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.
We have been diving into our Mathematics skills. We enjoy watching movies that help us reinforce our learning in a fun and energetic way. One of our favorite movies that we learned last week is “The Left vs. Right Song” by Scratch Garden. This silly song helps us learn the difference between our left and right hands with a silly talking circle and a dancing salamander. The link to the video is below if anyone wants to watch it at home:
First Graders are excited to be back in school. We are ready to tackle the new academic challenges and adventures this year will bring us!
On Friday, June 8, our class took a field trip to Watkins Park in Upper Marlboro, Maryland. We visited the Nature Center and learned about animals who have made their habitats in Prince George's County. We took a train ride through the woods. We also got to play on the new Wizard of Oz themed playground. After lunch, we returned to the Nature Center to read their amazing books about animals and the environment.
On Wednesday, June 6, the first grade class proudly presented our two class plays - The Little Red Hen and Squirt the Squirrel. We have worked very hard since the beginning of May to put on these plays. We especially thank Ms. Dirksen for all her help with our costumes and set design. We would also like to thank all our parents and family members who came pout to support our performance. Thank you!
First Grade enjoyed our Field Day, which was May 30, 2018. Thank you to Ms. Wright for organizing such fun games and activities for us. We played Kangaroo Relay, Water Relay, Basketball Relay, Knock Them Down, Jump Rope Relay, Steal the Bacon, Target Practice, Scooter Relay, and Tire Roll. In the afternoon, we watched the 8th Grade vs. Faculty Kickball game. Thank you to our parent volunteers who helped make this day possible. We had so much fun, and we couldn't have done it without you!