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Important Information: April 5–Cradles to Crayons field trip. We are accepting donations! Thank you s0 much for the tissues! Grandparents Day! This was a wonderful opportunity for some special time together with grandparents and their very special grandchildren. All students enjoyed having visitors in the classroom and were busy drawing, writing, or reading!   Literacy: The students wrote different pieces
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Thank you for the wonderful conversations during conferences. It was great to have some time together! Important Information: Tissues--We are on our last box of tissues. Please send in a box with your child! March 15--Grandparents Day April 5–Field Trip to Cradles to Crayons. Permission slips due by March 15. Please send in new packages of socks and gently used books and toys. They are always in need of donatio
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Important Information: Mass–Wednesday, March 6  (Ash Wednesday) Due to Wednesday’s Mass there will be no box top dress down day. April 5, 2019–Field Trip to Cradles to Crayons. Information and a permission slip are in your child’s SAFARI folder. Please read the letter as it explains the location, service, and requested donations. We need parent volunteers to accompany us!  Literacy: The studen
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Showcase Photos

Showcase Photos will be taken for our class this Monday, March 4. Please send your child in their “Sunday best” this Monday. This will be a dress-up day! These will be individual portraits. Children will remain in these clothes for the day and will not change.
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Literacy: The students are learning to write a review. They received “tiny topic notebooks” to list their favorites–restaurants, colors, birthday party locations, etc. Then they chose one favorite to write about. They are learning to include important information (what?, when?, how?), use comparisons, include helpful tips, make a recommendation, use friendly words, and add a rating. The students rea
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Presidents Day–Monday, February 18–No School Look who came to lunch on Friday! Literacy: The students are learning that readers use tools to understand their books. Since the beginning of the year students have been challenged to use tools to figure out tricky words. They are all reading more challenging books than at the start of the year and and now they have a bigger and more important job–to und
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Important Information: The reading logs to earn a Six Flags ticket are due by February 15. Please see the library blog if you need a new log. Valentine Party: We will be celebrating Valentine’s Day on Thursday, February 14. Please have your child bring Valentine’s for either EVERYONE in the class or EVERYONE in the grade. Class lists are in the SAFARI folder. Students will have an opportunity to deliver c
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Important Information: Please send your child to school with all their winter gear. Without snow pants there is not much to do at recess. Please have them remember mittens as well. We go outside whenever possible. Please note that we have large lockers in the classroom so if you would like to leave an extra pair of snow pants, mittens, etc. please feel free to do so. Please send in cylinder oatmeal containers if you
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Important Date: We hope to see you Sunday, January 27 for Mass at 9:30 and Open House at 10:30! Literacy: The students wrote a story after listening to a book about Tacky, an unusual, joyful penguin. They used a rubric to self-assess use of capital letters at the start of sentences, appropriate spaces, complete thoughts, and end marks. The students continue their work on being a reading boss by learning to use words
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Important Dates: January 21–NO SCHOOL in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Please look at the folder of work that came home Thursday–your child would enjoy sharing it with you! January 27–Mass and Open House Request: We could use cylinder shaped oatmeal containers, please! Literacy: The students are participating in lessons about opinion writing. The students have learned to include details and an en
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Important Information and Dates: Mystery Readers–There are some dates available! Please see the sign up Genius. Sunday, January 27–Please attend Mass and visit the school. The classroom and new spaces will be open. I hope to see you! Happy New Year! Everyone was so happy to be back together to share stories, learn, and celebrate our new spaces! Excitement is a demonstration of gratitude. We started our we
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Merry Christmas!

Holiday Cheer! The Holiday Concert was heartwarming and joyous! The first graders were wonderful performers. Personalize a free photo slideshow with Smilebox   Work This Week: Along with many celebrations and special events, the first graders had a busy week of learning!  The students wrote in their journals and wrote Christmas stories. They completed the subtraction and fact family chapter in their math book. T
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Holiday News

  Thursday, December 21 –No hot lunch or milk available. Please send your child with a lunch. –Follow The Star-You are welcome to walk along and come into the classroom afterwards. 1:45 dismissal –Your child may wear a holiday top with uniform bottom.
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First Grade News

Important Information: Monday, December 17 is a DRESS UP day for the Christmas concert at 10am in the church. Students may dress up for school and the concert (Uniforms are not required). Thursday, December 20 is Follow the Star and 1:45 dismissal. Religion: The students are learning and reading about the first Christmas. They thought about what gift they would give to Jesus and what they would say to Jesus if they v
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Six Flags Great America Read to Succeed Reading Program

Before we leave for winter break, your child will bring home a reading log from the Six Flags Read to Succeed Reading Program. This program is open to children in grades K-6. Any child who independently reads or is read to for 6 hours and completes the reading log will earn one free admission to Great America. Completed forms should be returned to the school library no later than February 15, 2019. A replacement read
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Important Christmas Eve Mass Update

Dear First Grade Families, Due to popular demand, we have added a second mass to our Christmas Eve schedule when our First Graders will bring the Christmas scene alive for our congregation. In addition to the 3pm liturgy, First Grade students may now also sign up for the 5pm Mass on Christmas Eve. These 3pm and 5pm special Family Masses provide a lovely way for us all to begin our Christmas Eve celebration! Visit the
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Important Dates for First Grade

Monday, December 17–Christmas Concert at 10am in the church. This is a DRESS UP day. Children can wear dress up clothes for the concert and school day. Thursday and Friday, December 13 and 14–There is no hot lunch due to the Christmas Shoppe. Please send your child with lunch on both days.  
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SFX Alumna to Kickoff RED Campaign

We are happy to share that our RED campaign for the 2018-2019 school year will feature the theme “We are Changemakers.” The Respect Each Difference (RED) campaign, now in its 4th year, serves to help our students understand that our differences are to be celebrated and not judged. On Tuesday, December 18th, Erin Marie Nolan-Tella (pen name Erma Note and SFX’94) returns to Wilmette from her home in M
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First Grade News

Important Dates: December 17 at 10am–Early Childhood Christmas Concert (First Grade is included this year!) December 20–Follow the Star– You are welcome to join us (if you are able) for Follow the Star and for a classroom get together following. Literacy: The Super Secret Detective Agency has been very pleased with the students tackling hard words. The photos show the detectives working on words aft
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First Grade Christmas Concert

This year our first graders join our younger Crusaders in song and celebration of the Christmas season! Don’t miss a very special Christmas concert and performance by our Preschool through 1st grade students on Monday, December 17th at 10am in the church. Kindergartners will continue to share the story of the nativity through their special musical portrayal that morning, and preschool and first grade students w
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Christmas Eve Mass at SFX Church

Dear Parents of First Graders: Christmas is a wonderful time for traditions. One of the best-loved traditions at St. Francis Xavier Parish is the first graders of our parish bringing the Christmas scene alive at the 3:00 Mass on Christmas Eve. This special Family Mass is a lovely way for you to begin your Christmas Eve celebration. Each family will have a half pew reserved that will be held for you until 10 minutes b
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First Grade News

Important Reminders: Please send a cereal box with the ends cut off and wrapped in aluminum foil by December 4. Please write your child’s name inside the box. Please send a large brown paper grocery bag to school. Literacy: The students are happily writing Christmas themed stories! They are learning to brainstorm, complete graphic organizers, write, and revise using an editing checklist. The students continue t
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I hope you all had a happy, fun, and safe Thanksgiving! Thank you so much for meeting with me during conferences. Religion: It was an honor to lead mass on November 20. The students helped write the petitions and select the songs. Thank you to Miss Ford and Mrs. Chada for practicing with the students. . This photo slideshow customized with Smilebox   Reading: These photos are from library time and a book review
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Important Date: The class will be leading mass this Tuesday, November 20. Please check SAFARI folders for your child’s spoken part–either a petition or song introduction. This copy is for practicing at home. We hope to see you there! Conferences: I look forward to meeting with you for conferences! If you are going to be out of town, please let me know so we can schedule a conference for after Thanksgiving
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First Grade News

Fall Fun! Literacy: Halloween writing was so much fun for the students! The students wrote spooky Halloween stories in a special haunted house book. The students enjoyed an interactive lesson with author, Laurie Keller. Religion: The students are understanding that water is a gift from God. It is important for them to understand that we need to use water properly and care for Gods gift. Math: The students are continu
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