Thank you First Grade Parents for such a wonderful year!! I had such a great time with all of your children. I hope when the students think about first grade they have big smiles on their faces.
This week I have been trying to get all of the telling time and counting money practice in that I can while still having fun. Tuesday will be the last day that we are working on school work all day. On Wednesday we will clean out our desks and have a little fun. We will be experimenting with Soda Floats-----Ice cream is the solid and the soda brings in the gas and the liquid. Please do not tell your child about this or they will ask me all day long when we are going to do this.
Thursday----Field Day----While Kindergarten is in at their prayer service we will be in class playing board games---please send your child with a beach towel and a board game.---I have a water ballon toss game that we will do and a version of a bucket brigade for them to play as well...they will not be soaked if they follow directions, however if you would like to send your child with dry clothes that would probably be a good idea. :) I am not forcing any of the students to play if they hate the idea of getting wet, but it never hurts to be prepared for those that do. We will also play Bocce and a game I call Crab Ball with a giant soccer ball. In the afternoon we will be watching a movie with the rest of the school and having snacks.
Mrs. Gutierrez sent a letter home asking for everybody to send in $5 for a pizza party on Thursday...on that day the school provides hamburgers and hot dogs for each class...so the money that comes in will be used towards drinks and sides for the students to eat with their lunch. Also we will be having ice cream sundaes after our lunch and before our movie.
On Friday after mass I will be giving each student their own award in a mini awards ceremony---they are a little silly but cute awards...you may join us if you like....I will be done right at ten. Please try to not take your child right after mass and come to school on Friday---report cards go home as well.
I will send any extra lunch and milk tickets home with your child in their report card. I will also be sending home a parent report of the most recent reading test we took....It gives you your child's ZPD...for example, your child is reading/comprehending at a 2.1....Second Grade, First Month level...buy/checkout books in the 2.4-3.4 reading level so your child is challenged but not too challenged.
Over the summer please keep reading!!! 20 minutes a day, at least, is all you need. If any of you would like your child to get a jump on second grade or review first grade material over the summer please talk to Mrs. Gargano about her Summer Enrichment. She works on reading and/or math.
If you have any questions please send me a message through remind 101 or I will be here on Tuesday and probably other days closing out the school year.
It has been truly a blessing to teach your child this year!! Have a great break!!
Love, Mrs. Scheurich
Hello First Grade Parents,
I did not have a blog last week so I just want to say thank you to all of you who attended the May Crowning Mass/Grandparent's Day. Please thank the grandparents for coming that day as well. The Mass was beautiful and went without a hitch. I am so proud of all the students. It isn't easy to get up in front of people and they did.
We finished our Superkids workbook for the past 8 units today. I will send it home today unless your child has makeup pages from last week. We will not have anymore Spelling Tests or Homework Folders go home. The only homework I will send home is subtraction flash cards for the students to practice which do not need to be returned. I also might send home some practice math worksheets for counting money and telling time. These will be in the planner and due the next day...like their homework will be next year.
In class we will be working on reading our unit stories that are on the Superkids website, but not in our reader. We will also be reading our last Super Duper Magazine Informational Text. In addition, we have our final writing assessment to take.
For Math, I am using Touch Money to teach the students how to count many coins. In First Grade we count pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters. To add money using Touch Money a dot is placed on each coin that adds up to its value. Each dot is worth five cents. Pennies do not have a dot, nickels have one dot, dimes have two dots, and quarters have five dots.
Social Studies- We are working on understanding that our school is in the City of Merced, Merced is in the State of California, California is a state that is in the country of The United States of America, and the USA is on the planet Earth. They get very confused with this, so we will be working on an art project to help with this concept.
May 17th---Our field trip to UC Merced
May 18th---8th Grade Carnival 10:00-12:00/12:30 Dismissal/Free Dress
May 24th---Field Day---Hamburger/Hot Dog lunch provided for free---Free Dress
May 25th---Last Day of School---10:00 Dismissal---Wear uniform
Please see me with any questions.
Thank you for a great year!!!
