First Grade — Weekly Updates

Week of May 3rd

What is 1st Grade Learning? 

Religion

We will read about the Death of John the Baptist and The Woman in Simon's House.  We will discuss how God the Holy Spirit helps us see our sin and our need for the Savior.  We will also give thanks to God by acting in loving ways toward God and others.               

Memory: John 8:47a   Whoever is of God hears the words of God. 

Virtue of the Week: INTEGRITY: God's power for you to be true to Him and yourself.     Big Question:     How will your life change as you follow Jesus with no hesitation or pride?
 

Reading

The students will begin new reading adventures as they practice retelling a story using the setting, characters and important events.   We will also continue to look for bloopers in our reading and writing.   

Phonics: Sounds of r and vowel teams

Reading Fluency Skill:  Being a reading star by smoothing out the sentence and reading at an appropriate pace and volume.   We will also practice reading with expression using different character voices.    

Grammar: Subjects and Predicates

Spelling: Unit 3.7 - un and re

unhappy  untie  repay  undress  reopen  refill  undo  unkind  retell  rewind  *different  *carry

 

Writer's Workshop

We will continue our poetry unit.  This week we will keeping working on acrostic poems and will write a story based on the book Fortunately, Unfortunately.      

Math

Concepts that we will practice include identifying and drawing polygons, subtracting differences of 2, identifying geometric solids (rectangular prisms), identifying and counting quarters, and showing money amounts using coins. 

Science

Unit 9: Lesson 2 and 3 - Solids, liquids and gases and Changing Matter

Social Studies

Unit 5: Lesson 6- Symbols of Our Country

Please Note...

NEW and IMPORTANT- 

Reading Road Race Rally -      Upcoming souvenir dates (30-36 items please)- 5/7 Plier, 5/14 Harrod.  Thank you!!!!  The reading log that was sent home on Friday will be used for our Reading Road Race Rally.  We will participate in this with Mrs. Boyce's class.  Please have your child read at least 20 minutes, 4 times a week.  A star should be colored in for each reading session.  

PAST NEWS-

Cereal Box Collection Service Project -          As a school we collected over 600 cereal boxes.  Thank you for your generous donations.

Chapel Service -       I am so proud of the students hard work on the chapel service.  The service, Special Snowflakes Stick Together, can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/event/521520.  On the right hand column, click on the 2/3/21 date.  

Virtual Bookfair -     Thank you for your support of the virtual bookfair.  

Advent Services links -     The Away in a Manger song that we have been working on was used in this past week's chapel service.  https://vimeo.com/486410627  The full song with speaking parts will be part of the Great ADVENTure on Dec. 12th.                       https://vimeo.com/showcase/ 7823067  

Fall/Winter Wear -      It is starting to get cooler.  Please begin to look for hats, gloves and warmer coats to send to school with your child.  

Class Auction Baskets -     Thank you for your auction donations.  

Spelling -         Our spelling lists have been updated.  If you use the spelling city link, it will say that the link is not valid.  Our free premium access has expired; however, if you click My Homepage, the lists and basic games are still available. 

Book-it Reading Program (optional) -         The Book-It Reading program runs from October - March.  The goal for each month is 20 days of reading.  You can use the RRRR stars for the same minutes for Book-It.  For example, if you color in one reading star then color in one space on the monthly calendar.  The Book-It calendar can be turned in at the end of the month for a free Personal Pan Pizza coupon (this will be emailed to you).  

Classroom Volunteers-      Thank you to Mollie Harrod and Elizabeth Dobberpuhl for being our roomparents.  Thank you to Melissa Karrels for being our classroom event coordinator.  Thank you to LeNay Graham for helping with projects at home.

Classroom Donations -     Thank you to all families who have sent in a variety of classroom donations and reading souvenirs.  Everything will be well used throughout the year.  

Back to School Night -     Please join us on Tues. Sept. 1st at 6:30 for our Back to School Information Night.  This will take  place using the Google Meet link that you have been sent.  The session will also be recorded if you are unable to attend.

