Miss Chelak and Mrs. Senia's First Grade

Welcome to first grade! Mrs. Senia and I have many exciting things planned for your children this school year. This website will be the place to find announcements (in new posts), upcoming events (in the calendar below), and our quarterly objectives (in the link to the left). We're looking forward to a terrific year!


School Calendar


Week of February 5, 2018

posted Feb 5, 2018, 9:38 AM by Kate Chelak   [ updated Feb 5, 2018, 9:39 AM ]

Announcements
  • Report cards go home today. Please check your child's backpack!

  • Next Wednesday, February 14, we will have a Valentine's Day card exchange. Please find see the weekly e-mail for a list of student names.

  • As you have heard from the letters our nurses sent out, several different illnesses have been making their way around the first grade classroom. Please remind your children to sneeze/cough into their elbows and to wash their hands immediately if they sneeze/cough into their hands by accident. Please also keep your child at home and bring him/her to a doctor if he/she is displaying any symptoms of the flu or strep. We'd like to avoid making the entire class sick!

  • As we begin the third quarter, the first grade is preparing for graded spelling quizzes. In first gradespelling is taught using the Word Study approach. This approach emphasizes letter-sound association and spelling rules over memorization of specific words (words that do not follow the rule will still have to be memorized). For example, one week your child may learn the rule "if there is an "e" at the end of a word, the vowel in that word makes a long vowel sound." Your child will work with a set of words to help them learn this rule (late, bake, gate, mad, snack, bat). The assignments in class and at home are designed to help your child use these words to learn the rule. When helping your child prepare for the spelling quiz, please help them learn the rule in addition to the words. If you have any questions, please let me know!

This Week
  • In math we will finish discussing fractions and begin discussing time.

  • In reading we will spend time reading and writing in small groups.

  • In religion we will discuss how Jesus asks us to show his love today.

  • In social studies/science we will continue our study of the solar system, focusing on the planets and astronauts.

  • In spelling, we will work in groups. Please see the e-mail with details on your child's group. If you did not receive an e-mail, please let me know. Blue group will focus on short a and short e vowel sounds using the words rag, bag, wag, peg, Meg, beg. Green group will focus on beginning blends sp/sk/sm using the pictures of the words smell, ski, spoon, spool, smock, skirt. Red group will focus on the rule "if there is an 'e' at the end of a word, the vowel makes a long sound" using the words stick, kick, pin, dice, prize, five, and (oddball) givePurple group will focus on dipthongs "ou" and "ow" using the words cloud, couch, found, clown, crown, and owl (also oddballs grown, rough).

Week of January 22, 2018

posted Jan 22, 2018, 9:37 AM by Kate Chelak   [ updated Jan 22, 2018, 9:39 AM ]

Announcements
  • As we near the end of the second quarter, the first grade is preparing for graded spelling quizzes beginning in the third quarter. In first grade, spelling is taught using the Word Study approach. This approach emphasizes letter-sound association and spelling rules over memorization of specific words (words that do not follow the rule will still have to be memorized). For example, one week your child may learn the rule "if there is an "e" at the end of a word, the vowel in that word makes a long vowel sound." Your child will work with a set of words to help them learn this rule (late, bake, gate, mad, snack, bat). The assignments in class and at home are designed to help your child use these words to learn the rule. When helping your child prepare for the spelling quiz, please help them learn the rule in addition to the words. If you have any questions, please let me know!

This Week
  • In math we will discuss symmetry and slides/flips/turns. We will also begin our exploration of fractions.

  • In reading we will work on decoding, fluency, and comprehension in groups.

  • In religion we will discuss how Jesus called the apostles and saints (and calls us!) to help Him.

  • In social studies/science we will continue our study of the solar system, focusing on the moon.

Week of January 16, 2018

posted Jan 16, 2018, 11:54 AM by Kate Chelak

This Week
  • In math we will discuss properties of flat shapes (sides, vertices, symmetry, etc.).

  • In reading we will work in groups.

  • In religion we will discuss how our families show love like the Holy Family.

  • In social studies/science we will continue our study of the solar system, focusing on the sun.

Week of November 13, 2017

posted Nov 13, 2017, 1:29 PM by Kate Chelak

This Week
  • This week in math we will discuss doubles, using doubles plus one, and ways to make ten.

  • In reading we will continue to read independently and in reading groups.

  • In spelling we will review pl, sl, bl, and fl blends.

  • In religion we will continue to talk about different types of prayer (thanking, praising, sorrow, and asking) and the Our Father.

  • In social studies we will begin adding characters to our neighborhood.

  • In science we will finish our unit on animals.

Week of September 25, 2017

posted Sep 25, 2017, 2:14 PM by Kate Chelak

Announcements
  • Please send in emergency food supplies for your child (8-10 granola bars). This food will be used in the event that there is an emergency that puts the school in lock-down past dismissal time. This has never occurred in our memory, but we want to be prepared just in case!

  • Our first field trip is this week! On Friday we will be visiting Stribling Orchard in Markham, Virginia. Please follow the following recommendations. If you have any questions, please let me know!
    1. Wear PE uniforms (sweatpants recommended), sneakers, and a sweatshirt/coat. The weather is supposed to be in the low 70s/upper 40s at the orchard on Friday. It also can get muddy, so sneakers are preferred.
    2. A
    pply sunscreen/bug spray. We will be outside all day!

  • Picture Day is this Thursday, September 28. If you would like to order pictures of your child, please turn in the order form or register online.

This Week
  • This week in math we will discuss patterns.

  • In reading we will continue to read independently and in reading groups.

  • In spelling we will review -ad, -ap, -ag, -op, -ot, and -og word families.