Love, Mrs. Scheurich
Hello First Grade Parents!!!
This week we are busy practicing for the May Crowning Mass. Every student in our class is involved with this mass. Readings to practice at home will be stapled to planners tomorrow (Tuesday) for those who are reading. We only have thirteen readers for this mass so not everyone will have a reading part. If your schedule permits please try to attend this mass because it is beautiful.
Mass is on Friday at 8:15.
On Friday we will also celebrate Grandparent's Day. All Grandparents are invited to attend. After mass they will visit the classrooms, the library, have their picture taken and have breakfast. Grandparents may take their grandchild with them afterwards since Friday is a minimum day. If grandparents do take their grandchild home they still need to get a pass from the office and bring it to me...thank you.
Reading: We are reading "The Superkids Like Books!" and "The Case of the Mystery Monster".
The sounds we are learning are the sounds that 'oo' can make. For example, oo in spooky and oo in book.
Spelling Words: moon, spoon, room, broom, book, took, shook, hood, wood, stood
Math: Reviewing addition with regrouping----starting subtraction without and with regrouping. We are still working on timed math---the students love being timed for their facts.
Social Studies: Where is California?
Religion--Practicing for mass
Art---Grandparent's Day Project/Spring Art
Please see me if you have any questions----Let's finish the year strong!!
May God bless you all, Mrs. Scheurich
May 4th-May Crowning Mass/Grandparent's Day
May 11th-Talent Show
May 17th-Field Trip to UC Merced
May 18th-8th Grade Carnival
May 24th-Field Day
May 25th-Last Day of School
Hello 1st Grade Parents,
The school year is wrapping up quickly!
Reading- We are reading "Summer Snow" and "That Was Yesterday". We are reviewing the 'ou' and 'ow' sound from last week. Last week those two sounds sounded like the 'ou' in ouch. This week we are adding in the long o sound for 'ow' as in the word snow.
Spelling: low, blow, grow, slow, snow, warm, walk, once, give, done
Math: Math is getting very exciting!! We have started two-digit addition. For example: 27
We start regrouping this week. Back when I was in elementary school regrouping was called borrowing. Please try to refer to borrowing as regrouping to your child. This is a very quick introduction to regrouping. We start double digit subtraction at the end of the week or beginning of next week. In addition to these we will also work on telling time to the hour and half past the hour.
Religion-Practicing for May Crowning Mass on Friday, May 4th.
Social Studies---Continents and Oceans---and---Where is California?
Science---Solids, Liquids and Gases
Please see me if you have any questions,
P.S. Continue working on math facts---the students are doing great!!!
Thank you to everyone who attended their child's conference. I enjoyed seeing you all.
***Due to this week being a short week we will write the ten spelling sentences during class. If your child still wants to write sentences at home they may do so. Also, our practice spelling test will be on Wednesday. If your child spells all ten words correctly on Wednesday they will not have to take the test on Thursday.***
Reading--We are reading "The Garden Club" and "For the Birds". Please have your child read on Superkids website over Easter Break...they get rusty fast if they do not read a little everyday.
This week we are learning the sounds for "oi" and "oy". We went over today that when we spell with these sounds the oi is always in the beginning or middle and the oy is used at the end of a word. For example---boil and boy.
Spelling Words- oil, boil, soil, coin, join, point, joint, joy, toy, boy
Math-Tally Charts and Bar Graphs
Religion-Holy Week Flip Book----Practice for Stations of the Cross---We will be at Park Merced on Wednesday at 10:45. We will walk to Mission Gardens at 1:00 on Wednesday.
We will be presenting the Living Stations of the Cross on Thurdsay morning with the 8th Grade Class. The 8th Grade will also reenact the Last Supper and the Agony in the Gardern of Gethsemane Thursday morning. All of you are welcome to attend. It is a moving experience and very beautiful.
Science---Solids, liquids and gases---states of matter
Easter Break-March 30th-April 6th----Back to school on Monday April 9th
Friday April 13th 12:30 dismissal
Saturday April 14th--First Communion for 2nd Grade
Monday-April 16th-All school mass
Tuesday April 17th---State of the School Address-6:00
Wednesday April 18th---Spring Program---We are in the Spring Program
Saturday April 21st-Relay for Life-El Capitan High School-9AM-11PM for those who like supporting this event
Friday May 4th-Grandparents Day----Mass---Our class is responsible for this beautiful mass...breakfast provided for grandparents and students---12:30 dismissal
Please see me or send a message if you have any questions---Mrs. Scheurich
Hello First Grade Parents,
Welcome to the 4th Quarter!! This school year is flying by!!
In the planner today:
First Graders who get a family envelope have registration paperwork for next year in the planner.
No homework folders this week, I am changing them a little so I kept them.
This weeks homework is in the planner---Homework for this week is---Read Party Planning till reading fluently and with expression, using your spelling words write ten sentences. For math homework practice addition math facts. Today in class we took the addition +1 test and made flash cards for +2 and +3....I tried to make sure all of the students answers were correct, please check their answers. The flash cards are either in the planner or in their backpacks in a ziploc.
Spelling words: car, far, star, card, hard, born, corn, horn, short, sport
Reading: Party Planning and Slumber Party
We are working on learning what sounds these letters make when together--- "ar" and "or"
Grammar---using the suffix 'ful'
Math---Chapter 11---bar graphs and using data to make a bar graph---extra practice on weight/test on Chapter 10 weight
Religion- Chapter 11-Jesus Teaches Us Forgiveness
P.E.---Throwing and Catching
Please send me a message if you have any questions.
Chocolate bunnies due March 13th
March 15th-Report Cards go home
March 15th-12:30 Dismissal
March 16th-No School
March 19th-23rd-12:30 Dismissal-Parent/Teacher Conferences
Welcome Back!! I hope you all had a great week off.
This week in First Grade:
Reading: "Golly is on the Ball" and "Play Ball"
Spelling:-Decoding "all" words---call, mall, small, stall, wall, baseball, basketball, hallway, fallen, taller
Writing: Write descriptive sentences
Math: Finishing Chapter 9-Measurement---Starting Chapter 10- Weight
Religion-Finishing Chapter 10-We Celebrate the Eucharist--Start extra chapter chapter on Lent
Social Studies-Changes in Communities and Changes in Transportation
Have a Great Week!!
School Mass at St. Patrick's Church on Sunday at 1:00.
We have successfully made it through Catholic School's Week!! I hope your child came home and told you about all of the great activities that went on last week.
This week in First Grade:
Reading: "It's So Hot!" and "The Wish". We are learning how to read words with contractions. Our contractions are paired with pronouns and is, am, will, and are. For example: I'm, we're, it's and he'll.
I told the students when a letter is taken out of a word to form a contraction that letter is always a vowel. When we worked on the contraction not...we took out the letter o...did not...changed to didn't.
This week we are also working with will...so not only will we take out the letter i, the letter w will also go away...for example...he will is changed to he'll.
Writing: We are working on story evidence and using because to connect opinions and reasons. This is really working on comprehension too.
Grammar: Homophones-there/their, it's/its, you're/your
Spelling: I'm, he's, she's, it's, we're, you're, I'll, he'll, she'll, you'll
I'm and I'll need to have a capital "I' to be spelled correctly. This is due to the fact that I'm stands for I am and I'll stands for I will and I by itself is always capitalized.
Math: Homework folders and in class we are back to practicing addition....this time they are adding different numbers not just the same number on the whole page. In our math book we are moving onto Chapter 9--Length.
Religion: Celebrate the Eucharist---We are also starting to practice for the Ash Wednesday Mass. Ash Wednesday is next week, February 14th.
Social Studies: Past, Present, Future
Art: Finishing Lady Bug Art and starting Valentine Art
Progress Reports go home on Friday!!
Valentine's Day will be celebrated on the 13th. If your child would like to handout something to the class please bring it on Tuesday the 13th. We will not celebrate Valentine's Day on the 14th because it is Ash Wednesday.
Please come see me if you have any questions.