Chapel- Our chapel offerings for August and September will be used for Care Packages for college students

Snack -Please send a healthy snack with your child each day.  I will have extra snacks available in case it is forgotten on a busy morning.  Water bottles will be used throughout the day and can be refilled at the drinking fountain.     

Assignment Books- Assignment notebooks will be used later in September.   More will be explained at Back to School night. 

 

  Mark Your Calendars!

APRIL

6 - School Resumes

19-30- MAP Testing

29 - Parent/Teacher Conferences by appointment

MAY

2 Confirmation 2:00pm Service

 

28 1/2 Day of School Noon Dismissal

31 Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

JUNE

3 Track & Field Day/School Picnic Day

4 Last Day of School 10:00am Dismissal    Closing Chapel - 8:25am    8th Grade Graduation 6:30pm

Week of April 26th

What is 1st Grade Learning? 

Religion

We will read from the New Testament this week about the faith of the Captain and the Gentile woman.  We will discuss how we can ask Jesus for help when trouble comes into our lives and how Jesus does not want us to give up praying to him for help.             

Memory:  Proverbs 3:5    Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.

Virtue of the Week: DILIGENCE: God's power for you to focus on your work.     Big Question:    How can you keep your focus as God prepares you to learn even more about Him?
 

Reading

The students will begin new reading adventures as they practice retelling a story using the setting, characters and important events.     

Phonics: Sounds of r (ear and air) and au/aw

Reading Fluency Skill:  Being a reading star by smoothing out the sentence and reading at an appropriate pace and volume.   We will also practice reading with expression using different character voices.    

Grammar: Future tense verbs

Spelling:  Unit 3.6 - aw

saw  draw  crawl  straw  law  jaw  paw  lawn  yawn  hawk  *through  *science

Writer's Workshop

We will continue our poetry unit.  This week we will work on haiku poems and acrostic poems.       

Math

Concepts that we will practice include measuring and drawing line segments to the nearest centimeter, identying geometric solids (cubes and cylinders), subtracting facts with differences of 1,  and identifying a fractional part of a set.   

Science

Unit 9: Lesson 1 - What Can We Observe About Objects (properties of matter)?  

Social Studies

Unit 5: Lesson 6- Symbols of Our Country

Please Note...

NEW and IMPORTANT- 

Reading Road Race Rally -     Upcoming souvenir dates (30-36 items please)- 5/7 Plier, 5/14 Harrod.  Thank you!!!!  The reading log that was sent home on Friday will be used for our Reading Road Race Rally.  We will participate in this with Mrs. Boyce's class.  Please have your child read at least 20 minutes, 4 times a week.  A star should be colored in for each reading session.  

PAST NEWS-

Cereal Box Collection Service Project -        As a school we collected over 600 cereal boxes.  Thank you for your generous donations.

Chapel Service -      I am so proud of the students hard work on the chapel service.  The service, Special Snowflakes Stick Together, can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/event/521520.  On the right hand column, click on the 2/3/21 date.  

Virtual Bookfair -    Thank you for your support of the virtual bookfair.  

Advent Services links -    The Away in a Manger song that we have been working on was used in this past week's chapel service.  https://vimeo.com/486410627  The full song with speaking parts will be part of the Great ADVENTure on Dec. 12th.                      https://vimeo.com/showcase/ 7823067  

Fall/Winter Wear -     It is starting to get cooler.  Please begin to look for hats, gloves and warmer coats to send to school with your child.  

Class Auction Baskets -    Thank you for your auction donations.  

Spelling -       Our spelling lists have been updated.  If you use the spelling city link, it will say that the link is not valid.  Our free premium access has expired; however, if you click My Homepage, the lists and basic games are still available. 

Book-it Reading Program (optional) -       The Book-It Reading program runs from October - March.  The goal for each month is 20 days of reading.  You can use the RRRR stars for the same minutes for Book-It.  For example, if you color in one reading star then color in one space on the monthly calendar.  The Book-It calendar can be turned in at the end of the month for a free Personal Pan Pizza coupon (this will be emailed to you).  

