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First Grade Newsletter June 6, 2019

Next Week We Will Learn About

  • Religion: The Holy Trinity

  • Reading: Review of 1st Grade Skills

  • Grammar: Contractions

  • Math: Review of 1st Grade Skills

  • Social Studies: Good Citizenship

Calendar Reminders

  • Friday, June 7: Wine and Cheese Social (Adults Only), 6:30 - 8:30 P.M., School Library

  • Monday, June 10:

    • 1. $2 Tag Day. Students who bring in $2 may come to school out of uniform. Please consult the handbook for appropriate items to wear. Please note that students may not wear short shorts or shirts with spaghetti straps.

    • 2. Pizza Lunch

  • Wednesday, June 12:

    • 1. 1st Grade End of Year Party, 1:30 - 2:30 P.M.

    • 2. NO HOT LUNCH

  • Thursday, June 13:

    • 1. Last Day of School!

    • 2. 12:30 P.M. Dismissal - NO AFTERCARE. All students MUST be picked up by 12:30 P.M.

Save the Date

The first day of school for the 2019-2020 school year is Tuesday, August 27, 2019.

End of Year Party

Our End of Year Party will be Wednesday, June 12 at 1:30 P.M. in our classroom. Parents are welcome to celebrate our achievements with us.

Classroom Lost & Found

We have several unmarked P.E. uniform sweatshirts (sizes small and medium) in our class Lost & Found bin. Please check at home to make sure these are not yours. All unclaimed sweatshirts will be donated to the Used Uniform Closet at the end of the year.

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First Grade Poetry Books

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In honor of National Poetry Month in April, the first grade class partnered with Studentreasures to write and publish a poetry anthology. We wrote haikus, couplets, acrostic poems, diamante poems, bio poems, and color poems. On May 28, 2019, we received our published copies in the mail. We are proud of our hard work. We are published poets!

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First Grade Newsletter May 30, 2019

Next Week We Will Learn About

  • Religion: We Give Glory to God

  • Reading: Sequence of Events

  • Grammar: Contractions

  • Math: Review of 1st Grade Skills

  • Social Studies: Good Citizenship

Calendar Reminders

  • Friday, May 31: Deadline for Parent Volunteer Hours

  • Wednesday, June 5: Chicken Nugget Lunch

  • Thursday, June 6: Eric Energy In-School Science Field Trip, 1:30 - 3:00 P.M.

  • Friday, June 7: Wine and Cheese Social (Adults Only), 6:30 - 8:30 P.M., School Library

Next Week’s Spelling Words*

  • joy

  • toy

  • boy

  • spoil

  • coin

  • join

  • dawn

  • cause

  • toward

  • circle

    * Test will be Monday, June 3. This will be the last spelling test of the year.

Last Day of School

Our last day of school is Thursday, June 13. This is a 12:30 Dismissal Day. There will be NO aftercare on this day. Thank you.

Air Conditioning

We are blessed to have classrooms with air conditioning. As the weather gets hotter, we will be using our air conditioning. Please be sure your child brings a school sweater to school if the air conditioning will make him/her cold. Thank you.

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Field Day

On Wednesday, May 29, 2019, St. Mary’s School celebrated Field Day. First Grade’s class color was orange. In the morning, we got to rotate through stations and play fun games. We raced in a scooter relay, had fun with a Go to Work relay race, rolled inflatable tires in a tire relay, and so many more. We enjoyed all of these games. We had a hot dog cookout for lunch. In the afternoon, we cheered for our favorite team in the 8th Grade vs. Faculty kickball game. Field Day was so much fun! We thank Mrs. Wright and all the parent volunteers who helped plan this day and make it so enjoyable.

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National Colonial Farm Field Trip

On Wednesday, May 15, 2019, the first grade class took a trip back in time to visit National Colonial Farm in Accokeek, Maryland. This tour allowed us to time travel to the 1770s and learn about how people lived in colonial times. We got to see inside a house and kitchen and see the farm structure. We learned about which modern conveniences were not available back then. We had a fun time exploring our country’s colonial roots and learning about life in the past.

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First Grade Newsletter May 23, 2019

Next Week We Will Learn About

  • Religion: The Holy Spirit

  • Reading: Compare and Contrast

  • Grammar: Contractions

  • Spelling: ““oy” and “oi” words

  • Math: Probability

  • Social Studies: Economics

Calendar Reminders

  • Friday, May 24:

    • 1. 12:30 P.M. Dismissal

    • 2. Permission slip and money ($5) for the in-school science field trip due. Extra forms are available if needed.

