss Reddan is soooo excited!  She may need a UHaul to bring in all her bunny items.....

Friday is a half day due to the Spring Fling.  First Grade has a snack basket theme.

 

Bunny Trivia:

When bunnies are happy, they will jump and twist.  This is called a binky.

Bunnies are crepuscular meaning they are most active at dawn and dusk.

More than half of the world's population of bunnies live in North America.

 

 

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March 30th-April 3rd

Quote of the Week:

"For when He was on the cross, I was on His mind."

Unknown

 

Homework:

Monday-Read "Busy Buzzy Bee" to someone;  Simple Solutions Lesson#96

Tuesday-Study Spelling;  Simple Solutions Lesson#97

Wednesday-Have a nice vacation

Thursday-Holy Thursday

Friday-Good Friday

 

Spelling words:

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

Bonus:  Easter, April, Passover

 

Our story for the week is "Busy Buzzy Bee".  New Spelling words were given on Tuesday, March 24th and the Spelling test will be on Wednesday, April 1st.  Our words this week have the long o sound as seen in the vowel families -one, -ose, and -ode.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we will be learning about compound words.  For Math we continue Chapter 16 on fractions.  Religion finds us finishing up our unit on the Old Testament with a test on Moses.  The students have really enjoyed our journey through the stories of Adam and Eve, Noah's Ark, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Moses:)  Science is all about animals as we see how different animals grow and change.  Social Studies is all about our Earth as we begin Unit 6 where we will learn about the continents and oceans.

 

A very Happy Birthday to Shawn who turns seven on Wednesday, April 1st:)

 

Reminders:

Big Mouth Bunnies go home on Tuesday, March 31st so please send in wrapped Easter candy before then.

Wednesday, April 1st is a whole day with no EDP.

 

Easter Trivia:

90 million chocolate bunnies are made each year.

The first Easter baskets were made to look like a bird's nest.

Easter is named after the Anglo Saxon goddess Eastre.  Her symbols are the egg and the hare.

 

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Newsletter for the week of March 23rd-27th

Quote of the Week:

"Prayer does not change the purpose of God.  But prayer does change the action of God."

Chuck Smith

 

Homework:

Monday-School closed

Tuesday-Rain story due on April 1st;  Simple Solutions Lessons#92-93

Wednesday-Animal ABC;  Simple Solutions Lesson#94

Thursday-Phonics pages 219-220;  Simple Solutions Lesson#95

Friday-Read a story with someone

 

Spelling words:

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

Bonus:  Easter, Passover, April

 

Our story for the week is "Busy Buzzy Bee".  New Spelling words were given on Tuesday, March 24th and the Spelling test will be on Wednesday, April 1st.  Our words this week have the long o sound as seen in the vowel families -one, -ode, and -ose.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we will be learning about cause and effect.  For Math we begin Chapter 16 on fractions by looking at equal and unequal parts.  Religion finds us continuing our unit on the Old Testament by listening and responding to the story of Moses and the First Passover.  We will then draw a connection beween Passover and Easter.  Science is all about animals as we continue to explore the different groups of animals.  On the menu for Social Studies is beginning Unit 6 on our world which will intoduce the continents and oceans.

 

Reminders:

Show and Tell has no theme this week.

First Grade needs cotton balls for our Big Mouth Bunnies:)

 

Lamb Trivia:

One pound of wool can make ten miles of yarn.

They can be born with or without horns.

Sheep have very good memories and can remember up to 50 different sheep and human faces for several years.