Classroom Volunteers-     Thank you to Mollie Harrod and Elizabeth Dobberpuhl for being our roomparents.  Thank you to Melissa Karrels for being our classroom event coordinator.  Thank you to LeNay Graham for helping with projects at home.

Classroom Donations -    Thank you to all families who have sent in a variety of classroom donations and reading souvenirs.  Everything will be well used throughout the year.  

Back to School Night -    Please join us on Tues. Sept. 1st at 6:30 for our Back to School Information Night.  This will take  place using the Google Meet link that you have been sent.  The session will also be recorded if you are unable to attend.

Chapel- Our chapel offerings for August and September will be used for Care Packages for college students

Snack -Please send a healthy snack with your child each day.  I will have extra snacks available in case it is forgotten on a busy morning.  Water bottles will be used throughout the day and can be refilled at the drinking fountain.     

Assignment Books- Assignment notebooks will be used later in September.   More will be explained at Back to School night. 

 

  Mark Your Calendars!

APRIL

6 - School Resumes

19-30- MAP Testing

29 - Parent/Teacher Conferences by appointment

MAY

2 Confirmation 2:00pm Service

 

28 1/2 Day of School Noon Dismissal

31 Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

JUNE

3 Track & Field Day/School Picnic Day

4 Last Day of School 10:00am Dismissal    Closing Chapel - 8:25am    8th Grade Graduation 6:30pm

Week of April 19th

What is 1st Grade Learning? 

Religion

Our Old Testament stories conclude this week by reading about The Tabernacle and The Day of Atonement.  We will learn how the church is a special place to worship God and thank him for sending Jesus to shed his blood and die to take away our sins and save us.            

Memory:  Matthew 18:20   "For where two or three are  gathered in my name, there am I among them."

Virtue of the Week: RESPONSIBILITY: God's power for you to be accountable to Him and others.  Big Question:  How can you trust Jesus even when you doubt His promises?
 

Reading

The students will begin new reading adventures as they practice retelling a story using the setting, characters and important events.     

Phonics: Sounds of r (er, ir, ur, or and ar) and oi and oy

Reading Fluency Skill:  Being a reading star by smoothing out the sentence and reading at an appropriate pace and volume.   We will also practice reading with expression using different character voices.    

Grammar: Irregular past tense verbs

Spelling:  Unit 3.5 - oi and oy

oil  soil  voice  point  boy  boil  coin  oink  toy  joy  *against  *heavy

Writer's Workshop

We will continue our poetry unit.  This week we will write shape poems and cloud haiku poems.      

Math

Concepts that we will practice include rounding a number to the nearest 10, counting dimes, nickels and pennies, identifying fractional parts of a whole and practicing addition facts.  

Science

Unit 8:  Lesson 3- How Does the Sun Seem to Move?  We will learn about different types of clouds

Social Studies

Unit 5: Lesson 6- Symbols of Our Country

Please Note...

NEW and IMPORTANT- 

Reading Road Race Rally -    Upcoming souvenir dates (30-36 items please)- 5/7 Plier, 5/14 Harrod.  Thank you!!!!  The reading log that was sent home on Friday will be used for our Reading Road Race Rally.  We will participate in this with Mrs. Boyce's class.  Please have your child read at least 20 minutes, 4 times a week.  A star should be colored in for each reading session.  

PAST NEWS-

Cereal Box Collection Service Project -      As a school we collected over 600 cereal boxes.  Thank you for your generous donations.

Chapel Service -     I am so proud of the students hard work on the chapel service.  The service, Special Snowflakes Stick Together, can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/event/521520.  On the right hand column, click on the 2/3/21 date.  

Virtual Bookfair -   Thank you for your support of the virtual bookfair.  

Advent Services links -   The Away in a Manger song that we have been working on was used in this past week's chapel service.  https://vimeo.com/486410627  The full song with speaking parts will be part of the Great ADVENTure on Dec. 12th.                     https://vimeo.com/showcase/ 7823067  

Fall/Winter Wear -    It is starting to get cooler.  Please begin to look for hats, gloves and warmer coats to send to school with your child.  

