Sunday, January 25, 2015



Dear Parents,
 
Happy Catholic Schools Week!  The children and I are looking forward to having you visit the classroom on Wednesday.  We are also excited that the grandparents will be able to join us on Friday for a very special morning, starting with a school mass and ending with classroom activities.  I do believe the favorite day will be Thursday, when we celebrate our students through many fun activities, including the school-wide basketball games and the afternoon dance/ice cream social, celebrating their Character Counts! awards.  Of course there is no official homework to celebrate my students on Thursday!

We will be joining our 7th grade buddies on Tuesday at lunch time for an indoor picnic in their classroom.  Please allow your child to bring a beach towel to sit on, as the children will be sitting on the floor.  Ms. Ruth will prepare hot lunches for those who have ordered.

Please give your children a chance to earn the money to be spent on the chapstick to be donated on Monday (see note in homework folder that came home Friday).  The act of giving is even more meaningful when the child has earned the donation they are giving.

I am reminded of your faith;
rekindle the gift of God within you  2Timothy 1-5;7

Yours,
Mrs. Pam Claytor

This Week in First Grade

Religion:  We begin to work on a new chapter focusing on prayer after a chapter assessment on Monday.  The children will name ways that people like to pray and make a personal prayer poster.  They will also describe some ways that Jesus prayed after browsing through classroom bible pictures.

Language Arts: Student Objectives    READINGVocabulary: Recognize and understand Memory Words boy, two, about, girl, over, before; Understand story vocabulary tangled, tumbled, dived, paddled; Use context clues to complete sentences ;  Recognize and understand Memory Words would, could, some, one, new, were  Phonics: Decode short-vowel and CVCe words with -ed and -ing endings;  Identify and mark short and long vowels;  Associate long-vowel sounds with CVVC pattern; Decode short-vowel words and CVVC words; Decode words with short- and long-vowel patterns  Phonemic Awareness: Identify and distinguish between short- and long-vowel sounds  Comprehension: Complete sentences about a story ; Recall story details ; Read for details; Associate pictures with sentences    SPELLING: Spell Memory Words boy, two, about, girl, over, before; Encode CVCe Pattern Words with -ed and -ing endings; Encode CVVC Pattern Words; Spell Memory Words would, could, some, one, new, were  WRITING - Write sentences about a main idea 

Math:  Our current topic is counting by 10s.  The students will also work on counting on from any number by 10s.  Please continue to assist your child in developing automaticity with number facts, both with addition and subtraction up to 20. 

Science     We will move on to a unit on weather measurement, and, along with the water cycle, will discuss extremes in weather.

Social Studies  The children will give examples of natural resources people use in everyday life.  They will understand that natural resources are limited and in need of protection.

Sunday, January 18, 2015



Dear Parents,

This week marks the mid-point in our first grade year together.    Together, our work as partners in teaching the children continues, with our modeling Christian behavior being the most important job we have. I am grateful for the opportunity to share in this journey with you and your children!

Catholic Schools Week takes place next week, starting with SAS parents and children participating in masses at Ascension and St. Augustine this coming weekend.  Many family, student, and community oriented activities have been planned with the theme “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” We will honor our parish, mission, parents, volunteers, students, community and teachers/staff in many varied ways.  Please consider volunteering to help in any way you can.  I look forward to seeing many of you during the week and meeting the children’s grandparents on Friday, January 30th.


May God bless you and yours,
Mrs. Pam Claytor

A Gentle Reminder:  School will dismiss early (12:25) on Friday, January 23rd

This Week in First Grade

Religion: The students will realize that God wants us to be sorry when we do wrong, and that God is always ready to forgive us as they learn that God ‘s laws help us choose what is right and stay away from sins.
Language Arts: Student Objectives  READING- Phonics: Discriminate between short-vowel and CVCe words with -ed and -ing endings, Decode short-vowel and CVCe words with endings -ing and -ed  Vocabulary: Recognize and understand Memory Words boy, two, about, girl, over, before, Discuss camping    WRITING: Revise a problem-and-solution story SPELLING: Spell Unit 8 Memory Words, Understand rule for encoding CVCe words with -ed, -ing endings LISTENING AND SPEAKING: Follow oral directions, Listen for details, Discuss clearing up misunderstandings  Comprehension: Use pictures and prior knowledge, Complete sentences about a story, Generate questions to make and confirm, predictions, Sequence events, Use pictures and prior knowledge, Complete sentences about a story,  Generate questions to make and confirm predictions, Sequence events    Fluency; Read with appropriate stress 

Math:  Our new topic is: Counting and Number patterns to 120.  The children will be exploring number relationships through experiences in making, counting, and using numbers.  They will also practice counting by 10s.  Please continue to work on math fact automaticity with your children. They appear to be gaining confidence in this area.

