Saturday, January 13, 2018

 First Grade News   
Mrs. Ann Schmidt’s Class

January 12, 2018

In preparation for our visit by Steven Swinburne on Jan. 26, we are learning all about one of the animals
that he wrote about:  the Grizzly bear.  We are in the middle of writing about what we have learned.
 We will be doing some fun art projects too.  


Religion:
Jesus directed His disciples to sail to the other side of the Sea of Galilee.  
When a terrible storm rose up, Jesus commanded the storm to be still.  
Christian COURAGE is grounded in faith and trust in God.  
When we are fearful, we can call on Jesus.  He empowers us, His people, to
live courageously in faith and in service to others.


Bible words to know this week:
When I am afraid, I will trust in You.   Psalm 56:3


Spelling:  
Your child’s differentiated Spelling study list will be sent home in your
child’s folder on Tuesday next week. Look for the blue paper. During the week
we’ll use an app called Spelling City as well as other in class activities to practice
our differentiated Spelling Lists. On Friday, students will then use the Spelling City
app to take their differentiated Spelling test.


This week’s spelling rule is:
R Blends


And don’t forget about the spelling dictation sentences. You can start practicing these
ahead of time. When practicing, be sure to remember a capital letter to begin the
sentence as well as proper ending punctuation.


This week’s sentences are:
1.The crab is in the trap.
2.Do not drive on the grass!


Student of the Week:
    Liberty
Math:
This week we will be sorting common objects and adding two-digit numbers without
regrouping using dimes and pennies. We’ll also continue to practice our basic Math facts. Remember that your child can practice math facts at home on the website, “Xtra Math”.


Reading:
Our author of the month for January is Helen Lester. We’ll also be focusing on books
by our visiting author Steve Swinburne.


Your child’s Book Bag will come home on Tuesday with a new set of stories and
poems. Encourage your child to read them until Friday when they are to be returned.
Please remember to send back the sheet that is included each time. Let me know the
level of difficulty that your child experienced.  Thanks for your support!


Report Cards:
Please sign and then return the report card envelopes to me if you haven’t done that yet.


Chapel: February 7
Our first grade class will lead chapel on Wednesday, February 7.  We are hoping that
many of you will be able to attend that day. Our service is called “What is the Truth?”
and will be about Martin Luther.

First Grade Garage Sale
For Uganda
February 21,22, 23
Please send the form back letting us know when/if you are available to help with our
garage sale.


National Lutheran Schools Week:
January 22nd-26th will be National Lutheran Schools Week. For our service project
we’ll be making Birthday Party Kits for Operation Food Search. Our school-wide goal
is to make 100 Birthday kits. We will be assembling the kits with our Chapel Families
as part of National Lutheran Schools Week.
1st Grade has been asked to bring in cupcake papers and birthday candles. Please send
in items by Wednesday, January 17th.
We will also have Dress Down Days for each day that week.
Monday-Pajamas & Comfy Clothes Day
Tuesday-Favorite Sports Team Day
Wednesday-Decade Day
Thursday-Crazy Hair or Hat Day & Neon Clothes
Friday-School Spirit Day


100th Day of School:
Wednesday, January 24th will be our 100th Day of School! We’ll complete many
100th Day activities that day! If you would like to make and wear a t-shirt with 100
items on it, that would also be a fun dress idea for the day.






















  

Friday, January 5, 2018

 First Grade News   
Mrs. Ann Schmidt’s Class

January 5, 2018



It has been good to see all of my students again and hear about their experiences over break.

We are in the third quarter of first grade, a very important quarter because we will be looking for areas of improvement and growth .  Thank-you for continuing to work with your child at home and for making reading a priority.  

During this quarter, we will be , presenting chapel,  enjoying a Valentines party, heading to the Science Center  and having our garage sale – among many other things.

Remember that there is no school on Monday, Jan. 15, Martin Luther King Day.


Religion:
This week, we will learn how Jesus chose his disciples and we will learn about Jesus’ parable of the Farmer and the Seeds. Jesus often used everyday teaching to help people understand spiritual truths.  Jesus teaches us, among other things, diligence, through this parable.



Bible words to know this week:
Come follow me, Jesus said, and I will make you fishers of men.            Matthew 4:19

Spelling:  Something New!
This week we will begin having differentiated Spelling Lists. On Monday we will take a pretest in class. Any words that your child misses on the Pretest will be on their study list for the week. Any words that they get right won’t be. We’ll then supplement their list with other words that follow the spelling rule or that they are misspelling in their daily writing. Each student will still have 8 spelling words to study. The study list will be sent home in your child’s folder on Monday. Look for the blue paper. During the week we’ll use an app called Spelling City as well as other in class activities to practice our differentiated Spelling Lists. On Friday, students will then use the Spelling City app to take their differentiated Spelling test.


We will also start having spelling dictation sentences included with our spelling tests on Friday. You can start practicing these ahead of time. When practicing, be sure to remember a capital letter to begin the sentence as well as proper ending punctuation.

