St. Joseph Catholic School

Welcome to 1st grade!

 
 
 
 

Hello First Grade Families,

 

My name is Ms. Kelly Klein. This will be my third year teaching here at St. Joseph School. I feel honored to be able to teach in the First Grade classroom I was once a student in! I graduated in May 2016 from Illinois State University with a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. I feel blessed to have been given the opportunity to work at such a wonderful school.

 

First grade is a very exciting year with lots to learn! Please use this webpage to find our Week at a Glance, homework, and any other important information you will need. Mrs. Shute and I will be switching classes this year for Science and Social Studies. I received a Science Endorsement from Illinois State University, and have the pleasure of teaching the STEMscopes program this year. The students will be participating in many fun and engaging lessons in Science as well as Social Studies. Please look at Mrs. Shute’s page for any Social Studies updates.

 

I am looking forward to a fantastic year filled with lots of learning, happiness, and serving God. I am excited to see the students grow throughout the year in mind, body, and spirit.

Please do not hesitate to email me through this website or at kklein@stjoseph-libertyville.org

 

 I am looking forward to a great year with you and your child!

 

Warm regards,

 

Miss Klein

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Homework for Tuesday, May 21st

Spelling- Please practice for the spelling test on Friday. 
 
Math- 12.8: Identifying equal and unequal parts (or shapes) in 2D shapes
 
RazKids- 3 Books due Friday. 
 
Workshop: Please have our child complete any workshop work that was sent home today. 
 
Reminders:
  • This is  prayer week for our class! Please make sure your children are on time everyday so they do not miss saying prayer with their class! Please also practice the prayers at home with your children.
  • Thursday 12:30 band concert- all school will attend.
  • Friday Pep Rally- Ice cream party for all students! This is our final treat party for the April and May book club. Good job everyone getting all your projects completed! Students will participate in their game and conclude the day with an ice cream party! Thanks to our room moms for setting this up for us!
  • Friday is a spirit dress down day!
  • Scholastic book orders should be sent home later this week so be on the lookout for those!
 As always please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!
 
Best, 
Miss Klein and Mrs. Laska

Homework for Monday, May 20th

Spelling- This weeks spelling list went home today please keep this at home to practice for the spelling test on Friday. Tonight's spelling homework is to write each spelling word 3 times each. 
 
Math- 12.7: Decompose 3D shapes into parts 
 
RazKids- 3 Books due Friday. 
 
Workshop: Please have our child complete any workshop work that was sent home today. 
 
Reminders:
  • This is  prayer week for our class! Please make sure your children are on time everyday so they do not miss saying prayer with their class! Please also practice the prayers at home with your children.
  • IReady diagnosting testing takes place again tomorrow (Tuesday) for Math. Please make sure your children are in attendance and well rested.
  • All school Mass on Tuesday with ribbon ceremony for 8th grade following.
  • Thursday 12:30 band concert- all school will attend.
  • Friday Pep Rally- Ice cream party for all students! This is our final treat party for the April and May book club. Good job everyone getting all your projects completed! Students will participate in their game and conclude the day with an ice cream party! Thanks to our room moms for setting this up for us!
  • Friday is a spirit dress down day!
  • Scholastic book orders should be sent home by Wednesday this week so be on the lookout for those!
 As always please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!
 
Best, 
Miss Klein and Mrs. Laska

Week at a Glance: May-20th-24th

Reminders:

  • This is  prayer week for our class! Please make sure your children are on time everyday so they do not miss saying prayer with their class! Please also practice the prayers at home with your children.
  • IReady diagnosting testing takes place on Monday for Reading and Tuesday for Math. Please make sure your children are in attendance and well rested.
  • All school Mass on Tuesday with ribbon ceremony for 8th grade following.
  • Thursday 12:30 band concert- all school will attend.
  • Friday Pep Rally- Ice cream party for all students! This is our final treat party for the April and May book club. Good job everyone getting all your projects completed! Students will participate in their game and conclude the day with an ice cream party! Thanks to our room moms for setting this up for us!
  • Friday is a spirit dress down day!

