Sunday, February 7, 2016

Dear Parents,

     I want to take a moment to thank you for your support during our Catholic Schools Week celebrations.  I truly appreciated the opportunity to have you observe your children “in action”.  Please know that you are welcome to visit at any time – just check in ahead of time to make sure we are not testing.

     The season of Lent begins this week.  We will participate in the Ash Wednesday liturgy, receiving ashes during the mass.  The children will be learning about Lent and working on the traditions of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that we are challenged to participate in during the 40 days’ focus on improving our spiritual life.   
      I found inspiration for working with the children at Lent Ideas for Children .
In observing the season of Lent, it’s best to inspire, not require. Some children may find the practice of giving up a favorite food or TV show meaningful; others may prefer to add something, such as collecting money for the poor or being kind to others. Share with them how you observe Lent and what practices you find meaningful and invitethem to decide what they would like to do. 

     May your Lent be filled with the many graces God grants us in prayer, fasting and almsgiving.

Mrs. Pam Claytor

This Week in First Grade . . . . . . .
Religion:  The children will continue to learn about the Eucharist, making connections between the Last Supper that Jesus celebrated with the disciples and the Liturgy they attend.  We will also focus on the practices of the Lenten season as we enter into Lent on Ash Wednesday.  The primary grades will pray the Stations of the Cross together on select Fridays during Lent.

Language Arts:  The Catholic Schools Week special activities required adjustment of our schedule last week.  We will begin a new unit on Monday, with the new spelling words introduced on Monday as well.  We’ll be working on contractions!  My plans indicate the next spelling test to be the Wednesday of the following week, February 17th (weather permitting!).  Now for the objectives for this week: READING - Structural Analysis  Read contractions with n't   Structural Analysis and Vocabulary  Read and understand compound words based on their parts  Read and understand contractions with n't   Vocabulary Discuss talent shows, Discuss talent shows , Recognize story words pigeon and book, Discuss pigeons and the meaning of attic, Discuss names for baby animals   Comprehension  Use pictures and prior knowledge, Complete sentences about a story, Recognize text structure, Summarize, Recognize plot: Beginning, middle, and end, Recall story details, Generate questions to determine important ideas, Draw conclusions  Fluency  Read with expression, Read with natural phrasing   LISTENING AND SPEAKING  Discuss forgiving others  Fluency  Read with expression Listen and respond to oral presentations  WRITING  Revise and edit a draft as part of the writing process, Publish a story as part of the writing process    SPELLING   Encode words with endings -ing and –ed,  Apply spelling rules for adding endings   Phonics and Structural Analysis    Decode words with the noun suffix -er  GRAMMAR, USAGE, AND MECHANICS  Understand and form words with the noun suffix -er 

Math:  We will continue to explore reading and recognizing tens and ones together as the numbers between 11 and 99 in the following ways: Expanded Form  Students model a two-digit number and write its expanded form. They learn how a number greater than 10 can be represented as the sum of the tens and the ones.  Ways to Make Numbers Students break apart a ten to make 10 ones and write new representations in expanded form. They learn that numbers greater than 10 can be named in more than one way and have the same value.   Problem Solving: Make an Organized List  - Students use groups of tens and ones to show and write a given two-digit number. They learn how some problems can be solved by generalizing a list of outcomes and organizing that list in a systematic way so all outcomes are accounted for. 

There will be a topic test on Thursday; I’ll introduce Topic 9, Comparing Numbers to 100 on Friday.

Science:  The children will explore the properties of matter.

Social Studies:  We will discuss the purpose of President’s Day, honoring George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Dear Parents,

     I’m sure your scholars are ready to Leap into Learning once more, having spent a snowy week sharing the skills they have been working on in school and building a foundation for new skills at home.  It is a true gift to share what you’ve learned with your family!

     We will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week at St. Augustine all week long.  I am sure you’ve had a chance to look the schedule over and are as excited as we are about the special activities your child will participate in during the week.  A few highlights include the opening mass on Monday, buddy bowl on Tuesday, Wednesday’s basketball in the morning (10:00 Start Time) and dance in the afternoon (1:00-3:00), and current families open house on Thursday morning from 11:30-12:10, preceded by the principal’s coffee from 11:00 – 11:25 (this is also an early dismissal day).  We have much to celebrate: the students and their families, administration, support staff and faculty, and the St. Augustine community’s support!  Together we are blessed to be a learning community in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

     May your week be filled with grace, love, and laughter,
    Mrs. Pam Claytor
This Week in First Grade

Religion:  The children will be learning about the Eucharist, as they discuss the importance of coming together as a community to the table of the Lord.

Language Arts:  Student Objectives     READING   Phonics   Decode long-vowel words  Decode CVVC words with -er and -est endings  Vocabulary  Discuss terms associated with plays  Comprehension  Discuss plays and fables; Use pictures and prior knowledge; Answer questions about a play; Recognize text structure; Identify the lesson(s) taught by a play or fable  Fluency  Use proper pitch and volume   Writing  Draft a problem-and-solution story  SPELLING   Spell Memory Words would, could, some, one, new, were; Apply spelling rules for adding endings; Encode CVVC Pattern Words; Encode CVVC words with -er, -est endings; Spell contractions with n't   GRAMMAR, USAGE, AND MECHANICS  Understand and use comparative and superlative adjectives; Recognize and use an apostrophe   Structural Analysis  Read contractions with n't.

Math:  We will begin Topic 8 , Tens and Ones with the opening story on Monday: Tens and Ones at the Diner.  Time permitting, we will continue on to lesson 1: counting with  groups of tens and leftovers : Students read and write two-digit numbers as groups of 10 and some left over. They learn that sets of 10 can be perceived as single entities. They also learn that in a standard numeral, the tens are written to the left of the ones. Lesson 8-2 is on  numbers made with 10s: Students read and write two-digit numbers as groups of 10 and some left over. They learn that sets of 10 can be perceived as single entities. They also learn that in a standard numeral, the tens are written to the left of the ones. Lesson 8-3: Tens and Ones:  Students count groups of 10, up to 10 tens, and write how many. They learn that the decade numbers to 100 are built on groups of ten. They also learn that when there are only tens, counting by 10s can be used to find how many there are in all. 

Science:  The children will work on vocabulary for the topic of matter.  They will understand that matter has mass and volume as they share last Friday’s snow day project.

Social Studies:  We’ll be discussing the special holidays of February: Groundhog’s Day traditions, Valentine’s Day, and President’s Day.