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Dear Parents,

     It is hard to believe that we have been distance learning for almost two months.  We are so proud of our students for all of their hard work.  We are grateful to you for helping with assignments, for assisting with Zoom calls, and for the kind words you have sent us.  We appreciate all of your support during this time.

    

     With the end of the year just around the corner, we have made some adjustments to when assignments will be posted and when they will be due.

Friday, May 15 ~ Assignments for the week of May 18-22 will be emailed to parents on Friday, May 15.  This is the last week that new work will be assigned.  This work will be due Friday, May 22.

Saturday, May 16 ~ This is the due date for this week’s (May 11-15) assignments.  The only exception is if you are dropping work off at school on Monday, May 18.

     Important Notes for this Week:

Reading:  Reader’s Notebook pages 204 and 205 instruct the students to write what Fly Guy means when he says, “Buzz.”  The answers should be written in complete sentences with a capital at the beginning and a period at the end.  Each sentence should begin with Fly Guy means or He means.

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Reading Assessment:  The assessment for Hi! Fly Guy can be found on Seesaw. Please read the first two pages to your child (Comprehension and Grammar sections); however, as with all assessments, students should be choosing their answers independently (without help from an adult or the story).  Do not read the last three pages (Words to Know and Phonics) to your child, as students are being assessed on their decoding skills.  In order for your child to be successful on the assessment, please have them complete all of the assigned pages in the Reader’s Notebook, as well as the assigned activities on Seesaw, prior to completing the assessment.

Spelling Test:  Just like last week, please give your child a spelling test (over this week’s words).  Please have them write the words on a piece of paper, nd send it to us electronically by Saturday, May 16th, or drop it off in the office by Monday, May 18th.

Seesaw:  This week on Seesaw, students should find the following items in their journal: six videos, Words to Know, the reading story Hi! Fly Guy (three parts),  two science lessons, and a science inquiry activity.  They were also assigned four activities and the Hi! Fly Guy assessment.

We would like to wish all of the moms a very Happy Mother’s Day!

~Mrs. Koepfer and Mrs. Switlick

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April 25, 2020

Dear Parents,

Attached is the work that your child is required to complete for the week of April 27-May 1. We are asking for all work to be returned by Sunday, May 3rd (or Monday, May 4th if you are turning it in at school).  Please look on your child’s Seesaw account for assignments, as well as instructional videos. 

Important notes for this week:

Monday Pick-Up:  This Monday (April 27th), you are welcome to come to school between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to pick up a packet that we have prepared for your child.  Inside the packet, you will find a reading textbook, two social studies booklets, the next science chapter, and a hundreds chart.  (The hundreds chart will be used for math this week.)  Packets will be on a table between the middle doors, so there will be no contact.  Please do not feel that you must pick up this packet as we will still post all of this information in Seesaw.  Many parents expressed a desire for hard copies of the texts, so we wanted to accommodate them.  If you are coming to school, please return your child’s other reading textbook.  If you would like, you may also turn in your child’s library books.  While you are here, you are welcome to ask Mrs, Schmakel to make copies of this week’s printouts. 

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Reading Assessment:  The assessment for What Can You Do? can be found on Seesaw. Please read the first two pages to your child (Comprehension and Grammar sections); however, as with all assessments, students should be choosing their answers independently (without help from an adult or the story).  Do not read the last three pages (Words to Know and Phonics) to your child, as students are being assessed on their decoding skills.  In order for your child to be successful on the assessment, please have them complete all of the assigned pages in the Reader’s Notebook, as well as the assigned activities on Seesaw, prior to completing the assessment.

Spelling Test:  Just like last week, please give your child a spelling test (over this week’s words).  Please have them write the words on a piece of paper, and send it to us electronically or drop it off in the office by Monday, May 4th.

Math:  This week, two of the assignments that your child will be completing are Written Assessment 17 and workbook page 384.  Since these are assessments, please have your child complete them independently; however, please read the directions/questions to them.

Seesaw:  This week on Seesaw, students should find the following items in their journal:   four videos, social studies text (read only), Words to Know, reading story What Can You Do? (two parts), and the reading assessment.

Attached to this email are some optional activities that we thought your child may enjoy.  Included are activities to practice this week’s spelling words and Words to Know, as well as a COVID-19 time capsule.  You do not need to return any of these activities to us.

Thanks for all you are doing!

~Mrs. Koepfer and Mrs. Switlick

 

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April 13, 2020

Dear Parents,

Attached is the work that your child is required to complete for the week of April 14-17. We are asking for all work to be returned by Sunday, April 19th (or Monday, April 20th if you are turning it in at school).  To cut down on printing from home, we have uploaded the reading and science assessments to your child’s activities on Seesaw.  We have also added the Social Studies pages from the text to your child’s journal on Seesaw.

Important notes for this week:

Writing:  Using the completed story map on page 136 in the Reader’s Notebook, students need to write a story.  The completed story should not be the exact same as the story map.  They need to add details and adjectives to make their story interesting.  Remember, the story map was not to be based on a story from the reading book, but rather something that your child created.  As always, correct end marks and capitalization are expected.

Reading Assessment:  You will notice on the assignment checklist that there is an assessment on the story The New Friend. Please read the first three pages to your child (Comprehension, Grammar, and Words to Know sections); however, as with all assessments, students should be choosing their answers independently (without help from an adult or their textbook). Contractions that are not spelled correctly will be marked wrong.  Do not read the last two pages (Phonics) to your child, as students are being assessed on their decoding skills.  In order for your child to be successful on the assessment, please have them complete all of the assigned pages in the Reader’s Notebook, as well as the assigned activities on Seesaw, prior to completing the assessment.

Science Assessment:  Please read the entire test to your child.  Students may not use their book to find the answers.  This assignment is posted under your child’s activities in Seesaw.

A.R:  We cannot stress enough the importance of having your child read every day.  Due to our current situation, we will not be setting A.R. goals for the students for the 4th quarter. That being said, we have been given a link that will allow your child to take A.R. tests at home (if they would like to practice their comprehension skills).  Your child’s username is their first initial and the first four letters of their last name.  (If your child has an older sibling with the same first initial, add a 1 to the end.)  The password is your child’s initials.  The link is https://global-zone50.renaissance-go.com/welcomeportal/103642. 

Seesaw:  This week on Seesaw, you will find the following items: two math videos, Social Studies text (read only), reading assessment, science assessment, and three Seesaw activities.

XtraMath:  We have noticed that some students are not completing their sessions.  (It will show a gray color instead of green, yellow, or red.)  We are asking students to complete four sessions this week.  A session is complete when they have completed the progress quiz and two practice sessions.  (This takes an average of five minutes.)  They will receive a message on their screen telling them that they have finished.

WSJA on the Go:  Here is the link for WSJA on the Go -  http://www.joanofarcschool.org/discover-sja/wsja.cfm.   They will be incorporating Spirit Week into the broadcast (in case your child wants to tune in).

Thank you for all you are doing at home.   It truly takes a village!  Please know that your positive comments and feedback mean the world to us.  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.  We continue to keep you in our daily prayers and hope that we will be able to end the year together.

~Mrs. Koepfer and Mrs. Switlick

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Classroom Assignments for the week of March 23-27

Below is the work that your child is required to complete for the week of March 23-27.  In order for this to not become cumbersome for your child, please keep your child on task by completing work each day.  If you are able to take a picture or scan your child’s completed assignments, that would be preferred, so we can see how your child is progressing. (In this instance, a hard copy is not needed).  Work will be viewed, graded, and posted on RenWeb if applicable.  If this is not possible for your situation, we will expect to receive all of your child’s work the day that we return to school.  

English Language Arts: 

Students should read pages 116 and 117 in the Reading book to learn this week’s Words to Know.  Students should practice reading these words throughout the week as they normally would.  Students will be expected to read these words to us when we return.  They should also read the story, “A Tree is a Plant” (pages 120-147) three times throughout the week.  Please complete the attached document, “Sequence of Events” by using information from “A Tree is a Plant” (story found in Reading textbook). 

Attached is a list of the “Hunks and Chunks” that we chant daily in the classroom.  The starred items are the ones that we have practiced in class and the students are familiar with.  Please have your child review these throughout the week.  They help the students decode words when reading and writing.  