 

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Newsletter for the week of March 16th-20th

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-Kelly O's homework;  Simple Solutions Lesson#89

Tuesday-Leprechaun Trivia:; Simple Solutions Lesson#90

Wednesday-What Type of Animal Am I?;  Simple Solutions Lesson#91

Thursday-Study Spelling;  Simple Solutions Lesson#92

Friday-Read "Little Bear's Friend" to someone

 

Spelling Words:

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

Bonus:  Patrick, Joseph, Spring

 

Our story for the week is "Little Bear's Friend".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, March 16th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, March 20th.  Our words this week have the long i sound spelled with a y.  Elsewhere in Language Arts we continue to learn about adjectives as well as compound words.  For Math we will finish Chapter 20 on money with a test on Wednesday.  Then we will begin Chapter 16 on fractions.  Religion finds us continuing our story of Joseph and his brothers.  We will also be adding St. Patrick and St. Joseph to our People of Faith books as well as getting ready for the assembly on Friday.  Science is all about animals as we group animals into groups. of mammals, insects, amphibians, reptiles, fish and birds.  (It's good thing Miss Reddan has all those stuffed animals on which we can practice:)   On the menu for Social Studies is families.

 

Reminders:

Tuesday is a green dress down day for Saint Patrick's Day:)

First Grade is doing the assembly on Friday-all first grade parents are welcome,  It will be in the parish center after the prayer service and awards ceremony.

 

Ireland Trivia:

Not only is Ireland snake free, there are no moles or weasels either.

Ireland was the last Western European country to adopt Catholicism.

Ireland's oldest pub is 900 years old.

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Newsletter for the week of March 9th-13th

Quote of the Week:

"No winter lasts forever.  No spring skips its turn."

Hal Borland

 

Homework:

Monday-Shamrock cents;  Simple Solutions Lesson#85

Tuesday-English workbook pages 75-76;  Simple Solutions Lesson#86

Wednesday-Potato Poll due 3-16-15;  Simple Solutions Lesson#87

Thursday-Study Spelling;  Simple Solutions Lesson#88

Friday-Read "On the Job With Dr. Martha Smith"

 

Spelling words:

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

Bonus:  leprechaun, shamrock, Ireland 

 

Our story for the week is "On the Job With Dr. Martha Smith".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, March 9th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, March 13th.  Our words this week have the vowel variant /ou/ spelled ou and ow.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we continue with adjectives and compound words.  For Math we continue Chapter 20 on counting money.  Religion finds us learning about Isaac's sons Esau and Jacob as we continue our unit on the Old Testament.  Science is all about animals as we classify animals into different groups.  On the menu for Social Studies is families.

 

Reminders:

Report card envelopes need to be signed and returned.  Report cards may stay at home.

Show and Tell has an Irish theme this week.

 

Sheep Trivia:

Sheep have no teeth on the top and only eight teeth on the bottom of their mouths.

They have a field of vision of around 300 degrees which means they can see behind themselves without turning their head.

Raising sheep is the oldest organized industry in the world.

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Newsletter for the week of March 2nd-6th

Quote of the Week:

"Winds of March, we welcome you,

There is work for you to do.

Work and play and blow all day,

Blow the winter wind away."

 

Homework:

Monday-Quiet and Loud;  Simple Solutions Lesson#81

Tuesday-English workbook pages 71-72 (Challenge included);  Simple Solutions Lesson#82

Wednesday-Math workbook pages 20.6 and 20.7;  Simple Solutions Lesson#83

Thursday-Study Spelling words;  Simple Solutions Lesson#84

Friday-Read "My Robot" to someone

 

Spelling Words:

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

Bonus:  March, lion, lamb

 

Our story for the week is "My Robot".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, March 2nd and the Spelling test will be on Friday, March 6th.  Our Spelling words this week have the soft sound of c /s/ as seen in the vowel families -ice and -ace.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we will continue learning about adjectives, bringing our parts of speech total up to three-nouns, pronouns, and adjectives.  We will also begin our stories about how to catch a leprechaun.  For Math we continue Chapter 20 on money.  Religion finds us continuing our Bible unit by learning about Abraham and Isaac.  We will also begin to prepare for our March 13th assembly.  Science is all about animals as we continue Chapter 2.  On the menu for Social Studies is Unit 2-all about families.

 

Reminders:

Show and Tell has no theme this week.

Tuesday is Dress Like a Book Character Day.

Friday is First Friday Mass with the awards ceremony to follow.  Students should be in mass uniform.

 

Lion Trivia:

Lions are the only big cats who live in large social groups.

Lions need approximately 10-20 large animals per year to sustain them.

They can leap up to 36 feet.