  1. I will read the note.
   2.The toad is cute.

Math:
This week we will be subtracting 2 from a number;  making tally marks; counting by fives; drawing a picture to solve a problem; and using a ruler to draw a line segment.

In a few lessons we will be using empty cans, boxes, and containers to practice adding up money amounts.  The children are already excited about this.  If you can, please save empty boxes and empty cans of items you might find in a grocery store.

When there is time, have your child practice math facts on the website, “Xtra Math”

Chapel:   February 7
Our first grade class will lead chapel on Wednesday, February 7.  We are hoping that many of you will be able to attend that day. Our service is called “What is the Truth?” and will be about Martin Luther.

Report Cards:
Second quarter report cards
are being sent home today.   Please let me know if you have
questions.   

P.E.:
Mrs. Knost reminds us to have the children bring tennis shoes on P.E. days.  When the weather gets colder, the children will often wear boots to school and need to change before P.E. starts.    
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Reading:
Our author of the month for January will be Helen Lester. We’ll also be focusing on books by our visiting author ,Steve Swinburne.

Your child’s Book Bag will come home on Monday with a new set of stories and poems. Encourage your child to read them until Friday when they are to be returned. Please remember to send back the sheet that is included each time. Let me know the level of difficulty that your child experienced. Thanks for your support!

NLSW:  We are making plans for a fun filled week of activities from Jan. 22-26 to celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week.





















  

Saturday, December 16, 2017

First Grade News
Mrs. Ann Schmidt’s Class

December 15, 2017

Information for the week of December 18-20:
Religion:
We will learn about the visit to the young child, Jesus, by the wise men from the East.  We will examine the character traits needed for such a trip as well as applying our understanding of all of the traits we have studied to the Bible’s account of the Christmas story.

No Bible passage to memorize this week.

Math:
This week, we will be writing numbers 0-10 using words; identifying pairs;  graphing pieces used to cover a design; and reading a graph.

Reading:
A new set of  books and poems will be sent home on Monday.  Please keep them all through the holidays and return on Friday, January 6.  Please remember to send back the sheet that is included each time, letting me know the level of difficulty that your child experienced.  

CCLS All School Advent Worship Service:  Monday 12/18
This is a special Christmas worship service involving everyone at the elementary and middle school buildings. You will not want to miss it.  The children are preparing special Christmas songs and band selections for this evening.  Attire is Sunday best.  The whole school body is encouraged to attend this worship service which begins at 6:30 and is being held at Concordia.  Students will be sitting with their classes.  A special request: Please take your child to the bathroom before the service begins.  The parking lot will fill up quickly, so it is a good idea to come early.

2nd Quarter Service Project:
Don’t forget to be thinking about your child’s 2nd quarter Service Project (an extra one was sent home this week in case you lost yours) Those forms will be due by Wednesday, December 20th, along with church/ss forms.  Keep reading for Dec. Book-It and return by Friday, Jan. 5.



Information for the week of January 3-5:

Religion:
When Jesus was about 40 days old, Mary and Joseph took Him to the temple in Jerusalem where Simeon and Anna greeting the promised Savior.  In the days to come, Jesus grew strong and was filled with wisdom.  We will see this when he learn about a trip He made with His family to the big city of Jerusalem at age 12.

Bible passage to know: (by Fri.)
My eyes have seen your salvation.
              Luke 2:30

New students:
Please help us in welcoming two new additions to first grade beginning in January.  Twins Camille and Azelie Ochs are returning to CCLS.  Camille will be in our class and Azelie will be joining Mrs. Nummela’s class.  

Math:
We will be writing money amounts using the cents symbol; paying for items using dimes and pennies; dividing a square into halves; and practicing the subtracting 2 facts.



Spelling:
We will not have a spelling test until the week of January 8th. At that time we will begin taking a Spelling Pre-test on Monday mornings and creating differentiated Spelling lists for each student. That list will still be sent home on Monday. We’ll also start having a dictation sentence in addition to the list of spelling words. We will include the dictation sentences in the Friday, Jan. 5,  note.

Author for January:
We will be reading books by author,   Helen Lester, in January. We’ll also be reading books by visiting author, Steve Swinburne.

First Grade Garage Sale
For Uganda
February 21,22, 23
Please save toys and books to sell to help support our friends,
Catherine and Amira
at CCLS-U
Please do not bring items until February.   We will let you know when.  Thanks!

Report Cards will be coming home on Friday.  Please sign and bring back the envelope as soon as possible.  Please let me know if you have questions or concerns.










































Friday, December 1, 2017

First Grade News
Mrs. Ann Schmidt’s Class

December 1, 2017


It will be a busy place here at CCLS as I’m sure it will be at your house this Advent season.  Thanks for making the effort to continue to stay focused on the academic side of things as well.

As the excitement of Christmas builds each day, we will always want to keep our focus on the miracle of our Savior’s birth.