MATH:

-Lesson 12.7: Decompose 3D shapes into parts

-Lesson 12.8: Identifying equal and unequal parts (or shapes) in 2D shapes

-Chapter 12.9 Halves

-Chapter 12.10 Fourths

-We will complete IXL twice this week

-We will complete Math Simple Solutions as a class 4 times this week

-We will practice counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s during our calendar routine

-We will practice our doubles facts during our calendar routine

-We will have our math fluency practice on Friday. Make sure your child is practicing their math facts at home!


LANGUAGE ARTS: The question of the week this week is “What treasures can we share with neighbors?”

Spelling:

slowly

careful

quickly

useful

painful

playful

sadly

gladly

nicely

wonderful

Amazing Words (students will not be tested on how to spell these words. We will talk about their meanings in class):

discover

dwell

resident

welcome

admire

sadness

substantial

tremendous

High Frequency Words:

across

because

dance

only

opened

shoes

told

Reading: Henry and Mudge and Mrs. Hopper’s House

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Paired Selection: Good Books, Good Times! And Dress-up. (Poetry)

Text Based Comprehension: Cause and Effect and Predict and Set Purpose

Phonics:

  • Vowel Sound in moon: oo
  • Suffixes -ly, -ful

Phonemic Awareness:

  • Segment and blend two-syllable words
  • Change phonemes
  • Segment and blend phonemes

Conventions:

  • Adjectives that compare
  • We will complete grammar simple solutions 4 times this week.

Fluency:

  • Expression and Intonation

Writing:

We will circle back to our explanatory genre for the next two weeks. Students will be explaining their favorite game in gym on Monday and complete their revised draft on Tuesday. On Wednesday they will write about being a good friend. On Thursday they will complete their final copies of this. We will also be completing creative writing activities this week.


SeeSaw:

Monday: Students will answer their question of the week in a video.

Tuesday: Students will add the suffixes -ly or -ful to the end of words.

Wednesday: Students will circle the compound words.

Thursday: Students will share their favorite thing about first grade by drawing a picture and writing a caption.

Friday: Students will pick an amazing word, use it in a sentence, and draw a picture of it.

RELIGION:

This week we will begin session 15. In this session we will explain that Jesus is the Son of God who came to save us. Discuss that we celebrate the birth of Jesus during the Christmas season! By the end of this session students will be able to define celebrant, Christmas, and Son of God.

Science

In Science this week we will complete 2 science simple solutions lessons and a scholastic news. We will continue to observe and care for our green bean plants!

Homework for Thursday, May 16th

Spelling- Please complete the spelling sentences homework and study for the spelling test tomorrow. 
 
Math- 12.6: Find shapes in shapes.
 
RazKids- 3 Books due Friday. 
 
Workshop: Please have our child complete any workshop work that was sent home today. 
 
Reminders:
  • Next week is our classes turn to say prayer over the announcements for the school. We will be saying each prayer everyday as a class. The prayers are being sent home tonight. Please help your children practice them!
  • Please remember to turn in field trip permission forms and chaperone forms. 
  • Tomorrow is the talent show and Ms. Han is coming. It is also a Spirit dress down day. Since we are in the talent show students should wear their spirit shirt and their gym shorts. 
 As always please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!
 
Best, 
Miss Klein and Mrs. Laska

Homework for Wednesday, May 15th

Spelling- Please study for the spelling test on Friday. 
 
Math- 12.5.
 
RazKids- 3 Books due Friday. 
 
Workshop: Please have our child complete any workshop work that was sent home today. 
 
Reminders:
  • Please remember to send in the field trip permission slips and money. If you are interested in being a chaperone please send in the attached sheet as well.
  • Thank you for the participation in the first grade service project!
  • I am testing students reading levels this week so please make sure your child is well rested!
  • Friday is the talent show and Ms. Han is coming!
 As always please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!
 
Best, 
Miss Klein and Mrs. Laska

Homework for Monday, May 13th

Spelling- This weeks spelling list went home today please keep this at home to practice for the spelling test on Friday. Tonight's spelling homework is to write each spelling word 3 times each. 
 
