Supply List, 2014-15, Grade 1

12 # 2 pencils
1 eraser (large pink) – and 1 pack of topper erasers
12 glue sticks
1 Elmer’s school glue (4oz)
24 box Crayola crayons
colored pencils (erasable)
large washable colored markers – original colors – Crayola
school bag or backpack
1 large box of Kleenex (2ply)
1 Fiskar scissors
2 black Sharpies (felt tip)
1 set water colors – Crayola or Prang
1 highlighter
3 containers of Clorox wipes or baby wipes
1 water bottle
2 Expo markers
Paper plates – large and small

I can’t believe this is our last news from the classroom!

Disappointment, but also joy fills my heart, when I think about these incredible gifts from God. Disappointment of not being with them, watching the big light bulbs go off when they have accomplished something and listening to their real and imaginative stories everyday. Most of all, I will treasure the JOY they have given me! Thanks again for the privilege to be their teacher and for all your support in this enormous year of learning. They have succeeded in so many areas and, of course, are big smarty pants! LOVE, LEARNING & LAUGHTER! That’s what it’s all about! I have included a letter for all the important dates for the last days.

I am the Way, the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. John 14:6.

This Scripture Verse has been our focal point for our theme”Destination Heaven” all year. We have sung a song to this verse everyday and would like to share it with you next week for the K-2nd grade mass at 10:30 A.M. Can you believe this is our last mass together as 1st graders?! This year has soared past, but in an extra-ordinary way. This bunch is amazingly energetic in an awesome engaging light. They keep me going and on my toes. I love it!! This week is “Children’s Book Week.” This week in our classroom, I am so honored to have a former St. Mary’s 1st grade student of mine as the author of Children’s Book Week. Christopher Jon/Zenner has written and illustrated five children’s books. He was so kind as to send us a copy of each for our library. Go to www.christopherjonzenner.com to learn more about him. Our Book Character Parade is coming up soon (more information to come). The kids are so excited! The kids were rockin’ on down the Highway to Heaven today! They really are Indescribable Angels!! Heavenly Travels!

Jesus is our Good Shepherd! Psalms 23.

This week our focus is knowing Jesus will always find us even if we become lost. He is our Shepherd and we are His sheep. Art: creating wooly sheep and Mother’s Day surprises! Reading: long i words, Cause and effect and Contractions. Math: Place Value, Relationships: > <  = and Number Stories. Social Studies: Continents and Oceans Globes. The kids’ paper bag globes are amazing. Please help them study the location of each continent and ocean. Thank You, God! Happy Spring!

April showers bring May flowers!

We have to look on the bright side! This week we are learning about celebrating the Eucharist, the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are already getting excited about this most Holy Sacrament, coming up next year. Reading: long a words with vcv, ai and ay combinations, topic sentences, sequencing, abc order and proper nouns. Math: comparing models of 10, place value to hundreds using Base Ten Blocks and Tens Frames. Social/Science: Earth Day activities (recycle, reduce, reuse), letters to Mother Earth and continents, oceans, equator, endangered animals by creating a 3D model of the Earth using recycled materials. Please help your children study the names of the seven continents and four oceans with their incredible creations. A special thanks, for all your support for our school, at the Auction. Jesus’ Peace!

Happy Spring!

We have been so busy in first grade that I forgot to do my homework – this news! So, this is going to be short and sweet. We will be ministering at mass next week on Wednesday at 8:30 A.M. and praying the Stations of the Cross on Thursday at 10:30 A.M. Please work on the readings and join us for both celebrations. I appreciate you all! Jesus’ Joy!  Enjoy!

Our focus, on this journey of Lent, is Jesus…

…Jesus as the resurrection and the life. As a symbol and remembrance of this, we created rock crosses. Come and admire! Keira is our unbelievably aware and helpful Jesus’ Super Star. I’m not sure what I will do without her next year! She helps this getting old teacher a lot! The new Authors of the Month are inspirational Douglas Wood, crazy/wacky Robert Munch and unusual poetry by Shel Silverstein.  Reading: assessing skills, spelling question words, topic sentences and exclamation sentences. Oh, yes! Math: Measurement in inches with ruler and measuring tape, comparing heights of classmates, time to the quarter to and quarter after and equivalent sums. First and second grade social: Compass Rose directions.  Happy Day!

Happy Spring?!

Oh well, we do live in Minnesota! Our Lenten Journey is focusing on calming our hearts for meditation on our Lord. The experiences of the Stations of the Cross, our thoughts to Jesus in our prayer journals and daily acts of kindness are presenting some changes in our hearts. God is good and holy!  Reading: Short u words, triple clusters, sequence of events, question words and sentences. Math: Standard and non-standard measurement. 1st and 2nd gr. Social: Who is Dr. Seuss! Thanks for all the dimes for the Water for Life service project. We are filling that jar! Happy Day!

Happy St. Patrick’s Week!

The Holy Trinity or Blessed Trinity was of great interest to the first graders. They thought St. Patrick was very creative in using this symbol to teach the Irish people about God. We shared our celebration with the third graders and made a shamrock snack with pretzels, green frosting and sprinkles. It was O’mazing! Our Lenten Journal prayers are a favorite part of our day. Today, we celebrated the Feast of St. Joseph the Carpenter.  Lexi, our Jesus’ Super Star, is a quiet, sweet and loving friend to all. We are so lucky to have her as a part of our class! Reading and Math: Activities did the St. Patrick and Leprechaun – clever, sneaky and fun way! Thanks for all the nickels for our Lenten: Water for Life service project. Remember to start bringing dimes! Have a Lucky week!