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Newsletter for the week of February 23rd-27th

Quote of the Week:

"A teacher is someone who makes themselves progressively unnecessary."

Thomas Carruthers

 

Homework:

Monday-Phonics pages 211-212;  Simple Solutions Lesson#77

Tuesday-Animal Report due March 9th;  Simple Solutions Lesson#78

Wednesday-What is What?;  Simple Solutions Lesson#79

Thursday-Study Spelling;  Simple Solutions Lesson#80

Friday-Read "Tell Me a Story" to someone

 

Spelling words:

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

Bonus:  president, cherry, China

 

Our story for the week is "Tell Me a Story".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, February 23rd and the Spelling test will be on Friday, February 27th.  Our words this week have the long i sound as seen in the vowel families -ine, -ike, -ite, and -ile.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we will be learning about adjectives as well as putting words in alphabetical order.  For Math we continue Chapter 20 on money.  Religion finds us beginning our unit on the Bible-specifically the Old Testament.  We will explore the stories in Genesis and Exodus.  This includes Adam and Eve, Noah and the Ark, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph and Moses.  This will lead us up to the First Passover as we finish our Lenten journey at the end of March.  Science is all about animals as we continue Chapter 2.  On the menu for Social Studies is Unit 2 and all about families.

 

Reminders:

Show and Tell has no theme this week.

Animal Reports should have a cover along with pictures.

 

George Washington Trivia:

When Washington was elected president, he had only one real tooth left in his mouth.

Washington's annual salary as president was $25,000.

He was the only president to be elected president unanimously-he received all 69 electoral votes.

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Newsletter for the week of February 16th-20th

Quote of the Week:

"Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth."

George Washington

 

Homework:

Monday-School Closed

Tuesday-Snow Day

Wednesday-White House Pets;  Simple Solutions Lesson#74

Thursday-Presidential Coin Collections;  Simple Solutions Lesson#75

Friday-Study Spelling 

 

Spelling words:

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

Bonus:  George, Washington, Lent

 

Our story for the week is "At Home Around the World".  New Spelling words were given on Wednesday, February 18th and the Spelling test will be on Monday, February 23rd.  Our words this week have the long vowel sound of e spelled with a y.  Elsewhere in Language Arts we will be learning about pronouns.  For Math, we continue Chapter 20 on money by exploring the dollar and quarter.  Religion finds us finishing up Chapter 6 on the Bible as well as preparing for the Lenten season.  Science is all about animals as we continue Chapter 2.  Social Studies finds us learning about our first president George Washington.  First Grade is also learning a song to help us memorize the first ten presidents.  Look for it on the MTRS facebook page:)

 

Reminders:

Show and Tell on Friday has a theme of presidents.  If your child doesn't have anything to bring in, encourage them to find out something about one of our presidents and present to the class.  (Please do not bring in money as your show and tell.)

Friday is Dress Like a President Day.

 

Presidential Trivia:

The S in Harry S Truman's name doesn't stand for anything.

James Madison never weighed more than 100 pounds.

Every member of Teddy Roosevelt's family-including his wife-owned a pair of stilts.

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Newsletter for the week of February 9th-13th

Quote of the Week:

"Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind,

And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind."

William Shakespeare, Mid-Summer Night's Dream 1595

 

Homework:

Monday-Phonics pages 203-204;  Simple Solutions Lesson#70

Tuesday-Tower of Valentines;  Simple Solutions Lesson#71

Wednesday-100th Day Writing;  Simple Solutions Lesson#72

Thursday-Study Spelling;  Simple Solutions Lesson#73

Friday-Read "Me on the Map" to someone;  Valentine choices

 

Spelling words:

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

Bonus:  valentine, Abraham, Lincoln

 

Our story for the week is "Me on the Map".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, February 9th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, February 13th.  Our words this week have the long a sound from the vowel families -ame, -ate, and -ake.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we have some fun writing activites planned for the 100th day of school which is Wednesday, February 11th.  We will also be learning the correct usage of I and me.  For Math we continue Chapter 20 on money as we count mixed amounts of coins.  Religion finds us learning about the Bible in Chapter 4.  First Grade will also be putting St. Bernadette and St. Valentine in our People of Faith books since their feast days are this week.  Science is all about animals as we continue Chapter 2.  Social Studies is all about families.  We will also explore one of our greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday is this week.