Math- 12.3: Combine Two Dimensional Shapes
 
RazKids- 3 Books due Friday. 
 
Workshop: Please have our child complete any workshop work that was sent home today. 
 
Reminders:
  • Our end of the year Field Trip information is going home today! Please be on the lookout for this. There is a sheet attached for chaperones. If you would be interested in chaperoning this please send back the attached form.
  • Please remember the First Grade service project for little buddies. The students reading log will be due on Wednesday, May 15th. If students participated they will be able to bring a stuffed animal and a few books to have a little celebration at the end of the day. They will be able to read their books with their stuffed animal and a friend. 
  • Tomorrow is May Crowning at 9:30.
  • Wednesday we have Art in the Box. 
  • I am testing students reading levels this week so please make sure your child is well rested!
  • Friday is the talent show and Ms. Han is coming!
 As always please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!
 
Best, 
Miss Klein and Mrs. Laska

Week at a Glance: May 13th-May 17th

Reminders:

    • First Grade will have their $1 dress down day this Monday, May 13th.
    • Scholastic Book orders are due this Monday, May 13th.
    • We have 9:30 Mass this Tuesday for May crowning.
    • This Wednesday is Art in the Box at 7:45.
    • Read-a-thon reading logs are due this Wednesday, May 15th. That afternoon we will have a celebration for anybody who completed the service project they will be able to bring in a few books and a stuffed animal to read with for the end of the day.
    • Mrs. Han is coming to our room this Friday.
  • We have the talent show this Friday! Our first grade class will be participating in the talent show this year! You are more than welcome to come watch.

MATH:

-Lesson 12.3: Combine Two Dimensional Shapes

-Lesson 12.4: Combine More Shapes

-Lesson 12.5: Make New Two-Dimensional Shapes

-Lesson 12.6:Find Shapes in Shapes

-We will complete IXL twice this week

-We will complete Math Simple Solutions as a class 4 times this week

-We will practice counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s during our calendar routine

-We will practice our doubles facts during our calendar routine

-We will have our math fluency practice on Friday. Make sure your child is practicing their math facts at home!


LANGUAGE ARTS: The question of the week this week is “What treasures can we share at home?”

Spelling:

backpack

outside

baseball

herself

flashlight

bluebird

lunchbox

suitcase

inside

brainstorm


Amazing Words (students will not be tested on how to spell these words. We will talk about their meanings in class):

jealous

relatives

sibling

secret

porridge

collector

seriousness

flourish

High Frequency Words:

picture

remember

room

stood

thought

Reading: Peter’s Chair

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Paired Selection: Peter’s Babysitter (21st Century Skills)

Text Based Comprehension: Theme and Story Structure

Phonics:

  • Vowel Digraphs: ue, ew, ui
  • Compound Words

Phonemic Awareness:

  • Segment and blend phonemes
  • Change phonemes
  • Segment and blend syllables

Conventions:

  • Adjectives for what kind
  • We will complete 1 grammar simple solutions this week.

Fluency:

  • Appropriate Phrasing

SeeSaw:

  • Monday: Students will make video answering the question of the week, “What kind of treasures do we share at home?”
  • Tuesday: Students will draw a picture of themselves and describe themselves with adjectives.
  • Wednesday: Students will answer the question, “What lesson does Peter learn?” They will answer this question with a video.
  • Thursday:Students will answer the question “Why does Peter take his chair to his room?” They will draw a picture and make a caption.
  • Friday: Students will pick an amazing word, put it in a sentence, and draw picture of that sentence.

Writing:

This week we will continue to work on argumentative writing. We will write about the best holiday and the best food. Students will continue the drafting and revising process for this.


RELIGION:

We did not complete religion due to our busy week so this week we will finish session 14 and take our session 14 test. We will focus on Mary. We will discuss how God chose Mary and that she said yes to God. We will also learn about how God gave Mary Grace to become the Mother of God.


