Weekly Newsletter September 30, 2019

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September 27, 2019

Reminders: 
Monday, 9/30:  SMM Skate Night 6:00-8:00pm
Monday, also is the first night for homework
Tuesday, 10/01:  Picture Retake/Make up day 8:00-9:00am only
Friday, 10/04:  SVdP First Friday/Free Dress/Blessing of the  Animals

Homework

Monday, first graders will be bringing home their homework packet in their binders.  They are responsible for bringing homework binders to and from school Monday through Friday.  There will be a monthly homework calendar. Students should complete each and every activity on the calendar.  If you have more time on one evening than another please feel free to have them do more/less activities as your schedule permits.  As long as each homework assignment is completed by the end of the month your child will receive full credit. Please be sure the homework packet is in your child’s binder at the end of every month.  I will collect them and place the next calendar and homework packet in the binder. If you have any questions about this please ask.

Math

This week we continued work in our math journals, learning new vocabulary, and new math activities were introduced.  First graders completed their first math test. Most students did very well. The math activities we are working on in class will soon be coming home for homework.  You can find our new vocabulary here.  We began chapter two of our math books on Friday.

Reading

In reading we practiced finding “Good Fit Books”.  Students spent time searching our classroom library looking for books they were interested in reading.  They also took into consideration whether they could comprehend and read every word. It was fun seeing everyone discover books they could read independently.  Students in various groups are working on reading fluently, using initial sounds/ending sounds to figure out unknown words, and practice reading words with different short vowels in them.  We are also on the lookout for interesting words that we find in our reading that we can use in our writing.

Writing

Our Ten Black Dots books are over half done!  We will continue working on these in the coming week.  Students are also developing their independent writing skills.  They choose their own topics and practice writing complete sentences and using proper punctuation.

Religion

This week is our turn to attend mass again in the Parish Hall.  Please make sure your child is dressed in their full uniform on Wednesday.  We have been working on learning our first grade prayers. We are practicing the Our Father, Hail Mary, and the Guardian Angel Prayer.  Anything you can do to help your child practice these at home would be very much appreciated. I sent the words home on Curriculum Night, but please let me know if you need a new copy.  Thank you!

Science

Students are learning about things in our habitat.  We have created a class mural with our homes on it. We also added places we go in our habitat such as church, school, Subway, Red Robin, etc.  This week we will add animals. Our Science test will be coming up soon. Your child will complete a review packet in class. Once they bring it home if you quiz them on everything in the packet they will pass the test with flying colors!

That’s it for now.  If you have any questions or concerns please let me know.

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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 will be a Junior at Archbishop Murphy High School and our daughter will be a 7th grader here at SMM. As a parent, I have been an active member of the SMM community, most recently wrapping up my role as the Parent Club President this year and V.P. last year. I have also been an active member of the auction for the past 8 years, along with numerous opportunities to volunteer in my children’s classrooms and through club activities. 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 as a parent and am looking forward to getting to know you all better as part of your school community!