Assumption School First Grade
Head Teacher: Diana Robles [email protected]
Instructional Assistant: Katherine Rubio
Reading Specialist: Krista Imrie
Room Parents: Erica Marr and Dana Yumul
Classroom Website: http://www.assumptionschool-sl.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=1568431&type=u ___________________________________________________________________________________________
Welcome to the first grade classroom!
Your Child at School:
- Academic, Social, and Emotional Growth
- Working Together in a Community, and Enjoyment
- Learn Social Skills and Work Habits.
Your Child at Home:
- Continued Learning with Family (Review & Practice; Homework).
- Read with the Family.
- Play with friends and/or siblings (Social and Emotional).
Weekly Class newsletter & homework packet copy emailed weekly when in person classes resume.
Academic, Social, and Emotional Growth:
- Working Together in a Community, and Enjoyment
- Learn Social Skills and Work Habits.
- Continued Learning with Family (Review & Practice; Homework).
- Read with the Family.
- Play with friends (Social and Emotional).
Weekly Homework Packet is to be completed nightly with family. Green Homework Folder will be checked daily for completion and parent signature. No homework assigned on weekends or during distance learning.
Please support your child’s reading skills by reading at home for at least 15 minutes every night. Have fun reading with/to your child. Focus on modeling the excitement of reading. Public Library - borrow books and access online books. Get your child interested in reading in first grade by talking about books that your child has read and would like to read.
Your child is encouraged to bring a Reusable Water Bottle into the classroom: big enough to drink for a few hours before refilling. Big opening at the top for easy refilling. No disposable bottled water to avoid spills. Please label the bottle with your child’s name.
Parents may volunteer in the classroom and to be a field trip chaperone. Please check with the office for more information.
Conferences and Communication:
- My preferred method of communication is email.
- I am available from 7:30-7:55 and 3:00-3:30 if you’d like to talk before and/or after school hours. During distance learning, please email me to set up a meeting time.
- For longer appointments we can set a time that works for all.
- Students will be evaluated based on oral and written work. I continually check for understanding and accuracy.
- Students are expected to share ideas with the group and/or the class, complete their work in class and at home, and participate in class discussions and activities.
We are a 1 to 1 classroom. Each student will have access to an iPad while at school. Ipads will be used to enhance learning, engage students, and learn about how technology can be used as a learning tool. iPads will not be removed from the classroom this year.
During distance learning, we will hopefully be participating in virtual field trips to both local and beyond. If and when we return to the classroom, field trips will be planned to visit safe locations in order to engage and advance student learning.
As with tradition each year, first grade will host the Christmas Pageant which tells the story of Jesus’ birth to the school community on Dec. 17 at 10am.
1st Grade Classroom Expectations:
- Listening Bodies: I will listen and follow directions.
- Focused Eyes: Eyes on the Speaker.
- Raised Hands: I will raise my hand to share ideas.
- Helping Hands: I will use my hands for helping and not hurting.
- Caring Hearts: I will use kind words and care for others.
Service Learning Projects:
First Grade families are required to volunteer and contribute to the community once per trimester (3 times in the school year). The theme is “Clean Up Your Community”: volunteer at beach or park clean up event, neighborhood clean up, etc.
The requirements for each project:
1) Turn in photos and/or video of the activity (send by email is ok)
2) Submit your child’s drawing of their favorite activity of the event.
Birthdays will be celebrated with the birthday song, a certificate, and birthday stickers. If you would like to include a celebration, please plan for the end of the day. This is completely optional. Some ideas include “thank you for celebrating my birthday” cards, giving a reading book to the class, giving an appropriate board game to the class, etc. Please do not bring food, drinks, or snacks. Please let me know in advance what your child would like to do.
For distance learning, school supplies will be required and used at home. When returning to the classroom, students will use their own school supplies. Please write their names on their supplies to ensure cleanliness and help slow the spread of germs. Additional school supplies may be requested throughout the year. Please look for a request via email.
Online Information and homework activities:
For distance learning please refer to the class Seesaw page for assignments and activities. Please also assist students in attending and participating in Zoom calls. For the most part, all homework will be passed out in a physical packet. For online activities please refer to the class website, the school website (assumptionschool-sl.org), online activities will be included in future newsletters.
Assumption School Norms:
- Respect yourself, others, and things
- Respect your teachers, your peers, and yourself.
- Take care of school space, school supplies, belongings, and equipment.
- Contribute to the learning environment
- Allow others to work and play without interruptions.
- Listen and follow directions.
- Pay attention.
- Follow procedures
- Move in a quiet and orderly way
- Follow specific teacher and school expectations.
We will have a sticker chart in your child’s home folder to communicate their behavior in the classroom. A good day will earn them a sticker for the day and the absence of a sticker is a great opportunity for conversation about what happened that day. Please check for any notes or comments on your child’s behavior chart for great days or not so great days.