Science:  We will continue to work on building understanding of the planets, moon, and stars in the universe.  The children will make a vocabulary booklet as a performance assessment.

Social Studies:   We continue to work on understanding the needs of the world we live in as the students give examples of natural resources that people use in daily life.  They will give examples of how people change the environment.










Sunday, January 11, 2015



Dear Parents,

We certainly had a very interesting school week this past week.  The children seem to come with even more excitement (maybe they are completely awake?) when they have had a two hour delay.  They also come to me quite hungry, as they have missed their 10:30 snack time while at home.  I would appreciate it if you could give your child a snack as close to 10:00 as possible to sustain him or her until our later lunch time of 12:45.  It would also be very helpful if there was opportunity for physical activity before school, maybe Wii sports?  This would help support your child’s brain readiness as well as calmer body when he or she arrives.

I will be updating the homework page on the blog as necessary to complement the classwork that has been introduced.  The most likely reason to update during the school week is obviously delayed or missed class time.  Please check back if we have had a delay or missed day to see if any changes have been made.

  I am working with the primary team here at school to come up with an alternative plan for successive snow days.  If you haven’t had your child use the EnVisions (math) or SuperKids (language arts) website, it would be good to make sure you can access it before a snow day plan is put into place.   Please notify me if there is any problem, or if your child would not have internet access on a snow day.   I will notify you both in writing and on the blog when we have completed this task.  I am hopeful not to have to use the plan, but realistic enough to make one!

Finally, I need to ask for more facial tissues.  I have about 2-3 weeks’ worth of tissues left before I run out.  The children are very careful to use the tissues when needed and the flu/cold season is in full force. It would be helpful if each family sent in at least one more box.

Let us use the feast of the Baptism of Jesus to inspire us to step up to all God asks of us this week.

Thank you for all of your support!

Mrs. Pam Claytor

This Week in First Grade

Religion: We will focus on ways that we can show our love for God and others early in the week as we complete a unit.  I will then introduce the Eucharist as a special meal we celebrate in remembrance of the Last Supper.

Language Arts: Student Objectives:  READINGPhonics: Decode CVCe words, Associate long-vowel sounds with CV and CVCe patterns, Decode CVCe words with endings -ing and -ed  Vocabulary Use context clues to complete sentences, Understand story vocabulary banner, out of luck, gust of wind, wave, Recognize and understand memory words oh, good, want, very,  Discuss story vocabulary gifts, speckled, spotted  Comprehension  Complete sentences about a story, Associate sentences with pictures, Recognize sequence of events, Use pictures and prior knowledge, Answer questions about a poem, Recognize descriptive language     WRITING   Plan a problem-and-solution story, Use a graphic organizer, Write a problem-and-solution story SPELLING  Spell Memory Words oh, good, want, very, want,  Encode CVCe Pattern Words, 
Encode rhyming words , Add -ing and -ed to short-vowel words and CVCe words, Apply spelling rules for adding -ing and -ed endings  GRAMMAR, USAGE, AND MECHANICS  Understand and form possessive singular nouns  Fluency Read rhythmically 

Math: We will complete work on the Subtraction to 20 topic, with the children thinking addition to subtract, working on subtraction facts, and problem solving strategy: draw a picture and write a number sentence.  Please help your child to learn all number facts, developing an automaticity through rote practice such as flashcards or memory songs.  He or she should be able to fluently answer +/- 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 to:  0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 by March 2015.  We will begin “Mad Minute” practice on these facts in the near future.

Science:   The children will recognize that the sun provides earth with light and heat, recognize the pattern of the sun’s position in the sky, explain why we have night and day and recognize that the moon gets its light from the sun.

Social Studies:  We will be discussing the geographic features of Maryland, while comparing them with other locations in the United States.  The children will begin to explore the location of their home city in relation to the state, country, and continent we live in/on.