Reader’s Notebook workbook - Please complete pages 127, 133, 135, and 137 on indefinite pronouns and future tense.  


 

Students are expected to read 15 minutes per day.  We are not asking for any kind of reading log.  We trust that you understand how important this is to ensure continued growth.

Writing - Students will be writing a narrative story using their imagination.  Please see page 159 in their reading book for an example of a story map.  Then have them complete page 136 in the reading notebook to map out their own story.  We will be using this in the future to write our own stories.  

Spelling: 

Reader’s Notebook workbook - Please complete pages 126, 132, and 134 over the following spelling words: soon, new, noon, zoo, boot, too, moon, blew, soup, you.  

Students should write a sentence for each spelling word this week.  (ten sentences total, one for each word)

AR: If your child has not completed their third quarter AR goal (2.5 points), your child may still earn points by reading books within his/her level and writing a short summary of the book (minimum 4-5 sentences describing the beginning, middle, and end of the book).  Your child will earn the full point value for each book read.  Students will not be able to begin earning AR points for fourth quarter until we return to school.


 

Math:  Students should complete Math pages 341, 342, 345, 349, and 350 to practice our Doubles +1 strategy (Please see below).  These pages should not be timed.  They should also complete pages 343, 347, 351, 357.  

*** We are currently working on teaching doubles plus 1 facts.  

3+3 (Doubles fact)

3+4 (Doubles +1 fact)

Please help your child practice that when they see a doubles plus one fact they should double the smaller number and add one.  For example, in 3 + 4, 3 is the smaller number, so we double three to equal six and then add one.  3+4=7

XtraMath: Students are expected to complete XtraMath five times throughout the week.  If they choose to complete the activity twice in one day, it will only show up as logging in once, so they need to complete the activity five different days.  No need to document this activity.  We can see each child’s progress and day of log-in on our end.  

Religion: Students are expected to complete pages 207-217 and the attached Activity Master titled, “Good Friends”.  

Please continue to practice The Act of Contrition Prayer and introduce your child to The Guardian Angel prayer:

Angel of God, 

My guardian dear,

To whom God’s love commits me here,

Ever this day,

Be at my side,

To light and guard,

To rule and guide.  Amen.


 

Science:

Please read the attached textbook pages and have your child complete the activities.

Optional Activities

Spelling City - Students can practice this week’s spelling words and words to know.  Instructions were sent home at the beginning of the year on how to access this site.

Toledo Zoo - Students can go online at 10:30 am every day to learn about our zoo.

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Classroom Assignments for the week of March 16-20

Below is the work that your child is required to complete for the week of March 16-20.  In order for this to not become cumbersome for your child, please keep your child on task by completing work each day.  If you are able to take a picture or scan your child’s completed assignments, that would be preferred, so we can see how your child is progressing. (In this instance, a hard copy is not needed).  Work will be viewed, graded, and posted on RenWeb if applicable.  If this is not possible for your situation, we will expect to receive all of your child’s work the day that we return to school.  

English Language Arts: 

Reader’s Notebook workbook - Please complete pages 109, 118, and 121.  Please complete the attached document, “Cause and Effect” by using information from “Whistle for Willie” (story found in Reading textbook).  For example: A cause happens first, and an effect happens next.  The balloon popped (Cause).  Anna cried (Effect).  

Students are expected to read 15 minutes per day.  We are not asking for any kind of reading log.  We trust that you understand how important this is to ensure continued growth.

Writing - Students should write an answer to the following response to “Whistle for Willie”: What would Willie say if he could talk? What would he say happened? Write 3 to 4 sentences using correct capitalization and punctuation that tell the story the way Willie would tell it.  

Spelling: 

Reader’s Notebook workbook - Please complete pages 117 and 120.  Students will not be tested over these words (that were sent home this past Tuesday); however, they are expected to learn them as they normally would.  

AR: If your child has not completed their third quarter AR goal (2.5 points), your child may still earn points by reading books within his/her level and writing a short summary of the book (minimum 4-5 sentences describing the beginning, middle, and end of the book).  Your child will earn the full point value for each book read.  Students will not be able to begin earning AR points for fourth quarter until we return to school.