Discipline is approached positively. The children are always encouraged to be a part of the group. However, if a child harms others or disrupts the class, that child may be taken aside to sit out to think about their actions. Otherwise, discipline is an opportunity to teach and understand behavior and how to communicate effectively and appropriately. Positive discipline and logical consequences also allows the child to think about their actions, how it may have affected their peers, and gives them the chance to connect the consequence to their behavior.
First Grade Curriculum:
Phonics: Diana Robles
Text: Phonics, Modern Curriculum Press
Learning Objectives: Decoding words, Phonemic Awareness, Sound to Symbol, Sound Blending, Spelling, Consonants, short and long vowels, and high frequency words.
Reading and Writing (Language Arts): Diana Robles
Text: Reading Street by Scott Forseman
Opinion, Information and Narrative Writing (Writing Pathways) by Lucy Calkins Learning Objectives: Both independent and guided reading, reading fluency (rate, accuracy, and prosody) and text comprehension skills (strategies, compare and contrast, sequence of events, etc.) along with phonics, grammar, spelling, and literary appreciation. We will also work up to doing a writer's workshop.
Math: Diana Robles
Text: Investigations in Numbers, Data, and Space, Pearson
Learning Objectives: Addition, subtraction, numbers, 2D and 3D geometry and shapes, data analysis and measurements, pattern recognition.
Social Studies: Diana Robles
Text: School and Family, Houghton-Mifflin
Learning Objectives: People everywhere, where we live, world of work, everything changes, understand what it means to be a good citizen.
Religion: Diana Robles
Text: We Believe: God Loves Us, Sadlier Family Life, RCL Benziger
Learning Objectives: Creation, The Bible, Saints, The Story of Jesus, Church, The Sacraments, The Holy Spirit, Advent and Christmas, Lent and Easter, The Parish, and God’s Forgiveness.
Science: Mrs. Mary Munoz [email protected]
Text: Foss [hands-on program aligned to the new NGSS standards]
- Physical Science - Sound and Light
- Earth Science - Air and Weather
- Life Science - Plants and Animals
Expectations: Students will follow
instructions carefully and participate in all investigations and activities. They will work individually and in groups, and practice safe procedures during all investigations.
Grading: Grades will be based on student participation, teacher observations,completion of classwork, activities, and investigations.
Motor Skills: (Mrs. Andrea Contreras) [email protected]
In addition to our school’s physical education curriculum, perceptual-motor activities are offered to students in grades TK-1. The perceptual-motor activities are conducted indoors and involve the use of basic equipment (bean bags, blindfolds, balance beams, tumble mats, etc.) In this program, students are presented with a wide variety of movement experiences designed to improve physical coordination, enhance basic sensory functioning, and promote a positive self image.
For the safety and maximum benefit of participants, it is required that all children remove their shoes and socks before a lesson begins. The clothing that children wear to school on the days that this program is offered is very important to successful, safe, and comfortable performance. It is recommended that girls wear pants or shorts to school on the days the program is conducted and that tights are not worn on these days. Tights are very slippery and lead to accidents. Long dresses or skirts are also especially hazardous.
Grading: Grades will be based on class participation.
Computer Science and Technology: Diana Robles
Learning Objectives: Using Computers and Technology to learn and discover.
Music: Bill Vaughan [email protected]
Subject Matter: With masks on and social distancing, I am hoping to return to the art of singing. Music class will be in church, which gives us ample room to spread out. We will work on music for various Masses and hopefully Christmas and Spring concerts. We will also work on learning how to read music. We will also learn about instruments and music history.
Expectations: Active participation through singing and memorization of the score in class is primary. In order to do this, good behavior in the classroom and church is a must. Attendance with an animated spirit at all school-sponsored Masses, Christmas and Spring Concerts is mandatory.
Grading: Grading (a letter or number grade) will be based on assessments made at the time of a ‘performance,’ and quizzes afterwards. Along with these assessments, I also review behavior in the classroom and church, active class participation, and attendance at mandatory liturgies/concerts.
Materials: I will supply the students with musical scores and worship leaflets to learn music. Let’s get started!!
Art: Mrs. Mary Munoz [email protected]
Subject Matter: Students will realize art is another way to express oneself, develop ways of expressing ideas in visual form, explore and experiment with different art media, grow in awareness of the environment and heightened sensitivity to beauty, experience a sense of personal achievement and the joy of creation, develop muscular coordination through manipulation of art materials, learn to appreciate the visual expression of others.