  • Monday, May 27: Memorial Day - No School

  • Wednesday, May 29: Field Day

  • Friday, May 31: Deadline for Parent Volunteer Hours

Next Week’s Spelling Words*

  • joy

  • toy

  • boy

  • spoil

  • coin

  • join

  • dawn

  • cause

  • toward

  • circle

    * Test will be Monday, June 3.

Volunteer Hours

Reminder: Parent Volunteer hours are due Friday, May 31. Please contact Mrs. Burneston in the school office if you have any questions. Thank you.

Field Day

Our End of Year Field Day is scheduled for Wednesday. May 29 (rain date Tuesday, June 4). First grade students are to wear their P.E. shorts and an orange shirt. Thank you.

Wine and Cheese Social

St. Mary’s is hosting a free adults-only wine and cheese social on Friday. June 7. Come and join us from 6:30 - 8:30 P.M. in the school library. Please RSVP by Friday, May 24 to HLAVALOS@AOL.COM

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First Grade Newsletter May 16, 2019

Next Week We Will Learn About

  • Religion: Mary, Mother of the Church

  • Reading: Compare and Contrast

  • Grammar: Contractions

  • Spelling: “Aw” and “Au” words

  • Math: Fractions

  • Science: Earth’s Seasons

  • Social Studies: Economics

Calendar Reminders

  • Saturday, May 18: St. Mary’s Car Raffle, 11:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

  • Wednesday, May 22: Pizza Lunch

  • Friday, May 24:

    • 1. 12:30 P.M. Dismissal

    • 2. Permission slip and money ($5) for the in-school science field trip due. Extra forms are available if needed.

Next Week’s Spelling Words

  • haul

  • claw

  • cause

  • paw

  • saw

  • dawn

  • cool

  • soon

  • air

  • enough

Volunteer Hours

Reminder: Parent Volunteer hours are due Friday, May 31. Please contact Mrs. Burneston in the school office if you have any questions. Thank you.

Field Day

Our End of Year Field Day is scheduled for Wednesday. May 29 (rain date Tuesday, June 4). First grade students are to wear their P.E. shorts and an orange shirt. Thank you.

First Grade Newsletter May 9, 2019

Next Week We Will Learn About

  • Religion: The Church

  • Reading: Compare and Contrast

  • Spelling: “OO” words

  • Math: Fractions

  • Science: Earth’s Seasons

Calendar Reminders

  • Friday, May 10: 12:30 P.M. Dismissal

  • Wednesday, May 15: Field Trip to National Colonial Farm - Accokeek, Maryland

  • Thursday, May 16: :A Celebration of the Arts” Concert and Performances - 7:00 PM

  • Saturday, May 18: Car Raffle

Next Week’s Spelling Words

  • broom

  • room

  • pool

  • cool

  • soon

  • moon

  • hood

  • took

  • laugh

  • ever

Field Trip

Our field trip is Wednesday, May 15. Students are to wear their P.E. uniforms. Students need to bring a bag lunch with a drink. Thank you.

End of Year Testing

Our end of year testing schedule has changed. First grade students will be taking their Math test on Monday, May 13, and Thursday, May 16, with a make-up day on Friday, May 17. Please be sure your child is here on time on those days. Thank You.

First Grade Newsletter May 2, 2019

Next Week We Will Learn About

  • Religion: Jesus Sends His Spirit

  • Reading: Sequence of Events

  • Spelling: “OO” words

  • Math: Graphing

  • Social Studies: Economics

Calendar Reminders

  • Monday, May 6: Field Trip permission Slips and money ($10) due

  • Wednesday, May 8:

    • Car Raffle Tickets Due

    • Variety Hot Lunch - Spaghetti and Meatballs with Garlic Bread

  • Friday, May 10: 12:30 P.M. Dismissal

Next Week’s Spelling Words

  • book

  • took

  • look

  • hood

  • cook

  • wood

  • town

  • mouth

  • earth

  • bear

Parent Volunteer Hours

Reminder: Parent Volunteer Hours are due Friday, May 31. Please contact Mrs. Burneston in the office if you have questions.

End of Year Testing

First grade students will take their End of Year Scantron tests on Friday, May 10 (Reading) and Friday, May 17 (Math). Please be sure your child is here on time on those days. Thank You.

First Grade Newsletter April 18, 2019

Next Week We Will Learn About

  • Religion: Easter

  • Reading: Poetry

  • Writing: Poetry

  • Spelling: ow” and “ou” words

  • Math: Graphing

  • Science: Night and Day

Calendar Reminders

  • Friday April 19- Friday, April 26: Easter Vacation

  • Monday, April 29: Classes resume

  • Wednesday, May 1:

    • Chicken Nugget Lunch

    • Poetry Book Orders Due. Even if you order online, you still need to return the order form with the online confirmation code. Extra order forms are available if needed.