 

Math:  Students should complete Math pages 321, 322, 325 and 326 as a one minute fact assessment.  Please give your child one minute to complete each side.  They should also complete pages 323, 327, 335, 337 (make up your own problem for the last box - remember, we have not taught regrouping) and 339.  

*** We are currently working on teaching doubles plus 1 facts.  

3+3 (Doubles fact)

3+4 (Doubles +1 fact)

Please help your child practice that when they see a doubles plus one fact they should double the smaller number and add one.  For example, in 3 + 4, 3 is the smaller number, so we double three to equal six and then add one.  3+4=7

XtraMath: Students are expected to complete XtraMath five times throughout the week.  If they choose to complete the activity twice in one day, it will only show up as logging in once, so they need to complete the activity five different days.  No need to document this activity.  We can see each child’s progress and day of log-in on our end.  

Religion: Students are expected to complete pages 35 - 41 (Some students may have already completed some of these pages.) and pages 346 and 347.  

Please continue to practice The Act of Contrition Prayer and introduce your child to The Guardian Angel prayer:

Angel of God, 

My guardian dear,

To whom God’s love commits me here,

Ever this day,

Be at my side,

To light and guard,

To rule and guide.  Amen.


 

Science:

Please read the attached textbook pages and have your child complete the activities.

 

The Week of March 9-13:

Language Arts - We completed Lesson 22 and began our new story, “A Whistle for Willie”.  

Fifth grade students visited our classrooms to share their poetry books with us and help the first grade students write their own poems.

Math - We worked on doubles plus one number facts.    

Religion - We completed Chapter 11.  Please keep practicing the “Act of Contrition” Prayer in preparation for our turn to say the prayer on WSJA in March and April. 

Social Studies - Thank you for helping your child complete his/her timeline. 

Science - We began a new unit on motion.

Thank you to Dr. Conner for visiting our classrooms to teach us proper handwashing to keep us healthy.

 

The Week of March 16-20:

Language Arts/Reading - The spelling and reading tests over “Whistle for Willie” will be given Wednesday, March 18th.  

Math - We will continue to work on addition facts (doubles plus 1), 

Religion  - We will begin Chapter 12, “Friends of God”.

Science - We will continue our unit on motion.

 

Important Note:

In preparation for the chance that we may need to close school, students will be bringing home their reading book and all three of their workbooks nightly.  Be sure to send them back every day! As stated in Mr. Jakubisin’s letter, should the need arise we will email assignments .  Parents will be responsible for checking their email daily, so their children will be aware of their assignments.  We are attaching another copy of your child’s XtraMath log-in. (In the event of a closing, it will be one of the required assignments.)




 

Homework:

Practice spelling words 

Practice reading high-frequency words that we have done so far: and, be, help, play, with, you, for, have, he, look, too, what, do, find, funny, sing, no, they, all, does, here, me, my, who, friend, full, good, hold, many, pull, come, every, away, call, hear, said, animal, how, make, of, some, why, her, now, our, she, today, would, after, draw, pictures, read, was, write, one, put, eat, give, small, take, where, their, blue, far, live, little, water, cold, been, brown, know, never, off, out, own, very, down, fall, goes, green, grow, open, new, yellow, four, five, into, over, starts, three, two, watch, bird, both, eyes, fly, long, or, those, walk, around, before, because, bring, carry, light, show, think, about, by, car, could, don’t, maybe, sure, there, your, sometimes, food, under, these, first, right, ground, done, great, laugh, paper, soon, talk, were, work, door, more, mother, old, try, use, want, wash, few, night, loudly, noise, story, shall, world, window, learning, until, young, baby, follow, begins, eight, years



 

AR for Third Quarter:

Our third quarter goal is for each student to earn 2.5 points! Students who meet their goal by the end of the quarter (March 18th) will be given a pajama day and movie party! This has been scheduled for Friday, March 20th.  Students should come to school in their pajamas. If your child is wearing a nightgown, please have her wear leggings underneath.  Students (who reach their goal) are also welcome to bring in a stuffed animal. Since this is a reward for those students who met their AR goal this quarter, if your child has not met their goal, they should be in uniform. Please do not wait until the end of the quarter to accomplish this! Just a reminder, you can check your child’s progress at any time on HomeConnect.  Congratulations to Kenzie, Caitlyn A., Luke R., Braxton, Kyleigh, and Ceci, who met their goal for the third quarter!!