Science Fair: Tuesday, February 6th at 6PM---We will have a poster up of our class activity that we did on Friday called "Sink or Float". If your child was not here I'm sorry that they missed out on this fun and educational activity. We went to the lab over in the junior high. We had a good time. If you would like to see our display I will have it in the classroom on Thursday and Friday if you can't make it to the fair. I know our class doesn't have individual displays but they love Science so much I think they would think what the older students have done is interesting and it's always neat to see what your buddy or faith family members are working on.
Come see me or send me a message if you have any questions. :)
God Bless You as we prepare for the Lenten Season,
Happy Catholic Schools Week!!
Thank you to all of you who helped and/or attended the auction on Saturday. It was a fun night and a great way to celebrate our school!
Reading: We will be reading "Cass Takes the Cake" and "Golly Helps". We will be learning how to add 'er' and 'est' to words that end in y....for example- fluffy, fluffier, fluffiest. The 'y' makes the long e sound and when we go to add 'er' and 'est' to words we change the 'y' to an 'i' and then add the ending. We will also be learning/reviewing that when we add 'er' and 'est' to the end of the words it is used to compare things.
Spelling: say, may, play, happier, happiest, down, too, work, many, first
Writing: how to-----for example-how to build a snowman
Math-Ways to Subtract-Finishing Chapter 8
Social Studies-What is History?
Religion-Celebrate the Eucharist
Art-Finish Ladybug Art
Tuesday January 30th-Buddy Day---Free Dress Blue and White---No Hot Lunch---$2 Gift for Buddy
Wednesday-Cherish Luncheon---No Hot Lunch
Thursday---Souper Bowl---Bring a can(s) of soup---Wear a game day themed free dress (only if you brought soup) Jersey-team related free dress
Friday---Mass at St. Patrick's Church---drop off your child with a booster at the church---nobody will be at school-----Minimum Day---12:30 Dismissal
Have a great week!!!
Hello First Grade Parents,
This week in 1st Grade:
Reading: "My Happy Rainy Day" and "In Case of Rain" We are learning that the letter y is sometimes a vowel...Our rules for this week---If a word ends in a y and it is the only vowel, the y will make the long i sound...for example- my, why---if a word ends in a y and their are at least 2 vowels in the word with other letters in between the vowels the y will make the long e sound...for example-happy, rainy, dizzy...I showed the students how day and play have two vowels, but there isn't a letter between the vowels so the y is silent and we pronounce the long a sound.
Spelling- by, fly, cry, try, belly, jelly, smelly, bunny, funny, sunny
Writing- Finishing a narrative----starting a how-to text----For example:How to make a sandwich--make a list of steps...Also start trying to see the difference between an informational text and a how-to text.
Math-Different ways to subtract
Science-How Does a Butterfly Grow? and How Does a Frog Grow?
Religion-What Catholic's Believe...Jesus is God's Son
Art-Catholic Schools Week-Cherish Luncheon Cards-Lady Bug Art
P.E.--Passing a Basketball, bounce, catch
Friday-January 26th-Lancers Free Dress-Wear OLM T-Shirt/Sweatshirt
Important Info---Catholic Schools Week
Catholic Schools Week Eve-Auction January 27th
Sunday-9:00 AM School Mass at St. Patrick's Church
Monday-Afternoon Movie-K-8th-Celebrate Community
Tuesday-Buddy Day-Blue and White Free Dress-Rally-----Bring a gift for your 8th Grade Buddy--$2 Limit
Bring a cold lunch today---no hot lunch
Wednesday---Cherish Luncheon for area seniors---We will give out cards at the lunch----Bring a cold lunch--no hot lunch today
Thursday-Souper Bowl Game Day with Faith Families---Bring cans of soup for contest---All cans will be donated to Catholic Charities...if you bring soup wear sports free dress-jersey's, t-shirts, hats
Friday-Mass at St. Patrick's Church at 8:00---Do not drop off child at school-nobody will be here...Also we need drivers that can bring us to school after mass....don't forget booster seats.
Thank you for sending your child to OLM School!!