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

Thursday, October 19 – Confirmation – 12:30 dismissal

Saturday, October 21 – SJA 5K Fun Run and Walk

Friday, October 27 – Theater Week Performances, 1:15 pm & 7 pm

Tuesday, October 31 – Great Pumpkin Mission Walk

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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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OCTOBER 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:

 

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/

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 PLEASE ASK YOUR CHILD TO DONATE SOME

PIGGY BANK $ $ $ TO THE MISSIONS!

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19

Hi!  Tomorrow is Funny Friday!  Please help your child prepare a joke for tomorrow – there are lots of cute Halloween ones!  Don’t forget, this Saturday is the SJA 5k!  We still need walkers, runners, and volunteers!  Hope to see you there!

TONIGHT’S HOMEWORK:

ILA:  Complete Readers Notebook pg. 57 – it reviews this week’s short e words.  Be sure to start studying the new words in the Green Folder.  This week’s story is Lucia’s Neighborhood.

Enjoy your evening!

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18

Good afternoon!  No homework!  Enjoy the beautiful early fall day with some outside time!  Please remember tomorrow is an early dismissal at 12:30 – be sure to send a hearty snack since your children will be eating lunch much later than usual.  Also, all BAC kids will need to bring a lunch, as the kitchen is closed.

Have a great night! 🙂

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17

Good afternoon!  We have 9 am liturgy tomorrow – I hope you can join us!  We will be installing our Safety and Leadership Team members.

TONIGHT’S HOMEWORK:

Please review for tomorrow’s Chapter 2 math test.  Pay attention to highlighted key terms throughout the chapter.  Your child will need to solve “part and whole” problems, simple addition problems, “turn around” facts, facts with zero, and solve simple story problems.  There is no written homework – just review well!

Have a great night!

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13

Happy Friday!  I need to take a personal day on Monday, so there will be no posting on Monday afternoon.  Your children will have their ILA tests on Tuesday, so their homework will be studying their spelling and sight words and re-reading and reviewing the Curious George story.  Our math chapter 2 test is on Wednesday.  Be sure to be practicing basic horizontal and vertical addition!

Have a great weekend and God bless!

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12

Good afternoon!  The weather cleared enough for outdoor recess but for some crazy reason, your kiddos want an indoor recess and we’ve been blessed with beautiful days so far.  I guess the enticement of Lincoln Logs, Legos, marble chutes, race cars, and dramatic play toys is just too intriguing!  We’ll see what tomorrow brings!

PLEASE REMEMBER ALL SCHOOL PHOTO FORMS TOMORROW!!!  It’s school picture day!

ILA:  Re-read Curious George Goes to School.  Practice sight and spelling words.  Tests on Tuesday.

MATH:  Be sure to begin practicing basic addition facts on a regular basis if that’s not something that you are doing already.  HW page 14 – we have moved on to vertical addition.  Please be sure that your child’s sum (answer) is lined up directly under the addends – it’s really important to start correctly now, before carrying numbers begins.  Thanks!

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11

Quick post…it’s a faculty meeting day!  Ask your children about our puppet and people visitors from the Evesham Fire Department!  Please have your child share their special Grace Before Meals page with your family either on the fridge or at your dining table.

TONIGHT’S HOMEWORK:

ILA:  Spelling – copy words in the copybook 2-3 more times, with a finger space in between, neatness counts!  RN pg. 43

RELIGION:  Review Chapter 2 a bit more for tomorrow’s test.

Have a great night!

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10

Hope everyone enjoyed their long weekends!  We are back in the swing of things and have started our new ILA story and sounds – Curious George Goes to School, with short /o/ and consonant sounds l and x, and inflected -s endings.

Picture order forms are in your child’s Green Folder.  Be sure to return by Friday, which is picture day!

TONIGHT’S HOMEWORK:

RELIGION:  Complete page 42 – the practice test.  Study for Chapter 2 Religion test, which will either be tomorrow or Wednesday, depending on how ready everyone seems.

MATH:  HW pg. 13.  Please be sure your child uses 2 distinctly different color crayons, so their work is clear.

We had a 100% library book return rate today!  Way to go!!!  Have a great night!

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6

Happy long weekend!!!  Check out your child’s Green Folder for our afternoon activity – they had a blast playing Find a Friend Bingo and learning a bit about each other.  No homework – just have fun with your 3 days!  Don’t forget library books when your child returns on Tuesday. 🙂

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5

Good afternoon!  We had a science-filled day as we tied our story The Storm into learning about all types of weather.  Your children amazed me as they read clues from a project we were working on!  Some are hanging in the hallway and others will come home soon.

TONIGHT’S HOMEWORK:

ILA:  Study for tomorrow’s reading and spelling tests.  Be sure your child can spell their 6 short /i/ words and be able to read their “Words to Know” from their Green Folders.  I would strongly suggest going over the sight words that have been circled in the the backs of the Blend-it Books that have been sent home this week.