 

Dismissal:

If there is a change in dismissal plans, please send a note letting us know of the change.  We cannot take a verbal comment from your child. If your child is leaving early for the day, please send a note, so we can have them ready for you.  Thank you!


 

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The Week of March 2-6:

Language Arts - We worked on pronouns “I” and “me” and drawing conclusions from a text.  

Math - Our topics included adding two-digit numbers without regrouping and math facts.  We took our first timed test. If your child scored poorly on the test, please practice math facts nightly.  

Religion - We continued to learn about The Holy Spirit being our guide.  We have begun learning the “Act of Contrition” Prayer in preparation for our turn to say the prayer on WSJA in March and April. 

Social Studies - We completed our study of the past.  Thank you to everyone for completing the oral history assignment.  We had fun sharing them in class. Another social studies assignment was sent home today.  Please return by Thursday, March 12th.  

In celebration of “Read Across America Day”, we paired up with our preschool friends to enjoy a Dr. Seuss book together.  We loved being the big kids!


 

The Week of March 9-12:

Language Arts/Reading - (The detailed information of our next reading topics will be sent home Tuesday, March 10th) Just a reminder the spelling test over “Amazing Animals” will be given Monday, March 9th, and the reading test will be given Tuesday, March 10th.  We will begin our next story, “Whistle for Willie” on Wednesday, March 11th. The spelling and reading tests over “Whistle for Willie” will be given Wednesday, March 18th.  

Math - We will be working on addition facts (doubles plus 1), 

Religion  - We will complete Chapter 11 and take the assessment on Wednesday, March 11th.

Science - We will begin a new unit on motion.

Due to Daylight Savings Time beginning, Mr. Jakubisin declared Monday, March 9th as a Pajama Day! If your child is wearing a nightgown, please have her wear leggings underneath for warmth.  Thank you!

No school on Friday, March 13th.


 

Homework:

Practice spelling words 

Practice reading high-frequency words that we have done so far: and, be, help, play, with, you, for, have, he, look, too, what, do, find, funny, sing, no, they, all, does, here, me, my, who, friend, full, good, hold, many, pull, come, every, away, call, hear, said, animal, how, make, of, some, why, her, now, our, she, today, would, after, draw, pictures, read, was, write, one, put, eat, give, small, take, where, their, blue, far, live, little, water, cold, been, brown, know, never, off, out, own, very, down, fall, goes, green, grow, open, new, yellow, four, five, into, over, starts, three, two, watch, bird, both, eyes, fly, long, or, those, walk, around, before, because, bring, carry, light, show, think, about, by, car, could, don’t, maybe, sure, there, your, sometimes, food, under, these, first, right, ground, done, great, laugh, paper, soon, talk, were, work, door, more, mother, old, try, use, want, wash, few, night, loudly, noise, story, shall, world, window, learning, until, young, baby, follow, begins, eight, years

Timeline Social Studies assignment is due March 12th.


 

AR for Third Quarter:

Our third quarter goal is for each student to earn 2.5 points! Students who meet their goal by the end of the quarter (March 18th) will be given a pajama day and movie party! Please do not wait until the end of the quarter to accomplish this! Just a reminder, you can check your child’s progress at any time on HomeConnect.  Congratulations to Lydia, Leah, Kensington, Finn, Zoe, Evan, Ivan, Ryker, and Elena who met their goal for the third quarter!!

 

Dismissal:

If there is a change in dismissal plans, please send a note letting us know of the change.  We cannot take a verbal comment from your child. If your child is leaving early for the day, please send a note, so we can have them ready for you.  Thank you!

 

Contact

Lori Koepfer
1st Grade- 1B
lkoepfer@school.joanofarc.org

Amy Switlick
1st Grade- 1A
aswitlick@school.joanofarc.org

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