Class Auction Baskets -   Thank you for your auction donations.  

Spelling -     Our spelling lists have been updated.  If you use the spelling city link, it will say that the link is not valid.  Our free premium access has expired; however, if you click My Homepage, the lists and basic games are still available. 

Book-it Reading Program (optional) -     The Book-It Reading program runs from October - March.  The goal for each month is 20 days of reading.  You can use the RRRR stars for the same minutes for Book-It.  For example, if you color in one reading star then color in one space on the monthly calendar.  The Book-It calendar can be turned in at the end of the month for a free Personal Pan Pizza coupon (this will be emailed to you).  

Classroom Volunteers-    Thank you to Mollie Harrod and Elizabeth Dobberpuhl for being our roomparents.  Thank you to Melissa Karrels for being our classroom event coordinator.  Thank you to LeNay Graham for helping with projects at home.

Classroom Donations -   Thank you to all families who have sent in a variety of classroom donations and reading souvenirs.  Everything will be well used throughout the year.  

Back to School Night -   Please join us on Tues. Sept. 1st at 6:30 for our Back to School Information Night.  This will take  place using the Google Meet link that you have been sent.  The session will also be recorded if you are unable to attend.

Chapel- Our chapel offerings for August and September will be used for Care Packages for college students

Snack -Please send a healthy snack with your child each day.  I will have extra snacks available in case it is forgotten on a busy morning.  Water bottles will be used throughout the day and can be refilled at the drinking fountain.     

Assignment Books- Assignment notebooks will be used later in September.   More will be explained at Back to School night. 

 

  Mark Your Calendars!

APRIL

6 - School Resumes

19-30- MAP Testing

29 - Parent/Teacher Conferences by appointment

MAY

2 Confirmation 2:00pm Service

 

28 1/2 Day of School Noon Dismissal

31 Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

JUNE

3 Track & Field Day/School Picnic Day

4 Last Day of School 10:00am Dismissal    Closing Chapel - 8:25am    8th Grade Graduation 6:30pm

Week of April 12th

What is 1st Grade Learning? 

Religion

Our Old Testament stories this week are about how God helps his people in the desert, how Moses receives the 10 Commandments and how Aaron helps the Israelites build a golden calf.  We will discuss how we have sinned by disobeying God's commandments, but Jesus has died on the cross to take away our sins and offers us forgiveness.             

Memory: Ephesians 2:8    For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God.

Virtue of the Week: SELF-SACRIFICE: God's power for you to give up something to help others.  Big Question:  Where do you find the power and motivation to sacrifice for others?
 

Reading

The students will begin new reading adventures as they practice retelling a story using the setting, characters and important events.      

Phonics: Sounds of r (er, ir, ur, or and ar)

Reading Fluency Skill:  Being a reading star by reading with expression, smoothing out the sentence and reading at an appropriate pace and volume.   

Grammar: Present and past tense verbs

Spelling:  Unit 3.4 - oo

book  took  look  zoo  good  moon  food  pool  noon  foot  *instead  *another

Writer's Workshop

We will write letters back to our pen pals.  We will also write adjective and acrostic poems.    

Math

Concepts that we will practice include adding four of the last eight facts, identifying geometric solids (cones and spheres), using bills to pay for items to $20, and adding three single-digit numbers. 

Science

Unit 8:  Lesson 2- How Does the Sky Seem to Change?  We will learn about shadows and phases of the moon.     

Social Studies

Unit 5: Lesson 5- Community, state and country leaders (mayor, governor, president)

Please Note...

NEW and IMPORTANT- 

Spring/Easter break -   Prayers for you and your family as you enjoy Holy Week together to reflect on the death and resurrection of Jesus.  Your child has a few things in his/her backpack for you to read together for Palm Sunday and Easter.  

Cereal Box Collection Service Project -    As a school we collected over 600 cereal boxes.  Thank you for your generous donations.

Spelling City -                 This site is undergoing changes in 2021.  I will keep you updated.  

