Weekly Newsletter 9/14/19

1A News

September 14, 2019

Reminders:  MondayStudents will be lining up in the gym before school.

                    Wednesday- Mass in the Parish Hall (1A will attend)

                    Thursday- Library books are due

Friday- Fun Run September 20th 1:00 for more details click here.

                    We are in 6th place as of 2:40 pm on Saturday! Great work! 

Please be sure you have filled out a computer consent form and had your child sign it.  We can start computers on Monday, if everyone is up to date. You can get the form here. 


We continued working in our math journals this week.  Students are getting really good at naming 5 ways to make 4, 7 ways to make 6, etc.  Using our number bracelets has helped develop this concept. There were quite a few new vocabulary words introduced.  If you would like to review them with your child that would be great. You can find them here.  Students brought home number word cards to study.  Please have them practice these words until they can read them independently.


Students are learning new vocabulary during our reading time.  These words can be found here.  Students have been building their reading stamina.  They can read independently for 10 minutes! They are also building their writing stamina.  They can write independently in their journals for 8 minutes. Next week word work activities will be introduced.  We have also begun meeting in small groups to work on reading skills.


The first graders finished up their “Things I See In My Classroom” books.  Now they are working on writing a story called 10 Black Dots. They are coming up with some pretty creative ideas naming things various number of dots can be.  For example; One black dot can make a ladybug. Two black dots can make lenses on a pair of binoculars. I can’t wait to see what they think three black dots can make.

We will be continuing with our study of nouns also.


This week students learned more about being part of a parish community.  They compared pictures of the outside of a couple of churches. We discussed what was the same and what was different.  We were able to see things that belong on the outside of all Catholic churches. On Wednesday, we will be attending our first school mass in the Parish Hall.  Please be sure your child is dressed in full uniform that day.


We continue our study as developmental scientists.  We learned about infants and toddlers and how they are similar and different from each other.  Students with younger brothers and sisters felt like experts in this area.

You can find our class schedule here

Thank you everyone for the great attendance at Curriculum Night.  I hope to see more of you in the coming weeks. Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

If you have any questions please ask.

Maureen Buennagel

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Melissa Morrier-Turk

My name is Melissa Morrier-Turk, I am a graduate of SMM (class of 1986) and have been a member of the parish community much of my life. I have a B.S. in Business with an emphasis in Human Resources from Central Washington University and have spent my 23 years working in this field, traveling all over the USA and Canada as an HR Director, as well as a corporate trainer. My husband Mike and I have two kids, our son is in college and our daughter is a Junior at AMHS. In my off time I enjoy running, cycling, hiking, anything outdoorsy really. I have absolutely loved working with and getting to know so many of the families here at SMM and am looking forward to getting to know you all better as part of your school community!