Science:

In science this week we will complete two science simple solutions and a scholastic news. We will also continue to talk and learn about engineers and how they use technology to solve problems.

Homework for Thursday, May 9th

Spelling-  Please practice the spelling words for the test tomorrow.  Please complete the spelling sentences homework. 
 
Math- 12.2
 
RazKids- 3 Books due Friday. 
 
Workshop: Please have our child complete any workshop work that was sent home today. 
 
Reminders:
  • Book covers are due tomorrow!
  • Please remember the First Grade service project for little buddies. The students reading log will be due on Wednesday, May 15th. 
  • The last Scholastic Book orders will be due back next Monday, May 13th.
  • I am testing students reading levels this week so please make sure your child is well rested!
  • We have our Author's Tea tomorrow from 12-1:30! The attire for Author's Tea is the regular school uniform and gym shoes. Students will have their $1 dress down day on Monday, May 13th. 
 As always please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!
 
Best, 
Miss Klein and Mrs. Laska

Homework for Wednesday, May 8th

Spelling-  Please practice the spelling words for the test on Friday. 
 
Math- 12.1. 
 
RazKids- 3 Books due Friday. 
 
Workshop: Please have our child complete any workshop work that was sent home today. 
 
Reminders:
  • Please remember the First Grade service project for little buddies. The students reading log will be due on Wednesday, May 15th. 
  • The last Scholastic Book orders will be due back next Monday, May 13th.
  • I am testing students reading levels this week so please make sure your child is well rested!
  • We have our Author's Tea this Friday from 12-1:30!
 As always please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!
 
Best, 
Miss Klein and Mrs. Laska

Homework for Tuesday, May 7th

Spelling-  Please practice the spelling words for the test on Friday. 
 
Math- Please complete the math page for homework. 
 
RazKids- 3 Books due Friday. 
 
Workshop: Please have our child complete any workshop work that was sent home today. 
 
Reminders:
  • Please remember the First Grade service project for little buddies. The students reading log will be due on Wednesday, May 15th. 
  • The last Scholastic Book orders for the year went home yesterday. They will be due back next Monday, May 13th.
  • Tomorrow is library please make sure your child returns both of their books. 
  • Tomorrow we will have an Author visit.
  • I am testing students reading levels this week so please make sure your child is well rested!
  • We have our Author's Tea this Friday from 12-1:30!
 As always please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!
 
Best, 
Miss Klein and Mrs. Laska

Homework for Monday, May 6th

Spelling- This weeks spelling list went home today please keep this at home to practice for the spelling test on Friday. Tonight's spelling homework is to write each spelling word 3 times each. 
 
Math- Chapter 11 Review. Our Chapter 11 test is tomorrow. We will begin chapter 12 the last chapter in our math book on Wednesday. 
 
RazKids- 3 Books due Friday. 
 
Workshop: Please have our child complete any workshop work that was sent home today. 
 
Reminders:
  • Please remember the First Grade service project for little buddies. The students reading log will be due on Wednesday, May 15th. 
  • The last Scholastic Book orders for the year are going home today. They will be due back next Monday.
  • Tomorrow is a buddy mass. 
  • Wednesday we will have an Author visit.
  • I am testing students reading levels this week so please make sure your child is well rested!
  • We have our Author's Tea this Friday from 12-1:30!
 As always please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!
 
Best, 
Miss Klein and Mrs. Laska

Week at a Glance: May 6th-10th

Reminders:

  • Our Author’s Tea is this Friday from 12:00-1:30. We are so excited to share our books with all of you!
  • We are having our Author visit on Wednesday at 12:30.
  • I will begin testing students reading levels this week during our workshop time. Please make sure your child comes to school well rested!
  • We will have a buddy mass this Tuesday.
  • Reading logs for our Read-a-thon service project are due Wednesday, May 15th!