 

Reminders:

Show and Tell's theme this week is hearts.

Children may send in valentines anytime this week as our Valentine basket is ready:)

Students' names for valentines are: Peyton, Isabella, Leila, Megan, Sofia, Chloe D., Cecilia, Chloe M., Jack, John, Shawn, Billy and Ryan.

 

Heart Trivia:

Early Egyptians believed that the heart had a will of its own and could move around the body.

A kitchen faucet would have to be turned on all the way for 45 years to equal the amount of blood pumped by the heart in an average lifetime.

Every day the heart cretes enough energy to drive a truck twenty miles.

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Newsletter for the week of February 2nd-6th

Quote of the Week:

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage."

Anais Nin

 

 

Homework:

Monday-Groundhog Math;  Simple Solutions Lesson#66

Tuesday-English workbook pages 101-102;  Simple Solutions Lesson#67

Wednesday-Math workbook pages 20.1 and 20.2;  Simple Solutions Lesson#68

Thursday-Study Spelling words;  Simple Solutions Lesson#69

Friday-Read "A Bed Full of Cats"

 

Spelling words:

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

Bonus:  heart, groundhog, shadow

 

Our story for the week is "A Bed Full of Cats".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, February 2nd and the Spelling test will be on Friday, February 6th.  Our words this week have the long e sound of ee and ea.  elsewhere in Language Arts, we will continue to capitalize proper nouns.  For Math we continue Chapter 20 on money.  (This is a skill that can should be practiced at home daily.)  Religion finds us learning about the Bible in Chapter 6.  Science is all about animals as we explore Chapter 2.  Social Studies finds us learning about families and the choices they make.

 

Reminders:

Progress reports should be signed and returned.

Show and Tell has no theme this week.

The International Lunch which was cancelled last week will be on Wednesday, February 4th.  If you would like your child to order the International Lunch, just have them bring in a drink as one is not provided.

 

Groundhog Trivia:

Groundhogs have a curved spine.

They are the largest animals in the squirrel family.

Their burrows can consist of fifty feet of burrows five feet under the ground.

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Newsletter for the week of January 26th-30th

Quote of the Week:

"Perhaps I am a bear, or some hibernating animal underneath, for the instinct to be half asleep all winter is so strong in me."

Anne Morrow Lindbergh

 

It's Catholic Schools Week!!  Hope to see everyone at the mass at Holy Family on Sunday, January 25th at 11am:)

 

Homework:

Monday-Draw and write about a penguin;  Simple Solutions Lesson#62

Tuesday-English workbook 99-100;  Simple Solutions Lesson#63

Wednesday-Phonics pages 189-190;  Simple Solutions Lesson#64

Thursday-Study Spelling words;  Simple Solutions Lesson#65

Friday-Read "The Fox and the Stork" to someone

 

Spelling words:

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

Bonus: February, thermos, icicle

 

Our story for the week is "The Fox and the Stork".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, January 26th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, January 30th.  Our word this week have the long vowel sound of o.  This will be our first long vowel sound.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we will be capitalizing proper nouns and adding inflected endings to words.  For Math we finish Chapter 21 on time and begin Chapter 20 on money.  Religion finds us beginning Chapter 6 on the Bible.  Science is all about animals as we continue Chapter 2.  Social Studies finds us learning about families and the choices they make.

 

Reminders:

There are many activities going on for Catholic Schools Week so make sure you check the MTRS website.

On Wednesday, January 28th the 7th and 8th graders will be offering an International lunch.  If your child wants to order the International lunch, it is no charge.  They just need to bring a drink as none will be provided.

 

Polar Bear Trivia:

Polar bears do not actually have white fur.  Each hair is a clear hollow tube that reflects the sun and makes it appear white.

Polar bears can swim up to 100 miles at one time.

