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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Pajama Day

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!

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Christmas Pageant

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.

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Elf on the Shelf

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.

Basketball Season Pep Rally

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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!

Thanksgiving Party

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.

Fall Dance 2018

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!

Halloween 2018

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First Grade Halloween Costumes - October 31, 2018

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.

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Bullying Prevention Assembly

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.

First Grade Prayer Service

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!