MATH:

 -Chapter 11 Review

-Chapter 11 Test

-Lesson 12.1: Sort Two- Dimensional Shapes

-Lesson 12.2: Describe Two Dimensional Shapes

-We will complete Math Simple Solutions as a class 4 times this week

-We will complete IXL 3 times this week

-We will practice counting by 2s, 5s, and 10s during our calendar routine

-We will practice our doubles facts during our calendar routine

-We will complete iReady math lessons

-We will have our math fluency practice on Friday. Make sure your child is practicing their math facts at home!


LANGUAGE ARTS: The question of the week this week is “Why do we treasure special places?”

Spelling:

lie

tie

high

might

right

night

bright

light

pie

tight

Amazing Words (students will not be tested on how to spell these words. We will talk about their meanings in class):

impression

familiar

favorite

memory

errand

stampede

High Frequency Words:

above

eight

laugh

moon

touch

Reading: A Southern Ranch

Genre: Expository Text

Paired Selection: On the Way to a Ranch (Procedural text)

Text Based Comprehension: Facts and Details and Questioning

Phonics:

  • Consonant Patterns kn, wr
  • Vowel Digraphs ie, igh

Phonemic Awareness:

  • Segment and blend phonemes
  • Change phonemes
  • Segment and blend syllables

Conventions:

  • Adjectives for what kind
  • Students will complete grammar simple solutions 3 times this week.

Fluency:

  • Accuracy, Rate, and Expression

Writing:

For the rest of the year we will revisit the writing genres we have learned. This week we will review argumentative/opinion writing. Students will also complete creative writing pieces daily.


SeeSaw:

Monday: Students will create a video answering their question of the week, “Why do we treasure special places?

Tuesday: Miss Nelson is Missing: Letter writing activity.

Wednesday: Mother’s day show and tell activity.

Thursday: Students will answer the question, “How do ranch hands keep the herd together?” They will answer this question using a picture and a caption.

Friday: Students will pick an amazing word, use it in a sentence, and draw a picture of that sentence.


RELIGION:

This week we will begin session 14. In this session 14, we will focus on Mary. We will discuss how God chose Mary and that she said yes to God. We will also learn about how God gave Mary Grace to become the Mother of God.


SCIENCE/ SOCIAL STUDIES:

In science this week, we will continue to talk about engineers and technology. Students will also complete 2 science simple solutions and Scholastic News.

Homework for Thursday, May 2nd

Spelling- Please complete the spelling sentences homework and study for the spelling test tomorrow.
 
Math- Lesson 11.5: Two- Dimensional Shapes on Three Dimensional Shapes. Math chapter 11 review and test will be next week. 
 
RazKids- Please complete 3 RazKids books this week due tomorrow. 
 
Workshop: Please have our child complete any workshop work that was sent home today. 
 
Reminders:
  • Our session 13 religion test is tomorrow.
  • Tomorrow is pajama day!!
  • Read-a-thon log is due May 15th. 
  • Thank you for your generous donations to day of giving and the food pantry! It is greatly appreciated!!
 As always please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!
 
Best, 
Miss Klein and Mrs. Laska

Homework for Wednesday, May 1st

Spelling- Please study the spelling words for the test Friday.
 
Math- 11.4: Take apart three dimensional shapes. 
 
RazKids- 3 Books due Thursday. 
 
Workshop: Please have our child complete any workshop work that was sent home today. 
 
Reminders:
  • Tomorrow is dress like an adult day!
  • Author's Tea RSVP are due tomorrow.
  • Read-a-Thon pledge sheets due back Wednesday, May 15th.
 As always please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!
 
Best, 
Miss Klein and Mrs. Laska

Homework for Tuesday, April 30th

Spelling- Please practice spelling words for the test Friday. 
 
Math- Lesson 11.3: Make New Three Dimensional Shapes 
 
RazKids- 3 Books due Friday. 
 
Workshop: Please have our child complete any workshop work that was sent home today. 
 
Reminders:
  • Library tomorrow- please make sure your child brings in their books.
  • Please remember to turn in Author's Tea RSVP.  The Author's Tea is next Friday, May 10th.
  • Tomorrow is Wacky Wednesday!
 As always please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns!
 
Best, 
Miss Klein and Mrs. Laska