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First Grade at Holy Apostles School

Love God, Love Others, Transform Our World

Mrs. Bergan and Mr. Bennett work collaboratively to coordinate lessons in Reading, Language Arts, Math and Social Studies.  Mrs. Bergan teaches Religion to both classes and Mr. Bennett teaches all PLTW Science.
Please call (262-786-7331) or email (dbergan@hanb.org or sbennett@hanb.org) anytime you wish to discuss your child.

EXPECTATIONS & ASSESSMENT

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GRADING SCALE:

Letter Grade:          Accuracy Percentage:

O (Outstanding)               98-100%

S (Satisfactory/

     Secure)                       88-97%

P (Making Progress)        78-87%

N (Needs Improvement)   0-77%

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SPELLING/DICTATION TEST EXPECTATIONS:

  • Accurate spelling.

  • Correct use of capitals and end marks.

  • Letters formed correctly.

NEWS AND REMINDERS:

 

COLD WEATHER CLOTHING:

  • Please send your first grader to school every day with snowpants, boots, winter jacket, hat and gloves.

  • Students should take these items home with them each night and bring them back each morning.  We do not want wet clothing enclosed in lockers overnight.  Please dry these at home and return them every morning.​​

  • Students should bring these items every day through the end of winter (even if/when there is little snow on the ground).  Proper clothing keeps students warm and dry which helps them succeed in the classroom.

ALLERGY ALERT:

This year, we have several first graders with food allergies.  The student(s) in question have serious reactions to peanuts and tree nuts and to foods containing these items. 

 

We are making all first graders aware of these allergies and are guiding them to be extra careful in the lunchroom or other situations involving food.  Similarly, we are requesting your help when preparing any snacks or treats for our room.  Please be sure that any food item you send for classroom consumption does not contain peanuts or tree nuts. 

 

If you have any questions or concerns about this matter, please call (262-786-7331) or email (dbergan@hanb.org or sbennett@hanb.org) us.  Thank you in advance for your help in keeping all our students safe. 

RAZ KIDS CLASS USERNAMES:

  • Mrs. Bergan's class:  hafirstgrade144.

  • Mr. Bennett's class:  hafirstgrade136.

UPCOMING EVENTS:​

  • Monday, 2/24--Behavior charts due.

  • Monday, 2/24--Flash card test on addition and subtraction for 9s and 10s.

  • Wednesday, 2/26--Ash Wednesday (wear purple or HA Spirit Wear), 7:50 Mass.

  • Wednesday, 2/26--Library books due.

  • Thursday, 2/27--Voweletics reading passage due.

  • Friday, 2/28--Spelling test #14.

NEW MATH FACT ROUTINE:  ADD/SUBTRACT 11s and 12s:

  • We are now focused on adding and subtracting for sums/wholes of 11 and 12.  Please pull these facts from your flashcard packet and study no more than 5 minutes each night.

  • Addition facts to study:  9+2, 2+9, 9+3, 3+9, 8+3, 3+8, 8+4, 4+8, 7+4, 4+7, 7+5, 5+7, 6+5, 5+6, 6+6.

  • Subtraction facts to study: 11-2, 11-3, 11-4, 11-5, 11-6, 11-7, 11-8, 11-9, 12-3, 12-4, 12-5, 12-6, 12-7, 12-8, 12-9.

  • We will have a flash card test on these facts before Easter break and will notify you of the specific date as that time draws near.

BEHAVIOR CHARTS AND LIBRARY BOOKS DUE EVERY WEEK:

 

 

 

 

 

  • Signed behavior charts are due on Monday of each week.

  • Library books should be returned each Wednesday.

  • Thank you!                                                                            ​

RAZ KIDS (A/K/A "KIDS A TO Z"):

  • Reading on Raz Kids is the best way for your first grader to enhance decoding and comprehension skills.  

  • Regular use of Raz Kids will enhance a student's performance on MAP tests and future reading assessments.

  • We would like first graders to use Raz Kids several times each week (or more).  The more students use Kids A to Z, the better readers and thinkers they will become.

  • Kids A to Z reading counts as part of our expectation that students read 15 minutes daily.

  • Students should take the comprehension quiz associated with each "Kids A to Z" book.  If a student misses a question, she/he should reread the book and then retake the quiz.

  • Kids A to Z reading levels are set at "easy to decode" levels so students can focus more on comprehension and fluency.

  • When a student masters all the quizzes at a reading level, we will advance her/him to the next level on Kids A to Z.

AT HOME VOWELETICS ROUTINE:

There are several at-home components to Voweletics, our phonics program, which continues this week.  In particular, we are continuing at home practice of spelling words, sight words, and reading fluency passages (known as "Reader's Theater").

Your first grader can practice each week's vowel pattern words, sight words and dictated sentences using the Voweletics at home portal.  To access this at-home portal, please copy and paste the following registration link to your web browser:

 https://voweleticsportal.com/registration/1920hm/

There will not be any charge to you to register and will remain active for the duration of the academic school year.  

NOTE: When registering, you will be required to enter our school’s license number. Our Voweletics school license number is:  962871 

 

Spelling

  • During full school weeks, we will send home a spelling list on Monday.  

  • This list will be tested on Fridays of full school weeks.

  • Please spend no more than five minutes each night practicing the words on this list.  

  • Each spelling list will usually consist of 10 words and 2 dictated sentences, all of which rely heavily on the vowel sound of the week.

  • Your child can practice the dictations using the "Activities" tab of the at home Voweletics portal mentioned above.

Sight Words and Phrases

  • Over the next couple of weeks, your first grader will bring home a list of sight words or phrases to practice.

  • She/he can use the Voweletics portal to practice these words and phrases.

  • A student must be able to quickly and fluently read all the words and phrases on a list before advancing to the next list.

  • Please spend no more than five minutes each night focusing on mastery of the list which we send home each week.

  • We will check your child's sight word mastery each week and send home new words or phrases as each list is mastered.

"Reader's Theater" Fluency Passage

  • During full school weeks, we will send home a "Reader's Theater" fluency passage on Monday.

  • Your child should read this passage out loud to someone at home at least four separate times each week.  

  • After each reading, the person listening to the passage should sign the appropriate space on the back of the passage.

  • Completed and signed reading passages are due back at school on Thursday of each full school week.  

DAILY AT HOME ROUTINE:

  • Read for 10-15 minutes each night.  We strongly recommend using Raz Kids (a/k/a "Kids Plus") for at least some of this reading.

  • Practice Spelling words for 5 minutes each night.

  • Read Voweletics fluency passage four times by Thursday of each week.

  • Practice addition and subtraction facts for wholes of 9 and 10 (see detail above).

  • Practice sight words or phrases for no more than 5 minutes daily.

CORRECTED CONTACT INFORMATION FOR ENGEL FAMILY:

  • The H.A. Directory contains incorrect contact information for the Engel family.

  • Please make note of the correct contact information below--

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