First Grade

Ms. Rottler's First Grade Classroom


1A’s Happy Campers

“Embrace God’s Universe”
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Welcome to the 2017-2018

School Year at

Saint Joan of Arc School!

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Contact info:  Ms. Suzanne Rottler, s.rottler@stjoansk-8.org

Welcome to 1A where we’ll be having a “Happy Campers Embrace God’s Universe” theme this year!  First grade is an exciting year full of learning, developing faith, becoming a bit more independent, refining motor skills, and exploring and being amazed at the many things we can embrace in God’s universe.

ALL ITEMS SENT IN TO SCHOOL MUST BE LABELED WITH YOUR CHILD’S NAME. Please be sure money is in a LABELED ziplock baggie, wallet, or envelope.

I look forward to working with you to make it an extra special year for your child! God Bless!

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HOMEWORK

and

ANNOUNCEMENTS FOLLOW THE WEBSITES! 

🙂  SCROLL DOWN PLEASE.  🙂

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UPCOMING IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR CALENDAR

Friday, December 15 – Santa Hat and Red/Green Dress Down Day

Friday, December 22 – 9 am Liturgy – 12:30 dismissal

Monday, December 25 – Merry Christmas!  God bless you and your family!

Tuesday, January 2 – School reopens – gym uniforms – free PTA lunch (hamburger or hot dog)

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SPECIALS SCHEDULE:

Monday: PE         Tuesday: Library/Media & Computers           Wednesday: Spanish

Thursday: Art           Friday: Music

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JOURNEYS LOGIN AND PASSWORD INFORMATION FOR 1A

https://www-k6.thinkcentral.com/ePC/start.do

Login: 1astudent           Password: sja1A2017

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MS. R. RECOMMENDS…

WEBSITES YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS

SPELLING:  Play fun online interactive games like Hang Mouse, Read-a-Word, Word Unscramble, etc. and take practice quizzes on our Journeys words  http://www.spellingcity.com/skrottler/

PHONICS: www.starfall.com  A free website to teach children to read with phonics. For preschool, kindergarten, and first grade. Exciting phonics games and online interactive books.

RELIGION:  We Believe, School Edition  https://religion.sadlierconnect.com/wbpd – review games, learn about saints, this week’s liturgy, etc.

MATH:                                                                                                                                Games to practice addition and subtraction…   http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/games/levelthree/KC_Blast_Off.html   http://njs-main.appspot.com/TheWallAddition.html                                                   http://njs-main.appspot.com/TheWallSubtract.html                           http://eduplace.com/kids/mw/   BalloonPop: http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/mathgames/numberballoons/NumberBalloons_add_level1.htm

Mr. Nussbaum’s Pretzel War: http://mrnussbaum.com/warpretzels/

Skip counting videos…                                                                https://www.youtube.com/watchv=8wwydguSKOU    https://www.youtube.com/watchv=hae10bsW_CM          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vq3cDj3Uj3I              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xFuNDBbzcAk

Telling Time Games…      http://www.internet4classrooms.com/skill_builders/telling_time_math_first_1st_grade.ht     http://www.abcya.com/telling_time.htm                              http://mathgames4children.com/fun-board-games/1st-grade/croc/time-crocodile-board-  game-grade-1-game.html         http://www.ezschool.com/Games/Math/Time/TellTime.html

More websites to come in the days ahead…

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DECEMBER VIDEOS AND RESOURCES

RELIGION:  

SCIENCE:  

Live Bald Eagle Cam – Florida:  http://dickpritchettrealestate.com/eagle-feed.html#

Live Bald Eagle Cam – Washington DC: http://www.dceaglecam.org/

SOCIAL STUDIES:

MATH:

 

ILA:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bFQ2g_AZW4c

LIVE WILD ANIMAL CAM: We enjoy many of the featured animals in their natural habitats!  http://explore.org/live-cams/player/brown-bear-salmon-cam-brooks-falls

JOKEShttp://www.ducksters.com/jokes/                                    http://www.reallygoodstuff.com/community/kid-friendly-jokes-and-tongue-twisters/              http://www.funology.com/jokes-and-riddles/

ADVENT LINKS:

http://projectbritain.com/Xmas/calendar/

http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/christmas/advent/

https://www.whychristmas.com/adventcalendar/

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 PLEASE ASK YOUR CHILD TO DONATE SOME

PIGGY BANK $ $ $ TO THE MISSIONS!

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 14

Good afternoon!  Your children are bringing home a Church Calendar Year Wheel that we made in Religion today.  Ask them to tell you about the different times and the colors associated with them.

TOMORROW IS THE LAST DAY FOR ST. NICHOLAS TOY DRIVE GIFTS!        THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!

TOMORROW IS SANTA HAT DAY AND RED AND GREEN DRESS DOWN DAY.

OUR WANDERING WISEMEN ARE DONATING TO THE MISSIONS!

HOW ABOUT YOU?

TONIGHT’S HOMEWORK:

ILA:  Study for reading and spelling tests tomorrow on the story A Cupcake Party.  Please pay particular attention to the sequence of events in the story.  Reviewing the ending blends in the Blend-it Books that were sent home this week (the highlighted mini-readers) will be of particular help with phonics.

Have a good night!

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 12

Happy Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe!  We watched a great video and made a Juan Diego craft that is hanging in the hallway.  Here it is if you would like to watch it with your children:

http://viewpure.com/KKgsZwRwbkE?start=0&end=0

I will be taking a personal day tomorrow.  Please note that our math test will be on Thursday, so be sure to review tomorrow night to prep for it.

