Mrs. Alexandra Rynes

Welcome to First Grade
I am excited to introduce myself as your first grade teacher. My name is Mrs. Alexandra Rynes formally Alexandra Katapodis, because this summer I am happy to announce I have gotten married. This is my third year teaching first grade. However, I have worked at Ecole Notre Dame des Victoires for several years, and I also attended NDV from kindergarten to eighth grade. I have wonderful memories as a student at NDV, and I hope to help create brilliant memories for your children. I have worked as an aide in kindergarten alongside Mrs. Renzi for several years and I have learned many wonderful things while in that position. In 2005, I earned a B.A. degree in Psychology as well as a minor in Art from San Francisco State University. In 2012, I received my teaching credential and a Masters in Teaching Reading from the University of San Francisco. During the summer in 2014, I was also fortunate enough to be working as a first grade teacher at a YMCA summer school program. I had a lot of fun using my teaching talents and adapting and learning new teaching skills during this summer.
Email  rynes@ndvsf.org

What's Happening in 1st Grade

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Sight Words for the week of November 7, 2016
has
cat
but
box
ten
Challenge words
turkey
harvest

This week we get out at 12:40 every day due to Parent Teacher Conferences. I am looking forward to meeting with all of you.

Olive comes in on Thursday this week.

First Grade will be making lunches for the Gubbio project that helps feed the hungry in San Francisco at St. James Church.

Have a great week and hopefully I will see some of you at the Bal de Paris this Saturday.

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October 24, 2016

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Weekly Sight Words:

October 25, 2016

  1. day
  2. may
  3. say
  4. way
  5. away

Challenge Words

  1. witch
  2. Halloween

Field trips have been added to the site on the side tab.

October 31, 2016 is the Halloween Parade which is scheduled to start 1:00 p.m. We will parade throughout the school and then into the yard for parents to view and take pictures. Please make sure your child comes to school in costume and does not bring any weapon like pieces for their costume to school.

October 17, 2016

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This week our sight words focus on the long “a” sound with silent “e” at the end. Our homework this week will have extra words on it that will not be on the spelling test, and the words below are the words we will be focusing on for the spelling test on Friday.

October 17, 2016

  1. made
  2. make
  3. take
  4. came
  5. come

Challenge Words

  1. pumpkin
  2. gravestone

Wednesday is Picture Retake Day so please let me and the office know if your child is retaking their pictures. Thanks

October 11, 2015

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 Sight Words for the Week, which we practice daily in class and have a spelling test on Friday.
October 11, 2016
  1. one
  2. two
  3. three
  4. four
  5. five
  6. or

Challenge Words

  1. ghost
  2. alien

This week we have an author Emma Bland coming to visit on Wednesday. Here is the link for more information and order form: Emma Bland.

We also have Olive the storyteller coming to entertain our imaginations this Thursday.

Have a great week!

September 12, 2016

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Hello First Grade Parents,

This week we have picture day on Tuesday and so the students should be in full uniform. Also, thank you for a successful back to school night last Thursday.

Sight Words for the Week

September 12, 2016

  1. as
  2. had
  3. sit
  4. six
  5. ran
  6. flag
  7. American

September 6, 2016

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I hope everyone had a wonderful Labor day weekend and I welcome you back to a 4-day week.

Sight Words:

  1. in
  2. is
  3. it
  4. did
  5. big

Challenge Words:

  1. pin
  2. dig
  3. Independence

Remember to pack your child’s P.E. Uniform for Thursday and Friday.

I look forward to meeting and greeting parents on Back-to-School night Thursday  September 8 at 6:30 p.m.

Have a great week!

August 29, 2016

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Hello First Grade Parents,

As you probably already know, I am Mrs. Rynes, formally Miss Kat, and I will be your child’s teacher this year and my aide this year is Miss. Kelly. Our first three days have gone very well, and I look forward to watching them grow throughout the year.

We’ve been having fun so far, and we are currently learning all the ropes of first grade. This is our first full week and we have lots of new things occurring this week.