Reading Road Race Rally -   Upcoming souvenir dates (30-36 items please)- 4/16 Bluma.  Thank you!!!!  The reading log that was sent home on Friday will be used for our Reading Road Race Rally.  We will participate in this with Mrs. Boyce's class.  Please have your child read at least 20 minutes, 4 times a week.  A star should be colored in for each reading session.   

PAST NEWS-

Chapel Service -              I am so proud of the students hard work on the chapel service.  The service, Special Snowflakes Stick Together, can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/event/521520.  On the right hand column, click on the 2/3/21 date.  

Virtual Bookfair -             Thank you for your support of the virtual bookfair.  

Advent Services links -                                The Away in a Manger song that we have been working on was used in this past week's chapel service.  https://vimeo.com/486410627  The full song with speaking parts will be part of the Great ADVENTure on Dec. 12th.                    https://vimeo.com/showcase/ 7823067  

Fall/Winter Wear -                         It is starting to get cooler.  Please begin to look for hats, gloves and warmer coats to send to school with your child.  

Class Auction Baskets -                         Thank you for your auction donations.  

Spelling -                                                  Our spelling lists have been updated.  If you use the spelling city link, it will say that the link is not valid.  Our free premium access has expired; however, if you click My Homepage, the lists and basic games are still available. 

Book-it Reading Program (optional) -                                                   The Book-It Reading program runs from October - March.  The goal for each month is 20 days of reading.  You can use the RRRR stars for the same minutes for Book-It.  For example, if you color in one reading star then color in one space on the monthly calendar.  The Book-It calendar can be turned in at the end of the month for a free Personal Pan Pizza coupon (this will be emailed to you).  

Classroom Volunteers-                            Thank you to Mollie Harrod and Elizabeth Dobberpuhl for being our roomparents.  Thank you to Melissa Karrels for being our classroom event coordinator.  Thank you to LeNay Graham for helping with projects at home.

Classroom Donations -                            Thank you to all families who have sent in a variety of classroom donations and reading souvenirs.  Everything will be well used throughout the year.  

Back to School Night -                               Please join us on Tues. Sept. 1st at 6:30 for our Back to School Information Night.  This will take  place using the Google Meet link that you have been sent.  The session will also be recorded if you are unable to attend.

Chapel- Our chapel offerings for August and September will be used for Care Packages for college students

Snack -Please send a healthy snack with your child each day.  I will have extra snacks available in case it is forgotten on a busy morning.  Water bottles will be used throughout the day and can be refilled at the drinking fountain.     

Assignment Books- Assignment notebooks will be used later in September.   More will be explained at Back to School night. 

 

  Mark Your Calendars!

APRIL

6 - School Resumes

19-30- MAP Testing

29 - Parent/Teacher Conferences by appointment

Week of April 5th

What is 1st Grade Learning? 

Religion

As we celebrate Easter, we will go back to the Old Testament and read about the Passover and Crossing the Red Sea.  We will discuss how God used the blood of the Passover lambs to save his people from death and how God saved us from death in hell by the blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God.                    

Memory:  2nd Commandment:  You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God.

Virtue of the Week: RESPONSIBILITY: God's power for you to be accountable to Him and others.
 

Reading

The students will begin new reading adventures as they practice retelling a story using the setting, characters and important events.      

Phonics: Sounds of r (er, ir, ur, or and ar)

Reading Fluency Skill:  Being a reading star by reading with expression, smoothing out the sentence and reading at an appropriate pace and volume.   

Grammar: Pronoun Review

Spelling: Unit 3.3 - ou

mouth  found  out  ouch  round  house  our  cloud  shout  count  *should  *loved

Writer's Workshop

We will write opinion paragraphs about our favorite and not so favorite foods.  We will also write in our journals about Easter.  

Math

Concepts that we will practice include adding with 9, using comparison symbols (<, >, =), dividing a set of objects by sharing and identifying cup, pint, quart and gallon.  

Science

Unit 8:  Lesson 1- What Can We See in the Sky?  The children will learn about the daytime and nighttime sky.   

Social Studies

Unit 5: Lesson 4- Community, state and country leaders (mayor, governor, president)

Please Note...