TONIGHT’S HOMEWORK:

ILA:  Re-read A Cupcake Party; study spelling and Words to Know

MATH:  HW pg. 34.

Have a good night!

MONDAY, DECEMBER 11

Hello 1A families!  Our Wandering Wisemen are following a map from Nazareth to Bethlehem to find their way to the Christ child.  Are you journeying along this Advent?  Thanks so much for your continued generosity to the St. Nicholas Toy Drive.  We will take our presents to church on Friday and pray for the families who will receive the gifts.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT TOMORROW THE CAFETERIA IS CLOSED AND LUNCHES MUST BE BROUGHT IN FROM HOME!

TONIGHT’S HOMEWORK:

ILA:  Begin to review spelling and Words to Know for this week’s story, A Cupcake Party.  Complete RN pg. 135.  We are focusing on short /u/ words and final blends.  Check out the video links above under ILA in the December resources section.

MATH:  HW pg. 33 – use different strategies to solve addition problems.  Begin to review – test Thursday.

Have a blessed night!

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 8

Good afternoon and happy Friday!  Report cards were sent home today.  Please keep the report card itself and return the signed envelope on Monday.  Your children have worked very hard and I’m so proud of them!  Our St. Nicholas toy drive continues – thank you so much for your generosity!

God bless!

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7

Good afternoon!  Tomorrow is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, so we will have Mass tomorrow at 9 am.  Hope you can join us!  The class found our Wandering Wisemen doing some coloring of a picture of themselves today!

TONIGHT’S HOMEWORK:

ILA:  Reading and spelling tests tomorrow on the Dr. Seuss biography.

MATH:  HW pg. 32

Have a good night!

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 6

Happy St. Nicholas Day!  Both 1st grades made a fun day of it beginning with Mass, followed by all sorts of special stories, crafts, and even a shared Veggie Tale St. Nick video.  Have your child use his/her little craft set to explain how St. Nicholas would visit homes in his village to secretly help the poor.  Here are our Wandering Wisemen visiting some of the kids’ homes!

TONIGHT’S HOMEWORK:

ILA:  Re-read Dr. Seuss biography and study spelling and Words to Know from the Green Folder.  Tests on Friday.

Have a good night!

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5

Good afternoon!  Our Wisemen are wandering!  Yesterday, they learned about watching the stars to find the Christ child.  Today, they visited our Advent Wreath!  Tomorrow we have our school Advent Liturgy at 9 – I hope you can join us.

Just a reminder…we are collecting new, unwrapped toys for the St. Nicholas Toy Drive until December 15.  We will be learning all about St. Nicholas on his feast day tomorrow!

TONIGHT’S HOMEWORK:

ILA:  Read and review the Dr. Seuss biography in the reader.  Complete RN pg. 121.  Tests on Friday.

MATH:  HW pg. 31 – addition by counting on.

Have a great night!

MONDAY, DECEMBER 4

Good afternoon and happy Advent!  We have an Advent Wreath, a pocket chart full of Advent-related sight words, a Jesse Tree, and are visiting some online interactive Advent Calendars to prepare ourselves for the birth of Christ!  Please see the links above for our resources if you want to check them out at home!  Also, if you are on Twitter, you can follow @BBCspringwatch for a short Winter Watch daily advent calendar wildlife video clip!

ASK YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT 1A’s “WANDERING WISEMEN!”

TONIGHT’S HOMEWORK:

ILA:  Begin to review the spelling and words to know from the Green Folder for the story Dr. Seuss – that is this week’s story – a biography of Dr. Seuss.  The ILA tests will be on Friday.

MATH:  Do HW pg. 30

Have a blessed night!

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1

Dress rehearsal went great!  See you tonight at 6:30 in 1A!  Same clothes as today.  Time for your little angels to shine! 0:-)

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30

Sorry this so very late.  I had meetings this afternoon and just got the chance to post.  Children should come to school tomorrow in their black/dark pants and white/cream shirts for our dress rehearsal of the play at 1:15.  They wear the same thing tomorrow night, with arrival at 1A at 6:30 pm.

TONIGHT’S HOMEWORK:

ILA:  Study for tomorrow’s reading/spelling/sight words/phonics assessments.

See you tomorrow with your little angels!

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 29

Good afternoon!  Check out the post from yesterday if your child wants to practice their song for the Christmas pageant – there are links there.

TONIGHT’S HOMEWORK:

ILA:  Re-read A Musical Day.  Complete RN page 112.  It is very similar to page 111.  The children cannot use the same answers!  Study spelling and sight words.  Test on Friday.

RELIGION:  Please keep Sr. Pat’s family in your prayers.  Her sister passed away last night after a long illness.  I’ve asked the class to say a special bedtime prayer for her tonight.

God bless!

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28

Well, we are just a few days away from our little angels performance in the school Christmas concert!  Remember – white/cream shirts and dark pants should be worn to school on Friday and for the performance on Friday night. They will get their gowns and halos here at school – please, no additional accessories are needed!  Here are a couple of links for those who like to perform and practice at home:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p9uYzb2J8Qs      (the song cuts off at the end)   http://aquinmusic.weebly.com/uploads/2/1/5/6/2156925/angels_sang_and_children_go_where_i_send_thee.pdf

TONIGHT’S HOMEWORK:

ILA:  Continue to practice our spelling and sight words

MATH:  Complete the test on pages  107 & 108 in preparation for tomorrow’s math test, which will be on pictographs, tally charts, and bar graphs.

Have a good night!