Polar bears have an excellent sense of smell and can smell a seal up to a mile away.

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Newsletter for the week of January 19th-23rd

Quote of the Week:

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire:  it is the time for home."

Edith Sitwell

  

MTRS will be launching Catholic Schools Week at the 11:00 mass at Holy Family (Union Beach) on January 25th.  Holy Family is one of our sponsoring parishes and it is important for our school to be well represented at the mass.  All families are requested to attend.  Students are expected to dress in their mass uniform.

 

Homework:

Monday-No school

Tuesday-Capitalize nouns;  Simple Solutions Lesson#59

Wednesday-Size Them Up;  Simple Solutions Lesson#60

Thursday-Study Spelling words;  Simple Solutions Lesson#61

Friday-Read "Friends Forever" with someone

 

Spelling words:

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

Bonus:

snowman, blizzard, marshmallow

 

Our story for the week is "Friends Forever".  New Spelling words were given on Tuesday, January 20th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, January 23rd.  Our words this week have the syllable /le/.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we will be responding to a poem "Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost as well as writing proper nouns correctly.  For Math we finish Chapter 21 on time to the half hour and hour with a test on Friday.  First Grade will then begin Chapter 20 on money.  (This usually proves to be a difficult chapter so any extra practice at home counting money would be most appreciated.)  Religion finds us finishing our Chapter on the Holy Family and writing about Saint Agnes in our People of Faith books on her feast day of January 21st.  Science is all about animals as we begin Chapter 3.  (Miss Reddan promises not to spend the whole chapter on bunnies:)  Social Studies is all about families and how they make economic choices as we continue Unit 2.

 

A very Happy Birthday to Chloe who turns seven on Tuesday, January 20th:)

 

Reminders:

Any paper in the Wednesay Red Folders with a star on it needs to be signed and returned.

Girls are not allowed to wear nail polish to school.

Show and tell has no theme this week.

Progress reports go home on Friday, January 23rd.

 

Winter Trivia:

The winter of 1779-1780 was so cold that ice piled up 20 feet high along the Delmarva Coast and stayed there until Spring.  The Potomac River and the upper part of the Chesapeake Bay froze solid and people could walk from Virginia into Washington DC.

People who are afraid of snow have chionophobia.

The biggest snowstorm in the United States happened in February 1953 when 187 inches of snow fell in Thompson Pass, Alaska.

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Newsletter for the week of January 12th-16th

Quote of the Week:

"Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education."

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

 

Homework:

Monday-Math workbook pages 21.1 and 21.2;  Simple Solutions Lesson#55

Tuesday-Design snowflake for show;  Simple Solutions Lesson#56

Wednesday-Phonics pages 275-276;  Simple Solutions Lesson#57

Thursday-Study Spelling words;  Simple Solutions Lesson#58

Friday-Read "On the Way to the Pond" to someone

 

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 12th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, January 16th.  Our words this week have the r controlled vowels sounds spelled -ir, -ur, and -er.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we will be learning about inflected endings and listening to the poem "Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening" by Robert Frost.  First Grade will then make some chalk drawings in response.  For Math we continue Chapter 21 with calendar skills and elapsed time.  Religion finds us finishing our chapter on the Holy Family.  Science is all about plants as we finish up Chapter 2.  Social Studies finds us learning about two great Americans-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Benjamin Franklin.

 

 A very Happy Birthday to John who turns seven on Thursday, January 15th:)

 

Reminders:

Show and Tell has no theme this week.

The snowflake given to the children on Tuesday, January 13th just has to be decorated in some way.  Students may put fabric or glitter-anything to make it look pretty.

Several of the girls in first grade are wearing nail polish which is not allowed according to school policy.

 

Benjamin Franklin Trivia:

Franklin belongs to 14 different Halls of Fame.

He has honorary degrees from Harvard, Oxford and Yale.

Ben's mother was a member of the Folger family who later founded the coffee empire.

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Newsletter for the week of January 5th-9th

Quote of the Week:

"For last year's words belong to last year's language,

And next year's words await another voice,

And to make an end is to make a beginning."