  • Thursday, May 2: $2 Tag Day. Students who bring in $2 may come out of uniform. Please refer to the school handbook for acceptable clothing to wear.

Next Week’s Spelling Words

  • cow

  • how

  • town

  • out

  • mouse

  • mouth

  • her

  • burn

  • gone

  • been

School Supplies

Please check your student’s pencil case and backpack over the holiday break. Many students need new crayons, folders, erasers, and/or Spelling notebooks. Thank you.

Upcoming Due Dates

  • Wednesday, May 1: 1st Grade Poetry Book Order Forms Due. Even if you order online, you still need to return the order form with the online confirmation code. Extra order forms are available if needed.

  • Monday, May 6: National Colonial Farm Field Trip Permission Slip and Money ($10) due

  • Wednesday, May 8: Car Raffle Tickets Due

First Grade Newsletter April 11, 2019

Next Week We Will Learn About

  • Religion: Easter

  • Reading: Poetry

  • Writing: Poetry

  • Spelling: R-controlled vowels

  • Math: Money

  • Social Studies: Our Environment

Calendar Reminders

  • Wednesday, April 17: Pizza Lunch

  • Thursday, April 18: 12:30 Dismissal

  • Friday April 19- Friday, April 26: Easter Vacation

  • Monday, April 29: Classes resume

Next Week’s Spelling Words

  • her

  • fern

  • bird

  • dirt

  • fur

  • burn

  • fork

  • corn

  • from

  • beautiful

Report Card Envelopes

Please sign and return your child’s report card envelope if you have not already done so. Thank you.

Upcoming Due Dates

  • Wednesday, May 1: 1st Grade Poetry Book Order Forms Due

  • Monday, May 6: National Colonial Farm Field Trip Permission Slip and Money ($10) due

  • Wednesday, May 8: Car Raffle Tickets Due

First Grade Newsletter April 4, 2019

Next Week We Will Learn About:

  • Religion: Easter

  • Reading: Poetry

  • Writing: Poetry

  • Spelling: R-Controlled Vowels (-OR)

  • Math: Money

  • Social Studies: Our Environment

Calendar Reminders:

  • Friday, April 5: 12:30 Dismissal

  • Tuesday, April 9: Report Cards Distributed

  • Wednesday, April 10: Variety Hot Lunch - Chicken Wings and Fries

  • Thursday, April 11: $2 Tag Day

Next Week’s Spelling Words

  1. born

  2. corn

  3. cork

  4. fork

  5. horn

  6. pork

  7. barn

  8. art

  9. nothing

  10. thought

Easter Vacation

Thursday, April 18 is the last day of school before Easter Break. It is a 12:30 Dismissal Day. School will resume on Monday, April 29.

Poetry Books

In celebration of National Poetry Month, 1st grade will be writing and illustrating our own poetry book. Order forms are being sent home this week for parents interested in buying our book. Order forms are due Wednesday, May 1. Thank you.

Kindness and Good Citizenship Campaign

St. Mary’s School is embarking on a campaign to spread kindness and good citizenship throughout the school. Each classroom decorated their doors to reflect this theme. For First Grade’s Door, we voted on a quotation about kindness (as found by the students) for the bottom of our door. Our selected quote is, “Kindness is like a heart that will never go away.” Building on the theme of hearts, we each got a heart made of construction paper and wrote about what kindness means to us. Some students said “Kindness is hugging”, “Kindness is helping others”, “Kindness is loving Jesus”, and “Kindness is sharing”. We discussed all of our examples and made a promise to try to live out these and other acts of kindness in our daily lives, both inside and outside of school.

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Ecosystems

First grade has been learning about different ecosystems. An ecosystem is an environment in which living (plants and animals) and nonliving things live together. Some ecosystems we studied were deserts, forests, rainforests, oceans, coral reefs, and mountains. First graders worked in groups to learn about their chosen ecosystem. We presented our findings in the form of a picture of our ecosystem. Our drawing included at least 2 plants and at least 4 animals who call that ecosystem home.

Cat in the Hat Field Trip

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On Friday, March 8, 2019, the First Grade Class and Kindergarten Class took a field trip to see “The Cat in the Hat” at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts. This was a funny play based on the beloved Dr. Seuss book. We enjoyed our trip!

Black History Month

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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.

100th Day of School

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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 Grade Writing

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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.

Catholic Schools Week

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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!

Geometry

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.