This will be the first week for P.E., and Students will be attending gym class with Mr. Tsokas twice a week on Thursday, and Friday afternoons. This year Students will need to have a school gym uniform to change into at school. This consists of a NDV white t-shirt and NDV navy blue shorts. They will also need to wear the appropriate gym shoes to school on these days. Also, please be sure to check the student handbook for the appropriate uniform attire for school and P.E. I will give students the opportunity to change into their P.E. uniforms in the bathroom before going with Mr. Tsokas. If you have any questions then please feel free to e-mail me (rynes@ndvsf.org), and I am happy to answer your questions. We will also be starting computers, library, art, and music this week but nothing is needed for students to bring for these classes.

IMPORTANT:

Please make sure to label all of your child’s clothing and belongings (shoes, uniform, pinafore, shorts, undershirts, midi boys shirt, backpack, etc.). If you have items from the give away rack please make sure to cross out any old names and place your child’s name somewhere inside, so when they go missing they can more easily get back to your child more efficiently. Because we change for P.E. many items are often found on the floor with no name, and are often not claimed so they end up in the lost and found.

Sight Words for the Week: (Emphasis on the short “a” sound this week)

a, an, am, and, at,

Challenge Words:

action, August

We will be practicing these words everyday and have a spelling test on these words on Fridays. The challenge words are some fun harder words that fit what we are learning.

Welcome to First Grade

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Aargh! Ahoy there matey and welcome aboard to Mrs. Rynes or Mrs. Rrrr’s Classroom!!!  We will be setting our sails to a new school year with lots of adventures ahead in reading, writing, math, art, science, social studies, and much much more.

This summer I had lots of swashbuckling adventures! You may remember me as Miss Kat, but this summer my first voyage was into marriage, which was a fantastic and most memorable expedition.  I also journeyed to Maui for my honeymoon and had lots of fun. My favorite was venturing into the ocean to explore the sea, and swim alongside sea turtles.2016-08-24 12.44.08

Curriculum

I will be following the San Francisco Archdiocese Curriculum Standards. The following is a condensed explanation of what your children will be studying this year.

·       Language Arts: During first grade, students will transition from emergent to authentic and fluent readers. Students will understand and recognize letter patterns, follow along, reading and summarizing simple stories with pictures, and develop an understanding of composition. Students will write clear and coherent sentences and paragraphs, and will understand the writing process.

·       Mathematics: Eureka Math was implemented last year and students will continue to excel in math though the math skills that Eureka teaches. Students will learn about number bonds, how numbers are related to one another, and different strategies that can be used to solve problems. Students will skip count and recognize numbers up to 100, identify addition and subtraction facts through 20, understand the value of money, and know the units for measurement, time, and weight. Students will understand and use number sentences, and recognize mathematical vocabulary.

·       Science: Students will be able to distinguish between living and nonliving things, understand how to use graphic organizers to show weather patterns, identify seasons, and understand the water cycle. Students will discover scientific vocabulary and discover how to ask meaningful questions and conduct careful investigations.

·       History/Social Studies: Students will understand how people live and how the location and environment can affect the way of living. Students will explore democracy, and the importance of symbols, icons, and traditions of the United States. Students will recognize specific places on a map, and understand how to read maps.

·       Religion: Students will be able to recall and recognize specific prayers such as: "Hail Mary", "Our Father", "Glory Be to the Father", "Grace" before meals, and begin to know the verbal mass responses and ceremonies. Students will recognize specific stories from the Bible, and explore the meaning of the stories life lessons. We will learn about God's love for us, the golden rule "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”, Mary is the mother of Jesus, and how to respect and love God's creations. They will also be learning more about the parts of the mass. We will also learn about different saints throughout the year and about their life and their connection to God.

·       Physical Education: Students will be attending gym class with Mr. Tsokas twice a week on Thursday, and Friday afternoons. This year Students will need to have a school gym uniform to change into at school. This consists of a NDV white t-shirt and NDV navy blue shorts. They will also need to wear the appropriate gym shoes to school on these days. Mr. Tsokas will provide you with information about the P.E. curriculum once school starts. http://www.ndvsf.org/school/teachers/tsokas

·       Art: Students will receive art lessons from Mrs. Lake on Friday. http://www.ndvsf.org/school/teachers/lake/

·       Computers: Students will receive computer lessons from Mrs. Bisson. Half of the group will go to computers on Tuesday and the other  half will go on Wednesday. http://www.ndvsf.org/school/teachers/bisson

  • Library will be with Miss. Jennifer Carr on Tuesdays and the students will be able to check out a book from the library which will be kept in the classroom and they will be able to exchange it for another every week.