T.S.Eliot

 

A very Happy New Year to all!!  Hello 2015:)

 

Homework:

Monday-My New Year's Wish;  Simple Solutions Lesson#51

Tuesday-Family Tree;  Simple Solutions Lesson#52

Wednesday-English workbook pages 23-24;  Simple Solutiona Lesson#53

Thursday-Study Spelling words;  Simple Solutions Lesson#54

Friday-Read "Tomas Rivera" to someone

 

Spelling words:

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

Bonus:  January, mittens, Baptism

 

Our story for the week is "Tomas Rivera".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, January 5th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, January 9th.  Our words this week have the sounds of qu /kw/ and wh /hw/.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we will continue learning about nouns and how to capitalize proper names.  For Math we will begin Chapter 21 on time.  First Grade learns telling time to the hour and half hour as well as calendar skills.  These are all concepts that can be practiced easily at home to reinforce our chapter.  Religion finds us learning about the Holy Family of Jesus as well as His Baptism celebrated on January 11th.  Science is all about plants as we finish up Chapter 2.  We will be focusing this week on things that plants give us that we use in our everyday lives.  Social Studies finds us continuing Unit 2 on families as we take a look at our family names.

 

Reminders:

Show and Tell has no theme this week.

 

Elvis Presley Trivia:

Elvis was a natural blond who started dying his hair black in high school.

In 1967, Elvis won his first Grammy award for the Gospel hit "How Great Thou Art".

Elvis is a direct descendant of Isiah Harrison who was Abraham Lincoln's great great grandfather.  

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Newsletter for the week of December 15th-19th

Quote of the Week:

"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock at night..  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them; and they were sore afraid.  And the angel said unto them, Fear not:  for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.  And this shall be a sign unto you;  Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,  Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace, good will toward men."

Luke 2:8-14

 

Homework:

Monday-Phonics pages 263-264;  Simple Solutions Lesson#48

Tuesday-English workbook pages 25-26;  Simple Solutions Lesson#49

Wednesday-Study Spelling words;  Simple Solutions Lesson#50

Thursday-Christmas concert at 7pm

Friday-Have a nice vacation:)

 

Spelling words:

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

Bonus:  Christmas, Nativity, Winter

 

Our story for the week is "Did You See Chip?".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, December 15th and the Spelling test will be on Thursday, December  18th.  Our words this week have the r controlled sound /ar/.  Elsewhere in Language Arts,  we continue to learn about nouns.  For Math, we will finish Chapter 9 on probability with a test on Wednesday.  Religion finds us completing our booklet about the Twelve Days of Christmas as well as learning the song.  Science is all about plants.  Social Studies is all about families.

 

Reminders:

There is no show and tell this week.

The Christmas concert is 7pm on Thursday night.  Students should wear their Christmas best-no jeans or sweats.

No EDP on Friday.

Dress down day in red and green on Friday.

 

Christmas Trivia:

A traditional Christmas dinner in Early England was the head of  a pig prepared with mustard.

More than 3 billion Christmas cards are sent every year.

Christmas trees are grown for about fifteen years before they are sold.

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Newsletter for the week of December 8th-12th

Quote of the Week:

"God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December."

J.M. Barrie

 

Homework:

Monday-School closed

Tuesday-Pots of Poinsettias,  Simple Solutions Lesson#45

Wednesday-Math pages 193-194;  Simple Solutions Lesson#46

Thursday-Study Spelling words;  Simple Solutions Lesson#47

Friday-Read "I am a Butterfly" with someone

 

Spelling words:

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

Bonus:  gingerbread, stocking, wreath

 

Our story for the week is "I am a Butterfly".  New Spelling words were given on Tuesday, December 9th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, December 12th.  Our words this week have the digraph /ch/.  Elsewhere in Language Arts,  we continue to learn about nouns and work on our essays about our family's Christmas traditions.  For Math we continue Chapter 9 on probability.  Religion finds us learning about our religion through the Christmas song "The Twelve Days of Christmas".  Science is all about plants.  Social Studies finds us learning about families.

 

Reminders:

Show and Tell has a Christmas theme this week.