Spanish: Spanish: (Mrs. Andrea Contreras) [email protected]
-Recognize and recite classroom words
-Talk about wants and needs
-Recognize animals in Spanish
-Recognize food in Spanish
-Recite the alphabet, colors and numbers in Spanish
-Practice how to greet and introduce themselves
-Discuss in Spanish the things they need and want for their class
-Discuss the calendar and weather
-Describe themselves and personality traits
-Describe the items in their rooms and pictures
-Describe how they prepare themselves for school
-Describe extended family and family life in general
-Students will recite and translate prayers
New vocabulary, books, games, and music will be introduced around the theme of activities and personal traits.
Grammar: Students will learn vowels, adjectives, gender, cognates, infinitives, negatives, structures to express agreement and disagreement.
Cultural Perspectives: Students will learn about several Spanish-speaking Countries and cultural differences. They will also learn about Holidays (Independence Day, Day Of The Dead, Christmas, Cesar Chavez Day and Cinco De Mayo, Children’s Day, Three Kings Day).
Expectations: Students are encouraged to participate in classroom activities and projects, and communicate with other students and I in Spanish.
Grading: Grades will be based on class participation as well as completion of homework.
P.E.: Mr. Darren Deonigi [email protected]
Subject Matter: Physical games and motor skills, group play and teamwork will all be emphasized in this subject area.
Expectations: Students will be expected to participate and exhibit proper sports behavior and self-discipline.
Grading: Students will be graded on being active and achieving the above listed expectations.
Library: Ms. Katherine Rubio
Breathtaking religious stained glass windows provide the perfect backdrop for an enriching library experience. Grades T/K – 3 check out books for  week; grades 4 and 5 get to check out books for  weeks.
In addition to providing students with a variety of reading adventures, the library hosts an annual book fair through Scholastic in the spring. This event sparks a lot of excitement and enthusiasm—it’s like having our very own bookstore for a week!
Students will be expected to adhere to the usual rules you would have in any other public library. Additionally, sometimes books do get lost or damaged. The policy for this school library is that in the event that this happens, the book would either need to be replaced with another book [in excellent condition] of equal value or remit a check made out to Assumption School that covers the cost of the book.
In the event of a shut down and distance learning, the following may take place:
Weekly Learning Plans:
Every week, parents and students will know the Monday through Friday learning plans for our class. In this learning plan, I will identify weekly objectives, daily assignments and schedules for learning. Resources will also be linked. Students will receive these instructions through Google Classroom or Seesaw. Parents will receive an email.
Asynchronous and Synchronous Learning:
Please see the infographic below for an overview of what this looks like. I plan to do asynchronous instruction for whole class lessons to allow for working with students in small groups throughout the day when necessary.
Zoom Rules: All classroom norms apply when in a Zoom session. In other words, if you wouldn't do it while in physical class, don't do it while in digital class. (see Student Learning Expectations in Handbook)
- Find a quiet, appropriate learning space, set up your device so that its camera is stable, stay there.
- Use your camera, we need to see your face.
- Join your class a few minutes early to ensure proper connection. (Early is on time, on time is late, late is unacceptable)
- Use mute when you are not speaking
- Have any supplies you might need for a given class ready and at hand. (textbooks, notebooks, pens, pencils etc.)
- Participate! Video meetings and classes are not meant to be passive, one way interactions, please ask and answer questions.
- Try to speak clearly
- Speak one at a time, give time between speakers
- Use your first name and last initial when logging into zoom
- Do not share the Zoom link with anyone outside of your class. Those links are intended for your eyes/use only
- Students should not record any part of the class, or take any screenshots, unless directed to by the instructor.
Discipline Policy Example: Assumption School will continue to implement a discipline curriculum.
The teachers and students will work on a social-emotional curriculum together. This program seeks to establish strong and meaningful connections between students, families and school staff. It views mistakes as opportunities to learn and misbehaviors as opportunities to practice critical life skills. In the beginning of the year, the 1st Graders will work collaboratively to create their own classroom guidelines. These will be shared with parents/families once they have been created.
Grading Policy Example: During Distance Learning, students will receive feedback and grades online (primarily through SeeSaw), in addition to the traditional manner.
AssessmentExample: During Distance Learning, students will be assessed using SeeSaw and other forms of technology as well as traditional methods.
Absences/Tardies: (Distance Learning)
Attendance will be taken each day at the morning Zoom meeting at 9:00. All students are expected to attend these morning Zoom meetings, but if your child is unable to attend this meeting, but will be participating in distance learning that day, you must send the teacher and school office an email informing the school of your child’s attendance status. No tardies will be recorded during Distance Learning, per diocesan policy.
Birthdays: (Distance Learning)
We will designate a day each month to have a class birthday party for those born in that month. We will sing happy birthday and allow each birthday child to do a show and tell. We will also invite the other students to all share a snack together on video.
Parent Tech Training Videos: