Mrs. Alexandra Rynes

Welcome to First Grade
I am excited to introduce myself as your first grade teacher. My name is Mrs. Alexandra Rynes. This is my fourth 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

Scientific Exploration

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We have enjoyed being scientists so far this year and I look forward to doing more science experiments with the class throughout the year. We have learned all about how scientists work and what they do when they are conducting experiments. In September, we became architects and scientist when learning about how to build study structures that can withstand an earthquake.

We also explored chemical reactions as we observed the effect that hot and cold water had on skittles. We also saw what happens with skittles and vinegar… what a fun finding we discovered.

Get Ready for Physical Education!

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Thursdays and Fridays are our scheduled days for P.E. and we start this week. We will be changing into our P.E. uniforms which you can order from the dragon’s lair. We will be changing into our P.E. uniforms which you can order from the dragon’s lair.
-Link to Dragon’s Lair form to be turned into the office: http://ndvsf.org/school/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2015-16_DragonsLair.pdf
-Link to the Online Dragon’s Lair shop:
-If you are unable to get your P.E. Uniform on time then please don’t worry this week.
Since your child will be changing out of their school uniform and into their P.E. Uniform at school after lunch then please make sure you label all of your child’s clothing. We always end up with a pile of unmarked school clothes in our room. If they are labelled then it will make it easier to get it back to your child.
If you have any questions then please feel free to email me: rynes@ndvsf.org
Thank you,
Mrs. Rynes

First Grade Supply List

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  • 30$ Check payable to NDV with memo 1st grade supplies – This is for me to use to purchase needed supplies throughout the year (i.e. crayons, markers, scissors, glue, paper, etc.) Thank you!
  • Backpack – no over sized or rolling backpacks please
  • clipboard – Labeled with your child’s name
  • 1 roll of paper towels
  • 1box of Kleenex,
  • 1 box of magic eraser sponges.
  • 1 headphone with microphone – Labeled with your child’s name
    • (Suggestion: Monoprice makes a Hi-Fi Lightweight Headphone with a built in microphone, product #13191 for about $15. https://www.monoprice.com/product?p_id=13191, or check Amazon for kid’s headphones with microphones. All headphones should be in a case or Ziploc bag labeled with the child’s name. Please

Please have your supplies in by September 8, 2017

Thank You.

Welcome

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Greetings First Graders and Parents

I am Mrs. Rynes the first grade teacher, and returning this year as my aide is Miss. Kelly. We look forward to getting to know your children and watching them grow throughout the year. See you all soon!

Here is a link for the School Supply List: http://www.ndvsf.org/school/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/NDV-Supply-List-K-4-2017-18.pdf

The week of August 28th will be our first full week, and includes the start of all our classes.

Physical Education Class: 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.

Library: Tuesday mornings the class will attend Library where they will be listening to a story with Miss. Jen Carr, and have the opportunity to check out a book that will be kept in the classroom for them to use at their free time.

Computer: Mrs. Bisson will be teaching them classes with half of the class on Tuesdays mornings and the the other half will go on Wednesday mornings.

Art: Mrs. Lake will teach art on Friday mornings.

Music: Ms. Hayes will teach music on Friday afternoon.

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.

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.

Here is a link to the California State Standards that will be covered this year. http://www.cde.ca.gov/be/st/ss/

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.

 

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:

  1. TBD - CTA play performance  "Alice in Wonderland" - January 31, 2018
  2. TBD - Villa Farms (26870 Moody Rd, Los Altos Hills, CA 94022) - Parent Letter Link about Hidden Villa - We will be going here by bus - April 12, 2018
  3. Children's Creativity Museum - February 20, 2018
  4. Randall Museum - TBD in February 2018 since it is not available to make reservations until then.

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