February is Black History Month. During February, we honor the accomplishments, achievements, and contributions African American men and women have made to our culture and lives. Each class at St. Mary’s has been assigned one important figure to research. First grade has been researching President Barack Obama. We have worked in partners and groups to learn many facts about Obama’s life. We are working on putting together a presentation to share our findings with the school. Our presentation will be Monday, February 25, following the 8:15 AM prayer service.
On Monday, February 11, 2019, St. Mary’s Catholic School celebrated the 100th Day of School. Our students are now 100 days smarter! First Grade commemorated this special day with Language Arts and Mathematics activities. For writing, we thought about what we would do if we had one hundred dollars, one hundred chocolate chips, one hundred brothers and sisters, and one hundred legs. We also thought of how many words we had learned to read and spell - it was well over one hundred! For Math, we counted how many times we could do certain activities in 100 seconds. The activities included clapping our hands, saying our ABCs, writing our name, and hopping up and down. We had fun celebrating this momentous day in our educational journey.
First graders are diving into writing. This month we learned about writing paragraphs. We studied the parts of a paragraph and went through the entire writing process. We wrote paragraphs about Catholic education. All students produced excellent work. We are proud of our accomplishments.
Last week, we celebrated Catholic Schools Week. This week honors how special it is to go to a Catholic School. We kicked off the week with Student Appreciation Week on Monday. Students got to wear wacky accessories on top of their uniforms. Students also watched a movie in the afternoon and had no homework! On Tuesday, we celebrated Spirit Day and held a Minute to Win It Competition in the gym. Several of our students got to compete. All students had fun watching the games. Wednesday was Parent Appreciation Day, and our parents, grandparents, and other loved ones joined us for Pizza Lunch in the Burgundy Room. Thursday was Teacher Appreciation Day. Students also got to come out of uniform if they brought in a food item to be donated to the food bank. Friday was Multicultural Day. Students got to dress either in wardrobe from their culture or in the colors of the country their class studied for Multicultural Day. Our class studied France. Students went on a tour around the school and learned about countries from all over the world. It was a very successful Catholic Schools Week!
First graders are now diving into the exciting topic of geometry. Students recently learned how to manipulate shapes into forming other shapes. Students had fun seeing what they could create using basic two-dimensional shapes.
St. Mary’s continued its annual tradition of Pajama Day and Waffle Breakfast on our last day of school before the Christmas vacation. Students got to come to school in their pajamas, and the Home and School Association provided the students with a delicious waffle breakfast. First graders also held a Secret Santa Book Exchange, in which students purchased books for their “secret” classmate. All students enjoyed this activity. Thank you to all the parents who made these two events possible!
St. Mary’s Catholic School held its annual Christmas Pageant on Tuesday, December 18, 2018, in the Church. First grade students recited a poem entitled “A Song Was Heard at Christmas” and sang the “Baby Jesus Song”. All first graders attended and did a wonderful job performing.
First Grade received a special delivery from the North Pole last week! On Friday, November 30, we received a package from Santa Claus. Santa has sent us a Scout Elf, which will report on our behavior back to Santa. On Monday, December 3, the class voted on the name for our vote. With a winning 8 votes, our Scout Elf’s name is now Elfie.
On Thursday, November 29, St. Mary’s Catholic School held a Pep Rally to kick off our Basketball season. We enjoyed music and cheers while we were introduced to the members of our boys and girls basketball teams. Go Wildcats!
On Monday, November 19, first grade students celebrated Thanksgiving by having a class feast. We enjoyed yummy food such as chicken, macaroni and cheese, pasta, fruit, cookies, and juice. Thank you to all parents who donated food and drink items. Thanks to our parent volunteers who made this day a success.
On Friday, November 9, 2018, students participated in the Fall Dance. The dance was sponsored by St. Mary’s Student Council. Students had fun dancing with their friends and playing with balloons in the afternoon. Thank you to Ms. Simmons and the Student Council for this fun event!
Wednesday, October 31, 2018 is Halloween. First Graders had a fun time displaying their costumes representing their favorite professions, animals, and television or movie characters. Thank you to the Home and School Association for sponsoring our annual Trunk or Treat Celebration in the afternoon.
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. First grade students have spent the month reading literature about bullies and practicing ways to identify and stop bullying behavior. To commemorate this important occasion, on Monday, October 29, 2018, the Home and School Association sponsored a Bullying Prevention Assembly for the whole school. Students had fun learning about how to prevent bullying through songs and skits.
On Monday, October 29, 2018, the First Grade Class led St. Mary’s School with a beginning of the week prayer service. Students spoke of the inspiration we get from the saints. Saints are people who have dedicated their lives in service to God and others. We are inspired by their love and care for others. The students practiced very hard and led us in a wonderful and thoughtful prayer service. Great job!
October is Fire Safety Month. In honor of this special occasion, the Landover Hills Volunteer Fire Department came to St. Mary’s to teach students in PreK3, PreK4, Kindergarten, and First Grade about fire safety. Firefighter Michael taught us what a firefighter in action looks like and how quickly firefighters can get changed into their gear. We learned how important firefighters are to our community.
We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 - October 15 each year. Hispanic Heritage Month honors people from the Latino community and the important contributions they have made to the world. It is also a time to honor our diverse cultures.
At St. Mary’s, we concluded Hispanic Heritage Month by having a school wide assembly the morning of October 15. Each class had a special person to present to the school. First grade honored Jorge Ramos in our presentation. Jorge Ramos is a famous newsperson in the United States. He is a Mexican - American man, and we are inspired by his accomplishments.
Everyone worked very hard on our presentation. The presentation was truly magnificent. Check out the pictures below of our presentation of the life of Jorge Ramos.
We have been learning a lot in Math class. Last week, we learned how to compare numbers. When we compare numbers, we look to see if one number is greater than, less than, or equal to another number. We learned a song called “Hollabaloo” to help us learn which way the signs should face when writing greater than or less than. Check out the pictures below which show us using unifix cubes to compare numbers.
In Science, first grade has been learning about shadows. In addition to our classroom learning, on Thursday, September 27, we completed a science experiment involving shadows. Our task was to use a flashlight to turn a small teddy bear or stuffed animal into a four foot long shadow creature. We had fun experimenting with the placements of our flashlights relative to our stuffed animals to try to accomplish our task. We had fun testing the scientific method and learning about shadows! Check out the pictures from our experiment below.
We have been learning all about creation and how God created us all as good. We learned that God shows his love for us by giving us His only Son, Jesus. Jesus is our best friend in heaven, and He is with us on Earth. We learned a song to sing about our friendship with Jesus. The song is called “Jesus is My Best Friend”, and a link to it is here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tER4Jx6LyZk .
This week we have started working in our Reading Groups. We are learning different activities that we can do by ourselves to help us practice our reading and phonics skills. We enjoy working together. Check out the pictures below from Tuesday, September 18.