Report cards may stay at home, however please sign and return the envelope to school.

 

John Lennon Trivia:

John Lennon's middle name was Winston after British Prime Mindister Winston Churchill.

John always slept with a light on because he hated the dark.

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

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Newsletter for the week of December 1st-5th

Quote of the Week:

"How did it get so late so soon?  It's light 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-Math workbook pages 8.5 and 9.1;  Simple Solutions Lesson#41

Tuesday-Christmas poster due on 12-10-14;  Simple Solutions Lesson#42

Wednesday-Write five questions you would like to ask Santa;  Simple Solutions Lesson#43

Thursday-Study Spelling words;  Simple Solutions Lesson#44

Friday-Read "Fun With Fish" with someone

 

Spelling Words:

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

Bonus Words:  December, Advent, star

 

Our story for the week is "Fun With Fish".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, December 1st and the Spelling test will be on Friday, December 5th.  Our words this week have  the digraph /sh/.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we continue to learn about nouns and will begin our rough copies of our essays on our family's Christmas traditions.  For Math, we finish up Chapter 8 on data and graphs with a test on Tuesday.  Then we will begin Chapter 9 on probability.  Chances are we will learn a lot:)  Religion finds us making our Advent calendars and learning all about "The Twelve Days of Christmas".  We will also be getting ready for First Friday Mass on Friday since First Grade is in charge.  Science is all about plants and their parts.  Social Studies finds us leaning about families.

 

Reminders:

First Grade is in charge of Mass this Friday at 9am.  Boys and girls should be in full winter uniform.

 

Christmas Posters:  On Tuesday December 2nd, each student was given a notecard with "Merry Christmas" written on it in a different language.  (The name of the country is written in the lower right hand corner of the card.)  To complete the assignment, get a piece of red, green, or white posterboard.  Write the Christmas greeting in the center and decorate the poster for Christmas.  You may include some pictures or facts about how Christmas is celebrated in that country.  Please write the name of the country in the right bottom corner of the poster.  Due on Wednesday, December 10th.

 

Reindeer Trivia:

Reindeer are one of several subspecies of caribou.

Reindeer use their antlers like a shovel to break throught the snow to eat vegetation underneath.

Like a human's fingerprint, no two reindeer antlers are exactly the same.

 

 

 

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Newsletter for the week of November 24th-28th

Quote of the Week:

"When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, your life, your strength.  Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living.  If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself."

Tecumseh

 

Homework:

Monday-Horn of Plenty Math;  Simple Solutions Lesson#39

Tuesday-Study Spelling words;  Simple Solutions Lesson#40

Wednesday-Have a feast tomorrow:)

Thursday-School closed

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 17th and the Spelling test will be on Wednesday, November 26th.  Our words this week have the r controlled vowel sound /or/ spelled or.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we will learn about nouns.  For Math we continue Chapter 8 on data and graphs.  On Tuesday First Grade will be conducting our annual Pie survey so we can make our pie graphs:)  Who will win this year??  Religion finds us learning about the Holy Trinity.  Science is all about plants as we continue to explore the parts of a plant.  Our pumpkins are growing so well!  Soon they will be going to their new homes:)  Social Studies finds us learning about the First Thanksgiving and pilgrim and Native American families.

 

Reminders:

No Show and Tell this week.

Wednesday is a half day with no EDP.

 

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade Trivia:

The first parade was held in 1924 and had animals from Central Park Zoo.

For three years during WWII, the parade was cancelled and all the balloons were donated to the war effort.

There have been six different Snoopy balloons.

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Newsletter for the week of November 17th-21st

Quote of the Week:

 

"Autumn, the year's last lovliest smile."

William Cullen Bryant

 

Homework:

Monday-Family Pilgrims;  Simple Solutions Lesson#35

Tuesday-Phonics pages 255-256;  Simple Solutions Lesson#36

Wednesday-English workbook pages 7-8;  Simple Solutions Lesson#37

Thursday-Tree experiment;  Simple Solutions Lesson#38

Friday-Read a story with someone

 

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 17th and the Spelling test will be on Wednesday, November 26th.  Our words this week have the r controlled vowel sound or spelled /or/.  Elsewhere in Language Arts we will be learning our first part of speech-nouns.  For Math we continue Chapter 8 on data and graphs.  Religion finds us learning about the Holy Trinity.  Science is all about plants as we explore the different parts of a plant.  Social Studies finds us learning about our families.