Religion:
To prepare for Christmas, we will begin by studying the Bible’s account of the angel’s visit to Zechariah and the birth of John (later to be known as John the Baptist, who we learned about this week).  The angel’s visit to Mary would announce the coming of the Savior of the world just as Isaiah had foretold.

Bible Passage to Know:
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given.         Isaiah 9:6

Math:
This week, we will be creating a design with a line of symmetry; identifying a line of symmetry; drawing a line of symmetry; identifying one half of a whole; writing the fraction one half; identifying odd and even numbers; numbering a clockface; and showing time to the hour on a clock.

Book It:
Keep working on reading for Book-It!  Earn a personal pizza! A new challenge calendar for December  is in today’s red folder. November calendars should be returned as soon as possible

Reading:
A new set of  books and poems will be sent home on Monday for your child to read until Friday when they are to be returned.  Please remember to send back the sheet that is included each time.  Let me know the level of difficulty that your child experienced.  Thanks for your support!

Santa’s Workshop: Friday at 8:30
The children have an opportunity to Christmas shop for family and friends here at school.   There will be a wide range of gifts available for the children to purchase.  Parents will even wrap each item to take home.  If interested in having your child participate, just send a check or cash with your child on Friday (or earlier).

Student of the Week:
 Audrey

Kirk Kare Collection:
Bring in canned goods to help people in our area.   The goal for our school is 1,000 cans.  Bring by Thursday, please.

CCLS All School Advent Worship Service:
Please mark Monday, December 18, on your calendar.  This is a special Christmas worship service involving everyone at the elementary and middle school buildings. You will not want to miss it.  The children are preparing special Christmas songs and band selections for this evening.  Attire is Sunday best.  The whole school body is encouraged to attend this worship service which begins at 6:00 and is being held at Concordia.  Students will be sitting with their classes.

2nd Quarter Service Project:
Don’t forget to be thinking about your child’s 2nd quarter Service Project. Those forms will be due by Wednesday, December 20th. There have been many service opportunities this quarter, including “The Big Rake” through Webster Gardens, Operation Christmas Child boxes, and Thanksgiving Donations. There are many opportunities throughout the month of December as well.

First Grade Garage Sale
For Uganda
February 21,22, 23
Please save toys and books to sell to help support our friends,
Catherine and Amira
at CCLS-U

Authors:
For the month of December, our author to focus on will be Jan Brett.
In January, we will be having a special visit by Steve Swinburne, internationally known author who loves exploring the world’s animals and wildlife.  He has written many books on a wide variety of topics and uses poetry and music to make his stories come alive.  We look forward to his visit with us on January 26.  If you know of another school that would be interested in coming to see and hear him, please let me know.
Science&Art:We will be finishing up our Degas statues and working on our terrariums for science class.

Friday, November 17, 2017

First Grade News
Mrs. Ann Schmidt’s Class

(Week of Nov. 27-Dec. 1)


With only 3 full weeks to go before Christmas, there is much to plan for and look forward to in first grade.  It is a busy time of year with  lots of fun and lots of glitter and projects in the works. Our focus is always on the birth of the Savior, the best gift of all.

Religion:  
We are jumping this week to 400 years after the Old Testament prophets received their last message from God.   Now, John the Baptist appears on the scene, preaching a message of turning back to God. By baptizing people in the Jordan River, the people showed their change of heart and their need for cleansing. Even though Jesus had no sin, He insisted that John baptize him. All three persons of the Trinity were present and the heavens were opened.  John showed God’s power of RESPECT when He honored Jesus and presented Him to all as the promised  Savior.




Memory:  (by Fri., 12/1)
        

Reading:
The November form for Book-It  should be brought back this week, if possible.

The reading material that was sent home in the zipock bags on the Monday before Thanksgiving contain the books and poems that your child should continue to read this week.  They should be returned by Friday of this week.

Also look for the blue paper containing the spelling words for the week.  Remember to check on our classroom blog for the spelling words for the week if you lose the original list.   As you can see, the words are getting more difficult so practicing at home is important.

Math:   
This week, we will be esitimating the capacity of containers; ordering containers by capacity;  drawing a picture to solve a problem; indentifying the even numbers to 20; and identifying and locating numbers on a number chart.

Science:
We will be back to our Plants and Animals unit.  To finish off the unit, we will be creating a terrarium.



Edgar Degas - Artist
In contrast to the modern art of Jackson Pollock, Edgar Degas was a sculptor and painter, mostly of ballerinas and dancers.  We will be learning about him this week and creating our own “little dancers”

Author of the Month:
Beginning in December, our new author to enjoy will be Jan Brett.

Important Dates to Remember:
Dec. 7,8 – Santa’s Workshop
Dec. 18 – All School Advent Worship Service
Dec. 20 – Christmas parties
   End of 2nd quarter
Dec. 21-Jan. 2 – Christmas Vacation
Jan. 3 – 3rd quarter begins

Spanish:
In Spanish we read Gracias, The Thanksgiving Turkey by Joy Cowley and sang Thanksgiving songs: Cantad Al SeƱor and Al Pavo, Pavito.