  • In religion we will talk about God the Father.

  • In social studies we will continue discussing our Blessed Sacrament community.

  • In science we will finish our experiment on the five needs of plants and go on our field trip.

Week of September 18, 2017

posted Sep 15, 2017, 12:58 PM by Kate Chelak

Dear First Grade Parents,

It was nice to see so many of you at our Back to School Night yesterday! Many of you asked about signing on to RazKids (Reading A-Z) at home. I've included the directions below. I have also attached a copy of the powerpoint from yesterday. If you have any questions, please let me know!

RazKids/Kids A-Z Login Instructions

Step 1: Go to www.kidsa-z.com or download the RazKids app.
Step 2: Enter or choose the teacher's username: kchelak
Step 3: Your child finds his or her username on the class chart.
Step 4: Your child enters his or her password.

(Your child has used RazKids multiple times in the classroom and should know their username and password.)

How to Register for and Receive Progress Reports

If you would like to receive activity and progress reports for your child and send him or her messages, you can register for parent access from your child's teacher. Once the teacher approves access, you can view reports and send your child messages by clicking on the parent link at the top of the screen at www.kidsa-z.com. To receive activity and progress reports, after your child logs in, click on the green parent button at the top right of the screen and enter your email address.

Announcements
  • Please send in emergency food supplies for your child (8-10 granola bars). This food will be used in the event that there is an emergency that puts the school in lock-down past dismissal time. This has never occurred in our memory, but we want to be prepared just in case!

  • Please send in headphones for your child to use during computer class. This was not included in the supply list.

  • Please do NOT send in nuts for morning/afternoon snacks. We have several students with nut allergies in the class.

This Week
  • This week in math we will discuss one/two fewer than, we will compare numbers to five and ten, order numbers, and discuss pattern units.

  • In reading we will continue to read independently and in reading groups.

  • In spelling we will review -an, -ad, -ap, and -ag families.

  • In religion we will talk about God's goodness and God the Father.

  • In social studies we will continue discussing our Blessed Sacrament community.

  • In science we will finish our experiment on the five needs of plants and talk about seeds.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Thanks,
Kate Chelak and Pat Senia

Week of September 11, 2017

posted Sep 8, 2017, 1:06 PM by Kate Chelak

Next week we will have our first full week of school! We will also begin show-and-tell during our morning meeting. Since many first graders want to share something every day, each child is given one day a week when they may share something with the class (stories about their weekend, items from home, etc.). I shared their show-and-tell days with the students today, but you will also find them below. When we are not in school on a Monday, those student will share on Tuesday. When we are not in school on Friday, those students will share on Thursday.

Monday -- Blake, Viggo, Violet, Colin, Mason
Tuesday -- Ophelia, Ella, Meghan C., Dennis, Myles, Andrew G.
Wednesday -- Jack, Joey, Kate H., Cate. I., Megan M., Rory
Thursday -- Charlie, Keira, Alyssa, Eliza, Chase, Andrew S.
Friday -- Margaret, Anna, Kaleigh, Kara, Toa


Announcements
  • Please send in emergency food supplies for your child (8-10 granola bars). This food will be used in the event that there is an emergency that puts the school in lock-down past dismissal time. This has never occurred in our memory, but we want to be prepared just in case!

  • Please send in headphones for your child to use during computer class. This was not included in the supply list.

  • Please do NOT send in nuts for morning/afternoon snacks. We have several students with nut allergies in the class.

This Week
  • This week in math we will discuss different ways to make 8, 9, and 10, We will also talk about one and two more then.

  • In reading we will continue to read in reading groups.

  • In spelling we will review -at, -an, and -ad families.

  • In religion we will talk about God's goodness as seen in the Bible and creation.

  • In social studies we will discuss working hard and our Blessed Sacrament community.

  • In science we will begin an experiment on the five needs of plants and talk about where plants come from.

Week of September 5

posted Sep 5, 2017, 1:33 PM by Kate Chelak

Announcements
  • Please send in emergency food supplies for your child (8-10 granola bars). This food will be used in the event that there is an emergency that puts the school in lock-down past dismissal time. This has never occurred in our memory, but we want to be prepared just in case!

  • Please send in headphones for your child to use during computer class. This was not included in the supply list.

  • Please do NOT send in nuts for morning/afternoon snacks. We have several students with nut allergies in the class.

This Week
  • This week in math we will review graphs and different ways to make six and seven.

  • In reading we will begin reading on the RazKids app and in reading groups.

  • In spelling we will continue to review beginning sounds.

  • In religion we will talk about the cross as a sign of Jesus' love and the Sign of the Cross prayer.

  • In social studies we will discuss classroom community (being kind and working hard).

  • In science we will continue to talk about plants.

Week of August 28, 2017

posted Aug 31, 2017, 4:59 AM by Kate Chelak

Announcements
  • Please send in emergency food supplies for your child (8-10 granola bars). This food will be used in the event that there is an emergency that puts the school in lock-down past dismissal time. This has never occurred in our memory, but we want to be prepared just in case!

  • Please send in headphones for your child to use during computer class. This was not included in the supply list.

  • Please do NOT send in nuts for morning/afternoon snacks. We have several students with nut allergies in the class.

  • If you have not sent in the Handbook Form, please do so as soon as possible. Your child will be not able to use any electronic devices at school until it is turned in.
This Week
  • This week in math we will review numbers, comparing numbers, and patterns.

  • In reading we will learn about different ways to read (reading the pictures, reading the words) and "Read to Self."

  • In spelling we will review beginning sounds.

  • In religion we will talk about Jesus as our friend.

  • In social studies and science we will discuss classroom rules and plants.

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