 

Reminders:

Show and Tell this Friday has a turkey theme.

 

Turkey Trivia:

There are about 5,500 feathers on an adult male turkey.

Turkeys see in color and have daytime vision three times better than humans.

The best time to see a turkey is on a warm clear day or in a light rain.

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Newsletter for the week of November 10th-14th

Quote of the Week:

"November always seemed to me the Norway of the year."

Emily Dickinson

 

Homework:

Monday-If I Were a turkey on Thanksgiving;  Simple Solutions Lesson#32

Tuesday-School Closed

Wednesday-Royal Menu;  Simple Solutions Lesson#33

Thursday-Study Spelling words;  Simple Solutions Lesson#34

Friday-Read "Where Do Frogs Come From?"

 

Spelling words:

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

Bonus: veteran, cornucopia, cranberry

 

Our story for the week is "Where Do Frogs Come From?"  New Spelling words were given on Monday, November 10th and the Spelling test will be on Friday, November 14th.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we will continue to learn about subjects and predicates.   For Math, we finish Chapter 3 on subtraction with a test on Wednesday.  Then we begin Chapters 8 and 9 on data, graphs, and probability.  First Grade will be learning this to prepare for our annual Thanksgiving Pie Graph:)  Who will win this year??  Religion finds us learning about the Holy Trinity.  Science is all about plants as we eagerly await the arrival of our baby pumpkin plants.  Social Studies is all about finishing Unit 1 on School Days.

 

Reminders:

Turkey in Disguise is due on Monday, November 10th.

Show and Tell has no theme on Friday.

 

Native American Trivia:

Native Americans did not have the invention of the wheel before Europeans arrived.

California has the greatest population of Native Americans today at 14%.

Native American words that became a part of the English language include skunk, toboggan,  barbeque, cannibal,  squash,  chocolate, hammock,  cougar, moose, opossum,  potato and caribou.

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Newsletter for the week of November 3rd-7th

Quote of the Week:

"November comes,

And November goes,

With the last red berries,

And the first white snows.

With night coming early,

And dawn coming late,

And ice in the bucket,

And frost by the gate.

The fire burns,

And the kettle sings,

And the earth sinks to rest,

Until next Spring."

Clyde Watson

 

Homework:

Monday-Turkey in Disguise due November 10th;  Simple Solution Lesson#28

Tuesday-Feasting Friends;  Simple Solutions Lesson#29

Wednesday-Math workbook 3.6 and 3.7;  Simple Solutions Lesson#30

Thursday-Study Spelling words;  Simple Solutions Lesson#31

Friday-Read "Space Pup" to someone

 

Spelling words:

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

Bonus:  November, saint, soul

 

Our story for the week is "Space Pup".  New Spelling words were given on Monday, November 3rd and the Spelling test will be on Friday, November 7th.  Our words this week have the short vowel sound of u.  Elsewhere in Language Arts, we will continue to explore subjects and predicates.  For Math we will be finishing up Chapter 3 on subtraction concepts.  Religion finds us learning about how to care for God's gifts.  Science is all about plants as we begin Chapter 2. (First Grade is eagerly awaiting the arrivals of our little baby pumpkins that we planted from our Jack o Lantern.)  Social Studies is all about School Days.  First Grade will also learn about the process of voting since Election Day is this week.

 

Reminders:

Show and Tell has no theme this Friday.

Wednesday folders will go home on Thursday this week due to Miss Reddan being in Trenton on Wednesday.

 

Election Trivia:

November was originally selected for elections because the harvest work was done.

Election Day is always on the first Tuesday after the first Monday of November so that Election Day will never fall on All Saint's Day.

Ronald Reagan recieved the highest number of popular votes in any presidential election (1984).

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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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