Along with this curriculum, I will provide experiences for the children in becoming lifelong learners, active Christians, healthy individuals, effective communicators, and responsible citizens. 

Assessments throughout the year will help me with planning students' assignments as I differentiate the curriculum. 

Homework

The Homework requirements for first grade are 30 minutes a night. This month we are starting homework, which they will have every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday unless there is a holiday or special occasion occurring that day. Their homework will consist of one page of either language arts or math. I will go over the homework with the students at the end of the day before I give it to them to take home. Students are also expected to read for 15 minutes or more for part of their homework.

November 4, 2016

  1. has
  2. cat
  3. but
  4. box
  5. ten

Challenge words

  1. turkey
  2. harvest

October 31, 2016

  1. tail
  2. sail
  3. rain
  4. play
  5. said

Challenge Words

  1. scare
  2. monster

October 25, 2016

  1. day
  2. may
  3. say
  4. way
  5. away

Challenge Words:

  1. witch
  2. Halloween

October 17, 2016

  1. made
  2. make
  3. take
  4. came
  5. come

Challenge Words:

  1. pumpkin
  2. gravestone
October 11, 2016
  1. one
  2. two
  3. three
  4. four
  5. five
  6. or
  7. ghost
  8. alien

    October 3, 2016

    1. Red
    2. Pet
    3. Get
    4. Fed
    5. Let

    Challenge words

    1. October
    2. excellent

    September 25, 2016

    1. us
    2. up
    3. run
    4. fun
    5. to
    6. upon
    7. September

    September 19, 2016

    1. not
    2. on
    3. dog
    4. got
    5. the
    6. hockey
    7. golf

     September 12, 2016

  9. as
  10. had
  11. sit
  12. six
  13. ran
  14. flag
  15. American

 

September 6, 2016: - Sight Words:

  1. in
  2. is
  3. it
  4. did
  5. big

Challenge Words:

  1. pin
  2. dig
  3. Independence

August 29, 2016: Sight Words

  1. a
  2. at
  3. an
  4. am
  5. and

Challenge Words:

  1. action
  2. August

 

1st Grade Prayers

Here are the prayers we will be working on this year.

  1. The Sign of the Cross
  2. Hail Mary
  3. Our Father
  4. Glory Be to the Father
  5. Grace Before Meals
  6. Grace After Meals
  7. Begin to know Mass Responses

Resources

Click on the links below to visit our favorite sites!
*NOTE* Some student sites have advertisements.  Parental guidance is recommended.
Ecole Notre Dame des Victoires Website: http://www.ndvsf.org/school
Here are some links to sites where your child can explore and further their learning. Enjoy!
Math:
  1. http://www.mathletics.com/
    • Your childs information for this site has been sent home and if you run into any problems then please feel free to contact me through my email.
  2. https://www.sumdog.com/user/sign_in
    • The information for this site has been sent home and if you run into any problems then please feel free to contact me through my email.
Reading:
  1. http://www.raz-kids.com/main/Login
    • The information for this site has been sent home and if you run into any problems then please feel free to contact me through my email.
  2. http://www.starfall.com/
  3. http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/

Field Trips

Field Trips for the Year:

Off - Campus Field Trips:

  1. December 14, 2016 - 11:15 a.m. - Caroling at the Fairmont (950 Mason St, San Francisco, CA 94108) - we will be walking there and back
  2. January 27, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. - CTA play performance Aladdin and His Wonderful, Magical Lamp. - We will be carpooling to this event
  3. March 15, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. - Hidden Villa Farms (26870 Moody Rd, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022) - Parent Letter Link about Hidden Villa - We will be going here by bus

In-Class Science Presentations:

  1. November 21, 2016 - Edmo Oobleck Presentation -9:00 a.m.
  2. February 8, 2017 - Edmo Led Bling - 9:00 a.m.
  3. May  3, 2017 - Edmo Erupting Fun - 9:00 a.m.

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