Weekly Newsletter, November 11, 2019

Upcoming Events :
Conferences-
An important email will be coming from the office to sign up for conferences in the next few weeks. Conferences are student led, this means your child will come to the conference to share their work. Conferences will be November 22, 25, and 26. Please sign up for a time that works when the link is sent, thank you.

No school dates in November-
Monday, November 11 in honor of Veteran’s Day
Friday, November 22- Conferences
Monday, November 25- Conferences
Tuesday, November 26- Conferences
Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday November 27, 28, & 29 for Thanksgiving

Progress reports
Progress reports and MAP test results are in your child’s homework binder. If you have questions or concerns please let me know.

Here’s what we have been up to in 1A this week:

Math
We are getting close to the end of our chapter on graphing. Students will take the test on Tuesday. If you would like to give them some extra practice with graphs and tally marks that would be great. If you follow this link it will bring you to a website that goes with our math series. (eduplace.com) We are working in chapter 4 but feel free to have your child explore the site. There’s some fun educational games too.

Reading
Students continue to develop a good sight word vocabulary. Some groups are learning about long vowel combinations. (oa, ai, ay, a_e, etc.) Students are learning about using commas in a series, quotation marks, and question marks.

Writing
We used our Lego Story Starter Kit for the first time this week! We reread a story called Scaredy Squirrel. After hearing the story students had to come up with three persuasive ideas to encourage Scaredy Squirrel to come out of his tree. Their Lego builds and their writing were very creative. Next week we will work on writing final drafts of our letters to Scaredy Squirrel.

Religion
We finished our chapter about creation this week. We also learned a second type of prayer. The first one we learned was a prayer of praise. Now we are learning about a prayer of thanksgiving.

Science
We are working on completing our review packet. We will take the test the day after you see the review packet come home. If you would like to see our latest vocabulary words go here.

Enjoy the three day weekend!

Maureen Buennagel
First Grade Teacher

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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!