Mrs. Cincilla’s News and Notes Week of 1/20/19


RELIGION – In Lesson 14, we learned that although Jesus is not with us today in the same way he was when he lived on earth, he is with us today in another way. Jesus is with us through the Church’s teachings, sacraments, and other works of love.


January Virtue: Gratitude – seeing everything as a gift and being thankful

Saint: St. Francis of Assisi

MATH –We learned to use fact families to solve number sentences. We practiced adding by grouping numbers into a group of 10. We also used number bonds to help us add. Vocabulary this week included: group, same, doubles fact, and doubles plus one.

LANGUAGE ARTS – In Unit 6, Lesson 3 we isolated sounds in words and generated words that contain i, spelled igh, y, and _ie. Our Read Aloud stories this week were A trip to Peru and Let’s Go to School. Reading skills that we worked on included main idea and details, sequence and plot. We learned that adverbs describe verbs, by telling how, when or where and that many adverbs end in -ly. However some adverbs answer when or where. We learned that when writing, adverbs can make our writing more interesting. We read decodable books 79-81 and they went home on daily. I hope they continue to read them to you at home!

SOCIAL STUDIES – We reviewed Unit 2: Where We Live. We discussed the difference in features among a city, a suburb, and a town. We identified the United States on a map.


STAR TESTING: First grade students took the Early Literacy and Math STAR tests last week. Test results will be discussed during our conferences in February.

CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK: Begins Sunday, January 26! All STM students are encouraged to attend the 10:30 mass and wear their dress uniform! Here’s a tentative schedule for the week:

Monday: Circle of Prayer and Spirit Dress Day

Tuesday: School Mass Dress Up day (Sunday best)

Wednesday: Open House, Service Projects and Bake Sale

Thursday: Religion Bowl, Decades Dress Day and Little Sisters of the Poor Presentation

Friday: No School

100TH DAY OF SCHOOL: We will celebrate the 100th day of school on Wednesday, February 5th! For more information on our 100th Day, please watch for a letter coming home soon! We’ll share our 100 “things” with the other kindergarten and first grade classes during an afternoon parade through the classrooms. This year is going by way too fast!

SPELLING WORDS: For this week’s spelling words, please click on the “Helpful Links” section to get to I hope your child is enjoying this site while learning their spelling words at the same time!



First graders (and Mrs. Cincilla) just love funny jokes and riddles! Give this one a try:

Question: What is even smarter than a talking bird?

Answer: A Spelling Bee!