MATH:  Adding with zero – HW pg. 11

Have a wonderful evening!

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4

Hello 1A Families!  Our Jesus Calling story today was Moses chatting with God through the burning bush – we imagined what it would be like if God appeared to us in such an amazing way.  I guess we need to look for the more subtle ways we hear God in our lives.  We also celebrated the feast day of St. Francis.  There’s a video link above.

TONIGHT’S HOMEWORK:

ILA:  Re-read The Storm and practice spelling and sight words found in your child’s Green Folder.  ILA tests on Friday.  There are 2 mini “Blend-it Books” also in your child’s Green Folder – be sure to review sight words nightly – they are circled on the inside back cover of each booklet.

MATH: HW book page 10 – basic addition problems.  Ask your child what the answer to an addition problem is (sum!).

Have a great night!

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3

Good afternoon! Quick post today!

ILA: Review the Blend-it book in your child’s green folder – both the text and the list of sight words at the back.  Reread our new story The Storm.

MATH: Homework book page 9.

Have a blessed night!

MONDAY, OCTOBER 2

Happy October – today is the feast day of the Guardian Angels – don’t drive faster than your angel can fly!

Test Folders are in your child’s backpack – please review with your child, sign, and return all tomorrow.

TONIGHT’S HOMEWORK:

ILA:  In the copybook, please copy the spelling words 2-3 more times with a finger space in between each word.  Neatness counts!!!  Also, review the high frequency words that are in the “Build-it Book” in your child’s green folder.  They have circled the  words on the inside back cover.  PLEASE NOTE:  we have moved on to the new spelling and sight words for the story The Storm…they can be found on the “Return to School” side of your child’s green folder.

MATH:  HW pg. 8.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

Happy Friday!  We had a great day with the science of making applesauce, watching some videos about apple picking and processing, and we watched a classic Johnny Appleseed movie with our friends in 1B this afternoon.

Hope to see some of you at Sister Pat’s special mass on Saturday night at 5:30!

Have a great weekend!

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

I’ve extended the Scholastic Book order a few days and will be submitting our September order this evening.  If you haven’t ordered yet, and want to, please visit: http://Scholastic.com/bookclubs 

and use our class code MJYXH to order by 8 pm tonight.  We’ll have orders every month for you to look forward to.  I’m glad to hold your order if it is a surprise for your child (instead of sending the books home with them).

We will be making crockpot applesauce tomorrow  in 1A & 1B as a science and social studies project in honor of Johnny Appleseed’s birthday this week.  The two classes will get together in the afternoon to enjoy their treat and watch a cartoon about this American folk hero.

TONIGHT’S HOMEWORK:

MATH:  Complete pages 29 and 30 in the math text book as more review for tomorrow’s Chapter 1 test.  Review the contents of Chapter 1 and be sure to look over any highlighted terms.

Have a great night!

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27

Good afternoon 1A Families!  We practiced taking a Religion test today as a group and that will serve as our first assessment for that class.  Special Religion projects and activities also factor into that grade.  We are ready to move on to Chapter 2!

BROWN ENVELOPES WERE SENT HOME TODAY – please be sure to empty and return tomorrow!  Included in there is this year’s family directory.

TONIGHT’S HOMEWORK:

ILA – Review our first story and the words in the Green Folder for tomorrow’s Reading and Spelling tests.

MATH:  Homework pg. 6.  Begin to review for Friday’s Chapter 1 test.

Have a great night!

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26

Happy Johnny Appleseed’s birthday!  We read a biography of John Chapman today, learned about tall tales, and also did a cross-curricular ILA/MATH project using the Dr. Seuss book Ten Apples Up On Top!  (Check out the latest video links above.)  When you are in the building next time, stroll past 1A to check out our new artwork. 🙂  Today’s Jesus Calling story was about Jacob and his wives Leah and Rachel and their 13 noisy children.  Leah would become one of Jesus’ great-great-great (great…) grandmothers.

TONIGHT’S HOMEWORK:

TEST FOLDERS/MATH:  In your child’s yellow test folder is a “Quick Check” that we completed in class yesterday.  This did not receive a grade but is for your review with your child. We will have our first math chapter test on Friday and it will cover this material.  Please review, sign, and return tomorrow in the yellow folder.

ILA:  Reading and spelling tests are on Thursday.  Please have your child read What is a Pal? to you from his/her reader.  In your child’s Green Folder is a taped-in spelling and “Words to Know” list for each story in our first unit.  Please be sure that your child is practicing spelling the spelling words and can read the “Words to Know.”  This list is to remain in your child’s folder.  If you wish to make a copy to retain at home, please be sure the list is securely taped back in.

Thanks and have a great night!