NEW and IMPORTANT- 

Spring/Easter break -  Prayers for you and your family as you enjoy Holy Week together to reflect on the death and resurrection of Jesus.  Your child has a few things in his/her backpack for you to read together for Palm Sunday and Easter.  

Cereal Box Collection Service Project -   As a school we collected over 600 cereal boxes.  Thank you for your generous donations.

Journey to the Cross            The Lenten season is quickly approaching (it begins with Ash Wednesday on February 17th). We have another great way for your family to journey through this season together with us. Join Mrs. Butz and Mrs. Werner LIVE online Wednesday, February 10th from 6pm-7pm as they share the Journey to the Cross with you and your family! This year's Journey to the Cross includes a Jesus Tree kit for your family to make to help you count the days of Lent, daily prayers and a special online daily devotion. This is truly a journey you won't want to miss!   Sign-ups are required, please sign-up at           www.splgrafton.org/fig. Questions? Contact Kim Butz (kimberly.butz@splgrafton.org) or Dauna Werner (dauna.werner@splgrafton.org)

Chapel Service -             I am so proud of the students hard work on the chapel service.  The service, Special Snowflakes Stick Together, can be viewed at https://vimeo.com/event/521520.  On the right hand column, click on the 2/3/21 date.  

Virtual Bookfair -            Thank you for your support of the virtual bookfair.  

Spelling City -                This site is undergoing changes in 2021.  I will keep you updated.  

Reading Road Race Rally -   Upcoming souvenir dates (30-36 items please)- 4/16 Bluma.                Thank you!!!!  The reading log that was sent home on Friday will be used for our Reading Road Race Rally.  We will participate in this with Mrs. Boyce's class.  Please have your child read at least 20 minutes, 4 times a week.  A star should be colored in for each reading session.   

PAST NEWS-

Advent Services links -                              The Away in a Manger song that we have been working on was used in this past week's chapel service.  https://vimeo.com/486410627  The full song with speaking parts will be part of the Great ADVENTure on Dec. 12th.                   https://vimeo.com/showcase/ 7823067  

Fall/Winter Wear -                        It is starting to get cooler.  Please begin to look for hats, gloves and warmer coats to send to school with your child.  

Class Auction Baskets -                        Thank you for your auction donations.  

Spelling -                                                Our spelling lists have been updated.  If you use the spelling city link, it will say that the link is not valid.  Our free premium access has expired; however, if you click My Homepage, the lists and basic games are still available. 

Book-it Reading Program (optional) -                                                 The Book-It Reading program runs from October - March.  The goal for each month is 20 days of reading.  You can use the RRRR stars for the same minutes for Book-It.  For example, if you color in one reading star then color in one space on the monthly calendar.  The Book-It calendar can be turned in at the end of the month for a free Personal Pan Pizza coupon (this will be emailed to you).  

Classroom Volunteers-                           Thank you to Mollie Harrod and Elizabeth Dobberpuhl for being our roomparents.  Thank you to Melissa Karrels for being our classroom event coordinator.  Thank you to LeNay Graham for helping with projects at home.

Classroom Donations -                           Thank you to all families who have sent in a variety of classroom donations and reading souvenirs.  Everything will be well used throughout the year.  

Back to School Night -                              Please join us on Tues. Sept. 1st at 6:30 for our Back to School Information Night.  This will take  place using the Google Meet link that you have been sent.  The session will also be recorded if you are unable to attend.

Chapel- Our chapel offerings for August and September will be used for Care Packages for college students

Snack -Please send a healthy snack with your child each day.  I will have extra snacks available in case it is forgotten on a busy morning.  Water bottles will be used throughout the day and can be refilled at the drinking fountain.     

Assignment Books- Assignment notebooks will be used later in September.   More will be explained at Back to School night. 

 

  Mark Your Calendars!

MARCH

26 - Family Day - 11 am dismissal

27-  Spring/ Easter Break begins

APRIL

6 - School Resumes

19-30- MAP Testing

29 - Parent/Teacher Conferences