Newsletter and Homework

First Grade News

January 14


         This week we will be having all reading groups and homework folders going home even though it is a short week. 

         Remember, we will be having our “red word” test next Friday so this wee we will be practicing spelling them.    We will also be focusing on reading vowel team words this week.  This is a skill the first graders should be able to read but are not responsible to spell until 2nd grade.  Vowel team words are two vowels together in the same word, as in “team”.  The first vowel is long the second vowel says nothing (ex. boat).  I have the children practice putting a line across the first vowel (as a reminder it is long) and “x” out the second vowel (as a reminder it doesn’t say anything).  There will be a list of words to practice reading at home.  I have introduced this skill but all children could use more practice. 

         In math we took a quiz on comparing number through subtraction. On a whole the class did great it was very short and easy.  We will be getting back to our first 2 minute timed math facts tests.  All of the Christmas activities got us off track but we will start back this week.  We will continue to go over which strategy is the fastest to use depending on the problem.  You can help your child with this by studying the double facts (ex. 7+7) the kids made and sent home.  The children who know them quickly can easily add or subtract one or two to the fact.  We will be beginning our next unit on graphing.

         In science we will continue to work on light energy.  The kids had fun last week experimenting with different materials to see which one the light would pass through.  They learned some big science words such as:  translucent, transparent and opaque.    

         Our mass is next Friday and all the mass parts went home last week in our homework folders.  If you have any questions please let me know.

      This week a Catholic School’s Week flier will be coming home with all the special events that are planned for the week.  I hope to see you at some of the events planned for the week.  It sounds like a lot of fun!

      This week we will also be learning about Martin Luther King and what made this man so special.  The children will be writing and illustrating their “Dreams for the World”. 








         Monday: math sheet

         Tuesday:  read vowel team word list

         Wednesday:  study for red word test

Thursday: library – return your books                    

          Friday:   mass 

                        ½ day:  10:40 dismissal

                        No interview student

                         No spelling test – study red word list                 


   **no school Monday, Jan. 21st                      


**Please make sure your child is reading with you at least 10 minutes a night.  The extra practice REALLY makes a difference.  I have been doing reading evaluations for the upcoming report cards and it is AWESOME to see everyone’s growth.


Blessings always!


Julie Hocking







Newsletter and Homework
Newsletter and Homework

                                                   First Grade News

                                                      November 9


The children are getting much better at reading magic-e words! Yah!  Some still need practice reading the long or short vowel appropriately.  All children still need practice applying this skill into their writing.  We will have one more week of magic-e.  Our spelling words this week are:  cub, cube, wake, dime, tub, quit, hide, dive, zip red word:  are.

            In math we are continuing with our missing addend chapter. When you understand how numbers work you can use them in problem solving situations easier.  Please have your child draw a “circle” picture when solving the story problems on their homework sheet.  They all know how to do them. 

         In social studies we have been learning about the First Thanksgiving and learning some Native American legends & traditions.

            In religion this month we will be focusing on giving thanks to God for the many blessings in our life. Our “gratitude” chain is coming along nicely.  We will also be focusing on our call to help others in need. On Tuesday we will be taking our field trip to Econo to have our picture taken for the Mining Journal along with shopping for the food bank.  We are in need of one more parent helper so if you are able to come please let me know.  Our mass parts for the November 19th mass are in your homework folder this week.  If I missed anyone who didn’t have a part in our last mass please let me know. 

        Everyone should have received his/her conference times last week.  They are also posted on the sign outside our classroom door.  I am really looking forward to meeting with all of you. If you have a problem with your time please let me know right away.   Your children are wonderful.


     Monday:  math sheet

     Tuesday: read magic-e and short vowel words                        

    Wednesday:  study for spelling /evening conferences

    Thursday:  mass 9am / evening conferences

                       Interview student:  Jackson

     Friday:  spelling test

                    ½ day (10:40 dismissal)

Blessings Always,

Julie Hocking